Monday, June 4, 2012

Summerizing the California Home

 Summer is almost here and school will be over! It seems things really ramped up in May and I cannot wait for some downtime to devote to my family and the home. I did order a few things to kick off some of the home decor changes I am going to try during the break. I'm ready to transition to that California beachy cottage vibe. We're going to paint the living room and dining area a white and add natural fiber rugs, seating and nautical stripes for accents. I've had fun pining images to my California Style board on Pinterest. Check out some of the ideas by clicking here or my Pinterest link on this page. Here's a few images from it and below them what I've started here at home.

Country Living

Peter Dunham in Architectural Digest

House Beautiful

It's all about natural wood, whites, stripes, and black accents with a little blue mixed in.

For my home, I found this sign on sale at Pottery Barn and I'm liking the distressed look of it:

I bought this ikat pillow at Pottery Barn too.

I'm most excited about this seagrass rug from Pottery Barn. Loving it. It gives the whole room a fresh  look. I'm going to order one for my dining room too. The quality of this rug is excellent for the price and seagrass is much easier to clean and wear than sisal.

Then, I threw these two together on my family room white couch.

I added these zebra pillows on my living room couch. Can a girl have too much zebra? It just looks so fun and fresh.

I'm thinking of ditching my dining chairs and adding something woven like these below.

I had to add my beach sticks to the umbrella stand again and display my favorite summer books:

The vintage edition of this book above. I scored it at my grandmother's church tag sale. And below, decorator Kathryn Ireland's fun summer book of entertaining, decorating and eating. I also love pool books. They get me in the summer frame of mind displayed for the season.

I like the idea of adding more burlap accessories, bamboo lanterns or hurricane lamps, and trays in brights to punch it all up and add a little color. You can see my living room above could use a little brightening. It's all a bit beige and I think the white walls will help bring that fresh beachy look.

 Love this tray I found at TJ Maxx for more blue

Next up, to add some lightness and to get more curb appeal on my porch, (with very little to work with), I removed an old black and gold address plaque and ordered this round white one. I brought out these white lanterns from the backyard to match my white mailbox and garage door. Then I chucked out these zebra pillows on my bench. Recently I bought these dome boxwoods and herbs and tried to create a French potager look on the front stoop. Still trying to get that moldy look on the pots! The door is a deep blue.

  This isn't decor, but check out my kangaroo plant below. I thought he was a goner about a month ago! This plant brings all the hummingbirds to my window in the morning! A little TLC and he is back...

I bought this little sculpture of a ball for the garden above my pool. Love the happy look - like an errant beach ball.


 My buddy Marlo spying birds through the front window and furring the couch up. (Black cats + white furniture = not good.)  Oh well. Love these varmints.

Are you making any changes to your home for summer?



  1. Kim - first, Marlo is beautiful! Who cares about the daily fur detailing? Ha - daily - sure!
    I love so many of your new items and the ideas you are planning to add to your very cool home - the placement of your pool is a dream of mine.

    Front porch (did you ask for help?) - Can the bench fit on the porch if it is placed perpendicular to the house? Keeping it on the left near where it is now it would "face" your potager grouping.

    See if you can find a wide striped, outdoor fabric the blue (or close to) of your door for pillows. This would continue how well the lanterns & new house number really "POP"!

    Your new boxwood balls are perfect and really frame the entry well - you are so lucky to have a wide graceful path and porch.


    1. Linda, Great ideas! Thanks so much! Especially the pillow thing.
      Yes, we have kind of a different pool that is square then winds around the back of the house to make a lap lane also.

  2. You have an amazing home Kim! I love all your new purchases and decor ideas:) Have a lovely week!

  3. Kim,

    So much to comment on! First, I like all your inspirational photos! Your additions are perfect for the summer months ahead. I miss my kids being this age.. I always looked forward to the slow pace with them over the summer. Back to topic ~ love the umbrella holder, pillows, boxwood, and natural fiber rug!

    You look like you set for summer!


    1. Leslie, thanks. i can't wait for those slower times either..

  4. I love the simple decor of your front porch with the boxwoods and the lanterns. I decided I'm hanging sheer white curtains along the entire back wall of my bedroom! That's my summer decorating project!

  5. Hi Kim,
    I love all your summer spruce ups...especially adding beach sticks to your umbrella stand and just seeing the pool from inside looks refershing. And the summer books...perfect!

  6. Hi Kim, you purchased beautiful stuff from Pottery Barn. You will never go wrong with the blue and white print pillow case as that will go a long way to spruce up our sofa. Your swimming pool seems amazing! I would love to see your interior design when you have finished. Have fun!

    1. Pam, I I will post it all when I finish I hope!
      Thanks! :)

  7. Oh you have a porch I am so envious.
    I'm headed out to to one of the most amazing pools in the world tomorrow for my birthday, otherwise I would be crying with envy right now!

    I so want to move to SoCal.

  8. So many good ideas, those zebra pillows are great! And the white & blue vases and holders. Do post photos when its finished!

  9. Loving those Nandor chairs from Ikea, we had those and they looked so natural and summery. Can't wait to see the final piccies!

  10. I get so excited when you post pics of your home - you have wonderful taste and are brilliant at that trick of bridging elegant and cosy. I'd love to visit one day!

    Where to start? I love all these ideas, and it is beautiful. I've got a mini crush on zebra print too - I saw some pics of Alexandra Von Furstenberg's NY flat when she was first married and she had a lot of zebra and white. So glam! I love your box balls and lanterns on the porch too. Looks so inviting! xxx

  11. Thanks everyone for you nice notes! I will defiantly post when I get done. Mrs. E, I know exactly what you are talking about. I think I have those pages torn out myself somewhere of Alexandra Von Furstenburg's apartment! Loved it.


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