Decorating the Hoosier for Summer
Even though it’s still spring, it will feel like summer this weekend with highs in the upper 80’s. I’m so excited because I love all things summer: long days, wearing flip-flops, garden produce, campfires and going to the beach!
I’m getting a jump on summer decor, starting with the Hoosier cabinet. Having red, white and blue as my color scheme, I’ll leave this up from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Of course, the star represents the Star City; and the thermoses are vintage, picnic fun!
Some of these pieces are a nod to my Minnesota childhood. The birch bark canoe is a reminder of summers spent paddling on the lake. The dala horses and the Lisa Larson figurine were gifts to our family from a Swedish exchange student.
I’ve had these metal sand pails for years now. My mother-in-law loved Mary Engelbreit and beach vacations, so these bring back memories of her.
This little guy was part of a Children of the World project that Larson produced for UNICEF. I love his sweet face and little “innie” belly button! He has the cutest bubble butt too, but I’ll try not to embarrass him here.
I’ve collected vintage linens for quite some time. Many of these are gifts from my sister-in-law who started my collection almost 25 years ago.
A little life advice from the Father of His Country. I found this little goodie at a thrift store; and I love the script calligraphy.
The Lone Star State tablecloth was a gift from my Grandpa to his mother when he was working in Texas.
Do you see the navy saucer peeking out from the red bowl? It belonged to my Hoosier Grandma. The California cloth is in memory of my Grandparents; and with love to all my family in the Golden State. The tablecloth is a new piece made to look like vintage, state map hankies.
I’m enjoying the irony of featuring beautiful, English dishes in my celebration of independence from British rule. Which reminds me of the time when my husband wore his Union Jack hoodie to watch the fireworks on July 4th!
The Fiestaware here is a mixture of old and new pieces. The large, navy bowl was my Grandma’s as well; she used her Fiesta everyday.
I usually keep the Hoosier doors open, but here you can see the design on them. I think the hinges and latch are so cool. She’s pretty even when closed!
This cabinet is chock full of sentimental pieces that to an outsider might look a bit like a yard sale! Nearly everything else is gifted, thrifted or from the flea market.
I hope this inspires you to use your well-loved pieces in new and unusual combinations! If you need a few tips for displaying your collectibles, see my Spring Hoosier post.
Bring on summer! I’m ready!
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