I know I owe you the rest of the garden tour from a few weeks ago, but with all the red, white, and blue in the house, I really wanted you to see the summer decorating before the 4th of July. (If you have been following on Instagram, you have had a sneak peek at much of this decor. 🙂 )
Fingers crossed you won’t be too upset with me for delaying the garden tour a little longer. 🙂
So let’s catch up a bit while we look around. It has rained and rained a lot the past few weeks, but we have kept on working… scraping, caulking, replacing boards, priming, and painting things outside when the weather has cooperated. It has been a frustratingly sloooow process.
Just yesterday, I thought I was going to knock out painting the wall outside our sons’ bedroom. Well, my husband started checking out one of the boards below the window…found it was rotten…and the plywood behind it…
which resulted in pulling off the window trim and the cedar shake shingles…which resulted in a trip to Lowes for more plywood…replacing it…and…you get the picture. It seems it is never just simply paint the wall.
When this is all finished, I think the exterior of our house is going to be in better shape than it was when it was built 21 years ago!
On the flip side, we have enjoyed some family visits. My husband flew to New Haven, Connecticut to help our middle son (the one in law school) move his things from his old apartment to a different one for next year and then rode home with him from there. Our son was able to spend a week here with us before driving to Colorado for his summer internship.
And then a week or so after that, our Seattle son flew home for a visit. We were thrilled to have him here as well! So part of our summer has been busy with playing board games, watching movies, and eating at favorite local restaurants as we entertained “our boys.” 🙂
But between the family visits and the exterior painting, I have managed to fit in a little redecorating for the season. Obviously I pulled out all the blue books and throw pillows to mix with the red here, and a large dose of flags was also added.
(When your house is already full of red items, decorating for the 4th of July isn’t too hard! 🙂 )
Of course the back porch didn’t get left out of the summer decorating activity. 🙂
I’ve tried to simplify a bit, so the chalkboard over the buffet table has been replaced by a large basket (from Pottery Barn Outlet.)
Lettering all the chalkboards around here has been time consuming, so the basket is a big wall object that requires less work for me.
Homemade ice cream will be on our 4th of July menu.
So the ice cream bowls fit in perfectly.
And my favorite red plates are making an appearance on the porch table with old Sur la Table blue gingham kitchen towels used as napkins.
The glasses are Tag bubble goblets that I picked up in Serenbe. They are available on Amazon if you are interested in them.
And that brings us to the end of part 1 of our little tour. And yes, there is a part 2 coming at you for the 4th. 🙂 So I hope you will find time to fit in another visit here then!
Gabbie and I will be right here waiting for you. 🙂
Until next time…