Aug
23
2010
26

A Summer Postcard To You Via Space For Inspiration

Hi, Charlotta here from Space For Inspiration

 My personal summer postcard to you is sent from:

Though my heart beats for Swedish Summer (the best in the world!), this little post card is stamped in Sydney Australia. Where I happen to live!

Despite being mid August, it is Winter here in Australia. Not at all warm or sunny! As if that is going to stop me from sending you my Sydney Summer greetings..!

The one thing you can’t miss when visiting this unique and fun city is:

 A Sydney Harbour Bridge climb!

Not only is it incredible to climb onto a world-famous icon from 1932 (!), but also an exciting rush to stand 134 meters (440 ft) above the sparkly waters of the harbour and see this breathtakingly beautiful city beneath.

Climbing the bridge was one of the first things I did when I moved here from London 11 years ago, and something I definitely would do again!

My way of relaxing this summer:

One of my favourite Summer past-times is hosting and/or attending alfresco parties, and let me tell you, the Sydneysiders are great at this!

Be that a lazy afternoon BBQ, a poolside snack, a spontaneous picnic dinner on the beach, a full garden party, or a boat trip to the famous Sydney fish markets for some fresh seafood, I just love the idea of fun, uncomplicated and relaxed gatherings in the gorgeous outdoors!

In my opinion, the perfect hostess gift:

In my mind bringing a good bottle of wine is mandatory, and in the heat of the Australian Summer I love drinking a nice cool glass of Chardonnay from the legendary Leeuwin Estate Art Series.

Aside from, and in addition to the wine, I think Summer is the perfect time to be creative and fun with the hostess gifts. You know, a little more playful and casual than the more formal gifts that tend to come with Wintery events. One thing I love giving to friends with a garden is a hammock. I know no one who doesn’t love this restful way of spending an hour or so in the shade of a great tree, with a good book and cool drink! A gift that can be enjoyed by the whole family – old as young.

An absolute must read book this summer:

A book I have read many times and that I can warmly recommend to all & any of you is the legendary ‘Siddharta’. Written by German born, Swiss writer & artist Hermann Hesse in 1922, this book is beautiful and full of wisdom that is relevant to people of all cultures and ages. The perfect company for those lazy hours in the hammock..! :)

You will find me dreaming about this design item from my hammock (I want it so badly!)

Mamma Mia! What to choose.. The Hermes ‘Cape Cod’ watch? A set of Tom Dixon copper pendants for the dining room? A set of antique floor-to-ceiling mirrors like these, in Martina Arfwidson’s home?

Hmmm.. no, this Summer (ahem.. Winter..), I am dreaming of a large print of Nick Brandt’sBuffalo Group Portrait – Amboseli, 2006. I saw this amazing shot in a 2m x 1m format at the fabulous Shapiro Gallery only a couple of weeks ago and I felll in love instantly!

With that I wish you all a fabulous rest of the Summer!

Sydney is slowly easing its way through the last of Winter, and soon I too will be skipping around barefoot and tanned! The fleeing weeks of relaxed and carefree enjoyment of Summer pass too quickly. Live in the moment, to the fullest, and have fun!

xx Charlotta

(For more on Charlotta and her fabulous blog go here).

Images for postcard art via: 1. Flickr, 2. Flickr, 3. Flickr (insert of photo by Splendid Willow).  

Written by Splendid Willow in: Guest Posts |

Aug
20
2010
12

A Postcard To You Via Lanalou Style

Hi, Lana here from Lanalou style!

 My personal summer postcard to you is sent from:

Cape Town, I’m so lucky to live in this beautiful city, there are so many amazing things to see and do here.

The one thing you can’t miss when visiting this city is: 

I can’t limit it to one, there’s so much to see! Here are a few musts: A trip to Cape Point Nature Reserve for walks, picnics, views and beautiful beaches. A day trip to the local wine farms for wine tasting and al fresco lunches. And definitely a visit to The Old Biscuit Mill on a Saturday for the best organic farmers market.

Photo credits: by Lana

My way of relaxing this summer:

Will be to have lots of picnics outdoors, walks on the beach and reading!

In my opinion, the perfect hostess gift:

Would be some fun paper napkins which are always useful to have and a small bunch of flowers

An absolute must read book this summer:

I’ve finally got my hands on a copy of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and I can’t wait to start reading it! I’m sure I’m going to love this trilogy!

You will find me dreaming about this design item from my hammock (I want it so badly!): 

I’d love to have a Jielde desk lamp for my little office, I just love their classic design and bright colours!

Image credits: Caravanstyle and remodelista

Wishing you all a fabulous Summer and a great holiday for you, Mon!

Lana xoxo

(For more on Lana and her fabulous blog go here).

Images for postcard art via: 1. Flickr, 2. Flickr, 3. Flickr (insert of photo by Splendid Willow).  

Written by Splendid Willow in: Guest Posts |

Aug
18
2010
19

A Postcard To You Via Mochatini

Hello dear friends of the lovely Monika. Nice to meet you all. My name is Manvi with Mochatini. It is always a pleasure to be invited here by Monika.

My personal summer postcard to you is sent from: St Thomas

The one thing you can’t miss when visiting St Thomas,USVI is: 

Sailing aboard Lady Lynsey for a snorkeling cruise to St. Johns.

My way of relaxing this summer:

Enjoying the beach, reading books, sailing, and cocktails!

In my opinion, the perfect hostess gift: 

In addition to two staples, wine and flowers, I love to gift the hostess something to pamper herself with such as luxurious scented bathsoaps and salts. I love this bathball trio from sabonnyc.com

An absolute must read book this summer:

Finding time to read a book is big challenge for me. This summer I want to pick up The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson.

You will find me dreaming about this design item from my hammock (I want it so badly!):

Everyone probably already knows this one about me, but I am constantly dreaming about a Cellula chandelier from dwr!

Mon, thanks so much for including me in this fun fun series. I hope you are having a lovely vacation! xo Manvi.

 (For more on Manvi and her fabulous blog go here).

 Images for postcard art via: 1. Flickr, 2. Flickr, 3. Flickr (insert of photo by Splendid Willow). St Tomas images via Mochatini.

Written by Splendid Willow in: Guest Posts |

Aug
04
2010
25

A Summer Postcard To You Via The Zush

Hi, Sue, here from The Zhush!

My personal summer postcard to you is sent from:
 
Sea Island, Georgia. We have been going down to this lovely resort off the coast of Georgia, with our family for the past three summers, and plan on returning. In a word: fabulous!
 
The one thing you can’t miss:
 
I love traditions, and Sea Island is rich with them. One thing you can not miss, is enjoying a cocktail, at sunset over the Sea Island sound (outside of the “Lodge”).
 
Every Thursday night, a bagpipe player roams the grounds, and he plays his beautiful music until the sun goes down. You sit on Adirondack chairs, sip your Mojitos, and its pure magic!
 
 
My way of relaxing this summer:
 
With three children (ages 10 – 4) there really isn’t a whole lot of relaxing going on around here… However I was lucky enough to escape to a Spa with friends, this summer, and it was truly heaven!
I also love to catch up with friends over dinner and drinks, read, blog, and enjoy
casual summer meals with my family (preferably not at home…for relaxing purposes!)
 
In my opinion, the perfect hostess gift:

Lately I have been giving Cocktail Table Books as Hostess gifts….

After receiving one or two last year, I decided they make perfect gifts, and with the
large variety of subject matters, there is literally one, if not dozens for each person I know!

An absolute must read book this summer:

I read The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, last summer, and literally could not put it down, I loved it so much! I was so sad when it was over… I am looking for a book this good to read for THIS summer!
 
You will find me dreaming about this design item from my hammock (I want it so badly!)
 
We spotted these fun Modern Palm Beach outdoor chairs on our last Spring Break trip, and I have been thinking about them ever since… I really love them in white!
 
 
 
Monika! Thanks so much for having me participate in this great “post card” series!
 
Summer is my absolute favorite season, my only complaint is that it seems to go by faster and faster each year!  I love the lack of schedules, driving and homework that  only summer can bring. Not to mention longer days, sunlight, warm weather and vacations!
 
xoxo, Sue

 P.S Have an amazing trip! Bon Voyage!

 (For more on Sue and her fabulous blog go here).

Friends, I am guest posting on Sue’s blog today – pop over and see what my “must have summer things” are! Monika.
 Images for postcard art via: 1. Flickr, 2. Flickr, 3. Flickr (insert of photo by Splendid Willow) 

Written by Splendid Willow in: Guest Posts |

Aug
02
2010
22

A Summer Postcard To You Via A Perfect Gray

Hello, everyone! I’m Donna from A Perfect Gray and I am delighted to be visiting at Mon’s beautiful Splendid Willow. 

My personal summer postcard to you is sent from:

The beautiful Grand Canyon, my favorite spot in the United States.

The one thing you can’t miss when visiting the Grand Canyon is:

A sunrise over the canyon. Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful, it is a true spiritual experience.  

My favorite way of relaxing this summer is:

With a large glass of iced tea, and a good home décor magazine or two. If I can get a foot massage from my husband as well, then I am really in heaven!

In my opinion, the perfect hostess gift is:

Gourmet coffee (or tea). What a special treat for the family and friends you visit this summer – to wake up to a new and delicious flavor in the morning!

An absolute must read book this summer is:

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. It’s not a new book; but it is one that will stay with you long after you have read it. I highly recommend it!

You will find me dreaming about:
 
An Italian tole chandelier from my hammock this summer.  I want it so badly! It has been my wish for my dining room for months now…
 
 
Friends, I hope your summer finds you in the perfect spot for a little relaxation, a little reading, and a little dreaming about the desires of your heart!

Mon, thanks so much for having me and happy summer to you all!

 Love, Donna

(For more on Donna and her fabulous blog go here).

 Images for postcard art via: 1. Flickr, 2. Flickr, 3. Flickr (insert of photo by Splendid Willow) 

Written by Splendid Willow in: Guest Posts |

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