07 June 2016

Simplifying for Summer

In our area, summer is here, and it is sizzling.










Clutter-free is never possible around here, but I put things away and went to the basics.












The home is simplified for the summer with white sheets, seashells, and slipcovers.  Our blossoms and vegetable garden are shielded by umbrellas. Filtered light is enough for our nonnatives in the elevated beds, and hopefully not too much that they need the shade cloth.











Inexpensive white bedding on the porch and in the bedrooms.









I love theses chrysanthemums growing in my garden.  I must find different varieties for the future.
My spouse's grandfather, but really mine as well, grew mums for show. This is just an ordinary pink one, but still they are so lovely.  I went around pinching his, so he could get the best bloom on a plant.  I learned most everything I know about gardening from him, except for what I had to learn when I returned to the desert.  











It' is sort of a meditation: a bowl of shells and a frame.  It's interesting and relaxing to rearrange.










The little painting is from Sea Washed Living at Seawashed. On the shelves, I like to slip a bouquet made from our garden.






















Aprons for the garden....









Umbrellas for the plants...












Thank you for visiting.
I have been doing Instagram more these days, but I am working on a couple of projects for here.

xoxo 

Su









64 comments:

  1. Beautiful!! You look like you are all ready for summer.

    Have a great week.

    Judy

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  2. I love the simple beauty of your home and photos!

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  3. Su it is so pretty in your home with all the whites. It feels like a Summer Cottage by the sea. Lovely layers of white ruffles, lace and seashells. Your porch daybed is such a dreamy place.

    Thank you for sharing the link for my faded sea painting. The name of my shop Seawashed is all one word. When I chose the name I did my research and the word seawashed as one word did not exist. But now others are using it too. Oh well, that is just how the world is now.

    Stay cool. It is hot here too. In the triple digits.
    xx Kerrie

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  4. It all looks so cool and comfortable for the season!

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  5. Everything looks gorgeous Su! I hope you have a wonderful summer.
    P.S. I'm enjoying all of your IG photos. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie. I think it is fun. xoxo Su

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  6. Hola amiga querida ,, que lindo cada detalle de tu casa. , espero que tengas un buen día
    Cariños

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  7. Love, love simplicity in the summer! Your garden beds are so full and lush, I'll have to keep the umbrella in mind, I lost one of my sweatpea bushes this past weekend :( Just too hot! I'm going to need to find you on Instagram, I'll head over now! Have a great rest of your week and stay cool! Blessings, Cindy xo

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    1. Hi, Cindy. So far, so good with the umbrellas. I have shade clothes too, but they are not out yet; they are just so unattractive. So this year, I thought I would experiment with umbrellas, and it seems to work. Only one side of one elevated bed was burned. So it's working. I bought them at "At Home" Very affordable... Given our weather, I did not want expensive ones, because well you know how they look quick. These were 9 or 10 feet around for 69?, stand more, and they are holding up fine. They have been in the yard for several months now, and open everyday, unless windy. But it seems the wind is gone now until a monsoon. I followed you on Instagram as well. I had no idea you were on there, Cindy. xoxo Su

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  8. Beautiful! I love love love those wicker chairs and everything else too! xox

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    1. Thank you, Anne. They are really comfortable. xoxo Su

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  9. Such wonderful pictures, and I love your bedding. It certainly doesn't look inexpensive! Funny to think of you experiencing sizzling heat while I am cuddling under a quilt as the evening whips and howls around my house.

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I have a really good eye. I saw them and my eyes almost popped out of my head, because they looked European. I read the package, and they were made in Portugal. I bought it at one of those discount stores. The two shams were 25 each with the inserts, and I had the other two. The Matelase cover is a twin sideways and the comforter cover was 60, but the bed is a queen, which is less expensive to dress to begin with. xoxo Su

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  10. Su, I love your images...so soothing. The ticking style pillows are dreamy and I adore the idea of the shells in the frame for arranging and meditation. Just beautiful. Mimi xxx

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    1. Thank you so much, Mimi. The pillows are handmade by someone local. xoox Su

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  11. I love the seashells in your decor and all of the clean crisp whites. Enjoy your day...stay inside where it's cool! (and I will too! heehee) Hugs, Diane

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  12. Visits to your blog are always so peaceful, Su. Your entire home looks like a meditation space. It's a retreat in the dessert that I think I could feel relaxed in all the time. You have created a real haven for both body and mind.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. I really try to make my home relaxing. xoox Su

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  13. Lovely garden. Hate to say this, but the bucket hanging by the bed makes me think nausea.

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    1. That's okay, Rose. I never thought of that. My daughter hung it there, and I thought it looked cute. xoxo Su

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  14. So beautiful Su! You have a great eye for how to put it all together to make a beautiful home and garden. Thanks for sharing 💕

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  15. Beautiful Su! I enjoyed browsing through your pictures and reminded myself that it is high time I start simplifying around here.

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    1. Thank you, Maya. I simplify and then by Christmas it's complicated. xoxo Su

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  16. Su your Summer sizzling whites look cool and refreshing. I have been enjoying our chats on Instagram and I am trying to work on my thoughts for a post but dealing with Simon who has been having health difficulty has sidetracked my ambitions. C'est la vie! I find your umbrella shading adds interest to your garden - I so enjoy seeing different techinques to nuture nature across the country.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera. I am so sorry that Simon is not well. I hope you can get it under control with the changes you have had to make. So far, so good on the umbrellas for filtered light. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  17. Beautiful summer touches in your home! I especially like the frame with the shells
    Hugs
    Alessandra

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  18. Everything looks so lovely, cool and inviting, Su! I especially love how you have pared everything down and used the white linens for summer. Such a great idea to use umbrellas on the plants....Wishing you sweet blessings xx Karen

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    1. Thank you, Karen. Yes, so far they work... We will see how the angle of the sun changes. They do angle, but my niece will be in charge next month. xoxo Su

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  19. Love this, especially all the white linen. So lovely and summer-y!

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. Have a wonderful weekend. xoox Su

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  20. Love it all Su. I just did white on my beds too for summer. Love the softness and light feel for summer. Love that you have the umbrellas for your plants. Everything looks beautiful.
    Kris

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    1. Thank you, Kris. I look forward to seeing your new home. xoxo Su

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  21. I love your IG posts. And your blog posts. :-)
    You inspire me.
    My grandpa taught me so much about gardening. I loved to work with him as a child.
    Have a great week,
    Carla

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    1. Thank you so much, Carla. That is so kind to say. I really miss him. My spouse's grandparents were like my own. Certain people really make a difference in one's life.
      xoxo Su

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  22. I always think that I'm turning the pages of a glossy luxurious magazine when I come here. I don't know how you do what you do here but it's a treat every time.

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    1. Thank you so much, Dewena, for such a lovely compliment. I am really trying to simplify. One does not have to have a lot of things for it to beautiful, and nature is the most beautiful Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  23. Hi Su,
    Yes the simplier things are in a home the heat of summer feels a bit more bareable.
    I love how your home has this cross over feel of all things cottage Bren h but beach side as well, so maybe a bit more European feeling.
    Love the shiplapped walls, beds that act like summer porch beds where one can nap in the afternoon taking in the breezes that flow through.
    Everything looks amazingly fresh, and love the accents with added ticking.

    See you and your beauty soon.
    Xx
    Dore

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    1. Thank you very much, Dore. It has sort of beachy feel, because of the style of the house, but I lived in California 18 years, so it's hard to let go of the beach. I'm sorry for your daughter's and family's loss. xoxo Su

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  25. So many cute things. The ticking pillow, meditation frame and garden apron are particular favorites. And the garden photos. The garden is always fun to look at.

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    1. Thank you, Lorri. That frame is my favorite idea. It started, because my daughter wanted a sand zen garden, but with two cats in the house that wouldn't work. I immediately thought of this, because we always have shells around. have a wonderful weekend. We use the aprons in the yard. xoxo Su

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  26. Oh my goodness! It's all so fresh and beautiful. I want to crawl right into that white bed and the teacup of mums photo is breathtaking!

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    1. Thank you, Jen. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  27. Beautiful! I love the romantic cottage feel of the white, and your garden spaces are just beautiful! I am also enjoying Instagram as it is visual and quick to read ;)

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  28. gorgeous! congratulations on your cottage journal feature. Hugs!

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  29. the garden looks really nice...
    i like the chrysanthemum on the polka dotted cup and saucer.

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  30. Beautiful, Su, just the right balance between restful and welcoming.
    Amalia
    xo

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  32. Love your photos. Serene and calming. I hope you are enjoying your summer.

    Your home is beautiful and peaceful. Such a welcoming feel.

    Hugs,

    Janet

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  33. While it can get hot here and has been already the thought of umbrellas for the plants is intriquing to me! :)

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  34. I love love love simple white linens! I have never grown mums. I wasn't sure they would survive here. Maybe I should try? I spy the cucumbers! (hehehehe) xo Jen

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