A Swedish Getaway

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Now that summer is wrapping up (I still can’t believe it’s August already!), I’ve been dreaming of soaking up these last bits of the season. Fresh blueberries, lakeside breezes, late-night conversations in sinking wicker chairs. It sounds so perfect to me, especially after spotting this picturesque summer cabin in Sweden…


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Get The Look: An Outdoor Fire Pit

Image Credit: Cottage Living via My Home Ideas

With back to school right around the corner, why not savor the last few moments of summer by creating an outdoor getaway for your family and friends? Need some inspiration? Look no further than the following finds (none more expensive than $500!):

-The seating pictured appears to be these IKEA banana fiber finds, both under $60! Alseda Stool ($30), PS Gullholmen ($60)
-Is any outdoor space complete without a fire pit? Stone Fire Pit ($500)
-Outdoor-approved lighting adds a touch of romance and fun to an everyday get-together. String Lights ($10)
-Keep cozy by the fire with a wool cover-up. Pendleton Blanket ($130)
-Fill a few vintage Thermos’ with hot chocolate and let your starry evening begin. Thermos ($80)

Enjoy, star-gazers!

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Why Don’t You…?

Sure, you may not have spare tea pots lying around your house, but I can guarantee you can find a variety at the thrift store… for pennies. Why not create mock planters and display your favorite greens on the back porch this summer?

I’d also play around with teacups, patterned vases and more for an eclectic and sweet look. Who says planters should have all the fun?

Image Credit: Getty Images via Wedding Ideas

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Summer lovin’…

What does summer mean to you? What are some of your favorite things to do? Hard to say if summer is my favorite season or not (I just love them all!), but it sure does put a smile on my face though. Here's my story of a lazy summer, with a bit of romance sprinkled in between…

… a sun-drenched room. how amazing will it be to spend a hot summer day indoors in this white-washed gorgeousness?

… ahhh cucumber-ginger fizzes. Refreshing and so pretty to look at. The cucumber ribbon is perfectly delectable, don't you think? { click here for the recipe }

… a lovely and pampering moment in the bath. a beautiful summer dress waiting to be worn.

… soft summer breezes. Laying in bed with door wide open. Where can I find this magical place?

… a quintessential seaside escape. And perhaps a genuine clambake right on the beach… with layers of rocks, seaweed, and all the yummy goodness that go along with that.

… peek-a-boo! So fun, so pure, and so easy. Somehow I can see a smile behind that linen towel.

… lush and vibrant. Give me fields and fields of this and I'll be there any day, with a book and picnic basket in hand.

{ images: 1 / 2 / 3 / 45 / 6 / 7 scanned from Martha Stewart Living; photography by Richard Felber }

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