Now that Mother Nature has at last given us (Southern Californians) a small taste of summer, (no, I’m not whining, why do you ask?) I thought I’d share with you some images of homes that ‘speak’ summer to me.
This AD image looks to be located at the beach, but even without seeing the ocean you can just tell that those stairs probably lead you to the sandy beach below.
You look at certain architectural styles and immediately think of the beach or summer vacation, right? Shingled homes are especially reminiscent of all things Cape Cod or Eastern Seaboard. I love the look.
There are also several cottage-looking homes that remind me of some of the yet-to-be-remodeled Balboa Island “beach” cottages or other coastal town cottages in SoCal where the quaint cottage hasn’t been replaced with the McMansion that tends to overbuild for the lot (no offense to those that want maximum square footage for the $$$).
This may be a garden room, but with the table set for lemonade and finger sandwiches it reminds me of summer (not that I get to enjoy that very often due to work).
This house is gorgeous no matter what season but the vintage soft-topped convertible Mercedes speaks summer to me, don’t you think?
…more my speed, how I love a little backyard cottage.
Last year the talented designer, Erin Paige Pitts did a post HERE on several Balboa homes (several shown below) she discovered on a run.
What type of home says summer to you? Fond memories of a cottage at the lake or on the beach or up in the mountains?
Linda Coble said:
Loved these homes! It’s always fun to walk down memory lane and think of places that inspire memories of summer. Remember my little garage apartment on Apolonia? I still visit it periodically when I’m in California. Here’s to an amazing summer! Thanks for the memories.
I thought of your Balboa Island apartment. There are some charming, beach inspired homes in the area.
Blooming Rose Musings said:
Wow, I adore all the images you have shown. I am from New England so when I think of summer homes I tend to think of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard shingles. But now that I
live in Southern California the small beach cottages capture my heart and imagination. I think it would be splendid to have that
little backyard cottage you showed. Wouldn’t it be perfect as a writer or artist studio? My imagination is in over-drive right now.
Thank you for sharing such beautiful images.
I have visited New England and felt I could make that region home! Being born and raised in Southern California I have always gravitated to the “cape cod” looking homes. Thanks for your comments, I agree, the backyard cottage was especially endearing to me.
Karen, summer for me will always be associated with the beach. Linda and I have talked for years about the dream beach cottage that we would decorate together. I’d take any of the ones you pictured!
That would be fun…buy a beach cottage, re-decorate, and I promise to visit! 🙂