Guest Post

Summer Is… by The Inspired Room

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Hello hello all, I’m still in in “Hotlanta” today, but enjoying the faces and people I’ve met here at the Haven Conference, we’re all so happy it’s been a great success so far, and the Haven team really appreciates all the support from our amazing sponsor brands

My final visitor in this “Summer Is” series is my good friend Melissa from The Inspired Room.  She’s a fellow west coast gal who I’ve traveled with to several events, and we’ve become good friends over the years.  She writes all about home decorating and design and loves the topic as much as I do, please welcome Melissa!

Hello! My name is Melissa and I’m from The Inspired Room. I’m so honored today that my lovely friend Kate invited me here to share what summer is to me! I do love summer! While Fall has always been considered my most favorite season (I’m a sit-by-a-cozy-fire-kind-of-girl, what can I say?) there is so much to enjoy about summer! While it is hard to narrow down all of my summer favorites, I’m happy to share a few with you today.

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When I think of summer, I dream of relaxing on cool evenings in a lovely outdoor space, sipping cold drinks with friends in the warm summer sun, wonderful family vacations at our beach front home and lightening up the decor inside and out with fun summer accessories and vibrant color.  I love to indulge all my senses in every season, so as soon as summer arrives I always fill my home with the most refreshing summer scents!  I’m currently loving the tropical fruit candle called Volcano from Anthropologie.

I’m so glad summer is finally here and I intend to enjoy every minute of it!

Sources: 1. Country Living 2. Martha Stewart 3. The Inspired Room 4. Dash & Albert 5. The Inspired Room 6. The Inspired Room

I want to thank Melissa and my three friends Myra, Chris, and Melissa for taking over the blog during these past two days and sharing their summer favorites.  Don’t forget to enter the ‘Boost Your Roost’ contest for a chance to win a $20,000 home renovation – it’s easy to enter and it could be YOU!



Summer Is… by 320 Sycamore

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

It is so nice having spent this past week on vacation and I’m *almost* ready to return home – I do look forward to the familiarity that awaits.  Our vacation has been so great, yet I can’t wait to enjoy even more pleasures of summer in our own backyard.  Today, I have two more guests who will share their favorites about this time of year in the “Summer Is” series, the first is my friend Melissa who offers so many great tips, ideas, and projects for the home at her blog 320 Sycamore

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“Thank you, Kate for having me over at your place! I love summer. When I think of summer, I think of  flags and home-town parades,

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cloud watching in green grass,

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do you see the whale eating the fish??

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lazy afternoons in the hammock with a good book,

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blueberry picking,

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the lake,

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playing until dark,

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lanterns, white candles, driftwood, and shells

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and yummy salads.


(we love this one from Southern Living)

For us, it’s a perfect time to slow down a bit, to lighten things up around the house, to open the windows at night, to soak in childhood and make memories, and to be grateful for the freedoms we enjoy that others have sacrificed so much for.

It’s the smell of green grass, sunscreen, and burgers on the grill. It’s the sound of marching bands, crickets, and sprinklers.  It’s the touch of gooey toasted marshmallows, cool water, and hot pavement underneath your bare feet.  It’s the taste of watermelon, strawberry jam, and ice cream cones. It’s the sight of fireflies at night, green fields, flowers, and lemonade stands. It’s the time that you look back on a cold, dreary February afternoon and long for.  Here’s to summer of 2012!”

Thanks so much Melissa for sharing your summer favorites with us – burgers, and watermelon, and ice cream?  Yes, please!  And I so love how Melissa’s summer’s are ones dedicated to making memories, do you feel the same?