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Summer Home Tour Series- {My Life From Home}

Welcome! How is your summer going? It has been a crazy weather spring for which I'm very grateful. One week it will be really hot, and the next it will be cooler with opportunities to catch up on yard work and let nature take care of watering the plants. I've been out in my yard most of the week getting ready for next week's high temperatures. I love seeing all the amazing things that my guests do in their homes to spruce up for summer. We're on to week 4 in the Summer Home Tour Series and I'm so excited to share the amazing home of my next guest! Have you met Amy Dowling? 
If not, you are in for a treat! Every interaction I've had the pleasure of having with her has been such a positive and uplifting experience, so I was thrilled when she agreed to share in this series!
Amy blogs over at My Life From Home where she shares an amazing array of ideas. From DIY, to decorating, to recipes, to fashion, she makes it easy to learn how to love living in our own home. 
Don't forget to check out her beautiful blog at the end of this post, but be prepared to stay awhile, you will want to see all she has to share. So, let's meet Amy, shall we?

Hello! I am Amy and I blog at My Life From Home. Thank you, Michele, for having me! I'm thrilled to be a part of this summer's tour!
My blog is a combination of home decor, crafts, recipes, and fashion. My desire is to inspire others to live their lives to the fullest at home. Home to me is a happy and inspiring place where I enjoy spending time with my loved ones. I feel your home should be a reflection of you, your journey, your memories, and your style. I love all things with a history and I fill my home with things that are meaningful and inspiring to me. I would sum up my style in three words: vintage, cozy, farmhouse. I've been lucky to inherit a lot of pieces and enjoy putting them to use in my home. I like a clean, fresh pallet with pops of greenery and color in subtle ways. A standard color throughout the home is black. My floors are black and I have pops of black through fixtures and accessories throughout my home!
Are you ready to come in?
Welcome to my home!
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We recently did a front porch refresh and you can catch up on that here and here.
As you enter the home, we have a small foyer which has a travel gallery wall and barn style doors on our pantry.
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Our office has a gallery wall with maps of favorite places we've been and my vintage camera collection.
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I recently bought this headboard bench from a French Market Sale. I saw this and just could not resist it. I literally rearranged the whole room to accommodate this new purchase. Can anyone else relate? With neutral throw pillows and a stack of books on one side, it is the perfect spot to read a book or enjoy the sunshine pouring in.
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Next, we will head into the dining room, where I have set my table for you in my summer tablescape. I used galvanized chargers that are great for indoor or outdoor entertaining. Paired with that, mismatched white plates, antique bowls and linen napkins. Using my olive bucket, I put together an arrangement of white, green, and crimson flowers. A perfect setting for a luncheon or tea!
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Another spot which gets some summer touches is my fireplace. I used another olive bucket to house a fern. My mantel is my spring mantel scheme which has a bird theme using a bird's nest in a milk glass dish, antique bird prints, a birdhouse wreath and a tobacco basket.
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I want to thank you again for joining me today on my summer home tour. It was a pleasure spending time with you today!

To life feeling like home!



Isn't Amy's home so fresh and inviting? As with the other homes I've shared this month, it's hard to pick a favorite, don't you think?! Or was it easy for you? What did you love the most? 
Now you can check out her amazing projects including her recent one room challenge results and DIY plaque yourself. Who doesn't love a quick and easy project that makes a big impact?
But remember to come back for another beautiful summer home tour to see how Colleen from Life on Kaydeross Creek. 

Summer Home Tour Series- {Love My Simple Home}

Hello my lovely guests! For many of you, you have been enjoying the summer break and have been in full swing for a few weeks, for me the "break" just started yesterday. My children just completed the last day of school and we are starting the first day of the summer break today! What better way to start my summer break than to introduce another wonderful home tour with you?! I'm so excited to intoduce Julie Nicholes to you today. 

She has a wonderful blog chalk full of amazing ideas at Love My Simple Home
You will find the name of her blog very appropriate as you enjoy visiting and seeing all the inspiration she has to share on her journey of making her home a place she can truly say she loves. 
So, enough from me, let's move on to the tour, shall we?!

 Hooray for summer!  

Hello, my name is Julie and I blog at Love My Simple Home

I live in a coastal community on eastern Long Island.  
Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year!  
When summer rolls around I like to spend my days at the beach with family and friends. 

I use a simple no fuss, relaxed approach when decorating for summer.   

Come on in and I'll show you around.

Welcome to our entry.

To welcome summer into our home I decorate with beach grass, seashells, fresh flowers and beach glass.  Mason jars filled with these summer treasures hang on a wall vase.   

In our living room, I bring in the color blue to brighten up the dark sectional. A clam basket filled with lilacs sits on top of an antique coffee table. A couple of baskets are used for storage and as a casual side table. The gallery wall is changed every season.

One of the biggest changes we made this year was to our fireplace. You can read about the redo here
This dramatically changed the whole look of our dining room. 
I can't tell you how Happy I am with my new farmhouse-coastal design.

Driftwood sets the mood when decorating the shelves. I used driftwood as art by leaning a couple of pieces against the wall on the shelf.  Cloches are a favorite of mine, you can put anything inside them. I placed a starfish found on the beach and a small rope inside.  I like adding homemade items to my shelves. The driftwood sailboat, SEA sign and feather print on canvas were made by me. These are all simple changes to make for summer decorating.

I brought in two chairs from our patio and sat them at the end of the table. No worries when sitting on these in a wet bathing suit.  They are the perfect change for summer.

On top of the buffet table sits a large glass jar filled with my collection of beach glass.  Three clear glass bottles hold cotton stem branches and beach grass. Blue and white plates frame the window.

   You will always find hydrangeas in our home in the summer.

This is my favorite nook to sit in the dining room.
I placed a large mirror on top of a wooden TV tray to use as a side table.  The cardboard box decorated with seashells is used as planter.  The photo on the wall was taken by me.  It is my favorite one of our daughter when she was a little.

An antique medical cabinet sits on the opposite side of the dining room.

It holds everything I need for summer entertaining!

I use baskets in the summer to gather everything I need to bring outside to the patio.

Thank you for the visit!   
I hope I inspired you to make simple changes in your home for the summer months.

Thank you Julie! I know I'm feeling inspired. I love all the summer touches and can almost smell the ocean and feel the cool breeze while touring your beautiful home! I just love all the coastal touches, how about the rest of you? 
Thank you everyone for enjoying this tour with me today. I so look forward to seeing you again next Friday when Amy Dowling from My Life from Home will be here to share with us! 
Please visit Julie and leave her a comment to let her know how much you enjoyed her beautiful home today!!

Summer Home Tour Series- {Reinvented & RoadKill Rescue}

I'm so excited to share another tour this week in my Summer Home Tour Series!! 

I'd like to introduce you to  Kimm at Reinvented and RoadKill Rescue

You will find these to be the perfect names for her creations because she is completely packed with inspiring creativity. So when you finish reading this post, hop on over to her beautiful blog and see all the amazing things she has to share for yourself. Bet you're dying to see her home now aren't you?! Let's get started then...shall we?!

Hello everyone! I am Kimm, from Reinvented and RoadKill Rescue. I am so excited to share our summer home with you today. Our home is decorated in a gray and cream color palette with touches of aqua all year round, but I love switching things up and adding seasonal touches. Let's start with our front door, shall we? Welcome! Our front door has been "monogrammed" for a few years, but I'll admit I was getting tired of a plain white B on our black door. For summer, I pulled out some colorful fabric and spent about an hour wrapping and gluing. #stickyfingers I'm loving the cool summer color.   summer home tour on reinvented 3   Just inside the front door, in our foyer is our bicycle wheel table, a fun place for some beachy candle holders and a plant.   summer home tour on reinvented   Come on in to the family room now, I'm dying to show you our mantel, one of my favorite places to decorate for the seasons. Summer to me means green plants, flowers, and fun color layered with farmhouse style.   summer home tour on reinvented 1   I'm in love with those porch post halves. Gimme old wood every. darn. day.   summer home tour on reinvented 2   Our faux shiplap has really brightened up the space; this is my favorite wall in the house. :) I just completed a little refresh of our master bedroom (my mother's day gift!), and added some vintage and modern colors that are perfect for the warmer months.   summer home tour on reinvented 5   The vintage style blue quilt is from Target; I can't sleep without covers, but I love a lighter layer for summer. I also added some open weave linen curtain panels to just the outer edge of each window, a less expensive way to dress them up.   summer home tour on reinvented 7   Thank you so much for visiting! Please come by Reinvented any time, I'd love to see you!

Thank you Kimm!!  What do you like the best? Her beautifully inviting Monogram, that amazing bicycle table, the faux shiplap? Who can choose?! What a wonderful peek at what she has in store to share on her blog. I love peeking into the beautiful homes of our guests. Hope you will join me next week for a tour with Julie Nicoles at Love my Simple Home. Until then, enjoy making changes to your home to enjoy these summer months!