It’s almost the end of summer, I know. Each day I wait for the air to get a little cooler and the humidity to decide it’s ready for a break. But, I’m taking a few minutes to share our house these days with a little summer home tour.
Summer time seems like the ideal time to enjoy the screened in front porch; however, I’m thinking the more temperate seasons are the better time for that. Our porch served as our plant oasis this summer!
I loaded down the rattan bamboo shelf with all the plants, and they have been so happy in their summer home! Each time I see new plant growth, a new leaf unfolding, my plant mama heart bursts with pride and happiness. It does me good to know I’m doing something right as I see them grow and grow.
Recently though, I brought all the plants from the porch inside as a means of coaxing the cooler weather to come soon. And the inside was feeling a little stale. The house immediately felt more fresh and alive after I brought the plants inside!
I also simplified the walls and moved some things around until it all had that fresh feel to it.
You can see I took the picture of the mantel before I simplified the entry wall. The full on gallery was overwhelming me. Plus, I decided to use the biggest painting in Benji’s room. It provided the perfect excuse to pare down to this one favorite still life. I like the way the dresser and painting work to create one cohesive moment.
I pretty much went through the opposite process on the mantel as it felt too empty and blah. So, I added a stack of books, plants, and a few other odds and ends. And I love it for now! Mantels are a fun place that continually reflect the changing season of your home and family, both literally and figuratively. (If you subscribe to The Magnolia Journal, Joanna Gaines had a feature story all about styling mantels that was inspiring to look through!)
Our house is less than a thousand square feet. Since Benji and I spent our days at home, every inch of our house gets used constantly. So much time is spent cleaning up messes, washing dishes, resetting at the end of the day. It can be easy to see all the chaos at the middle of the day or if we have a busy weekend and haven’t had time or energy to tidy the house, which is the current state of things.
All that to say, these pictures remind me of the gift it is to call this house our home.
Even though I just shared our bedroom recently, I also tweaked our bedroom a little lately. When I simplified the gallery wall and entry area, I had to swap lamps and that turned into a whole bunch of changes. I’m happy to have all our plants back inside and for how the bedroom feels a less sparse and more full.
Thanks for coming by for my summer home tour!