Happy last stop on this week’s wonderful Summer Tours! Haven’t you enjoyed them all?! It has been sooo much fun to see how everyone adds a touch of the season to their home- no matter what their style. If you are dropping in from Peaceful Home Decor, welcome! I just love Kelly’s big open kitchen living area.
When the oh-so-fabulous Marty invited me to be a part of this event, I knew it would be a great one, and I did not want to pass up the fun opportunity to party with 29 talented bloggers…but…I am sloooooow when it comes to decorating. I just retired from teaching a couple of weeks ago, and the last few weeks of school are always crazy. So I asked Marty if she could give me the latest date possible…and voila! Here we are! So come on in the front door, and you can grab a Coke from the jar there in the foyer if you would like.
I always want some kind of springboard for seasonal decorating here. Last year it was ice cream. This year, I am using games…the fun and games of summer. Because we should always make time for play, right? (Especially in summer.)
So that is why you see a bingo game on the buffet in the foyer.
You will also notice a red, white, and blue color scheme going on. If you are a regular reader then you will know that there is always a lot of red in this house, so giving it a patriotic color scheme for summer is pretty easy. (And I will actually be ready early for the 4th of July..a miracle!)
Now let’s go into the family room. The fun and games and the red, white, and blue continue in there as well.
You can help yourself to some candy in the jar on the coffee table. (Please eat it. Our daughter has all of us on a diet…not fun.)
Let me just go ahead and tell you yes, I have a thing for jars (We discussed this last year here)…and black and white photography…and gingham…and chalkboards. This year I have a new addiction for summer (as if I needed another one!)…stripes. I think it started with those pillows there in the family room.
You might spot the striped napkins there under the ice scoop. Oh I almost forgot…those are red and blue bocce balls in the jar. Do you play?
And here’s another striped pillow.
(Please ignore the streaked mirror. Friday is cleaning day around here.)
The mantel sports a croquet mallet and ball and more bocce balls for its games…
and a little more red, white, and blue.
Now if you had really been here for a visit, it is entirely possible that you would have come in the side door instead of the front. If you had entered that way (like everyone here seems to do) you would have been greeted with this…
Spot any stripes there?
(I just couldn’t pass up that cute bag!)
And by that door, is our playroom – with its chalkboard.
There’s no red, white, and blue in there, but the stripes have taken over some of the pillows.
I wanted to show you one view with the lamps on in there. I know that rooms are supposed to photograph better with natural light, but the colors in this room look a little strange without the lamps on.
I’ve done this on the chalkboard in there before, but it just fit too well with the fun and games theme to not use it again.
And that winds up our tour here today, but… if you come back next week, I will show you my workroom that you can see through the doorway there…
and the kitchen,dining room, and porch that you can see down the hall below.
A big big thank you goes out to Marty for making all of this happen! And another big thank you goes to you for coming to visit. I love having visitors! If you missed any of the tours this week, you can find the links for them below.
Monday – June 8th
Friday – June 12th
Have a wonderful weekend!