Summer has arrived on the farm.
Hey y’all! I could not be more excited to be back blogging. I know I have been a bit absent, but things on the farm have been keeping me incredibly busy and I just haven’t had time to sit down to post about it. Don’t worry though, because I am getting caught up now and I’m excited to share with you what’s been happening on the farm. We’ve got some very cute new additions, I’ve been working on some new delicious summer recipes, and we are working on some very fun and beautiful outdoor refreshes. I can’t wait to share it all with you! Stay tuned, as I plan to share everything with you throughout the summer…
Today, I am excited to be joining some lovely and talented blogger and Instagram friends to share with you our, How We Summer Home Tour. We can’t wait to share with you how we added summer touches to our homes. At the end of this post you will find links to these lovely ladies blogs or Instagram pages so you can check out their beautiful homes and be inspired by their gorgeous summer styling and decor. I’ve given my tour the name, How We Summer Home Tour: Our Farmhouse.
Summer to me means a slower pace and simpler times. For us, on the farm, it means the kids are home from school and the routine is more relaxed. I like to keep things simple in the summer. Therefore, you will see that much of my home decor is simple too. For the most part, I shopped my house and added some florals and small accessories like vases and pillows. Changing up your decor for the season doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. This year, I decided to make blue and yellow my summer colors of choice around the farmhouse. Using small colorful touches throughout our home allows me to brighten things up without making a major color commitment, which for a neutralist like me can be a little scary.
We begin our How We Summer Home Tour, in our foyer. This bench is the perfect spot to get our boots on before we head out the door to feed animals or go to the garden. I added some yellow blooms to my favorite decorating accent pieces, vintage crocks. Y’all, I think I have a crock addiction! If I see a crock, I cannot not pass it up. Mr. A asked me the other day, “At what point we will have too many crocks?” I looked at him and said, “Never.” They are my favorite planters, I use them inside and outside. Across from this bench sits our hall tree, one of my latest refinished vintage finds. I added some yellow blooms and crocks around her along with my market basket and sun hat so that when I head out to the farmer’s market or the garden, I can grab them and go. Next, we head to the sun room. Y’all, this is one of my favorite rooms in the farmhouse because of all the windows and the vaulted ceiling which allows for tons of natural light to pour in. I love to have a cup of coffee here in the morning as I sit and watch the farm come alive. I watch the chickens roam around and the horses graze in the yard. This is also one of my favorite spots to blog. For summer, I brought in some navy blue touches by adding some pillows and this beautiful blue and white floral patterned pitcher which I filled with big, beautiful yellow lilies. I also styled a summer tray to add a fresh and bright look to the coffee table that also ties in the navy and yellow throughout the room. I don’t have a lot of time for crafts with everything that needs to get done on the farm, but I do enjoy them. I decided to try something new for our summer mantel this year which had me feeling pretty crafty. I made embroidery hoop wreaths to add a touch of summer to the mantel. They were so easy and inexpensive. I spray painted the hoops white, added some florals from Hobby Lobby that I got for 50% off, and hung them from fishing string. Since summer in North Carolina is terribly hot and humid, there is no need for the fireplace. Typically, in the fall and winter we have wood in it ready for burning on colder nights, but during the summer the wood gets used outside in the fire pit for evening swims. I didn’t want to stare at a gaping black hole in the fireplace all summer long, so added this basket with a fern. I find it to be the perfect fresh solution to the gaping black hole. Of course, I had to add some crocks with beautiful yellow Gerbera Daisies here too.In the kitchen, I added a touch of summer with a yellow daisy and lamb’s ear floral wreath from Hobby Lobby over the range and filled my refinished vintage toolbox with and assortment of fresh yellow and white daisies and roses in mason jars. Just off our kitchen is our breakfast nook. In sticking with the simplicity of summer, we like to eat here as much as possible. We feel like the formal dining room is well… too formal. I set a simple blue and white floral tablescape using salad plates from Pier 1 Imports, a navy blue table runner from Target and more of those sweet, inexpensive, daisies that to me are the picture of summer in the south. Our final stop on the tour is our screened in porch sitting area. In the summer, this is where you can find me in the afternoon watching the kids swim and catching up on my reading. In the evening, you can find Mr. A and I here enjoying a cocktail and discussing the day. It’s also one of my favorite spots to watch a good summer storm roll through. There is more to this screened in porch that I plan to share later this summer, so be sure to come back and visit.S U M M E R: a time for a break from the routine, making family memories, finding rest and relaxation, and simplifying life. That’s how we summer on the farm. I hope you enjoyed my How We Summer Home Tour: Our Farmhouse. I plan to share a delicious summer recipe with y’all next week, so please come visit again. In a couple of weeks I will be sharing my summer touches to our outdoor living spaces, including everyone’s favorite outdoor area…the pond. I can’t wait! Until then, happy summer, friends.
Please don’t forget to check out my sweet and incredibly talented friends who have joined me in sharing how they celebrate summer in their homes on our How We Summer Home Tour. They are some of my favorite inspirations and I know you will adore them and their beautiful homes as much as I do. Enjoy!
Karan of Designs by Karan
Carrie of A Carried Affair Blog
April of Sweet Kentucky Holler
Jenny of A Clean Prism Life
Rae Ann Fancy That Farmhouse
Cynthia of Cynthia Harper