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Summer Outdoor Living

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Summer Outdoor Living

2020 will definitely be known as the summer of staying at home! Honestly, we don't have a problem with that. If we aren't here, you'll find us at our family beach house. We just returned there from laying sod in the backyard and doing some maintenance and cleaning.

We've always worked lots in our yard, but this year more than ever! We still have so much to do. We are getting ready to pressure wash the hardscapes and for the first time apply a sealer. That's on tap for the weekend.

In the meantime, I'd love to show you around the summer outdoor living spaces of our home in the Upstate of SC. It's home of humidity and mosquitoes, but we love every minute of it!

Be sure to check out the very end of today's post where you will find the COMPLETE list of this week's tour that runs Monday – Friday!

I'd like to thank Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for hosting such a fabulous tour. 

If you are dropping by from Citrineliving, welcome! 

front of house

We built our home 16 years, and we are still working on the exterior grounds and living spaces. Excuse the driveway and hardscapes. They are getting pressure washed this weekend with a sealer applied. We've never applied a sealer so we are hoping this helps with the constant pressure washing. I'll be doing a blog post on it soon.

Our home is a Southern Living house plan by John Tee. It was the idea house in Savannah, Georgia back in 2003 I believe. We went there for the weekend just to tour it because we loved the plan. It's the Abberly Lane.

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home exterior

The hydrangeas here are starting their 3rd year. It's been slow going for them, but they are full of blooms this year. 


I am resisting the urge to cut too many flowers off of these until they are a bit older. 

summer flowers

front porch

Faux Topiaries || Similar Urns || Outdoor Rug || Gnome || Similar Hello Mat || Lanterns

The front porch is one of my favorites to date. I'm pretty obsessed with blue these days.

front porch

Similar Chinoiserie Garden Stool || Similar Outdoor Wicker Rockers

You can see the complete front porch tour HERE.

westie in driveway

 Amazon Outfit Striped Knit Dress || Sandals || Rattan Earrings

garden gate

Our backyard is fenced so you'll enter through this garden gate. Be sure to close the gate back so Bentley doesn't get out! 

back of house and yard

We spend so much time in our backyard. It is nice and flat so perfect for all kinds of games like bocce ball.

house exterior


This year we added the outdoor wicker set from Sam's. We are loving it! We are now sitting out here just as much as we do on the screened porch.


It's such a cozy spot. I see many conversations and meals taking place here.

summer patio

This is my first run at hydrangeas in pots. We are really babying them. I hope they keep looking as great as they do now. 


The string lights on the screened porch have been up for about 10 years. They give a nice glow even from the outside. We are getting ready to add string lights to the patio area. I can't wait to share that project with you.

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flowers on the patio



This will definitely be the hot spot for “going out” this summer!




This is our little garden area complete with herbs, a few veggies, and perennials.

screened porch

This is our favorite summer spot….the screened porch. We eat out here most nights through the fall. You'll find me working on the blog out here in the mornings. 

screened porch

This piece used to be in our kitchen. It's on its 3rd color change. I painted it navy blue last summer and adore it!

screened porch sitting area

This sitting area for 2 is right off of our master suite. Loving these new cushion covers that cover over the old green. They are like a fitted bed sheet.

sitting area

I carried the blue theme from the front porch to the back.

screened porch

screened porch

screened porch

The striped rug is from the front porch. I wasn't currently using it there so I layered it with this one. 

screened porch

Last summer, I sewed new covers for these blue and white pillows with tablecloths.

flowers in a basket

These are hydrangeas from the side of the driveway. Aren't they a gorgeous blue. We returned from the beach with them in full bloom!

screened porch

I hope you have a wonderful summer! Stay healthy and thanks for stopping by for a visit.

outdoor spaces for summer

Up next on the tour is my friend Heather from Southern State of Mind. Did you notice the new creamy covers on the chairs by the master suite on the screened porch? She is the one that shared those. They are so stinking affordable and a great fix for me! Be sure to see how she used them on her blog!


Complete Summer Tour 


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  1. I enjoyed your home tour. I came to your blog from Marty’s blog. We just returned from Greenville, SC on Tuesday. A lovely area of the country.

  2. I love your house. I also have a brick house and I need to paint my trim. What color did you paint the trim on your house.

    1. Thanks so very much! We lost the actual color. I just can’t believe that. We built in 2004. Our local Ben Moore store matched it up for us and calls it Little’s Outside Trim. Ha, ha! It’s a creamy white. I need to see if it’s our paperwork from the build in the attic.

  3. Oh wow! What a beautiful outdoor space. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it this summer more than ever! Love that screened in porch too.

  4. If I wasn’t already jealous of you and your gorgeous brick home and garden, I am over-the-top envious of you after learning you also have a beach house. haha! I could totally use a beach vacation right about now. Your home is fabulous as always, Christy. Such a pleasure touring with you!

    1. Awww, Erica! You are so sweet! Yes, we own the house with my husband’s sisters and their husbands. It’s a very modest home built in 1975 with little updates. LOL! We are actually starting to do some. It’s about time since we bought it in 1993. LOL!

  5. I love all your gardens and outdoor spaces!! What a wonderful way to enjoy your home all Summer! You have styled all your porches so beautifully! They are so inviting!

    1. Thanks, Kristin! I so love living outdoors in the warmer months. Nothing like listening to the birds and other wildlife. Happy Summer!

  6. So is that a little guest house in the back ready for me to come and stay for a visit (okay, like forever)?! So cute! Your home is the one all southerners dream about. Love every inch, inside and out! Fantabulous tour!

    1. Ha, ha! Come on Cindy!!! No, it’s actually a detached 3rd car garage. It has a potting shed on the side you see with a workshop on the back. It would be a cute office for me. Hint, hint or pool house, but neither of those are happening. Happy Summer and thanks so much!

  7. Oh what a treat to see more of the outside of your home and your beautiful gardens. Stunning. All those pretty flowers and so many wonderful trees in your landscape too. Your front porch is a favorite and I have to say I love, love, love your screened porch. I think that is where you would find me all the time. Thanks so much for such a wonderful tour and for joining in again this season.

    1. Thanks so very much, Marty! We are total homebodies so it’s nice making things pretty for our family. Enjoy the summer sweet friend!

    1. Thanks so much, Laura! Yes, we spend our evenings in the backyard and porch grilling most nights and eating outside.

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