Summer is in full swing in New England. While I was there in early to mid June, the temperatures started in the 60’s and then soared well into the 90’s! I spent part of my time at the bungalow fine tuning the outdoor spaces and a bit of tweaking indoors too!
One of our favorite spots outside, is the front porch. Originally, we were going to add a swing, but decided on a small comfy outdoor sofa instead from Room and Board. It has become a favorite nap spot with the addition of two large pillows from Serena and Lily.
Two rocking chairs are the perfect spot to sip a glass of wine in the evening. They are also from Room and Board in a tough plastic that is easy to keep clean and never needs painting. My kind of furniture!
I was happy to see that the boxwoods survived the transplanting from last year. And this spring, the town offered to plant a dogwood in our front yard. Yes please!
We also added a gray and white striped awning upstairs to shade the master bedroom and balcony from the hot summer sun.
I’m so glad we added a screen door. We love leaving the front door open to catch the coastal breezes.
Inside, the heavy blankets have been put away, linen pillows added, and fresh flowers placed around the house. Soon after I left to come back to Santa Barbara, our hydrangeas burst into full color and will provide plenty of blooms for the bungalow!
The backyard has undergone a transformation too. We added a bluestone patio, pergola, and string lights for outdoor dining.
The addition of an outdoor shower means we never use the indoor one…at least until the weather turns cold. There is nothing quite like a roomy outdoor shower bathed in sunshine!
The previous owners had found a statue of Mary in the backyard. It mistakenly went with them when they moved, but they generously returned her to the bungalow. They felt that she belonged here. I placed Mary under the lilac where she overlooks the garden…
We added four Room and Board Emmet lounge chairs and a fire pit for chilly nights. We are in the process of having a wooden top made to convert the pit to a table when we aren’t using it for a fire.
Most days end with a glass of wine in hand and the short walk to the end of the street to catch the sunset.
While there is always more to do and the new plants need to fill in, we are off to a good start and ready to enjoy summer in Connecticut!