I haven’t posted much about what has been going on as far as decor in our little duplex home this year. I’ve just retreated into projects during the stay-at-home craziness to keep sane and randomly posted about them.
Today I want to show you more about what our house is looking like right now as part of Krista’s of The Happie Housie’s Seasonal Simplicity Summer Tour series.
I haven’t really purchased any new things for our house. The only things I purchased in February before this crazy time started was a patio table and chairs, a basket, real plants, and a faux plant. That’s it!!! The rest of the things I have added or maybe I should say changed in our house are things I made or existing items from our home that I gave a makeover.
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I hope you enjoy my summer house tour and find some inspiration.
Annual Summer Home Tour
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Dining Room and Kitchen
Starting in the dining room, I made a new smaller macrame piece which you can see behind the fiddle leaf fig to the left. I love it very much but haven’t blogged about it yet.
Hopefully, a tutorial is coming soon. My video footage of making this is a little bit all over the place since I didn’t really know exactly where I was going with it. The biggest part was opening up the cotton yarn, straightening, and combing it all. It was worth all the work though.
I love it in combination with my dining room and kitchen colors and the other modern macrame piece that I made at the far end of the kitchen wall. You can also see that the new ivory curtains that I bought over Christmas look nice with the macrame yarn instead of the black and white old curtains which are still hanging in the dining room.
Of course, my great-grandmother also matches the kitchen and dining room. And in case you are wondering about my flooring, it is Karndean Texas White Ash vinyl plank flooring.
During the stay-at-home order, I went on a crazy silver cleaning spree, and now my great-grandmother’s silver looks its best again. I treasure having it so much.
Look to the bottom right (LOL), I started I haven’t finished painting that wall yet. I am waiting for a rainy day because we are just enjoying our yard too much right now.
I painted the rest of the room and the upstairs hallway in Valspar Quail Egg which is the exact color of my new curtains. Seeing it in the photos, I really like it although for a while I didn’t like it as much because I crave the crisp white of our dining room and kitchen. The warmer white is growing on me though. I’m also contemplating adding some more wall molding, the same way I did in the dining room.
Below you can also see the basket I mentioned above that I bought for my craft and macrame supplies.
The faux peel and stick grasscloth paper that I used on the below Ikea Besta unit has really been one of my favorites to work with lately. I decided to give my old dark brown Ikea MONGSTAD mirror a makeover with it as well but this time in the tan color. You’ll see it a couple of photos below but I haven’t written a blog post about it yet either.
I also gave my old Queen Anne claw foot secretary desk a wood bleach and lime wax makeover. I love it so much better now. I really wanted it to look different than all the other Queen Anne desk that you can find in large numbers on Craigslist and Facebook marketplace and I think I accomplished that.
The sliding glass door leads to our garden which is really like another room of our house.
I love the outdoor tassels I made for the umbrella two months ago and they are holding up so well thanks to the fabulous synthetic yarn I found.
From the patio, you can see our stock tank pool. It was the best decision we made last year to add it to our garden. I pretty much use it every day. I also love the little solar fountain you can see splashing in the photo that I added and the black and white striped raft from last year is holding up great too.
Let’s get to the upstairs of our home where I recently gave our old dresser a wood bleached makeover. Check it out if you missed it. The Willy Hermann (1985-1963) painting I inherited from my grandmother finally shines above the dresser. The painter was friends with my great-grandparents which is pretty cool.
Here is the Ikea mirror that I made over with the grasscloth wallpaper I mentioned above. It’s just so much brighter in the once-forgotten bedroom hallway. And I love how it flows with the bathroom and bedrooms.
Do you spot the new faux plant I mentioned at the beginning of this post? I love how long it is in the wall planter in the bathroom. Below you can see the palm leaves I had in the same spot before.
My daughter’s room is to the left of the mirror and has once again become a work in progress because she decided she wanted to go to plain white instead of her dark blue. Do you remember her room? (Read more about it HERE)
Well, now it looks like the photo below. She can’t make up her mind about what else she wants and where. So this is a progress shot right after I got done painting late at night which is why the shade is closed and lights are on 😉
She has our son’s French antique bed because he outgrew it and she really wanted a change. We moved the desk over to the foot of the bed and took down the macrame chair. I’m trying to convince her to hang it opposite of the bed but she isn’t sure. We also wanted to get her a new Ikea dresser for the other side of the room since her old one is broken and we are waiting anxiously for Ikea to open again. The rug is in the attic for over the summer because it makes the room cooler during hot summer months and easier to keep clean.
Our son has her mattress with a new bedframe which suits him much better than the small French antique bed. (Read more about it HERE)
My bedroom has stayed the same.
And my powder room has stayed the same too. It’s nice to have a home where you don’t want to change major things anymore.
Lastly, our front porch where I only added an old Pier1 vase from the attic to our front porch with some free grasses that grow around the edge of our neighborhood.
That’s it! I love our small home. It’s felt even more like a blessing during the stay-at-home order. You’d never think it’s a tiny little duplex, right?