Summer Home Tour

Greetings, my friends!  I hope y’all had a good weekend. We enjoyed a beautiful week last week devoid of rain and it was a very nice time being outside and not drowning.  Of course, this means, the outside plants have to be watered again, so I’ve got to get back into that mode again. Sometimes I forget how much water plants need in containers.  We’ve also started a new summer project, staining the deck and the new fence, so that’s going to take awhile.

Summer Home Tour

Today I want to take you on a fun tour of part of our home in a Summer Home tour with 30 other bloggers and hosted by the sweetheart, Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. Welcome if you’re new, I hope you enjoy this touch of summer for our first summer in the new house.

If you’re coming by from talented Julia at Cuckoo for Design, welcome!

Summer Home Tour

Summer Home Tour

It’s been fun to get settled into our new place and really make it our own.  We are loving our new home and it definitely feels like home now, even though we haven’t been here a year yet!  We’ve done so many projects already since we moved in last year and getting the house painted was a big one we had done before we moved in.

Summer Home Tour

Since then, it’s been one project after another and we aren’t finished yet, we still have lots of ideas swirling in our heads.

Summer Home Tour

I have a big summer basket on the front door to welcome in our guests and green and white feels so summery to me.

Summer Home Tour

Inside the front door is our small living room, filled with personality and color.

Summer Home Tour

I don’t typically do a lot of summer decorating and changing things out. Just not something I do a lot of, but since we have some gorgeous blooming hydrangeas in our backyard, that makes it easy for me to cut fresh flowers and bring them inside to enjoy.  So, that’s really all I’ve done to make our home feel summertime fresh!

Summer Home Tour

Beautiful blue hydrangeas in a vintage blue and white pitcher makes everything special.

Summer Home Tour

Our little living room isn’t big, but we sure do like it and it was a perfect spot to hang my vintage art.

Summer Home Tour

Next is our dining room with that luscious blue grasscloth wallpaper.

Summer Home Tour

Dining room to living room view. Sorry, I didn’t set the table for you this time!

Summer Home Tour

In the center is a tray from Homegoods and those black iron vase holders are from Magnolia Home in Waco.

Summer Home Tour

We’ve got knockout roses growing, so I clipped some of those to bring inside too.

 

Summer Home Tour

Pink and blue are a great mix.

Summer Home Tour

So nice to have fresh flowers outdoors this time of year.

Summer Home Tour

Dining room to the foyer table.  I love that little spot and have fun changing it out with the seasons. It will probably stay this way for the rest of summer, but the hydrangea blooms will of course not make it that long.

Summer Home Tour

I gathered some pretty summery things that are in my stash, like the shell print, seashells, and those blue/green glass bottles that I’ve collected, making for a pleasing arrangement.

Summer Home Tour

I love seashells and coral for summer mood, just plopped in my brass tray. I found this coral piece at a yardsale years ago.  I still love my thrifted things!

Summer Home Tour

That gorgeous bamboo mirror was a thrifted find too and I had it shipped home from FL.  The bamboo easel has been with me for many years, yep another yardsale find.

Summer Home Tour

I’ve been collecting these aqua bottles for a few years now and love them all grouped together.  That big one on the right is an old pickle jar.  The newest one in my collection is the one on the left, recycled glass from Spain via Homegoods.  Other glass pieces I’ve found at yardsales along the way.

Summer Home Tour

I’ve also picked up driftwood along the way and have some neat pieces of it to use during Summer.  That little painting is a pretty one, painted by artist Peggy Buchan from St. Simons Island, GA.

Summer Home Tour

I’ve so enjoyed having this pretty Hooker table (affiliate link) to display things on in the foyer.  It’s my space to be creative!

Summer Home Tour

Those green bottles get me everytime, just love the way they look for Summer decorating.

Summer Home Tour

Summer just says hydrangeas, seashells and pool weather!  I don’t have a pool, so have to make do with the rest. At least I have friends with pools, so that’s nice too.

Summer Home Tour

Down below, I added another pretty clamshell that I found at yes, a yardsale.  I’ve held on to these things for a long time and never get tired of them. That little painting was gifted to my by a local Marietta friend and artist, Lynn, and I love the colors.

Summer Home Tour

Here’s a peek into our family room, which hasn’t changed since this photo.  This is where we really live and relax.

Summer Home Tour

This little keeping room off the kitchen is another space that gives me a chance to display some of my collectibles on the rustic open shelves.  It’s really been fun to put this house together in the last few months, reflecting our personalities and things that we both love and enjoy.

I have a home shopping page that has links to many things in our home (or similar things), so if you’d like to check it out, click here (affiliate links)! 

Summer Home Tour

Here are those gorgeous hydrangeas blooming in our backyard. We had so much rain in May that they really loved that and were bursting with blooms this year.

Summer Home Tour

It was such a fun surprise to have so many blooms on here this year, such gorgeous shades of blue and purple.  Now I don’t have to miss my old hydrangeas, which are also blooming well when we were by there the other day.  I mentioned that Mark’s daughter and her family are living in my old house, which is really nice.

Summer Home Tour

We also have a really pretty deck space which looks out to our wooded back yard which we are loving this year. It doesn’t look like this right now, as all the rugs and cushions are up and I’m preparing to stain the deck soon!  But it will be back in use again before too long.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed this summer tour of our home and I also hope you’ll visit the other ladies on the tour. You are sure to be inspired!  If you’re looking for Summer decorating inspiration, you’ve come to the right place today.

Next on the tour tomorrow will be Bree from Z Design at Home.  She has a gorgeous home, so don’t miss it on Tuesday!

- Rhoda

Comments

  1. MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) says:

    Enjoyed your lovely Summer Home Tour! Your home is just beautiful. You and Mark have done so much work in personalizing your gorgeous home to make it yours! You have been so busy but everything looks lovely. Your hydrangeas are so pretty! Love all the blue in your home! Enjoy! Blessings!

  2. jean l anderson says:

    I love the entry changes you made. that little painting on the easel is just the perfect touch. You have such a good eye. I have to admit that when I scrolled down, your new house was a shock. I’m not use to it yet! LOL It’s so beautiful. I love how your journey has turned out!
    I am terrible at watering plants so I had our sprinkler guy come in and add a line for the big pots so it’s all automatic. You can have him add drips that you can turn on and off if you aren’t using them that year. For the Fuchia baskets that are so pretty here in the NW, I just bought a timer that attaches to the outside water and you set it and set up the little lines. It’s super cheap, really easy to do and works beautifully. They water perfectly and take care of my patio pots. It takes a little ingenuity to hidethe little lines but it’s so worth it. My plants are big and lush. All I have to do is fertilize. I just got everything I needed at the big box hardwares store. You need to get a T so you can still use the water spout. Try one. I’ve actually got 3.

    • Hi, Jean, thank you so much! It is still a bit of a shocker to me too, that here I am with Mark in this house. We are so grateful to have it. I’ve seen those lines before for watering and my BIL did that at their house. I just haven’t learned that yet, but I know it’s a time saver. We’re getting quite a bit of rain, so as long as we get it periodically, I should be able to keep up with watering.

  3. I just love your home, Rhoda! You have done so much work to it in such a little amount of time. Beautifully done I might add! 🙂

  4. Rhoda- i can’t believe that it’s not even been a year in your new home! you have done such an amazing job to merge two households to make it one.

    • Thank you, Laura, it sure has been fun. We are on a roll, lots more projects coming!

  5. KittyLuvt says:

    I have to say that I always enjoy seeing the little tidbits that you add… the bamboo easel with the tiny painting… the glass jars…but my favorite thing? It’s the happiness I see in every room. So happy for you!

  6. It’s beautiful, Rhoda. You have done so much in such a short time.

  7. Rhoda–what a lovely home you and Mark have created! It’s the perfect blend of beautiful and comfortable. I’m so glad to see that you still have tons of hydrangeas, too! Mine are blooming like crazy this year and I’m enjoying them in every room. Hope to see you next month in Charleston!

    • HI, Christy, thank you so much! The hydrangeas were a happy surprise with this house. Look forward to seeing you in Charleston too!

  8. Rhoda! Your home looks so wonderful for summer- personally, I love all the little coastal touches LOL! I will miss seeing you at Haven this year…have fun. So fun to be on the tour this week with so many talented bloggers.

  9. Oh wow I am just in love with your home and this lovely tour! We share a love of decorating with yard sale finds and fresh flowers! What a delightful tour that I will be pinning to return to again and again!

  10. Your new home is looking so lovely, Rhoda! Love all of the pretty blues! Can’t wait to see you next month!

  11. oh Rhoda, I’m having a serious case of hydrangea envy right now. They’re adorable! And I love how you sprinkled them all around your home. Beautiful tour, it looks like you’ve been living here for years, your decor is so collected and classic, love it!

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