Tuesday, June 13, 2017

~our summer home tour~

~Hello beautiful~

Welcome to our home.
 Today I will be sharing with you how we decorate and use our home in the summer months as part of Marty's 2017 summer home tours! 
We live on a small lake and have a very casual lifestyle. My husband and I have 2 teenagers, 2 yellow labs, and a sweet little bunny rabbit.

We are total homebodies and love spending time together and having friends over.
To us, summer means, paddle boarding, fishing, swimming, BBQ's, bare feet, gardening, napping in the sun, eating outdoors, and taking long walks.

Lets start on the front porch.
I recently made this sign to welcome everyone to our home.
I planted a simple boxwood in this large pot next to a rocker that I have had forever.
{here is a similar one}
Most of the day, and even into the evening, I leave the top half of the dutch door open.

Please come on in!
We don't have a formal entry.
In fact, when you enter our house, you walk right into the kitchen.

Our kitchen is painted Simply White by Benjamin Moore and the cabinets are White Dove by Benjamin Moore.

I like to keep things bright and fresh in the kitchen with just pops of color in either fresh flowers, fruit on the counter, and cookbooks.
As you will notice in our house tour, black and white is my favorite color combination.

You can read more about this coffee station here.

This stack of cookbooks, both old and new, make me happy.

We have a graduate this year, so a lot of her friends announcements are coming.
I decided to dedicate the laundry room door with all the graduates!

I keep flour, sugar, and powdered sugar handy in these big jars on the counter.
We make a lot of cookies and muffins in the summer.
More kitchen sources can be found here.
{old post, but some of the same items I am still using today}

The mini fridge in the island is constantly getting restocked with juice, water, and soda, for the kids and their friends.

I have filled a big window box outside the kitchen window with boxwoods and purple violas which also bring in more color.
There is also a big lilac tree right outside this window.
When it is in bloom I can keep the window open and it smells so good!

To keep everything light and airy for summer I have replaced heavy bowls with glass ones, as well as canisters and vases.
Most I have found at thrift stores for pennies.
My favorite set of books below from this great store.

We don't use formal china.
All of our dishes are old vintage pieces I have found at thrift stores, mixed in with some pieces from Anthropologie, Target, World Market, and even the Dollar Tree.

Here is more of my Mrs. Meyers obsession in our laundry room, behind the "graduate" door:
{full laundry room post here}
This is my favorite scent.

Just off the kitchen is the family room and dining room.
It's all one big room with stairs that lead down to the basement.

The dining room recently got made over for the One Room Challenge.
I kept things pretty much the same in there.
I am still waiting to find the perfect rug.

Orange is one of my favorite colors, so I added little bits here and there. More purple violas and boxwoods fill the window boxes here.
This room really is all about the view, so I try to keep the decor fairly simple.

And the family room got a bit of color as well.
I find pillows are the easiest way to add color.
They can easily be swapped out for different seasons or holidays, and are an inexpensive solution for adding color.

 I love the quirkiness of my new lamps from All Modern.
They keep things from being too serious.

I find myself having a growing book and magazine problem, so I have had to make stacks of them all around now as I am running out of room.

I just got this red grain sack pillow at a local antique shop, and added a red and blue book for additional color to the console table.
You can find a similar grain sack pillow here, and a similar buffalo check pillow here.

I just got this German wood tote at the Farm Chicks Show from Uber Chic.
It holds more books and magazines.

The coffee table was my husbands train table from when he was little.

I love the lighter look of the white cowhide here instead of a heavy rug.

This floor lamp adds a bit of light in the little reading corner.

Beach bag and sun hat ready to grab as I head out the door to the lake.

2017 Summer Home Tour

Monday – June 12
A Stroll Thru Life – Marty 
Cuckoo4Design – Julia  
Nesting With Grace – Brooke  
Decor To Adore – Laura
Tuesday – June 13
Thrifty and Chic – Alicia  
21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara
The Chronicles of Home – Jennifer
Hymns & Verses – Doreen
Wednesday – June 14
 Life Love Larson – Andrea
Making Home Base – Chelsea
Duke Manor Farms – Laura
ZDesign At Home – Bree
Thursday – June 15
11 Magnolia Lane – Christy
Remodelando La Casa – Christina
Fri – June 16
Refresh Restyle – Debbie
Far Above Rubies – Anita X
Our Southern Home – Christy
Simple Details – Pam
Haneens Haven -Haneen
Common Ground – Debra

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Julia Konya said...

You have such a beautiful home. Love your tour.

Decor To Adore said...

What a wonderful tour! I love how you are celebrating your graduate. So many wonderful summery touches. It's such a pleasure to share this tour with you.

Marsha said...

Your home is beautiful! The dutch door is so cool, in Kansas we couldn't leave it open! Too much heat and bugs!!!

Vel Criste said...

Just lovely!!!! Your home exudes summer to a Tee! I love how you hung art in your front porch and I'm so jealous of your awesome coffee station! I desperately need one in my kitchen! So honored to share this home tour with you Melaine! Cheers!

Alicia @ Thrifty and Chic said...

Your home is just full of so much character! I love it! What a beautiful home tour!

Unknown said...

Have to ask, how did you make that sign? Love it.

[email protected] said...

Your home exudes casual elegance. So beautifully decorated! It's an honor to be on the tour day with you!

Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane said...

Melaine: it's all so lovely, but comfortable as well. We have dogs and teens, too, and I have to say that you've created the perfect combination of casual and beautiful. Well done!

Botanic Bleu said...

A beautiful home, and I was hoping to see the view. Going to look at other posts to see if I can find it.


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