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Summer Home Tour Series- Fern Creek Cottage

Hello sweet friends! You know what day it is? You guessed it! It's another home tour in our Summer Home Tour Series. 
This tour is a little bit different in that it isn't a full home tour, but you are sure to be inspired. I love the cool summer decorating ideas 
Lisa from Fern Creek Cottage has to share, so be prepared to enjoy!

Hi, my name's Lisa and my blog is Fern Creek Cottage where I love to decorate my home and share the process with you. 
My passion is buying things other people might pass up from a thrift store or garage sale and completely transforming them. Because you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a beautiful home, but you do have to use a little elbow grease. 
I was so excited when Michele asking me to participate in her summer decorating series! I am really honored to be asked and she is such a sweetie I just couldn't help, but say yes.

My summer decorating tour is going to be a little different from the others you've seen because we moved this summer from Houston to Austin Texas.
We just moved into our new home this month, so these pictures are from our old home when it was on the market.
You may notice there isn't much furniture in the room and there isn't any art on the wall and this is because I was staging the house to sell.

Summer to me equals the water! I just love going to the beach in the summer time and our family swims in our neighborhood pool almost everyday.
So I decided to pull a bit of a beach flavor into the room. This does not mean a beach theme though.

My living room is usually very neutral and I love me some earth tones, but I decided I would bring the color of the sea into the room this summer.

But before we talk about color,  let's talk about the rug in the room.
 A sisal rug definitely feels summery to me. People worry about sisal being scratchy and uncomfortable, but I walk around barefoot all the time and they don't bother me at all.
A sisal rug underfoot reminds me of a sandy beach.

Next up I gathered up some blue/green glass bottles and placed them on a thrift store tray as a centerpiece. 
The tones of the glass remind me of beach glass. 

The large and small bottles are from a department store and the other two are vintage.
Someday I hope to find a glass buoy in this color to add to my grouping.

On the couch I placed two large pillows.
 Now notice they aren't beach themed at all, no crabs or starfish in sight, but the color of the medallion is a lovely turquoise color just like the sea.

 I got the pillows from Pottery barn after patiently waiting for them to go on sale.


My blue armoire used to be in my bedroom,but I decided to bring it into the living room this summer and now I'm wondering why it hasn't been in here all along!

I found the armoire at a thrift store when they were having half price on all their furniture. It barely fit in the back of my mini van, in fact we couldn't get the back door to close and had to tie it with a rope.  I drove home very slowly on back roads. All the way home my car went "ding" ding" "ding" because my car door was open!

I painted the armoire with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue. If you'd like to see before pictures just click here.

On my two arm chairs I pulled out more pillows from my stash! (yes, it's large)
These pillows also have a turquoise design and the background fabric looks like linen. 
Perfect for summer where you want to wear your light flowy linen clothes!

On my little table is an aqua frame that looks like a vintage ceiling tin with a favorite picture of my boys inside.
 As such as I'd love to keep fresh flowers in the house all the time sometimes faux will just have to do. 
So I placed my favorite topiary on the table.

For this neutral loving gal it has been fun to have a little color in my life for the summer months!
 I didn't spend any money on the room just pulled together pieces I already had. 
Thanks so much for taking the time to read about my summer decorating!
It's been fun talking to all of you, but if you excuse me there is a chair at the beach with
 my name on it!

Thank you Lisa you have great style, I'm still drooling over that armoir! If your whole house looks as good as your living room, I'm sure it had several offers within the first 3 days on the market. 
Hey everyone, this is just the tip of the iceburg, you will not be disappointed if you head on over to her blog. I have personally enjoyed every little thing I've seen there. 
Well, go on. 
Shoo! ;)


6 comments:

  1. Lisa is so sweet and I love her pops of the aqua color to her whites. Fresh and pretty.
    Kris

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  2. Hey Michele...
    You are featuring one of my most favorite blogs here today!!! Lisa always has fresh but simple ideas and she is a "down to earth" type of gal so I follow her every post.
    I can't wait to see her new home all decked out in neutrals and her super cute style!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Holly

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    1. Aw, Holly your comment made me smile big! Thank you!

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  3. Beautiful home and such a sweet blogging friend.

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    1. Thank you sweet friend!! Hope you can stop by my new place sometime!

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Can't wait to hear what you have to say, your comments always make my day!