Are you ready for Summer? My house sure is and today I’m sharing it with you as part of the Balsam Hill Welcome Home Summer Tour! The generous people at Balsam Hill allowed us to choose something to use as part of our tour, and I’m excited to show you what I picked!
Let’s start outside, shall we?
This is a little courtyard area you walk through to get to the front door. You might remember my new Pottery Barn Inspired Shell Wreath waiting there to greet you!
As soon as you enter, you’re looking right at my stairwell.
It is the only structure in our living, dining, and kitchen area. As in no interior walls. You’ll see what I mean in a minute. (Our front door is just to the right in the photo above.)
First I want to show you what I picked from Balsam Hill…
A lantern! This guy is heavy and solid! I originally chose this to use in my courtyard since it can also be used outdoors, but I sat it here when I unpacked it and it never left. It’s the first thing you see when you enter my home. I already had the glass vase, candle, and shells, and I think they complement this lantern perfectly! (This comes in three sizes. This is the 22″ size.)
If you keep going to the right, you’ll be in the dining room…
This is the most shared space on my blog. I take most of my photos in here because of the excellent lighting…and the metal grates I have at the window make such a pretty backdrop.
My hydrangeas are just starting to bloom outside. These faux flowers were just the perk this space needed a couple of months ago, but soon they’ll be replaced with beautiful blooms from my garden!
The Summer House sign below is a Pottery Barn knock off I made a year or so ago. I love it, even in the Winter!
If you turn around, you’ll walk right into the kitchen…
Painting the cabinets was the best decision ever! This side of the house was such a dungeon before. (See the whole transformation here.)
Summer décor to me means two things: seashells and hydrangeas. I may still have my faux hydrangeas in the dining room, but I was just barely able to pull this small arrangement together with what’s starting to bloom in my garden. I’m so excited they are finally beginning to bloom!
Aren’t they so pretty?
Wait till you see what’s on the way…I’ll give you a peek at the end of the tour!
This little cheese dish holds a few favorite shells on my kitchen counter…
My Dad was born and raised in Sydney, Australia and he loved to go diving. He amassed quite a collection of beautiful shells. Most of the shells I have on display are part of that collection. I treasure them!
This was taken standing in the living room:
And if you turn around, you’ll see this!
VERY open concept!
The Beach Cottage sign below was a freebie! I made it out of an old picket from my old gate. Nothing says Summer like a beach cottage!
Life IS good at the beach! We live about a mile away from the beach and I really do love it.
I just posted the very simple how-to for this beachy scallop shell flower pot the other day:
If you turn around, you’ll see this:
That would be my front door behind the stairs. The white door leads to the bathroom.
I am loving my new hardwood floors! They have made such a difference in this entire space. See more on them HERE.
And if you look to the left…the dining room. 🙂
Let’s see what’s on the other side of the couch…
Pretty pillows! Can I tell you how many times a day I fix these pillows?? My boys don’t throw them on the floor, they sit right on top of them.
UPDATE: I made slipcovers for my sectional and what a difference! You can see them HERE!
Can you see our water cooler in the background? I managed to show you all around that area and was able to keep that hidden. See how sneaky we bloggers can be hee hee. There’s no hiding it here!
Let’s just look at the pretty pillows instead mkay?
Driftwood filler and this very large shell add simple reminders of Summer…
How about my new rug? Love!
And there’s my shell garland I just shared recently!
(Still need to trim out the fireplace hearth…don’t look.)
And…we’ve made it back to the front door! (I spared you my desk and my hubby’s recliner. You’re welcome.)
A couple of shells bring Summer to this little area also.
And there’s my favorite pillow smashers. 🙂
And that’s the Summer tour of our main living spaces!
I’m so glad you stopped by…Come on, I’ll show you out.
But before you leave, I promised to share what’s on the way…
So. Many. Hydrangeas. I cannot wait! They are my very favorite flowers. I have four bushes here and four in the back yard. One of the back yard bushes was a gift from my Mother in law. It was a small cutting from a hydrangea bush that she had, that had come from her Grandmother’s hydrangea bush! How cool is that? It is growing beautifully and has several flowers on the way too.
I hope you enjoyed my Summer Home Tour! Thanks so much for stopping by!
I am just one of 24 bloggers sharing their Summer spaces today! If you have a minute, you can visit their Summer spaces at the links below!
This is going to be an amazing Summer!
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