“Summer gathered in the weather, the wind had the proper touch, the breathing of the world was long and warm and slow. You had only to rise, lean from your
window, and know that this was the first real time of freedom and living; this was the first morning of summer.”
— Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

Ah summer! Who doesn’t have fond memories of this time of the year? Whether it be from childhood days spent laying in the grass talking with a good friend on a hot, hazy day or staying up late to catch fireflies in a repurposed glass jar with holes punched in the lid, the days of summer seem to always supply smiles.

It’s no different today then it was in years gone by and we offer in this issue some ideas to refresh your memories of the pleasant times of summer.

Since lots of families travel during the next few months, we’ve selected homes that reflect a bit of European flair. From a charming English bungalow that is aglow with flawlessly chosen color to an art-filled, perfectly styled Italian villa and a decidedly European style home sited at the Cliffs of Keowee Springs that is filled with materials from around the world, you’ll develop an urge to travel while viewing them.

The international experience continues with an essay from a South Carolina family living in Switzerland. You’ll meet a Greenville family who through their daughter’s marriage now has some added French roots. They share with us how they are experiencing what it’s like to entertain with a French flair.

Flowers and minerals combine artfully as well as beautifully in an article. Ice cream recipes (who doesn’t consume copious quantities in the summer) are featured too. You’ll want to lick the page when you see this one.

Summer without birdsong wouldn’t seem right so we’re highlighting ways to attract birds to your property. Unique housing for them is featured too.

If you are thinking of enhancing your home’s outdoor experience, we have some ideas for you from an envious project that offers practicality blended with great aesthetics.

I could keep going, but I don’t want to give away too many surprises. Have a fun filled summer and we’ll look forward to enticing you back in the fall.





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