Today I’m participating in Marty’s (A Stroll Thru Life‘s) summer home tour blog hop again. While I’m thrilled that it is finally summer and my parents are about to visit who haven’t been here together since my 19-year-old son was in diapers, I can’t stop feeling like it is so off to post about summer home decor as if nothing is wrong in this world.
Things have weighed heavily on my mind for a while and the more awful things happen, the less I want to post on any of my accounts. When my son said that he is desensitized to everything happening because there is awful news everywhere I realized that change isn’t going to come by pretending that we are all ok. He is a student at Temple University where there is daily gun violence, the horrific mass shootings, the war in Ukraine…it’s just all so overwhelmingly horrible. I don’t think turning off the news (I mostly watch European news because they don’t have the US political agenda) is the answer because that’s just wearing blinders and pretending everything is fine when it clearly is not. The divide just keeps getting bigger and bigger and it is so depressing.
I have mentioned so many times though that being creative helps me deal with the things that go on in my mind. Creativity helps me push my anxiety aside and I feel like I would go crazy without this outlet. Well, and the cats help me tremendously as well.
My ever-evolving summer home decor
So I’m showing my summer home tour today, not to pretend that I don’t see what is happening but to hopefully give an escape the way it helps me.
Welcome to everyone coming from my sweet friend Erica of Designing Vibes. She just moved into her dream lake house. It is so pretty and I do have to admit that it’s my dream house and location as well.
Summer front porch makeover
I just shared the process of repainting our front porch in a checkerboard pattern. I love the change so much and it’s a favorite hangout spot for everyone.
The below cellphone photo isn’t the best quality but I just wanted to show you how it looks in the dark which is my favorite view.
Most of my plants have now moved outside and are either on the porch or on the patio.
Just as a reminder, here is the evolution of our porch:
What do you think of me possibly painting the front door in a faux wood grain? And then I guess the storm door needs to change as well.
Summer bedroom changes
I also recently gave the crystal chandelier in our main bedroom a renter-friendly chandelier makeover because I wanted a more visually noticeable pendant. I’m definitely so happy with how it turned out and it was super affordable.
To me, all the changes flow so nicely throughout the home and yard.
Summer Living room
Not much has changed in the living room, except that most plants went outside and I bought a new pillow which is the perfect combo of texture and color. I love it with the layered area rugs.
Speaking of the area rug, Walter brought us a present!!! Yup, that’s a snake and he was mighty proud of himself. Thankfully the snake survived and was put safely outside again. It is an eastern garter snake and we have seen several of them in the yard, especially close to the rocks around the stock tank pool.
I don’t mind them outside because they aren’t poisonous but I definitely don’t want them in the house.
There he is our snake hunter. I recently restuffed my favorite ottoman and it looks like new.
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And in the backyard, I just purchased new wooden folding chairs. I had been looking for chairs to replace our larger old Adirondack chairs. These smaller ones are perfect. While they look maybe a bit uncomfortable, they are surprisingly comfy. Check out my other contenders that I considered HERE.
We live outside in the summer and I treat our small backyard just like I treat the rooms in our home. Outside I mostly decorate with plants!
(last year’s summer home tour)
This is the 4th summer with our stock tank pool. We still love it so much and it’s held up great. The plants are also nicely growing in around all the rock walls.
Behind the chairs, you can slightly see our cat enclosure aka catio.
I just planted all the small elephant ears, potato vines and cascading plants around the red banana. Hopefully they will fill in nicely. I love different colored leaves even more than flowers.
My favorite plants are definitely hostas because they have so many different sized leaves and colors.
Nothing has changed on the patio. Remember last year I had to fix the cracked tile on my favorite patio dining table thanks to much son and husband chipping ice off of it? Well, my son also slammed his phone on the table which made an even bigger crack that is more visible even when fixed, so I bought these faux wicker placemats that I always keep on the table. The lights on the table are solar tea lights which are great and always give the table some ambiance at night without having to light anything.
To me, our small duplex home feels like a mini-vacation and I’m completely content with it which is such a nice feeling. I still always love tweaking everything on a budget though and sharing it with you.
Now head on over to Anita’s of Whispering Pines Homestead. Her tours are always one of my favorites. I’ve told her many times that her home should be used for a Victorian movie set. I love getting inspired by different styles and I hope you do too.
Below you can see who else is participating today and this week so you can check them all out.