To me, July is all about long days at the lake in Michigan. I grew up on it's shores and this month's edit is all about recreating that endless summer feel. Although this summer is wildly different than years past, in so many ways, its slower paced style with more time at home is reminiscent of how I grew up. If you squint at the photo below, you'll see my kids enjoying the water, just as I did many years ago. Through all the chaos of the year so far, this bit of nostalgia brings me comfort and hope for the future.
July is all about taking it slow, feeling the sun on your skin, actually reading books, and enjoying frozen treats in the late afternoon. That same feeling transitions to your home and its interiors during the summer. It's effortless and inviting, without too much "extra". My favorite spaces inspired by summer feature collected pieces, vintage and new, from travels to family heirlooms. Those carefully curated details are what adds the coveted level of sophistication summer on the lake has.
Without further delay; I've rounded up my favorite things I'm wearing, what's in my beach bag, and the interiors I can't stop dreaming of.
Summer style staples are all about effortless. Slip on, slip off, for ease and comfort jumping on and off the boat. By sticking to a simple color palette, daily basics are instantly elevated for that chic lake life look.
IN MY BEACH BAG
In between checking emails and client work, I shove everything into my beach bag and bring it out to the shore. There are a few key elements to the perfect beach bag: durability, flexibility, aesthetic, and ability to be easily wiped out. I love this monogrammed version because it feels elevated and polished, but it also looks better as it gets broken in.
FOR THE HOME
Every summer I dream of renovating a small lake cottage that feels casual and collected, while still being refined and sophisticated. I had fun putting together a design plan for it, layering patterns, leaning into textures, and adding a bit of whimsy.
wallpaper, tile, pendant light, rattan sofa, drink ware, handle hardware, rattan sconce, woven Indian bench, duvet, brass rope hook, baskets, framed archery target, vintage beach oil painting, surfboard