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Our Summer House

Do you ever feel like you always miss the bus despite your best planning? Is it me or is it all moms {please say so!} I have a paper calendar on my desk, one on my phone set with 2 alerts for each event and somehow, I still find myself a day late. That’s why we bought a summer house. A place where I can relax, collect my thoughts and piece it all together come Monday morning. Sadly, I still failed. I was excited when Gina of The Shabby Creek Cottage invited me to participate in her summer home tour with Bless’er House, Worthing Court, Thistlewood Farms, Stone Gable, Rooms for Rent, Refresh Restyle, Farmhouse Chic, Sand Dollar Lane and of course The Shabby Creek Cottage. Somehow, I had it in my mind and both calendars it was May 22nd, so here we are. So please, give these ladies some extra special praise because we need to lift one another up.

Back to our summer house – last summer we purchased a little lake cottage nestled on Table Rock Lake in Southwest Missouri. It has been such a haven for our family and has reminded me to embrace moments and not our phones, tv shows, and even little decorating details.

I found the simplicity of the exterior charming and wanted that to reflect indoors, so over the winter we began to make a few updates. Just like the Zac Brown Band song “everything I need and nothing that I don’t.” I know it’s not always the most popular style, but it puts me at ease to not have so much “stuff”.

Above is a sneak peek of the guest bedroom I was working on over the weekend. I can’t wait to share more with you, but until then, I can share just how much I love using outdoor rugs {very accessible in summer} indoors to minimize carpet and not worry about spills.

This rug has the prettiest, softest weave!

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I can also tell you that I overthink everything, especially art. The one time I didn’t, it turned out just perfect! I uploaded an iPhone photo of the view from our dock to Walgreens Saturday morning and framed it for $10.

I can sometimes be frugal, but the one place I am always willing to spend is lighting. It sets the mood for a space.

beautiful brass sconce cottage lighting

light and bright hall

The hall bath

simple bathroom updates to make it feel light, bright and fresh

In the master bedroom, I can’t decide if I want a side table or not, but fresh blooms always bring me joy.

Most of our summer house was covered in wallpaper, some looked perfectly summery with the addition of a few accents and others looked tired and dated. I personally love it in our master bathroom.

bow to make a dated bathroom feel up to date without spending a lot of money

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bow to make a dated bathroom feel up to date without spending a lot of money

make a double vanity feel up to date

floral wallpaper

As we look forward to hosting friends this summer we finished another guest bedroom – isn’t this wallpaper so cheerful? Perfect for summer.

how to arrange bed pillows

choosing and arranging bed pillows

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and I hope you never tire of seeing this room, because I just love it.

pretty and playful bunk bed room ideas

How to decorate a bunk bed room

pretty and playful bunk bed room ideas

We just updated the kitchen – on a budget and I no longer mind the dated oak cabinets with updated hardware and the muted backsplash!

how to update a 90's kitchen without painting the cabinets

Somehow though, these things always look prettier in person. I wish I could have you over!


I hope you enjoyed touring our summer house and look forward to seeing you again soon! Until next time, visit my friends for more inspirational summer decorating ideas!

Bless’er House

Worthing Court

Thistlewood Farms

Stone Gable

Rooms for Rent

Refresh Restyle

Farmhouse Chic

Sand Dollar Lane

The Shabby Creek Cottage


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28 comments on “Our Summer House”

  1. Julie, I adore your summer house. Just the thought of a “summer house” makes me swoon! Yes, the wallpaper is lovely and perfect for your darling home! Now if you can only relax like you want to and not spend all your time decorating it! LOVE touring with you!

  2. oh I have summer house envy! How wonderful for you to have a spot to relax and reflect.

    Love that rug too, I will be watching for the details! Indoor/outdoor rugs are the best. I just pressure washed my living room rug from Ballard last week 🙂

  3. Such an adorable summer house! Love the simplicity of the decor and the white braided rug. Can you provide the source? Thanks.

    Enjoy the summer ahead!

  4. I just found your house tour and got so excited when you mentioned Table Rock Lake, as we live in Branson!!!! Your home is adorable and oh so fresh and summery.

    • No way! Hello, neighbor! We’re between Indian Point and the Kimberling City bridge…we frequented Branson/Table Rock growing up and couldn’t wait to have a place their of our own.

  5. I am right there with you, Julie. I almost missed this tour because mom brain is completely a real thing. Haha! I’m not normally a wallpaper fan but I totally agree with you. Those two wallpapers are beautiful! Hope you get lots of much deserved relaxation this summer, friend.

  6. I love the couch and chairs in the living room. Where did you get them?

  7. It is beautiful! I am sure many wonderful memories will be made there!! I absolutely love the white bedding if you would not mind sharing the source. Thank you so much.

  8. The wallpaper in the master bed is absobloomin’ lovely!

  9. Good afternoon Julie, we tend not to have summer houses here in England, but oh my word, if we did, I would love to own one as pretty as yours. It is a delight.
    Interestingly I normally have walls which are painted so I can display all my pictures, but you have certainly turned my head with your pretty wallpaper.
    I have loved seeing how you have decorated your summer house.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Best Wishes,

    • Thank you, Daphne! If I lived in beautiful England, I likely wouldn’t want/need one! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I can’t wait to add art to these walls. Have a beautiful weekend!

  10. I love the simplicity of your home. So fresh and peaceful. I can imagine what a great space to relax and unwind. I’m in love with your painted blue dresser. Can you tell me what color blue that is? Thanks so much.

  11. The house is with clear design, and everything is so cute and cozy. I like it! I think it’s perfect for relax (That’s what you need).

  12. Julie, I am a little late to this post but just wanted to say everything looks lovely , perfect for summer relaxation! would you mind sharing the sources for the frame with the printed iPhone dock photo, and the pillowcases below it? (they appear to be muted block print)
    Thanks ever so much,

  13. What is the paint color in the kitchen?

  14. Gorgeous– love the soft colors!

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