Happy Memorial Day weekend to all my American friends! In Canada, we had our holiday last weekend so it’s now (un)officially Summer here. We’ve been spending soooo much time out in the garden and I wanted to give a little Summer love to the inside of our house too.
Just a little bit though. I’m still banning myself from decorating any unrenovated spaces (which is all of them, pretty much) because I make myself completely crazy over it and it never works out quite right. It’s that whole lipstick on a pig thing again.
This is more just freshening up really. I used the same basic layout and materials as my Spring Fantel.
If you haven’t met yet, I’d like to introduce you to my Fantel (Fantel=Fake Mantel). Chris made it for me in the Fall out of some barn wood and some 2x4s taken out of the wall when we were renovating Kennedy’s closet.
It’s definitely my funnest piece of “furniture” so far.
These bricks that I found in a pile behind the garage always seem to find their way back into my life.
A little star I made out of wire a couple of years ago inside my newest rag wreath.
Hosta leaves have become my go-to thing for adding a little life into whatever area of my house I think needs it in the last couple of weeks. I’m still waiting on some blooms from different plants and shrubs, so in the meantime, these do quite nicely. They last for weeks and they’re kind of fun and tropical-looking.
It only took me about 10 minutes and since I used the same basic ideas as a layout I knew would work, it didn’t make me panic and think that nothing would ever look good in this house ever and how are we ever going to find time to actually renovate anyway?
Whew! No, that didn’t happen this time. Thank goodness, right? The mind of a blogger can be a scary place.
But not today! So I’d say this one’s a winner in my books!
Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.