Summer Birthday Week and Sunday Morning Coffee

It’s summer birthday week at my house as I am celebrating yet another birthday later this week. But that’s ok because I am a grandma now.

It’s going to be a really fun few weeks as I will get to see all of my kids, my daughter-in-law, and my grandson. Plus we will be gearing up for a fun week at the beach house at the end of the month too!

A Home to Share
Season 3 Volume 23

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About Me

Yep. It’s that time of year again.

Another birthday.

And I truly have lost count. So don’t think I am going to even tell you how old I am tuning later this week.

But that’s ok. We spent a fabulous time with lots of family in Atlanta last weekend and I just confirmed a quick trip to Northern California to visit my grandson!

I honestly cannot think of a better birthday gift, right?

Look who is getting bigger!!

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My Latest Project

My Latest Project

Beach house living room with farmhouse style furniture and large fireplace and frame tv.

If you read my blog post last week about my new style at the beach house called Modern Coastal Vintage, then you might remember that I am busy at home in Pasadena thinning out things in our home.

After decorating the beach house in a simplified way, I came home and realized there was way too much stuff (aka clutter) in our farmhouse-style home.

I started with the living room and absolutely love how it turned out.

Next, I am working on the dining room. The first thing I did was repaint the dining room. When we filmed a commercial a while back they did some damage to the paint and offered to repaint the dining room.

I went with a slightly lighter version of the previous color and I love it!

A dining room with light brown walls, white trim, a vintage chest and french shutter, and a farmhouse wood dining room table.
It’s Summer Birthday week at my house and I am celebrating yet another birthday later this week. I am good with it, especially because I am a grandma now.

Next up is our primary bedroom which also needs repainting! (And it’s painted grey which looks lavender 24/7. I hate it so it is definitely getting painted.)

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My Biggest Challenge This Week

Bedroom Makeover Lit Bookshelves

Lately, I have been reading too much.

Wait, what?

For as long as I can remember I have loved to read. I have read every day for a few years, but usually, that means ten to fifteen minutes at bedtime. It helps me sleep.

Surprisingly, for the past month, I have been reading a few hours a day. As in every day.

So here is my problem.

I need some more good books to read!

Please help me by leaving your favorite books you have read recently in the comments below. Thank you!

A street in Provence, France with a storefront painted in mint green, people are sitting at a table at an outdoor cafe in the background and colorful french market bags are lined beneath the steps of the shop

I can’t believe it’s been almost one year since we were in Provence, France with Tracey of French Larkspur. The trip was absolutely magical. We shopped at vintage flea markets and brocante shops in quaint villages and ate our weight in croissants each day!

A dried twisting Liana vine, brass bells and stone pots on a bench. One pot holds a green plant

So many of you have asked about the twisting Liana vine that I have hanging on the wall at the beach house. Patrick at Through the Porthole has a few of these for sale. If you are interested, reach out quickly, they will go fast!

Beautiful pale pink heirloom roses that are cut and piled into an gathering basket. Rose bushes are in the background

Heirloom roses are my absolute favorite. Did you know that you can order both cut rose bouquets and rose bushes from Grace Rose Farm? They are so beautiful and so fragrant!

My dear friend and Roundtop shopping buddy Debra Hall has a beautiful online shop. She is a master stylist and has an incredible eye for turning the ordinary into extraordinary.

A beautiful bedroom all in white and beige colors. A light wood dresser is in the foreground, wood floors are painted white and walls have white wainscoting, a desconstructed chair sites in the corner next to a white side table filled with a cement but lamp, a silver pot and antique clock. The bed frame is covered in white linen and bedding is white and being. There are three gold froms leaning against the wall at the top of the wainscoting with netral floral paintings.

Liz Marie Galvan is one of the most talented and kindest people I know. If you don’t already follow her, now is your chance!

We kicked off the week by sharing my favorite homemade coffee ice cream, mud pie sundae recipe, yum! Next, we shared lots of ideas for summer entertaining and then how to add color to a bedroom. With the beach house finally completed, I shared what I have termed modern coastal vintage style and how you can style your home with it, how to make a faux magnolia wreath, and finally, my favorite mocktail recipes.

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This week is going to be a fun one! I am sharing some fabulous summer faux flowers, backyard lighting ideas, and an up-close look at my newly painted and styled dining room. I also have four amazing salmon recipes to share, my succulent wreath DIY, and some fabulous ideas for Father’s Day. And sometime this week, I will squeeze in my birthday!

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  1. The Hare With The Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal who is a world class potter is my favorite book. It’s extraordinary and powerful.

    1. Happy Birthday! Your grandson is so cute! I’ve been blessed with 7 grandsons from my 2 daughters! Talk about a learning curve!

      The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
      The Extraordinary life of Sam Hell
      Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver
      Educated by Tara Westover
      The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee
      West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge

      As you can tell I read quite a bit. Enjoy and I’d love you to recommend your favorites!

  2. Some really wonderful authors. My taste has changed over the years , lately I am reading family stories.
    Barbara delinsky
    long time beautiful write, tons of books , Blueprints one of my all time favorites
    Nancy thayer
    beachy reads love her style. I am always waiting for her next work.
    Barabara Davis author
    of one of the best books I ever read. Its about happiness.
    Karen white
    Tradd st series ,a little mystery and shes a decorator. Her books are the series in order.

  3. The Mitford series by Jan Karon. The first one is called At Home in Mitford. Pure enjoyment in reading. I am on the Fifth book and cannot put it down. Lovely small town and leaves you feeling good through all the events up and down in the town peoples lives.

  4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah is my all time favourite book!
    Also, just got around to reading Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah and it’s good too!

  5. My friend went to Paris recently and lent me an old book, “The Paris Wife.” Beautifully written. I loved it.
    Now reading “The Sweetness of Water,” recommended by Obama.

  6. Have an incredible Birthday! Splurge on the joy of being with family. Enjoy your special day!

  7. Reading books – ahhhhh… I grew up down the street from our public library and we would ride our bikes up and fill our bike baskets to the brim, race home, read up a storm, and start the process all over again. As an adult, I go in fits and spurts. Like you, I have found myself reading several hours a day some years. Anyway, I love Louise Penny’s Armand Gamache Three Pines series. Louise is an incredible writer – I think you will love her style! And I am a fan of action/adventure/mystery/thriller books – I have a long list of favorite authors if that something you like. From Clive Cussler to Daniel Silva to the Pendergast books by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston to Brad Thor to Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills and loads in between.

  8. The Seven Sisters series weaves a fascinating story while you visit many countries and cultures…Lucinda Riley author

  9. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens. This is her first novel, not one of her scientific studies or books, but about the life struggles of a young girl on the North Carolina coastlands, Movie was good but not as good as the book.

  10. I just finished ( for the 3rd time) a great book called A HOME TO SHARE, by Leslie Seata!
    The diy’s, the pictures, the recipes, the ideas…. You won’t be able to put it down! I am once again motivated beyond belief!

  11. Hi Leslie, OH that little grandson is too cute! Our oldest is getting married this fall!
    Our bookclub just finished All the Broken Places. It is a followup to the Boy in the Stripe Pajamas.
    You don’t have to read TBITSP to love this book.
    Nightingale is on my list too!
    Colorado has been under a rain cloud for weeks! It’s hard to complain because we need the rain.
    But I am ready for a little sunshine! laura

  12. Still having trouble getting into your blogs. Will you please send the one for Vintade Lampshade Crowns?

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