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Monday, June 12, 2017

Summer Home Tour 2017

A sunny “Welcome to Storybook Cottage” to you.

I am so happy to be participating in the week long Summer Home Tours hosted by my dear friend Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. Her new “builder basic” house is being transformed into a gorgeous home using a smart and thrifty budget.

If you are stopping by after visiting Sarah’s wonderful home at  Life On Virginia Street I want to say that I am so glad that you are here. I just loved all of Sarah’s summery seaside touches.

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  I love entertaining outdoors.  

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It feels so happy and carefree.

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When dining al fresco I use as much glorious color as I can.

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The Kate Spade tablecloth recently came from HomeGoods while the rattan chargers and green goblets were finds from last year. The gold flatware is from Target. I recently shared how to make the floral napkin rings from Dollar Store elements HERE.

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In another section of the yard we have set up a second area for entertaining. It’s hard to believe that when we first moved in this area was just a big dirt patch.

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Storybook Cottage has quite a large yard and most of it had long been neglected. We have simply just worked on one area at a time trying to create a little outdoor haven.


This little corner was transformed into a dry river bed late last summer.

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For our festive gathering the vintage German picnic table was topped with an antique French sheet.

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I adore mixing and matching elements on a table.


Using both old and new objects with a variety of pattern.


The golden goblets are vintage gems that belonged to my mom, Nadine.

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The melamine dinnerware is from Target.


  Instructions on how to create this festive centerpiece can be found HERE. 

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As far as the inside of Storybook Cottage there are just two spaces to share. The majority of the house is currently under construction as new flooring is being installed in the family room, kitchen, laundry room, a powder room, and the entry. I can’t wait to share the reveal!

A Desk and Shelving Unit was recently created for our son.

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Although school is now out I still find him using his desk on almost a daily basis.

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The master bedroom is currently decorated in happy summer colors.

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All of the bedding is made from lightweight fabrics in cotton or linen in an attempt to beat the heat,

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At the foot of the bed is a quilt that was begun by my great~grandmother. Until recently it had sat in a closet as an unfinished topper.

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I love the scalloped hem.

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In Wednesday’s post I will be sharing how I made this bolster for under $10 ~ feather insert included.

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I am the last home on the tour today. Tomorrow’s set of tours will begin with the delightful Alicia from Thrifty and Chic. She always has the most fabulous and frugal ideas.

Indeed you won’t want to miss any of the fabulous homes on the 2017 Summer Home Tour.

Monday – June 12

A Stroll Thru Life | Pink Peppermint Design | Cuckoo4Design | Nesting With Grace | Life on Virginia Street | Decor To Adore   

Tuesday – June 13
Thrifty and Chic | 21 Rosemary Lane | Decorating Delirium | The Chronicles of Home | Hymns & Verses | My Sweet Savannah

Wednesday – June 14

Life Love Larson | Making Home Base | Inspiration For Moms| Duke Manor Farms| ZDesign At Home | Our Fifth House |  

Thursday – June 15
Life & Home at 2102 | It All Started With Paint | Simple Stylings | 11 Magnolia Lane | Remodelando La Casa | Southern Hospitality

Fri – June 16
Refresh Restyle | Far Above Rubies | Our Southern Home | Simple Details | Haneens Haven | Common Ground  

Enjoy the tours!



Stacey said...

Laura, everything is so pretty! Love the colors and the summer feeling you've created. Your yard looks amazing.

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Laura, Your home is so pretty and inviting and the outdoor spaces are amazing. Love everything that you have created.


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Laura, your yard is so pretty and so inviting and I love how you've created different areas to enjoy and entertain. Such happy tablescapes make them so inviting. I love the desk area you created, how perfect for him and your bedroom always looks so pretty with your antique linens. Can't wait to see the new floors. said...

I love your colorful outdoor settings Laura!! So summer fun filled! Your son's desk is amazing, that is so great he loves it!

Julia Konya said...

I love your different areas for entertaining. Such a pretty yard. said...

Loved the home tour. Your outdoor space is beautiful. Love the vintage touches.

Nikki G said...

I just love the color scheme that you used outdoors! So sweet and summery. Your yard looks beautiful.
:) gwingal

Simply LKJ said...

Laura, the colors alone are gorgeous. What a lovely setting to enjoy a meal with family and friends.

Vel Criste said...

I love the rainbow of colors you chose Laura! The DIY napkin holder is just perfect for the cheery summer vibe you were going for! An honor as always, to share this Summer home tour with you! Cheers!

GSGreatEscaper said...

You've a great knack for combining old, new, cheap and valuable elements into one happy whole! I wish I'd been at that party in your backyard.

Looking forward to the new floors!

Bonnie said...

Your yard is looking very pretty with great looking grass and your touches everywhere. Love the colorful table with rattan chargers and milk glass vase full of beautiful fresh flowers! I want to be there soaking up all the beauty.
Now, for the indoor tour I am so happy for you that you have your great grandmother's quilt. Would't she be pleased to see how you cherish it and how you have dressed your bed so expertly. I'm looking for a dust ruffle that deep. Please tell me there is a source as sewing is not in my radar.
Have a great week, Laura.

Elizabeth at Eiffel Tells said...

I adore your sense of style and eye for detail - it's timeless. Elizabeth xxx

Rita C. said...

Laura, it's amazing how your yard has been transformed! It looks terrific, and so does your festive setting. I am in love with the MRB choices. Your grgrandmother's quilt topper has been glorified! I know you're looking forward to those new floors, and I'll be watching for that post. Happy summer!
Rita C at Panoply

Pam Richardson said...

Laura, your back yard space is amazing. I love that there are two spots for entertaining. The quilt top from your great-grandmother is so beautiful and a wonderful treasure to pass down. Such a lovely summer tour and thanks for inviting us!

carole said...

I am also interested in the source of the deep dust ruffle. I also have a quilt topper from my great-grandmother. Please share how you finished it - or who finished it for you:)

Decor To Adore said...

Hi Carole you are listed as a "no reply" blogger so I have no way to contact you directly. I hope you will read my response here. The deep linen bed ruffle is made by Pom Pom Interiors. I bought it over 10 years ago at a sample sale for $20. They do still make the exact same bed skirt but wow is it ever exspensive! I will keep my eyes open for some more affordable options. I have seen some similar skirts in the Soft Surroundings catalog.
I will be doing a separate post on just the quilt within the next two weeks as there is a lot of info.
Thank you so much for your interest.

Hena Tayeb said...

Gorgeous.. love the pops of color.

Jeanie said...

I love your quilt more than I can say! What a glorious room in which to awaken. And of course your table just hits the spot -- cheery and festive and loads of fun! Beautiful!

Cristina Garay said...

What an amazing outdoor space you've created! I love the explosion of color on that tablescape. It's always fun touring your home, beautiful inside and out!

Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane said...

Your yard and table are beautiful, Laura! I love how you mix color and pattern so well!

InspirationforMoms said...

Laura, I loved all the bright colors in your backyard! Everything was so beautiful. So happy to be in this home tour with you. Wishing you a wonderful Summer!

Jennifer Lippi said...

Your home is lovely Laura. I especially love your outdoor space and outdoor tablescape. It's an honor to be on the tour with you!

Auntie Em said...

Your home is so beautiful! You really have turned it into a perfect Storybook cottage. Its made even more beautiful knowing the work you and all your family have put into creating each lovely and comfortable room.
Thank you for sharing your time and your pictures. :)

reFresh reStyle said...

Laura, love your outdoor space! I like to mix and match also! Every space is beautiful!!


Tammy Mitchell said...

What a beautiful summer home! I love that colorful outdoor tablescape. I would spend all day right there! :)