Summer home tour 2019!

June 13, 2019

I'm excited to share our summer home tour today! My blog friend Marty from A Stroll Thru Life is hosting summer tours all week, so be sure to check them out at her site. SO many beautiful blogs and inspiration! If you're coming over from 11 Magnolia Lane, welcome! Christy and Amy are so talented. 

I don't do a lot of summer decorating specifically, but I have added some lighter touches and a little more color over the past few weeks. And of course, bunches of flowers!

First up, the outside...I planted the front porch planters and window boxes a couple weeks ago. I always go back to my tried and true flower -- the petunia. They fill in so beautifully and start spilling over within a few favorite! 

I always know summer is here when we hang the flag again: 
Modern Craftsman exterior dark gray

In a couple weeks these window boxes will be twice as full! I added some asparagus fern as well, which grows like crazy and will be spilling over in no time: 

Perfect plants for window boxes

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You can see all of the info on our modern Craftsman exterior here

The foyer has fresh peonies, thanks to Trader Joe's! I had some dark pink peonies from my bushes here a couple weeks ago -- that color bloomed early for me: 
Decorating entry table ideas

I changed out the light here a few weeks back to a hanging fixture: 
Long wood console table foyer decor

I found it at Menards and it was super affordable. I love the flush mount that was here (it's now in our pantry) but always felt like the foyer needed something larger. I LOVE it. 

I recently started a laundry/mud room makeover and I'm so thrilled with it. I don't "style" my photos often -- what you see here is what it looks like all of the time. ;) But it was fun to add some summer touches because, YAY, the coats are gone for a few more months: 
Light gray shiplap wall mud room

DIY no sew bench cushion

Market bag canvas mud room built ins

Be sure to check out that no sew cushion project if you're not a fan of the sewing machine! ;)  

I added more flowers (TJ's again) to our family room
Easy Trader Joe's flower arrangement

And over the past few months I've added some touches that just happen to have a lighter, summer vibe. I found these beautiful beads at a local pop up shop: 
Light summer touches on coffee table

The bowl was from HomeGoods and it has navy blue (that I have on the fireplace wall and built ins) and aqua -- perfect! 

I've had this little vignette up for months now, but it works so well for summer. The cloches are from Ikea and I snipped the ferns off of some faux sprigs and stuck them in there: 
Ideas for decorating cloches

Summer always brings out the color pink around here. I don't use it a lot otherwise but in the summer it just feels right. Little touches here and there: 
Vintage Vogue Benjamin Moore

Two sofas facing each other fireplace

A little color, some plants and some pink and I think the house is summer ready! 
Symmetrical family room floor plan

Using two coffee tables to create large table

See my solution for a much cheaper but huge coffee table here

Green vintage cabinet family room

Cyberspace tall fireplace wall

I added more pink to the dining/morning room with a couple DIY pillows and some flowers: 
Wood table white window seat

If you've been reading for awhile you KNOW how I love a good napkin pillow. ;) I made the pink pillows with these discounted Pottery Barn napkins. I used a neutral fabric I had in my scrap pile for the back so I could get more than one out of the two napkins. 

Pink and blue are so lovely together, right? 
Pillows on window seat with lights

Window seat with bookshelves and lights

My light pink peony bush was STUNNING this year! I cut them a little too late, but they were still so beautiful: 
Window seat with bookcase dining room

Tips for growing beautiful peonies

If you'd like to read more about these beauties, check out my tips for growing peonies here.

Goodness I LOVE the pop of light pink against the dark blue walls!
Navy blue walls dining room

Pillows are one of my favorite ways of changing things up for seasons or holidays. The window seat has already seen quite a few pillow changes: 
window seat and built ins dining room

I have to say, my favorite part of the summer is having our boy home all day with me. He's such a young man now and I'm trying to soak up these long lazy days with him:
DIY window seat dining room

Thanks for joining me on the summer tour! Next up is Deb at Seeking Lavender Lane -- I can't wait to see her gorgeous new home decorated for the summer!

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  1. Sarah you home is amazing! I love it so much!!! The ferns in the cloches...genius!

  2. I think the new light in your foyer is a perfect fit, Sarah. And I agree with you...the pops of pink against your dark accent wall is stunning (I think it might just be my favorite view of your home). Beautiful work! Such a pleasure touring with you.

  3. I adore your new home, it is gorgeous. You have already added so many special DIY projects and each one is amazing. I love the mud room and I can't wait to see your office when it is all done. Thanks so much for joining the tour.

  4. I just adore your home! Your window boxes are so pretty. It's something I've wanted to do for a while and I think yours were just the inspiration I needed to get motivated. You've styled everything beautifully, not to mention that gorgeous brass wreath! All the heart eyes <3

  5. Your house looks so pretty! I especially love the cloches and pink accents in your living room- they just make everything pop!

  6. Hi!! Your home is seriously house goals!! I'm in love! I want to ask, do you know what kind of tree that is planted in your landscape right by your front porch?? Thank you!

  7. So lovely and pretty updates for summer! Your home is just stunning! xoxo

  8. Your home is so gorgeous, Sarah! I love the dark paint dramatic and beautiful! xo

  9. I just love your decor, Sarah! Always have. So nice to be touring with you this summer. xo

  10. I love the pic of your guy. Enjoy every minute of the summer. Your home is just gorgeous.

  11. Your new home is amazing! Loving the paint colors you chose and the exterior is so pretty! And, you can't go wrong with trusty petunias in your window boxes!!!

  12. Love all the summer changes you've made. Fresh flowers is always a perfect for summer.

  13. I see you are going back to some of your deep, rich colors again. Your home is beautiful.


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