Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer Home Tour

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Welcome to my Summer home tour! I'm so excited this week is finally here...mainly so I can be a voyeur and look into other people's homes. That may make me sound creepy, but I know you guys are just like that too ;) Marty from A Stroll Thru Life has been gracious enough to put together this year's tours and has included 29 other bloggers; 6 homes each day this week! There are some awesome blogs that you won't want to miss, so be sure to check them out.

Some of you are new here, so here's a little background. My house is 8 years old and we've been the only owners it for the past 7 years. It boasts everything perfectly builder grade. I used to hate the wall color, but as my style has changed I have come to adore them. I've been slowing trying to add more and more custom details throughout the house to take out the builder-grade feel and make it mine. I have a problem with changing things up too often, so if you come back next week, it'll probably look completely different :) Just check out last weeks front room post too see what I mean.

Now let's get on with the tour and total picture overload :) But, as a disclaimer, my house never, ever looks like this in reality. I know, I know...bummer. But, I have a toddler, a baby, and a lab...and my husband....so yeah. It gets pretty messy around here. One of these days I'm going to do a mock-home tour and show you all the gritty ;) Oh, wait, I've almost already done that....On to the tour!

Welcome to my home! Here's our entryway. To be truthful, I hate this tile...like I have been wanting to change it out since we moved in 7 years ago. But this picture really makes me want to keep it now. It just looks so pretty. Figures.
 Off the entry way is my front room. I know it's Summer, but I can't help but have blankets around every corner of my house. They are a main staple for me. It's not warm enough if it's not at least 90 degrees...my husband thinks otherwise, but don't they all? His good temp would be 50. Yeah. You can only imagine the fights over the thermostat at our house :) I obviously lose those fights a lot...thus the blankets.

On to the living room.
This year I brought in lots of yellows throughout the house along with a ton of lanterns. To me, lanterns and Summer just go together...as does yellow of course :) I think I might  just be as bad a lantern hoarder as I am a pillow hoarder. And that's saying something, especially if you were to come over and check out my pillow hoard. It's just ridiculous and little embarrassing.
I used to decorate with candles around every corner (candle hoarder too here), but have gotten out of that phase. But now I'm loving candlesticks. For some reason, without the candles. So, really they are just sticks. I just love the decorative touch they give. The lantern and the 'sticks' are from Home Decorators Collection. A new little obsession of mine. Check them out, you won't regret it!
 Here's the other side of my living room. I usually like to keep it pretty neutral around here, but I couldn't part with these pillows just yet. They add so much interest to the room.
That little corner has been a fun space to decorate too. I'm not a fan of having clocks around...I tend to look at the time way to often if they are in my face, but I just fell in love with this cute little guy. It doesn't work, so that helps too :)
 I brought in a little more Summer with a conch shell I got from Grand Turk and a jute wrapped basket from Home Goods. (p.s. I wish I lived closer to a Home Goods...although my bank account probably thinks otherwise lol).
I'm planning on some big changes coming to this room this year. Some that will definitely extenuate the 20 foot ceilings. I can't wait!
 Next up, my dining room. I've carried the yellows back through here...and of course the lanterns. As you can see...major lantern problem ;) I got these lanterns at Home Depot last year for $8 at their end of Summer clearance. How can you not buy the whole shelf worth? Just sayin...

 I love this table, but have found another table I want instead. If you follow me on instagram, you now what I'm talking about. Now if only I can get them to give it to me for a hundred dollars ;)

 Here's our sideboard. I love the idea of using the candlesticks to heighten pots.

On to my master bedroom. Not much has changed in here since I've last shared it. But it's always fun to see it again clean :) Once again...baby...toddler...dog...husband. Enough said. These lamps were also a steal. I got them from Target on clearance for about $20 each. I have some in the living room too.
 This has been the first time in about a year that I haven't wanted to change something in this room. It's a serious miracle.
 And for the guest bedroom. A little bit has changed since last Spring's home tour. I loved it then and I love it now. The headboard just makes me happy. In a few months, this is going to change a lot again when I make it into a nursery. Super excited to redecorate for that! As for the plant in the window...that baby has been going since February. I'm not sure how, it's a serious miracle if you know me and my black thumb of death.There are no blooms anymore, but I still count it as a success.
 As for the guest bathroom, here's the first one. I still can't believe the transformation of this bathroom. Makes me happy going in there :)
And my second guest bath. This has actually stayed the same for the past few years, but it just reminds me of Summer and the beach :) Plus, the makeover was only $60. So that makes me happy too.
Last but not least, our patio...here's a little sneak peak. I have some fun plans happening here in the next few weeks so stay tuned!

Go and check out these other amazing tours today! You won't regret it :) And be sure to check back here the next few days and I'll have the next tours up!
                     Live On Virginia Street                    
Snazzy Little Thing
    21 Rosemary Lane
Thrify and Chic
Claire Brody Designs
 
Tuesday – June 9th
Thrifty Decor Chick
Our Southern Home
Making Home Base
Hymns & Verses
Bliss @ Home
DIY Showoff

Wednesday – June 10th
City Farmhouse
Driven By Decor
No Minimalist Here
SG Style
Decor To Adore  


 

34 comments:

  1. I love your neutral, very soothing décor style with the pop of yellow! Lanterns are a great item to collect and they blend in so well with everything. I am currently crazy for pitchers...ironstone, stoneware, ceramic....I don't care! My kitchen is full. You have definitely achieved the cool, summery, relaxing feel in your home!

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    1. Thank you! Oh and yes, pitchers are definitely up there with the lanterns :)

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  2. As a fellow lover of yellow, I love all your accents with the color...so cheerful! And all your wall treatments are just gorgeous! Your dining room is my favorite room in your house. That lantern addiction of yours should get together with my jar addiction. (We could open a shop! LOL)

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    1. thank you Kelly! It's my favorite room too! We definitely should open a shop...but then I would have to sell all my lanterns .... lol

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  3. Loved the tour Alicia! So I'm pretty sure the two of us would get along fabulously - I always surround myself with blankets, have way more lanterns than I should, and have the same love for neutral decor that you do. Thanks for all of the decorating inspiration!

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  4. I like your neutral and bright home! I'm a lantern fan too so I noticed yours right away. The bedrooms are especially lovely. Thanks for the tour!

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  5. I always love your home and your beautiful decor. Your living room is one of my favorites. I have a tons of throws too and of course a million pillows, so naturally I love yours. Such a pretty and inviting home, so light and bright.

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  6. Loved the tour of your beautiful home!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  7. Your home feels so airy and peaceful. I loved the touches of yellow in the dining room and will be featuring it on my blog tomorrow.

    Thank you for a grand tour!

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  8. What a delightful little space you've got there! My favourite detail is those yellow cushions at the table I think!

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  9. Your warm whites are so calm and relaxing! I don't think I would ever leave ;) Beautiful home!!! xoxo

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  10. what color are your walls in the living room?

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    1. They are actually the builder's color. But the closest I have come matching it (which is very close) is Water Chestnut by Glidden.

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  11. Gorgeous tour! I am especially in love with your throw pillows! :)

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  12. What a beautiful home! I love so many things and especially your dining room.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  13. Your home is gorgeous! Airy, bright and comfortable. Love it!

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  14. So charming, Alicia!! Your dining room is my favorite with the beautiful light background and that warm wood table, and then the sunny pops of yellow, so pretty!! And as a fellow pillow hoarder, I couldn't help but admire your collection! :) So happy to have found you through the tours!

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  15. oh boy, I can totally relate to my house never looking as clean as it does in my home tour photos. Ha. Toddlers/babies/dogs make it soo hard! I sincerely love your home ALL year round, Alicia but this summer tour is my very fav! I love the subtle pops of color - they are so bright and summery but they don't take away from the personality of the space.

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  16. Alicia, I'm amazed that you can even have a blog with a toddler and a baby! Glad to see that all these beautiful home blogs are not perfect all the time.
    Love your 2nd guest bathroom with the blue and brown. I am redoing my bathroom and I plan on using brown and blue. When I say re-do I mean RE-DO! I'm in the process of resurfacing my tub. Ugh! I'll never do this again. The prep is the worst, but it's gotta be done or the paint finish will not adhere and then it wasn't worth the effort. New floor, painting the walls, painting the vanity and other cabinets white, and new accessories. I already refinished the door to the bathroom so it has been a major redo. It soon will be ending and I will be so glad!

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  17. What a gorgeous tour! So bright and beautiful!

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  18. Your home is so airy and soothing :) Great to 'meet' you! xo

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  19. I love everything about your home. It's so inviting! Your color palette is perfect for changing out colors with the seasons.I live very close to a Home Goods, trust me it is too tempting;-)

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  20. I love your home! It's so bright and inviting! I loved seeing all of your thrifty finds and DIY's! It's been fun being on this summer tour with you!

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  21. Everything about your home is so lovely, bright and cheerful, and I think I share your addiction for lanterns and pillows since they are an easy way to change out my room decor. How fun is it that you and I are working on our deck / patio area? I can't wait to check back, I love what I see so far! So nice to meet you on this tour. :)

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  22. Where did you find the guest room comforter? I LOVE IT!!

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  23. Alicia,

    Your home is just lovely. Yellow for summer is the perfect touch! Crushing on that bathroom wall. :)

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  24. Oh my gosh, I love your house! All of the accessories are goregous and tie together so nicely.

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  25. Guest bathroom: "Makes me happy going in there."
    That made me laugh. Then I quickly realized you didn't meant it like that! :-)
    Pretty home.

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  26. You have a lovely home. I LOVE the wood headboard. I want to make a wood wall or headboard in my sons room. I have not found the courage to do so yet. Keep up the good work Alicia!

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  27. I love that gallery wall!! And you have totally made that tile work- I barely even noticed it with all your other touches!

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  28. Was just thinking to myself that I wondered where you got the lamps! Then I read not only did you get them at Target but on sale...for a ridiculous price!!! Why am I never in the right place at the right time!?! Love your decorating style. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Oh it's all about online shopping :) You don't have to be there at the right place/right time lol

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  29. I love your sectional in the living room! Do you mind sharing where you got yours?

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  30. If you are lucky enough to have an RC Willey in your area, they still sell them last time I checked! :)

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