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.
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).
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 .
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).
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).
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.
Because my natural inclination is to bring the outdoors in , year-round, I believe summer is when my home truly shines.
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.
Here is my oldest son admiring his captured lightening bug collection (don’t worry…the household policy is to catch and release).
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.
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.
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).
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!)
Don’t let the wholesome imagery fool you…there is definitely vodka in that glass..
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.
Having a place to entertain friends and family has been completely priceless .
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.
Now get out there and design some good vibes!