Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Happy Memorial Day / Summer Inspired Decor

Happy Memorial Day! With the lovely (happily hot) long weekend behind us, it is officially summer according to my watch! I love the celebration of all things American on this special holiday.  Foremost, it is heart-warming to observe all of the messages of thanks to our United States troops of the past, present, and future: the grandfathers who served in WW II, the parents who generously share their daughters and sons currently serving abroad, the Vietnam Veterans, the current members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, and the Reserves.  Regardless of the degree to which the associated cause is supported, these everyday heroes risk their lives to protect and fight for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.  As I walk through our neighborhood, it is fun to observe the American flags, vintage car rallies, backyard BBQs, parades, etc.  So many of us have family and friends we know personally, who have served in our military, and it is an honor to give thanks to them on this day.

For fun, I did a google search and found some old photos of my Dad, Carl Bossert, with his class of 1955 West Point graduates.  I have had the privilege of meeting these honorable men at various reunions over the years as they shared tales of their military experiences, from their service during wartime, including as POWs (prisoners of war) to their thrilling space expeditions as astronauts.  I have heard endless tales of selfless acts performed by my father's peers while serving in both the Army and Air Force.

My father, Carl Bossert, back row, 3rd from top left

Here he is again, 1st row, 2nd from left

And again, 1st row, 2nd from left

On a lighter note, we enjoyed a fun-filled weekend of swimming, boat rides, sprinkler frolicking, sidewalk chalk, concerts in the park, and walks to our favorite local ice cream store, Mitchell's. This time of year always conjures images of brightly colored outdoor pillows, lemonade stands, watering cans, American flags, margarita pitchers, and wet grassy toddler toes. As such, I have attached a few summer-inspired photos of colorful decor items from sources including Serena and Lily, One Kings Lane, Joss and Main, William Sonoma, West Elm and Z Gallerie. Enjoy!

From Serena and Lily...

From One Kings Lane...

Outdoor reversible sling chair

Vintage "art deco" children's bike
Chevron bamboo frame

Moroccan inlay game board
Vintage 1960's ring toss game

Vintage fretwork wood and glass place mats

Bright orange ikat circles pillow
Mediterranean tile-inspired linen pillows

Ikat on burlap pillow

Silk velvet ikat pillow

Love the nautical feel of this 1890's steamer trunk

Katie Ridder is known for her use of bold, energetic color

Central Park, An American Masterpiece

A Passion for Parties by Carolyne Roehm

Design book by Martyn Lawrence Bullard, a favorite designer from Bravo's show Million Dollar Decorators

Local Flavors by Deborah Madison

 I love the bold graphic design of these fun indoor/outdoor rugs...
Love the bold stripes in coral-red and white

Fun bold colors and graphic punch in this vintage "birds" Dhurrie rug 

Love the bright summery hues in this Hans Hofman Lithograph

1920's Ericsson Desk Phone in bold red

Vintage David Hicks design book

Sunny yellow cheerful watering can from Crate and Barrel
From William Sonoma...
Love the pretty display of summer citrus in these glass jars

Fun American flag themed tablecloths, napkins and runners

From West Elm...

Love summer these summer striped dish towels!

These would be so cute for an outdoor porch party

From Z Gallerie, cobalt blue decor...
I am a lover for all things ikat!

Moroccan tile rug
Graphic punch of navy and chocolate tile-inspired print

'Masala' blue ikat pillow

From Joss and Main...
Such a cute nautical theme seagrass lamp

Love the contrast of the cream stitching on the beautiful cognac brown pouf

Fun navy and white fretwork throw blanket

Love the color combo of this coral and turquoise trellis throw blanket

Graphic 'tribal' inspired yellow (ochre) throw blanket

From Vineyard Vines, a few cute items in one of my favorite light-red shades...packs a preppy punch!

Nothing screams summer as much as these breezy linen, straw, or seagrass totes.  I love the simplicity and lightness of their design....A few cute ones are attached below...
MZ Wallace


Tory Burch