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Summer Home Tour Series- {The Rustic Boxwood}

Hello everyone! I'm a day late sharing today because my week has been so incredibly crazy, but I'm so delighted to bring you this week's tour!! I have just made a new friend and I want you to meet her. She is so delightful and her blog is full of fun and beauty that is sure to inspire you!! Meet Katie and join me as we tour her beautiful home. 
Katie is the author of The Rustic Boxwood. (Doesn't just the name of her blog make you want to see everything she has going on?) So enough from me, let's get started!

What an honor it is to be able to join Michelle and her beautiful blog, Shelstring, in her series, "Summer Home Tour."  There are some gorgeous homes in this series, so when you finish reading this post, you seriously ought to check out all the other bloggers' inspiring homes!  ;) Thank you, Michelle, for this exciting opportunity!  Hugs to you, sweet friend!

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Welcome to our little home in the gorgeous (and hot!) state of Georgia!  We live just outside of Atlanta, and I'm so excited to share with you a little piece of Georgia livin'!  We live in a cookie-cutter house on the exterior, but on the interior, we've made it our own.  Pretty much everything that you'll see in the pics below are diy projects and thrifted decor....That's how we save our hard-earned cash, and it's what gives me the freedom to change out the decor quite often!


So come on in!  It's great to have you!


When my husband and I first bought this home a long time ago (almost 13 years ago), everything was builder grade...from the carpeted floors to the basic cabinets.  But slowly, one project or room makeover at a time, we've made it our own.  We've torn down some walls, replaced the carpet with new flooring, painted the front door white, and added a covered back porch, to name a few.

As you enter through the front door, you'll walk through our small entry.  Yes, it's small, but our living room, kitchen and dining room now have become one big great room.  I'll show you those spaces in just a bit.  But first, please notice the long window pane just to your right of the front door.  To provide more privacy, we hung a curtain rod and a long piece of thrifted fabric to give just enough privacy, while still letting in some light.  I'm all about as much natural light as possible, as I'm sure y'all are, too!  ;)  You'll also notice this thrifted frame that we updated with some metallic gold spray paint and then added some fun scrapbook chalkart.  And because I like to change our decor around a lot, I just used some 3M velcro strips instead of nails to hang this art.  So when I'm ready to redecorate this wall, the frame can be removed easily without any nail holes! ;)


Isn't this needlepoint so pretty?!  It's another yard-sale find from a sweet elderly lady in our town.  She made it herself!  This faux boxwood (in the vintage, green pot) is from Pottery Barn Outlet, and the brass, mid-century candle holder is another thrift-store purchase.  One of my favorite pieces of furniture is right here...this vintage, sewing cabinet-table.  You can see more on this beautiful, antique-store purchase in one of my blog posts.  (Click here.)


Just past the entry is our main living area -- our great room.  We have 2 white, slip-covered Ikea sofas that we found on Craigslist, 2 tufted and distressed leather chairs (also from Craigslist), 2 white Ikea coffee tables that have been glued together to make one large table, and then side tables that are also thrifted -- a bar cart, a vintage end table, and an old trunk.  I'm sure that by now, you've already figured out that I LOVE to find cool and old pieces for a steal!! ;)


Our gallery wall is a mixture of old and new, store-bought and handmade.  I wanted that "collected over time" look and wrote a whole blog post on how I accomplished that goal.  (Click here to find out how I did it.)


You see that beautiful, stately buck mounted to the wall?  My talented hubby skillfully got it while on our annual hunting trip to Kansas this past fall.  Every year, we pile the kids in the SUV and take a road trip out west to visit the Mr.'s precious grandparents and extended family.  It's a special time, and we always looks forward to seeing everyone!

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This dining table and cane chairs set is another thrifted score that we refinished!  You can read all about that project, including before and after a major hard lesson we had to learn during the process.  (Click here.)

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This old, baby grand piano is the piano I grew up practicing on -- day in and day out -- during my middle and high school years.  It needs some serious tuning, but I still love it!


Here's a view of our kitchen from the dining room.  You can read all about the remodel, plus see before and after pics!  (Click here to read that post.)


I don't know if you noticed or not, but I painted a chalkboard wall on the side of one of our cabinets and then mounted a towel rod to the chalkboard.  ;) I love how it adds the perfect amount of rustic flair to our kitchen!  (Click here to find out how I did it!)


My wonderful hubs built all the cabinet boxes for our kitchen, and then we ordered the bead-board doors from a local cabinet shop!


We also recently remodeled both the guest bathroom and the master bathroom.  We love how they both turned out!

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It's amazing what a fresh coat of white paint can do to a room!


If you'd like to see more pics of our guest bathroom, plus before and after photos, click on this link, and it'll take you straight to that post!

Below are some pics of our master bathroom.  It was recently published at CountryLiving.Com!  Soo exciting! (Click this link to read that post.)


And recently, I added a few more farmhouse touches to this room, and I think you'll love it, if you adore farmhouse style as much as I do! (Click here.)


This bathroom is my favorite room in the house!  It's our "DIY, Farmhouse-Styled" bathroom!  You can click here to read all about it and how we transformed this space under $6,000!

And the last interior room I'd like to show you is a little sneak into our master bedroom.  :)  You see that headboard?  You know what I'm about to tell you, right?  Haha.  Yep, it's a thrifted headboard, and it's been given a total makeover.  Click here to find out how I used chalk paint to give it a fresh, new look!


Connected to the dining room is our back porch that we practically live on every night!  After we added the concrete porch to the back of our home, my sweet hubby (and his daddy) installed the ceiling and some fans to this space, which has become a haven for our family and friends!


These rockers are so comfy!  And that bar cart is an estate-sale find.  It's slowly gotten more chippy and rusty, which fits in perfectly with all our other rustic decor!


Thanks again so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed your "online" visit!  Stop by and say hello on Instagram, TwitterFacebook and Pinterest!  I'd love to hear from you!

And Michelle, thanks so much for having me.  You are a sweetheart!

Thank you Katie, it has been such a wonderful pleasure!! 
And thank you all for joining us today, I cannot pick a favorite no matter how hard I try!! Can any of you? It wouldn't be any wonder if the rest of her home makes it into one of Country Living's magazine pages. I love so many touches that make her home so unique and am in awe of the view of the surroundings of her beautiful home! The one who is truly sweet is Katie. You will have to hop on over and enjoy her blog. There are so many inspiring projects and posts you won't want to quit discovering. Have a wonderful weekend making your home your own, just like Katie's! 
     See you next week when you join me for Emily's tour from The Small Stuff Counts. See you then!

Summer Home Tour Series- {Dragonfly & Lily Pads}

I will admit I have been a very poor blogger lately. I have been running like mad with my children and trying to keep it slow enough to enjoy my children. Though the weeks seem to be flying by, they also seem to be long. I have really enjoyed having these wonderful guests here and have loved that they are willing to share their wonderful homes with us. Each one has been unique with many special touches. Today I'm happy to share a friend of mine. Have you ever met Karen
from Dragonfly nd Lily Pads?

She is one of the sweetest people you will ever come to know, so let's get on with her tour, shall we?!

I am thrilled to be opening my door to my lake home for the 2016 Summer tour Series. When Michele asked me to be a part of her series I was honored to be included on  her Shelstring Blog.  Thank you for your generosity of time and space to coordinate this beautiful event.                             Step into the entry as you are welcomed by summer colors from the start with a warm sandy toes  greeting and baskets to gather your belongs while you visit.


 Cricket has her pink dinosaur at the ready for a game of keep away. The kitchen is galley style with no windows. I splashed a bit of spring green with the towel and spoon rest. I found this silly print to brighten over the sink of men climbing ladders in swim suits. 

Lets follow with rooms of necessity to the bathroom. Utility plus storage are absolutely key since we have only one as of now. Soft shades of blue and green compliment nature and bring the outside into our home. There is no linen closet in the house. Thank goodness for +Pier 1 Imports! I was able to fill these shelves with enough bath storage to easily have 11 or 12 guests. This area of our home is never still as you can imagine. I use brighter colors for the summer months.

 Carrying the bright colors throughout our home. It truly makes our house feel large to us. I kept the warm wool blanket for the chill of the air conditioner after a day in the sun. The pillows can be changed as the season changes and the comforters are reversible. This is one of my favorite vignettes because of the textures, colors and mix of materials blending together softly sending a message of lazy summer days.
Here is where we lay our heads when Prince Charming and I are home. The afghan was made by my mom and I use it for summer on our bed. The quilt reverses to reveal a second look for cooler weather. The scene below is decorated with heart bookends, an antique mirror with a summer picture of a lake. All blended looks to keep a collected over time design.

The living and Dining room are a generous room which is wonderful for gathering large groups or a cozy night watching the sunset. I use light beach colors in these two rooms. Shades of blue, green, and peach are popping up here or there. Even if it is pouring rain it is a happy place. Again I am sure to use different textures, fabrics and I love the stone fireplace centering our home. Wood and stone candle holders help anchor the decor. 

The porch is interior but even dragonflies have friends. We found this frog the first year we lived here. She is the perfect accent for the lighthearted feeling of our home. Also on the porch we have a baby basket filled with towels near the door for those quick dips in the lake.

One of the places we spend the most time in the summer is our patio. Included are a few pictures of a dining, sitting, and chilling spot.

 Enjoy your summer and thanks for stopping over! Feel free to let me know when your in my neighborhood. Since visiting your delightful readers Michele, I hope we've begun a new friendship. 
Lets keep our friendship going by following each other's social media. That is how I met Michele and I am one lucky girl. 

~ Let Your Creative Spirit Dance  ~

Until Next Time Happy Creating,   

                                                     Karen Marie

  See! I told you she was sweet!! Don't you love all the colors in her beautiful lake house?! It makes me feel like piling my family in the car and heading on over to join she and her family for a wonderful week of water sports! Please stop by her sweet blog and enjoy all of her DIY and crafting projects as you get to know her (I promise that it's well worth your time) then come back here for next Friday's tour at The Rustic Boxwood!