Summer In Our New Home

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It’s summer home tour week and I am over the moon excited to be hosting 30 talented women opening up their summer homes to you this week! This is our first summer in our new home. It was fun to add bright touches of blues, greens, yellows and whites throughout my decor!

Bloggers' Best Summer Home Tour-30 of the top home decor bloggers open their homes up for you to visit this summer.

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If you are coming over from my friend Julie at My Wee Abode’s darling summer home tour, welcome! Wasn’t her new apartment just awesome? I enjoyed seeing how she has pulled it all together; she always has the best tips for small spaces.

Summer in our new home: our entrance
Our exterior paint color is Peppercorn by SW Williams

After you take my tour make sure to visit the other tours linked at the end of my post. Six new homes will be added each day this week! I don’t know about you, but I love peeking into other peoples’ homes!

Summer In Our New Home

If you are new here my name is Kelly and I live in beautiful Colorado! This August will mark one year in this home for our family. You can read a bit more about the fun story of how we sold our former home and see an empty home tour of this house before we moved in.

It’s been quite the journey so far and each day I thank the Lord for blessing us with the opportunity to live here. Last month I “retired” after 20 years of teaching and will be giving full time blogging a go. I have a lot of fun things planned so I hope you will hang out with me some more as I start this new adventure!

Kona and I welcome you in to our summer home tour!

Oh, and next week I will be sharing an outdoor tour as well.

Both the front yard and backyard are beautiful and one of the main reasons we chose this home. Here is a sneak peek at the all-white peonies currently blooming out back. There are even more now since I took this picture!

Peonies in our backyard

Our Entry

Ok, come on in!

When you first enter our home, you are greeted by the lovely wood and blue staircase. All of our bedrooms except one are upstairs.

I have visions of our girls coming down before high school dances on these stairs!

Our stairs off of the entry

At the top of the stairs, I have a large, wrapped canvas that I found at HomeGoods the same time I found the one in our family room. I almost didn’t get it but my mom convinced me too and I am so happy. Because now I couldn’t imagine our home without these large pieces of art.

I’m still looking for a skinny bench to go under it and I’m possibly going to add an art light above it.

Large wrapped canvas art of blue herron at the op of our stairs
Do you see that nail to the left of the art? ugh…I couldn’t get it out of the wall. I’ll ask the hubs when I remember.

The Tattered Pew

To the left of our stairs is a little alcove of sorts where I have placed my favorite little pew. Besides pews, I have a thing for baskets, and you can see a few of those below.

If you were to open the large, tall one you would find my collection of plaid and wool blankets I use at Christmastime! I’ve been known to stash things all around the house and then forget where I put them. Can you relate?

My favorite little pew fits perfectly in this alcove.

Did you see my summer mantel post? If so, then you know that this summer I am adding lemon decor throughout our home for some fun touches of summer. Lemons and summer go hand in hand if you ask me.

So, when I saw this gorgeous lemon wreath from my friend Laura of the small shop, I knew it needed to have a place in our home.

Doesn’t it look so pretty hanging on this old shutter?

If you love handmade, gorgeous wreaths from wonderful small shops I can’t recommend Laura enough! Her wreaths are top quality and so pretty!

Just across from my pew, still in the entryway area and right before you enter our kitchen, I have one of my favorite FB Marketplace finds, this pine dresser.

Currently I have a sweet little vignette set up on it with my DIY ivy topiary, some basketweave glasses (that are my husband’s) and some French lemonade. Summer perfection and oh so simple!

Shop Our Entry

Our Kitchen

Come on into our blue kitchen! This is one of my favorite spots in our home mostly because I love the color blue and this space is all blue and so charming! This is the color Blustery Sky by Sherwin Williams. It changes a lot depending on the light but overall, it’s a lovely soft blue.

Summer in our new home: welcome to our blue kitchen!
I opened our trifold doors that lead out back to get some better light for pictures.

This is the view of our kitchen from out back. Being able to open these tri-fold doors has been so much fun and adds instant extra sqaure footage.

Can you say party time?!

Our pup Kona was curious about what I was doing!

Kona our pup welcoming you into our blue kitchen.

For summer in our new home, I had fun adding small coastal touches like these seashells we have collected from all of our vacations and the starfish above the hood. Personal touches like these are what I think make a house a home.

Our family collection of seashells.
Small coastal touches in our summer kitchen.

More lemons, some of our gorgeous and amazing smelling white peonies and my favorite gurgle pot are on display on the butcher block counters. If you love lemons too stop by my Amazon Storefront for more lemon decor!

Summer vignetts with lemons!

Another sweet little vignette with more white peonies! If only they would last longer. I love cutting them to enjoy inside but also love leaving enough outside to admire as well!

Peonies in a white creamer

Shop Our Kitchen

Our Family Room

Just off of our kitchen is our family room and the last stop on this tour.

You will see my favorite Boxwood green dresser in all her glory. But take note, these pictures make her appear a bit more green than normal, It’s probably a combination of the lighting and my editing skills. I’m still figuring out the lighting in this home. I’ll get there!

Our family room ready for summer.
My favorite boxwood green dresser

Just to the right of our blue plaid chair is our fireplace. I dedicated an entire post to our summer mantel if you want to see more! It’s all white brick with a rustic mantel…she is a beauty!

A sideways look at our summer mantel.

Across the room you will see two white slipcovered armchairs.

Guess what?! I just scored them off of FB Marketplace last week.

Sure did!

I got the both of them for $100 total. Such a deal and I feel like they define the space perfectly. I still need to scotch guard them though! My family, myself included, can be very rough on our furniture and these slipcovers don’t come off. So scotch guard it will be!

Do you ever shop on FB Marketplace? I have found so many great furniture pieces of ours that way.

Family room views
A peek back into our entry.

In this space you can really see how I love incorporating layers, textures and the colors green and blue. The block print pillows on the white chairs were a HomeGoods find and the green ones on the sofa are from Amazon!

I love the coastal, comfy and collected feel this room has. We do a lot of living in here as a family.

Shop Our Family Room

Summer In Our New Home

And that my friends is the end of my summer tour!

What did you think of our new home dressed up for summer?

I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by today. If you want to hang out with me some more, I would love to have you follow me over on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook too! Of course, you can always subscribe to the blog as well.

Now make sure to head over to my friend Jennifer from Cottage On Bunker Hill’s tour next. Her New England home is charming and full of incredible DIY projects and lovely styling. Then visit the other bloggers listed below. Happy touring!!!



Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours. Thirty talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each summer home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

The Tattered Pew / Cottage On Bunker Hill / She Gave It A Go

Cottage In The Mitten / Stonegable / My Wee Abode

Tuesday’s Tours

Thistle Key Lane / Midwest Life & Style / White Lilac Farmhouse

My Thrift Store Addiction / Willow Bloom Home Blog / Dabbling and Decorating

Wednesday’s Tours

Bricks ‘n Blooms /Amy Sadler Designs / Peacock Ridge Farm

White Arrows Home / Pasha Is Home / The Ponds Farmhouse

Thursday’s Tours

Simply2Moms / Country Peony / Southern Home and Hospitality

Shiplap and Shells / Eleanor Rose Home / Cloches and Lavender

Friday’s Tours

Le Cultivateur / Lora Bloomquist Create & Ponder / Noting Grace

My Family Thyme / Vintage and Grace Living / County Road 407

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  1. Kelly, thank you so much for organizing this tour and inviting me! I am thrilled. Congratulations on blogging full-time! I was a teacher too before I started blogging. It is a wild and wonderful ride to have your own business! I’m so so happy for you! Your home is beautiful. I bet the aroma of all those peonies wafting in through your amazing doors in your kitchen is heavenly! You have done so much in one year! Your home is delightful and warm and welcoming! Just what we all want our homes to be. When you were talking about your stairs and how you can envision your girls coming down the stairs to go to school dances I got a bit misty! Just wait! Your girls and those pretty blue stairs will be some of our sweetest memories. And maybe they will even come down those stairs in their wedding gowns. What a blessing to look forward to those precious memories. Happy Summer!

    1. Oh Yvonne you are always welcome, and thank you for the congratulations! I am so excited to take this next step…a big one but a God led one. I will be calling you for advice! 🙂 This home has been such a blessing so far and I have loved making it a home. Have a wonderful summer my friend and blessings to you!

  2. Kelly, your home looks beautiful as always! It’s hard to believe it’s been almost a year since you moved in! I just love your new artwork. It fits perfectly in your home. Can I just saw hooray for FB Marketplace?! What a steal on those chairs! Thanks so much for organizing the hop! It’s always so much fun and a big blessing!! 💛

    1. Hi Kim! Thank you, I can hardly believe it as well. And FB Marketplace has been my bff lately. I hope it stays that way. Thanks for joining me and happy summer!

  3. Kelly,
    It is all absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I love seeing THE beloved pew in your new home, and those two white chairs you found are looking amazing. Every detail is so carefully curated, love it all.
    Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into making this bloggers’ best series happen; it is so fun!

    1. Thank you, friend! I have been enjoying the slower days of summer and it has been fun to decorate for summer. Thank you so much for joining me this week. I’m excited to take your tour!

  4. Kelly, your home looks amazing! Congratulations on retiring from teaching. My parents were teachers too.

    Your tour is beautiful and I love the shutter with the lemon wreath so much. Your kitchen is pretty and the mantle amazing.

    Always enjoy seeing the pew in your home.

    Lemons do say summer. Thank you for putting this together and hosting another great tour!

  5. Kelly, your home looks absolutely gorgeous! I love your blues, lemons, and coastal accents! Pinned! Thanks again for hosting and including me another fabulous tour! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  6. Kelly, your home looks so warm and inviting. I love all of the blues and yellows in your decor. Thank you so much for inviting me to be a part of this Summer Home Tour! I am thrilled and excited. One of my favorite things that you have are those gorgeous established white Peonies. They are breathtaking and stunning. My heart skips a beat everything you show a photo of them.

    1. Hi Tammy! Thank you, friend, for your sweet compliments. I am so glad you are able to join us this week, I appreciate you more than you know! And the peonies have my heart too! Happy summer and I look forward to your tour tomorrow!

  7. I adore your new home. Love the colors of the cabinets, the outside, that you have an adorable picket fence, everything. I also enjoy the colors you chose for your decor. The blues and greens are so soothing and the splashes of yellow make it so vibrant and refreshing. Great tour. Enjoy!

  8. Kelly, your home looks amazing! I can’t believe you got those gorgeous chairs from Facebook marketplace! What a great find. Have a great week!

  9. I love your new home more and more every time I see it, Kelly. Loving all the coastal touches like the starfish above the stove, the jars of shells, and that sweet lamp with the rope around the base. I’m so sad it’s out of stock. I’ll have to try to find another one like it. Your lemon wreath pops so much against the blue shutter. Every detail is summer perfection. Thank you so much for hosting this week, my friend.

  10. True story…I was on your site in the wee hours to grab a picture..and I couldn’t remember if I left a comment or not!! I guess I didn’t (in my defense I was on my 1st cup of coffee!!)
    I just love your new home and love how much you are loving it too!!

    1. Kelly,
      Thank you so much for sharing g your home with me. You have done an incredible job!! I loved all the details and you decorated it just beautiful for the Summer. I love the pergola. Thank you for putting this amazing group together. I am truly blessed to be part of it.

  11. Thank you for coordinating this great blog hop! I’m loving everything about your summer decorating. Your home was truly made for you and your style! I can’t wait to see more of your outdoor spaces next week. Pinned and pinned and pinned! Happy Summer!

  12. Kelly every time I look at your beautiful cabinets, I start dreaming of painting ours. Now if I could only decide on a color! I’m enjoying every detail of your summer tour and my I say, those folding doors are amazing! Congrats on taking this big step in blogging full time. You’re going to love it!

    1. Michelle, I say go for it, painted cabinets make me so happy! These folding doors are something else…I need to get a better picture of them! And thank you, it’s a big step but I am so excited!!!

  13. Kelly, your home is lovely! The pergola outdoor area looks like the perfect spot to relax outside. The peonies are stunning! Our peonies are late blooming this year because I moved them too late. Yours are just gorgeous! I’ll be popping around to the others on the tour to see the other posts!

  14. Kelly your new home is gorgeous! I love all of the artwork and blue hues. The outdoor dining space is awesome and I love your living room! Those chairs were a steal! THanks for hosting a great group of ladies!

  15. Kelly I so adore your new home. The blues and greens are just stunning. It’s all so you my friend. Thanks for having me along this week. I enjoy it all so much🙏🏻💙💚

  16. Kelly, your new home looks incredible in every season. Your summer decor is outstanding! I love the backyard and all the nature-inspired elements in your home, from the seashells to the beautiful bird artwork. I’m thrilled to be on this tour with you!

  17. I love your summer home, Kelly. I love the yellow accents with the lemons, and the seashells in the kitchen are such a fun touch. Our girls have a collection from vacations as well. It’s so fun to look at them and think back on the memories.

    And I can’t believe your new chairs were a marketplace find. What a steal! I really need to remember to check there more often for good deals.

    Thank you for being such a wonderful host and organizing a fun tour. Happy to be a part of it.


  18. Kelly, your home looks more and more like you all the time, and that is a compliment! Love the coastal elements you used (of course), and those new chairs are amazing. I think I need to find a deal like that for my living room! And I love your ‘coffee table’… the weaved top is so pretty! (BTW, I would have NEVER noticed the nail on the wall, if you hadn’t said something. LOL! But, I would do the same thing!) Thanks for inviting me to the tour! Hugs… and pinned!

    1. Thank you! That is a HUGE compliment actually because that has been my goal since day 1. And next time I’m in your area we will do some FB marketplace shopping. However, your tour was stunning, I’m not sure you need my help! Love you lots and thanks for joining me!

  19. Kelly, your new home is beautiful! Love those blue cabinets in the kitchen but the best feature in there is that gorgeous view from the kitchen window. You’ve decorated your new place to be so comfortable and welcoming. Your comment about the stairs really touched the mommy in me. I think we all picture something like that when we buy a home! And I’m a huge FBMP fan. We could probably do a tour just based on our best finds. Congratulations on your “retirement” and thank you so much for putting this tour together. All of these ladies are so talented, I’m having a great time seeing each of their homes! Happy summer!!

    1. Thank you so much Kate and I am so happy you were able to join us! I think the FBMP tour is a genius idea…let’s do it! Happy Summer and heading to your tour now!

  20. Kelly!! Your home is Summer perfection! Love it so much! Absolutely love all your gorgeous artwork!!! 😍

  21. This summer home tour has been so inspiring! I love the lemons, blues, and greens. Those marketplace chairs are such a finishing touch, I love them.

  22. Wow, Kelly! First of all, congratulations on your early retirement from teaching and transition to blogging full time! That is amazing and inspiring! Your summer home tour is stunning! It is obvious how much you and your family are enjoying your new home and you have made it so welcoming. All of the details…from the lemons on the mantle to the coastal touches…are gorgeous! Thank you so much for having me join you this week. It is such an honor to post with such a talented group! Happy Summer, my friend!

  23. Congrats on following your dreams – you inspire me to take that leap myself! I just adore your blue kitchen! And the touches of summer throughout the rest of your beautiful home is perfection! Enjoy your summer!

  24. I love your home!! I completely love all the blue throughout your home!! Blue is my favorite color!!! so beautiful!!!

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