Early Summer Picture Ledge

I’m sitting here writing this post on June 1st, a hot, humid day here in Tampa Bay.  The predicted high is 93 degrees F but with a heat index that feels like 100 degrees.  Summer came early this year right when I was supposed to be enjoying perfect spring days a couple of months ago. Some years we go straight from winter to summer. Really, the calendar I think is based on averages, and there is nothing average about a semi-tropical climate.  When summer comes, we’re hot and humid tropical.  Therefore, I started playing with my decor again.  I’m adding a few touches of tropical color.



You may remember the old floral swag I made over in February with new flowers and ribbon.




I added a few hot pink flowers to spice it up for the summer.  First I added flowers on the right side.





And then I added some on the left side.





I’m happy with that now.






Now it’s time to redo the picture ledge in the dining room.  I took everything off and put my floral anchor picture back in the middle.  I added 2 turqouise glass bottles I got a few years ago at Dollar Tree with a rose and a curly ting ting. On the left side I added my carved wooden pelican.







On the right side I added a carved stone frog.










I want a garland for summer and have an old pajama set I loved that I wore to death.  The sleep shirt is solid torquoise and the pants are a cute owl and tree print on a white background.  I was really sad to give it up but love the idea of using it in the house some way.





I cut and tore strips from both pieces and alternated them on a white cord stretched across the ledge.  I added the two cupcake butterflies from spring in the middle of the cord.





It’s a very simple rag garland with tied strips of material and of course the butterflies.







Now the dining room and edge of the living room are more tropical and festive.












Wishing you bright, sunny days with milder temperature and humidity than Florida!




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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

14 thoughts to “Early Summer Picture Ledge”

  1. 93°F sounds very very hot! We use °C here in the UK and it’s been 20°C where I live in a Scotland and even hotter elsewhere. I can handle that kind of heat but if it gets close to the 30°C I’m melting which I’m guessing I would if I lived where you are! ?

    I love your mantle display, the torquoise colour is very bright and summery and your pyjama swag just finishes it off nicely.

    1. I just looked up 93 F in the calculator and it is 33.8888 C – I guess you should only visit Florida in the winter and spring. We have really mild weather then. Thanks for the kind words about my little decorations. Have a great day!

  2. Summers are hot here in Germany too. Even here in Black Forest we had the last summers more than 38°C (= 100,4° F?). Yesterday we had 27°C (80,6° F?). Too hot for my taste!
    I like your makeover! The pink colour is great and “hot”!

    1. I’ve always loved the name Black Forest – brings up fairy tale images. You live in a beautiful part of the world.

  3. It’s supposed to be getting hot and humid here today in Virginia, too. I’m not looking forward to that.
    I love the anchor! It’s so pretty!! Your mantel and swag look so nice.

  4. It’s funny how making a small change can brighten things up and make a wonderful difference. It looks great!

    It’s been pretty hot here in Wales too, though is supposed to cool a bit over the next few days.

    1. Looking forward to seeing your “summer-up”! Have a wonderday day and remember you are loved.

  5. Summer is arriving even up here in New England – your summer touches are lovely. I especially like the aqua/blue colors that lighten and brighten!

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