On this post..My June must list, tomato garden tips from my dad, a charming California home refresh, pretty slip dresses, and my new bed I just ordered.
I had a busy week. It was so nice my youngest son Griffin was here for a while and now he’s off again back to Utah where he is working for the summer. I can’t believe it is already June. I just love the idea of summer.. and all the possibilities it brings! Do you feel the same?
I’m also working on my yard when my allergies aren’t killing me.. Anyone else suffering more this year with them? I also have the French Open on non-stop. I love it!
Things on my June list..
Start wearing a tinted moisturizer- or mix a bronzer into my moisturizer for a sunkissed look. (I have used this one which is also a sunscreen.)
Do a body and face scrub and hair mask one evening or weekend..
Wear my hair tied back with a silk scarf in a pony or a small bun with it wrapped around it. The warmer it gets, the less I want to blow dry. (Below with my new Rails top and a scarf.)
Add to my garden tomatoes (tips below), with herbs like basil and mint in patio pots.
Switch my bag out to a woven one. I finally ordered this that was on my list.
Buy a summer lipstick shade!
Start making sun tea every few days on the patio. (I love this Sport Tea Contessa got me hooked on.)
Commit to ice tea and a book in the yard at least a few times a week.
Plan to host at least one or two easy summer dinners.
After dinner walks or tennis and ice cream or gelato for dessert at least once a week!
Do you have any Summer musts? I look forward to summer like a kid and remember to make time to savor the little things that make it special. We can make it feel like vacation, even if we are home!
Tips for getting a tomato garden in..
To me nothing says summer like home grown tomatoes from the garden. Just the smell is enough to transport me. If you have never grown your own, give it a try. Even if you just have a container on the porch, you will enjoy summer much more with caprese or breakfast toast with your own bounty…
Dad and I got the tomato garden in about three weeks ago. My dad is a big gardener and he starts his own seeds from the heirlooms he grows the previous years. If he buys tomato plants, he is very picky. We only do organic gardening and once you get your plants in, it’s pretty easy going from there. Tomatoes are so easy.. and you will be eating them until October in California !
A few tips from my dad Ray…
- Start with amending your beds and adding some compost and turn the dirt over.
- Choose organic plants and give them space – like 2-3 feet to grow between plants and choose a place with at least 6 hours of sun a day.
- Remove the lower stems and leaves up to about 5 inches and plant them up to about 4-6 inches deep.
- Tamp down soil and create a little ‘moat’ around each plant to retain the water.
- Water deeply the first day or two.. After that only water when the plants look wilted. Morning water at the base, not sprayed on leaves is best.
- Stake the plants to keep them upright. After August you can dry farm them and stop watering. You will get some of the best tasting tomatoes that way at the end of the harvest.
On My Radar…
I bought a Jenni Kayne slipdress on Annie’s recommendations for a weekend in NYC and I love it so much I want another. I’m trying to choose between this Rio slip dress in bronze or charcoal or the chic striped versions in camel (above) or blue. . I love them under a blazer or small jacket or with a sweater tied over.
This tiered serving piece is something I spied at my local Pottery Barn. It has so many styling possibilities- for a kitchen counter or island, or kitchen table with a plant and also cute outside for alfresco entertaining with napkins, utinsels and such! This has such a summer feel. (A few people asked about the glasses on the photo and they are here.
We women have been raised to be pleasers, and to behave, and to feel guilty about the things we do for ourselves. I’m so over it… This book looks like a great read and inspiring and already has some terrific feedback. I’ll report back.
I just bought this little woven stool on Amazon for my bedroom makeover. I think it looks like a pricier brand… I was thinking under a console, or in the bath or even in my closet..or a corner!
A charming California home in House Beautiful
I loved how this house was left largely as it was, including the 1920’s built-in curtain rods and cool Moorish shapes of doors and fireplaces. I love the small prints mixed with soft palette in this thoughtful refresh. The interior design is by California designer Matthew D’Orisio and photos by Karyn Millet.
More about this charming Montecito home here or in the summer edition of House Beautiful…I especially love this banquette!
Finally getting to my bedroom..
The soft palette above with pretty prints is inspiring me in fixing up my bedroom…
It’s been nearly four years since our remodel and I finally chose a new bed -and it’s coming soon! It’s from Bernhardt. It’s got my California casual vibe I love. It’s quite popular and well rated on several sites, but bought it on Wayfair as I am a ‘professional’ ( is that possible?), so I get free shipping and the price was the best..
It has a slipcovered look… but isn’t. I know it looks a little plain, but it lets me change things up..
Beds can be very pricey now. This one isn’t cheap either, but seemed reasonable for a Cal King and will give me more to spend on a pretty rug, side tables and lights, and hopefully wallpaper-which is so true and really the fun part.
I would so appreciate recommendations for local wallpaper people. I know what I want, but wondering do I do my whole bedroom, or just the one wall?
Anyone have thoughts on that? I am very much a white wall person, but ready to make some subtle changes. Next week I’ll share my inspiration board for the space.. I ran out of time to finish it this week..
And Just Like That Season 2 Coming this month..
Another good thing about June… A fun escape to stream. I love these ladies and I hear there may be a Samantha Jones appearance. I’m glad to hear Aiden is back. I always like him..
If you missed last week’s post I chatted about Carmel in bloom, Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley, my Rails capsule wardrobe, a salad for Memorial Day gatherings, and more.
Juliet shared some darling ideas for a couples baby shower she just hosted here.
Coming Tuesday, Cindy and I will be sharing our summer sandal picks for June’s Signature Style, so make sure you are subscribed if you don’t want to miss it!
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