Summer Plans + Decor Inspiration

Well, it's officially summer and I couldn't be happier! The weather has been beautiful and I have a ton of things I am excited to do over the next few months. I have a couple of outdoor projects I hope to complete before Labour day as well as some fun and yummy summer recipes to try!

We are very lucky to live in a beach town where the lake is only a few minutes away. We spend a lot of time walking and biking around the village in the summer, enjoying the beach and local patios. Most of our friends live close by so we are never lonely :)

Live music on a patio with a view of the Port Stanley lift bridge

Live music on a patio with a view of the Port Stanley lift bridge

Port Stanley harbour

Port Stanley harbour

Main beach @ Sunset

Main beach @ Sunset

Now that we have Poppy, we will spend even more time in the backyard so I have some plans to make our yard more inviting. I will share more of these details later :)

summer mornings

summer mornings

I wanted to share some of the food and drink recipes I am excited to try as well as some summer décor inspiration.

Starting in the spring, I start to add elements of colour into my décor pallet and continue this into summer. My mantle has not changed much from Spring but my bar top got a touch of summer. You might not think of summer when you see black and white stripes but I love the classic look along with a kick of colour. 

Just need some fresh cut fruit & some wine chilling :)

Just need some fresh cut fruit & some wine chilling :)

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My spare room is also fitting in with the summer vibe!

Frame & print from Chapters Indigo, anchor hook from James Street- Port Stanley, ON, starfish & wicker wreath from Joshua & Company- Port Stanley, ON

Frame & print from Chapters Indigo, anchor hook from James Street- Port Stanley, ON, starfish & wicker wreath from Joshua & Company- Port Stanley, ON

As I have mentioned before, one of my favourite ways to add seasonal décor is framing prints found online. Here are a few of my favourites;

These festive prints are available at Tell Love and Party

These festive prints are available at Tell Love and Party

Free prints available at Craft a Doodle Doo

Free prints available at Craft a Doodle Doo

I am looking forward to shopping the local farmers markets for fresh fruits and veggies and trying different things on the grill.

Skewers are always a good idea and the possibilities are endless!!

Skewers are always a good idea and the possibilities are endless!!

Let's not forget about the drinks as you always need one in hand while grilling :)

Watermelon breeze

Watermelon breeze

These s'more sticks look ridiculously easy and delicious and I had full intentions of making them last summer but sadly didn't.

I LOVE salt on my watermelon. Add tequila you say? OKAY!!!

tequila soaked watermelon and sea salt

tequila soaked watermelon and sea salt

I can't wait to try making these puppy popsicles for Poppy!

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And cake batter ones for me!! (drool)

Head over to my Pinterest for food and drink recipes and other fun summer ideas.

We have a busy summer ahead with weddings and me working several weekends a month but will be dedicating lots of time to enjoy the season as it will be over before we know it!! Canada Day is right around the corner so I will be brainstorming some red and white food and drink ideas to celebrate our nation and the long weekend. Stay tuned :)

Jess xo