Welcome to our summer home tour! I am excited to be joining 30 talented bloggers this week to give you a little peak into our homes styled for summer. I love a little peak into people’s homes, don’t you?! Summer is our family’s favorite season! Summer for us is all about simplicity, relaxation, and comfort. I think you will find these same elements in the décor throughout our home.
If you are coming here from Kim at Shiplap & Shells beach cottage summer home tour…welcome! Kim’s home truly embraces the feeling of summer. I look forward to opening our home to you and showing you around our cozy home! A big thank you to Kelly at The Tattered Pew for including me in this summer home tour event!
After my home tour, I hope you will check out the other summer home tours linked at the end of this post. I know you will find endless inspiration in their beautiful blogs!
Welcome to Our Home
If you are new here, let me introduce me and my family! Hi, I’m Heidi! We are a family of four living on the south coast of Massachusetts. Our home is a labor of love, which we built from the ground up almost 15 years ago. We are DIYer’s, so the projects around our home are endless. Our latest DIY undertaking has been our kitchen. My husband says this will be the last major project in our home, but we will see about that (wink, wink!). We live about 20 minutes from historic Plymouth, Massachusetts and we enjoy heading there on hot summer nights for dinner and drinks by the ocean.
One of the most commonly asked questions I get is, “Where did the name Eleanor Rose Home come from?” Eleanor Rose Home is named after our dachshund-mix rescue, Eleanor Roosevelt. She is the apple of our eyes and the epitome of love, homeliness, coziness, and togetherness. Eleanor embodies all things I wanted the blog to represent! You can read more about me and the story of Eleanor Rose Home here.
Now that you’ve learned a little bit about our family, it’s time to get this summer home tour started!
Kitchen Summer Home Tour
The kitchen is the heart of our home.
When you walk through the front door into our home, you enter the kitchen. As I mentioned earlier, our kitchen is currently under renovation. We still have a few things left to do including building the oven vent hood, painting & hardware updates to the cabinets, and wallpaper to hang. But for now, I am enjoying all that we have accomplished so far!
My hope is to have the kitchen completely finished by the end of this summer (fingers crossed)!
My vision for our kitchen remodel was an open & airy farmhouse-cottage style kitchen with a combination of warm woods & cozy whites. It has been so fun seeing our vision slowly come to life!
To create that cottage vibe, we installed beadboard around the entire kitchen including the backsplash. I love the texture the beadboard adds to the entire room. We painted all of the beadboard Alabaster in an eggshell finish by Sherwin Williams. Picking a shade of white paint was no easy task, but I am so happy with the color we decided upon! Alabaster is the perfect creamy shade of white for our home.
My favorite part of the entire kitchen renovation is this open shelf area with hanging pegs! I wanted to have an open shelf in the kitchen so we removed the cabinet that was here. It was amazing how much lighter and brighter the kitchen became by simply removing that cabinet!
To style this shelf for summer, I placed a few red ranunculus in a cream colored planter and added a couple of blue & white striped hand towels for just a small touch of red, white, and blue.
I loved the addition of the basket to the hanging pegs as well. The texture of the basket against the texture of the beadboard really makes this area pop. Also, who doesn’t love a little scallop detail?!
These glass bon bon jars are one of my favorite additions to the kitchen! I love the functionality and uniqueness they add to our countertops.
In this corner of the kitchen by the stove, I have a cookbook holder. I like to leave a particular cookbook open to the page that contains a recipe of my grandmothers. I love that every time I walk by the open cookbook it reminds me of her and her delicious homecooked meals.
A great way to keep your home cozy is by adding items of sentimental value into your décor, pieces that are unique and special to you and your family.
From this view in the kitchen you get a small glimpse into the rest of our downstairs, which includes the library and living room.
Let’s head over to the next stop in our tour, the living room!
Living Room Summer Home Tour
Our living room is small and cozy. Just how we like it! We enjoy unwinding here at the end of a long day with our feet up with an exciting movie on the television or a good book in our hands.
Our entire first floor is open. The sofa console table we have on the back of our living room sectional helps to create a more defined living room in an open downstairs.
This console table is one of my favorite pieces to style & play with in our home. I love changing the décor on this table often. For summer, I added an old white olive bucket with a mix of blue & white hydrangeas, chamomile, and stock along with a red bow for a festive 4th of July arrangement.
I added a few of my favorite books in shades of blue to our console table for another pop of my favorite summer color!
When building our home, we added built-in bookcases along with two window seats to one wall in our living room. The window seats are one of Eleanor’s favorite places to nap and keep watch for mom’s deliveries (she is not a fan of delivery drivers!).
I like to keep our bookshelves simple for the summer with a collection of our favorite books, a couple of faux green plants, and a few baskets for texture. To add texture and dimension to the bookshelves, I face some of the books with the pages facing out and randomly alternate them on each shelf (this has been slightly controversial on social media!). I just love the the texture it adds to the bookshelves.
You may notice a few gold bunnies on the bookshelves as well. Gold bunny figurines are a year around décor staple in our home!
I love adding small pops of blue to our home for summer, and one of the easiest ways to do that is with throw pillows. I like to purchase pillow covers and change those on our throw pillows seasonally. The blue script pillow cover here, is the just the right amount of blue for summer in our neutral living room.
Above our living room sectional, we have three large wooden signs with photos of Nadalee & William from a couple of years ago. I love these photos of our children and the natural backdrops of the photos are perfect for a summer home.
That completes the tour of the first floor. Let’s head upstairs to our master bedroom!
Master Bedroom Summer Home Tour
We did a small refresh of our bedroom a few years ago. The refresh included installing Summer Squall wallpaper by Ellie Cashman as an accent wall behind our bed. This wallpaper is absolutely stunning with it’s large bold flowers and it’s incredible lifelike attention to detail.
I love the challenge of keeping this wallpaper suitable for all seasons and holidays!
I added this pink & white block print/stripped quilt to our bed for the summer. The bright pink color is what sold me, and I loved how the small floral block print complimented the large floral print wallpaper.
Summer is the perfect season to play around with bold colors and patterns that you might otherwise might be nervous about trying! Summer is full of bright, vibrant colors so it’s the perfect season to experiment with colors in your home.
To style our nightstands, we clipped wild roses from our woodline along with a few peonies we have growing in our backyard. Shopping our yard for natural décor is one of my favorite activities. It is like a treasure hunt and the bonus is it’s all budget friendly!
We purchased our bedroom furniture a few years ago from a local New England furniture store. The furniture gives the perfect French farmhouse-cottage vibe to our bedroom.
Thank You for Stopping By
I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of our home as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you. I would love for you to visit us again, it was so fun having you here!
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Cindy at Cloches & Lavender is the next stop on this summer home tour. Cindy is a fellow dachshund lover and her home is filled with beautiful, unique, vintage pieces which makes her home feel warm and inviting. Be sure to visit the other homes in our summer home tour too, links included below. Happy Summer!!!
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