Hi, friends welcome to StoneGable’s summer home tour. I’m thrilled to give you a peek at StoneGable ready for summer because I mostly do fall and Christmas and spring tours. But summer tours… not so much! So I’m correcting that right now! And I am touring with a group of AMAZING bloggers! Summer is a time for no fuss, relaxing and easy home decor. So grab some sweet tea and let’s get started! I have lots to show you!
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Now let’s talk about summer decorating! A big, big thank you to Gina at Shabby Creek Cottage for putting this great summer home tour together!
Today’s post is L-O-N-G!!!! Lots of pictures to show you!
This summer is all about stripping down and not adding a whole lot of extra decor to StoneGable! I love to “let my house breathe”!
The picture below really characterizes StoneGable’s decor style. The window with its large arch and door with its transoms is an example of how these two styles marry together at StoneGable. Updated classic and refined farmhouse… that best describes my home.
If left to my natural tendencies I decorate a little on the formal side. Thank goodness I also love rustic pieces and farmhouse charm. I think those elements can soften a formal look. I want StoneGable to look refined and timeless but comfortable and welcoming!
I paired a classic spindle chair with a fun rustic stool made from burlap and a crate!
As I hone my style and curate decor for my home I am so drawn to neutrals. And black! For me, they are easy to live with and used with lots of texture are not only interesting but restful! I keep telling myself when I’m ready to add color having a neutral color palette will make the transition easy! But so far I’m living happily with my neutrals!
One little nod to the season… sea shells in a white bowl.
The white chair in the foreground is one I just painted and reupholstered. It was black with very boring fabric on the seat! I painted it white and gave it a little soft antiquing. And covered it with leftover fabric from the curtains.
Lucite stacking tables make me swoon! I love love love lucite! These little tables work great here. They are perfect for putting something on when sitting in the white chair but visually don’t get in the way! I think lucite plays well with any decor!
With this home tour, I’m trying to let you see different perspectives of my home. Angles and areas that you may not have seen before!
See that little blue sliver in the picture below? That is Bobby trying to jump out of the picture!
I just have to tell you (and pardon my gushing) Bobby has been the best husband any woman could have. Most of you know that I have had two ankle surgeries since mid-December. And have been mostly wheelchair bound and it’s been a wild ride, to say the least. Bobby has done everything!!!! Grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, laundry, getting me to physical therapy and so so so much more! All while working a 50 + hour work week!
And Bobby has been my lovely assistant for this photo shoot (and many others). For hours and hours he has cut flowers from the garden and vacuumed rugs and hid cords, and moved chairs 2 inches this way and that. He oiled soapstone countertops and went to a local nursery to get “lipstick pink geraniums” and got a little miffed when I called him to make sure he knew the color I wanted. Of course, he knew lipstick pink. Really? Isn’t that darling? He found just the right tea towel to add to the cake vignette on the island and even had a backup choice! Talk about trying hard to please me!
While prepping the foyer for the shoot Bobby vacuumed the foyer rug. I noticed it was taking him for-ever! I wanted to get these pictures taken before I lost the light. So I questioned him. Bless his heart! He said he had to vacuum the rug both lengthwise and widthwise to work with the nap. Who says that? My heart melted into a big messy puddle at my feet! Then of course, he cleaned that up too!
So I’m saying right in front of everyone who reads this that my husband who brings me coffee every morning and makes sure I have fresh towels to shower with and lays out my clothes (albeit they are always white top and black capris… bless his heart) and calls from work to check on me and does a thousand other things… YOU are THE BEST!!!! And I am so so blessed you are my oh, so wonderful husband. Your life exemplifies servant, godly love!!!!! I love you with my whole heart. Thank you for walking through this hard time with me and carrying me most of the way!
O-KAAAAY! Back to the house tour!
The foyer sits between the living room and the dining room. It’s quite open and I like to keep the foyer pretty utilitarian. Who says utilitarian can’t be good looking too?
The foyer rug is so much fun!!!!!
Our front door… lots of light! Note to self, change the hardware! I love to mix metals and have no problems with brushed chrome, oil rubbed bronze and brass all living happily together. But those closet doorknobs gotta go!
I keep a large lantern near the door. The candle is on a timer and gives such a pretty glow at night!
I’m thinking about painting the back of my front door!
Let’s walk through the foyer and head towards the dining room.
Because we entertain family and friends (hopefully, when my ankle gets back to normal I’ll do more of it) I kept out the extra ghost chairs. Again my favorite lucite!
Hobbes photo bombed this picture!
This summer I chose to use a very edited hand in my dining room.
I found these vintage white ginger jars at Luckett’s in Va! If you ever get a chance to visit this amazing vintage/ antique/ country/ hip market don’t miss it! I find the best things there.
I feel like I’m channeling my inner 80’s with these! Added a little starfish necklace to each!
Let’s head the kitchen!
My kitchen is going to have a little refresh this summer. New backsplash, new refrigerator, repainted and new island light fixtures! I can’t wait!
Gotta have our coffee.
We have three varieties of peonies in the garden here at StoneGable. These are the lightest and our first bloomers. Their heavenly scent wafts through the downstairs!
A little metal cart sits at the end of the island. It holds just a tiny smattering of my cookbooks! I read cookbooks like some people read romance novels! Who knew cookbooks could be such a guilty pleasure?
Right off the kitchen is the breakfast nook…
The breakfast nook sits between the kitchen and the family room.
Can you find Beau the wonderdog’s ball?
A kitchen table vignette is a must for me!
The family room is steps away
I brought in a wicker chest to replace the coffee table for the summer! Adding a galvanized tray makes it very usable! We are stashing throws and extra pillows in the chest! LOVE extra storage!
We can circle back through the french doors into the living room. I hope you have enjoyed the tour and have found summer inspiration for your home!!!
StoneGable’s tour may be over but you will want to head over the blogs below and see how these very talented bloggers have decorated their beautiful homes for summer!
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