A Home Tour with Summer Inspiration and Design Ideas

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I was so honored to have Farmhouse Living film my home as part of their summer home tour series. They had so many wonderful shots of my home so I thought I would share a home tour with summer inspiration and design ideas with you.

summer front porch decor several pots and urns filled with flowers and plants vintage door with botanicals hanging on it copper vintage porch lights and light green front door with woven wall basket filled with faux flowers

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I have such a passion for design and decorating my home for the seasons.

One thing I love the most is trying to think outside the box and use things in unexpected ways.

If you have been following my blog for long, you know that I love a neutral pallet in my decor.

Even though I don’t use much color, I create interest by layering fabrics and textures. I also incorporate one of a kind vintage pieces.

However, I discovered a couple of years ago, that I enjoy bringing in a few pops of blue for the summer months.

I remembered I had my great grandmother’s blue transferware. I pulled some pieces out to decorate my kitchen hutch and was immediately smitten with the classic look of the blue and white.

Ever since then, I have incorporated bits of blue and white in my home for summer decor, including my front porch and back patio areas.

So, let’s get started on this summer home tour. I can’t wait to share ways I like to incorporate fresh and dried flowers, baskets, gardening elements, and hints of blue.


welcome to my home – a home tour with summer inspiration and design ideas

front of white farmhouse with metal roof and cottage garden style flower beds and light green front door
photo by Farmhouse Living

If you would like to see the full home tour video…..

front door decor – summer inspiration

summer front porch decor several pots and urns filled with flowers and plants vintage door with botanicals hanging on it copper vintage porch lights and light green front door with woven wall basket filled with faux flowers
photo by Farmhouse Living

When my husband and I were building our home about 8 years ago, we started collecting architectural and vintage pieces. We wanted to make our home unique and also add lots of character.

The front door was one of those finds.

It took me quite a while to find a door that I really liked and that was in our budget. When we stumbled across this one at a salvage place in Dallas, l immediately knew it was the one.

It is a little wider than usual and had original hardware as well as a brass mail slot.

Originally, I had the door painted a dark gray, and I loved it for about 6 years. But, last year decided I wanted a change so I painted it a light green color. It has been a fun change, but honestly, I’m itching to change it up again.

I love to change up the front door decor with each season. For my summer decor this year, I used a woven wall basket filled with faux flowers that look very realistic.

Last summer, this basket was filled with small American flags.

summer front porch with chalkboard sign with summer saying 2 black wicker chairs with blue and white throw pillows side table with topiary
photo by Farmhouse Living

front porch – summer decor

Our porch is fairly long, and is set up with a seating area to the left of our front door. And to the right of the door is a table for eating along with lots of plants.

This is where my husband and I enjoy sitting in the mornings for coffee when weather permits.

The two black wicker chairs were a resale shop find years ago. The seat covers are removable and make it easy for washing. I like to change up the throw pillows seasonally.

A black wicker side table is between the chairs.

I love lamps so I have a lamp on the table. But since this area gets dirty easily, I removed the fabric on the shade and left the lamp spine exposed.

There is also a topiary and candle on this table. I enjoy lighting the candle anytime we are sitting outside.

The lamp and candle add a coziness to the experience of front porch sitting.

summer front porch decor several pots and urns filled with flowers and plants vintage door with botanicals hanging on it copper vintage porch light and light green front door
photo by Farmhouse Living

We decided to use brick pavers on our front porch and I love the character that it added.

The light fixtures were another purchase from the salvage store where we found the front door.

They are vintage copper fixtures and were a steal at $75 each.

A chippy vintage door leans against the wall of the porch and is a perfect backdrop for seasonal artwork.

Different types of plants and flowers are inside baskets, urns and aged flower pots. These are changed out occasionally and with the seasons.

2 white slipcovered chairs on front porch with a tall topiary behind each chair vintage glass top table between chairs with collection of live topiaries on table
photo by Farmhouse Living


On the far end of my porch is a small garden table. It is perfect for seating two and was purchased on Facebook marketplace last year.

The chairs are actually slipcovered plastic garden chairs.

I have a “thing” for topiaries and have much better luck with them outside, so I created a table vignette using a collection of them.

And the large ones behind each chair are in large white urns and add some height and interest beside my kitchen window.

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dining room table centerpiece – summer inspiration

large white round dining table with white slipcovered parsons chairs and round sisal rug with table centerpiece for summer decorating white vintage frame around iron container filled with fresh cut blooms glass cloche with concrete swan

Just beyond the front door of my home is our main dining area.

I thrifted this large round table years ago, and it is one of my favorite pieces. The chairs are white slipcovered IKEA chairs and are comfortable and easy to clean.

table centerpiece for summer decorating white vintage frame around iron container filled with fresh cut blooms glass cloche with concrete swan

Tablescapes and centerpieces are some of my favorite things to decorate and create.

This is a place that I really love being creative and using things in unexpected ways.

For example, this centerpiece I put together for summer decor is an iron plant holder filled with cuttings from a Vitex tree in my yard.

I placed a small concrete swan with a cloche over it and added some height with a large vintage book.

Lastly, I added a large white chippy frame over the top of the display. It added just a bit of whimsey and unusual element to my table centerpiece.

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breakfast area & kitchen – touches of blue and gardening elements for summer

I don’t change up the kitchen or breakfast area a lot for summer. But, these are a couple of places I started incorporating pops of blue.

Blue transferware is scattered between my kitchen hutch and china cabinet in the breakfast area.

The kitchen hutch is another one of my favorite pieces in my home, and I love changing it up for the seasons.

I often display different things on the top of the hutch and also wall decor above it.

For my summer look, I added a collection of straw hats over the top and vintage books grouped on the top.

A couple of the hats are actually ones I wear and the others were picked up at thrift stores for $4.00 or less.

white kitchen hutch shelves filled with white dishes and blue transferware pieces collection of straw hats hanging over and vintage books fill the top of the hutch for summer decor
photo by Farmhouse Living

breakfast area decor

The china cabinet has a collection of white ironstone and I added a few pieces of the blue transferware.

Gardening elements and plants make great summer decor, so I used a couple of vintage garden tools as wall art, and a collection of topiaries on top of the hutch.

photos by Farmhouse Living

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back patio – outdoor spaces summer inspiration and design ideas

Our back patio is an extended living area to our home when weather permits.

It opens up from our living area and kitchen with french doors, so we can open up the house and overflow onto the patio.

It is enclosed with 2 glass garage doors, that we can open and close easily depending on the weather.

In warmer months it stays open. But in colder months, we can close them and heat the space with the fireplace fairly quickly.

round dining table with woven parsons chairs on sisal rug on outside patio vintage demi johns filled with flags for table centerpiece
photo by Farmhouse Living



One end of our patio has a living area and fireplace. And the other has a patio table for dining and a sink area.

We love to be outside and also love hosting friends and family so this back patio is used often.

To add a bit of summer decor to the patio, I filled the fireplace with lots of old terra cotta pots I had stored in the garage since it won’t be used this summer.

photos by Farmhouse Living

I added blue and white throw pillows to the white slipcovered sofa.

And a bench I found on FB marketplace recently stands in as a coffee table.

white slipcovered sofa with blue and white throw pillows wooden bench for coffee table with stacked books and flower arrangement woven sisal rug
photo by Farmhouse Living

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We were so honored to have our home featured in the summer issue of Country Sampler Farmhouse Style magazine. Our back porch was the cover photo of the magazine.

I didn’t spend a lot of money or even go to a lot of trouble to transition my home for summer.

Using things that really speak “summer” to me and that I already had on hand made my home summer ready in no time.

I hope you enjoyed “a home tour with summer inspiration and design ideas” and found some ideas to incorporate in your own home.

blessings and happy summer,

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30 Comments

    1. Ok, let me call you a little later today and lets figure that out.

  1. Michele, Every single inch of your home is so lovely, inside and out. You are one talented lady. Hugs to you.

    1. Thanks so much sweet friend! I really appreciate the kind words.

  2. Love this post, this tour and all the vintage character you’ve added to your amazing home. Makes me want to spend more time out shopping though! LOL. Not kidding. Enjoy your summer. Stay cool!

    1. Thank you so much Cindy! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour and I really appreciate your kind words.

  3. Such a beautiful post Michele. Your home looks amazing and is so inviting. I ope to visit you there one day and sit on that beautiful prorch.

    1. Thanks so much Wendy and I would LOVE for you to some visit!

  4. Michele
    Congratulations on your magazine feature. I loved every image. Your home is so stunning and you know how I love all the architectural features you incorporated into the design. Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. Thanks so much Rachel! I really appreciate the kind words and so glad you liked it!
      Have a lovely weekend!

  5. What a gorgeous tour. I can’t wait to watch the video. I will be featuring your post on this week’s Sunday Smiles.

    1. Oh, thank you so much! I really appreciate that and so glad you enjoyed the tour.

  6. Michele,
    I’m so happy for you to be featured in that lovely magazine! I read it as soon as it came in the mail.
    Your home is just gorgeous. All the vintage decor scattered throughout is spectacular. Enjoy the Summer!!

    1. Thank you so much Rachel! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate the kind words.

  7. Your home is so lovely. It’s absolutely magazine worthy. Found you at Living Large… link party & I am so glad I did. I love the topiaries and plants plus all the vintage and rustic touches are amazing throughout. Pinning. Have a wonderful day. XO- MaryJo from masterpiecesmylife.ocm

    1. Thank you so much MaryJo! I am actually a host of the link party, as well and I’m so glad you joined us!

      So glad you are inspired by my home. Funny that you said “magazine worthy”, it is actually featured in the current “summer” issue of Country Sampler Farmhouse Style magazine and is also the cover.

      I was incredibly honored to be featured and shocked to be the cover!

      Farmhouse Living did a video tour recently and if you’re interested you can see my post plus the video here.
      https://www.vintagehomedesigns.com/a-home-tour-with-summer-inspiration-and-design-ideas/

      Again, I really appreciate the kind words! Have a wonderful weekend.

      michele

  8. Hi Michele- I loved the tour and you budget friendly approach to appointing your home. Thank you also for linking some affordable furniture options like the Parsons chairs and slip covered sofas. Hope you and all Texans are able to stay cool this summer.

    1. Thank you Anna. I’m so glad you enjoyed the tour and really appreciate you watching and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Congratulations on your Cover photo for Country Sampler Farmhouse Style magazine. Woohoo! And also for the Farmhouse Living video which I really enjoyed. The glass garage doors are genius. Your staircase is a beautiful and impactful architectural design in your home ❤️.

    1. Thanks so much, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the video tour. I really appreciate your kind words! Have a lovely weekend.

  10. Love your style Michele, everything looks perfect for summer. Question… when you built your home, did you need to find a specific builder who was willing to work with salvaged items? We are planning a kitchen remodel and was recently told they would not work with salvaged pieces since they could not provide a warranty on those items. I have been collecting and was crushed since I have some very specific pieces I would like to use. Just wondered if this was an issue for you. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks Cara! And I didn’t have an issue because as we interviewed several builders, I made sure they were willing to work with that before we chose a builder.

  11. Your home is so lovely Michele! You have such a talent! I could sit on your front porch with sweet tea for hours ! I’m excited to tell you that this post will be featured in Tuesday Turn About Link Party this week! Thanks so much for linking up and we hope to see you this week! Pinned 😊

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words and the feature Cindy!

  12. I forgot to say congrats on the magazine feature! And thank you for linking up on Farmhouse Friday. I’m featuring it tomorrow. Obvi it’s not as grand as Farmhouse Living but almost – LOL! Hope you link up again soon. Have a great weekend. pinned again

    1. Cindy and I really appreciate the feature!

  13. The creativity and innovation showcased in your posts is truly inspiring for anyone looking to transform their home into personalized havens.

    1. Oh, thank you so much for the kind words! I really appreciate that and so glad you found inspiration here!

  14. Hi Michele, I really enjoyed the tour and your budget-friendly approach to decorating your home. Thanks for sharing affordable furniture options like the Parsons chairs and slipcovered sofas. Wishing you and everyone in Texas a cool summer ahead! By the way you can also go with clay roofs to keep the home cool.

    1. Thank you and I’m so glad you enjoyed the home tour!

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