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. πŸ™‚ 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.


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?



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home made lovely book on table with get it now text button

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  1. So enjoyed the summer tour of your living and dining room that speaks of casual elegance and grace. So many beautiful summer details that we all can take much inspiration from. Looking forward to seeing the Fathers’ Day gift/aka garage. So great to be partying with you this week among the fabulous bloggers of the bHome community….

  2. You have such a inviting home… I always enjoy seeing your projects , they never seem to disappoint.
    Charming vignettes, beautiful colour choices and interesting textures layered and linking room to room… beautiful and relaxed!!
    I am really enjoying the homes on tour today and looking forward to my turn on Thursday!

  3. Everything is so beautiful — just lovely! I love it that you shared your secrets of a little chaos behind the scenes. I find it so hard to keep the house clean and tidy in the summer with the kids at home. Thanks for keeping it real! πŸ™‚

  4. Lovely rooms! I wanted to ask if you painted the china cabinet a d if so what color of paint. And, once again, everything is beautiful!

  5. Absolutely stunning!! Love the b-home app! All my favorites in one place!! Username: eastonsmom03 ?

  6. Oh goodness, I could move right into your gorgeous home. It’s so beautifully detailed and I love love love the mix of neutrals, blacks and whites! Right up my alley!!! You home is amazing!!!! I will be pouring over these pictures for a good long while! Thanks for letting me look around your summer home!!! So great to be one of the “hive”!

  7. LOVE it all Shannon!! The secretary desk is divine – Also love that your deer is wearing a straw hat like my “Bill” – Shakespeare bust. And that chandy shot is PIN candy! Here’s to a great summer!

  8. Glad you could share what you did, Shannon. Love these spaces and I totally understand the mess when a project is going on.

  9. Beautiful Shannon! I love just going with less in the summer. It just let’s the house breath and life is simpler. User name zswife2. Love bHome!

  10. I’m already a big fan of your gorgeous home Shannon and loved wandering the tour with you today. I kind of pretended that I was there and choosing which seat to sit in, while I sipped a coffee from your gorgeous coffee mugs. Love the neutral beachy accents too!!
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

  11. not sure what my user name is. I just downloaded app. I just found your lovely blog. Thank you for the inspiration.

  12. I love the peaceful, serene feeling you have created in your home – It’s perfectly dressed for summer! So inspiring! bHome rcpl4224

  13. Beautiful home! Love all of your attention to even the smallest detail πŸ™‚ Where are your dot dishes from? Thanks! Bhome: Thehardleycove

  14. I love bhome, Painted Fox and aka design! I would love to win this giveaway! My bhome user name is l8blmr54.

  15. Thanks for sharing your two rooms! They are full of great ideas! I especially liked your use of a summery wreath around your mug rack–I have one and think that I will decorate it up with a wreath from my decor stash!

  16. Shannon this was so fun…I love that one room in your home flows right into another. It’s all beautiful! Have a wonderful rest of the summer…Ann

  17. I can totally relate with the shoe thing…with mud! Your house is always so pretty and relaxed. I totally love that mantel of yours! Happy summer

  18. Hi Shannon,

    I’ve told you before, but I’ll tell you again – you have such a beautiful home! πŸ™‚ I just love all of the summer details you’ve added. Dreamy! I’ve signed up for the BHome app, and my username is ABurstofBeautiful. So excited The Painted Fox is now shipping to Canada! Yay!

  19. I so enjoyed touring your home, Shannon! The rustic warmth is so inviting. I’m in love with the stag pillow and about 10 other things I MUST HAVE. Thanks for opening your house for us.

  20. Hi, Shannon, so happy to be on the tour with you! Your home is so charming and you do such a beautiful job with styling and making it all look pretty. Enjoy your summer! It was great to see you earlier this year. xoxo

  21. Lovely home. My favorite is the pretend entry way. I think I’d love it covered in summer shoes as well!
    Cassandra E bHome

  22. I love your sign “Let me be singing when the evening comes” (some of my favorite lyrics). Where did you get it?

  23. On October 3, thirty high shocol students from Mount Si’s Key Club visited the homes of two elderly folks in North Bend. Armed with gloves, garden tools, and determination ..they set out to offer assistance to these homeowners where the labor had simply become too big an obstacle. The students split and stacked firewood, trimmed overgrown bushes and hedges, brought garden beds back to objects of beauty, raked leaves, and filled an enormous trailer with discarded and rotting lumber that was taken to the dump. The best part of this endeavor was the smiles and hugs given by the homeowners to these high shocol Key Clubbers. That so many showed up at their homes to Pay it Forward was overwhelming and one of the most heart-warming experiences I have seen. Way to go Mount Si Key Club!