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Summer Home Tour Series- {Garden Chick}

Good morning my beautiful friends, and to those of you who are here for the first time, WELCOME! Today is bittersweet because it is the last day of my Summer Home Tour Series 2016! We have had a wonderful line-up with amazingly talented bloggers! To complete our tours this summer, I am happy to share a garden tour by Karen. 

Karen blogs over at Garden Chick, so when you're all finished with the tour check out the other home tours and take a look at her fun blog!
They're all yours Karen! ;)

I've been following the Summer Home Tour hosted by Michele at Shelstring blog and was happy when I was accepted to join the tour. There have been so many beautiful homes and great ideas for decorating your home. And believe me, I have saved them all to pinterest!
Summer Home Tour
As the seasons change, often our home décor reflects those changes. Christmas trees and snowmen for Christmas, pumpkins for the fall, and bunny rabbits for Easter. But we shouldn't limit our decorating to our home because for the gardener, the summer season means decorating the garden. Very little change comes to the inside of my home in the summer months, because I'm too busy in the garden!
I'm out back weeding
I do make changes with the summer season, and the first changes usually start with my small front porch. It faces my busy road, and is the first thing someone sees when they come to the house. Red is a predominant color in my decorating style, and I start with this red Adirondack chair on my front porch.
Summer Home Tour: Turquoise Summer Pillow
This plastic Adirondack chair is one of many I have scattered throughout my yard and on the deck. After a few years in the sun they tend to fade out and you can either paint them the same color or change your décor for the summer. Red is a predominant color I use, but they have also been chocolate brown for the fall. You can spray using a spray paint made for plastic. I added this summer pillow with turquoise and red.
This red planter with a galvanized tub holds different things as the season changes. It's red color makes it great for holding Christmas décor. For summer, I've added a fern and one of my many vintage watering cans.
Summer Home Tour: Ferns and Watering can
Most of my yard is sunny all day long. I like to add little garden vignettes to the shady spots in the yard. I picked up two of these wire chairs at an estate sale. I added a fern to my chicken flower basket and terracotta bee skep.
Summer Home Tour: Metal chair and ferns
My sunflower pillow can be used now and then on the deck in the fall with my brown Adirondack chair.
Pine trees line the driveway and need a little decorating after a long winter. My black bicycle covered in ivy looks great with white impatiens in an old tool box.
Summer Home Tour: Vintage bicycle with impatiens
Old toolboxes make unique planters and add a little whimsy to the garden. When you come down the driveway you are greeted by this scene.
Impatiens in old toolbox
My herb garden really starts to perk up in the summer, but it's mostly green until the lavender starts to bloom. These pink impatiens add a little color to my vintage rusty tricycle. I made the sign, "petal power" out of and old drawer front.
Summer Home Tour: Rusty Bike wtih Pink Impatiens
Lantana can take the heat, and is a staple in any southern garden. I don't leave my vintage concrete garden gnome in the yard all winter. He sits on my office desk until he's ready to assume his decorating duties outside. (He's not a real "gnome". He is one of the Seven Dwarfs, but I let him think he is.)
Garden Gnome in Lantana for Summer Home Tour
I hope you have enjoyed the Summer Home Tour. Please be sure and visit all of the homes visited.
              ~Karen Gardenchick

What a wonderful tour on how to use deliciously rusty elements in the garden, huh?! I love how natural it all looks together and am feeling inspired on how to make it work in my own yard. As you know, I've been working out there quite a bit lately and have been sharing a few of those projects. I hope you'll continue to come back for more, but for now, go and see all that Karen has to share with you on her blog! 

Summer Home Tour Series- {A Purdy Little House}

One of the things I love so much about hosting the Summer Home Tour Series is the chance I have to associate with other bloggers. Every one of them are so talented and have such an enthusiasm for what they do, that it is contagious! I have loved getting to know each of them!! No different than any other, I'm super excited to share my next guest's home with you today, you might even recognize her from our furniture refresh group! Please welcome Sue! 

Sue blogs over at A Purdy Little House
and what a suitable name for her sweet blog too! Let's say hello, shall we?! 

I'm so pleased to be participating in the Summer Home Tour series this year, hosted by the lovely Michele from Shelstring Blog.
Our backyard has undergone an unbelievable transformation. It's not all complete yet, but you'll be first to see the new space, and I'm so excited to show you. So, without further ado; let's get started with the summer home tour...
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Welcome to my home :) My entryway sets the stage for the cream and grey colour scheme that can be seen throughout the entire space. I love those colours together, as they are modern and fresh.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
As we head into my living room, you see I added some summery touches with my decor, such as the boxwood balls, and faux pink flowers. I'm not a flower snob, and I have no issue with using faux flowers in my decor. I can't really seem to keep anything alive anyhow, so these are great for me. Lol.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
My barcart is typically decorated for the season, and I love using bright fun colours during the summer months.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Right off the formal living room is the dining room. I love the soft elegant feel of this room, and my favorite part is the wallpaper.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
For the summer, I added some faux purple hydrangeas in mason jars in my vintage toolbox I built earlier this year.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Off the dining room is the kitchen, done in cream and grey of course. For the summer months, I swapped out my chalkboard menu for a pretty watercolor painting on canvas of some bright flip flops.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com

Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com

Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com

Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com

Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Speaking of summer cheerfulness.... this cute saying on my counter top used to be the front of greeting a card that was sent for our anniversary, by my sweet aunt who lives in California. I loved it so much that I framed it, and now I get to see it everyday.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Here is the view from my kitchen window.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Before we move outside, let's take a jaunt upstairs to check out the master bedroom. I like to keep things bright and airy in my master bedroom, and add touches of colour depending on the season.
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This pretty duvet was ordered for my youngest daughter's room for her upcoming makeover, but I loved the colours so much, I commandeered it for a bit. I also made her pillow sham an accent pillow.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
This cool tropical leaf is my favorite new addition, and I love how dramatic it is.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer. Featuring an outdoor pool waterfall at apurdylittlehouse.com
Right off the back door is a deck for lounging.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer at apurdylittlehouse.com
Now, let's take our tour further outside and check out the newest addition. Is it weird that I kind of feel like it's my baby? Lol. Only because this pool, with all its demolition, landscaping, sodding and fence building has been so much work.. a labor of love if you will. But we love it, and wouldn't change a thing if we had to do it all over again.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer. Featuring an outdoor pool waterfall at apurdylittlehouse.com
My favorite feature is the waterfall...hands down.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer. Featuring an outdoor pool waterfall at apurdylittlehouse.com
We still have some mulching to do, but this is the general gist of it.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer. Featuring an outdoor pool waterfall at apurdylittlehouse.com
This comfy seating area allows for a view of the whole pool, so watching the kiddos is easy.
Summer Home Tour. Check out tips and tricks on changing out your decor for the summer. Featuring an outdoor pool waterfall at apurdylittlehouse.com
Here is the overall view. Please ignore the shed.... I have plans to make it a pool house, which include painting it grey (of course) with a glossy black door and window frame, and to add shutters and a window box in a crisp white. Stay tuned.....
Thank you so much for joining me on this fun summer home tour. See you next time,
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WOW!! What's not to love, right?! I am so in love with how Sue adds so many bright touches in her home for the summer! Her yard is amazing, and I have to say, that even though it's all so amazing, my favorite is also the waterfall. I know how much work has been invested with all the time I've been spending on my own yard and it's easy to see that it has been worth all the effort. What a pay-off, right?! 
Please visit A Purdy Little House and enjoy all the amazing projects Sue has to share!
Thank you for joining me today on this beautiful home tour, and join me next week for a tour with The Garden Chick.
Tomorrow I'll be sharing a garden project with you!
See you then, 

Building a Gate {Part one}

So, when I said to "come back tomorrow for another project", I should've said tomorrow night. The reality of my life is that I rarely have enough time to even think about getting on the computer for anything, much less a whole blog post!  Not only that, but this is one of two parts. Thus, building a gate part one. ;)
I've been so busy with things around the yard this summer though, that I really want to share, so late night blogging it is!! 
This summer I decided to get an above ground swimming pool. We don't have air conditioning and the thought of a sweltering summer with now relief or endless trips to the public pool was somewhat grim to me. The children were so anxious that they would do anything to help make it possible to set one up, so I took advantage of their willingness to get busy on the long desserted side yard of oour house. I knew that with a pool, we would be using this area often, so not only functionality but safety was a real concern. The post to the gate had deteriorated causing the gate to tilt and the whole section was very unstable. 
After I purchased all the materials, my husband got to work setting the post. My 14 year old son and I did the rest, hammering in brackets and support boards. I will be showing you the other side during part two, it's actually pretty impressive for a mother and son team that had never built a fence before! ;)
Though I admittedly screwed in each fence board 3 times before I was happy with the results of the fence itself, the part that I was most intimidated by was building the gate. I will say that I have intended to be the one to build it ever since the realization that we needed a new gate occurred, but all the same, I didn't want to mess things up on something that would be so obvious not only to family, but passerbys on the street. I tend to really be drawn toward projects that you can't mess up because I tend to be a perfectionist, which, with seven children doesn't serve well most of the time. Well, any time really!
To start out this project, I measured and cut my boards, then lined them up the way they would be assembled. Then I got out one of my favorite tools, a pocket hole jig (I share the first project I ever did with this fun tool HERE!) 
When I use this jig, I've learned to mark on either side of it in case I have to go back a re-drill anything..I learned that lesson the hard way!
It's a good thing too, I had to go back and re-drill a couple of times.
Then I inserted my screws ready to drill into the side of the frame.
If you don't use a jig very often, the best way to keep straight where and what side you need to drill your pockets into, is just the same side, so turning the board around while the holes are facing you to drill the opposite side is the best way to keep things in order. 
I learned this the hard way too, another reason it's best to lay your frame out before you even get started.
This is how it should look, the right side is screwed in, the left is ready to be...thus the gap ;)
Now that the gate frame was assembled, it was time to attach the fence boards. This part was fun for me. Not much to it, just making sure I knew where the bottom boards were to screw in the boards properly. I had one board that was narrower than the rest in order to fit the measurement correctly. 
This is what it looked like when I propped it up.
Next I added supporting braces. This was done with a miter saw at a 45 degree angle with leftover pieces. 
I really wanted my gate to have a rounded top, so I drew out the rounded edge with a sharpie. As a guide I used the edge of a children's rocking chair, haha! It was the only thing I could find that resembled what I was trying to do and I was too afraid to free hand it.
Well, that wraps up part one of building my gate! I will show you the rest on Saturday with more detailed pictures, how I fixed the arch that was too high, and added a window. 
Please join me tomorrow for a beautiful home tour by Sue from a Purdy Little House. You will love what she's done with her yard! 
Toodles,