Good morning! I am excited to be sharing a little bit of our home for a Summer Home Tour hosted by Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life. If you are just popping in from Decor to Adore, welcome! You can get to know a little bit more about me here but I am a mommy of two who loves interiors, fashion and gatherings. Any excuse to toss on a cute dress and hang out with dear friends and family is always welcome in my book. Through many of life’s ups and downs my sweet family has learned just how short life is and we love savoring the little things. Our summer style is paired down and simple. Hope you enjoy a little peek inside with our Summer Home Tour 2016.
I think it’s safe to say that during the holidays we pile on the decor and for summer we strip it down. It just seems like a great time for less is more. I didn’t make any major changes to our living room but I did clear off the mantel and kept it super simple with two boxwoods from HomeGoods.
I spotted that cute pineapple throw at HomeGoods too and somehow it ended up in my cart. The splash of yellow is welcoming and fun for summer. I think I need this pineapple tee now. Just sayin’!
And you all know I can’t pass up the back and white stripes so these little guys were a homerun for me. But add your own striped ribbon to any white vase and you can get a similar look. I used the same ribbon on this little DIY hostess gift not too long ago. You could add boxwoods and create this yourself.
What we love most about the summer is just being outside all of the time. I have to be honest. These home tours stress me out because our home is far from perfect. We have dust, piles, laundry and life happening 24/7. To make these shots happen I threw a lot of junk out of the way. But I don’t want it to be all smoke and mirrors so I am choosing to show what we really do enjoy around here. While not alway this clean, you will find an appetizer out on this table most summer afternoons. It stems from laziness and putting off the dinner hour and I’m okay with that. We then head outside to the porch and watch the kids play.
And on a random side note, just discovered that blackberries are an awesome compliment to most charcuterie platters. I never knew. I always rolled with the grapes.
I am usually a red wine girl but for summer I will enjoy a glass of white wine. And a little white wine over mint and ice (I know, not what you are supposed to do with fancy white wine. . .but mine isn’t fancy) is really refreshing.
Viburnum is always my favorite go-to to make the house look like summer. So pretty in a simple white pitcher.
Then we take the yummy food and drinks outdoors. Our porch isn’t grand in size but it’s our happy place. We add color with a simple rug from Target and bougainvillea. My cute phone case is from my friend Elizabeth over at Pretty Smitten.
It’s a fun spot to sit and enjoy an evening. We have spent many years out here chatting about life, love, heartache, wins, losses, goals and dreams. Our lives are far from perfect, as is our home, but I am a big believer in finding a spot somewhere in your house that really brings about calm. For us, it’s our front porch.
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I think my next favorite thing to enjoying time outside in the summer is the fashion. Summer clothes are just so simple and pretty.
Lastly, I wanted to share our bedroom. I added a just a couple of summer touches with the addition of a new pillow and throw. It’s amazing how just a couple of things can switch up the feel of a space. Our night stands are from Restoration Hardware.
This is definitely my office most days. I do a lot of blogging and work from my bed. It’s just a nice bright area with a really pretty view so it is a good fit for me. I have never been one to sit at a desk so a cozy blanket and a soft bed are a far better choice.
So here is my tip of the day! I found this darling pom pom throw at HomeGoods. It has a ton of snags on one side. Because of that they discounted it down to $10! Don’t be afraid to ask. I was able to turn it over and it looks awesome on my bed.
paint color: pale oak by benjamin moore
I get asked about these framed numbers quite a bit. They are the dates on which my children were born. I just printed them from my computer and framed them.
I hope you enjoyed getting a little peek into our home. And if you are wondering why you didn’t see every room it’s because it’s a hot mess. It’s the last week of school for us and both kids are in a play and well. . . .life is nuts right now. So we are enjoying the craziness rather than cleaning! But I can feel summer coming. It’s within reach and I am so ready.
Thanks again for popping in. 21 Rosemary Lane is next up on the home tour. And if you are new to A Thoughtful Place you can see some of my popular posts here. I also open up from time to time about life’s events and you can read those here.
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So beautiful! That shot with the ice cream cone is so perfect too. Have a great summer!
Thank you so much, Julia. Wishing you a wonderful summer, too. We have to savor it. They always seem to go by much too quickly!
laura janning says
enjoy every minute of summer and this last few days of school. are babies are growing up!
They grow up so quickly and I know I will want this time back! It’s already so crazy how fast it all goes. Enjoy your summmer! Thank you for popping in. xo
Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says
Gorgeous. I am such a huge fan of your home and your style. I love how everything looks so inviting and welcoming. That new throw is a fabulous find too and I agree with you about the wine with mint over ice, love it. Thanks tons for joining the 2016 Summer Home Tours.
Marty! You’re always so kind and supportive. Thank you so much for including me. Such a treat to take some time out of the day and see the pretty homes. And love that we are white wine/mint twins. Thanks again for everything, Marty.
Gorgeous as always Courtney!!
Thank you, Lauren. Love that we have known each other so long through this crazy world of blogging. Your comments and thoughts always make me happy. Have a wonderful week.
Kelly K says
That Pom Pom throw will be perfect at Christmas too!
Agreed! Give me all the pom poms! LOL. I just couldn’t resist this one and it’s clearance price! Have a great day, Kelly.
Natasha Schue says
Gorgeous as ever!! Love all the fresh details! xo
Thanks, mama. Just wish you were here hanging out on the porch with me. You need to come over again the next time you are here. Need my Natasha fix. . . and those cute boys of yours.
Doreen @ Hymns and Verses says
Beautiful summer home, Courtney! Loved it all! Also love seeing your style photos – so on trend and inspiring!
Thank you so much, Doreen. That is so kind. We are stepping over messes over here but so excited for summer to kick off! Thank you for stopping by.
I have the same pom pom throw blanket but in blue. I love it! I love pom poms 🙂 Your home’s simply gorgeous! Beautiful pics.
Twins!!! Love the throw! Thank you for the kind compliment. So appreciate it. Have a wonderful week, Cristina. xo
Your home is always fresh and pretty (just like you), and always full of inspiration! So honored to share the summer home tours with you! Cheers!
Thank you so much! That is such a sweet compliment. And I feel the same way. So honored to be included in this. Have a wonderful day!! xo
Laura Ingalls Gunn says
I adore all your fresh summer updates. LOVE the darling green elephant!
Barbara from 21 Rosemary Lane says
Courtney I adore your summer tour and am so crushing on your pops of bright pink! ( so pretty and girly) Had to laugh because our kids are in their last week of school so that was pretty much why not every room was shown on my tour as well! And my home will most likely be a hot mess until they go back in August! It is lots of fun sharing the day with you on these tours.
Cheryl Johnson says
so charming and cheering! pops of yellow, a happy touch. Love that little elephant fella in green. He definitely belongs there. And the white pitcher, so versatile. three digits hit Idaho this week! Enjoy your summer and thanks for making our day just a little brighter!
Christy Little @ Our Southern Home says
Everything is just beautiful. You’ve got a fabulous sense of style!
I love going simple in the summer too! Your home is gorgeous!
Love your summer home! Your porch is dreamy!! Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Jennifer Griffin says
Such a lovely tour, Courtney. Your home is beautiful and inviting no matter the season!
Allison A. says
Your summer home looks beautiful Courtney! It’s no secret that I adore your home, your family morals and values, your fashion and You. You have such a way of making everything look gorgeous, classy, elegant and comfortable and inviting. That throw is so fun! The pink and the pom poms bring in that perfect touch of whimsy for summer!
Cutest pineapple throw and I love all the fresh flowers x
Your home is gorgeous as always, love the porch, so pretty!
Andrea @ Life Love Larson says
Sometimes simple packs the most punch! Have a lovely summer with your kiddos! xo
cassie @ primitive & proper says
the colorful summery touches are lovely- that pom pom throw! and i will take that ice cream if you aren’t going to finish it.
I’m just now seeing this. Got behind on my blog reading. Can I just say I love your style! Every time you post a home tour, I get all excited & show my husband all the pictures so he knows what I’m going for in our home. I love how you keep things so simple & it’s all so pretty for home, gatherings & clothing style. Your blog is definitely one of my faves! Happy summer!