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Summer Home Tour 2019

Summer Home Tour 2019

It truly feels like it has been ages since I have done a home tour for this little blog of mine.

Come to think of it…it has been since Christmas. So in blog time, I suppose it truly has been ages. 

But in all honesty, I typically avoid home tours like the plague.

With two rambunctious boys in constant destruction mode, it is typically waaay to much of a commitment for me to keep my house clean long enough to shoot photos. Nonetheless, when my fabulous friend Marty from A Stroll Thru Life invited me to collaborate in her Summer Home Tour Blog Hop, I simply couldn’t refuse. With so many talented peers on the roster (29 to be exact), I knew I was going to have to put on my big girl panties and get to some serious house cleaning.

If you are coming from Modern Glam (I am obsessed with Ashley’s work by the way) or new to my blog, let me introduce myself.
organic modern kitchen

My name is Erica and I am a potty-mouth boy mom who has been renovating this 1980’s fixer upper for nearly the past four years. (You can view the before/after tour here).

click and lock luxury vinyl tile review

Purchasing this place was a way for my family and I to downsize the financial clutter, and explore my love for interior design and DIY home improvement. With each DIY project (I even DIY-ed the cone lights pictured above), this place has evolved leaps and bounds. I share all of the project tutorials and hacks here on a weekly basis .

modern farmhouse living room

While it is certainly challenging to transform a home on such a restricted budget, my mission is to prove that it is certainly doable (it just may take a bit longer to achieve the desired results).

boho farmhouse living room

Speaking of transformations, I am currently in the process of selecting new hardwood floors for this place and if all goes as planned, I should be saying good bye to these babies soon (they remind me of something that would be in the Home Alone house and it drives me nuts).

modern farmhouse summer home tour

As you can probably imply by now, my aesthetic is quite casual. It’s what I would describe as Modern Farmhouse meets boho.

I am a hippie at heart who was raised on a farm-  I guess that’s where the style combination originates from.


honest review of vinyl peel and stick back splash tiles

Because my natural inclination is to bring the outdoors in , year-round, I believe summer is when my home truly shines.

Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore white paint review

Given I lean on the side of minimalism, I don’t always find seasonal decorating to be my cup of tea. However, greenery,  flowers and other organic elements always seem to do the trick.

modern farmhouse dining room with windsor chairs and abstract art

one of the best white paint colors for Modern Farmhouse dining rooms is Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore

Here is my oldest son admiring his captured lightening bug collection (don’t worry…the household policy is to catch and release).

modern farmhouse mudroom

For those of you wondering where my youngest is…well….let’s just say that the only time I can get anything done is during his nap time. He is my wild one fo’ shizzle.

modern farmhouse mudroom of Designing Vibes

While the interior of my home is undeniably meant for the warmer months, most of the summer action actually occurs in our backyard by the pool.

modern farmhouse outdoor decor ideas

modern farmhouse pool deck

Shockingly enough, two summers ago,  we had to excavate and demo the original pool that came with the property after having it for two years (talk about a home-owner’s horror story). Yet knowing just how much we use our pool, we knew we had to replace the original pool as we couldn’t imagine summers without one. (You can read about all of that drama here).

black and white outdoor decor

Please don’t judge the withered furniture.  It was our intention to build  our own modern farmhouse outdoor furniture this spring,  but with all of the more pressing DIY projects we have going on, this will probably not get executed until the fall. (Story of my life!)

summer patio decorating ideas

Don’t let the wholesome imagery fool you…there is definitely vodka in that glass..

Erica Van Slyke of Designing Vibes home tour

black and white modern patio decor ideas

While the deck and pool rebuild  has been  one of the largest upsets we have had in this whole fixer upper journey, it has all been worth the drama.

above ground pool deck ideas

erica van slyke of designing vibes

Having a place to entertain friends and family has been completely priceless .


modern farmhouse pool deck

For your convenience, directly below is a collection of some of the products used in this tour. Click on the items to be directed to the affiliate link…

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Be sure to tune back in next week as I reveal my DIY butler pantry (it only took 6 effing months).

And if you are following along with the blog hop, Decorating Delirium is next on the tour. You don’t want to miss it.

For your reference, the full tour schedule is listed below.

Designing Vibes summer home tour

Now get out there and design some good vibes!

summer home tour


 A Stroll Thru Life Southern Hospitality,  Far Above Rubies,  Cuckoo4Design,  Setting For Four,  Pink Peppermint Design


 Remodelando La CasaInspiration For Moms,  ZDesign At HomeHouse By Hoff,  Duke Manor Farm,  Decor To Adore


Haneens Haven,  Monica Wants ItThe Chronicles Of Home,  Follow The Yellow Brick Home,  Thrifty & Chic,    Hymns & Verses


Clean & Scentsible,   Sincerely Marie Designs,   11 Magnolia LaneThrifty Decor Chic,  Seeking Lavender LaneOur Southern Home 


 White Arrow Homes,  Our Fifth House,  Modern Glam,  Designing Vibes,  Decorating Delirium,  Life On Cedar Lane



My journey in interior design and home improvement began with transforming my first fixer-upper home, all while managing a budget and raising two young boys. My work, a reflection of my passion for creating beautiful, uplifting spaces, has been recognized by top publications like Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, HGTV, and more. I invite you to explore my site and witness the transformation of my home and the vibes we've designed.Read more...

Mary-The Boondocks Blog

Friday 28th of June 2019

I am sitting by you poolside having a nice cold drink Erica. I couldn't be more relaxed anywhere else. You have truly created a haven for your family!

Designing Vibes

Sunday 30th of June 2019

That would be so much fun, Mary! Thank you so much. Cheers!


Friday 21st of June 2019

What a gorgeous home tour! I love a crisp and classic color palette. The cool touches of gray are perfect for the summer.

Designing Vibes

Saturday 22nd of June 2019

Thank you so much, Laura! Wishing you an incredible summer.


Saturday 15th of June 2019

Your home is absolutely gorgeous, I love love love your style!! Those bathroom tiles are a dream!

Designing Vibes

Sunday 16th of June 2019

Thank you so much, Katrin. They are actually peel and stick wallpaper.


Saturday 15th of June 2019

I absolutely love your style! That deck and pool is absolutely perfect for summer. How lucky you are!

Designing Vibes

Sunday 16th of June 2019

Thank you so much, Ashley! Hope you and your family have an awesome summer.

Angie Lombardi

Saturday 15th of June 2019

Obsessed! Love, love, love your boho style. Best accessories ever!

Designing Vibes

Saturday 15th of June 2019

Thank you so much, Angie! Wishing you a fabulous summer.