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Summer Home Tour {Summer Living & Dining Room} & a Giveaway!

I am super excited to show off my summer home tour, lots of inspiration!

This is always such an exciting day for me.

Summer Home Tour day.

Partly because by the time I actually get around to posting this tour each year (I can hardly believe this is my third year of summer home tours!!), my report cards are finished and we are definitely on the downhill slope to summer vacation.

In fact, I can hardly believe that I only have six teaching days left in this year… time has been flying by with the start of the big new reno project.

And because of the reno project, it is that much nicer to come home to a clean, organized, bright and cheery summery home. It has definitely become quite the sanctuary for me these days!

So grab your favourite summer beverage, and come on in for the tour…

You've got to tour this beautiful lake house full of colour and classic details like board & batten and amazing gallery walls.

White couches in the living with colourful throw pillows.

Things haven’t changed too much in the living room since our Spring Home Tour. I did switch around the throw pillows (surprise, surprise), and brought back in a little bit more bright colour with these fresh garden print pillows that I sewed for last summer. The fabric is all from Tonic Living , I bought the floral and faux wood prints last year, and then mixed in my new aqua stripe from this spring’s fabric order. I may have a slight fabric addiction.

White couches, and artwork on the wall.

Floral pillow on the couch.

Purple flowers in a glass jar.

Here is one of the prints that I ordered recently from Z Paint Studio on Etsy – I have 5 now that I have spread throughout the house. And today I’ve got a giveaway going on so you have the opportunity to win one for yourself!

A framed print on the side table by the lamp.

A white couch with throw pillows.

A blue coffee table with purple flowers in a round tray on it.

Really, the little wild purple flowers in my green mason jars just make the space. If you do nothing else to add a summery feel in your home, then just pick some wild flowers and throw them in a mason jar. It immediately gives a cheery summer look to your space. Can you believe that these ones grow all over the sides of the road and all down the beaches around here? My 4 year old and I collected all of these in about 20 minutes. For free!

There is a large blue and white throw pillow on an armchair.

A window seat.

A wooden side table with vases of flowers on it.

A sign that says Lakeshore Cottages.

My other Z Paint Studio print graces our summer “mantel” – I just love the way the pastel colours tie together..

Blue, pink and turquoise framed print.

A wooden fish made out of driftwood on the mantel.

The wooden fish beside pink and white flowers.

There is a silver canister on the mantel.

A clear glass jar with rope on it.

From our mantel you get a little sneak peak into the kitchen… I will be sharing that whole reveal within the next week or two.

Blue and white kitchen.

The dining room has had a few changes since my Spring Home tour. I ordered a new light fixture from Wayfair to better coordinate with our kitchen lighting – both the pendants and the sconces that we got through build.com. I also switched out the chairs again to our white Windsor style chairs – I love the softer look of the white chairs rather then the black. I think a new table-build project is on the agenda for the Fall, because I still find the black table a little heavy. I could just paint it, but it was such an expensive set that I would prefer to try to sell it. It isn’t just that it is black- I would really love a longer table (or one with a leaf) that better accommodates large family dinners.

Dining room table with purple flowers on it.

Framed pictures on the wall by the dining room table.

A cream coloured dining room chair with a bench on the side.

I also switched the paintings around a little bit above the board and batten… my good friend found me a painting with more blues and greens so now the whole grouping seems to flow so much better together. This little gallery is one of my favourite things in the house- which is good because I look at this wall A LOT when I am working at the kitchen peninsula. You may remember me sharing all about these fabulous drapes that I ordered through Kirklands this spring? I am still in love with them…

Purple flowers are on the table as the centrepiece.

There is a wooden bench with throw pillows in the dining room.

White framed pictures are on the wall in the dining room.

Blues and greens are the dominate colour in the dining room.

The side of the wooden bench.

And of course, my favourite feature of our dining room is the view… I love the huge doors. We leave it open most of the time in the good weather, and it is so lovely to have the breeze running through the house. Nothing like a nice light breeze off the lake on a warm, sunny day to make it feel like summer…

A view of the lake from the dining room.

Find a little summery inspiration? 

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Summer Lake House Tour poster.

Giveaway Time
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Good luck!

A little more inspiration

And today I am being joined by some of my favourite blogging friends for what promises to be a stunning series of summery home tours. These ladies are all super talented and never fail to impress me with their gorgeous designs. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us today….

7 Stunning Summery Home Tours

Life on Virginia Street /  The Wood Grain Cottage / Place of My Taste   / The Migonis Home / The Happy Housie / House by Hoff / Just a Girl and Her Blog


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  1. I would choose the Four (4×4) or (5×5) Teal & Blue Abstract Prints for my livingroom.

  2. What a beautiful house! I love the fresh, bright summer colors…and that view! I love the bench in the dining room. It looks fantastic. So lovely!

  3. Your home is beautiful and I just love the colours (and of course the lake view!!!) Windsor chairs are a favourite of mine and I like the white ones in your room. I can see why you might want a bigger table in such a generously sized room. I have been painting Windsors in white and Provence to switch out my black ones for a change too. I am tempted to change the black on my table legs as well. The prints are a lovely touch of colour. I would choose the Teal & Blue Abstract Print, totally my favourite colours. Thanks for the chance and also for the tour.

  4. My vintage beach cottage would love the teals and blues. Our home are these colors with greens too..think sea-glass and vintage Japanese floats of every color. So my pops of colors are jewel tones..sounds crazy but it works.
    Love your style a whole lot..very similar to mine. The driftwood fish is great..will be making this soon!
    Have a great summer!
    I hope this is open to non bloggers and USA..I read twice but didn’t see if it was okay to enter. 🙂

    1. Hi Vickie! Sounds like you have a beautiful style!! It is absolutely open to non-bloggers and to US/Canada! Good luck!!

  5. If I were to win this super fun giveaway, I’d choose the Pink & Coral Abstract Print. It would match my bedroom perfectly!!

  6. Oh my Krista can’t beat that beautiful view (green with envy here in the landlocked prairies). Your house is beautiful and I always swoon over the pretty colors. Love your driftwood fish on the white cabinet – is it locally made?

    1. Actually we are! Crazy, I know… that’s a whole other story. But we started a new renovation project – you saw all the 70’s amazingness of it – and that is where we plan to stay when we are ‘out’ for a few weeks this summer. I guess I better get my kitchen reveal posted before then!

  7. I would pick the blue, pink and teal print – I would use it near my bedside table in my room. .

    Krista – your place is gorgeous! It’s so fun and summery and it feels like a retreat! Did you make that whale on the wall? I need one. I must know if there’s a tutorial for that somewhere!

    1. Thanks Tara! I would love to say I made the whale but I did, in fact, purchase it at Target. I couldn’t believe that it was even the right colour blue. I wish I lived nearer to the border – losing Target in Canada has caused me some serious grief.

  8. Love your tours, as always, Krista! No one adds color more beautifully to their home than you! Can not wait for the kitchen reveal! ( And yay to six more days!!! I seriously cannot wait!!! 🙂

  9. My favorite print was the teal and blue abstract….I love everything blue and love the rich colors in this print!
    Love your summer house tour, as well!

  10. You always do such a great job bringing in color, Krista! In every tour I’m always jealous of how well you can coordinate fabric and add such great punches of color… that’s not my strongest suit. I can’t WAIT to see the full kitchen!!!

  11. Every time I take the tour of your house, I feel like I’ve been transported to a tropical beachy place. All of the colors and coastal decor are perfection!

  12. There is something so dreamy about the pillows choices you have made on your couch! I love the blues and the florals together! How bright and welcoming for summertime!

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