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Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour

A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget.

There isn’t much that a bundle of supermarket flowers can’t fix.

That’s pretty much what I’ve decided in the midst of spilling coffee and diffusing temper tantrums and sitting in traffic running late for preschool for the um… 4th day in a row.

Flowers are the unsung hero of any hot mess kind of day, even if sometimes we just buy them for ourselves.

Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

I’m not even going to pretend like you just rang my doorbell and I answered in my best June Cleaver outfit with pumps and pearls to sweep you into our spotless breakfast nook for a cup of coffee.

Because generally, if company shows up unannounced, I’m dumping dishes in the sink and tossing toys in closets and shoving laundry in rooms you can’t see.

So I hid all of the dirty laundry just for you today. Feel special.

Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

If you don’t usually follow this little blog of mine, about a month ago, my husband Robert and I closed on our new-to-us 1960 Colonial house in the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina, so this spring has been much more hectic than usual with lots of painting and makeovering and more adulting than I’ve done in years.

This summer, I’m so ready for a bit of a slow-down, so we kept the summer decor on the simple side. With all we’ve had going on lately, I really wanted to keep our home calm and peaceful for this time of year.

Sometimes a pitcher of flowers is all you really need to brighten an entire room.

Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

A few weeks ago, our breakfast room looked nothing like this…

We’ve been painting our little hearts out to make it a space that reflects more of our style, which somehow is starting to lean toward the modern French farmhouse side. We still have a little ways to go, but I’m amazed how far we’ve come.

Once June hits, our house usually sees a couple of cookouts per month until September, so I know this space is going to see a whole lot of action very soon with friends and family visiting. I love that it’s a space that feels quaint and elegant yet still like we can put our elbows on the table.

Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

We scored this antique farm table for $110 on Craigslist, which we plan on giving a little makeover to freshen it up soon. I always love using banged up tables because it means my 4 year-old and I can color and sprawl out with craft projects and give it even more “character” without having to baby it.

I also found these French bistro chairs for $75 each on TJMaxx.com recently that are so cute and comfy but still durable against Olivia’s spills at mealtime. They’re meant for outdoors but who says you have to obey the rules, right?

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Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

The other day, Robert hung up this gaslight style lantern that we picked up at Lowe’s for about $90. To add some texture in here, we put up this pair of chippy antique banisters I found while out junking, and we turned it into a wall planter and filled it with artificial greenery. (You can read more about our planter here.)

Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

Our living room is still a work in progress, but I’ve kept it fairly simple so far with just this pair of blue print pillows. (They usually end up on the floor anyway. Why fight it?) You can see more about the transformation of this room here.

Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

We’ve absolutely loved our IKEA furniture for movie nights lately since we’ve had a regular round of evening thunderstorms. It’s one of my absolute favorite things to hear the rain pattering on our roof while snuggling up as a family with giant bowls of chocolate ice cream.

Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

Last week, I shared this set of botany printable art that I framed in these wood-look plastic poster frames. You’d never know how inexpensive they are!

Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

They’ve worked out perfectly for this space above our $35 Craigslist bench. #dealofthecentury

Now that we have a pool right outside of our back door, I’m sure this spot will be filled with beach towels and flip flops and chaos for the next few months. I’m so excited for it, mess and all.

Modern French Farmhouse Summer Home Tour | blesserhouse.com - A summer home tour with modern French farmhouse style using inexpensive decorating tricks and ways to stretch your dollar to look luxe on a budget, plus 8 more tours of gorgeous homes styled for summer!

If you want to know about where to find any of our decor, here’s a whole list:

Thank you so much for popping in for a visit! I hope your summer is a little bit of relaxation, a little bit of chaos, and when it gets to be a little bit stressful, buy yourself a bundle of supermarket flowers just because.

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  1. Everything is perfect Lauren. But what grabbed my eye was the “table” in the living room. I will wait patiently for you to discuss this at some time in the future. It is unique with loads of character. I hope you are enjoying your new home!

    1. Thank you, Mary! I found that cocktail table on Craigslist for $90. It was good as new! I’ve found similar ones online for around $200 and linked to one like it at the bottom of the post in my list of sources, if that helps. 🙂

  2. All that hard work is paying off, everything is coming along SO beautifully! LOVE seeing your style evolve and can’t wait to follow along with this newest adventure!

    1. I got the table runner at World Market a couple of years ago, but unfortunately it’s been discontinued. There is one similar to it at Pottery Barn but of course it’s like 3x the price I paid. Booooo. Here’s the Pottery Barn one similar to it: http://rstyle.me/n/cnq2kzb5ky7 I’m sure you could buy a couple yards of ivory burlap at a fabric store and cut it as a runner for the same effect.

  3. You have done so much in a short space of time.
    Hope you have a wonderful Summer in your new house.