Some folks are calling this summer, but tonight I am enjoying the wood stove for the second time this June. School ends in 2 days and I'm looking forward to the lazy, hazy days ahead. The heavy blankets and sweater pillows are stored away safely until the fall. The house is lightened up for the summer. Welcome to the Long Awaited Home's Summer Tour 2015.
The outdoor photos were taken around Memorial Day. The inside photos were taken yesterday.
The apple trees in bloom.
The next 3 photos are the view from the kitchen window.
And back to the kitchen...
One of my favorite things
- the coffee bar.
The hot cocoa sign is here to stay, whatever the season.
The door to the right leads to the mudroom.
And this is the mudroom
(from the waist up)
Heading back into the kitchen...
and into the dining room.
A peek into the home office.
I love going out to the yard to pick our own flowers. They really brighten up the white and wood.
It is so light and airy in here. I am still loving our IKEA Ektorp sofa. It has survived our Husky and many cups of spilled coffee and it still looks great. I would buy it again in a second.
I went in search of some large pillows and found these striped ones at Homegoods. I thought they were really fun for summer and loved the pom pom trim. Unfortunately, they are not that comfortable and don't hold up very well when we lay on them. I'm constantly poofing the pillows these days. I LOVE the look of all of these pillows, but I'm going for comfort over looks next time I buy a new pillow.
I have yet to stain the wood that replaces the old wall, but I like the wood lighter (rather than darker like the wood on the window).
And more of the dining room
(at the risk of boring you to death)
The sign over the fireplace was made from an old card table I found at a yardsale.
The fireplace surround was found for a song in an antique shop.
The "gather" banner was the easiest craft ever.
I cut card stock into triangles, folded the end over and hot glued it to jute. The stick-on burlap letters are from Walmart, and I used a bird paper punch (purchased at Hobby Lobby) to make the birds.
Years ago Brian gave me this vintage looking radio/record player/CD player/tape player. It was a very orangy wood color, so I just painted it white (actually, Cotton Fluff by Behr).
We found the buffet at a thrift store and painted it, removed the top drawers and replaced them with baskets, and changed out the knobs.
We found the old tool box in the shed.
This cross is very special. It was part of a flower arrangement from my mom, for my mother-in-laws funeral.
The stairs, sanded down, but still unfinished. Originally they were the same color as the door trim (still to be changed too).
Eventually I want to replace the photos with sepia toned ones and also paint all the frames the same color.
This armoire was a Craigslist find.
Even Harley Quinn really lightened up for the summer. Her fur is bleached blond from the sun.
These pictures are of my 21 year old daughter's loft. We have a barn that was converted into a 2 car garage on the bottom with a loft apartment above. She has painted and decorated it herself (and even paid for it all). I'm one proud mama.
Megan painted the cabinets and found the mercury glass knobs at Hobby Lobby.
The yellow apron is from Destiny Rescue, an organization she is involved in that rescues children from human trafficking.
She built the headboard (along with her dad) and experimented with some different finishes. She is still deciding if she is going to flip the boards and stain the other side a different color.
Megan also built the hanging table using some jute and a wood slab cutting board (to the left). She brought in some branches from outside along with some clearance branches from after Christmas.
Megan loves to travel and loves maps.
I found these shower curtains at Homegoods for the closet (built with her dad) and surprised her with them when she returned from flight school.
Meg bought the lights from Ikea and yes - the ladder is still there in the photos.
The bar was built with leftover wood and some balusters. The stools were on clearance at Target.
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