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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2015 Summer Tour of Homes ~ Storybook Cottage

Today I am honored to be participating in the 2015 Summer Tour of Homes hosted by the marvelous Marty of A Stroll Thru Life.
If you are coming here for the first time from SG Style welcome! My name is Laura and I am a part time interior designer, full time wife, mom and current university Art History major. Our family made a another house move and we are slowly settling into our home, Storybook Cottage. It is a 30 year old fixer upper currently being transformed room by room.
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Let’s start in the kitchen because it truly is the heart of our home. It’s hard to believe this room was once a “dark dungeon” with it’s dark ceiling, cabinetry, and countertops. You can view a “Before” image HERE.
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I wanted a cook’s kitchen that was clean and well functioning.
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I think I’ll make a summery fruit pie. I found the marble slab and rolling pin at an estate sale recently for $8.
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The other side of the kitchen has a brick wall which makes this space seem oh so cozy.
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A few happy yellow flowers brighten the space.
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Before we continue on the tour may I offer you a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade?
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There are three doors that lead out from the kitchen. One goes directly into the formal dining area. I recently revealed this space a few weeks ago but there has been one slight change since then. Longtime eagle eyed readers will spy the chandelier. I’ve done step one of painting the base color and will be “Lauraizing” it with accents of gold in the next few weeks.
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To add a bit of summer to the room I brought in sweet smelling peonies and seashells. The combination reminds me of my trip to the Brittany coast in France.
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I wish you could smell these lovely blossoms! They have such a short growing season but are oh so worth it.
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All of the shells have been slowly collected over time or given to us by friends and family members.
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Right next to the dining area is the formal living room. A few touches of peony pink have been added in here as well.
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I just shared the tutorial for creating easy watercolor pillows this past Monday.
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The only other change I made to the space was switching out the “Friendly Village” serving ware with my grandmother’s collection of Bavarian china. The light whites and pinks are perfect for the season.
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We also just recently put a few finishing touches on our laundry room. It too had been an unloved disaster.
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I adore creating a pretty collection of cleaning supplies.
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As well as showcasing lovely storage solutions.
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Brightening it all up is the birdcage lantern we created.
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One of our favorite rooms in Storybook Cottage is the family room.
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It too was once covered with dark walls and paneling but was lightened up this past fall. For the summer I have replaced all the tartan pillows with cushions featuring summertime scenes and happy buffalo checks.
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A few more flowers and seashells always say “summer” to me.
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Would you like to watch a bit of Frankie and Annette’s “Beach Party” with me? It’s a quintessential fun summer film in my book.
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I filled the media cabinet with books, shells, and a few glass fishing floats.
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I love this vignette with the wooden sandpiper, cheerful lantern and a large shell found in Cape May.
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Even though we’ve only lived here a short time we already have had a steady stream of houseguests.
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I lightened up the guestroom for the summer with pale lavender linens set atop a slipcovered floral headboard.
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The applique curtains that almost made me crazy were worth it. Every single guest has been completely enchanted with their charm.
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This brings us to the end of the tour. There is still so much more that needs to be done to Storybook Cottage. A master bedroom and sunroom to decorate, two bathrooms to remodel and an entire second floor that has yet to be touched. All in good time.
Next on the agenda we are hoping that we can begin working on transforming the garden as we are hosting a large family reunion in September. To help get us started Mr. Décor put this potting/entertaining bench together from leftover lumber just this past weekend.
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The next stop on the tour is the delightful  Desire Empire.
If you’re just getting started here are the links to all the lovely homes being featured this week.
Monday,  June 8th
Tuesday, June 9th
Wednesday, June 10th
Thursday, June 11th
Friday, June 12th
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Have a gloriously sunny day!


GSGreatEscaper said...

Golly golly gosh! It's looking fabulous! Congratulations on all the success that your hard work has won for you - you deserve so many accolades for your design and implementation!

Auntie Em said...

Your home is so beautiful! And after watching the amazing transformation while you have been working on it, plus all the other things that have been going on in your life, what a lovely way to see how it is all coming together. You and your family deserve the right to be very proud and happy with all you have accomplished. Well done! {{{hugs}}}

Shelia said...

Hi Laura! Oh, your home is so lovely and it's hard to believe you've only been in there since last fall. Love the turquoise china cabinet in your living room! Your kitchen is beautiful too! Love it all.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Katie Mansfield said...

Love it all. You have done wonders in such a short time.

Stacey said...

Laura, I just can't get over how you've transformed that house so beautifully and so quickly. I know it doesn't seem quick to you but to us it has been a blink of an eye. I love the light bright colors you've used and of course, your wonderful decorating touches. Love it all!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow Laura, it is so beautiful and just amazing how you and your husband fixed up your house! I have enjoyed watching the whole process since the beginning. I do hope you like living in Texas! Thanks for the tour of your beautiful house.
Julie xo

Claire Rose said...

What a beautiful and inviting home!

Kris Jarrett said...

Laura, I'm amazed by the before and after of your kitchen - wow, such a transformation! Thanks for a lovely summer home tour!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my goodness, it just keeps getting better and better. I absolutely adore your new kitchen counters and backsplash. You have definitely transformed that kitchen into the most amazing room. Well actually it is all an amazing transformation. Love it all.

Claire Brody said...

What a gorgeous home you have! So many perfectly styled vignettes. I love the details in the kitchen. xoxo

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Laura,
I love, love everything you have done! Its pretty, romantic, nautical, bright and! said...

Your kitchen is so fresh! I love the brick work too. Pretty! xo

the cape on the corner said...

i love that stove area, it's such a great mix of modern and classic, with that nook.

Chelsea @ Making Home Base said...

Beautiful, Laura. Your kitchen looks wonderful - I'm loving that brick wall!

Jaybird said...

Ahhhhh just as lovely as I expected it to be!!!! Everything looks perfect and I loved your watercolor pillows!
Can you grow peonies in your yard?? I have had NO success down here :^(
You folks are moving along fast with your beautiful home. I have been in mine for 18 years, and never seem to be finished!
Blessings to you,

nonie everythingsewing said...

Thank you so much for opening your home for a tour. I have been sneaking a peek every day and love how you are transforming the "Story book cottage".

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

It's all pretty, Laura and you and I are both adding touches of coastal. It's the perfect look for summer.

ellen b. said...

Love how the kitchen turned out! Nice work. All the rooms you showed are fabulous. I do hope the flash floods are all done for Texas!

Rue said...

Hi Laura :)

I'm amazed at all you have done to make your home so beautiful. It's so hard to choose, but I especially love your kitchen with that brick cove. It's wonderful and I'm glad you kept it. It makes it unusually lovely and refreshed with all the white.

Oh and Beach Party? I'm in ;)


Terri Steffes said...

Your house looks amazing! It is fun to see it all now that we've seen the rooms being done bit by bit. You have done a lovely job (labor of love) on it. So glad to see the progress.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

So pretty, Laura! You have done a wonderful job transforming your home. Love the brick around the stove.

Linda said...

Everything looks wonderful, Laura!! :) As someone else mentioned, similarly we've been in our home, built new 15 years ago, and yet there are a billion projects that need to be completed, but somehow we never get to them.

I really enjoyed seeing your lovely home and all you've accomplished.
Love, Linda

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Loved the tour Laura...everything looks so pretty!!

Denise said...

Laura, I've been anxiously awaiting your turn on the home tour. :-D I absolutely adore what you've done with Storybook Cottage so far! Love, love, love!! The kitchen turned out great; I remember you mentioned having chosen the Corien countertops. My mom has those too and really loves hers. All the white turned out so fresh and pretty. I, too, love your family room; I remember how it looked back in the fall and winter. My second favorite room is the guest bedroom -- so pretty!

I'm glad you shared all the pictures with us and always look forward to seeing more. :) Have a great rest of the week!


Denise at Forest Manor

pam {simple details} said...

So many beautiful details throughout Laura! Your bright new kitchen is fabulous and I LOVE that brick wall! Your potting bench is charming, enjoy working in your garden!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Great tour! The new kitchen is absolutely beautiful!!! I know that you are enjoying it! You have done so many projects on this house and it is really coming together! It doesn't even look like the same house!

Debra Oliver said...

Laura, your home is looking so beautiful. Somehow, I missed your kitchen reveal. it doesn't even look like the same room. Love all that amazing white. Your brick looks fabulous whitewashed!

Carolyn Darragh said...

What lovely rooms and vignettes you have put together. Your renovation is going beautifully.

Maureen Wyatt said...

Lovely, I wouldn't change a single thing!

Sue said...

It all looks so light and airy Laura. You have done a tremendous job is a short time. Can't wait to see the rest. One quick question, did you grow the peonies or buy them? They are a favorite of mine, and I didn't think we could grow them here. If we can I am going to be one happy camper.

Sarah said...

Thanks for the tour, Laura. Your new Texas home is lovely. You've done a terrific job lightening it up. Everything is just beautiful!

Maria Elena said...

Loved the tour, Laura. Your home looks gorgeous! xxx Maria

Lana L. said...

Your home is so lovely - so bright and welcoming! I need you to come to my house and work your magic!

Bonnie said...

Laura, your home is lovely. You have done so much in a short time. I love every detail and appreciate all the hard work that went into making an amazing transformation.

Kelly TalkoftheHouse said...

We have had a crazy few days so I am just now getting to finish all the summer home tours. Your house is beautiful - from the kitchen to all the bedrooms. I loved the jars in the kitchen and the red buffalo check pillows (of course!) I need you to come and do my laundry closet. It is a very unloved space! I just read about your problems with the kitchen work and your college issues. Girl! I would be so upset at both places. Good luck as you work through these. My thoughts are with you. With 3 children, we have had to fight colleges on crazy rulings ourselves.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Your Cottage has come such a long way! It's lovely, the kitchen is so changed. Many of your summer vignettes actually made me think of my Brittany coast!