Welcome to the Easy Summer Home Styling Tour! I’m so happy to share our outdoor living space on Cape Cod with you all! I’m thrilled to be part of this awesome blog hop today because I want to share a little bit about our exterior back/deck space which over looks a beautiful harbor. On a summer day you can smell the salt air and see campers learning to sail on small sunfish (including my son!). This is our family beach house- it’s my parent’s home they built last year that I help design and decorate. We spend a lot of time here with my husband and kids, especially in the summer! This special little home represents a place we can escape to, disconnect and spend time together making memories as a family. We spend every July 4th on Cape Cod!
our home is on a sloping property so the back deck is about 20-30 feet off the ground which is why you’ll see those protective wires. It’s super safe and yet doesn’t take away from the view. Our back deck extends the whole back of the home. This specific area consists of a dining space and living space that connects to the home with two french doors and is screened in. Making it a perfect spot to dine al- fresco, play music and enjoy some delish summer time drinks. When we were designing the home I made it a point to include a connection to the kitchen through that window. We added a granite counter and bar stools to transform it into a super functional spot for kids to eat or even as an outdoor buffet/ bar set up. We can simply pass food out from the kitchen instead of walking around through the doors. My kids love sitting and eating here they feel like they’re at a diner. Guess who’s the waitress 😉
The beautiful white light fixture is from Ikea. We wanted something bright and simple so the focus would be more on the water view in the back yard. We decided to go with black exterior windows just to do something a little different than you traditionally see on Cape Cod. It’s a bit modern but the gray shingles tie it back to it’s coastal Cape Cod roots.
I recently picked up some outdoor rugs four these two spaces. I’m a firm believer that if you want a space (even an outdoor one) to feel more defined and inviting you need to start with a rug as the foundation. I love that once you add that layer it instantly just pops! In Cape Cod navy is a signature color so we have a bit of it through out the house as well as some other denim shades of blue which I love.
This large wall clock with the anchor I purchased at Christmas Tree Shops and That! last summer, as well as the navy rope plates. I also found these Rae Dunn pillows at T.J. Maxx that say “SAND” and “SEA” I couldn’t resist them. I added this beautiful plaid table “throw” as the base layer on the table and it quickly sets a patriotic tone. I like that its a bitt different from a runner but lighter than a table cloth. It looks so pretty thrown off the side of the table too. We had these jute chargers for awhile so I layered them next, then the plates and these cute little silverware sleeves.
I hope you enjoyed stopping by and seeing our Cape Cod beach house all set up for summer! We can’t wait to entertain, relax and simply take in the beautiful warmth of this season, that we waited so long for! Do you host any 4th Of July festivities? Do you keep your decor somewhat relaxed or do you go all out?! I hope you will stop by and see the other amazing Summer Home Tours today (all linked below!)
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How is everyone’s summer going so far?! I’m so excited to be partnering up with one of my favorite stores, Christmas Tree Shops and That! for beautiful summer decor for our beach house. I love that I never know what I’m going to find when I go there and even better… that the prices are always SO GOOD!
I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around the fact that it’s almost the end of July. This month is flying by! August needs to chill out and take it’s time because we’re having way too much fun here on Cape Cod. I’m still in full blown summer mode when it comes to decor too. Fall decor hasn’t crossed my mind once, ok well maybe for a second. 😉 However, let’s stick with some Easy Breezy Summer decor.
I think summer is the easiest season to decorate for. It’s not supposed to be fussy at all. I love using shells and fresh clipped flowers from the garden for most of my decorating around here. However, thanks to Christmas Tree Shops, I’ll be stepping my decor up a notch on our back deck.
Since we’ve been spending so much time outside on the back deck at the beach house, the more I’ve been noticing how blah it looks. Basically our outdoor living area was crying out for color and pretty coastal decor. I was so excited Christmas Tree Shops and That! wanted to partner with me in our outdoor space because their new Coastal Living Seascape line is perfect for our coastal home. Have you guys seen their new coastal line? It’s soooooo nice. Wait until you see all the amazing decor from my trip to Christmas Tree Shops. Some of you may have watched me shop on my IG stories too.
The wood out here was totally dominating this whole space, no thank you. I still want to purchase some outdoor rugs very soon. For now however a beautiful table cloth will do! Luckily, Christmas Tree Shops has many options in a great light summery fabric.
A table cloth is always a pretty base when you want to add some color. From there it was so easy to layer pretty plates, with varying color in blues and patterns. For the center I decided to use lots of shells and candles for the centerpiece to keep it simple.
Aren’t all these colors so pretty together? Navy, aqua, reds and yellows… they’re giving me so many summer-y chill vibes right now which is exactly how I want to feel out here. I find table settings to be so much more interesting when they look collected, and mixed up in pattern, color or texture. This beautiful big salad bowl was part of the Coastal Living Sea Scapes Collection (see the pretty rope detail?), as well as the tablecloth. The bowls however were a different line from Christmas Tree Shops called Kate and Carly which I really like too. I’m glad I mixed in a different line so not to be too match-y.
Another Easy Breezy tip is to always keep a caddy with plastic utensils and cute napkins on your outdoor dining table (well as long as its covered) because then you alway have cutlery right there when you need it. This one we already owned. Also a beautiful cutting board is a nice way to display food or put appetizers on. Christmas Tree Shops has a wide array of wooden cutting boards in many shapes and sizes.
How cool are these candle holders? They are full of sand and sea shells. Isn’t that such a nice added detail to this easy breezy table scape? From there large candle selection I went with this beautiful almost tie-dye looking aqua candle and these small starfish candle holders which could also be used for little candies or other snacks.
For the sofas I selected two out door pillows in a combination of two different print out, the navy floral and the teal geometric dot print. I love how they really add a nice pop of color to the corners of the sofa. It’s amazing how a few colorful accessories can really bring this space to life.
I also hung this white wood anchor which we already had and this cotton white and neutral throw with tassels over the side of our outdoor sectional which is something we previously owned. Can we talk about this oversized wall clock? It has all those coastal farmhouse vibes that I absolutely love and it was only 49.99. I mean for real?! I had to have it. I’ll share soon this space to the right of this clock with you. It will eventually be an outdoor bar counter that will connect to the kitchen.
So there you have it! All you need to pull your space together is to know your color palette and choose some accessories that don’t overly match, mix in some things you already own and collect over time as well. Huge thank you to Christmas Tree Shop and That! for partnering up with me on this fun project. I love their decor and try to check out what they have each season as it is always changing.
I also want thank my Mom’s Friend Nicky Oliva From Oliva’s Market for bringing over an unexpected and delicious dinner of calzone and arugula salad! I couldn’t believe how impeccable his timing was today, thanks to him I didn’t have to prep any food for this shoot. So delicious and again made this whole thing Easy! You guys know I like decorating a lot more than I do cooking especially on a hot day like today. I highly recommend his food/catering if you’re in the MA area.
Are you guy still in summer mode?! What’s your decor like at the moment? Still red, white and blue? Anything summery going on? Thank you for stopping by and supporting the brands I love. I enjoy sharing my passion for decorating with you and I hope to have inspired you in some way.
Since living at the beach house for the last couple of weeks it’s becoming clear the things we need to finish up. Some of the rooms are so close to being done. The living room for example is looking great besides the fact that the builder is still yet to put the T.V. mounted in the wall. He built us a unit that will go inside the wall with doors so the T.V. can be hidden when no one is watching it. In our nice white and bright beach house who wants to see a big television screen? Not me!
We are hoping that project will get finished in the next couple weeks but in the mean time I’m ready to get some bookcases up on either side of the fire place. I’ve been going back and forth about the style. Do I want it open back or close back? Weathered wood or weathered gray wood? Metal rods on the outside or not? I know that our price range is on the lower side, we don’t want to spend a fortune on these bookcases.
The need for bookcases in our space is obviously for storage and to add balance on either side of the fireplace. But also to add some personal touches like family photos, decorative items, things we collect from the beach and so on. I thought it would be fun to search online for some low price bookcases that look high end! Isn’t that always the goal anyway? 😉
Since the room is painted white, all white bookcases are OUT… I want something that will pop off the wall, I love using weathered wood tones so I definitely want something in that family. Our light fixture and the stone tile has gray in it so I’m also opened to something with gray too.
I promised I was going to do some posts from the beach house this summer on little projects we do to get the house ready. Well it’s only been less than a week of vacation and between taking the kids to the beach or the playground I’ve been able to get so many projects started I feel like I’m on a roll around here. One project I’ve been wanting to get done is sprucing up our outdoor shower area. With a long stretch of 90 degree days approaching we will be making many trips to the beach. What’s better after a long beach day than rinsing off in an outdoor shower? Where are my outdoor shower lover’s? There is something so amazing about showering in the open air, right?! Maybe it is the the breeze? the birds?
Most outdoor showers on Cape Cod are built on either the side or the back of the house. What’s unique about ours is the outdoor shower is in the front of the house tucked in between the garage and our house right on the front porch. There are two ways to access the outdoor shower one is walk inside the garage and go through the door in the back to the front porch area. The other way is to just follow the walk way to the front of the home and walk down the front porch.
Unless we pointed out the shower most people wouldn’t realize it was there. The shower and the wood decking kind of blend together. I wanted to bring attention to it so guests and family visiting would see there is a shower there for them to use. We also needed a place for the sandy/wet towels to be hung.
I was inspired by these Pottery Barn letter hooks to spell a word along the side of our outdoor shower. What I love about these letter hooks is that they make a space look clean AND cute. Spell out your family name, spell a word, use initials… it’s a fun way to create organization in a cluttered space. For the outdoor shower I wanted to spell out something everyone needs to do after a long beach day “RINSE”. A nice little reminder to please rinse all that sand off your feet and your body before you walk through the house. Subtle enough right? 😉 Plus this will also bring some focus to the shower so guests know it’s actually there.
If you live in a house with kids or lots of people visiting you know all the stuff that goes along with these warm active days. The swims suits, baseball/beach hats, rain coats, camp bags, goggles, towels, list goes on… One of the easiest ways to make an entry look clean is to add hooks, It get’s all the STUFF off the floor.
I’ve been holding off on purchasing these exact letters because I wanted to see if I could recreate the look of these for a fraction of the price. Let me show you how I made my own version of these Pottery Barn alphabet hooks for a fraction the cost. The letters were less than $5 and hooks around $1 each.
Materials (click below):
I used a black spray paint because we have black trim outside of the house, but you could do your letters galvanized (silver) or all white, or even a bright color! I started by spraying everything down with a light first coat. I waited an hour or two then went back and did another light coat which was just enough. The store I went to didn’t have these hooks in black that would have been easier.
I measured equal distance between each letter spacing them out just a bit and hung them up!
Once I hung the letters/hooks it didn’t take long before I head to Marshalls and Homegoods for a few other accessories to finish off the area. I wanted to add some cute towels, a new rug and a few other items to make this area feel more welcoming. I used these stripe towels that look so cute hung out here. I got really lucky with this black and white outdoor runner that looks like a mosiac tile. A lantern and potted plant just frame the black door and bring the space together.
It didn’t take long for the kids to check out the new outdoor shower. The letters and bright towels really draw the eye to this space. I’m happy the kids will now willingly go take a RINSE after the beach. Outdoor showers make life so much easier for us parents. Don’t you agree?
What do you guys think? Did I pull off the Pottery Barn look? I love their letters but I’m happy I saved us some money and made our own. I can’t wait to enjoy this area after the many beach days we have coming up this week. I know this spot will get a ton of use! How are you guys beating this heat wave? Pool, ocean, lake, boat, non-stop AC?
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!
Today I want to share some of my favorite Costal Farmhouse finds from Amazon with you guys, ’cause who doesn’t love shopping at Amazon? Ever since Ben started working from home my first thought was “crap I guess I can’t have boxes come to the house with out him knowing anymore” haha. This door mat is needed STAT…
(shop funny door mats here)
Seriously though, on the list of the most convenient things to ever happen, Amazon is up there with let’s say drive through restaurants and cell phones. When my kids were little mostly everything in the amazon cart was stuff for them, that I needed asap, but didn’t want to drag two kids out of the house to get. However there is so much more than kid related stuff, it’s crazy that literally anything you can think of is on that website. I’m not sure how often Amazon comes to mind when you’re thinking of home decor items but let me tell you, not only as it quick shipping time, you can also find some good deals and cool decor for your home.
This is our beach house pretty soon after we moved in, I still need to find shelving for either side of the fire place. Shelving will hold art work, pretty objects, and really just make the room feel more complete. In a couple weeks, once school ends for the kids, we will be heading to Cape Cod for the summer!! So I have coastal decor on the brain. It’s been a long wait for this warm season to arrive. I’m so excited to be near the ocean, smelling the salt air and living the beach life. When I think coastal decor I like to put my own farmhouse spin on it. I don’t like to go overboard with beach “y” stuff. I like a good mix of blue, woven materials, metals and glass accents. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite coastal finds from amazon. A few of which are already on their way to the beach house! Yay for convenience and for husbands that can’t see THOSE boxes 😉
What is your favorite? Do you often purchase home decor at Amazon?
Thanks for stopping by and checking it out friends! May your boxes go unnoticed 😉
This post was sponsored by Boston Interiors, but as always all opinions are my own.
Welcome friends to my newly re-vamped corner of the internet AND my first official post on the new site! What do you think so far? I hope you all love it as much as I do. Feel free to browse around and make yourself at home because it is afterall about all things home. I thought it would be fun to share our almost finished, beach house living room on launch day! As I mentioned awhile back on my Instagram (if you’re not following me here you should!) that I’m partnering up with one of my favorite local furniture/ home decor stores- Boston Interiors! I’ve been a LONG time fan of their stores. I can attest to the quality of their products as well because our living room sectional sofa is from there and it has held up very well over the years, with two kids and a dog! No better test of furniture than those three elements, right? Boston Interior’s furniture also works with a range of styles because they offer such a wide variety of pieces.
When I started discussing living room furniture layout with my parents, for the beach house I knew I wanted it to be open, so the fireplace and light fixture could be the focus of the room. I wanted to create a conversational sitting area that would lend itself to the open floor plan. (Note we ended up swapping fixtures later in the process.)
To give you an idea the living room can be seen from the breezeway room, kitchen and dining room, it’s a big long open floor plan. So I didn’t want to block the living room with a sofa from the rest of the house. I wanted to keep it open and flowing. We decided to put a sofa along the shiplap wall and I suggested getting two swivel chairs to ago across. I knew Boston Interiors had a wide selection of side chairs; wing-back, reclining (that don’t even look reclining), slip-cover style, and all in an assortment of fabrics. It’s so easy to want EVERYTHING when you shop there. Luckily if you need help deciding they have wonderful designers to assist you.
I already had an idea of what I wanted, two smaller chairs, not tiny but not huge. Like I mentioned before I wanted them to also swivel. Why was this an important feature you may ask? Well I wanted the chairs to work across from the sofa for conversational moments and also to easily twist to watch the tv which is mounted over the fireplace. A swivel allows for guests to turn their chair to see the guest across from them or the tv.
Off to Boston Interiors I went like a kid in a candy shop, searching for the perfect swivel! Luck behold I found the perfect chairs. They are called the Calliope Swivel, they have a beautiful small pattern in dark and light blue which is just what I was looking for. So here they are! In all their swivel glory. They fit in the room perfectly and feel just a touch “beachy” which is ideal for our family Cape Cod home.
Aren’t they cute?! The print isn’t too overpowering, I’ll probably end up getting pillows with a little more color in them once we live in the space for a little while. Everything else pictured in the room we already owned, the side table, coffee table and lamps. However, I’ll link similar or exact items below to the ones seen in the photos.
I love that you can easily turn to see the tv or even see through to the kitchen and dining area. They add so much versatility to the space and keep with that open concept/flow that I was really looking to create in this living room. Next we need to find some great bookcases to flank the fireplace wall. I’ll be sure to share when I’ve found just the right ones!
What do you think of the lay out and my two swivels? Don’t you just want to grab a drink and give them a little test swivel!? My kids sure did a few times, ok I did too ;)!
I’m so excited to bring you my first post of 2018! We just experienced a huge snow storm in New England a few days ago. Since we are currently up to our eyeballs in snow, dreaming about this summer on Cape Cod in our new beach house is helping combat those winter blues. The next few posts I’ll be sharing all the sources (well as many as I can) of our Cape Cod Coastal Farmhouse. If you are wondering what the heck is coastal farmhouse? It’s a combination of relaxed casual living by the ocean with wide plank floors, bright white ship lap walls and a mix of textures, antiques, woods and brass finishes. That make any sense? hah More importantly if you want to read more about the back story of this house and what it means to my parents and our family go back to this post.
So last week the cabinets were all installed which made it finally feel real that this house is almost finished. You can see by the photo below how beautiful this space will be. The natural light, huge island and open feel of this kitchen will make it perfect for entertaining and hosting our whole family. Today I want to share the kitchen sources.
The foundation of the design is this beautiful flooring called Oak Bluff by Sawyer Mason, it is a wide plank light, washed out oak wood that has beautiful knotting in it.
There will not be a ton of area to back splash in our kitchen. There were so many beautiful options for tile, maybe it is boring that I went with a white subway. But I wanted something clean and classic so the focus is on the windows and the harbor view.
We went with a shaker style cabinet in white, the island which is a large square shape we had finished in Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
Since the back splash is fairly simple, the counters I knew I wanted to add interest with our counter choices, since the back splash tile is simple, for the white cabinets we will do this a gray quartz called Fossil Gray and for the navy island we will do a white with gray veins through out called Calacatta Venice. I think these will coordinate with each other enough but also add some contrast and more visual interest.
A farmhouse sink was definitely on the must have list, I didn’t get to design the kitchen in our current house so I was so happy to get to incorporate one into this house. Luckily my parents were also in agreement with me 😉
I’m really excited about lighting in this house. I spent a lot of time selecting light fixtures for every room. In the kitchen we will have three sconce lights over and along the sink area. We will also have two woven pendants over the island. I decided to go with woven because I wanted the warmth and texture but also I love stripes as it feels very nautical/preppy. The sconces have brass bases which will tie in nicely with the hardware I selected. I also just love how the brass adds another dimension.
We will be mixing metals in this kitchen with stainless steel appliances. I like the look of mixing metals. People get nervous about it but I think it adds a lot more of character and interest. So for the hardware we will do a Brushed brass, I love it so much in this house. I never would have used it in my house at home as it just didn’t really fit in will. But here it really adds that nautical, old school feel.
We will probably go along the lines of something like this for pulls and this for knobs. I was trying to find something affordable. There are much more expensive versions at Pottery Barn, Rejuvenation and of course my favorite Schoolhouse Electric that I love but are kind of out of the budget.
You can see in the corner to the right of the window there will be open shelving flanking the series of three windows. This kitchen doesn’t have many upper cabinets so the shelves will be utilized for items used daily drinking glasses, bowls and plates. Maybe a decorative item or two. I had originally planned for wood tone shelves to break up all the white but the builder just surprised us with those there. So I’m going to see how they work. I might end up changing them if it is just way to much white.
Sherwin Williams Extra White
Sherwin Williams: Extra White
I want the space to feel bright, airy and open. The first floor open and connected spaces will all be this white.
I’ve swapped in and out so many different bar stools. I’m having a hard time narrowing down which one to you. I want something that will pop of the navy island. As much as I love the fabric comfortable bar stools, they are a pain to clean and we have kids. So I look for bar stools that are easily cleanable.
Here are some of the contenders:
Cape Cod Beach House (Update)
This post is a long time coming. I’ve had it drafted for weeks. So here it is our our family beach house on Cape Cod! I’ve shared updates on Instagram stories but haven’t shared too many photos on the blog. The exterior of the home is almost done and now we are finally getting to the fun stuff. Choosing the tile, lighting and making interior design choices is obviously my favorite part.
I think I explained before, but incase you missed it, this is my parents future retirement home but in the meantime, until they actually retire and move down there, we (myself, my family and my three siblings) get to enjoy it during the summer months.
So let me show you around! I’ll take you through some of the main rooms in the house. This first photo is looking into the dining room. It is right off the kitchen and can be accessed from the left side wall which is the mudroom/ first floor bathroom.
Below is the kitchen, imagine a farmer’s sink, a big island in the center in an accent color , open shelving flanking the windows and some b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l lighting. I’m dying I can’t wait. See that little window there to the right, that will have access to a little counter and stool area on the back back that we can pass meals out to the kids or frozen beverages for the adults.
Below you’ll see the hallway from the kitchen to the living room. That door to the left will exit on to a big screened in deck overlooking a quintessential Cape Cod harbor with swaying sailboats and all. The deck extends the full length of the back of the house so there will be many areas out there to entertain.
Here is the back of the house not completely finished in this photo. Eventually there will be a finished walk out basement, too.
Below, the wall to the right will have a shiplap feature wall. We are also having wall sconces on that wall. We are planning on another shiplap wall going up the main stair case that will only go up about halfway and finish with a wide end cap for leaning family photos/artwork.
My kids are always super excited to see the house, for the first one minute, hence they’re bored expression after about five.
This is the upstairs as they were working on bedroom/closet layout. Nothing too exciting to show here but I can’t wait to show you the tile choices for the two bathrooms up stairs
A few more photos of the outside:
The garage has a huge bonus room above it. No plans yet what we will do with it. But down the road it has a lot of potential!
The breezeway from the garage to mudroom below will have an outdoor shower, to the right of that door (below). OH, see that opening to the left where those four posts are? The contractor installed heavy duty beams so that we can have a big sofa/swing like this:
(via Ballard Design)
What do you all think?! I can’t wait to show you the lighting and the tile, it’s going to be so fun to see my vision come together.