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Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Hello everyone, and welcome to my Summer Home Tour!  I'm so excited to virtually show you around today.  I'd like to begin though with a big thank you to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for putting this tour together, she always organizes the best seasonal tours! If you've arrive here because Carmel from Our Fifth House sent you, I couldn't be happier that you're here.  I'm a long time fan of Carmel's work and design, even way back when she was sharing her actual fifth house, not her sixth that she's in now.  She has made such lovely improvements and put her unique style on her already dreamy Charleston home, and I'm looking forward to seeing her tour today as well.

But for now, relax and take a look around.  We've lived in this home in Oklahoma for 11 years now, and have enjoyed making it our own through the years (see lots of before and after photos here). 

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All Front Porch details here, rug details here

Come on in and look around! I didn't do much of anything special for Summer, unless you count putting out a shell or two to give a nod to the sun and sea. I do like to take the opportunity at each seasonal change to at least switch around some of my accessories, though, and freshen up some of the vignettes, pillows, and arrangements around the house. 

Rug  ||  Similar Lamps  ||  Mirror- Craigslist  ||  Dresser- SW Tricorn Black  ||  Custom Monogrammed Bag  ||  Pink Sandals 

Sadly, my home grown peonies were done about a month ago, so I bought another bunch from the grocery store because who could resist while they're in season?  #notme

Recognize that hat from the My Five Favorite Summer Essentials post last week?  And be still my heart... those pink shoes are my new faves, great price and comfortable too!

Moving into the Living Room,  I was thrilled to find this secondhand pagoda mirror recently.  I'm trying it out here on the mantel for a while but am not sure where it will end up, I just knew I couldn't pass it up when I saw it!

It was a much darker finish that didn't show up well at all, so I painted it a brighter gold.  I shared a time saving painting tip for projects like this on my Instastories (click the circle that says painting tips to view).

Not much has changed in here since my Spring Tour, but I did add my gingham pillows back into the mix.  I love the black and white mixed in with the other brightly colored pillows.

A few months ago I added some personality to the backs of the shelves by painting on a pattern-

These new-to-me vintage Tobacco Leaf lamps have a back story and are living happily on my Craigslist bamboo console table...

Would you believe I pulled this antique chest off of my neighbor's curb on trash day?  Me either!  See more details here, and how glorious is that huge wild orchid from Trader Joe's?

I usually get questions about the painting when I show it, it's a very amateur DIY attempt but I love the colors!  See how I beefed up the size a bit with this DIY project here.

In my Dining Room, I just added a few pieces into the mix for the season, including a couple of plates I added to the wall above the mirrors flanking the china cabinet.  I also finally treated myself to this pair of gold palm candlesticks that I've had my eye on for months and used some of my leftover fabric to make a new table runner.  I'll be sharing more on that with you in a week or two.

After sharing my new love for the "Tobacco Leaf" pattern and my "new" vintage lamps a while back, I couldn't believe it when I came across this set of "Imperial Leaf" china on my local Facebook Marketplace.  I couldn't get there fast enough to buy it and love it displayed in the china cabinet for Summer. 

If you missed yesterday's post, I shared a simple and colorful Summer Dinner Party Tablescape along with my favorite Chicken Salad recipe.

Here's a look at our kitchen if you've never seen it. Since we've lived here I've painted over the orange oak cabinets and we just put these new pendant lights in a few months ago... still completely loving those!

With it's cheerful color palette, it always feels like Summer in my bedroom, so not much changes in there for the season.

Just a few weeks ago I completed a makeover for my teen daughter, see that reveal here (and yes, we have green headboards in 2 rooms in our house, it was her choice!).

If you're here for the first time today and have never seen my powder bath, you might want to check that out too (unless you don't like black and white and gingham and pink doors and pretty moulding-ha!).

I fully intended to share my newly refreshed patio with you today as well, but as I compiled this post I realized we're most likely already on photo overload!  So, I'll share that tomorrow and hope you'll join me.  For now, here's a little sneak peak-


For the next stop on today's tour, go see Laura at Decor to Adore. She has a special knack for combining traditional pieces with neutrals and soft pretty colors, yet she can rock a bold color combo if she wants to as well!  See the other homes featured on today's tour and all this week on the list below.

2018 Summer Home Tour

Monday - June 11
Setting For Four - Heather
Cuckoo4Design - Julia

Tuesday - June 12
Simple Stylings - Summer

Wednesday – June 13
House By Hoff - April

Thursday – June 14
Haneens Haven - Haneen
Monica Wants It - Monica
11 Magnolia Lane - Christy

Friday –June 15

If you enjoyed today's tour I'd love for you to check out my other seasonal tours here!

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  1. Your house tours are always so much fun and make me happy! Love everything

  2. You know that I adore your style and use of color and pattern. Your home is always so beautiful. I love the new mirror above the fireplace, and your daughter's room is one of my new favorites. Can't wait to see the patio refresh, the sneak peak of the table looks so pretty. Thanks so much for joining the tours, your home is a treasure trove of inspiration.

  3. Love all your color, and you're making me miss my pink!!

  4. As always, everything is beautiful! I really love your new table runner and am looking forward to instructions on how to make it. You'd laugh if you knew how many of your decorative elements I've copied in my home!

  5. Your home is always my favorite on our tour. I know I shouldn't pick favorites. Wink. I just love and admire your fearless use of color!

  6. So beautiful and colorful starting right with your front door! Love your unique style!

  7. I just LOVE the tour, as I love your home and all you have done to it. The new mirror is gorgeous, wish I had one! Your daughters bedroom is gorgeous, she is a lucky girl. So looking forward to tomorrow to see the back!

  8. Jennifer I adore all of the pops of pink! It is pure summertime perfection. Those tobacco leaf plates were an amazing find!

  9. Hey, Jennifer, I just love your home tours, they are the best! Always leave with a happy feeling when I visit and your summer additions are gorgeous and colorful. You know I love color too! Have a great summer!

  10. What a beautiful home, it's so inviting! Your color use is so perfect :)

  11. Your home is beautiful as always. You are by far my favorite design blogger. As for your lamps in the entryway - if readers are interested, Lauren by Ralph Lauren makes a version that looks almost identical except the lamp shade is more conical. I picked up a pair at my local HomeGoods just this week and have seen them this summer. As always, inventory varies by store so good luck to readers looking for a pair.

  12. Stunning home tour!! Love your use of color and summer decorative accents! Such a score on that china!! xo Heather

  13. Slow clap, Jennifer! As always, I have a hard time picking a favorite space in your home (the powder room? the living room? the kitchen?). The pagoda mirror is a fabulous find, too. Jealous!


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