I hope you have enjoyed the Summer Showcase of Homes Tour just as much as I have! I am so excited to be a part of this tour with 25 amazing bloggers! If you have missed any of the tours, you can find the complete listing of the tours at the end of this post!
Be sure to visit the other 5 that are new to the tour today!
We built our home 9 years ago in Upstate, SC. Our home site is on 7-1/2 acres of mainly wooded land. Across the street, we have 5 acres with a barn that is home to our two horses. Even though we live out in the country, we are just 35 minutes to one major city and 25 minutes to another . Even the small town that is only 10 minutes away from us has a Hobby Lobby! So this area of a rural lifestyle is very close to city living!
I’d love to invite you into Our Southern Home!
This photo was taken in early spring just as the trees were starting to get their new growth and leaves. You can clearly see the house. We really looked hard for an old home with land to restore, but they are hard to find around here! We decided to build a new home with old style charm. This was a Southern Living Idea House in 2003. We drove to Savannah, GA to tour it. We fell in love with it and decided to build it! To this day, I would not change a thing!
Here is the front of the house this week! So glad I took an earlier photo in the spring or you couldn’t see it!
I adore French Country style. We added lots of details here and there that are French and typical of low-country style on the exterior. Do you notice Rocky? He is quite the character! We have 2 cats, 1 black lab (thinks she is a person) and the 2 horses….and 2 teens!
Welcome to our front porch! We under planted most of the beds with mondo grass ground cover to drown out the weeds and eliminate the need for routine mulching. It is green year around. I have beds in the backyard that we mulch due to perennial plantings.
The chairs are resin wicker. The other pieces are thrift store finds painted with exterior paint. I love to bring the indoors out!
The lamp and many of the accessories are thrift store finds. The driftwood and shells are finds from our summer stay on Caswell Beach, NC just brought home last week. We have a small cottage there that we share with my husband’s 2 sisters and their families.
Here is the foyer with the study to the left and the formal dining room to the right. It is difficult to get great pics in the study. My hubby works from home, and it is never straight! All three of these rugs are antique or vintage. The study rug was a local purchase, the foyer from was bought on a trip to Portland, Oregon and the dining room rug was a $100 vintage EBAY purchase!
I love to decorate our home. I enjoy decorating with antiques and newer purchases right along with inexpensive thrift store finds that can come alive with a little creative work! Ask any of my family members…..they will tell you’d that I’d rather go to a thrift store than the mall!
These two wing back chairs were in the newspaper (before Craigslist) and were bright canary yellow! One of the book shelve sections actually opens to a hidden wine closet under the stairs. The green table was a solid shiny mahogany table that I recently repainted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint. We are still in need of a desk chair. Just one of those things you never seem to get around to!
The style of the study is more English country. We had a local tile artist hand paint the English hunt scene around the fireplace surround.
Our formal dining room is still a work in progress. I hope to repaint the walls a lighter neutral color in the fall so the furniture will stand out more. I also hope to slipcover the two end chairs. In our old house we used this table with two extra leaves and it seats twelve. It was a ranch styled home where we converted a formal living room into a dining room. This table fit perfectly in that long space. The two extra leaves are stored under the guest bed.
Here it is styled for summer with driftwood, shells and hydrangeas from the gardens.
This is perhaps my favorite room in our home. I love to cook! Lots of family time is spent here. The island is wonderful for parties and family buffets! The tiled French Country scene was painted by the same local artist.
A little touch of summer added to the wet bar in the kitchen. The wooden tray was a $1 thrift store find!
These two couches are on their second fabrics in our family room! Lots of light fills this room. Here are a couple of shots of how I added touches of summer to this room!
I was so fortunate to come home from the beach to find these hydrangeas in bloom! I have been on the hunt for a vintage fan for quite some time and finally found one this summer at the beach! Southport and Oak Island, North Carolina have tons of wonderful thrift and antique shops! I simply wrapped some large burlap ribbon around the black books to lighten them up for summer. The silver urn was also a $3 thrift store purchase this summer.
I could not have completed this tour without the help of my wonderful summer lighting assistant!
Just a simple wicker tray with summer shells, books and hydrangeas adds a touch of summer.
The guest bedroom is still a work in progress!
Master suite is on the lower level off the kitchen and mudroom.
The master bath is still a decorating project in process as well.
The screened porch is a favorite spot to dine, sip cocktails and quietly read…..when it isn’t too hot!
Here is the back of our home.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms, 2 baths, a craft/exercise room and a media/play room. This is my teen daughter’s room.
My son’s room has recently changed since this photo. In a recent post you can see the $15 Grain Sack Desk makeover with ASCP that I did for his room. We had to completely rearrange the room to get the desk to fit. As a result, we are having to rearrange wall decor and redecorate…..all because of a wonderful little $15 yard sale find!
My craft space shares company with exercise equipment. This is where I display all of the little pottery projects that the kids have made through the years. The bins above hold school work through the years. On either side there are two closets lined with shelves full of crafting and sewing supplies.
This is the upstairs landing area. It still needs some decorating! It looks down into the family room.
The next few pictures are of our media/playroom space. This large space really sold us on the house plan! It is really like a basement, but upstairs! It is really not for show! I debated whether to even add it to the tour! It is a lived in space with a lot of mixed furniture and accessories. We watch movies and DVR shows a lot together as a family! It is also where my husband and son head to when watching sports!
This mini kitchen area is wonderful for parties. The bottom cabinets hold games and puzzles. The console table was a thrift store find last summer and received an ASCP treatment. That paint is a miracle worker!
AND finally the upstairs laundry room. You’ve pretty much seen it all!
I hope you have enjoyed the tour. I know it was a bit lengthy, but this is my FIRST complete home tour that I have posted AND it almost marks my 1 year anniversary of blogging on August 1st!
Just in case you missed any of the other homes on the tour this week, here is the complete list with live links! Feel free to pin away and share!
Feel free to pin away! Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be sharing much more on some of these rooms. I’d love for you to follow along!
Again, a big thanks to all of the other wonderful bloggers that have participated in this summer series! We’d love for you to follow us! A big thanks to those of you that are following along! Stay tuned…..we have some other things up our sleeves for future events!!!
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Saturday: Funky Junk Interiors
Wednesday: Savvy Southern StyleBuffer