Fall is my B.F.F.
But summer? Well, summer is just so easy you know? Decorating my home for summer is so simple and uncomplicated. I’m going to call it my “B.F.F.F.” (Best Friend’s Friend Forever”)
I can stick the easiest burlap wreath ever on my front door and call it a day.
In the summer, my entire foyer is flooded with light and it makes even the simplest of accessories shine brighter. And it couldn’t have been a more perfect time of year to complete my staircase and entry makeover!
I always say I’m going to tackle a bunch of projects in the summer but then…summer gets in the way. It calls to me to come outside and enjoy the sunshine and the time I have with my kids while they’re out of school. So, instead of sticking to some ridiculous list of projects and goals, I just do things whenever the mood strikes me.
Last week the mood struck and it led to me making a change to the living room. Can you guess what it is? You might have to click here to figure it out.
Fall (my B.F.F.) is about warming things up but summer? Well, summer is about cooling things off.
Do you remember signing yearbooks at the end of each school year? You wrote things like, “gag me with a spoon” or “that was so rad” or “Mr. so-and-so science teacher was totally lame”. (Can you tell which decade I belong to?)
You wanted to sound cool because you knew that these inscriptions would last forever!
And of course, you always breathed a sigh of relief when the same person you referred to as your “B.F.F.” in their yearbook also called you the same thing in yours. Whew!
Being a Southern California girl in high school meant that we had another extra special phrase scattered throughout our yearbooks.
It was easy, simple and uncomplicated. Just like summer.
Two little words that, to me, were just about the coolest thing you could write in a yearbook.
Stay Tan. The few times I worked up all the ‘cool’ness I could muster and actually wrote out those words in someone’s yearbook I felt like I was capturing the epitome of the summer spirit.
And that same spirit is how I approach my summer decorating.
If I’m going to make any changes they are going to be simple. Like new toile pillows in my bedroom.
And every few days placing new roses from my garden on my nightstand.
The white ones are my favorite. Maybe because they’re so simple too.
So, as I prepare to reconnect with my B.F.F. (fall), I’m still clinging to the simplicity of summer.
Summer is cool.
Like the surfer dudes who never seemed to have books with them in class but somehow managed to graduate.
Or the girls who had the perfectly teased bangs that didn’t move even when the rest of their head did.
If I could write in summer’s yearbook I would only say two words…
Always an inspiration! Thanks! And your summery touches are perfect!
I can’t believe Fall will soon be here! Love your home is summer, so bright and cheerful. Very pretty!
Michele/Finch Rest says
Wonderful post – lovely pictures and decor – and awesome way of putting things.
Well done, indeed.
Enjoy the last bits.
Autumn is also my BFF – but, dang it, I am fighting it. I am not even close to being interested or ready. I am enjoying the rest of August as SUMMER!!!!!
Have a fabo weekend.
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
Great post and I love your pretty cool summer colors and decor. Hugs Marty
Leslie @ House on the Way says
Your home is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!
so beautiful, light and bright!!!
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
Vanessa…as I write, the temps here are in the 70’s…is it really summer?…I am not ready to let go of summer too soon either even though Fall is one of my favorite seasons….love all of your fresh summer changes and vignettes…and really am in love with your gorgeous white roses!!…Have a wonderful weekend!!
Everything is just beautiful. I didn’t have a “summer” board on Pinterest, but now I’m going to start one with this post.
Hi Vanessa! Your home is gorgeous all dressed up in summer! I just love everything you do.
Be a sweetie,
Oh Vanessa it’s all just so pretty. Love the toile pillows!
So bright and cheery!! So summer. Very pretty. Luv your summer touches.
I did a rearranging in preparation for Fall yesterday. I am still enjoying summer, but making way for Fall.
Pam @ diy Design Fanatic says
Ok Vanessa…how did I not know you previously lived in SoCal? (I grew up and lived most of my adult life in Long Beach) I definitely miss the summer weather there. I never really liked Fall, but this Summer was so strange I’m actually looking forward to it. Love, love, love your pics of flowers, especially the white roses. Gorgeous!
Loved taking your summer tour Vanessa…everything looks so so pretty!!
Fall is my BFF too:)
This is an excellent post! I love any chance I get to take a trip down ’80s memory lane.
I love your ‘stay tan’ saying in Calif. I’m from NY so I think it was, ‘keep cool’…in Winter though, it was easy to keep cool, lol.. Beautiful summer vignettes, I love them all! I also used to love Fall weather the best. Enjoy the rest of the summer my friend.
Shannon @Fox Hollow Cottage says
I love white flowers too. AND your new. white. mantel!!!! It looks so good. The whole room has an effortless flow now… aah. The power of white.
I think I’ll sign off with “Stay Pale!” winks
At The Picket Fence says
Ding ding ding!! Shannon you get the prize for commenting on the painted mantel! Thanks so much friend! 🙂 And yes, “stay pale” is much more appropriate for we Oregonians. LOL!
Well guess what???? My BFF is the same as your BFF! I love summer and I am going to hate to see it end…….. Your home is lovely!
Summer is definitely my BFF! Your living room looks absolutely beautiful! I love the roses too.
Have a great day.
So pretty! I just loved the makeover in your entry way. Can I ask where you found that great mirror?
Love the thoughts behind your post. Very clever.
Love the white mantel, Vanessa! It makes a huge difference in the room. Good job! Mom
Your home is gorgeous and the summer touches are perfect. I love the white flowers in your bedroom and the toile pillows! Where did you get such perfect pillows? 🙂
You know, I never thought about how simple summer decor is. This was all so true! But I’m excited about fall just as much!
Perfectly teased bangs…LOL! That was such a goofy era. Your house looks amazing.