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Summer Tour of Homes 2018

Welcome to the mullet summer party, y’all! The business in the front, party in the back kind.

Because right now, when you walk in through the front door, our foyer and dining room is all decorated for company, but if you walk past these first two rooms into the back of the house, it’s art projects and toy explosions and pool towels laid out to dry. True story.

Today, I’m so excited to be joining in with Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage and a little group of incredibly talented home bloggers to kick off the season for the Summer Tour of Homes 2018!

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

For now, I’ll just show y’all the business part of the house.

And really, I planned on showing you more of our house on this tour, but I sprained my ankle instead. Hobbling around on one foot while pregnant with a camera in these two rooms was the most I could handle.

Anyways, welcome to our foyer! It’s the room that tells our guests when they first visit that we have our act together, but it’s lies. All lies. Our family of 3 may be small, but we’re wild and crazy on a daily basis, especially this time of year.

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

A couple of bunches of Trader Joe’s flowers helps me keep my cool in the midst of running around between the end-of-year dance recital, preschool graduation, school play, cookouts, birthdays, Mother’s Day preparations. May is always the month where I need a literal stop-and-smell-the-flowers moment most often.

But it’s a good kind of busy. The fun kind.

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

It’s so hard to believe that at this time last year this foyer had goldenrod yellow walls and not a lick of furniture or decor. But it was nothing some paint, a few IKEA frames, and a chest found on Craigslist couldn’t fix.

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

If you want to know where to find any of the pieces in our foyer (or similar ones), you can find them all here: (Affiliate links are provided.)

Wall color: Benjamin Moore Classic Grey

Other tutorials related to this room: DIY Frosted Crystal Light Fixture | House Portrait Art | How to Create the Perfect Gallery Wall)

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

The dining room is still a slight work in progress with only a couple of items left on the t0-do list, but it’s a room that always means a special kind of day. We really only sprawl out around this table on weekends and holidays when we have our nearby families over after grilling out in the backyard.

We’re so thankful to live just a few minutes from Robert’s parents, my parents, and my grandmother, so family gatherings happen constantly around here, especially in the summer.

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

Our table was another cheap Craigslist find that we painted and built an oak tabletop for, and the rest of the room just sort of fell into place after that.

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

To prepare for this weekend, I set the table for Mother’s Day since Robert and my dad will be smoking a brisket for my grandmother, my mom, and me. (Any holiday where I don’t have to cook and can just play decorator… I’m down!)

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

Though I’ve gotta be honest… that apple pie isn’t going to make it to this weekend. 😉

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

And since we’re on the subject of moms, my mom and I set up this antique mirror gallery wall together a couple of months ago, and it might be my favorite project I’ve ever done with her. She was DIYing before DIYing went mainstream.

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

If you want to know where I found any of the pieces in our dining room, you can find them all here:

Wall Color: Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal

Posts related to this room: DIY Mirror Gallery Wall | DIY Retrofitted Dining Table Top)

A tour of a 1960 colonial house decorated for summer with the 2018 Summer Tour of Homes using classic, timeless style and neutral decor. #summertour #hometour #summerhometour #summerdecor #tablescape #summertablescape #mothersdaytable

I’ll be sharing the rest of our house all done up for summer once Hop-Along Lauren heals over here… and I manage to deal with the toy explosion and pool towel situation. Survival mode, y’all. Survival. If you’re a mama and the month of May is kicking your booty too, we at least get this Sunday to relax, right? Maybe? Solidarity, sisters.

If you want more summer decorating inspiration, you can visit all of the blogs in the Summer Tour of Homes 2018 below. They’re all gorgeous!

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7 Comments

  1. I love what you did to your home. Not surprise , because your decorative design ideas are always fabulous, no matter how big or how small.

  2. Lauren,
    I love love love that mirrored gallery wall! I really have enjoyed reading your blog the last couple of years! So inspirational! I hope you feel better and have a restful Mother’s Day!

  3. There are just not enough words to describe how beautiful everything is. Your house is magazine perfect but a warm and loving family home. My dream for our next home.

  4. Sigh…so lovely! Wish I had your talent! Prayers for your ankle to heal quickly. Moms are not supposed to be out of commission! LOL!

  5. I love how your new home has come together. I am really partial to your dining room. That mirror gallery wall is fabulous. Such a great collection of wonderful mirrors. Hope your foot is better soon.

  6. Lauren, your home is just as lovely as ever. And mad props to you, my friend, for getting as much done as you have with your sprained ankle. I was a hop-a-long for 6 months – scooter and all – and the most I could muster was lifting the spoon of ice cream to my lips. This is gorgeousness personified and I’m swooning over that mirror gallery wall. Perfection as usual with inspiration overflowing. What an honor to be on this tour with you!

    Blessings and speedy recovery!

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