Monday, July 19, 2010

Summer Style

Straw, wicker,blue and white....China Seas Ikat II Fabric
While I am very happy living in is a great town for family life...every summer I yearn for the beach Tim and I left behind when we moved here. Straw hats, straw bags, and watery blues all conjure up the feel of summer for me. This little spot on the landing between our main floor and my office in the basement is one I pass every day on my way to "work". It is a little "ode to summer" altar of sorts, and houses my collection of wicker bottles and a watercolor by my Mom of the Pavilion on Balboa Bay where I spent every summer growing up.
When I saw the cover of the latest Martha Stewart Living magazine which came yesterday, I dug right in. The cover hinted at the fresh beach house style inside....something I am craving right now in our 100 plus heat this week. I found some easy and fun ideas in here that would add a one-of-a-kind note to your own summer style.
Paint dipped Baskets
Martha Stewart Living, August 2010 , Photo by Dana Gallagher
These paint dipped baskets become functional art with their graphic white (or red!) stripes. I dream of carrying towels and a good book to the beach in a tote like this ....a trip to San Diego later this summer is in the planning stages!

Blue Dipped Pillows. Martha Stewart Living August 2010, Photo by Dana Gallagher

I loved these blue dipped pillows, especially the one done with blue ticking. Hmm...perfect for my Family Room. There is so much more in this article, as well as the whole issue, so you might want to pick up a copy....or at least thumb through while waiting in line at the market with your watermelon and ice cream....lots of fresh and cool ideas.
My youngest had some friends over yesterday to try out some Rit dye techniques.....after watching them I am ready to get going with my own pillow project!
Are you changing anything in your house this summer?


Marisa said...

Love the first shot, straw everywhere you look!
x Marisa

Julio said...

A soothing and inspiring post Katie! We spent this past weekend in Dillon Beach which was in the 80's. Our first time there and loved it. It was nice to get away from the 100 degree heat. Looking forward to reading about how the pillow project turns out.

katiedid said...

Hi Marisa!
I have a thing for straw!

Julio....I LOVE Dillon Beach! Glad you had a good time:) We are off to San Diego in August. Can't wait!

Annie Wilcox Designs said...

While in Maryland and very close to beaches, I don't get there as often as I like. I do however change all of my pillows and bedding throughout the house and add cream candles and a little spanish moss to things. My shells are a staple all year here.

Renae said...

Great post and love the tie dye!

stacystyle said...

Was that not the most amazing issue? I earmarked, tore out, and filed so many pages and hope to reproduce some of those looks in my own home. I'll have to post the results!

Claudia Juestel said...

Love the wicker-covered bottles and the China Seas Ikat.



Susie M said...

I was reading Martha Stewart Living at my friends house and I'm sure I pointed out the same blue and white pillows to my friend and told her I had to have them. I want them for my bedroom. I was happy to see them here.

Karena said...

Love changing out pillows and these are wonderful!!

Art by Karena

Mona Thompson said...

I love all the straw. Working on a country home for a client. she will need this collection to hang by her back door.

{this is glamorous} said...

was flipping through the current issue of martha stewart living this past weekend and absolutely loved the paint-dipped baskets as well as the shade on the glass lamps and the white pillar candles -- all such fun, lovely ideas, and so simple!

hope you're having a most wonderful summer,

beachcomber said...

the first photo is devine! stopping by from completely coastal.
cheryl x