Summer Home Tour 2016

Woohoo summer is almost here and with that said I am thrilled to show you some of my summer d├ęcor. If you are here visiting via Courtney's blog A Thoughtful Place, welcome! I sure hope you are enjoying all of the amazing summer inspiration on today's tours. First I want to send out a huge "thank you" to my friend Marty of the gorgeous and all inspiring blog A Stroll Thru Life.  Marty was wonderful enough to pull together yet again, another thirty...yes 30 bloggers for this amazing summer home tour series.
So here I go...


Okay, now that I have got my thanks out properly, it is time to move onto the tour. Since I have mostly shared with you in past tours the interior of our home, I thought today I would give you a little idea of what the exterior of our home is like. So without any further delay...here is 21 Rosemary Lane, Summer 2016!

As you may already know if you follow me, 21 Rosemary Lane is a mid century cape cod style home. The house may look rather small from the curb but inside is 2400 sq. feet of living space not including an almost 1500 square foot partially finished basement.

However as you can see from this next picture of the back of our home, it is actually a pretty good size with a fabulous screened in porch which was updated last summer. (I am super excited to share the interior of the porch with you later in this post.) 

The front porch is a lot smaller than I would like and "someday" (haha in quotes) I would love to expand the porch area right across the front of our house. I'd also like to do some sort of treatment to the brick in order to tone it down some. After watching an episode of Fixer Upper where Joanna and Chip added a German Smear to the front of a brick faced home, I was convinced more than ever to do something to our brick. (All I need to do is to get Mr. Rosemary Lane on board with the idea.)

This year again I went with a patriotic vibe for the front porch.

Our home sits on one acre of an almost park like setting in the middle of horse and farm country. Behind the line of houses across the street is a huge corn field belonging to a neighboring farmstead.

Once inside our front door the living room is immediately to your right. I redecorated the living room a couple years ago, incorporating a lighter color scheme with plenty of pattern and texture throughout the room. It suits the summer months very well.

Now let's quickly scoot on thru the kitchen from the living room for a peek at my new favorite summer space...the screened in porch.

When we first moved in I wanted to convert this space into a year round family room, however once the kids moved in the money flew out the window! This space was so bad that I would actually opt to close the much hated vertical blinds in front of the kitchen sliders so I didn't have to look at the nasty concrete floor and sagging warped screens. Over the years I have made many changes to this area, and if you follow me on a regular basis you may remember a few of them, but this makeover by far is my favorite.

All the wicker furniture in this space has been either a yard sale find, picked up off the side of the road, or some one just gave it to me. (I did purchase all of the cushions and pillows from various stores...most I found on sale or clearance.)

The table was made by Mr. Rosemary Lane using some old wood we had lying around and an ancient table base which was in my parents house when I was growing up. The chandelier was made from a wine crate I picked up at my local liquor store. To see more on how it was made just click here

Across from the table is a sitting area. We typically use this space to play games, listen to music, read or just hang out.

Believe it or not, this little cabinet housing our glasses and barware is actually a roadside find that I sanded down and gave it a few fresh coats of polyurethane along with new door pulls. If you want to see the "before" of my sweet cabinet just follow this link.

(LOL...my $1 yard sale lamp with its $20 lamp shade!)

My latest acquisition is this small sized hutch my childhood friend Christina bequeathed to me. I plan to give it a little bit of a makeover in the not too distant future so make sure to stay tuned.

I certainly hope you enjoyed this little summer tour of our home...we certainly did enjoy sharing our home with you all. I would for you to drop by anytime and join me for a nice cold lemonade or ice tea on our back porch. Can you think of a better way to while away those lazy hazy summertime days?

Tomorrow, day 4 of this Summer Tour series, continues with Carmel's tour over at her beautiful blog Our Fifth House. And just in case you have missed any of the tours thus far you can catch up using these links.
Monday - June 6

Tuesday - June 7

Wednesday - June 8

Wishing you all a wonderful day and a fabulous rest of the week!

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  1. Barbara, I thoroughly enjoyed going along on your summer home tour. Your home always is beautiful in any season and I can't wait to get my back yard done so we can clink lemonade glasses over the miles..Happy Wednesday..xxo Judy

  2. That screened-in porch is certainly a beautiful and stunning space. Love it

  3. oh barbara, your screened in porch is just amazing. i can see many days and nights spent in that space. enjoy it all. happy summer!

  4. I loved seeing outside your home, what a beautiful place and such gorgeous surroundings. I love the inside of your home so much too, but I do think I would live on that fabulous porch. Thanks so much for joining the 2016 Summer Home Tours.

  5. Barbara, everything is so pretty and summer perfect at your home. Love it! That screened porch would be a dream come true. ;)

  6. Barbara, I enjoyed touring your beautiful home and specially the screened in porch. I love the chandelier you made from the wine crate, ingenious!

  7. Hi Barbara. What a gorgeous home and because I live in CA where we have very small yards I am drooling over your property. I would just run around for days! And that porch. Heavenly. Great tour. Thank you. Fun doing this with you today.

  8. Beautiful summer home tour, Barbara! Love your screen porch!!! Have a wonderful summer!!!

  9. So cheerful and bright-loved it!

  10. Barbara, such a beautiful home and tour! I would never come in from your gorgeous porch! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

  11. Barbara, your home has such lovely curb appeal, and is just as beautiful on the inside! I enjoyed your tour!

  12. I was fascinated by that German Smear technique as well! We have a faux brick wall in our sun room that is dark red. I would love to try it there. I love your screened porch (especially that you furnished it so inexpensively). It looks like a fun place to hang out with family and friends.

  13. Thank you for inviting us into your home! Everything is just right for summer livin'! You have a perfect location...away from "town" but not isolated.

  14. Everything is just gorgeous, would love a screened in porch! Happy Summer, enjoy!

  15. Love the coastal touches and the red,white,blue! xo

  16. I love the warm, cozy and super pretty vibe your entire home exudes Barbara! The shelf above the window in the Dining room is genius as well as the wine crate with the candles in your sunroom!!!!! Love all the vignettes all around, makes me wanna shop in your home! So glad to share this Summer Home tour with you! Cheers!

  17. Barbara, I enjoyed your summer home tour! Your screened porch would be my favorite place to spend the next few months! You have such a lovely home and the setting is perfect.

  18. Barbara,
    What a gorgeous home, dear friend. . .inside and out!
    Your screened porch is truly a haven of peaceful times.
    The roadside find and the childhood friends hutch are amazing
    pieces that complement your beautiful white wicker!
    I have always l o v e d your entry. . .and still do!
    Thank you for sharing a Summer Tour with us!

  19. Your view out your screened porch is so serene, trees and grass, looks so wonderful. Your back porch is a good substitute for heaven, great for family time or alone time.
    Makes me miss our place in KY. We had 1 1/2 acres with some wonderful old trees in back yard. When I was in my studio could look out on to our back yard, loved it. We lived out in rural area, house here and there, barns, pastures. Wish I could have dealt witj climate, not god for person with allergies, asthma and arthritis, doggone it. We lived there 5 yrs. than closed it up andcameto western CO where climate agrees with me.
    Took me while to gaze at all your great photos, so much to see in your beautiful home and outdoors around your home. Very enjoyable tour.

  20. I really love your porch, and I think I would be there all the time. Yard is beautiful and your house is adorable, thanks so much for sharing, Sandi

  21. Your home has always been one of my favorites, but you outdid yourself with that porch!!! Oh my, how lovely! I think it would be cool and comfy.....even in Texas!

  22. I know I'm late to commenting, but just had to say how much I love your screened porch. Can't wait to see what becomes of the hutch!


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