Our Summer House

LAST UPDATED: Feb 14, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 22, 2017 | By: Julie Blanner

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! LET’S CONNECT!

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