Hello and happy Wednesday afternoon, nice to see the sun shining after days of cold rain and gloomy skies. First things first, I want to announce the winner of the wonderful book Cottage Style- A Palette of White, congratulations goes to- ?#19 Chris says: ? Love white, especially white Cararra Marble kitchen countertops! Peter Sinnott?s white/grey marble floor in Kips Bay this year was inspired!!! Please email me at theenchantedhome@gmail. so that your book can get on it’s way! So, every summer, and I do mean every summer, I start the season off (normally before Memorial Day) with a visual “checklist’ in my head of what I hope to do during the summer. It is a short season that seems to go by faster and faster every year. Cannot tell you how often I have realized I still had so much left I wanted to do and before I know it, it’s Labor Day! So thought this would make a fun and interactive post as I want to hear what’s on your bucket list! Here is what’s on mine….. 1. Rent my beach house. I rent a beach house “out east” (means the Hamptons and Montauk) every summer. I have rented the same wonderful house for the past few years, its the perfect beach house, a block from the ocean, walking/biking distance to town, 4 bedrooms, airy and immaculate and I get daily visits from a family of deer right in my own backyard:) Big enough to host another family and/or houseguests but small enough to not have to fret over. 2. Many (I hope) afternoons until sunset spent at the beach. Alone. With me, my beach chair, a great book and a nice cool drink. The only noise will be the oceans roar…that is a perfect afternoon to me….I am never ever as relaxed as I am doing that. 3. Lobster rolls! I could live on them come summertime,? and as luck would have it some of the? very best are from The Clam Bar, “Lunch” and Gosmans Dock in Montauk….sooooo good!! St. Peters Catch also has wonderful seafood brought in fresh every day and if we just want steamed/broiled lobsters that is where I go plus they make a great fish taco. Speaking of fish tacos, Bostwicks in Amagansett hands down makes the best fish taco I have ever eaten (and a great Manhattan clam chowder). I am getting hungry!! 4. A trip abroad. We like to travel in the summer. Truthfully a lot has changed over the last few years, two oldest sons moved out on their own, our “baby” is now a college student and as much as it pains me to say this…they really don’t have much interest our family vacations as they used to. I get it but it doesn’t make it any less sad:( We are working on a trip for July that so far (key word) two of my sons have said yes to coming on. I am so hoping it will happen as I am never happier than when we are all away somewhere wonderful together. How big of a flake am I that even writing this I am crying? But then again, its me the one who cannot watch a Pampers commercial without welling up. 5. An office redo! This is almost a 911 emergency. My home office is in DIRE need to help. There is a desk, a rug, a chair and a whole lot of papers and that is about it. I spoke months ago of getting it done and the furthest I got was gathering wallpaper samples which are still here sitting where they were over 2 months ago! I really want to try to make some progress. I spend a lot of time in there, and there’s no reason it should not be a beautiful space that I love working in:) 6. A ladies summer luncheon. I want to host a small lunch al fresco for friends, nothing big or overdone, something small, pretty, tasty and hopefully on a beautiful humid free summer day! 7. A trip up to Maine. Maine is so beautiful in the summer. I haven’t’ been in a long time but there is something so peaceful about driving up there, seeing the rugged coast, all the quaint little towns that dot the coastline. Would like to plan a weekend up there. 8. Books! I love to read and find that I get more reading done in the summer than any other season. I would love to read at least 4-6 books this summer. I already have a few that I ordered in anticipation of summer reading. My favorite reading spot is my loggia/outside porch, we get really nice cross breezes there, I bring my down pillow,? settle on one of the sofas, grab a cool drink and allow myself to escape into whatever book I am reading, it is soo relaxing! 9. Family time! With two boys on their own and a college aged son, we don’t get the family time that we used to and I so miss it. I cherish when we are together and have told them that I expect us to get together at least one a week to do something, whether its a trip to the beach, the city, a BBQ or dinner….it has to happen. I am my most happy when I am with my family! 10.Farm stands! Visiting my favorite local farm stands both locally and “out east” as much as possible. One of my most favorite things is to visit farm stands, I love nothing more than choosing fresh produce, picking up a bunch of freshly picked flowers…it really is all about the simple pleasures and to me this is a huge perk of summer! 11.? Exercise more. Ugh…even hate the word. But one thing on my bucket list this summer is to lose 10 lbs and to exercise more. With my knee injury I am limited but walking is totally fine and there is no more beautiful time for long strolls than the summer. I know once I get back into it…I will be committed to the cause:) Plus I have a few summer favorites hiding in my closet that I really want to fit into:) 12. Flower power! Attend a flower class/workshop at Flower School New York . Been wanting to do this for a while now. I did one many years ago but I was younger and my passion for flowers was no where near what it is now so think I would have a whole new appreciation for it…plus how fun! So that’s what’s on my summer bucket list. Surely there will be more to add as the summer marches on, but these are all things I would love to do over the short summer season. And how about you? What’s on your summer bucket list? Can’t wait to hear, thank you as always for stopping in. Wishing you a fabulous day…..until next time! As of Thurs. morning an incredible new promo on chinoiserie tole started, click here for details!