Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Home Tour 2016

It's that time of year again - summer home tour time! Marty, from A Stroll Thru Lifehas been gracious enough to put together a blogger's home tour series all this week. Welcome to the start of day two! I hope you will hop around to all the tours, feel inspired, and find some new blogs to follow! See a full tour line up at the end of the post!

Plants and greenery usually dominate all of my spaces, and of course, summer is the best time for this. Fresh cuttings from the yard are abundant right now, which is so great because they are free! Changing out pillow covers and tweaking things here and there breathe new life into our home. Maintaining our outdoor spaces (porch & patio & yard) are also a big part of our living space, as we spend so much time outdoors. I like bright and airy with pops of color, so decorating for summer is right up my alley! Many items in our home are no longer for sale, but I have listed where things were purchased so you get an idea of where I shop! :)

Nothing in our home is super expensive or fancy. We live here and we like lived-in, cozy, and fresh spaces. We never want anyone to feel like they can't put their feet up here!

I thought I would start in the heart of our home, the kitchen. We spend most of our time here and it's one of my favorite rooms in the house. It's so easy to change up a kitchen for the seasons using flowers, herbs, and fresh fruit. I also added a pink runner in here several months ago, and it just screams summer. I love, love, love pops of pink in home decor. This runner has changed the whole look of this kitchen.
Cut greens: Russian Sage | Roses: Trader Joe's  | Runner: Rugs USA | Kitchen Stools: World Market 

Connected to our kitchen is a little half wall that I painted with chalkboard paint right when we moved in 4.5 years ago. It's a favorite around here and probably gets the most attention from guests that come over. Every year we have been doing a summer bucket list and my kids just absolutely love it. It's simply a way to keep all of our ideas in one place. We never get to all of it, but we have fun trying!
Chalkboard Wall: See Here | How to Clean a Chalk Wall: See Here 

Right off the kitchen is our eating area. The space is always light and bright as it has full length windows near it. I recently blogged about this kitchen table we have had for years. I stained it gray this year, making it the third stain color in its lifetime! Those roses are the prettiest roses I have ever purchased. They are still going strong and just absolutely huge. Fresh flowers and greens make my heart sing!
Chevron Rug: Ballard Designs | Ink Blue Chairs: World Market | Fiddle Leaf Fig: Local Nursery | Coral Pillow: World Market | Blue/white Runner: IKEA | Eat Well Print: See Here | Melamine Tray: Homegoods | DIY Staining Table/Chairs: See Here

Just on the other side of the eating area, we created a small little sitting area. This is a perfect little spot for having coffee and reading a magazine.
Pink Stool: Target | Daisies: Cut from yard | Chair: Homegoods | Lamp: Target | Frames: Homegoods

And just off the mudroom is our home office. This room is always bright and cheery and fun and just feels like summer!
White furniture: IKEA | Desk Chair: Walmart Online Only | Cactus: Home Depot | Ceramic Pot: Target | Black/white artwork: DIY | Lamp: DIY | Blue/white vase: thrifted | & Light: Target | Teal Rug: Rugs USA

On to the living room where the mantel, pillows, and coffee table were tweaked just a bit. I used to decorate with a lot of black and white, and lately I've been into blues and pinks. Those blue/white striped pillows are perfect for summer! Cuttings from my palms make for perfect vase fillers too!

Roses: Trader Joe's | Purple Candlesticks: IKEA | Faux Succulents: Target | Blue/white X benches: Target | Rug: Homegoods | Coffee Table: IKEA | Gold ball lamps: Target | White throw: IKEA | Blue/white pillows: IKEA | Blush pillows: H&M 

Our first floor is open concept, so the living room leads right into the dining room, which is at the front of the house. I still haven't gotten tired of the DIY striped curtains! More plants and cuttings from the yard brighten up the space. I also found a cute (free) pineapple printable and a cute free printable for the bar cart !
Table: West Elm | Chairs: Restoration Hardware | Floral Artwork: Thrifted | Pineapple Print: See Here  | Pink Faux Flowers: Homegoods | Gold Mirror: Kirklands | Striped Curtains: See Here | Summer Beer Printable: See Here

And last, but certainly not least, our outdoor front porch and back patio (separate posts to come on these). We love to eat, read, drink, rock, play, hang with friends, and everything in between in these spaces. We are fortunate to have two covered spaces to block out some of the sun and shield us from the rain!
Sorry for the crazy photo overload! I hope you found something here that inspired you! I hope you will connect with Life Love Larson in some way, shape, or form!


Next up on the tour is the summer tour of Haneen's Haven and listed below is the entire tour with links! Hope your summer is all it should be! xo-Andrea

2016 Summer Home Tour

Monday - June 6

Tuesday - June 7

Wednesday - June 8

Thursday - June 9

Fri - June 10



39 comments:

  1. I just love your summer list! It sounds like you will be busy. Your home is fresh and lovely. I'm glad that Marty's Summer Home Tour led me to your blog.

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  2. So so pretty! And those big urns with the palms are stunning! Love everything

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  3. Oh I adore all your summer touches. The pink is perfection and the chalkboard wall is so clever.

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  4. I love how you add greenery and flowers throughout the whole house. So pretty and the touches of pink are perfect. Thanks so much for joining the 2016 Summer Home Tours.

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  5. Your home is beautiful all around, but somehow the eat in kitchen area totally got my attention, the pretty flowers, the rug, the art and how bright it is! Love it!

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    1. Thanks Cristina! Happy to have found you on Insta now! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Thank you for the gorgeous home tour! Your house is such a cheerful and happy space! ;)

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    1. Thank you! Happy is always what I'm going for, so thank you!

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  7. Your home is just beautiful, I am loving all those pops of pink! Hard for me to get away with it here with a house full of boys :) Thanks for the gorgeous tour!

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    1. Ha!! I just keep adding more and more, I can't stop with the pink!

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  8. Your home is so beautiful and full of colors! I love all the fresh flowers and yard clippings! :)Great tour!

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    1. Thanks Alicia for stopping by!! Your home tour was lovely!

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  9. gorgeous tour, thanks for sharing!!!

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  10. love your home. i absolutely love that blue lamp that you made. I will have to go back and look at how you did it. happy summer!

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    1. I haven't blogged about that lamp yet, but need to get on that. Thanks for the reminder! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. So beautiful! Love how you incorporate bold pops of color and pattern! The chalk wall is amazing - have fun with your kiddos this summer!!!

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  12. Love every nook and cranny, those large b&w photos of your kids are just too cute!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! B&W photos are inexpensive prints from Costco!

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  13. your home looks so fresh and pretty! i second jennifer on the huge b&ws!

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  14. It's easy to tell how great your family life is :) What a wonderful home full of love and fun!

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  15. Andrea, thank you so much for sharing your beautiful summer home tour at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I love it all!

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  16. Your home is just lovely.
    I love everything.
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Thoughts of Home.

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    1. Thanks Laura, and thanks so much for the feature!

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  17. Your home looks so summery and inviting! Loved every inch and love your bucket list. Tucking away a few of those ideas myself!!

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  18. l enjoyed the tour of your home so much....it's beautiful, light and funky. The chalkboard bucket list is a fantastic idea and also the pebbly mat in the living room is awesome. l've never seen another like it. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments! The rug is from Homegoods (Martha Stewart Collection). I've never seen another one either, which is the great thing about Homegoods!! :)

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  19. Just perfect. Your home is warm and inviting. Love the chalkboard wall.

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  20. Your home is absolutely gorgeous. I will be featuring this tonight at my Sizzle into Summer party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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  21. Andrea, I just plain love your style! Such a lovely tour and a wonderful mix of pretties! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2016/06/sunday-showcase-make-pretty-monday-6-8.html Have a lovely week, my friend! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  22. Your summer home tour is stunning, and we are honored that you shared it with us at Totally Terrific Tuesday this week! Please do come back and join us with more of your wonderful talent and eye candy! Pinning this!

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