Welcome back! I’m afraid you are going to need to get your fans ready.We are in the middle of a heat wave here this week with a heat index high of 104° for late this afternoon. I do believe it feels like summertime in Georgia now! It is just too darn hot to go out on the porch today, so let’s stay inside and look at some cooler parts of the house. Okay? Come on in the dining room.
You know from the first part of our tour I’ve got a fun and games theme going on in the house for summer (and a new addiction to stripes!) I really really wanted to use a bowl of croquet balls for the centerpiece for the table, but I couldn’t find enough locally (and I didn’t want to go out and buy several sets.) So I resorted to plan b….b for…bicycles!
I remembered we had some red bicycle Christmas ornaments up in the attic, so I braved the ovenlike temperatures up there, pilfered around, and finally dug out 4. I think we had more, but I had to get downstairs before I had a heatstroke! Bicycle bells with their cute cha-ching sound worked fine for the other 2 place settings.
Yes, the stripes have struck again! But only twice…on the salad plates (on sale at Dillards) and on the ribbon tied around the blue gingham napkins (old, from Sur la Table.)
I ran the kraft paper across 2 place settings instead of the one long one down the middle and used a chalk pen to write summer messages on it. I started to write names (like place cards), but I knew this paper would actually make it through a couple of meals…so I needed it to work with more than one group of folks we entertained over the weekend.
The rest of the dining room is also wearing red, white, and blue to match the table.
Now for the kitchen…if you read this weekend’s post, you got a sneak peak of that room. (And Louvina even pointed out the blue stool and new striped rug.)
I started to say that the rug was the only thing with stripes in the kitchen, but then I remembered these…
My striped measuring cups (also old from Sur la Table) are working as scoops in the flour and sugar jars.
Oh… and I just happened to make new labels for the coffee jars…with stripes.
But, you will be happy to know that the desk does not sport any stripes.
(Unless you count that top shelf bottle’s red and white label.)
It does, however, have a recipe for an easy strawberry milkshake on its chalkboard.
And that is all there is to see in the kitchen today.
Oh but don’t leave quite yet.
Wander down the hall with me for just a second.
(Okay, I know there is another striped pillow sitting there.)
I wanted you to see the red, white, and blue-ness of the master bedroom.
And the only stripes in the whole room are on the flag pillow.
I think this room is most definitely ready for the 4th! Don’t you?
And that wraps up part 2 of our tour, but please come back later in the week for part 3. Hopefully, it will be much cooler then, and we can relax on the porch.
Hope to see you soon!