Hello, summertime! Had to share this adorable restored cottage, built in 1889, spotted over here. This first pic makes me think of hours spent rocking on the porch on sizzling hot summer nights in my early childhood years in Mississippi (not to sound like Steve Martin from The Jerk or anything). I can still hear the slow creak of the porch swing and singing cicadas in my head. My favorite drink was an ice-cold cream soda in a bottle.
The whole space is style perfection.
Simple, simple, simple. I love it. This little cottage is actually a rental in South Carolina – more pics and rental info on it here. I’m ready to pack up and go there now!
One of the things that makes a home beautiful is edited style. If I could give any design advice on how to create a well-designed space, it would be edit, edit, edit your furniture and accessories. If you don’t love something, donate, recycle, or sell it. I’m constantly working on this in our home. It is definitely a process!
DESIGN TIP: it’s better to have a few nicely edited decor items versus a huge collection of many different things which ultimately distract the eye and take away focal points.
With budget in mind, I put together a few affordable items that can help you achieve this simple, classic cottage look in your own home. One of my pet peeves is when design bloggers link to items that all are so crazy expensive that even a portion of the project is unrealistic to implement. Sure, I can totally swing that $2,700 chandelier. Not. That being said, everything in this grouping is modestly priced (numbers below are linked to items).
1 brass sconce / 2 dishware (I have the mugs from this set and love!) / 3 sea grass pouf / 4 cotton throws – only $32 / 5 white pillow on sale / 6 less than $100 / 7 surf print (also love this sailboat pic)/ 8 antique brass wall lamp / 9 succulent set
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On a personal note, thanks for your patience while I finished up our big month of activities in May and settled our family into a summer schedule. Even though it’s already busier than ever, for the first time in years I feel super good about our summer. Usually I’m flying by the seat of my pants and reacting as we go along, but this year I planned in advance and have a grip on our schedule with activities and jobs that are right for each of our kids. Consequently, it means a lot of driving (again) for Peter and me, but I know it’s worth it. While we are all super busy many days, we are also carving out a good bit of quality family “down time” on the weekends, late afternoons, and evenings.
My posts will be a little more simplified for summertime – this is the best way for me to manage writing and staying committed to our family activities and a little fun. I do love blogging and connecting with you and always appreciate your thoughts! Anytime you feel inspired to leave a comment, please do so. I truly enjoy and read every comment. Feedback inspires my writing : )