Hello, there! I am so excited to be joining forces with five of my talented blogging friends to bring y’all this Summer Home Tour sponsored by hayneedle.com. If you are coming here from Hayley’s tour, welcome! Her home is stunning, isn’t it? Once you are done here, be sure to head on over to Stephanie’s tour to see her fresh and bright master bedroom retreat and then scroll down to see the three ladies sharing their homes tomorrow – you don’t want to miss them!
A little backstory for any of y’all who are new here… we bought our 1980’s neglected, builder basic, colonial style home almost three years ago and have slowly been renovating it one DIY project at a time. The outside was a mess, but the inside needed our immediate attention to be livable and functional for our little family. Last year we finally started plucking away at the exterior and while we’ve accomplished a ton, there’s so many more things we’d like to do – inside and out! So now y’all have been warned that not every area is completely finished per se (I’m still looking at you half painted trim!).
Now enough chatting. Lets dive on in shall we?! So grab your fave beverage and get comfy as I take you through our summer home.
To compliment the saltbox style and color of our house, we added black shutters, new lights, switched out the front door and revamped the landscaping. Colorful flowers and boxwoods add some charm while this new outdoor mat from hayneedle.com ties in the classic, colonial feel.
Once you get inside, I wanted to channel all of the nostalgic feelings summer brings along with it. As a child, I spent summers catching lightning bugs, eating watermelon and strawberries fresh out of my grandparents’ garden and overindulging in my Aunt Reba’s lemonade at family gatherings. Pretty much, they were the quintessential Southern summers. That feel is what I wanted to bring into our home this year. And nothing says quintessential summer like classic Americana decor, at least in my mind. I decided to stick to a basic palette of neutrals accented with red, white and blue to keep things cohesive. Lucky for me, I already love decorating with those colors so I had almost all of the decor on hand!
Our dining room is one of the first rooms you see when you walk into our home.
I decided to set up the table as if we were hosting a little summer shindig, complete with strawberries, watermelon, blueberries and fresh lemonade.
This striped table runner was the perfect way to bring in some color to the table. I love the European feel of the grain sack stripe paired with the bright red. Its definitely a great staple piece to have!
Fun story about the gorgeous bubble glass pitcher – We received the matching glasses as a wedding gift, so my dad bought us this exact same pitcher. Well, fast forward five years and three moves and my clumsy self manages to break the handle off while washing it. I was devastated because it was my very favorite. So, imagine my delight when I saw it on hayneedle.com! All is right in my little world now that I have my favorite glass pitcher back for lemonade and sweet tea.
More natural elements, some burlap flags, blue and white transferware, and my collection of vintage mason jars round out the dining room.
Next we are moving into our living room.
Just like the rest of our house, I like to keep the main pieces fairly neutral and then add in color through accessories. For the summer, I had my father-in-law build that pallet flag that I painted in a more primitive, rustic style.
Our leather sectional went all Americana with the addition of lots of pillows, including that darling new chicken pillow. I think it may be my new favorite thing in the house! The gray throw is from hayneedle.com, as well, and is the perfect weight for snuggling under when the A/C is blasting a little too much… which is a lot in the summer at our house!
I freshened up our coffee table with a little paint and this zinc tray that fits here perfectly. It corrals all of our things and is so easy to move around thanks to the handles.
My favorite little corner got some love as well with a new plaid pillow. Mixing patterns has become one of my favorite things to do and I love the way the plaid compliments the boldness of the floral slipcover.
The bookshelves simply got updated with a few new faux plants (Because can you ever have enough florals in your home? No, no you cannot.) and some mini flags I snagged from Target’s dollar spot. Our hearth received some special treatment as well with a little Americana inspired vignette, complete with a vintage toy truck that my husband’s late grandfather painted.
Lastly, we are heading into the kitchen. More specifically, to our coffee bar.
We started this project a few months ago, and I finally feel like its finished. Or as finished as anything can ever be with a chronic re-arranger living in the house!
I got that amazing vegetable print last week, and I am obsessed. It brings in just the right amount of color and charm to our kitchen.
The shelves are full of things that I pulled from my decor stash as well as serving pieces and drink making items we use every day. However, the real cherry on top of this little space is my new rug. Its so nice to have something soft underfoot as I’m bumbling around making my don’t-talk-to-me-yet morning coffee. Not to mention, it matches our blue cabinets almost perfectly!
So that’s a wrap my friends! What did y’all think? Were you feeling all of the nostalgic summer feels like I have been? I sure hope so. But I really hope that you leave here inspired to create a home that you and your family love and enjoy!
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