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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Summer Home Tour 2016

Welcome to Storybook Cottage!

I am so happy to be participating in the weeklong Summer Home Tours hosted by my dear friend Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. If you are stopping by after visiting Pam’s gorgeous home from Simple Details I want to say that I am so glad that you are here.


I regularly like to make changes here at Storybook Cottage. It can be the smallest of things that inspire me. Earlier this spring I found a vintage Lilly Pulitzer sundress. I loved it so much that I wanted to find out all I could about classic Palm Beach Style. I wrote a post about it this past Monday.


All of the research inspired me to integrate the bright colors and classic touches of Palm Beach Style into our current summertime décor.

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Palm Beach Style is very relaxed and often breaks all the rules. You’ll find blue and white Chinese porcelain mixed with wicker and rattan.

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Bright colors are cheerfully mixed.

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Linen and cotton fabrics are favored.

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I chose to pair aqua, blue, pink and green.

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Collections of favorite things are displayed in every corner.

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French chocolates paired with seashells? But of course!

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Hot summer days call for lemonade coolers mixed with kitschy flamingo drink stirrers.

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In the formal dining room easy elegance continues.

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Somehow all the bright colors mix beautifully.

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I love creating edible centerpieces.

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After the recent dinner party all of the citrus and tropical fruits were juiced.

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Plain dollar store chargers were given two coats of Kelly green spray paint.

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Ditto for the inexpensive chinoiserie style pedestal.

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A simple arrangement graces the sideboard.

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All of the vintage blue and white porcelain was found at estate sales and second hand shops.

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In the family room touches of happy yellow brighten up the space.

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As this space is generally used by the men of our family the décor has a more masculine feel.

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Soft blues and favorite seashells help to add a bit of summer the room.

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Make sure you visit all of the other wonderful participants on the 2016 Summer Home Tour.

Monday - June 6

A Stroll Thru Life | Life on Virginia Street | Remodelando La Casa 

Thrifty and Chic| Rain On A Tin Roof | Duke Manor Farms

Tuesday - June 7

Life Love Larson | Haneens Haven | Claire Brody Designs 

 My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia |  The House of Silver Lining | Hymns & Verses

Wednesday - June 8

Dimples & Tangles | Our Southern Home | Simple Details 

 Decor To Adore | A Thoughtful Place21 Rosemary Lane

Thursday - June 9

Our Fifth House | Decorating Delirium | Driven By Decor  

 Making Home Base | Simple Stylings | Cuckoo4Design

Friday - June 10

Refresh Restyle | Splendor Styling | Monica Wants It

 Life and Home @ 2102It All Started With Paint | Far Above Rubies

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I hope you have enjoyed the Storybook Cottage 2016 Summer Home Tour. Next up is Courtney from A Thoughtful Place.  You won’t want to miss seeing her delightful home!



Julia Konya said...

Love the centerpiece you created in the dining room. So pretty.

Eilis said...

Laura, I absolutely love your Palm Beach styling. I am Pinning your table in case I ever get so ambitious. The candlesticks are beautiful, as is the rest of your treasure trove.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I love the addition of the bright pink and yellow in your home, so pretty. Loved the tour, you always create something so fresh and inviting. Thanks for joining the 2016 Summer Home Tours.

Laura @ duke manor farm said...

hi laura- so palm beachy. Love it. i grew up in s.florida and spent a lot of time in palm beach,, i got married at the royal poinciana chapel. Happy summer

Julie Reinwald said...

It's all just beautiful, Laura. Every detail is so pretty, but what I like most is the mix. It hints of different styles but doesn't scream "beach" or "traditional", etc. Perfect!

Stacey said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Those palm beach style colors fit so well into your home. I love it all.

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

Your dining table is gorgeous, I love the fruit (esp the pineapples) and all the color - the candles are really interesting, did you add the bling or did they come that way? Thanks for inviting us into your summer home.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your palm beach style adds such a fun, colorful, summery touch to your decor, Laura!

therelishedroost said...

I love it! Cant wait to see the rest of the homes as well! xo K

Simply LKJ said...

So refreshing! Love all the pops of bright colors. So fun for summer.

Lisa said...

So pretty Laura! And so you! I really love your tables cape. Blue and green are such a winning combo.

Cristina Garay said...

Laura, you're the best at transporting us to such fabulous places. I still remember last year's Paris trip. And now Palm Beach? You're awesome!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Oh wow! That green and white wallpaper has me swooning. Such a pretty home. Love doing this tour with you today. Have a wonderful week.

Doreen @ Hymns and Verses said...

Love the Palm Beach style you've brought into your home! Just lovely! Isn't it fantastic to be inspired by something like a dress!!! Have a wonderful summer!

Vel Criste said...

So fun to see Storybrook cottage transform into Palm beach chic Laura!!!!! I adore all the chinoiserie and beach touches you added, but your Dining room centerpiece is the just simply ooh-la-la!!!! So happy to share this Summer home tour with you my friend! CHeers!

Sandy said...

Your home looks like a vacation haven! You have inspired me to pull out some summer touches in my own home. So stealing the spray painted charger idea. I have some old ones I was going to replace, think I will just paint them a pretty coral instead!

DD's Cottage said...

Your tour made me smile the whole time! Love how cheerful it is!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the tour, Laura. Your home is sparkling and inviting. Happy Summer!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Loved the tour! You nailed it!

Christy Little Our Southern Home said...

I love your use of color! It's also fresh looking and welcoming!

Annette Robinson said...

Just beautiful, Laura!

Daniela said...

I feel so charmed by your taste and by the style you give to your home, of sober elegance and coziness ... thank you for welcoming me, dearest, precious Laura !

Hope your week is off to a good start I wish you beautiful days to come, sending you blessings of joy across the many miles,

always so grateful

Xx Dany

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Just beautiful Laura. I love your pops of color and all of your pretty blue and white.
XO Barbara

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Yes! Palm Beach style for everyone! :) Your tour is lovely, Laura. Can't go wrong with all of that blue and white!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Oh my, your home is gorgeous, the colors are just stunning!

Andrea @ Life Love Larson said...

Love all the pink and blue touches! So bright and fresh! xo

Pam Richardson said...

Laura, I love your Palm Beach style! Your home is beautiful! Pam @ Everyday Living

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Your home is welcoming, charming and infused with vibrant Summer goodness!
Jemma said...

Swoon Laura! I love your Palm Beach chic style with all the bright colors and eclectic mix! I especially love your table with the very creative centerpiece, lovely, bright and fun

Lincuden Cottage Life said...

Hi Laura! Thank you so much for the gorgeous home tour!!! Oh my!!! I am crazy about everything but especially love your centerpiece! ;) Amazing! ;)

Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks said...

Beautiful dining room! I love the tropical centerpiece, so simple and easy, yet it makes a beautiful unique focal point. The Pineapple cups are adorable too!

- Jaclyn