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    Welcome! I’m happy you stopped by! Today I’m joining up with Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage and her Summer Tour of Homes.


    Over the last few days I have transitioned our home’s decor to be a bit more summery. What this basically means is that I have switched out pillows, added plants and flowers and rotated art. One of the best parts of having a very neutral foundation (like our sofa, chairs, wall colors, etc) is that decorating seasonally doesn’t require a whole lot. I love shopping our home – borrowing curtains from the play room, art work from the bathroom, and recovering down pillow inserts with an inexpensive shower curtain – to make little changes that give our house a cheerful summertime feel.

    Have a peek around!










    living-room-gray-pillow      hot-pink-peonies





    summer-list-chalkboard     office-entry


    If you’re curious about how our house looked in the fall > click here < and at Christmas > click here <

    The Summer Tour of Homes continues with so many great ideas and inspiration for bringing summer to your home. Here’s the full lineup:

    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
    Thanks for coming over!

    56 thoughts on “summer house tour”

    1. I love your home! I am struggling to make my home look more grown up at the moment! I am in my mid 30s and finally finding that the way I “decorate” is not what I actually like! I have too many bright colors and mis match patterns. I have 3 litttle one so I keel telling myself it is just the season I am in. But I want to move to my home to the next season but keep my babies little forever! Me and my silly emotions!
      Many blessings

    2. Hi Emily- I have been on the hunt for a faux deer head and keep coming back to yours because the scale seems accurate for where I would like to place it. Can you share where you got yours?

      Thank you-

    3. Hi, we are planning a kitchen with the stove in the island and I was wondering how deep your granite countertop is. We were thinking about 40″ since the stove is about 24″ deep it would leave about 16″. Trying to make sure it is enough room for someone to eat at, fitting a plate and glass without being too close to the heat.

      Your stuff is amazing.


    4. Hi Emily! I’ve always loved your blog. I love/adore your prints/artwork, your handwriting, your mad skills in the decorating department, and most of all your love for Jesus. You are so creative! I LOVE your paper and postcard(?) racks that you usually have in or around your office. Could you tell me where I can get my hands on those? Thanks :)

    5. I am so sorry I bothered you.Please disregard my last email. I found the information I needed under your sources category. Thank you again.

    6. You have done a marvelous job on decorating your home. I especially love your attention to detail. I have one request of you. Would you please tell me where I can purchase the deer/elk head mount above your fireplace. Thank you, and keep creating. I am certain you are an inspiration to many.

    7. Hi, Emily! Your home is beautiful. Did you make the curtains yourself? If so, can you provide any deets on the process. Thanks for all you do and share with us!

    8. Just wondering if you could share where you purchased the white frame for the ranunculus watercolor and also the chalkboard you have in your kitchen. Thanks!

    9. you have done such an amazing job making your home *yours*! I have been following your blog for awhile and actually have a question about your kitchen… do you have a downdraft range? we are remodeling our kitchen and in the process moving the range to the island sort of like you have, but i don’t know what to do about venting the range. a big ceiling mounted hood would clutter the nice ‘open floorplan’ we are going for, but i’ve only found one downdraft range and it received horrible reviews. let me know your thoughts! thanks so much! I’m going to take your graphic design mini class one of these days, too! too busy with work right now, but i’ll find the time someday! cheers!

    10. I know you’ve probably answered this before but where are the canisters (glass ones with lids) in your kitchen from? I’ve been looking for some for my kitchen but haven’t found exactly what I’m looking for yet. Thanks!

    11. Beautiful. Your home is amazing. I love the gallery wall. I want to do one. Someday!
      I love your new summery look. I’ll have to hang around and see the other seasons!
      I’ve really enjoyed visiting. I’ll be back!
      Have a wonderful Saturday,

    12. Emily, I appreciate the lovely thank you cards you made available to me. As a missionary I easily write 200 thank yous a year and am always running out of cards. Thanks so much!

    13. I don’t have ANY talent for decorating a house (as evidenced by the fact that we just have random posters thumb tacked to our older son’s bedroom walls, which would make HGTV hosts fall over from strokes), so it has been so fun to pop into everyone’s summer tour of homes here. I just had to say that your house is ADORABLE!! And if you’re ever seriously bored… please feel free to drive yourself on over to my house, and we can remedy the thumb tack situation together. And by “together,” I really mean YOU can remedy the problem and redecorate, while I fetch you coffee from Starbucks, and sit close to you and talk your ear off while you work your decorating magic at my house!

    14. So pretty!! Love the bar stools, look like my dining room chairs from Industry West! You have a great eye, well done!

    15. Your home is so beautiful! You inspire me. I am curious about the blue hydrangeas(?) print on the wall above the side table between lamp and fern. Can you tell me more about it? Thank you!

    16. Love your home decor!!! I noticed that on one wall it looks like you have old book pages that you used for accent. Is there a certain way you put them up on the wall? I just love the idea. Thanks

      1. Thank you! Yes, I taped those pages up seven years ago and they are still there! I just used double sided tape. It will be TERRIBLE to remove them because the pages are thin and the tape is very sticky, but we’ll deal with it when the time comes!

    17. Emily, everything looks so fabulous and I want to move in! :) Just wondering where you found the artwork in your dining area and on the dresser. Love them!

      1. Just saw your post about the 5 most asked questions! World Market… awesome. What about the other one on the dresser? :)

      2. Where did you get the Mason Jar floral print in your dining room? I love it! You’re so talented you probably painted it!

      3. gorgeous home. one of my favorites ever. primarily because i know all those precious people who plop down on the couch & throw the doggy toy in the basket and color at the kitchen table. xo

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