bHome Summer Home Tour

This week, I’m joining my fellow bHome app blog friends for a Summer Home Tour. We are all sharing our homes for this summer season of enjoyment. Summer is the time we all slow down a bit, get used to the heat all over again, and generally savor these beautiful sunny moments in life.

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Entertaining outdoors, going on beach vacations, and spending extra special time with family and friends is part of the summer season.  Hope you’ll enjoy touring these pretty homes of my fellow bHome bloggers.  I know you’ll be inspired!

Don’t miss the giveaway below.  There’s a $200 gift certificate to The Painted Fox , which is a great online shop of beautiful decor, that some lucky someone will win!  

I don’t do a lot of different things for the seasons inside my home in decorating, but outdoors is where I let summer shine, with the addition of planters and lots of blooming flowers.

front yard landscape 2015

If you are new to my blog, welcome!  I hope you’ll enjoy the tour and come back again.  I bought my fixer-upper house 3 years ago and you wouldn’t believe what it looked like before. This post has all the Before and After pics and it’s quite amazing to see the transformation. I’m pretty proud of the progress on this place!

front door with urns

I love a welcoming front door and used a pretty turquoise color to contrast with my gray painted siding.

curcuma in planter

Summer planters greet my guests and make it feel more festive around here.

retaining wall and planters

I’ve got lots of plants planted, from shade loving hosta and hydrangeas to other more heat tolerant plants.  This retaining wall was a DIY project my dad and I did together last fall.


I love bunnies inside and out and gardening objects in general.

nadeau console table

Inside, I love to decorate in shades of blues and greens and you’ll see lots of that around my house.

living room 2

I recently did a few updates in my living room and added more green, as well as moved some furniture around. It’s a cozy space and much of this furniture I have had for many years.  I love antiques and mixing in modern with traditional style.

living room mantel

The planked mantel was also a DIY project that my dad and I tackled together and I love how it turned out.

living room

It’s a collected over time room and I really enjoy it.

lr stairs

I get a lot of emails about my stairs and the runner on them and how they are holding up. After 2 years, they still look just as good as new.  I would do this all over again.

green desk

I love repurposing furniture and recently painted this desk, a yardsale find, a vivid grassy green.

lr to dining room

Looking into the dining room and kitchen, come on in.


My dining room isn’t large, but it holds my table and chairs as well as a sideboard and corner cabinet.  Just big enough for me.

dining room buffet

I enjoy collecting white pottery pieces, but don’t really have room for more.  These are fun to hunt down at antiques and vintage stores, as well as yardsales.


My kitchen is right next door.


It got a completely overhaul when I bought the house with new Ikea cabinets and new appliances.  Now I love my kitchen!


These reclaimed wood shelves are one of my favorite things about the kitchen and that white subway tile makes me happy too.


My kitchen isn’t that big either, but it’s big enough and has some nice work space.

green office

My office space got a few updates this year too, when I lightened up the shelves and bookcase.

office white bookshelf paint

I try to stay organized and having a dedicated office helps me do that.


My master bedroom hasn’t changed much since I first moved in, but I still love it.


It’s my cozy and peaceful space.


With a casual reading nook, it’s plenty big enough for me.

Den new drapes

Downstairs in the den, I finally got this room completed just recently with the addition of brand new windows and drapes. What a difference all that light makes and the fabric is a wow factor now too.

china cabinet

This whole room is bright and airy now and I love it.

gallery wall den

A gallery wall adds interest to the TV wall.

ballard coral chair and bookcases

And a cozy reading area helps break up the large room.

ballard chair and bookcases

I really had fun decorating this room and am glad to say it is finally done.  It only took 3 years.


My laundry room/mudroom space is one that has really come a long, long ways.  If you look at the before pics, you’ll see what I mean.  It was horrible, but I knew that paint would work wonders and it certainly did. Painting stripes on the floor was a great solution to this concrete floor.


And painting the walls white made it all more open and clean feeling. From drab to fab!

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My outdoor spaces are definitely at the top of my favorite list and my screen porch gets a lot of use during the hot months we have here in the South.  I sit out here every day, no matter how hot it gets.

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And I eat breakfast at this table most every morning.  Sitting outside makes food taste better, you know?!

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I have so enjoyed having a screened porch and don’t take it for granted.  That’s one of the things I was so excited to see at this house.

patio sectional and planters

Another recent addition, right outside the screened porch is a brand new paver patio. I have had so much fun with this too and I know I’ll use it a lot this year.

patio sectional ae outdoor

It gets shade after 4 pm every day and with no sun hitting it, I can stand to be out here, reading and/or napping.  Can’t wait to do some entertaining out here soon.

wave petunias

Outdoor spaces mean lots of planters and flowers and I love to grow pretty blooms.

red hibiscus 2

They are a nice addition to the patio and make it even cozier.

outdoor entertaining frontgate and potting bench

My potting bench will come in handy for parties outdoors.  In fact, we are doing a Father’s Day gathering on my patio this Sunday.

outdoor entertaining frontgate

SummerTime and the living is easy!  That’s what summer is all about!  The food, outdoor activities, sunshine and everything that summer means to you.  Enjoying the outdoors and spending it with those who are important to us is the best part of the season.

Hope you enjoy all the Summer home tours with these other fabulous bloggers and there’s also a giveaway.

If you haven’t heard of bHome yet, it’s a very fun home and garden app with lots of talented bloggers and magazines too.  I’m on there, with a lot of other talented bloggers.  To enter the giveaway, download the bHome app on your iPhone or iPad and leave a comment on my blog with your bHome Username.  That’s your chance to win a $200 Painted Fox gift certificate. If you have already downloaded it, just tell us your username. Winner will be notified on bHome on June 20th on the bHome app. Android users: don’t worry! We will offer this again when you can download too! 

I hope you’ll take the time to visit my other bHome blog friends on the tour with me today.  This is a great group of talented bloggers! 

Top This Top That

Rooms FOR Rent

Savvy Southern Style

Lilacs & Longhorns

Eclectically Vintage

Cynthia Weber Design

AKA Design

To view all the other blogs from this week:


My Soulful Home

Home Made by Carmona

AKA Design

On Sutton Place


Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Garden Therapy

At The Picket Fence

Unskinny Boppy

Miss Mustard Seed

French Country Cottage


My Soulful Home



Housepitality Designs

Craftberry Bush

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Shabby Art Boutique

Setting For Four

A Healthy Life For Me

Home Made by Carmona

- Rhoda


  1. Rhoda, I knew your house tour would be a fantastic way to start my day and it most certainly was! I love all the little touches you have added to make your home truly you. It is so pretty!!
    The open shelves in the kitchen with those beautiful iron brackets , the plank wall above the mantel and your wonderful ironstone pieces… just to name a few… lovely!!

  2. Rhoda, you house is so pretty, and i love seeing it shine for summer! Love love love your colors. Not sure if I can enter this giveaway on each blog, but just in case, my username is kimm at reinvented. 🙂 See you in a few weeks!

  3. Rhoda, you can be proud of all the hard work. Everything looks great. Now, just try to stay cool in this stifling heat!

  4. looks like you are having a great time with yourfabulous outdoor spaces this year, too bad it’s soo hot right now to really enjoy them this summer. looking forward to seeing you next month at Haven.

  5. Love it all, Rhoda! Every space is so beautiful and inviting. You have done such a fantastic job of transforming all your spaces — you are so talented!

  6. Rhoda…I truly enjoyed this tour as I have had the privilege of seeing in up front and in person and I must say the the changes you have made over the past year are remarkable. The new windows have certainly made an incredible difference. Love that room and that pink chair!!…Your new outdoor spaces are just beautiful….Thanks for the amazing tour!!…Happy to party with you!!!

  7. Always love seeing all the updates and changes to your home. I’ve been following you for many years. My bHome name is ginakinard.

  8. Rhoda, Tks for sharing your home today. Every room is so pretty. You have so much space to decorate and plenty of room in this house. So much useful living space! I love your window treatments and the fabric you chose for each room.

  9. Jo Ann Nixon says:

    Hi Rhoda
    I have just downloaded the app and my user is 11496. I followed your transformation of this house with your Dad and what you have done is simply amazing. The memories you you created with him will always be with you and I am sure you will treasure.

  10. Whate a beautiful home Rhoda. I certainly enjoyed your summer home tour.

  11. Kathy Thompson says:

    Love your house from the color choices to your beautiful rugs!! My user # is 11503

  12. One of the things I love most about your home is that it is truly a reflection of you. It’s perfectly thought out but looks like it was all gathered over time. The cozy factor is off the charts. 🙂 Enjoy the rest of the summer…I hope you get to relax on your lovely patio!

  13. Rhoda – you’ve really transformed that house into a beauty! Love your fun, colorful style! Enjoy that gorgeous new patio this summer.

  14. Everything is so beautiful Rhoda!! I just love your beautifully decorated spaces, and could sit on your porch for hours! Hope you are having a beautiful summer!! XO

  15. My favorite house in blog land. 🙂

    • Stacey, thank you, that is so sweet! There are so many gorgeous homes out there, but I love my own home, sweet home so much.

  16. Rhoda your home is simply gorgeous! I have watched the labor of love since the beginning! I don’t think I would have had the vision you did, but boy oh boy, you certainly nailed it! It’s charming, cozy and a place I hope you call home forever!

  17. I have just downloaded the app and my user is flavourgirl. Your home is so pretty and classically Southern! I love it. Love your posts about home, travel and fashion. Keep them coming!

  18. Lorraine Watkins says:

    I downloaded the bHome app when it first came out. i love the beautiful pictures and checking out other bloggers. My user name is lorwatkins. Your house has really come together. I love your use of bright colors.

  19. You started with a standard split level box and changed and remodeled and retooled and altered and added until you got the home you love. This house reflects a whole lot of projects. Job well done by you and Dad.

  20. Rhoda,

    I have been following you for YEARS! I’m so happy you have this wonderful home. I just love, love it! It looks fabulous! In fact, I am quite jealous! I want to live here. Haha! I adore the new curtains in the den. Beautiful fabric!

  21. Mary Anne says:

    There’s not a peaceful room to be had in this house. Everywhere you look there’s another pattern or a piece of huge furniture. This house would look so much better pared down and de-cluttered. it looks like a small house so why fill every square inch of it with “something”?

    • Mary Anne, so you don’t like the way I decorate? That’s OK, there are a million other decorating blogs out there. No need to be so negative. I happen to love my home just the way it is and yes, it is peaceful to me. Maybe you and I just don’t have the same taste.

  22. Great tour! I still can’t believe the wonderful transformation of your home!

  23. Rhoda everything looks just beautiful!!!

  24. Rhoda – you are a style maven! Love every inch – especially the “kelly” green table & cozy reading area. You have great taste – and class my friend!

  25. Rhoda you’ve done an amazing job with your lovely home! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

  26. Jane Gordon says:

    What a lovely home! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  27. Rhoda,
    Your home is so comfortable and inviting. I love each and every room, and your new deck is fabulous! Enjoyed visiting your beautiful home!
    Edith & Evelyn Vintage

  28. I particularly like your kitchen. What is that countertop? It has the look of marble. Very nice.

  29. Rhoda, you have perfected every inch of your house from stem to stern! You are a powerhouse of energy and talent!

    Did I miss a post on your paver patio? I love it. Did you do it yourself?

    Soooo! What is your next project? Just enjoying entertaining, I hope!


  30. Rhoda,
    Thank you for sharing your lovely home on bHome Summer Home tour!!!
    I adore your screened in porch, dear one!!!
    The decor in your lower level living areas is stunning!!!

  31. Hi Rhoda! Oh, I have so enjoyed touring your lovely home. I know you’ve spend a lot of time turning it into your dream home and it shows. Love every inch of it and thank you for sharing it with us.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  32. Stunning pics..someone loves green and it all looks amazing
    bHome username; ginette4

  33. Love reading your blog!
    just signed up for bhome and my user name is amhuenefeld.

  34. the green desk with the gallery is my favorite! and i love that front door!

  35. Thanks for sharing all your pretty spaces! BTW, how are the mosquitoes around your patio? Mine keep me indoors.
    My username at bhome is deckdiva.

    • Carmen, I do have some mosquitos and I’m using a lantern called Thermacell that seems to work, so I’ll be trying it out there.

  36. BamaCarol says:

    Every time I see your lovely home I find something else I love in it Rhoda! I signed up for bHome and my username is bamacarol. Hope I don’t just stare at it all day long when I should be working!

  37. Lovely as always Rhoda! Always excited to see your home tours and happy to be a part of this one with you!

    xo Michael

  38. Your home looks absolutely ready for summer, Rhoda! Beautiful as always ~ I’m so happy to be a part of the bHome tour with you!


  39. i love your blue and green colour scheme Rhoda!! Your okay bedroom curtains still make my heart putter patter! So fun being a part of this amazing bHome tour with you! See you at Haven and happy summer!!


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