ahhhh, summer’s coming and the livin’ is easy. but you know what i really miss? drive-in theatres. my family and i used to go a lot. my mum would pack a picnic dinner and my brother and i would huddle in our sleeping bags in the back of the country squire station wagon to watch some great summer flick with my parents up front in command of those staticky old drive-in stereo speakers that attached to the car window. about the next best thing i could come up with was a summer movie night — but let’s make it an an outdoor summer movie night.
so, to make things cozy, we laid out some fun vintage picnic blankets, grabbed some colorful mis-matched patio chairs and strung a white sheet from an old clothesline with clothing pins. we hung some globe lights for ambience and set up a projector. so many good movies to choose from for a summer movie night: moonrise kingdom, the graduate, or maybe the ever-inspiring amelie. and then of course, the movie snacks! you gotta have milk duds, and junior mints, good & plenty and naturally, red vines. and it goes without saying you must have fresh popped movie popcorn, and everyone needs their own darn bag! don’t forget the beverages — we made ours festive with a tub of fun colored sodas and homemade lemonade in a vintage-inspired dispenser jar. now we’re set. all we need is for the lights in the sky to fade and the projector to do its magic. perfect stay at home, summer movie night.
• all photos by victoria smith, sfgirlbybay.
i love everything about this beautiful scandinavian home i found at lantliv. even the saddle looks quite stylish perched up their in their exposed beams. but it’s those white floors that get me every time. everything looks so fresh and bright. i quite like the unexpected mix of pieces — like the glass side table next to the more rustic coffee table, and the mad mix of dining room chairs from different periods. it all creates such an interesting contrast. the entire home is lovely. for a complete tour, visit lantliv.
the latest issue of elle decoration uk (i view mine on zinio – instant gratification!) features this light and airy mid-century modern home in melbourne, australia. it was not always this bright and sunny — but its dark paneled walls got five coats of white paint from new owner and mid-century modern enthusiast simone haag. now, it’s full of life with a great minimal look, but cozy and comfortable too. for the entire inspiring tour of this lovely re-invented space, check out the july issue of elle decoration uk.
happy friday everyone, hope you all had a great week and are ready for some relaxation! here are my favorite pins of the week:
no. 1 – gorgeous made to order gold and pearl headband by hushed commotion
no. 2 – brass mirrors designed by morie nishimura
no. 3 – handmade ceremonial kite by fredricks & mae
no. 4 – minimalist faux suede d’orsay flats
no. 5 – success is poster by the lovely satsuki shibuya
there’s a new coffee maker in town and it’s definitely got me talking. it’s the new michael graves design coffee maker at jcpenney and it’s sleek and shiny and looks pretty great on my kitchen countertop. A renowned architect and product designer, michael Graves has been called a modern day Michelangelo, and He believes great design shouldn’t have to be expensive. so he’s made a whole collection for jcpenney. yay, mister graves!
there’s a whole collection to go with the handsome coffee maker — a sweet michael graves toaster in the shape of, you guess it — toast. there’s great cafe cups and beautiful acacia wood serving trays and cutting board sets. we thought we’d take them out for a test drive and make a little breakfast this morning. i stopped off and got some local beans, a freshly baked loaf of bread and fruit, and oh yeah a quick stop at craftsman & wolves for a few pastries just to mix it up. this is what i like to call breakfast! very european, no? i invited my neighbor, photographer cindy loughridge over and i made her rush through some shots so we could drink the coffee and eats the goods! so pretty — good enough to eat, indeed! you can see the whole beautiful michael graves collection over at jcpenney home.
• all photos by cindy loughridge.