Summer Home Tour!

Although the calendar does not yet officially say so, I say – it’s summer!

And what better way to start things off then with a summer home tour – hosted by the ever lovely Gina of the Shabby Creek Cottage. If you are joining me from “Jenn Fabulous” of My Fabulous Life, welcome!

I share my home with you today to welcome you.  There is no higher compliment a guest can pay me than to say they are comfortable in our home.   Yes, I like my home to be pretty, but comfort is most important.   Shoes can stay on or off – its your call.  Feet can scoot up on the sofa and it is only a 50/50 chance that I will be able to locate a coaster for your drink.  But this time of year, we are outside as much as possible and coasters are not even on our minds.

Our back deck is perfect in the mornings to drink coffee.  Actually, is there any where that isn’t good to drink coffee in the morning?  And it is also where we have our herb garden made from vintage buckets and a door.

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But our yard didn’t always look like this.  After about 12 years of living here, we decided to make use of the yard that we had.  You can see where we started from here.

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I just picked up these concrete style planters and I am in love with them.  Who would ever thought a square block of stone could be so pretty?

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My favorite place is really the screened porch.  We had always wanted to do an attached porch, but it would have meant loosing a whole lot of windows on the house.  I knew I didn’t want to do that, so I was thrilled when we decided to build a free standing porch.  Although it takes away the convenience of being right off the house, it gave us more room to work with and it is perfect for keeping track of the kids in the pool.

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I will admit, the water has to be really warm for me to go in, but when I do, I love it.  My husband and kids seem to go in regardless of the temperature.

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Most of the time, I am in here.  I love this space so much.  We spent last weekend getting the space power washed, cleaned and set up after the winter.  We gain a whole other room and it is my favorite space.  Since I was little, I had dreams of a screened porch and I feel so blessed to have this space.

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We eat a lot of meals out here as well.  This year, I spray painted our black dining chairs white and I can’t believe how much more I like it.

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We also took two of our rocking chairs off the front porch where it was just too crowded.  I sprayed those white as well and now we have two more seats for friends and family.  I am almost always a fan of trying to rework what you already have to use in a new space or as your style changes.

You can see in the corner, I have a stack of folding chairs so there is always room for more people around the table.

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This year, we also pulled together a relatively simple DIY coffee table.  I will be sharing more on that next week.

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We always like to have a stack of magazines and games in reach.

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Probably one of the most important details our here is a basket full of blankets.  When the night air starts to cool off, I don’t want that to mean the night has to come to an end.  Instead, we wrap up in quilts and stay just a little longer.

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The table we have out here now is vintage.  I love the rustic style and it ties in perfectly with our beverage station / bar made from vintage doors.  Our plan for this summer, however, is to build a bigger table.  Actually, it is has been on our “to-do” list for a few years, but I am really hoping this is the year.  The bigger the table, the more people who can gather around it.

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We have a space for the kids when they want to get away as well.  We originally built this structure as a playhouse.  Actually, it really started out as our deck on the other side of the lawn.  I guess you could call it the ultimate “upcycle”.  You can read that whole story here.  After it was all said and done, we lucked out that the pool was able to be fit right in and we use it also a pool house.

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We had some fun decorating it last year and I am hoping that our girls will continue to use the space.

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If you would like to see the inside of our home, you can visit here.

And if you like what you see and you would like to subscribe to receive our posts in your email, you can click here.

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Now the good news is, this is just one stop of 25 homes!  The next stop is the lovely Diane of In My Own Style .  So please stop by Diane and see her bright home and how she has pulled it together for summer.

Here is the full line up:

Monday, June 2nd

The Shabby Creek Cottage
The Nester
At The Picket Fence (Vanessa)
Thistlewood Farms
The Inspired Room

Tuesday, June 3rd

The Handmade Home
My Fabuless Life
Finding Home
In My Own Style
The Hunted Interior

Wednesday, June 4th

Inspired By Charm
Jennifer Rizzo
Madigan Made
Makely School for Girls
Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, June 5th

Jones Design Company
Beneath My Heart
The Pennington Point
White Buffalo Styling Co.
Southern Hospitality

Friday, June 6th

At the Picket Fence (Heather)
Desert Domicile
Tatertots & Jello
Home Stories A to Z
Live Laugh Rowe

And if you would like to start from the beginning, you can visit Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Here are links to some of the items (or similar) that are in this post if you are interested.

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That concludes our home tour, I so appreciate you stopping by!  I hope you stop back soon!

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Thanks so much for reading and wishing you a great day!
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Disclosure: I was provided the baskets from Birch Lane, but no other compensation.  All opinions are my own.  There are affiliate links in this post.

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Comments

  1. I so love your gorgeous outdoor spaces…you have created such a wonderful oasis for you and your family. I keep scrolling back and forth enjoying all of the amazing details of each space!

  2. Good morning Laura – I am picturing you outside enjoying the early morning with a cup of coffee in your hand wandering around your beautiful backyard. Your unattached screen porch (so smart) must make you feel like you are away on vacation. It all is beautiful. Happy Summer.

  3. Just beautiful…and I love that little cottage for your kids!!

  4. Wow, just beautiful! I love your herb garden so much I have shared it on my own blog. :) The screened porch is lovely, I might be a little or a lot jealous! Enjoy your summer in your gorgeous space!

  5. Love your screen porch, Laura! I would be out there all day long… Totally on my bucket list.:) thanks for sharing!
    Xo Heidi

  6. I’m in love with your screen porch! It’s lovely!

  7. Beautiful! I have always wanted a screened porch too!
    -Shelley

  8. Laura, I cannot get over that screened in porch!!! I would live out there! That too is on my dream list. Love it all!

  9. Love your outdoor spaces Laura! I could live in your pool house and I love,love,love the beverage station made from an old door. I hope you’re having a great summer!

  10. I’m swooning over all of your outdoor space! I think my favorite detail is the light blue lockers, followed by your freshly painted dining chairs. SO cute!

  11. Laura your backyard and patio is gorgeous and I LOVE that free standing screened in porch – what a wonderful space!!

  12. Lisa~A Cottage To Me says:

    What great outdoor spaces. I love all of your color choices, so fun. I have been trying to talk my husband into screening in our porch, so far no luck. We use it everyday, but the mosquitoes put an early end to our evenings. Very nice outdoor spaces!

  13. Having the porch separated from the house is GENIUS! Love, love, love it!

  14. I LOVE everything about your outdoor spaces…especially your screened in porch!!

  15. Absolutely stunning! I love your style and the pics make me want to come right over! I’ve never invested much time in our outside space (deck in the back and now a new deck on the front) but I’m pinning and wishing and hoping this year! Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Love every inch of you home!
    Debbie

  17. Oh wow, what perfect outdoor spaces. I love them all. I just want to move in, everything looks totally amazing. Love that pool too.

  18. Your outdoor space is incredible! I love your your screened porch and playhouse! What perfect way to be and stay outdoors as much as possible! I really enjoyed your tour!

  19. Oh my gosh.. I was scrolling then I saw that this wasn’t even your inside… your place makes me crazy… love every square inch! And you know what touches (junk) I’m talking about here…

  20. Andrea says:

    So very pretty! I hope you don’t mind…….I love the little tree next to your pool shed ……the picture taken from your covered porch. Do you mind sharing what type of tree it is?

    Thank you so much for the lovely tour…..what a great back yard for your family and friends!

  21. Hi Laura! Great. Now I want a screen porch. :)

    It’s all so inviting and relaxing looking. Really great job! Lisa~

  22. So gorgeous and inviting Laura! You guys are going to have a fabulous summer!

  23. I’m packing my bag right now and moving in for the summer! ;) LOVE your house as always! xoxo

  24. Oh girl, wish I could drop by and sit on that screened porch with you and take a dip in the pool! What a gorgeous outdoor space y’all have created. Love, love it all!! See you soon at Haven! xoxo

  25. Beautiful spaces! I sooooo want a pool, but I don’t think anyone will be digging one in our yard anytime soon. Love love love your porch! I have a weakness for porches (and red). And I NEED those lockers….got just the place in mind for them. :)

  26. I lived in a rental with a screen porch before moving to St. Louis. It was pure bliss. You’re outdoor space is amazing! Can I just camp out in your backyard? #splishsplash. You have such lovely spaces (inside and out), Laura!! xo

  27. Wow!! Your backyard is stunning!! Love!

  28. Laura, I always love seeing all of your creative ideas and how you use your amazing eye to pull everything together!

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