Hello! Welcome to the rest of our summer home tour. I am excited to be joining with Nina Hendrick and an amazing group of bloggers to share the simple changes we have made to our homes for summer. I shared last week our front room, girls bedroom and kitchen. I really try to be intentional with everything we bring into our home. I am a questioner and question the purpose and meaning….yes, even for our home decor. My style evolves and what I like changes too. But one thing that is pretty consistent is the feeling. Our home is a collected home. Home decor that we have found along the way and it changes from week to week and season to season. Even though it might sound silly to make “summer” changes to your home decor- we do it with our wardrobe, so it makes sense to do it in your home.
Our master bedroom is about 10’x11′ not your typical master “suite”. But it is sure cozy and it is my favorite spot to be in our home. I have learned over time that I love all white bedding. I think because I like to change out my accent pillows often and throws. This is the easiest way to change up your decor for the seasons.
I added THIS blush throw at the end of the bed and love how it softens and brightens up the room for summer. And THIS gold accent pillow is probably one of my favorite pillows. I have had for close to 4 years, just moving it to a new spot in our house gives it a fresh feeling.
I can tell when I am not loving an area in our home by how many nails are on the wall. I have changed up the art by the side of our master bed more than I can count. When I came across THIS art- “mothers embrace” I teared up. I have almost the exact same photo of myself and my first born daughter. It brings back a flood of emotions when I see this art. Being a new mother and trying her best to tackle it all. Needless to say, this is one I will keep forever and I think it will always be in our master bedroom.
I realized that I was missing a full length mirror in our bedroom. Not only for the functionality of it but because of how much a mirror bounces off light and can brighten up a room. Especially for a tiny room with dark painted walls. THIS mirror was the perfect fit and price.
Another room I made a few summer changes to is our upstairs family room. You maybe have noticed…we live in a smaller scale home, so this room doubles as our guest room too.
The other day my girls and I sat down with some music on and worked on our big summer bucket list. We had such a great time. My girls actually lettered everything on THIS Letterboard! They did such a fun job with it.
For our summer bucket list we tried to think of a few different areas to focus on. We set some goals, ways to serve, new places we wanted to eat, physical fitness goals, books we want to read and where we want to play! This is actually our first year doing it. And I have to say that having this list has really gotten me excited and also makes me feel somewhat in-control of summer.
Real potted plants make such an impact on a space and are less expensive than buying fresh flowers. I loved THIS little lady pot, she got a little succulent for some hair.
You can see a peek at where I moved our new “be still, my soul” that was in our kitchen last week.
We have this tiny little space behind our sofa that I added THIS desk. The girls set it up so it is ready for them to accomplish some of those summer bucket list goals.
I added a blue pillow I had to bring in some color. Along with a potted plant, a little pop of pink goes a long way. And THESE wood beads are perfect for a little accessory on a cocktail table with little hands trying to play with everything.
Last week I did share our kitchen changes for summer and it involved adding more color in the kitchen. I also talked about changing out what seemed to be a permeant feature, the chalkboard. I wanted something brighter than the dark solid space of the chalkboard. I tried that “be still, my soul” art here. I liked it but I had already ordered something special I really wanted in this space.
When I think of summer I think of watermelon, swimming, bike rides, bbq and amusement parks. The last one- amusement parks is not because we frequent them. But because on the last day of middle school, before everyone graduated to high school we got to do a big day at Lagoon (a local amusement park). You would think it would be the time of your life, a day free from stress and full of fun. But for me it was stressful and involved some hurt feelings.
It always turned into who was going to ride a ride with who. If you were with three friends then someone got left out. Or if you were with a group of girls and boys then people partnered up. I can remember being with a really cute friend and all the boys wanted to ride with her and not me. So silly- but something I remember so vividly.
But when it came time to ride the swings….there was no pairing up. Just free seating and freedom to relax and really enjoy. So this is why the Swing Art- titled “Cony Island” spoke to me. It is a reminder to always think of others feelings- be more empathetic (something I am always working on).
The empty white space makes a great spot to add a little homemade fresh wreath for summer.
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