Thursday, June 6, 2013

Our Summer Home

Summer is when my home makes the most sense.  With loads of natural light, cool beach colors, and airy feeling, our house screams summer.  It's our place of calm, just like the feeling of summer.  Simple. Mildly exciting. A whole lot more daytime to live.  That's what I like in summer, and that's what I want in my home too.  

I don't decorate for summer.  Instead, I strip it down bare, and let it calm down for a bit.
Everything tends to slow down at home.


Today I took less than an hour and picked up everything.  Not most things, but everything.  Every little random object was put in its place.  If it didn't have a home, then a home it was given.  A proper home in something, not just on something.


My house doesn't look this picked up everyday, and I'm ok with that.  Even though there was a time that this was the standard, now I need a little mess to remind me to chill out and embrace the life that's happening here.  For today, my house got a reset button.




The Little People village goes on the floor, where it can be reached properly.  I love this.







It feels nice to take the extra effort of eliminating those dreadful piles and items that try and creep out into eyesight and look normal.  To the puzzle pieces, magnet letters, my random lists, my pile of books, that hair clip, etc: your time came today to go back home.  You call have a home.  

There is a summer tour of homes at The Shabby Creek Cottage where there are fully decorated homes being shared.  Today, this is my home where we all relax that we've made it to another summer.

Now that summer is here, all we want is sunlight/long days/easy living/fresh produce.
It's our reset button.

37 comments:

  1. Popping over from Shabby Creek Cottage - new to your blog. Your home is lovely - a perfect family home x

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    1. Thank you! It sees a lot of traffic and we love it here!

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  2. Hi Meg, coming over from Gina's this morning. Your home is beautiful! I'm such a huge fan of white, so this is right down my alley! Love it!

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    1. Thank you! White is my very favorite! I need so much of it! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Stopping by from Shabby Creek Cottage! I LOVE seeing your children in your home tour.

    ~Sonya
    http://athomewiththebarkers.com/

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    1. Thanks! They wouldn't fit in the cabinets. ;)

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  4. Love your idea of stripping down for summer ~ it looks so clean, fresh and easy! :)

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  5. Your house is so calm, refreshing and bright! I love what you said, "For today, my house got a reset button." Don't we all need a reset button at times! ;-) I'm visiting from Shabby Creek Cottage.

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    1. Yes!!! It was fun to feel somewhat finished for a minute.

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  6. Your lovely home is best accented with the most beautiful part of it - your family! I love your beautiful home, and I'm so glad you joined the tour!

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  7. Lovely home, thanks for sharing. :)

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  8. I love your kitchen! I want a white one :) Newest follower from HickoryTrail

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  9. I share all these other's compliments of your thoughts and space, dear family and times. Great to see! Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, dear Barbara. Love your kind encouragement!

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  10. I'm new to your blog - thank you for sharing it on the home tour. I love your comment "now I need a little mess to remind me to chill out and embrace the life that's happening here". Well said!

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    1. It only took me a couple years to get that. It's been so much easier now that I get it.

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  11. Here on the Summer Tour of Homes! I think I've visited your blog before and I still love your bright spaces (and your chesterfield couch)! Loving your little photo bombers too... :)
    ps. can I ask where you got that wicker trunk?

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    1. Yes! I got it recently at Ikea. It's been the perfect thing for storing blankets and becoming a fort for my kids. Great purchase. Thanks!

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  12. Stopping by from Shabby Creek Cottage- your home is so pretty! I love the pale blue walls with all the white, it looks so bright and fresh. Your little ones are precious, too :)

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    1. Thank you very much. The blue, white, and kiddos are so much fun! ;)

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  13. I love your colors and I love your minimalist sort of style! Clean lines rock! I can't think straight when there is lots of clutter!

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    1. Clean surfaces are my favorite. They are better than 1,000 cute setups. ...in my opinion

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  14. Pretty, bright and real - I love it!

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  15. Such a pretty bright and fresh space that your whole family can enjoy! Thanks for the lovely tour!!

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    1. Thank you! We have a lot of fun here!

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  16. We have that same hand soap! Love the clean look in your house...I'm in a mood to change some things up in mine.

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    1. Thank you!!! Love the basil scent the best!

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    2. That's the kind I have! I use it at the kitchen sink.

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  17. Thank you for sharing your house! I love that you have toys and "real life" accessories! I love all the blue and white!

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  18. I miss having little ones in our home. I don't decorate much for summer either...but I love fall so look out! Dianntha

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  19. Your home is a lovely place for your family. So bright and fresh. I love the wood floors with the light colours.

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    1. Thank you very much. We love it here.

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  20. You have a beautiful home!! I'm new here...found your through the Shabby Creek Cottage home tours :)

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