My Home

Summer Mantels + More

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I was freshening up the house over the weekend, changing things for the season, swapping out accessories and such. I pulled out a few objects I had tucked away and layered them on the mantel, always touches of white and this time a few golden accents for sparkle.

A neighbor was cutting down a tree last year and I was that pesky person who walked over and asked if I could have a big bunch of branches for my fireplace. The birch logs have been there since, they fit so perfectly I can’t imagine moving them. Ever.

kates summer mantel

two sides of mantel

living room mantel

The accessory lineup: golden vase is Z Gallerie, mid century inspired geometric candlesticks I bought in Montreal last year, the hammered gold bowl is Target. The faux ear coral I bought at Pottery Barn two years ago, it usually sits on my dresser in the master but looks pretty and beachy on the mantel. The set of vases are also from Target (last year). The pillow is Pottery Barn, I think from two seasons ago.

I wrote about styling summer mantels over at BH&G this morning, and here are the other latest articles as well.

summer mantel style

colorful girls rooms

dining room rug rules

alfresco dining picks

 

What decorating changes have you made around the house this summer?

 

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My Childhood Home

Monday, June 17th, 2013

All of this recent house hunting with my sister got me thinking about the home I grew up in as a child. It was a sweet single story brick cottage on 1/3 acre with apple tree and plum trees in the backyard, and a creek across the rear meadow where we’d go exploring or fishing for hours and without any supervision.

My brother visited the house two years ago and reported that our childhood home had fallen into such disrepair that it was completely abandoned with the windows boarded up with plywood. The thought made me so sad I couldn’t bring myself to drive past it anymore (it’s in another town 30 minutes away). 

As he left, my brother noticed something out of the corner of his eye, something that still remained, and managed to grab it. It belonged to us anyway, the original address plaque that hung over the door when our family lived there 25 years ago.

original address plaque

 

When Layla posted about her recent visit to her grandfather’s house, it got me feeling nostalgic once more, so I did some digging and found out through online research that someone had bought my childhood home last year and took the time to fix it up. The little brick house had a comeback story to tell.

brick childhood home

 

Here are the four of us kids out in front of it in 1978, I’m the big sister rocking the floral pants, how cute is little sis in her corduroy overalls and little bro in his turtleneck and plaid pants, awesome! We’re standing right in front of the kitchen window, you can see the curtains my mom sewed and the old shingle roof that’s been replaced. There was a split rail fence too, but that’s gone and the windows have been painted white.

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