It has been four years FOUR YEARS since we moved in to this fixer upper and I am finally loving the way things are looking around here. We have put some elbow grease into quite a few major projects – and there ARE a number of projects still remaining – but it’s time to start sharing! I have my beachy summer vibe going and I hope some of these photos inspire new summer home decor ideas for you, too!
One of my favorite spaces – the dining room – has a unique blend of rustic/vintage and modern sparkle. It’s the wallpaper that sets the backdrop to this striking space. Choosing a quirky wallpaper in a formal space was risky for me, but I could not love it more. This particular wallpaper isn’t available right now, but here are a variety of fun and dramatic wallpapers that would give a similar vibe in your space.
What’s new in the living room? Well – it serves as a “travel portfolio” of sorts – I like to incorporate new artwork or souvenir type things that we collect on our trips. I’m currently super stoked to finally get my hands on my grandmother’s sunburst clock that I’ve been begging my mom for for years. So nostalgic and it fits in perfectly even if it is more ‘mid-century modern’ style.
A newly-acquired swoon-y vintage chandelier…
Our more “casual” living space opens up between the family room, kitchen, and kitchen eating nook. I’ve started setting the kitchen table. Since we eat up at the counter, the table seems to just be a random junk collector. Anyone else have this problem? I need it looking pretty!
Most of the house is black and white, but a little French blue has been drawing me in, so I’ve built that into the kitchen a bit for the summer months. It’s so vibrant, warm, and cheery for summer.
A vintage tiered basket holds some bee paraphernalia – dish towels, some French ribbon, and honeybee juice glasses.
I did a complete DIY makeover on the very 70s kitchen last summer, so here’s a bit of a peek, but the whole makeover really deserves a post or two (or three) dedicated in full
These cubbies – remember these cubbies? They used to serve as a magical holder for so many craft and sewing supplies in my sewing room. Now that I don’t have a sewing space, the cubbies live out in our family room and I love them EVEN more.
I know – white couch with three kids, a dog, three cats, and general crazy going on here every day? Yep, white slipcovers love BLEACH! Plus, I have a back up cover that is pristine for when we have big gatherings and I really need the couch to look her absolute best.
Finally! I’m making this awkward space fireplace work! Once I got my hands on this perfect chippy shelf, everything else fell into place. I just added some book stacks and a couple succulent collections. Presto, done!
The old mirror was a great find at the Sacramento Antique Fair a couple years back. I have a really hard time passing up mirrors. This one was too small for the fireplace previously, but now that it sits above the shelf, it’s the perfect size.
LOVING my entryway these days. The kids really like easy access to all the letters for writing up messages on the letter board. It’s such a fun addition to the home.
The front porch is still in progress. She’s getting there…a good eclectic mix of new items scratched up to look old along with a few vintage and rusty things thrown in.
The backyard is coming along too. Soon, we can compare “before” and “after” pictures. That will be a load of fun – for now, I’m getting my wicker collection going…