Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Celebrating Summer with a Mini Home Tour

Hello Friends, Welcome to Celebrating Summer, 
a Blog Hop hosted by our sweet friend

As Summer winds down through the month of August, there's still time to enjoy the warm weather, family time, and a few delicious alfresco dinners. Last year this time, we were just starting to pack for a big move and readying ourselves for a year of home renovations. I really hadn't been able to enjoy last Summer at all, so this year I've been thankful for having a home and outside spaces that have been fun to decorate with flowers and plantings, to relax in, and basically get back to "living life".

If you've come from visiting Christy and her wonderful Lemon Meringue Pie at Our Southern Home, Im so glad you're here. Be sure and follow the Hop with the Linkup at the end of this post!

It's been a few years since I put together a Summer Home Tour so I thought this would be the perfect time to do that here, as I've celebrated a wonderful Summer season.

We moved to a "new to us" older home this last late February. The style is commonly known as a Mid-Century Rancher, but we've been busy dragging it out of it's time warp here to the 21st. century. The kitchen and bathrooms had been updated within the last 5 years, but the outside was still dated and dreary. The first thing we did was update the front porch by removing scrolly iron railings and giving it a more " English Cottage" look with painted cedar posts and supports. That totally changed the look and feel of our home. I've really enjoyed the front porch this Summer by being able to plant containers of Impatiens and ferns in my vintage urns and to decorate my Antique Depot Bench.

We're still working on projects here and tearing out the old landscaping is next on our list. It's tired and dated and way overgrown. I'll really Celebrate when this big project is started. Hopefully by next Summer we'll have that at least mostly finished. 

For those of you that are readers here you know that we repainted ALL the walls and updated with wood flooring and carpet, but the one thing I wanted to keep was the wonderful subtle taupe stripe wallpaper in the Entry Hall and Dining Room. I'm enjoying creating a more traditional space here to decorate. 

We also kept the sconces and white tile floors, but updated the overhead lighting. I love to keep things seasonally updated so I use vintage prints on the console to bring in color and theme.

Many of you know about the angst I had over the previous "in your face" orange front door. As part of the front porch makeover I found a wonderful deeper, spicier, Bittersweet color that still gives a pop of color without being obnoxious.

The Formal Living Room came together easily using our existing pieces and a new recliner for Hubby from La-Z-Boy. New Hickory Wood planked floors replaced 30 year old carpet. I've used my light colored Toile pillows for Summer that compliment the colors of the walls, rugs, and upholstered furniture.

I love using Sunflowers in late Summer, so the Dining Room metal basket is filled with faux Hydrangeas and Sunflowers and vintage botanical prints are on the buffet.

I'm loving this wonderful Kitchen Renovation that basically has a "Farmhouse" feel, but in decorating, I tend to lean more to a "Cottage" vibe.

The Kitchen Renovation also included taking out the wall 
between the Kitchen and Family Room to create a large open concept space.

This is my Late Summer color scheme and decor, 
which includes new Earth-tone Kilim Pillows and my meager collection of Majolica.

Before we moved I ordered a slipcovered sofa, chair and ottoman set from Sam's Club manufactured by Klaussner. I've really enjoyed having a neutral sofa set to use seasonal decorative pillows, quilts and throws. An antique armoire keeps my TV out of sight.

The sunroom which I've christened the "Garden Room" has a space for our white farmhouse table, chairs and china cupboard at the opposite end a seating area with wicker and antiques.

Sunflowers again are used here on the table in a vintage ice cream bucket, 
sitting on a ticking tablerunner. Ticking and Sunflowers say "Summer" to me.

I had this area decorated for July 4th, 
and I'm really looking forward to decorating this space for Fall.

I love changing things up with seasonal colors and vintage decor.
 A vintage watering can and old fruit crate are filled 
with Summer accessories and vintage cooking utensils.

I've been able to put together my Potting Bench on the back porch
with shelving and a wicker seating area.

This has been a wonderful first Summer living here,
and we're hoping for many more to come.

Thanks so much for coming by and visiting here with my Summer Home Tour. Please continue to "Hop" by clicking County Road 407 and seeing Cindy's Summer Bedroom Refresh.

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  1. Hi Debra! I love your gorgeous home and all the lovely summer touches! I especially love how you styled your entryway and your potting table! So happy to be hopping with you and have a wonderful week!

  2. I have always adored your home and style. It has never looked better than it does in this tour! I am in LOVE with that Sam's couch. Did you order it or was it in store to try. Is it comfy? We loves Sam's and find some great things there. It's perfect with the new pillows.

    1. Hi Christy! Thankyou! no I don't think that Sams have them in the stores. I ordered it online and didn't have any problems at all. And yes, super comfy. Check out the Klaussen website to get the details, we're super happy with the pieces.

  3. I love seeing it all in one tour even though I've followed along the way. I love the sconce and the wallpaper. Your kitchen is very fun and lends itself to cottage as well as farmhouse. I think our new floors are Hickory, if I remember correctly. Now I can't wait to get them since I've seen yours again. I just saw that apple canister at an estate sale last Friday. I'm kicking myself that I didn't get it. It's all wonderful!

    1. Thanks Katie! That Apple set was my paternal grandmother's and it was always filled with oatmeal cookies!

  4. Oh my word, Debra, your home is always SO gorgeous! I love, love, love the stripes in the entry and how you make every room look warm and inviting with cozy layers of goodness. It's really inspiring. Hugs, CoCo

    1. thankyou Coco! I've always loved a subtle stripe paper. I wasn't sure what to do about it when we were renovating since vertical stripes aren't really "in". But I went with my gut and kept it. It's not in good shape, but I just couldn't let it go.

  5. Your home is gorgeous and you have truly made if you. I love how you've redone so much so fast. It looks like such a warm and inviting home.

  6. Hi Debra, I enjoyed your home tour so much and see so many ideas I can use too. Your potting table is one of my favorite features. Pinning for inspiration!

  7. You have done so much in the short time since your move! You have the perfect stage for all of your cheery revolving collections. I love it all but especially the entryway.

  8. You have such a charming home, and I absolutely love your back porch! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  9. I think you have done more in the short time you have been in your home than the 4 years I have been in mine! You have made great progress and it seems you are enjoying making your house into your home with your style!

  10. Your home is so bright and welcoming! I love how you decorated for summer! Enjoy the rest of this wonderful season!

  11. Debra,
    Your home is cozy and so pretty. I love all the light you get in your rooms. Happy New Week.

  12. I have always loved your style and get so many ideas from you.

    Your wicker love seat all decked out in reds is my favorite.

  13. Thanks for the beautiful tour of your new home, Debra! You've made so much progress, quite quickly! We are kindred spirits in our love of vintage and switching things up seasonally! I love your sunroom; it reminds me of the house we're looking at right now. Oh, I hope it happens; I need the vigor a different house would bring!

  14. I so enjoyed looking at your home tour! You have such a fun, unique and lovely style that I could stare at your photos 'til I have googly eyes. There's so much to see. That clock is probably my fave. Although that rug under the dining table is fun too. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Oh Debra this is just an over the top gorgeous tour, and even more impressive for the short amount of time you have lived there! I love the striped wallpaper and your entire color scheme throughout the home. You have truly used your signature style to turn an outdated home into a charming cottage classic. I am looking forward to seeing all you do as we head into fall too. But for now, enjoy the last days of summer!

    Thanks so much for celebrating summer with us!

  16. Debra your home is lovely. I love the tour you shared today. You added your touch to every room. You have had a busy summer for sure.

  17. Debra, I have enjoyed seeing all of your posts on Tuesday Turn About. I'm excited to join you on this blog hop! It's amazing the amount of work you've done to renovate your home. I'm loving all of the changes you made and how well appointed every room looks. Those sunflower arrangements are so beautiful, and I agree that the combination of ticking feels like summer. Have a great rest of the summer! - Crissy @ First Day of Home

  18. I always enjoy seeing your home and I loved seeing all of the updates that you've accomplished. The entry with the new posts looks so inviting and I love your kitchen. I am intrigued by your Sam's Club sofas. We are constructing a family room in our lake house basement and your furniture would look great in my space.

  19. Debra,
    I LOVE how you've used the many lovely decor pieces within your new Mid Century Ranch home.
    So~o~o many of us are in the process of downsizing, or have already, that this post is filled to the brim with inspirational photos of how to use what you LOVE in new and inviting ways!
    Thank you for always inspiring!
    Now. . .like you. . .I'm ready for Autumn decor and weather!

  20. Debra, thanks for sharing your lovely home. You have done a beautiful job of making your new home your very own in all seasons.

  21. HI Debra! Oh, how I've enjoying touring your lovely home! I can see how it has become you! I pray you are feeling well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  22. Oh what fun it was to take a tour of your lovely home, Debra! I love everything that you've done, and the touches of sunflowers add such cheer. The wicker loveseat with the pops of red on the coffee table/bench made me smile. I'm here from Let's Add Sprinkles.

  23. Debra, your home is stunning. The. Rightness and cheerfulness shines through. Love the sunflowers on your dining room table. What a sweet little lamb I spotted. Even your porch looks sweet. Thanks for sharing your lovely home at “Love Your Creativity.”

  24. I love everything. Your home is welcoming and beautiful. Did you make the putting bench with the door?


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