Summer Home Tour

by Julie Nichols, August 11, 2014


Welcome to my home.  I'm so glad you stopped by!
If this is your first time here, welcome to my blog.

I am a beach lover so Summer is my favorite season.
It's also my favorite season to decorate for.  I like to use the colors that you see on the beach.  The blues from the ocean and the sky, whites from the sand and the puffy clouds, greens from the beach grass and sunny yellows from the sun.  I also like to keep it simple and relaxed.



  Once you step through the door you are in our dining/sitting area.  It has a fireplace and bookshelves. Nestled in the corner is a chaise I took from our living room sectional.


 This small corner goes through many changes. One year we had our Christmas tree here.

This picture was taken a little more than a year ago when I covered the dining chair cushions.
If you want you read about that here

My manager approves the change.

I hung a $5.00 ships wheel mirror (yard sale find) behind the chaise.  
You can check it out here if you'd like.


Sundrops and Lemons

Stainless Steel Medical Cabinet
This is one of my favorite pieces.  I rescued it from a dentist who no longer needed it.
 I use it to store my dishes.

DIY Frames
I made two of these frames using leftover beadboard.
Picture of my daughter.  The seashell is covering a nail.

A peek inside the cabinet


I filled the mason jars on the window sill with beach glass and added seashells in descending sizes. 

Hanging from the pot rack is a $7.00 score from an estate sale.  
The pot rack was made by my husband using an old wrought iron rail. (sorry it's not in view) 
I will show you that in another post.

The long peninsula separates the kitchen from the dining area.


Our living room is where we all hang out.  It's the TV room, game room and sometimes the napping room.
I added fresh flowers and three ceramic candle holders to our coffee table.

This room is just off the kitchen.  It is separated by a wall and a pocket door. 

I added a little bit of the beach to the birdcage by placing seashells inside.

Here is a view from the opposite side of the sectional.
The furniture below the TV was a hutch that I painted and transformed into our entertainment center.
On warm sunny days, I like to keep the windows open and let the breeze blow through.

I made this seashell/number tag to hang on our entertainment center.

The antique coffee table I purchased at a yard sale.

I created a small gallery wall behind the sectional using two-yard sale oil paintings and pictures of my daughter.  I probably will keep adding or changing things on this wall as the seasons change.

Draped on the back of the chair is leftover fabric from my dining chair and curtain trim projects.  Yup the chair was a $ 10.00-yard sale bargain.  Someday it will get a makeover.  I just need to learn how to slipcover a chair.

One of my favorite pictures I took of my daughter.

A simple basket of clam shells

I hope you enjoyed the tour and picked up some ideas to use in your home!

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  1. I absolutely love your Stainless Steel Medical Cabinet. It's so unique and it looks fantastic in your house:-)
    Beautiful living room.

  2. Your house is stunning Julie. Thank you for showing us around. Found you at the work it wednesday link party.

  3. What a peaceful, happy, comfortable and pretty home you have! Thank you for sharing :) I am visiting from Amaze Me Monday! Have a beautiful week!

  4. Beautiful home. Looks so welcoming.


  5. Hi Julie,
    I just found your beautiful blog from Cindy at Dwellings. I love your home! its so full of charm, love and creativity. I also love the beach very much. I am your newest follower and look forward to visiting again.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  6. I love the scale in your kitchen! Your home looks beautiful! So summery!

  7. All the blues and patterns in your house are wonderful. Cheerfully done and admired.

  8. Your home is simple and lovely! Love the blues and the patterns you used. A very lovely home! Stopping by from Brenda!

  9. Beautiful home! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Gorgeous! Your home is lovely Julie, thanks so much for sharing your home tour at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  11. Thank you for taking us on such a lovely tour of your gorgeous summer home Julie.

  12. Julie your home is beautiful! Love the dental cabinet. Thanx for sharing your summer home tour at THT!

  13. Such a lovely home! Your summer decor is so perfect...and the pops of yellow and the artwork are my favorite.

    @Seeking Lavender Lane

  14. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays! I like that I would feel comfortable in it and not uptight like I was in a museum... It is the pretty home that you want to sit and enjoy a book in :)

  15. Your summer home is enchanting, Julie. Thank you for giving us the tour at Every Room In The House. xxx ~ Nancy

  16. I am blog hopping tonight and came across yours - what a lovely home! I was wondering about the finish on your kitchen cabinets. I will be refinishing my cabinets this summer and I am going for a similar look. Can you tell what the finish is? Thanks.



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