Let’s face it Summer flies by faster than any of the other seasons. Saturday and Sunday should invite Friday to be part of the weekend then we could enjoy the beautiful weather and festivities a bit more. As soon as Memorial Day hits my family and I run for the Lake where every weekend is filled with fun, sun, food and great company at our Summer home. I’m so happy to share a peek into our little cozy cottage where it all happens. Everything is amped up a bit; the music, the laughs, the color and the food! And to top it all off, you can see some of my stylish blogger friend’s homes all ready enjoying the Summer in full swing. Welcome this from Janine’s Happy Happy Nester blog! Come on in and see my colorful Summer and then head on over to Oscar living room achy transformation at Oscar Bravo Home. You’re love it. It’s a Shore Thing! https://www.memehill.com/web-stories/lake-house-decorating-on-a-budget/
She may be small and without a dishwasher but she sure is cute, functional and always makes me smile when I come thru the door. The kitchen closed sign is mostly out and complicated meals and piles of dishes are for the weekdays. We mostly grill out, make salads and eat a lot of small plate appetizers.
I am a magnet for vintage ceramic pottery. You can never have too many vases or planters. Our sideboard displays a portion of my collection in addition to all the serviceware. Mismatched thrifted furniture and flea market finds get a fresh coat of paint and add rustic charm and playful color to the small open space. A Summer home should be filled with all your favorite things!
Easy peasy appetizers and salads with a “help yourself to whatever you want” attitude.
I always stop at the local farm markets on my way out of the city for fresh flowers and produce.
Whimsical colorful stands purchased from HomeGoods serve as candle holders or plate stands when entertaining.
We rarely turn on the fireplace in the Summer but it’s still the focal point of the cottage. If you’d like to see what this space looked like before we renovated and added our fireplace check out my post NO BONES ABOUT IT, SHE HAS GOOD BONES
Weekends at the lake entail No WIFI and the TV armoire is mostly closed. We play games, listen to music, fish, swim and spend time out on the lake.
Adding color and pattern are the Lakeside swivel chairs from Raymour & Flanigan. So darn comfortable and fun that I had to have two! Nautical needlepoint pillows are scattered around the cottage to cozy up with late at night.
A rustic wooden NO WAKE SIGN from HomeGoods hangs over The Gray Street Server that plays double duty as bar and game cabinet. Stackable navy metal bistro chairs are space savers and even go outside when we BBQ.
Lazy Sunday mornings are spent reading in bed, sipping coffee and listening to the water hit the shore.
At night around the campfire my husband Ross gets out his guitar and serenades us with his original music. There are several musicians near us so when the music starts they all gather around. Some of us sound better than others! Let’s just say I didn’t get the musical gene.
I hung a repurposed mirror and shelf that my father made us. It reflects the light in this small room and doubles as a nightstand for Ross. At night I turn on the macramé pendant light. It casts the best shadows around the room!
My daughter Chloe’s room is kid central. The trundle bed comes out and the giggling starts.
There’s only one bath but its big enough to hold a small army!
Our front porch is where we hang out the most. The kids fight over who gets to lounge on the daybed and when the weather is questionable or the bugs come out we eat all our meals out here. Loads of nautical colors and patterns.
Nothings is better than waking to the smell of Chocolate croissants cooking in the oven. Have you tried these delicious delicacies from Trader Joe’s? TO. DIE. FOR.
Our front porch all decked out in patriotic stars and stripes.
We have rules at the lake. Simple and easy. If you don’t comply you get thrown off the dock.
Patriotic Patio, Porch and Dock
I purchased this American Flag throw blanket just before the Fourth of July from HomeGoods. As you can see it gets around. It added just the patriotic touch to our dock and earlier in the day I used it as a tablecloth. The fireworks were spectacular this year! Over two hours straight reflecting in the lake.
When the weather gets hot I make something cool. A sweet and sassy little rainbow number.
Who doesn’t love watermelon? This refreshing Summer treat can be a side dish to your meal or a dessert. So simple, colorful and takes just a few minutes to prepare.
Greek Watermelon Star Salad
Cut watermelon into 1 inch slices. With a cookie cutter slice watermelon into stars and carefully remove. Drizzle stars with quality balsamic vinegar, feta cheese, Himalayan sea salt and fresh mint. It’s that simple!
Please check out my friends and their beautiful Summer homes. It’s so fun to see what my blogger friends are up to in the Summer. Simply click on the link and it’ll take you to their tour. If you need me I will be out on the dock enjoying one of these! Happy Summer!
AMIE’S BLOGGER BUDDIES SUMMER HOME TOUR:
Down to Earth Gloribell I dont know how she does it WWW.KNOWHOWSHEDOESIT.COM
Hysterical & Handsome Oscar of Oscar Bravo Home WWW.OSCARBRAVOHOME.COM
The Super Chic & Classy Amy of Crazy Chic Design WWW.CRAZYCHICDESIGN.COM
The Glamorous Laila of Designs by Laila WWW.DESIGNSBYLAILA.COM
Super Sweet Janine of Happy Happy Nester WWW.HAPPYHAPPYNESTER.COM
*Fireworks photo by Laurene Icart
Amazing Amie! Your photos always make me happy. You are so great at using lots of colors in your sorroundings and they always look so relaxed and full of life! Love your post Amie
Gloribell Thank you so much. Coming from you thats quite a compliment. We keep it light and fun at the lake. Its a place and time to get away from all the weekday craziness. Have a great day! Off to see your post now. xoxo
I’m so in love with your lake house! You’ve done an amazing job decorating it!!! xoxo
Crashing waves, live music, chocolate croissants and a huge bathroom!?! Sounds like heaven and I want in! Love your happy cottage!
OOOH Thaanks Oscar. You are welcome anytime. Your family would love it here! xoxo
Omg! I love all of it! So fun and cheerful!
Thanks Jeanne! Hope you’re doing well. ITs just around the lake from Dick’s place. Come anytime! xox
Wow!!!! Your Summer Home Tour is spectacular. I wanted to see all the gorgeous bright colors. Can I come visit you this summer? Every room is eye candy!
Yes come anytime Janine! Its small but fun. Your kids would love it her in the Finger Lakes! xoxo
Love, love, love! You have made your sweet cottage such a haven of relaxation and family fun. I am smitten! Wish I could come share in some of that summer lovin’ with you all! Absolutely charming!
Thank you so much Kathleen! Its small but a fun little place where we unplug and have fun. Sandy feet and all. You are welcome anytime! xoxo
Amie, this is so much fun! Beautiful, lively, fresh, and inviting. And I am thrilled to see that your stylish place is simple, small, unplugged and rather basic. That spirit was at the heart of summer places when I grew up and it was great. We played games, spent time outside and it was a refreshing change from our big rather fancy house during the year. So often today vacation homes are pretty much as lavish as the main residence and I think something is lost. Absolutely love yours!
Wendy! You so get me. I didn’t even want a tv there but I lost out on that one. I wanted to infuse color and fun without making into a new house. There are still the old cottage house elements like older kitchen cabinets, crooked doors, the old door front and back doors, etc. that keep it still a vintage getaway. Thanks so much for swinging by!
Oh my gosh, loved everything! How adorable is the star watermelon salad, yum!! It was so much fun doing this summer tour with you Amie! xoxo