There’s nothing like leaving things until the last minute, and I’m absolutely squeaking in under the wire on the last day of the month with my post for July’s Styling the Seasons. One of these days I’ll post on the first of the month (unlikely).
: Styling the Seasons, by Apartment Apothecary and Lotts and Lots :
“Reflect the change of seasons and show those changes in your own home, by styling any surface (shelf, dining table, mantelpiece) with something you like to reflect the new month and what it means to you”
When we finally made it to the end of the term we were all on our knees (first year of school lesson #3,047: the summer term is busier than Christmas. Who knew?). It’s taken us a while to find our summer holiday vibe, but this last week has worked some magic. The out-of-office is off (well, almost. At least it would be if I could actually finish off all these outstanding bits of work), and although the weather might not be totally on our side, we are getting out in the fresh air and finding some breathing space.
I’ve got vivid memories of reading this special little book as a child (it was my mum’s before me and has her name scrawled in childish writing on the front page) – it’s about a day on the beach and sandcastles and rock-pooling. It’s definitely going in our bag to read on the beach when we head to Wales for our holiday in a couple of weeks.
This week we had our first beach trip (on a lovely stay with Sarah-Lou). We were buffeted with the wind, and it was far from warm, but the kids immediately started collecting treasures and Ez literally danced with joy at the edge of the sea. I think those beach vibes have had a big impact on how I’ve styled my guest room shelf this month – muted, sandy colours and natural textures. When I need a quiet moment in the summer holiday madness I’m going to settle myself in the guest room and read that book again.