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Early Summer House Tour – A Little Bit Coastal, A Little Bit Cottage

Here’s our slightly coastal, slightly cottage early summer house tour!


It seems funny to be sharing a summer house tour with you when we’re sort of working on a few things. Like finally getting new white blinds for the living room and doing a switcheroo with the dining chairs. But such is the nature of blogging our house for a living – constant changes here to inspire and encourage you to make your home all it can be.

Here's our slightly coastal, slightly cottage early summer house tour!

Summer House Tour

Mostly I think I’ll let the photos do the talking. I will include sources though if you want to find something for your own place. 🙂 I’m deliberately skipping the entryway because at the moment – judging by all the shoes on the floor – it looks like fifteen people live here! We can pretend it still looks like this…

decoart chalky finish painted bench

We’ll be sharing our front yard/porch a little later this summer, so we’ll just dive right into the living room. A most well-used and loved space.

Home Made Lovely summer living room

Our living room doubles as my office at the moment (the basement studio is hopefully soon to be in progress now that we’ve been able to figure out both another kid’s bedroom, a family room and my office space down there!) and that means a lot of crates full of supplies, a Silhouette machine and two printers have to be stylishly store in the living room.

Thank goodness for diy industrial shelves.

industrial shelves

And a little painted secretary desk.

secretary desk summer

I also love to change up the decor on our fun little mantel.

aka design living room couch and mantel

coastal summer mantel

Oddly enough this summer I didn’t add an bright colors to our summer decor. Just a lot of neutrals and some beachy accents.

aka design piano and barn door

coffee table center piece beach cottage

As for the dining room, I had big plans to set the table for summer for you. But alas, simple and bare it is.

aka design summer dining room

akadesign dining room

aka design chandelier

The sideboard is always dressed up though.

design

birch lane dishes aka design

anthropologie monogram mugs aka design

And while it’s only two rooms, that will have to be it for the tour this time – we’re so busy working on the yard and Dean’s Father’s Day gift (the garage) that the rest of the house is in shambles.

How’s your summer house looking?

xo,
Shannon


bhome summer open house graphic

For more summer decorating inspiration and more home tours please visit my friends.

Monday

My Soulful Home | Home Made by Carmona | Home Made Lovely | On Sutton Place

Tuesday

Cedar Hill Farmhouse | Garden Therapy | At The Picket Fence | Unskinny Boppy | Miss Mustard Seed | French Country Cottage | Shabbyfufu

Wednesday

StoneGable | Housepitality Designs | Craftberry Bush | Cupcakes and Crinoline | Shabby Art Boutique | Setting For Four | A Healthy Life For Me

Thursday

Southern Hospitality | Top This Top That | Rooms FOR Rent | Savvy Southern Style | Lilacs & Longhorns | Eclectically Vintage | Cynthia Weber Design

Friday

Maison de Pax | Buckets of Burlap | Love of Home | Debbiedoo’s | Edith & Evelyn | Inspired By Charm

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