My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I‘ve always been torn between which house I love more. I have to admit, as much as I love decorating my fall and winter home, I’ve been especially enjoying working on our summer house lately.

Ahh…I can’t fool you. I only have one house. But I would love to have ALL THE HOUSES to decorate (can you imagine how fun that would be? or is that just me?).

I’ve discovered that this house comes to life this time of year, so why not have fun with summer style? I don’t have a real “summer house” but “love the home you have” is what I always say (yes, that’s the name of my first book LOL).

Top Photo Source: Annie Selke

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

Recently two of my favorite designers when it comes to summer home style, Annie Selke (Dash & Albert) and Mark Sikes, collaborated on a brand new collection. When they reached out to ask if I’d like to share some of my favorite pieces with you, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. This is my kind of fun.

I have been wanting to add a new rug to my dining room for quite awhile. The seagrass rug I had in this room has been great, but I have really been wanting to punch up the color and pattern in this space.

Now that we’ve lived here for nearly four years I’m feeling more and more like I know this house and the style that feels right to me here.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

One of Mark’s rug designs (Big Sur) was perfect for what I had in mind. I think it looks and feels even better in this room than I had imagined! I’m in love with it already.

Not only is the classic pattern one of my favorite styles (reminds me a bit of the fabric I’ve brought with me to use in several of my homes over the past 25 years!) but I think it’s going to hold up really well, too.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

This is my guest room. You’ve seen this little room quite a bit, but it’s always evolving!

You might remember that I also designed two rugs for Annie Selke/Dash & Albert! Well, I recently brought one of my rug designs (Inspired Stripe) into the guest room. I thought it might be fun to push the envelope a little to bring even more pattern in this room for the summer.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I loved my rug in here and I have to say, I love it even more paired up with Mark’s wonderful floral reversible quilt and shams (Pasadena). The plaid sheets and matching Euro shams are amazing, too (Julian Cobalt).

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

Now our tiny guest room is all ready for summer. And the bed is made up for my parents, who will be here in a week for LUKE’S HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION!

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I can’t believe our little baby boy (who is now taller than everyone in our family) is finished with high school. I don’t think I’ve fully let this all sink in yet (although I will admit to bursting into tears a time or two.) He was in kindergarten when I started this blog! That’s just unreal to me.

My Summer House | Mark Sikes + Annie Selke

I’ll share more on this time of transition in our life soon as well as more rooms in my ever evolving summer house. So stay tuned for all the summer happenings around our house. :)

Related resources:

Mark Sikes wrote a lovely book called Beautiful, it’s one of my favorite design books!

Shop the brand new Annie Selke / Mark Sikes collection here!

Shop more sources from this room here.

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy HolidayThis post is in partnership with World Market

Any home can be cozier and more functional in time for the holidays! We make our home work for us, whether it is setting up for a holiday or even just a regular family night.

This time of year I often get an idea in my head about a change I want to make, or a problem I want to solve around the house before guests arrive. Suddenly all the problems seem easier to solve, and completing projects feels more urgent…I think because we are on a deadline to get it all done by Thanksgiving or Christmas :).

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

My husband laughs and rolls his eyes because I say “I have an idea” about a million times a week, not just around the holidays. But this week, my idea for a little change ended up improving our day to day life AND our holiday home.

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

I found a neat new cabinet at World Market (there is a crazy 40% off furniture sale with code right now, click here for the code, scroll down in this post for my favorite items!) that I am pretty excited about!

It’s going to work as a dining room buffet cabinet (for serving and storage) and a TV console.

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday
I think I’ve mentioned before that we sometimes set up a little TV in the dining room when we want to watch something together while we eat, or as a place for my kids and niece and nephew to play video games during the holidays.

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday
I really don’t like to leave the TV set up all the time, but having a cabinet in place gives us a natural place to put the TV when we do. We had previously set up a table in this spot, but it was a few inches deeper than the cabinet.

I love how tidy this cabinet is! It will be so useful day to day and for entertaining during the holidays, even without the TV.

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday
The cabinet has storage but is still shallow enough that we can easily squeeze past it (squeeze meaning after a big meal HAHAH!). I also really like that it is actually a media stand so it has cutouts in the back of the cabinet. You can put electronic gadgets like a game system or cable box in the cabinet and the cords can go out the back!

I feel like my dining room is cozier and more comfortable for our needs now, so it is ready to serve people well.

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday
Are you an idea person?

What home design changes are you trying to complete with the holidays just around the corner? Creating a cozy home for the holidays is just the best feeling!

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

Dining Room Furniture:

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

Living Room Furniture:

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

Bedroom Furniture:

Preparing Your Nest for a Cozy Holiday

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