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Monday, June 14, 2010

Living Authentically in Summer

I know I should be spending tons of time outside now, enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather...but I just love how our den comes to life with the summer sun! Here's where we crash after dinner, put feet up to read the paper, grab a nap away from the afternoon heat... 

It's a place that may not always have the pillows just so...
Usually you can tell someone's been in for a rest...but mostly, I love how it holds the collection of our years here, with small pieces of memories all over the place...the china cabinet holds my grandmother's play tea set from when she was a girl, champagne glasses from our wedding, a replica of my husband's first boat as a boy...nothing pricey, just a reminder of who we are and why we are...
These three cuties my husband and I purchased on our Mexican honeymoon
My youngets daughter made this papier mache shell collection that I adore...my son, the small vase yielded from his young hands many years before he'd make his way to art college...

Three bobble head turtles, one for each child...
Like I said, nothing expensive here but valuable to us...and we derive comfort from it all...as everything glistens in the summer sun.
Oops! Think I hear my family calling from outside to join them, but I may just have to settle into a square of sunlight dappling on the couch for a quick nap...

Do you think I need sunscreen in here?! Haha! :0)

10 comments:

Cass @ That Old House said...

Nothing expensive? It is all PRICELESS. :-)
There is nothing like a comfortable family "flop" spot -- and if it's worn and comfy like a pair of good slippers, all the better.
Now go put your feet up!
Cass

Alison said...

This is a wonderful post.
This post is real.
Sometimes in Blogland things are a 'little fake'.
You have shown us your home, your love of family and life, the things that mean so much to you.
This is the perfect spot for an afternoon nap - beautiful sunlight streaming in
Alison

Janet said...

My friend has that same couch and loveseat, I adore that print, And I am glad you have a comfy place to flop!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Tara

Your den looks so comfortable and inviting! I want to sit in that big blue chair, if I may?

I love all your wonderful family treasures ..that is what life is all about..love and the sweet memories it makes.

♥ Pat

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Tara deaerst! What a great retreat. HOME. Just like the way YOU like it, a place for peace, and that is what I seek as well! Thank you for visiting me....I am getting ready for a trip so I didn't quite get to my comments, but I appreciate your comments and I wish you a PEACEFUL and RELAXING SUMMER!! Anita

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Perfect spot to chill out with the family!! I thought of you today when I took pictures of the hammock in our yard.

bj said...

Hi, Tara...I was so thrilled when I saw that you came for a visit. I've missed you.
I love your pretty room...I love your hutch full of pretty things...but mostly, I love how YOU love your family. :)
Please come back to see me any time you can...
xo bj

M.Kate said...

Hi Tara, I have always admired your home and your children are very talented :) A house is made of bricks and stone,but a home is made of love, and that's what your beautiful home is all about. Love ya :)

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Kitchen Benchtops said...

I love the wall around the fireplace in the same colour as the fireplace.