I love summer and I love white, and these two go so very well together. A casual white shirt paired with denim, or a simple white dress, is the perfect summer outfit. And with a splash of white in your interior you are not only adding light to your home but it also give a crisp and clean look. Today’s post is my ‘ode’ to white and to summer. Enjoy!
Recently week a group of inspiring ladies gathered in San Onofre, California to enjoy the sunshine during a beach camping trip organized by fashion company Free People. The set up on the beach was just gorgeous. First the driftwood teepee was built by stitching it together with crochet rounds and neon string. The it was lined with a cloud of blankets and handmade pillows to get lost in. Surrounding the teepee was signage made of driftwood, seashell mandalas in the sand, and of course, a hand-painted surf board! Guests dined at a long seated table made of rough, hand-painted planks. Eucalyptus, Queen Anne’s Lace, and lush yellow flowers filled mason jars lining the table’s center. Scattered between, laid bits of sea glass to reflect that glowing yellow sun. Lastly, Free People had to put its final stamp on the setup. They claimed their reserved tiki hut with a handmade “Free People” banner. It was died in pink, stitched with sequins, and elegantly painted. The space was now Free People wonder land. A land where all could laugh, make friends, and dream a dream together.
This beautiful rural home in New South Wales, Australia, was recently featured on The Design Files. Elise and Pablo’s home, which is a converted weatherboard church, is perched on a block of land near the Hawkesbury River. The church dates back to 1880, and was operational until 10 years ago. During the renovation one of the biggest job was to weatherboard and paint the whole inside of the building. Also, internal walls on the back veranda were demolished to create a large kitchen which looks out to the garden. The couple’s decorating style is relaxed, they have added things slowly and carefully. One of their latest additions is the beautiful Dedon nestrest hanging in the tree. How I would love to have this oversized bird’s nest in our garden!
Today’s post features ten of the best al fresco dining settings that I could find online. I have tried to make a diverse selection: there are some settings for large gatherings, for small gatherings, a picnic for two and even a photo of a lovely setting for kids. I hope this post gives you inspiration to make the most of the upcoming summer and have lots of meals outdoors!
This lovely 1960s two-bedroom beach cottage belongs to designer Marika Jarv and her husband Matt and their two daughters. It is located near Avalon in Sydney, Australia. Many of the furniture pieces featured in these images where bought on Ebay. The lovely sun-washed master bedroom opens out to the lush back garden, which backs onto a little creek. As many Australians this family loves the outdoors and there is a beautiful sun deck where they spend a lot of mealtimes outdoors. A great family home!
Amber Lewis’ home is the perfect example of how to add colors and different patterns without creating an overwhelming effect. Her style is bright, fun, relaxing and has a bohemian chic vibe. You can see her personality reflected in her home, which I think is important when designing an interior. Amber Lewis is the owner and designer of Amber Interiors, a residential design firm assisting clients with decorating and designing their homes. At the end of this post you can find product suggestions for creating a similar look. Some of Amber’s designs are also included in this selection.
Danish designers Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen and Kasper Rønn named their company Norm to express their dedication to “working with Danish norms and standards refined over hundreds of years,” says Bjerre-Poulsen, “rather than rejecting them in the endless search for new.” The sincerity of their approach – bypassing flashy design for good design – shows in the quality of their work. Together with US company Design Within Reach they have developed a beautiful collection of garden furniture. The Finn Collection is directly tied to their philosophy in that it was built on a passion for details, tactility in design and creating for the need.