Salutations! We’re in the midst of a serious heat wave here on the east coast; I’m certain you could fry an egg on the blacktop in the afternoons. The air is thick and alive with the sounds of cicadas. I’m ever so happy to get through with my morning walk and retire to the air conditioning for the remainder of these hot, muggy days.
I’m having a good ole time rearranging, shuffling mirrors around, and catching up on the massive piles of laundry in our basement. I’m also working on patching up the nail holes from some of the mirrors I moved along with the touch up paint that goes along with that—a job I’m not that fond of.
But today I’m heading off to the beach with my daughter and friends. I love the way that sounds—Off to the beach! Maybe the little wall patch fairy will have worked her magic while I’m out, wouldn’t that be sweet! I’ll come home to everything perfectly patched and painted. Wink.
I wasn’t sure what to do with my large collection of white knits and crochet. Storage space is tight and we’re not really using them now that the daytime highs are reaching the high 90s. So I piled them all in this rustic basket and thought they looked really pretty spilling out of the basket, puddling on the floor.
Rustic baskets and whites are at the top of my decorating loves at the moment. You guys know I waffle around quite a bit on what my number one love is. Right now it’s earthy rustic baskets, vintage of course, combined with the soft freshness of summer whites.
Pictured below is a new-to-me chair I recently purchased from a dear friend who shares a love of vintage treasures. It’s been sitting in the corner of our office piled up with fabrics and swatches waiting for me to make my next move. I’m really loving the way the taupe and rose pillow looks in here with the gray walls. It would make a sweet slipcover. But that might just be a little to risky for me, pink floral is definitely a statement and a commitment. Yikes! The blue/gray swatches resting on top are from Rachel Ashwell and very pretty too. But, I’m honestly leaning towards a neutral off white or taupe solid. I can always accent with a soft sweet pillow and it’s a safe choice that won’t keep me up at night.
I wanted something new over our fireplace to make it more of a focal point. So I went with this vintage tobacco basket that’s been hanging in our family room since the day we moved in. Oh yes, there’s been lot’s of moaning and groaning about how they don’t like anything to move or change and why must I… It’s like they never met me before. But they’re getting used to it, slowly. Poor little dears. Grin.
Last winter I purchased one of these huge three wick candles and lit it every night at suppertime. It lasted well into spring. I wasn’t planning on replacing it when it finally ran out, but I missed it so much. It’s such a soft romantic glow, so I went ahead and purchased another. I still light it each night at suppertime, even if it’s still light out—even if we’re just having scrambled eggs. It’s a nice ritual to end the day.