Friday is here! Time feels like it's speeding like a freight train around here. We are rapidly approaching my kiddos' last week of school and there are many final events happening. I'm also a PTA member at my daughter's school and I help head a committee that handles our final school carnival, which is the big event they look forward to each year. It's no small task (enough events for 400 students!), but I love being part of it and will miss it once she leaves that school in a few years. So I'm doing lots of work for that right now as well as getting things together for my daughter's birthday party (with her friends) this weekend. Whew!
So for my five today I'm choosing to think summer thoughts and I've been loving, not only planting and decorating outside, but changing my decorations inside as well. So I thought I'd share some top "moments" around our home I've been enjoying.
I've had these "summer" letters forever and I love putting them out each year...although I think Annie loves them more! Is little pool side bear not adorable and doesn't he fit perfectly under the umbrella "R"?? I put these letters on top of my mantle this year.
Our mantle is quite large (takes up one whole wall in our living room) so I get to decorate it with lots of goodies. But at the heart of it I'm loving this new botanical star I picked up. When I found it I knew it was perfect as it matches perfectly with my hydrangea garland I've had for ages. Love when that happens.
Here's a favorite in the dining room in one of the cubbies in my hutch. I love using that tray as the "back drop". I prop it up with something heavy like a candle jar behind it. I've had the "garden" word decoration for several years, but I found this little vase on a recent shopping trip and knew I had to use it in my summer decorating!
Also in the dining room, on top of the barrister book case, I needed to put out Ms. Bear enjoying her juicy watermelon. And my sweet little garden pillow for her to snuggle against. Annie, of course, really loves these decorations as well and looks for them each year. It's fun to have those bits of whimsy among the more formal decor.
And I'm loving the little centerpiece vignette I threw together on the dining room table this year. I have several plants around my home, and I also love having a bouquet of real flowers I clip from outside or pick up at the grocery store. But I do like using artificial greenery and flowers at times too...and a bonus is you don't need to pluck off dead blooms or water it regularly, right? I love this candle too as I have it on a timer so it gives off a nice glow each night.
So that's my top 5 but I wanted to share a little bonus - did you notice the sweet little linen under Mr. Bird on the table?
They're some of my favorite things to pick up at antique stores or garage sales...vintage or vintage looking linens and doilies. I think they add such a sweet charm!
We put away the humidifier we need for winter time and put back our table with our little wine rack. And this is one of my favorite recent antique store finds - this pretty poppy linen!