This is always such an exciting day for me.
Summer Home Tour day.
Partly because by the time I actually get around to posting this tour each year (I can hardly believe this is my third year of summer home tours!!), my report cards are finished and we are definitely on the downhill slope to summer vacation.
In fact, I can hardly believe that I only have six teaching days left in this year… time has been flying by with the start of the big new reno project.
And because of the reno project, it is that much nicer to come home to a clean, organized, bright and cheery summery home. It has definitely become quite the sanctuary these days!
So grab your favourite summer beverage, and come on in for the tour…
Things haven’t changed too much in the living room since our Spring Home Tour. I did switch around the pillows (surprise, surprise), and brought back in a little bit more colour with these fresh garden print pillows that I sewed for last summer. The fabric is all from Tonic Living , I bought the floral and faux wood prints last year, and then mixed in my new aqua stripe from this spring’s fabric order. I may have a slight fabric addiction.
Here is one of the prints that I ordered recently from Z Paint Studio on Etsy – I have 5 now that I have spread throughout the house. And today I’ve got a giveaway going on so you have the opportunity to win one for yourself!
Really, the little wild flowers in my green mason jars just make the space. If you do nothing else to add a summery feel in your home, then just pick some wild flowers and throw them in a mason jar. It immediately gives a cheery summer look to your space. Can you believe that these ones grow all over the sides of the road and all down the beaches around here? My 4 year old and I collected all of these in about 20 minutes. For free!
My other Z Paint Studio print graces our summer “mantel” – I just love the way the colours tie together..
From our mantel you get a little sneak peak into the kitchen… I will be sharing that whole reveal within the next week or two.
The dining room has had a few changes since my Spring Home tour. I ordered a new light fixture from Wayfair to better coordinate with our kitchen lighting – both the pendants and the sconces that we got through build.com. I also switched out the chairs again to our white Windsor style chairs – I love the softer look of the white chairs rather then the black. I think a new table-build project is on the agenda for the Fall, because I still find the black table a little heavy. I could just paint it, but it was such an expensive set that I would prefer to try to sell it. It isn’t just that it is black- I would really love a longer table (or one with a leaf) that better accommodates large family dinners.
I also switched the paintings around a little bit above the board and batten… my good friend found me a painting with more blues and greens so now the whole grouping seems to flow so much better together. This little gallery is one of my favourite things in the house- which is good because I look at this wall A LOT when I am working at the kitchen peninsula. You may remember me sharing all about these fabulous drapes that I ordered through Kirklands this spring? I am still in love with them…
And of course, my favourite feature of our dining room is the view… I love the huge doors. We leave it open most of the time in the good weather, and it is so lovely to have the breeze running through the house. Nothing like a nice light breeze off the lake on a warm, sunny day to make it feel like summer…
Find a little summery inspiration?
And today I am being joined by some of my favourite blogging friends for what promises to be a stunning series of summery home tours. These ladies are all super talented and never fail to impress me with their gorgeous designs. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us today….