Summer Home Tour

It was awfully quiet around here last week, but that’s because I was actually finishing projects! Yes, projects that I have been hinting at and sharing instagram sneak peeks of for months are finally complete. I promise, I will be sharing those posts just as soon as it stops raining and I can get some decent photos.

In the meantime, I’ve been busy rearranging things as usual, and I have added a ton of fun new summer accessories from Birch Lane that I wanted to share.

Disclosure: Birch Lane provided me products for this post to review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Summer Cottage Home Tour

 You know I’m always swapping throw pillows out/hoarding them and I’m in love with these new pretty blue ones. For some reason florals intimidate me, I feel like they are hard to pull off without wandering into grandma land, but these are just right.

Summer Cottage Home Tour

Summer Cottage Home Tour

 I love the natural summer vibe this wood bowl adds in here, I’m a sucker for anything that looks like driftwood.

Summer Cottage Home Tour

I also swapped out some accessories on my bookshelves and added these gorgeous jars that are the perfect summery shade of blue.

Summer Cottage Home Tour

Summer Cottage Home Tour

Speaking of shelves and projects that are complete…I finally finished my upstairs bookshelf/sliding ladder extravaganza and I’ll be sharing soon.  I’m still playing around with styling the shelves, but one thing that’s for sure staying are these vintage looking pulley bookends.

Summer Cottage Home Tour

Another sneak peek of an upcoming post…notice anything different back there in the kitchen?!?

Summer Cottage Home Tour

Some of you asked where my wicker chairs that used to be by the fireplace ended up when I got my new chairs.  They found a new home over at our dining table.

Summer Cottage Home Tour

We have all been hanging out in the sunroom a lot, because it has been raining nonstop as I mentioned, it’s a really cozy place to curl up with a book or play board games with my favorite little people (my world domination at Monopoly Junior is a source of major annoyance to the Mr.)

 Lake House Sunroom

Especially with this new throw…

Summer Cottage Home Tour

Birch Lane was nice enough to send me an extra one in light blue  to give away to one of my readers.  Just leave me a comment below to enter and I’ll pick a winner at random.

Coastal Sunroom Decor

Oar Wall Decor

We entertain more in the summer, which means keeping the wine rack a little better stocked than usual, so I added this cute little wine holder to the top to handle the overflow bottles.

Wine rack

I can’t resist a good striped rug, so I picked up this runner for the kitchen too.

 Lake House Kitchen

Stay tuned for more summer projects that I’ll be sharing soon, and don’t forget to leave a comment below to enter the Birch Lane throw blanket giveaway!

 Coastal Cottage Decor


Angelique Wood Bowl

Vivi Floral Pillow

Edith Embroidered Pillow

Rory Rug

Hoist Bookends

Recycled Glass Jug Vase

Samantha Throw

Wine Caddy


  1. Teresa says

    Love all the Birch Lane touches! The throw blanket looks so soft and cozy, and blue is my favorite color!

    • Pat says

      Of course your home looks ready for summer !
      Do you do this as a Professional Designer, as you have the knack.
      Also I think Anne who lost her home should win the blanket…(tough times)
      Imagine losing your home…
      Have a wonderful, safe and healthy summer with your family !

  2. says

    This is my first time visiting your blog and I already love it! Being from Michigan myself and living near the lake its fun to stroll through the pictures of your home and find inspiration. Thanks!

  3. Judy says

    Hi Kelly, your summer home tour is fabulous! Love all the new touches. Your flooring looks beautiful in all the photos. Can I ask what color stain they are? Happy Summer!

  4. anne says

    we lost our home due to recession several years ago. we recently were able to buy again. i’ve been reading blogs to get ideas…i’m so blessed and i hope i can make my home as beautiful as yours

  5. Janna says

    That throw would look perfect in my living room :)

    I hope you all get some sunshine soon to enjoy your beautiful lake!

  6. Tara says

    Loving the new summer house tour. Am trying to achieve the pretty lake house new england style look over here in England. My house is not to tidy as yours though.. could have something to do with my two crazy little boys that think that mummies styling needs a bit more rough and tumble love. However they do love a good throw to hide under.. xxxx

  7. Kim says

    OMG I love your house! The soft, earthy tones with the touches of blue are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see what you have to show us next!

  8. Sandy says

    Love all the summer touches you’ve added to your home. We have very similar decorating taste! Just wish my home was lakeside!!! Simply beautiful!!!

  9. says

    the wine caddie is so cute and I have several pieces of galvanized stuff…where did you find this one …..and then I saw your wooden one….did you make it? Girl you do good……

  10. Jane says

    Absolutely beautiful, I love your blue and white color tones in the family room, so inviting, so summery.
    Love the blanket too! :)

  11. Kari says

    Before I discovered your website (from Pinterest), I thought I was the only person in the world who liked to “play” with my house! Your blog is a real joy and I get many ideas & resources from it. Thanks for taking the time to share.

  12. Megan C. says

    I would love a new throw for my sofa. That one looks so warm and comfy.

    Also, those wicker chairs at your dining room table look fantastic. Upgrade!

  13. Carey Rysiewicz says

    Hello Summer! Everything looks wonderfully relaxed and inviting ( as always! ) Love all of your new touches! and the pillows and Samantha throw are great- perfect for an afternoon of cozy summer book reading! Happy long lazy summer days :o)

  14. Beth Burleson says

    I just love your sunroom! I hope your rainy mild weather ends soon. Three weeks until I’m headed “up north”.

  15. Bev says

    Thank you Kelly . Your lovely home is so ethereal with all the nautical touches . The throw looks very soft !

  16. Barb Bradford says

    I just love the nautical look, wish I lived by the water so I could do that also! Thanks for a chance to win a throw! Have a great week.

  17. Kellie silva says

    I love all your blue pillows but my favorite is your red floral one… Love that touch.. Everything you do is beautiful.

  18. Laura says

    Can you please come and decorate our vacation condo in South Haven? I just love your style and there is not one thing I’ve seen that I don’t absolutely love….so jealous!!

  19. Bobbie says

    I so love your house and your decorating style! You should be a writer, you crack me up all the time! You remind me of my daughter Jyl. People love to see her posts on FB because of life she and her husband Dan lead with 3 shorties!
    Keep styling and keep making us all laugh.


  20. Cindy says

    Love all the blues – harder to pull off the nautical touches in Pittsburgh ( do 3 rivers count?), but I love them just the same!

  21. Doreen says

    Love, love, love the range hood! I have never seen one like it and it is gorgeous. Great idea with the wicker chairs as well. I have the same table and chairs in my kitchen and just love them.

    As I continue to say, I love every inch of your home and have duplicated some of your ideas, so keep them coming!

  22. Linda says

    Kelly – I love opening up my email and seeing a new post…Summer is almost here in New England – 5 more day of school and I will be switching things out in the house to lighten it up. The blue and white is so calming. A new blue throw would be perfect for cuddling on the couch with the grandkids. Hope it makes the trip from your home to mine!

  23. Christy says

    Great Job Kelly!! Your house always looks lovely & inviting (super comfortable). Thank you for all the ideas & inspirations!! :) I’m thinking of building/making a super simple bench for our front door :) I find myself walking around with a paint brush looking for new things to paint too!! My husband just smiles :)

  24. Cindy says

    Just gorgeous! Your posts are always an inspiration! My daughter and her hubby just bought their first starter home and are piecing things together: the blue throw would be the perfect touch! Thanks for sharing:)

  25. Sharon Kerkstra says

    Growing up in Grand Rapids and spending time in Grand Haven at the state park, gets me thinking of moving back! We miss the lakes and have always wanted a small cottage on one….and seeing your beautiful home is so inspiring! I love all the ideas you have incorporated into it! Thank you for sharing….Sharon

  26. Marsha says

    My favourite is the blue glass bottles – that colour is always so inspiring, it feels so “free’ somehow. Also love & need that wine caddy, but so far I am embarassingly keeping wine in my laundry room, just off the patio, so it works, and I can’t finds a better place. I’m looking right now.
    Thanks for the ideas.

  27. Lou Conaway says

    The house looks so comfy! I love the blue and white, and those lovely rugs make me swoon. I’m in a wheelchair so rugs are out of the question. Doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate them. Sigh… Oh, and I’m tossing my hat in the ring for the throw. Light blue sounds like heaven!

  28. Adecia says

    The postures of your home are so pretty, I think I could just move right in! A light blue throw would be perfect in so many places in my house – good luck to me!

  29. says

    As always, Kelly, your house is amazing! Love Birch Lane! I’ve shopped there too. Would love the blue throw! I’m trying to incorporate blue into my home! That would be a good start!

  30. Lynn says

    Love the industrial touches with the pulley bookends and other accessories. The window seat with baskets would be great for our new house/sunroom. Thanks for the ideas!

  31. Debi says

    Getting ready to move into a weekend home we built on nearby lake and I have so copied your style! Love your style and a blue throw would go in any room in my house!

  32. Jacinta Chancellor says

    I live on a lake as well and am always changing things up! My family fears I have a pillow obsession! Thanks for the great ideas and inspirations! I will definitely be incorporating some into my next redesign!

  33. Maureen says

    Love all of the summer changes to your home. I think I would cozy up in your sun room everyday! I would get lost in my book and in your gorgeous view! The throw is beautiful! I would love to have one to snuggle up with! Love your projects and styling!

  34. Lynn in FL says

    Kelly- Pictures of your beautiful home always bring a feeling of peace, sunlight and calm…it’s truly lovely! Thanks for sharing it with us, and inspiring us to bring those same feelings into our own homes.

  35. Kathleen says


    Wow, I just love all of your updates. The wicker chairs look great in your dining room. The pretty blue glass decanters are a favorite too. I’ve gotten so many ideas from your blog…love it! Can’t wait to hear about your oven hood transformation.

  36. Kristina says

    I love your home!! It’s beautiful AND cozy!! I look forward to your posts to provide inspiration for me. I don’t have the knack of decorating, but sure do try!! Love seeing how you switched it up for summer too! I’ll send you some Arizona sunshine so you can finish taking those awesome pictures!!

  37. Erin says

    I fell in love with your home during a Christmas home tour series. I have not missed a post since then. Everything is lovely! Can I move in now, please? There are five of us but we won’t be much trouble hee hee.

  38. Sandi says

    Love your summer look..I have that exact drop leaf table! It was called an irish farm table I believe from the 30s..mine is a bit darker had it for twenty years and use it as a buffet table. .

  39. Ralinn says

    We have had a lot of rain here also. I love the pulley bookends and all of the new touches. Blue is a favorite color of mine. May the person who needs the throw the most win.

  40. Patty says

    ONE of the things that catches my eye the most as I sit and enjoy your home are all your plants and how pretty that touch of green is everywhere you put them. There is just something about plants in a room that makes me happy.

  41. Genevieve Gibson says

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful rainy day projects! My husband and I have just purchased a cottage which we are about to begin renovating. We may end up retiring there so I particularly enjoy seeing how you incorporate the comfortable, laid-back feel into your family home. Can’t wait to see what else you have to share!

  42. Wendy says

    I love your sense of decorating. It definitely gives me a warm fuzzy feeling looking @ the way you style your rooms. I absolutely love throws, they make you want to curl up with a fabulous book on a rainy day:)

  43. says

    “Grandma land” – hilarious!! :)
    I love all the Birch Lane touches you added. Makes me want to redo my living room too. Wish the Birch Lane Fairy would visit me too! :) :) :)

  44. Sandy says

    Hey Kelly! Greetings from Ontario! I love Birch Lane but as with so many U.S. sites that do deliver to Canada, it’s a killer with the duty and taxes. Oh well, I can always enjoy seeing all your Birch Lane additions.

  45. Barbara says

    Love,love, love everything about your home! I have been looking for the right “summery” throw for over my chair. Always enjoy your posts!

  46. Becky says

    Those Birch Lane items are the perfect touches in your lovely home. The blue throw would be awesome to have.

  47. Linda H. says

    Love, love your summer decorations. Feels light and airy like being at the beach with just the right amount of grounding!

  48. Nancy says

    You’ve inspired me with your common sense approach to decorating. Our apartment is decorated with mostly yard sale furniture and stuff I’ve found on the street (believe it or not). which I’ve painted. It’s my creative outlet. Having lived in New England, then Florida, then the north again, my style keeps evolving. Thanks for sharing all your projects.

  49. Renee says

    Love your Summer updates. Birch Lane has lovely things. A blue throw … That would be great for my seashore retreat.
    Looking forward to more pics

  50. Debby Bowden says

    I love your home and all the special touches. Were did you find the baskets in your window seat?

  51. Amy Kaminski says

    All of the items you added to your Summer look are inspiring. I want to go home and change everything right now. Would love to win that throw.

  52. Janice Kramer says

    One word always comes to mind when I view your home posts – refreshing! Your home is just delightful. I would love to win the lovely throw!

  53. Lisa says

    I love to see the Lily Pad Cottage pop up in my inbox…love your decorating style and would love the cozy blue blanket!!!!
    How do you manage to decorate so beautifully, do a blog and raise your kids, your amazing!!

  54. Lisa says

    Wonderful work! I love your fresh clean style. You balance trad/mod design with just the right touch of vintage pops to keep it interesting. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  55. Deborah says

    your house is so lovely – I wish I had half your talent and style. Is it always so tidy?? Beautiful house for beautiful people xx

  56. Christina says

    LOVE IT! I am still trying to decorate the guest room and I always look here for more inspiration. I want my guests to feel cozy and as if they are on vacation when visiting us.

  57. Wanda says

    Your home is gorgeous. Love the “beachy” colors and accents that you have incorporated in your decorating!

  58. Wendy says

    I love your home. My house is blue, white and yellow. I grew up in Nova Scotia where my Grandparents had a cottage on Black River Lake. The walls were lined with honey coloured pine and treasures we had all picked up or crafted over the years. I live in Calgary, AB now and am loving your blog with pictures. Decorating style speaks to my heart. Thank you for sharing. And PS I like the blanket but do not need one. ☺️

  59. Jill Hamilton says

    I am a new reader, getting your bog posts delivered to my email. I am from NE Indiana and live on a lake as well. Love your blog and would love to receive the beautiful Birch Lane throw!

  60. Wendy says

    Everything is beautiful! I love the summery textures and colors. The details are not lost on me. Stunning! :)

  61. Molly says

    I look forward to your post every week. It always inspires me to make changes at my house. I love blue and white too!

  62. Jenn says

    Your blog is my new favorite. So glad I found you via the lettered cottage c my living room and bedroom have a lot of blue, so I have 2 potential homes for the Birch Lane throw!

  63. Denise says

    love how cosy and summery your home is! Lots of great inspiration on how to make a house a beautiful home!

  64. Karen says

    I’m 61 years old and not so easily inspired these days, but you inspire me to finally turn my house into my home!

  65. Jana says

    I love your new summery decor! Your sunroom is just the best ever. I would never get anything down all curled up with a book, blanket, and coffee! The blue blanket would be perfect in my house too!

  66. Judy Castellani says

    You’re intimidated by florals? I’m intimidated by change!! Loveloveloveyour houseman dim transitioning from the reds/golds to the blues/greens, it’s so much softer and I’m in love with your new runner. Who knew I’d have blue in my house? I swore my sister and her unnatural love for the color baby blue in her own home gave me an aversion but …… I’m smitten. Now, I need a beautiful sunroom and that lake view, you sure do have an eye for the extraordinary. Enjoy your summer with the kiddos :)

  67. risia says

    your home is sooo beautiful, i love reading your blog and following you on pinterest! Ive copied lots of your stuff :)
    We just purchased a bay home and there is just so much to get, love Birch lane and a chance to enjoy a throw would be wonderful!! So many things to get when trying to put together another home, it gets overwhelming
    thank you

  68. Carly says

    I love your home, Kelly. It’s my favorite. Feel a little connected with you since we’re both Michiganders;) Would love to win the blanket as well!!

  69. says

    Your home looks so beautiful! I love the the blue jars/vases. It’s funny because I keep clear of florals for the exact same reason. I can see when they look nice in someone else’s house, but I couldn’t get it right in my own. I absolutely adore your wood vent hood, too. Overall – – gorgeous!!

  70. Lora says

    Love your home, Kelly! We live on a lake in WI and have very similar style – love your inspirational photos!

  71. Robin says

    Your blog, your Instagram, your Pinterest……love it all! But especially your style! Your home is beautiful, inside and out!!!

  72. Bonnie says

    Thank you for sharing your home…such a comfortable, ‘make yourself at home’ feel to everything.
    We love having plenty of throws in our living room (we rotate seasonal extras in the truck/coffee table)!

  73. Bets McHaley says

    I love how fresh and clean your house looks, and I am lusting over your sun porch! The throw looks so cozy… all it needs is a good book to pair it with.
    xo Bets

  74. Julie says

    Such a fan of all of these accessories! Love that Birch Lane creates things that can fit into anyone’s home.

  75. Tara says

    Your house looks perfect for summer! Looking forward to your upcoming post on your bookcase and library ladder.

  76. Monique says

    Love your style, love everything,! but my favourite would have to be the wine & wine rack! Look forward to your next post :)

  77. Melissa says

    I LOVE your blog – it is my favorite one! I may try some of your ideas in my own rustic house – to lighten it up for summer.

  78. Maggie says

    Wow so fresh and ready for summer, I grew up on Walloon lake and miss the summer fun.. I learned to water ski and appreciate nature.. Your home is Amazing and loved looking at your new touches.. Thanks for sharing.. Hope the rains stop.. I live in Chicago now and we have had nothing but hot humid and rainy days..enjoy your weekend.

  79. Judy says

    I always get so inspired when I read your blog. LOVING the blue touches today, especially since I’m re-doing our great room and introducing more blue into that room. Thanks for the ideas!

  80. Patti says

    Love your home!! Makes me want to move to the lake!! I always look forward to your next post!!….Your next idea!! Great Inspiration!!

  81. Holly says

    Love the colors of your house – so light and airy!!! Makes me want a beach house! I love how you use what you have in different ways from season to season and bring things out from storage to make them feel new again.

  82. says

    Your home is so beautiful – it has a great relaxing/on vacation vibe! :) I’d love to win the blue throw blanket for my living room!

  83. Marilyn says

    Your home is great – I love getting ideas from your site . The outside is adorable and the inside is just perfect.your summer home tour has inspired me to add a little beachy/summer decor to our GA craftsman cottage.

  84. Kathi says

    First time visiting your site…love the style! I was ready to curl up on the sofa for a great afternoon summer nap!

  85. Cally says

    Beautiful accessories!! I just love your home! I have a similar wine holder that I put glass jars in that hold craft/coloring supplies for the kiddos :)

  86. Melissa Parris says

    Your home is inviting and family friendly. With a touch of beachy goodness for the summer! I follow your blog on a daily bases while at work (shh) Thank you for the inspirations ! and I love Blues and a throw would be the cherry on top …. Thank you

  87. Leah Bruinius says

    Absolutely beautiful! The blue throw would look gorgeous in my sunroom! Thank you for being such a huge design inspiration!

  88. Leah says

    My mom always told me her secret to decor was updating and changing it to match with the seasons. I love the way you have integrated the fresh relaxing summer feels to your home by simply switching out a couple decor pieces and moving furniture around.

  89. Gretchen Bertuccini says

    I have never left a comment before but that throw is beautiful! I do enjoy your home…it looks very naturally put together and comfortable. I appreciate how you don’t over style…great job!

  90. Toni says

    Your home is very ready for summer. Love how cozy the sunroom looks. We spend any free time on our screen porch. You can send some of that rainy way – here in GA heat index has been in triple digits! But, would love to have that throw for when it cools .

  91. Elizabeth Stannard-Letcher says

    Beautiful home! How did you hang your oars on the wall! I gave several antique oars, and want to gang them, but not drill into them.
    Thank you…elizabeth

    • says

      Hi Elizabeth, I actually used my nail gun with really thin finishing nails and nailed right thru them, the nails are so tiny you don’t even see them.

  92. April Gross says

    im obsessed with your home. We go to the lake every weekend. Part of our lake is in Indiana and part in Michigan. It’s our happy place. It’s my husbands family cottage. Our dream is to have our own place someday soon!!! Thanks in advance for consideration on the blanket!!! Keep posting pics, love them!!!

  93. Doreen Ryan says

    Love your integration of old and new. The mix of nature and nautical just brings in summer and the lovely touches from Birch Lane are the cherry on top!

  94. Shelly says

    Love your home! So warm & inviting…….I probably could even be persuaded into a game of Monopoly in that sunroom :-)

  95. Karen says

    Everything looks gorgeous! I live by a lake and love looking here for all your new ideas. The blue throw sounds perfect!

  96. Holly says

    Love your gorgeous home, it’s so light & airy and inviting!! We just built a new home, it’s a mix of cottage/bungalow/craftsman style – everyone says it doesn’t or look like new construction, which I am so pleased with, as that was our goal. I’m just having a bit of a hard time getting it to look bright & sunny in here. I have a couple of blue décor items here & there, and I think the light blue throw would help to brighten & lighten things up!

  97. Patty says

    i have an armchair just perfect for that beautiful blanket. I’m learning to crochet, but it will probably be a long, long time before I can make a blanket.

  98. says

    Kelly, you are truly blessed with special gift – thank you for sharing your talents with us. Just reading your blog is like taking a mini vacation from the fever and frenzy of life. I’m new to your blog and look forward to both your new posts and to perusing your old ones. I feel like a kid in a candy store!

  99. carol says

    Your home is so pretty. I love Birch lane!. What is the pretty blue color on your walls? Would love to use it in my home.

  100. Alina K says

    I love your style! So clean yet cozy!

    I’m trying to redecorate our little home right now and I’m looking for cute side tables. Yours look so good. Do you mind sharing with me where you got them?


  101. Catherine says

    I love the summer colors! Honestly, your style is so similar to my own! I especially love the “Spirit Lead Me” sign above the buffet in your dining room! I love that song! Are you guys Christians? Looking at your family photos is like looking at models, all of you! Such a beautiful family, you are so blessed! :-)

  102. Kim Willey says

    Love all of your ideas with the natural outside color of blue. It all looks so fresh, but calm. Great accents that are also very natural! LOVE!

  103. Marie says

    Lovely and summery, your light hand with the nautical touches is just right, not overdone. Look forward to following you and seeing more of your work in the future.

  104. Renske says

    Love the throw! Just bought a house in DC and I love checking your blog for inspiration. The throw would go fabulously with my new PB arm chairs :)


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