Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer Living Room

There is no other time of year that I love more then summer!  I am a summer gal through and through.  I have been know to go outside and sit for short intervals on the porch even when it is 100 degrees or more outside. That's how much I love summer!  

I also adore decorating and changing up things around the house for summer.  I just returned from a long awaited week of vacation at the beach during which I was able to do a little thrifty shopping with my sister in laws.  Since I was chomping at the bit to change up a few things inside, I was thrilled to find out I had today off and was able to get started.  So, if you'd like to take a little tour of my den during one of "my" best times of the year....then come on in!  You are so welcomed!

Our den is quite large and long!  It's taken me years to accept that this is the best furniture layout for this space without breaking it up too much.  

The reason it's taken me years to accept this is that I love to rearrange furniture.  Try as I might and believe me I have, there is no other layout that I like better then what we have shown here.

Here is one of those thrifty finds that I picked up down at the beach last week.

Even the Mr. seems to like this boat.

I decided it would look great front on center on the mantle sitting on top of a few of the Mr's. old sailing books.

My old bamboo mirror always looks great this time of year.

I finally made some headway with the coffee table vignette again.

I liked this set up so much last year that I decided to just put it back the same way again this year.  So much for being unique, huh?

Honestly though, you really cannot beat a tray full of shells...

...and a large hurricane candle with sand and shells can you?

Personally, I would prefer to have a real fern here but I am sure it would not survive.  Most of my inside plants have been suffering greatly since I went back to work.  My ferns outside in the back yard are looking beautiful though.  That's where I've been spending most of my free time lately.  I've always thought of ferns as summer plants.  I love them!

My new lantern is all set and ready for the holidays now too!

How do you like my festive little Longaberger basket?  I've never owned one of those before.  My dept. manager at work gave this to me a few weeks ago.  Isn't it so cute?  I think so!

Thanks for taking the time to stop in for my most favorite time of the year.
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  1. Your living room looks beautiful Mary! Looks like a happy space to sit and relax. I am a Fall girl through and through!!~

  2. Oh I love your room, so nice and such a lovely space. I love the various nautical vignettes you have, they look amazing. Hugs, Marty

  3. I love your living room all dressed for Summer. I love your new sailboat. It's a great addition to your coastal accessories. Spring is my favorite season in the Carolinas...when we lived in SoCal, Summer was my favorite!Humidity makes all the difference.

  4. Love how you have everything so perfect Mary! I have shells on my coffee table too! My favorite season is spring, I guess because everything is so fresh and new!

  5. Your family room is beautiful! Cozy and inviting. I love Autumn when there is a slight nip to the air.

  6. Mary what a gorgeous room. I love all the fun summer accents and the colors are phenomenal. Your HUGE lantern is gorgeous...I want!! ;) You have accessorized the space to perfection, I absolutely love everything you've done! Thanks for sharing! xo ~Liz

  7. I love love fall but my heart is the beach so that means I love summer too! I must admit though ... I am not missing the heat ! I am sure that will change this winter! Hey, why change when something works and looks great! You are rIghr when you said you can't beat shells and candles! Love the boat and vignette by the lantern. I have a big collection of longaberger baskets. I actually sold them to support my basket habit!

  8. What a comfy room, Mary! Love the boat you found. What a great display with that huge lantern! I love that whole table vignette. I bought a small ivy recently to add some real greenery to the laundry room, but it doesn't look like it is doing too well. I think I'm going to have to go faux.


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