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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Our Summer Tour

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I'm happy to be joining 25 bloggers in sharing our humble abodes as part of the "2013 Summer Showcase of Homes!"  So, kick off your flip flops and come on in!


One of the first rooms you see when you enter our home is the great room.  And, during these Summer months, it's dressed in soothing colors of blue, white and tan (hard to believe this space was once covered in all things red, gold and green)!


A natural seagrass rug anchors it all.

Because we live here at the beach, a coastal themed Summer mantel seemed like a natural choice!  



A nautical theme vignette fills our "Pure White" chalk painted sofa table:


Over in our sitting room, the soft color palette continues, including splashes of grey that I've been adding in here lately ... from our new curtains to the grey and white French fabric that I lined the back of our bookcase with:


A few more splashes of coastal accents made their way to our duck egg blue accent chest, including our *feathered friend* from my favorite, Home Goods:


Across from the sitting room is our dining room.  This poor space has seen so many different wall colors in the 7 years we've lived here that I'm shocked the walls haven't caved in!


Walls aren't the only thing I've enjoyed painting ... in fact, this buffet was the first piece of furniture I painted and is what launched my furniture painting frenzy, including the the table and chairs.  My paint brush even made its way to the lamps, as well as the mirror, which got a shiny coat of gold!  


A simple table vignette, filled with white and silver pieces, is being enjoyed during these Summer months:


Speaking of paint, you might as well know (if you can't already tell) that I'm *addicted* to it, especially chalk paint, and have transformed SEVERAL pieces in our home with it ... our kitchen island being no exception.  What was once a "builder grade" maple island was transformed with face panels, a few coats of AS Old White and Chateaux Grey (along with a butcher block top and farm legs).  A silver bucket sits perched on top, filled with *Summer-y* branches:


The three wall mounted shelves which I built a few years ago (and am shocked haven't come crashing down) are covered with AS "Pure White" and filled with simple white and glass pieces:


It's hard to believe our cabinets were once maple stained.  A couple of years ago, I painted them white and have never looked back!  Yup, chalk paint ... again (not only on the cabinets, but, also on the Chateaux Grey napoleon bar stools we added last year).  A cheery, vintage *Summer-y* print sits front and center above our cabinets (thanks, World Market):


Our breakfast area also got a dose of chalk paint when I painted our dry bar AS Old White, followed by Chateaux Grey.  And, yes, before you even ask ... the apron/legs of the farmhouse table and chairs are painted with chalk paint, too (AS Pure White) ... see, I told you I'm addicted!  A simple, Summer vignette fills the table.


Right off of our kitchen is our master bedroom (how convenient is *that* for my hubby's midnight snacks).  This room also got a mini-makeover when we painted it in a softer color palette (including painting the side tables AS Old White):



Our master bath then followed suit when I painted our cabinets AS Old White and our mirrors AS Duck Egg Blue.  A simple vase filled with pink hydrangeas reminds me of the Summer months we're enjoying!



Now, when it came to revamping our 7 year old son's room, I wanted to keep the colors "alive," so, primary colors were the obvious choice:


I have to enjoy this while I can because I know he'll want more of a say in his decor someday ... soon (ugh)!


His bathroom was recently redone in blue, tan and white ... nautical prints seemed to be an easy choice in here.


Even when Summer is over, this cute whale will remind me that the ocean is right down the street and the lazy days of Summer will soon return:


During the Summer months, our kiddo loves having his own "hang out" space where his friends and he love playing video games ... having "Beywheelz" battles ... and, rockin' out to Kidz Bop tunes:


And, as I wasn't quite ready to give this space a big, BIG boy look when I recently gave it a makeover, I chose a simple, yet colorful, nautical theme:


You know little boys means lots of dirty clothes ... so, let's head on over to the mudroom!  White cabinets (painted AS Pure White), bead board and Ben Moore's Wythe Blue help this space feel "fresh." 


While enduring the not-so fun task of folding laundry (okay, actually, my sweet hubs does most of it), I can't think of anything I'd rather look at than pics of my family ... it was only natural that this wall became our gallery wall:


Before you go, let's take a quick peek outside ... here's our screened porch, (which we are currently expanding), where we love to linger!


Of course, a simple bowl of shells is in order, along with colorful *Summer-y* pillows:


This picture of our patio is from a few years ago because we're currently expanding our screened in area by enclosing it!  As much as we loved the pergola and openness, we tired of the constant mosquito attacks, visits from snakes and lizard invasions we constantly endured when trying to sit out here!  I'll soon be sharing pics of the "new" space!


Okay, so, who's ready for a glass of Pinot and some fake grapes?


Thanks so much for taking the time to tour our Summer home!  Here's hoping the remainder of the season goes by s-l-o-w-l-y, because, before long, I'll be decorating like *this* !!



Be sure and take a peek at the other homes that are being featured by fabulous bloggers this week ... you'll be amazed!

Monday, July 22Atta Girl Says
Tuesday, July 23Mom 4 Real
Wednesday, July 24The Lily Pad Cottage

Have a great day,

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65 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful, Becca. Fun seeing your beautiful home again all in one post. Love all the brightness in your home.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your home and how open and airy it is. You do such a beautiful job with all of your decor and I love how you accessorize. Thanks so much for the great tour. Hugs, Marty

Msmoozy said...

Love all the gentle pops of color, just enough to make items/furniture stand out! Love how you decorated it all. I am also in love with your screened porch. I hope to have one of those some day! :-) Thanks for sharing today.

NanaDiana said...

I forgot how very beautiful your home is Becca. I love how bright and light everything is. It DOES say SEA to me! You have done a wonderful job there! xo Diana

Pat said...

Gorgeous, Becca! Your home is fabulous!

Our Feathered Nest said...

Gorgeous as always Becca! Love how you make the light, bright colors feel so welcoming and inviting. Thank you for sharing :)

Designs By Pinky said...

Becca, I have always LOVED your home! Everything you do is BEAUTIFUL! I love the beachy decor and colors, (just yesterday I pulled out some of my shell collection, before summer is over:):) The outdoor area is going to be so nice ALL screened in. ENJOY the rest of summer.....yours will last alot longer than ours. XO, Pinky

Kathysue said...

Becca,
This is my first tour of your lovely home. I love all of the personal touches that you have done to make it your OWN. I love a coastal look so it was fun for me to see how you incorporate it in your home. I noticed how you added your touches of sparkle with mirrors and chandeliers, that is when i could really see your personality come out. You are such a beautiful lady and I really enjoyed seeing how your added your special touches to your home. Thank you for inviting us all in!!
Kathysue

Delores Arabian said...

Hi Becca,
Your home is just gorgeous. Love your style! It's so cheerful, bright and inviting! ~Delores

Carol said...

It's always fun to see your ever-changing home, Becca! Thanks for a wonderful tour.

Jenna LaFevor said...

Gorgeous! Love all your coastal colors! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Your home is so beautiful, Becca! A lot of your current pictures show perfect Summer décor that reflects the lightness and cool feeling, especially that which you might feel near the beach. I love so many of your rooms I can't pick a favorite!

Elizabeth BlueClearSky said...

Becca, your home is beautiful! So many pretty details and so bright too. Thanks for the tour.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Becca, Your home is just stunning. I have always wanted a home near the water just so I could decorate it. You really have the magic touch! Every area is just perfect!!! LOVE the whale... very cute!!!

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

I enjoyed walking through and lingering in your home Becca. So many things i luv.. the curtains in the dining soft and pale with little pops of colour.
Thanks for having me... going back for another peek.
Hugs, Gee

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

Darling - your home is about as pretty as it comes. I love that you are true to your style and every room reflects a genuine character. Its welcoming and warm and cozy. You should be very proud. I loved seeing it all in one post. I am so happy you joined us on our Tour. xxoo

Amy of While Wearing Heels said...

Beautiful. I love all the nautical touches you added all over your immaculate house. Your house is picture perfect in every way. My favorite room, your master bath and that sitting room...ok, so I should have said rooms :)

Erin Taylor said...

Everything is so beautiful! I love your colors and attention to detail.

Eleanor Olander said...

Absolutely beautiful! LOVE the curtains in your living room. Did you make those? I look forward to when I can decorate in white and not have to worry about grimy toddler finger prints : )

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

Do you think the neighbors will talk if me, hubby and the kids move in with you guys? :) I always love to come over ( wish it was for real though) and take in all of your amazing rooms and decorating. Question I have used Old White for some things- is pure white alot brighter and whiter and also what finish did you put on your kitchen cabinets over the chalk paint?

Marty Walden said...

Drooling over you home, Becca! Love the kitchen island, the screened in porch, everything white. Oh, basically, just everything! Thank you so much for joining us on our home tour!

At The Picket Fence said...

Oh Becca!!! You know how much I love your home and your style (and YOU!) but seeing it all in one post like this is just fabulous! You are so talented and the only thing that would make it better is if I could pop on over with a bottle of wine and hang out on the back porch with you and see your gorgeous home in person. Someday my friend! :-)
Vanessa

Anita Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Becca, I love your home, and your dining room is my favorite. Then I saw the shelves in your kitchen. I kid you not, I just had the carpenter put shelves very much like yours in my butlers pantry. Yours are absolutely perfect.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

I always enjoy seeing your gorgeous home Becca!! Love your coastal touches and bright colors!! Soo pretty!!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Your home is beautiful, Becca! My favorite...your kitchen! Love it! And....that sailboat on the sofa table is the perfect summery touch! Thanks so much for sharing!...hugs...Debbie

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Gorgeous home!! Love your soft color scheme. I think this is the first time I've seen your dining room and it's stunning! Thanks for the tour!!

Patti Dunnavant said...
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Patti Dunnavant said...

Your home is beautiful. I especially love the blue ceiling in your bedroom

Kathy Moreland said...

Your home is always a favorite! I love the colors you have chosen, and how everything is so tastefully decorated! Thanks for the tour!

Angela Ryder said...

Your home has been a favorite of mine since before I even knew what blogging was! LOL!! I aspire to create spaces like you do! Thank you for the beautiful tour!~~Angela

Suzy Handgraaf said...

Becca - you do know, don't you, that I think your home is gorgeous! I loved seeing it all in one post. You are a master at creating beautiful spaces, my friend!

Toni Tiu said...

Your home is so beautiful! It's very warm and inviting, so relaxing at the same time. Really, really wonderful tour. Thank you for giving us a peek of your beach cove!

Toni Tiu said...

Your home is so beautiful! It's very warm and inviting, so relaxing at the same time. Really, really wonderful tour. Thank you for giving us a peek of your beach cove!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Gorgeous - wish I lived near the water! I'll just have to come and visit - I'll bring the wine!

Sharing this loveliness on my FB page today!
Kelly

Scribbler said...

Your home is so beautiful! Thanks for the tour. You are going to love having a bigger porch.

Jesse Postle said...

so, so, SO gorgeous! One of my favorite blogs of all time! You have such a talent for creating a beautiful home and I love your mad passion for paint brushes :) I always look forward to another post! -Jesse at Home on Hidden Oaks

Cynthia said...

Becca, your home is so beautiful. I love all your touches that make a house a home. You have a lovely chandelier. Thanks for letting us take a tour.

Cynthia

Mer said...

I love this!! Where is that wooden whale from?

Mer said...

I love this!! Where is that wooden whale from?

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I love, love, love, love, love your home!!!...One day I will have to pay you a visit when we are in your area....:)
You never cease to amaze me with all of your wonderful talent and creativity...thanks for the tour Becca!!!

Katie Miller said...

I really like the first room you walk into with the blue, white, and tan colors! I usually choose and accent color as well, and that is why I got this home decor jar, because i love yellow! Can't wait to see the patio re model!

carol jane said...

Wow. Wow. Amazing home. Do you do all the decorating yourself? How do you do it? I get tired just keeping up with my house cleaning. Your ho me is gorgeous. I can tell that you are a HUGE fan of AS chalk paint. I am dying to try it, but its not available where I live, and really dont want to pay shipping charges. When you painted your kitchen cabinets, did you have to do any sanding or priming with the AS paint? Everything is gorgeous. Can you come to my house to decorate?

carol jane said...

I meant your home is gorgeous. I was so excited to see your home that I couldn't even spell right.Also what kind of paint did you use on the gold mirror? Looks like a Ballard piece.

Debbiedoos said...

Ahhh one of my favorite home tours ever. So many beautiful changes, decor and style. You are rockin this tour!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

Oh your house is so lovely! I love your color palette, so peaceful and fresh!

Petra said...

As always, I love peeking into your home. I really love your son's areas - so cosy! Don't blame you for closing off the other end of your porch if you get snakes as guests!!! You are one talented lady with decorating!

Maria Elena said...

Loved, loved the home tour! So beautiful! I never get tired of looking at your pictures! :) Enjoy your weekend!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Your home is gorgeous Becca! You've really transformed it beautifully.Love how light everything is. Great inspiration!

Amy said...

Beautiful, beautiful home! Everything is so well thought-out and cozy, too.
Amy @ http://giftedgabber.blogspot.com/

Becca said...

Thank you so very much, Petra ... I truly appreciate your visit!

Becca said...

LOL, Carol ... thank you! The gold paint on the mirror is from Home Depot (Modern Masters Pale Gold).

Becca said...

Thanks so very much, Katie! I love pops of yellow, too!

Becca said...

Thanks so much, Mer! I found the whale at Home Goods.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Your home is beautiful Becca! So bright and cheerful. Hope you'll share at Amaze Me Monday...
Blessings,
Cindy

jackie jade said...

your home is so gorgeous! it looks so bright and inviting. and i love all of your painting projects. i've been getting more into repainting furniture and it is so fun! i'm part of a monthly link-up of bloggers homes if you would like to add yours! http://www.jadeoak.com/2013/07/design-in-your-home-link-up.html

Shandie Randolph said...

What color paint is on your walls in the kitchen? I am trying to find a cream/beige that isn't too yellow and I love the hue of the paint you chose. I too have painted with chateau grey. I painted my lower cabinets chateau grey and my upper cabinets pure white and am needing a beige/cream paint color to paint the kitchen. All of your rooms are beautiful but I really love your kitchen. Especially the island with the rooster! So neat :)

Southern Belle Mama said...

Gorgeous! All of your pictures make me want to do a major overhaul of my home. Our home has a lot of the same design features as the ones pictured. I have to tell myself, "baby steps!" :) Thanks for the inspiration.I think I'll start with the kitchen.

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Becca, I thought I had commented on your beautiful home! I looked at the tour earlier and adored it! I'm so sorry I was late in commenting. You always amaze me with your fabulous ideas! Your home is gorgeous! So happy I could say, "hi", at Haven! What a fun time!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

I know I'm late to the party; but, I just love seeing photos of your gorgeous home! So jealous of your screened porch...lol! Tired of fighting mosquitoes and lizards, too!

Shelia Williamson said...

Hi Becca! Oh, your home is so beautiful and I've always loved seeing your projects. How nice to see you home in one post. I also saw your most beautiful self on a blog where you were at the blog conference! :) Again, you're so pretty and sweeter than sugar! That's a great combination.

Shleia ;)

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I loved getting the full tour of your beautiful home Becca!!

chris skorupa said...

Beautiful home! Would you mind sharing the color of the exterior of your house? We are getting ready to paint our house and I really like yours. Thank you.

Becca said...

Thanks so much, Chris. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the vinyl on our home as we weren't the original owners. However, it's very close in color to Benjamin Moore's "Manchester Tan."

Sheamus Warior said...

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hikchik said...

I just love the kitchen. hikchik's hick chic