Jul16 Cherry-themed summer gathering 2012

Remember when summer was all days off school and sleeping in? Then we woke up one day as grown-ups. I still kick and scream a little each time I have to go to work in July. There’s so much BBQ to be eaten and so many pools to float in, and you expect me to think about email?

Alas, there’s always the weekend. Summertime is the best excuse to have a fun little gathering at your home. We think a little cherry-themed backyard cocktail party is just what you need. Try this darling Cherry Placecard DIY from Fun.kyti.me for an effortlessly festive table. Then, get the party going with this Bing Cherry Mojito recipe from Martha Stewart. Best part? The recipe is already tailored to serve 12. You should definitely double it.

 

Jul13 Don’t check your mail. 2012

Last week I opened the mailbox and found the new Pottery Barn catalog. It didn’t take me long to flip through it and find this. Now I’m obsessed with finding a black and white striped rug. Isn’t this room gorgeous?

Or how about this? Oh, books. I love you.

Like I said, don’t check your mail.

Image sources: House of Fifty | Decor Pad

Jul12 Camouflage. 2012

The neutral combo of peach and tan is kicked into summery perfection with pops of yellow and gold accessories. Outfitted to match a room in your house? It’s like uber-chic camouflage. 

Right: Southern Living // Left: Lookbook.nu via Oh Joy! on Pinterest 

 

Jul11 Trend: Open Shelving 2012

I love that open shelving is trending right now. When done right, it’s a great statement in the kitchen–or any other room. Here’s some inspiration and a few tips for creating this look in your home. While you’re at it, you should probably paint your cabinets mint green for good measure.

Image sources: Milk and Honey Home |Country Living | The Simple Things 

Jul10 DIY Bottle Chandelier 2012

Try not to be too distracted by the amazing metal table and lucite chairs in this photo, because I need you to focus on that chandelier. Totally DIY-able, right? And now you have something to do with all of those wine bottles you empty. You’re welcome.

Image: Maison Estate via Trelica