2017 Summer Home Tour - My Home

A Stroll Thru Life
Welcome, I am thrilled you are here and so happy to be kicking off the 2017 Summer Home Tour.  We have some of the most beautiful homes in all of blogland sharing their Summer Decor with you this week, so be sure to check back everyday to see them all.  30 homes over 5 days, you really don't want to miss a single one.

If you are new to my blog welcome.  A little background - we received the keys to our new home on Dec. 17,2016.  During these last six months with trying to get settled, we also jumped right in and two weeks after moving in started the remodel of our downstairs and kitchen.   We feel like we have made some major improvements to our "Builder Basic", but still have a lot to do.  I am so excited to show you the progress we've made so far.

  So WELCOME, let me show you around.  
One of the things I loved most about this home was all the different angles and arches in these fabulous tall ceilings.  The living room and dining area are always so bright from the light that comes in through these huge windows.  I took this shot from the stairs looking back towards the front door.

I kept the decor really simple and light.  Gold and cream is the background for most of the house and a little aqua in this room.  Still a work in progress, I need to find a rug for this area, but I just haven't seen what I want yet.

I love the dining area, so nice to have such a bright spot and big enough to add all 4 leaves and entertain all the family.

A couple yards of fabric created two runners for the table and I love to mix Fresh and Faux flowers for a pretty bouquet.

Just past the stairs we enter into the kitchen/breakfast area and familyroom.

The kitchen was our major remodel right after we moved in.  It really needed a complete makeover.

I always have to show what it looked like before since it is such a drastic transformation.  Off the shelf oak cabinets, well worn formica counters and linoleum floors, plus appliances that barely worked.

I love the new kitchen, it is a delight to work in.

To see the details of the full renovation - click here.  We saved a ton of money by keeping some of the cabinets, rearranging a few and adding a few new ones.  New paint, granite, appliances, lighting and floors  and we had a major remodel.

The entire back of the house is kitchen, breakfast area and familyroom with the kitchen in the center.

The breakfast area is where we eat all of our meals.

The light from these two large windows always make this such a bright cheerful spot.

I can easily seat 8 here, so this has become the favorite spot for our entire family too.

The other side of the kitchen is the familyroom.  Jim and I spend most of our time here - - -

and it's where all the family likes to gather too.  I still need to replace the brown blinds and add some drapes.  As with any new house, there are lots of little details that still need to take place.

Upstairs I claimed the loft as the "Girl Cave".  This is where I have my office.  A gateleg table serves as my desk and a small bookcase holds all the necessary items I need to have at hand.  .

The entertainment center across from the settee has plenty of storage for all my office needs and also a tv so I can watch my favorite shows or listen to music.

The master bedroom is always bright and cheerful with tons of light coming in from that huge window.

It's nice to have room for a really comfy chair too.

  I kept the decor really neutral for summer.  Soft camel colors are some of my favorite.

The master bathroom is still a work in progress, but we are making headway.

As soon as we finished the kitchen and downstairs, we started out back.  The last two months have been all about the backyard.  We started with a clean slate - nothing at all.  Just the perfect place to add my dream - - -

A POOL - This was just finished one week ago.  I am loving it.  Still tons of landscaping to do, but the pool is fabulous.  You can see how it all came together here, here, here, here and here.  Now we have the patio and tons of landscaping to makeover, but all in due time.  I am just going to swim and relax for a while.

That's the tour for me, I loved having you.  Now I think I'll go put on my swimsuit and hop in the pool.  Be sure to check out the rest of today's tours.  You will be so inspired.

Pink Peppermint Design - Tammy's home is full of wonderful inspiration and a little whimsy too.

Cuckoo4Design - Julia's signature black and white looks fabulous with a mix of pattern and color.  Great ideas here.  

Nesting With Grace - Brooke always surprises me with her fresh unique twist on accessories.   

Life on Virginia Street - Sarah's eclectic style is always fresh and up to date.

Decor To Adore - Laura puts her talents to work outside as beautifully as she does inside.   

and mark your calendars for Tuesday's tour too.

Tuesday – June 13
Thrifty and Chic - Alicia  
21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara 
Decorating Delirium - Jennifer 
The Chronicles of Home Jennifer  
Hymns & Verses - Doreen  

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