August has arrived and I cannot lie – I dread the end of summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall. It’s winter I’m not too fond of. If any of you are winter lovers, please tell me your secret for loving the frosty season! I need some help in transitioning to cooler weather.
Next week we’re all headed to Wisconsin for a farm vacation – and by “all” I mean my kids and their kids. Goats are located on the property and they’re always fun to watch. The house is also located on a 600-acre tree farm with trails so that should be fun. Not to mention the hot tub and fire pit. We’re staying in the town of Cambridge that has a beach area on Lake Ripley. The lake isn’t too far from the yurt vacation that hubby and I enjoyed last year.
My grandson is celebrating his 16th birthday while we’re in Wisconsin so we’ll probably head over to nearby Madison for dinner. Can you believe I have a 16-year old grandson??? I sure can’t. He already told his mother he’s driving to the farm house. I guess that’s one way to get a teenager to go on a family vacation without complaining.
I’m looking forward to enjoying the sunrise and sunset on the farm. This vacation will be more laid back than those in the past. We have two babies this year so going out is more of a challenge. It’s nice just to hang out with family, enjoying coffee outdoors in the morning, cooking together, and enjoying wine and s’mores in the evening. Sometimes simplicity is best.
Enough of next week’s plans. Let’s move onto this week’s inspirational Friday Finds.
While we’re still enjoying summer, you don’t want to miss Libby Cameron’s century-old beach house that’s filled with color and vintage treasures.
Do you struggle with arranging vignettes atop furniture? Check out three dresser decorating ideas over at Wildflower Home, which by the way, is a new-to-me blog that I’m totally crushing on.
As we transition into fall in a few weeks, many of you will be giving your porch a fresh look for the autumn season. My friend Suzy at Worthing Court shares tips for decorating a small front porch that I think you’ll enjoy.
Have I told you how much I love peaches? Well, they’re in season now and lucky for me and you, Midwest Living shared some of their favorite peach recipes. There are several I want to try. The only problem is, I end up eating the peaches before I can cook or bake with them! But I absolutely must try the Peach Pinwheel Dumplings. YUM!!
Feeling creative? See 10 things you can do with a can of paint. Speaking of which, I need to spot-paint some areas on the outside of my house. I’ll wait until the weather cools off a bit before tackling that project!
How many of you love traditional style? I know I do! You’ll be happy to know it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, according to My Domaine. But then, would you even care if it goes out of style? It’s traditional so I don’t think it could ever truly be considered outdated. That’s the beauty of it. It’s classic and timeless.
I hope I’ve given you some things that brighten your day or even motivate you to make a small change in your home. The creative process is always fun, in my humble opinion. Enjoy the upcoming first weekend in August!