Fireflies, smores and festive, frozen “boat drinks” – it must be that time of year, my friends.
Summer is finally freakin’ here, and I am totally stoked about it!
Along with 30 other incredible bloggers, today I am sharing my 2022 Summer Home Tour.
But before I open my doors to you, I would first like to give a big shoutout and thanks to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for organizing this annual, blog-hop tradition.
If you are joining me from Pink Peppermint Design, welcome! Tammy has an impeccable eye for design.
My name is Erica and I have been sharing hacks for the home/ body/soul on this little blog of mine for almost seven years . After renovating a 1980’s fixer upper DIY Style for nearly a decade, three months ago, my husband and I sold our beloved eighties rancher to find a home better suited for our two young boys.
Never in a million years did we think in this crazy a$$ market that we would land a fully-renovated midcentury modern home on the lake…. with an awesome level lot…. annnnd a massive in-ground pool…but God is good like that.
With the craziness of the past two years (remote learning absolutely traumatized me and my children), I must say that it has been so rewarding to see my boys flourishing in an environment more conducive to being a kid.
Instead of vegging out on the couch all day (because we really had no yard back at the rancher), I am happy to see them getting outside much more now.
Whether it be fishing, terrorizing geese, kayaking or swimming, there is now plenty for them to do, and any utterance of “I am bored” will basically be counted as an obscenity as far as this mama is concerned.
So…moving on from my backstory tangent, let’s get on with the tour…
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Welcome to the entrance of my 1975 cottage.
All of the board and batten walls (original to the house) are painted in Shoji White by Sherwin Williams.
While a playful color on the front door wouldn’t have necessarily been my first choice (I am a sucker for black), the coastal-esque hue (Sherwin Williams- Coastal Plains to be exact) has really grown on me.
In fact, there is something about living on the water that has reignited my love for coastal decorating.
I even went as far as hanging a gallery wall of mostly beach hats in the foyer (tutorial to come!).
With all the heaviness in the world, my goal in this new house is to be a little more lighthearted and relaxed with my decorating approach than I had ever been in my previous homes.
In fact, I was so nonchalant with the vibe that I even went as far as hanging a mugshot of Jerry Garcia on my dining room wall. Ya know? The mugshot that inspired the Grateful Dead song “Truckin”. If you can’t tell, this is a house full of dead heads.
Given the entire back wall of the main living area is nothing but an A-frame of windows and glass doors overlooking the lake, I decided that the true highlight of the space was going to be the freakin’ view…not the decor (which really feels weird to say given I am a design blogger).
With this in mind, I felt much more relaxed about the actual design scheme, and I think that’s what gave me the courage to be a little more tongue and cheek with the artwork.
Sure….I want the overall aesthetic to be somewhat cohesive, but I really want the house to feel distinct to my tastes and interests (even if that means it may not be a smashing hit on Pinterest).
Nodding to all of the surrounding nature , I was sure to incorporate organic elements like rough wood, crystals and plant babies every chance I could get.
Wanting a space to show off my Pala Santo and crystal collection, I thought these concrete columns would be the perfect opportunity to try out the whole pedestal trend. Flanking the console table, I actually placed one on each side of the table.
To cozy-up my large, bright dining room up a bit, I decided to layer a vintage kilim on top of a bleached sisal rug. The faint hints of distressed blue in the kilim almost match perfectly with the front door.
In an upcoming post, I will elaborate more on the reveal of my dining room and share more photos. This is more like a teaser.
Moving from the dining room and what I consider to be the attached “common area/meditation corner” , is the living room…
While I was going for a bit more of a modern, minimalist vibe here, I still wanted the space to feel super relaxed and comfy.
To break up the warmth of all the beiges and blacks here, I added some blue throw pillows.
While I didn’t really need new pillows, I reasoned that summer was the perfect time to reintroduce blue to my color scheme (I am pretty sure I haven’t used blue textiles in almost three years).
While I am not exactly sure that my living room is “finished”, I am happy with how my different style preferences- boho, coastal and modern organic- have all blended pretty harmoniously.
Eventually I would love to get a ceiling light in here, but that will require some electric work and some saving (the lightI have been lusting after is about $1000…womp…womp).
On a happier note, the new linen sofa and even the Bouclé accent chair have proven to be kid-friendly thus far.
Now it’s time to pour a margarita and head outside…
Here on the back deck sits one of my latest DIY projects- an outdoor dining table that my husband built for under $100.
In the covered outdoor area, I added some modern accent chairs, an outdoor rug, and this fun DIY planter gallery wall…
A covered outdoor space was on my wish list, so I am thrilled to finally have one not only on the front porch, but on the back screened in porch as well.
Last but not least is the best part of the entire property…
My humble hammock which resides on an actual bird sanctuary overlooking the lake and marshes.
When life feels too crazy, sunshine and nature is truly the best medicine.
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Thank you so much for stopping by my neck of the woods today. And like Jerry sings, “just keep truckin’ on” my friends!
The next stop on the blog hop is Cuckoo4Design.
If you love boho decor as much as I do, you are not going to want to miss Julia’s beautiful home. Not only does she have a fabulous aesthetic, she always has the best freakin’ DIY tutorials as well.
To follow along with the entire tour, be sure to check out the schedule posted below.
Wishing all of you a fabulous summer!
Tuesday – June 7th Lineup
Wednesday – June 8th Lineup
Thursday – June 9th Lineup
Friday – June 10th Lineup
Now get out there and design some good vibes along with a fabulous life.