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Julie Blanner  Currently renovating #calmwatercottage and our kitchen. Send help! Also serving up sweets and simple entertaining ideas.


It may be hot, but the lake breeze and margaritas are keeping us cool this weekend. Which do you prefer - hot or cold weather? I live for the warm summer sun, but Chris prefers winter.


All too soon the mudroom will be filled with book bags again, so we're savoring summer at the pool today rather than checking off our to do list. What are you doing on this hot summer day?

I can't get over how pretty these stairs turned out for just a few hundred dollars. I didn't want to invest a lot since it's a rarely seen space of our home, but sometimes I leave the door to the basement open just to get a glimpse.

"Keep your face towards the sunshine and shadows will fall behind you." -Walt Whitman


Great news! It turns out you can live 48 hours without your iPhone. True story! One of the girls slipped my phone into an inaccessible part of the boat and we had to wait for Chris to arrive at the lake with tools to deconstruct the boat. It was a valuable reminder for me that Facebook, Instagram, and the news are not nearly as important or fun as my sweet family!

It's been a long but productive day! I finally unpacked the kitchen and checked off a long to do list, so I rewarded myself with a little pool time and wine. Seemed like the right thing to do, don't you think?


I don't have a lot of family photos hanging throughout our home, but I love them in the hall upstairs which feels more personal. Do you?

I talked Michael (@inspiredbycharm) into going to The Prairie before we left Round Top yesterday. I had been wanting to visit @rachelashwell B&B since it opened. I've always admired her simplicity and have filled our home with her bedding line through the years. Come over for a tour! You can find the link in my profile.

Nothing makes me rise and shine like French antiques. #artfulescape

Having so much fun at @thevintageroundtop and can't wait to do a little antiquing and drinking!

Chris and the girls left for the Lake last night and the house has been eerily quiet. At first I didn't know what to do with myself, but then I had dinner with a friend, slept in, worked out, did 2 loads of laundry, worked, treated myself to a facial, had a nice dinner, worked some more and asked myself "who knew that you could accomplish so much without 3 sweet little girls and a needy dog in tow?" https://julieblanner.com/summer-home-blogger-tour/

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.” ― Luther Burbank

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