HELLO JUNE :: SUMMER EDITION

I have a vivid memories of summers spent at our families Lake Cabin. On any given saturday afternoon my mom would be sitting on the deck, a diet coke in hand, with one of her many favorite novels near by. My dad could be found tending to the yard or driving the boat in endless circles as my siblings and I learned how to ski, tube, and wakeboard. The chilly water temperatures never kept us at bay and from dawn until dusk the whole family was outside. Throughout the day between the noise of the boat and gleeful screams from the water, you'd hear the old, rickety, cabin screen door opening and closing. Our sandy, wet feet left trails across the carpet from our trips to the bathroom or pit stops to the snack cupboard. This was summer growing up. And although we make it to the cabin far less frequently these days, I still picture the lake cabin as the quintessential summer experience.

With these memories on my mind I've curated the Hello Series with the spaces and pieces I find quintessentially summer.

140601_mornings
140601_mornings

Summer mornings are some of the simply divine. And if I could have my dream summer morning it would include waking up under this light and colorful quilt. The bold geometry and bright colors speak vividly to the season of year, but the crisp white background keeps it refreshing and calming at the same time. I would also wake up to a beautiful glass of cool iced coffee. I'd love to try a few recipes this summer and perfect the art of iced coffee at home. Do you have a favorite?

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140601_lunch

Around lunch time Guy and I would mosey our way out of the house and down the street to our local market. Milwaukee has a wonderful market open year round that always carries a beautiful selection of cheeses, sausages, breads, flowers, chocolates, and wine. With one of these soft picnic blankets in tow we'd pick out a sandwich to share, a few spreads of cheeses, our favorite chocolates, and maybe something light to sip on during a warm summer day. We'd take our market goodies and blanket down to the shores of Lake Michigan. Maybe read a book. Dip our feet in the water. Or simply just watch the crowds that circulate along the waterfront.

140601_afternoons
140601_afternoons

After a few hours, when our stomachs start to beckon for dinner, we'd gather up our picnic and bike to the farmers market. This tote or one similar is essential for gathering your lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. I'd select corn-on-the-cob and whip up something similar to this dreamy recipe. Nothing captures the essence of summer more to me than a simple dinner of corn-on-the-cob and watermelon sliced on the side.

What would your quintessential summer day look like?