Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer Home Tour

Hello Everyone, Welcome to my Summer Home Tour, 2017. I'm joining Marty from A Stroll Thru Life and a talented group of bloggers who are sharing their Homes decorated for Summer. If you are coming over from Haneen's Haven, so glad that you came by today and I hope I'll be seeing you again, soon.

I love the change of Seasons and always incorporate seasonal decor into my home. Starting here in the Entry, I rotate vintage accessories on my entry console, building a theme with a seasonal vintage print. For Summer this year, I'm using an original print, this time of an English Cottage Garden filled with Sunflowers. Having a Seasonal or Holiday print along with color and florals is one of my favorite ways to decorate that you'll see throughout my home.

I've bought and sold antiques and vintage goods for most of my life, so it's a natural for me to use both in my decor. I love combining vintage accessories and furniture with new, for a unique and personal look in my home... sort of a mix of English Cottage and French Country, with a lot of casual on the side.


These two old house shutters painted a wonderful shade of gray were found at a antique shop out in the back yard. I had them in my garage for years before I finally figured out what to do with them. One day I decided I was either going to use them or sell them, and decided to try them on top of this console. They've been the backdrop for my round antique mirror since then.

An antique rolling market cart next to the door,
 is always filled with some kind of seasonal florals.

My Dining Room Table is another spot that always receives a dose of Seasonal Decor. Having high ceilings gives me the chance to have a large floral arrangement and table top vignette with vintage goods. Lately I've been using a small French wagon where I can use collectibles with a vintage garden theme. This tableau is constantly changing, including using a table runner that changes multiple times a season. I do a "lazy girl's" version of a tablerunner, and that's to buy 3 yards of 50 inch fabric, then fold it down the middle, fold under then iron the selvage. Instant Tablerunner!

In my quest for neutrals about 5 years ago, I had custom chair slipcovers made for my Dining Room chairs that gave them a more European Cottage feel. I like to mix up accessories; elegant and country farmhouse, that bring a farmhouse-y casual vibe.

This Summer I'm using a grouping of antique chalkware chickens, 
some vintage flower pots, and a handmade bee skep here on the little Chalk Painted wagon.

I'm using a vintage ice-cream maker wooden bucket for the Sunflower bouquet.

Here is a pic from the Spring Open House showing my sofa table with vintage luggage.

A change of sofa pillows and items on the coffee table keep things looking different each season, here in the Living Room. I'm a known pillow-aholic with a real addiction, having a dedicated under-the-stairs storage space just for quilts and pillows.

One of my recent vintage finds is this old wicker covered demi-john that was painted white. A large English Ivy in a vintage "vanilla" pottery flower pot joins it on a garden tray.

On the mantel a tool carrier filled with old mason jars and faux flowers in white
 are flanked by two Pottery Barn lanterns.

TV is hiding in the Armoire that matches are bedroom furniture.

The kitchen sitting area is one of my favorite spots, and it's full of lots of fun vintage goods. It's just my husband and I most days, so I stored our larger farm table and replaced it with this smaller antique oak piece. When our kids are here we have a leaf that enables us to seat (a cozy) six.

My mix and match orphan collection of Red and Brown Transferware dishes
live here in the Kitchen China Cupboard.

Most of these pieces here in the Kitchen Sitting Area were previously in a sunporch that I had at our old house. I love having them in this little spot as it gives me a fun place to decorate for the seasons. A wicker settee and chair, a Baker's Rack, and an old door give me that same vintage garden/porch feel. Most days you will find a small tabby cat lounging here.

I'm using my collection of Majolica here on the Baker's Rack this part of the early Summer.

Thanks so much for coming by. Hope you'll come and visit again,
and if you haven't had a chance to check out the rest of the Home Tour 
then you'll find everyone listed below.

Thank You again, Marty, you are one amazing lady to pull all this together!

Summer Home Tour 2017

Monday – June 12
A Stroll Thru Life - Marty 
Cuckoo4Design - Julia  
Nesting With Grace - Brooke  
Life on Virginia Street - Sarah 
Decor To Adore - Laura   

Tuesday – June 13
Thrifty and Chic - Alicia  
21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara 
Decorating Delirium - Jennifer 
The Chronicles of Home Jennifer  
Hymns & Verses - Doreen  

Wednesday – June 14
 Life Love Larson - Andrea
Making Home Base - Chelsea
Inspiration For Moms - Laura  
Duke Manor Farms - Laura  
ZDesign At Home – Bree 
Our Fifth House - Carmel   

Thursday – June 15
Life & Home @ 2102 - Vel
Remodelando La Casa - Christina  

Fri – June 16
Refresh Restyle - Debbie  
Far Above Rubies - Anita X  
Our Southern Home - Christy  
Haneens Haven -Haneen  
Common Ground – Debra  

Have a wonderful weekend, you all!

joining in here:

The Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspiration Monday at Refresh Restyle
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Share Your Style at The Essence of Home


  1. Love all the ticking added to your light and bright rooms, especially the floral wreath. I'm always inspired by your house posts.

  2. I love how you mix your antiques and vintage finds in such a way that they always look new and fresh, never old and tired. You flower bouquets are stunning too. Thanks so much for joining the tour, your home is always so welcoming.

  3. Debra your tour is just completely enchanting. I absolutely adore your French rolling cart. Have a blessed weekend!

  4. To say that your home is gorgeous, would be a huge understatement Debra, fantastic! I look forward to seeing your home as the seasons change and all your lovely vignettes! So honored to share this home tour with you dear, Cheers!

  5. You have such a unique and pretty style. Always enjoy your tours.

  6. So very beautiful Debra! Love all of the summer touches in every room. Always love seeing your home dressed for each season. I always enjoy seeing you display your collections so beautifully! Happy Summer!

  7. Your home is so lovely, Debra! I love all of the beautiful pieces you have collected...the market basket and gray shutters are my favorite!

  8. Debra, must love all that light in your beautiful home. PS- i think i have the same addiction. happy summer!

  9. Your home is beautiful and the the way you styled it for summer is truly inspiring. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  10. Gorgeous.It looks perfect for summer. I love the touches of ticking! Again with those chickens. I love them.

  11. Your home looks absolutely perfect. I love the mi johns and the stunning pops of yellow from the sunflowers you did. Everything is just gorgeous.

  12. Debra, I love your style and your home is beautiful!

  13. So pretty! I just love sunflowers. They just mean summer!!


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