Thursday, August 6, 2009

Carolyn Westbrook Summertime

This time of year is always leaves me looking forward to getting the house spruced up. The kids have been home all summer, and school is right around the corner. The house looks like a bomb went off after a summer of the kids being here 24/7 and the pantry is bare. In just a few short weeks, it will be back to getting up at the crack of dawn shuttling kids to band, football, and dance team. I always love to do my Spring cleaning and re-freshing. Thinking that I need to do a fall re-fresh, as well. I have had a week of being able to spend some time at home, and seeing all kinds of projects begging for my attention. Thinking that I need to do some serious paint touch up and start preparing for a fall decor. For some reason when the kids go back to school, makes me think of freshly sharpened pencils and new backpacks. Not only that, but it also makes me think of how I am bored with what my house looks like. Time to pull up the straw rugs and bring in some fall colors. The hydrangeas are long gone...time for a big bowl of apples or perhaps some monogrammed napkin rings. I know it is early in the season, but can't help myself. Once they go off to school, in my mind it is time for fall. As these long hot days of summer drone on, I am ready to move on and see something new.

I have said a million times how I love the smell of clean. I am ready to smell that again, for more than an hour, until it has been cancelled out by the kids being here. First, got to get it clean. That means a thorough dusting, mopping, and lots of Pine-Sol. Ahhhh, the smell of Pine-Sol in the air, is almost as good as Chanel, when it is clean that you seek. Then on to a fresh coat of paint. Amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for your soul. I love to feel like I have accomplished something. Then moving on to bringing back in my chocolate velvet bedspread, landscape paintings, brown transferware, and cooking up some new color combos. Don't ya just love it. Would love to hear from y'all to see what you do to bring your home into the fall season. I am putting up the Ironstone and bringing in my blue Spode. I have not had it out in a while and have missed it. I am a hoarder of transferware. I think that I have every color, and there is something about the beautiful blue with the cows that reminds me of when I was a child. Not only this, but I want to bring in some more French pieces. In one room that has upholstered walls, ready to strip that down and do some paint, while one of the upstairs bathroom is in need of some more modern looking wallpaper. It is currently painted black and I am growing tired of that. Don't worry, pairing it with a 9 ft. white linen shower curtain and a Venetian mirror, thinking that will be fabulous.
It's like before the first autumn wind starts to blow, which we know will not be for another couple of months, that I begin nesting. Instead of storing up nuts and seeds, I have to redecorate and re-fresh the nest. Then when the cool breeze begins to take over this warm air, I hope to be ready...until Christmas decorating begins, of course.
XOXO Carolyn
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trash talk said...

Well, you sure put me in the mood! When will you be available to come clean and paint my house?
I'm feeling the same way. I love autumn more than any other's my color!
Bella is coming home with an apnea monitor. Jenn had to take a class on it. You really know your stuff!
I'm off to her house for a few days and I'll check on your nesting progress when I return.

Maison Douce said...

With four active kids lounging around all summer, I sooooo feel the same way you do...!!!!! I start getting that nesting feeling, wanting to reclaim the house and do the things I've been wishing to do!!!!! Keep us posted on your changes!!!

common ground said...

I'm long tired of the heat of summer also, I bring out my fall colors of gold, pumpkin orange, and browns. The brown transferware congregates in the dining room and a fall leaf is tucked in here and there. Quilts in fall colors and some camp blankets will soon be in the sunroom...but do I have to clean first? LOL I'm feeling a shiver already!

Kimberly said...

Oh, I so agree with you. I can't wait to get the mildew swim towels out of the kids' rooms, clean out alltheir stashed water bottles and get the kid clutter out.
I will change out my Desert Rose dishes for my Friendly Village dishes in the open shelves in the kitchen, switch to warm vanilla and almond candles from the floral French Market candles and count the days to putting out the first pumpkin! I almost forgot, putting out the two giant red with red lights on them, running Mustangs for our JJ Pearce Mustangs!!!! It's not tacky. It's Texas!!!
If only that first leaf would fall...
xxx kim

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Please post pictures of all of your wonderful sounding changes!

A Touch of Country said...

we just moved this past weekend...well only half of our house anyway. We haven't sold our old home and so we left some furniture to stage it.

I could use some help stripping layers of wallpaper, painting every piece of blonde trim in my home, all the walls. Plus its dusty as we are having 2 egress windows put in the basement so they are using is jackhammer to dig out the old windows and basement walls to make room for the larger windows.


But the kids ARE going back to school soon, so I am doing the happy dance!:)

Anonymous said...

My house turns upside down in the summer. I can't stand the clutter anymore. As soon as school starts, I will get busy. Until then, I just have to live with it.



I needed that cause I'm that rare bird that loves summer so much I don't ever want it to end or to have the kids go back to school. Love that laid back life, I guess. BUT, the decluttering will be nice...although the school papers, homework, and artwork will begin coming home soon and filling up the space again, so that's the downside. Can't wait to see your changes.


Connie from Big Bear Lake California said...

You have a wonderful blog. Many great ideas. This time of year I am yearning for Fall I luv to decorate with all of the beautful fall colors. I had a wonderful visit. Please stop by when you can. Connie

The Red Shed Girls said...

You mean until your house starts filling to the brim with Warrenton inventory. Right?