2015 Summer Home Tour
Good Morning! Welcome to my 2015 Summer Home Tour!
If you are new here, let me tell you a little bit about me! My name is Doreen and I grew up on a farm in rural central Pennsylvania. I currently live in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where seeing a horse and buggy clip clopping down the road is commonplace. My backyard backs up to a farmer’s field where currently corn is planted and soon will be sky high! Lancaster County is old time Americana at it’s best! My style is a mix of that country life with a bit of modern mixed in! I hope you enjoy the tour!
The barn door sign behind my couch was one of my first projects when I began blogging about three years ago and it still hangs in the same place – it really is one of my favorite things. I found some really pretty fabric with coral and green to make pillow covers to try to highlight my green sofa, but sadly – this sofa just doesn’t photograph well. It is much prettier in person! I’ve been trying to sell it to replace with a slipcovered sofa – if you are local and need a sofa – send me an email!
I have a lot of green in my shade garden right now – many varieties of hosta, ferns, and Solomon’s seal. I decided to use some simple thrifted glass vases in a variety of sizes to hold green stems on my mantel.
I love how this turned out! Simple – inexpensive – WOW!
I love mixing patterns and my gray side chairs got a mix of gray check and a pretty floral.
Here’s a view of the other side of the room.
Yesterday morning I drove down a country road, pulled off, and cut Queen Anne’s Lace to use throughout my house. I had a trunk full (I’m sure those who passed by thought I was a crazy person – but who cares! I had a trunk full of free flowers!) Right now it’s in full bloom here and so beautiful! When I was a young girl, I used to add food coloring to the water and it would color the Queen Anne’s Lace flowers!
My little cottage sideboard holds a lite, perfect for summer, dessert – Homemade Angel food cake, fresh picked strawberries and blueberries – Yum!
I brought a little bit of red into my mostly neutral dining room and kitchen area for the summer. Nothing says summer like a red and white check or stripe!
Here’s a shot of my country kitchen. A new addition is the market sign I made.
Now onto the screen porch. My favorite place to be in the summertime. Last summer my porch was more bold and bright – you can see it HERE
. This year, I wanted a more cottage country look with softer colors of turquoise and coral.
I hope you notice the fringe trimmed curtains blowing in the breeze (we had threats of a tornado yesterday evening while I was taking these pics!) Lots to share with you later about them!
Another little favorite thing – those tiny red sneakers! I found them at a vintage store for $3 and just had to have them – so cute!
I shared this little coral table with my readers last week! I found it at an auction, it was dirty, worn out, and a faded blue! I brought it back to life with a good cleaning and this pretty coral color.
I used these wire hanging window baskets to hold pots of herbs on the two front windows. Can you believe I found the cute coral chalkboard markers at Michaels – a perfect match!
If you are new here – this is the only other girl in my home (I’m a mom to three boys) – Sadie my little cat! She loves being outside on the porch to watch the birds and butterflies!
On the other side of the porch is a bar cart that I’ll be featuring later this week! It was another score at a local vintage shop that was basically falling apart! But – now it’s a cool retro bar cart that any Mad Men fan would love!
Right outside the porch is this little area. I gave my old door potting bench a fresh coat of paint this year – It was pretty worn out from three years of neglect! I also painted the back door of the garage to match our front door.
And, if you visit regularly, you’ll recognize my vintage Schwinn bicycle. I love to bring her out each spring and fill the basket with flowers!
That’s all for now! I have more summery spaces inside and out to share with you later on – so please come back! If you are new, I’d love for you to join my email list to have my posts delivered directly to your email – that way you don’t miss a thing! Thanks a bunch for stopping by my country home! I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit!
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