Summer is an attitude. Summer is keeping it simple. Summer is a break.
I love my house in the summer. Mother Nature is my designer.
Sunshine is my go-to partner for summer decorating. The summer sunlight comes pouring in all day through the windows and French doors in my house. But, she is a tough taskmaster and requires that I work harder than I really want to keep the windows clean and shiny. But, if she is going to work ten to twelve hours a day, the least I can do is keep the windows sparkling so she can show off her glory.
When the sun, my summer partner, gets really enthusiastic, I am prepared with a window unit air conditioner in my bedroom. It hums all night at a nippy 68 degrees, like the air conditioners at old Holiday Inns that put condensation on the windows by morning. I don't even mind that the woven wood shade and silk draperies are pulled up and to the side making room for the glorious factory air. Here function definitely takes the front seat to form. The treatment of the window treatment is not pretty, however, there is two pair of French doors in the room dressed in silk draperies that are very pleasing to the eye and more than make up for the temporary design infraction on the west wall.
The kitchen is a great summer spot. When I can, I have a wooden bowl filled with fresh veggies in season. I try to eat them before they go bad, I confess, I don't always succeed. These seasonal jewels make their own statement. Eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and corn on the cob, are the originals in organic design. The colors of summer vegetables are fabulous, Mother Nature really does put on a show. Together they say summer is here and the season is as temporary as the homegrown veggies. Mother Nature with her deep, sensuous and vibrant colors makes our effort at interior paint color seem pale and lifeless. Aside, I tried to grow tomatoes, my plant yielded five tomatoes the size of golf balls, despite my efforts at watering and fertilizing. The crop was tasty but tiny, and after the less than bountiful harvest, the whole plant surrendered herself back to Mother Nature. I am going to stick to decorating and let those with the green thumbs work their own magic.
So, put on your flip-flops, kick back and bask in the sunlight. Don't miss Mother Nature's summer light show, fall will be here soon enough.