Summer Home Tour 2015

(Be sure to go all the way to the end of this post for a fabulous Giveaway from bHome and Painted Fox Treasures!)

You know what? I don’t live in a farmhouse. Or a cottage. I live in a traditional style stucco house.

And I like it. Really I do. Actually, I like it a WHOLE lot and I’m incredibly, incredibly grateful for it. But, lately, I’ve noticed that you never really see my kind of house on Instagram or Pinterest or Facebook or…anywhere, really.

arched two story entry on stucco home

And sometimes that makes me feel a bit left out. Just a bit.

You see, I 100% believe that you should decorate your home the way YOU want no matter what. YOU live there and you need to feel comfortable and surrounded by what makes you happy.

But that being said, I think there is something wonderful that happens when you honor the architecture of a home. When you pay attention to its lines, its nuances, its inherent style. It can be almost magical when a flow is created between the outside of a home and the inside. Where you are able to get a feel for what the home will look like on the inside before you ever cross the threshold.

boxwood wreath on front door

So, what you will find inside my home won’t really come as a surprise.

There are traditional pieces of furniture. Like an antique chest of drawers in the entry and other pieces which will never see a paint brush.

fresh flowers on entry cabinet for summer

But, if you look closely, you might begin to notice that those traditional lines provide the perfect backdrop for adding in touches of other styles here and there.

A hint of cottage style here. A touch of farmhouse there. And healthy dash of French country for good measure.

summer chalkboard quote and decor ideas

Over the weekend my daughter and I went shopping for some summer clothes. While at H&M (seriously LOVE that store!) I came across a truly fabulous skirt.

It was fitted where it needed to be fitted and flowy where it needed to be flowy. And when I tried it on and looked at my reflection in the mirror I couldn’t help but think about how perfect it was.

knot tassel on coffee table summer decor

Because it could be dressed way down or dressed way up.

I could envision it with stiletto heels, a fabulous blouse and the perfect clutch in my hands.

summer buffet table decor

But, then again, I could also see it with a tank top, flip flops and my hair in a ponytail.

glass bottles for summer decor

And I guess that’s kind of how I want my home to be.

seashells under glass cloche

I want it to be like that skirt.

I want to be able to dress it up or dress it down.

I want to know that a bucket filled with lavender will look right at home on the buffet table in the dining room.

french lavender

Or that simply by putting metal lanterns on the sofa table I’ve added a touch of summer casual to the family room.

summer family room

Metal lanterns with candles surrounded by seashells of course.

metal lantern with seashells

I want the way I decorate my home to rise to the style occasion.

easy summer decor in family room

I want to be able to add a trend here or there.

seashell and vintage books on mantel

But I also want it to be true to itself.

wood sailboat on coffee table

And mostly, what I want more than anything…

vintage scale

…more than how it’s decorated…

Summer built-in china cabinet

…or whether it’s ‘on trend’…

deck decorating ideas

I want all who walk through the doors of this traditional stucco home to feel warmly welcomed. To know that they can take their shoes off or leave them on.

And that those shoes can be stiletto heels or flip-flops or that they can just pad around the house barefoot with a warning about the possible stray Lego here and there.

Outdoor coffee table

What I really want is for them to feel…well…at home.

So, welcome to my home sweet friends. My door is always open! :-)

boxwood wreath hanging on front door

Vanessa signature

I’m so thrilled to be joining these amazing ladies as part of our fantastic bHome Summer Open House!


My Soulful Home

Home Made by Carmona

AKA Design

On Sutton Place


Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Garden Therapy

At The Picket Fence

Unskinny Boppy

Miss Mustard Seed

French Country Cottage




Housepitality Designs

Craftberry Bush

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Shabby Art Boutique

Setting For Four

A Healthy Life For Me


Southern Hospitality

Top This Top That

Rooms FOR Rent

Savvy Southern Style

Lilacs & Longhorns

Eclectically Vintage

Cynthia Weber Design


Maison de Pax

Buckets of Burlap

Love of Home


Edith & Evelyn

Inspired By Charm

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And we have a totally awesome giveaway for you too!! In thanks for being part of the bHome family already, or to welcome you today, we are giving away a $200 gift certificate to Painted Fox Treasures. PFt has the summer time & any time home decor we all love. It is simple to enter, just download bHome ~ the app for free and leave me a comment with your bHome Username. Winner will be chosen at random on June 20th & notified with a message on bHome.” (Android Users don’t worry! We will offer this again when you can download too!)


  1. says

    My first thought after reading your post is amen! I live in a house very similar to yours except it is one story. (Better for old retired people!) The inside is decorated with things I love from our parents and grandparents. That’s what makes it home.
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  2. says

    Vanessa, I so love your home…so filled with warmth and love and decorated with the things that you love, the things that make you and your family happy….the things that when you look at them, they remind you of good times, treasured family memories….and those things you place so lovingly for you and your family to enjoy. Those things are “you” and I give you a standing ovation for being true to yourself and loving what surrounds you.
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  3. says

    Perfectly stated. I’m in the middle of figuring out exactly what style I want this new home to be, and sometimes you have to live in a space and wrestle with different ideas before you find the perfect solution for a house. I don’t want it to be a duplicate of my old house because it’s not the same home. I want to figure out what this house needs and make it happen. But, so far, I haven’t figured that out so I’m in a nice, comfortable holding pattern that is not very blog worthy. LOL And that’s ok! I’m happy being normal for a minute. You’ve expressed my feelings perfectly, though. Love you!
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  4. Jan Howard says

    Your home is lovely!! It is fully of wonderful welcoming things. I would feel right at home there! I’m just beginning to work on a home I’ve “re-purchased” that I built 31 years ago and it’s sometimes a struggle to mix the old with the “what I want now!”..

  5. says

    Vanessa, I love your gorgeous home and always enjoy visiting.
    We are still unpacking and rediscovering treasures for our new home. We moved from our story and a half in March. We are now living in a smaller one story home and I’m furnishing it with things we love and memories, just as I did our larger home. I call my style traditional, transitional, rustic refined, eclectic.:-) It is rich colors and new mixed with old. I rarely see that style represented on Pinterest or Instagram, so I tend to play it by ear.

    I felt very welcomed as I “walked thru” your front door this morning.
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  6. Pamela says

    Oh my word, I could hug you! This so resonates with me and our home. I, too, firmly believe insides and outsides should speak the same language while still leaving room for the occasional, country, English and/or French accent . I was so caught up up in the writing that I forgot to look at the pictures! Will do that now. Thank you.

  7. says

    Vanessa, Kudos to you for decorating your home the way you want. It’s so so beautiful… just like you! Your style is timeless and I see you fitting so many other wonderful details that are farmhouse, and industrial and cottage here and there in your home. That is the best way to decorate and you, my friend, have nailed it! LOVE your welcoming home… and you!!!!!
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  8. Sheran Steading says

    Vanessa, I love your house! And I know how you feel. I live in South Carolina, and here in the upstate, Georgian homes, ranchers and Victorian clapboards are everywhere. So, my 1970’s house that was built by a family who transferred here from Southern California is REALLY different with it’s stucco and white brick. It definitely has a Spanish influence. We have been there for over 20 years, though, and I have come to love this house so much. I celebrate the difference, even though I sometimes long for a farmhouse. :)

  9. says

    Your home and your heart are simply beautiful! I would not paint that gorgeous antique dresser either! I firmly believe our homes should feel like a warm hug. Some of us hug strong and reassuring and some hug softly with a little pat on the back You just KNOW the way the people you love hug you….and you wouldn’t want it any other way. Thank you for being yourself and letting us in on the way you hug! It is just perfect in every way!

  10. Sondra says

    Your home is fabulous, inside and out! Speaks my language. Can you share your exterior paint colors? Makes for stunning curb appeal!!!

  11. FABBY says

    Vanessa your house for summer is gorgeous! I love all your elements, they are so pretty and each so special.
    Beautiful job.
    Have a happy summer enjoying by that inviting deck.

  12. Sue Tait says

    Omigosh, I feel like I JUST went “back home” for a little visit… Your beautiful house looks nothing like the homes I lived in, but the FEELING is exactly the same… So warm and friendly and comfortable besides being so beautiful. Yes I think I could walk in barefoot, or with high heels on and feel just as much at ease either way. What a wonderful post! Thank you Vanessa, I sure did enjoy my visit~~~

  13. says

    Your home is perfect. What you wrote in your post is what I constantly tell my clients, it doesn’t matter what the “trends” are, or how much you spend on your interiors, what matters most is that your home reflects YOU and your family, and that all who enter it feel loved and welcomed. Perfect post, thank you for sharing your lovely home too.
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  14. says

    Honestly I get it and know how you feel. My home is decorated in my style, with the things that I love and I don’t follow trends. I’ve been around the block enough times to know that trends come and go and although it may give one higher follower numbers on some of the social media at the end of the day it’s not as important as staying true to yourself. Your home is lovely and reflects your style…great post!

  15. Cindy Hancock says

    Beautiful decor! I love the mixture of all those styles! That’s the way I decorate, also. I felt very welcomed in your home! :) Wish I could have pinned some pics, it was so pretty! :)

      • Cindy Hancock says

        Normally, a “pin” button will automatically pop up on the pic when I move the cursor over it, but no pin buttons appear. I’ve not had that situation before. : ) Thank you for your reply.

  16. says

    Your home is a reflection of your warm, beautiful spirit and personality! I love how you’ve decorated simply for summer, which I have not even done because right now I’m enjoying some sparseness! I have a wonderful friend who moved to Seattle and the two of you have a lot of common. Wish I could get the two of you together!
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  17. Heidi Parker says

    Truely stunning! The perfect example of a “real” home. Not too over the top with any one design fad. I think the reason we don’t see too many homes like yours, is because yours is like so many of ours…..Pintrest and the like are dreams, fantasies, what if’s, if that quick pick ever pays off…… and maybe some day…
    You make it all seem more obtainable., without uprooting our families, moving to the mountains, beachside, or overseas!……..Brilliant!

    bHome username Mardi

  18. says

    So well said, Vanessa! Sometimes I feel a little left out or bummed that my house isn’t all farmhouse or cottage when I’m browsing around the blog world, but I truly like the style of my home and it feels just like “us” — my family. I love that. Thanks for the awesome reminder — you are always so good at getting to the heart of things. And, of course, your home is beautiful, welcoming and full of love!!
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  19. says

    How neat! I just joined bHome and am enrapt. User name is mamamia. Your summer home touches are perfect and practical.

  20. says

    Vanessa, I think you home is absolutely beautiful and a true reflection of your taste. We all have totally different homes and decorating styles, but I love seeing how everyone chooses to decorate their own home. I think as bloggers we appreciate the love and time that others put into finding their treasures, styling and making their home their own… or at least I know I do. I live in a beach house that is far from special, but for me it is perfect!

  21. says

    I just love your home and I love that you embraced IT’S style. I just talked about that on IBC too. It’s so important to pay attention to what works with the style of your house but still make it your own. You’re spaces are the perfect example of that. Bravo!!

    xo Michael
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  22. says

    Trust me, ALLLL who enter your gorgeous home WILL feel warmly welcomed, although, admittedly, you won’t see me walking through your door with stilettos on! lol It all looks beautiful, Vanessa … love the coastal accents and all of your awesome vignettes! Happy Summer, friend!

  23. says

    Your home is the exact reflection of you Vanessa – it’s warm, inviting, graceful and relaxed! You’ve made such a gorgeous home for your family – it’s full of soul and beauty! Happy summer my friend! xo Heather

  24. says

    Oh, Vanessa! You made me chuckle…your home is so a pinterest home…it would be my dream home. I live in a split entry from the 1970’s that’s stuck in a time warp ~ I’m ready for Greg Brady to welcome me home one day but that being said, I am very, very thankful to God for it! Everything about your space is beautiful, warm and loving just like you.
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  25. Malea says

    My home is very similar to yours….down to the big picture window. I love your decor style! Do you mind sharing the paint color of your front door?

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