I am so excited to be a part of this years Summer Home tours 2015 along with 29 other talented women. Thank you to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for hosting this year and inviting me! It truly is an honor! If you are a new visitor stopping by from Designing on the side or any of the other home tours......... welcome! I am so happy to share my home with you today! For those who are new visitors you can learn more about me here.
In October my husband was offered a job out of state and my family moved only two weeks later! Needless to say This year has been a whirlwind filled with so many emotions. We miss our friends and family back home terribly but we are so thankful to have moved to a family friendly lake community.
We still have a lot of decorating to do. there are so many rooms that we haven't touched yet and our "to-do" list is long.
However, we are happy and fortunate that our new house started to feel like "home" so quickly.
Welcome and I am so excited to share with you some of the finished or "almost finished" spaces".
As you enter the foyer there is a formal living room to your left and a dining room to your right. The front Stairs meet with a second staircase beginning in the kitchen.
I added a touch of coral/pale pink, ivory and "beachy" beige" to the living room this summer. Along with some drift wood accents.
Dining rooms have a tendency to feel crowded. Especially during a holiday or a large dinner party. We decided to keep this room simple and airy with only adding one single black hutch to display our china and glassware. We will be installing curtains soon.
Walking through the dining room (or past the living room)takes you to our family room/great room. When designing this room I was determined to have a kid-friendly room that was still light, and bright as well as be affordable. At first it felt like all those concepts were contradicting but I think I pulled it off. The sofa and white club chairs are Inexpensive Ikea furniture. I changed the legs on the ikea sofa to help coordinate with the other wood tones and make the sofa look more expensive. All the Ikea pieces are slipcovered with the white chair replacement slipcover only costing $29.00 . They are a worry free white! In addition the rug and middle pillow on the sofa are indoor/outdoor scrubbily and bleachable fabric by Dash and Albert! Perfect for a family with young children. My splurge items were the Serena and Lily ottoman and pillows. Hopefully the end result is a comfy room without being frumpy, and an elegant room without being stuffy all while being kid-friendly and affordable!.
My summer mantle is simple. I added a drift wood bowl , a white orchid and silver accents. In addition there is a framed picture of our favorite beach hotel. (The National in Block Island, RI)
My philosophy is (no matter what season)........ less is more! When you have young children clutter happens naturally,, you don't want your decor to add to the clutter.
The french door in the picture below leads to my children's play room, which is currently on our " next to design" list. It's in desperate need of some organizational furniture. The Door leads to a half bath and adjacent to the bath is the stairs to our basement. The basement is finished however We have not started decorating it . The basement will probably be one of the last spaces on our "to do list".
I fell in love with the layout of this home, not just because it lets in so much natural light but because the layout is so family friendly. My four year old son can go to his room to play and I can easily watch him, hear him and talk to him from the downstairs. I always know what he is up to... even if I'm in the kitchen!
The kitchen leads to our deck. I used a similar Dash and Albert rug on our deck as our family room along with a white table that mirrors our kitchen table to help both spaces blend easily together. I used a calming blue because it reminded me of the lake we live near.
When I purchased these chaise Lounge Chairs I envisioned my husband and I relaxing together side by side.... well that fantasy was over quickly! My kids have taken over them! But I wouldn't have it any other way!
The furniture can be easily re-arranged when we have a dinner party. I quickly move the love seat, chairs and rocking chair to the table to seat up to 9 guests. I move the chaise lounge's over to the other side of the deck... and the deck quickly transforms to a functional and beautiful dinner party set up!
When walking up the stairs my daughters room is on the left.
Many of the furniture pieces in this room were found at yard sales, and antique shops. My father helped me refinish and paint them all white.
The bedding, pillows and cushions were custom mad using Serena and Lily fabric.
The chalkboard was bought at an antique shop and my sister and I created the "Grace" Definition using a projector and chalk paint.
My father made this rocking chair for my daughter and it will hopefully be passed down generations.
Next to my Daughters room is a 1/2 bath followed by our guest bedroom. I had the beautiful middle Caitlin Wilson Pillow and wasn't sure where to put it in my home., until I found the back euro shams on sale at Target! I knew they would go perfectly together in the guest bedroom. We are not finished decorating this room, but it is coming together little by little.
Down the hall is my son's bedroom with an attached bath. He was so excited when we moved to have his own bathroom. However, do you know what it is like to clean a 4 year old boys bathroom! Icky is all i can say! But boys will be boys I guess! it makes him feel like a big kid so it makes the extra cleaning worth it. His room is under transition to a big boy room, so I can not share it today... but stay tuned for a reveal soon!
Finally, our master bedroom is the last room down the hall. It is also on our "to-be-finsihed list".
The room is spacious and has a large sitting area that we are still brainstorming about what would make that space the most functional. Do you have any ideas? I would love to hear!
We miss family and friends however we feel so fortunate to have moved to a family friendly neighborhood. The kids love the lake beach, the pool, splash pad and playgrounds. We even bought our first family boat ( a second hand rusty canoe off of crags list)! The weather has been great already and we are excited for summer! We have a lot of visitors planned and we can't wait!
Thank you so much for taking my home tour today! It was such an honor to be a part of this amazingly talented group. I would love to be friends on Instagram (@peacefulhomedecor)! Please come by and say hello! Also as a special gift for taking the tour use code "Summer50" to receive $50 off your next e-design. Find out more here.
If you haven't seen the past tours you can see them below. You won't be disappointed! They are amazing!
Monday - June 8th