Well friends, it’s summer and time for another home tour here on IBC. It’s hard to believe that for the first few years of blogging I never did a home tour. Now, I have a full year of home tours under my belt.
I was looking through several of them recently and couldn’t help noticing how things change with the season and how much my style has evolved since last year’s Summer Home Tour. I think it’s also interesting to see the changes in my photography skills and editing style.
The other thing I really love about these tours is that they are usually done in conjunction with a group of really talented bloggers. While I’ve seen a few of the homes already, I usually wait until Saturday morning to dive into them all. Even though some aren’t my style, I have so much appreciation for the talent and hard work that goes into creating a home. They are truly beautiful spaces, so I encourage you to check them out. I promise tons of inspiration. All 30+ homes are linked up at the end of this post.
For this year’s tour, I’m teaming up with the group of bloggers who are a part of an app called bHome. I haven’t talked about it here on IBC yet, but the bHome app is an online community of people who are passionate about home. It’s bloggers like me, brands like BHG and Domino, and readers like you! It’s free to join and download. It’s available in the AppStore and coming soon to Android. Feel free to check it out and see if you like it.
Okay, grab your drink of choice and let’s do this!
As most of you know, my favorite space is my living room. (And, since someone will probably ask, I bought the rug from CB2 a few years ago. I don’t think it’s available any longer.)
One thing you’ll notice on this tour is the plethora of green leaves in my spaces. The foliage is from right outside my door so it’s free! I love the life, movement, and texture it adds to any interior.
Again, there aren’t loads of new things on this tour. To freshen things up for summer, I just moved around a few accessories, switched up the mantle, and added fresh greenery and flowers.
Same thing for my office space.
You can’t see the large, dark worktable / island that’s in the office, but I’ve been considering swapping it out for a white dining table. I love this wood piece, but I think a table would function better. Plus, it would be great to have a white surface for photography. What do you think?
Again, in the dining room, I just switched up the centerpiece with some more free foliage from my yard. One thing I love about the warmer days is opening all the doors and windows. The breeze that bows through this house feels incredible. I’m blessed with lots of doors and windows, so I let the sun and breeze in every way possible.
Just off my dining room is my side porch. It recently got a colorful and cozy makeover. In case you missed it, check out more of that space here.
Heading through the kitchen and out the back door, you see the new deck! This is probably the biggest change since spring. You can read more about it here.
Since I first shared the new deck, I have hung up patio lights, purchased a fireplace, and made plans for furniture. I’ll be sharing more on that soon.
Oh, and before we head back inside, I replanted my DIY hen and chick wall planter. It’s finally starting to fill in, and should look much better toward the end of the summer. You can read how I made it here.
Okay, back inside.
Over in the guest room, things are pretty much the same. This space has been driving me bananas lately because it’s not yet finished. I’m hoping to get in there soon and make some changes.
I also have another guest room which has been untouched since I bought this house seven years ago. The goal is to get these two spaces looking on point before the next house tour. Think I can do it?
Over in my bedroom, I changed out a couple things since spring. I thrifted this amazing vintage dresser, and I seriously can’t stop staring at it. It’s the first thing I see in the morning and as odd at it may seem, it almost makes me giddy with happiness.
Over in my closet area, I finally paid some attention to the walls and hung a gallery wall of sorts above my dresser. I still need to switch out a few of the prints and pictures, but I’m pleased with the way it turned out.
Beyond that, I’ve been busy planting flowers outside, brainstorming ideas, and doing all those boring household tasks like cleaning, paperwork, etc. Oh, and for those of you who are new to IBC, I’m a big fan of baking and cocktail making, so be sure to check out some of my recipes here.
That’s about it, friends. What do you think?
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE ON IBC?
Before you go, I need a HUGE favor from you. If you have few extra minutes, could you please leave me a quick comment below with some things you’d like to see in the coming months on IBC. I know that everyone is going to have a different opinion, but I’d love to hear what you think. Do you want more home decor? DIY? Crafts? More recipes? Baking? Cooking? More entertaining ideas? Party tips? More personal / life-related posts? Stick with a balance of everything? I know this is ultimately my space, but I am curious about what you like best. Any comments below would be so appreciated.
Again, all of the bHome bloggers’ beautiful spaces are below. Be sure to check them out and give them some love. Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for joining me for another home tour!