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June 16, 2015

Summer Home Tour...Open House


Hello everyone and welcome on in to my Summer Home Tour today! I'm joining in with an amazing group of bloggers...so read on to see the deets. 

I think that probably with the exception of the Christmas season, my home pretty much has a summery vibe to it year round since I live in a tropical climate. There are definitely some things that help to define that feel without being too trendy and keeping totally true to my own aesthetic. 
What are they? 
Read on and I'll show you more and explain my summery thoughts:~)


It starts in the big open floor plan kitchen/dining/family room with the white walls and dark stone finish porcelain tile floors. We have lived in this house 25 years now this Father's Day and there have been changes of course, but the white walls and white kitchen have been in place since day one. This is my favorite area in our home...

Since we have lived here for so long, raised our kiddos here, gone through a devastating hurricane (Andrew~1992) by now most things have been updated. The kitchen cabinet boxes are heavy old wood so we didn't want to remove them, and had replaced doors some years back and the hardware as well. If I had my way at the time we would have gone with white Cararra marble counters, but builder husband said no. I think that the look is timeless, summery and happy...


We have no formal dining room in this open plan, so this is it and it looks out to the pool and garden. As you can see...and especially if you haven't been to the blog before, I love a combination of styles to make my own...

Flowers for color. A definite MUST and in the early summer it's peony time...


I LOVE pale aqua! Did you notice that? My vintage French yogurt jars, old French pickle jar and syphons add just that little pop...


What's my signature style? Hmmm, I guess you could say French inspired with a bit of shabby chic, coastal and some elegant glitz tossed in to the mix. I often blog about how I achieved my own style over time and most of what I have here in my home was either free, DIY'ed or low cost. 
I've rolled that way since forever ago in college when there was no money to decorate my apt and I discovered Goodwill and flea market shopping and became a self taught DIY whiz of sorts...

The "buffet" is a dresser scored for free that I painted white with a pale green waxed top. The mirror is a reproduction piece that I used to sell in my shop some years back. The chandelier is one that I completely remade from a free vintage frame. The table was DIY'ed by myself and the husband. The chairs are a mix from Restoration Hardware and World Market...and I waited for sales:~)


I love old authentic paint finishes on wood, and these vintage stools have that original paint. Although some great paints exist these days and I've used them, when I find pieces like these I'm super happy. You can sometimes find pieces like these on eBay (I used to sell there way back when) or flea markets...


The view from the bar in the family room into the kitchen and dining room. Even though we don't have a huge dining room there are plenty of places to sit and eat and in South Florida we generally entertain outdoors when we have a lot of people over...

The Mason jar chandelier is something that I made a few years ago after the husband brought me the rusty old crusty frame from a trash pile. It became a knock~out success and everyone wanted it, so I started selling them in the on~line shop (made by us). I'm pretty proud that we were the first people to do Mason jar chandeliers that I know of!


Soft faded shades of blue and pink are my favorite accent colors by far. I collect French enamelware and my dishes are an old set of French Limoges that I bought from a local friend. How pretty are these peonies?!

A side counter in the kitchen that is under a pantry cabinet. Our kitchen backsplash is done with the palest sea glass tiles from Home Depot...


On to the living room, which is the first room that you see when you enter our home. For summer I did a few simple and a few not so simple things...like paint the beach inspired painting that I talked about HERE...


The coffee table was shopped from my own house and is sometimes in the family room. I got the table for free probably 15 years ago from a friend's store and cut the legs down from this former store display piece and painted it in milk paint from the Old Fashioned Milk Paint company (back when milk paint was hard to find:~)

The accents in here are again my soft blues and pinks, and the ombre pillows I dyed with some Rit Dye (from Amazon) after sewing them up from a vintage Irish linen tablecloth that had seen better days. I love to repurpose old linens like that...

The glitz of a great vintage chandelier goes a long way to bring style to a room. 

I really pay no attention to trends and my home may not be the latest...but to me it's the greatest because I love what we have and what we've done...


There is not much room in my dining area for furniture, so quietly tucked in a corner of the living room sits this vintage china cabinet filled with extra sets for styling occasions...


Over the years I've scored some great vintage finds, including this garden table stacking set made of cast aluminum. The paint is original and has oodles of patina and I've brought it inside for summer. I love to collect vintage garden pieces and you can read my eBay guide about that for some pretty darn good info...


In the interest of time the last room on today's Summer Home Tour that I'll share is the master bedroom. I'll share more over the next few weeks on upcoming posts...

Again, my favorite things...original paint on furniture, lots of white and a few pale accents. Our bed has a tufted white denim headboard that we've had for a few years now. I don't worry about white...it can be cleaned and we have 3 dogs, so that's my testimony to those who say that they can't do white! The bed linens are forever changing and the pink cabinet (free from a friend) holds the extras...


Opposite the bed is this mantel with non working fireplace that we took out of an old home. I accented it for summer with a collection of vintage eBay found McCoy pottery and some sea glass vintage bottles and cut some ferns from our garden. If you've never cut ferns to bring inside they have staying power and can last for a couple of weeks in water...


Toby decided to pop in to my shot and his little blue and white striped shirt makes him fit right in to this summer scene.
He wears a shirt because of a skin condition and yes, he is a one~eyed guy...


Sweet summer sea dreams on the mantel right now...


If you were wondering what's in the crate on the vintage bench at the foot of the bed, I'm drying flowers. I love the look of dried flowers and so why not in the bedroom so they can be enjoyed!


A little bit of vintage shabbyfufu style in the corner...

 Around the pool ~ summer style entertaining...



Down by the water behind our home where it's quiet but set up for a festive dinner...


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46 comments:

s.duane said...

I love the backyard setting it's so inviting! Thanks for sharing!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Janet, thank you for the tour of your most beautiful home. You truly have gathered and made the most wonderful things over time to create an incredible home for you and your family....I am truly in awe of your creativity....Now that my brother has come out of retirement (for a little while) and is working in Hollywood, you may never know who may be knocking on your door!....Also, I did not realize you went through Hurricane Andrew...we did too...such a devastating time!...have a great day Janet!

Cindy said...

Janet,
Your home is simply gorgeous! I love it all, but especially the nesting garden tables! Those are fab! By the way, Toby is a cutie!
Cheers,
Cindy
Edith & Evelyn Vintage

Cynthia Weber said...

Janet… there is so much to drool over in your beautifully styled home! I have enjoyed every scrumptious photo!
Thank you for letting us all in today and for being part of the amazing bHome tour. I am very excited for my turn up on Thursday.;)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

What a beautiful home!!! I adore your feminine, fru fru take on summer. It is so cool and fresh and just fabulous!!!! Janet, your photography is amazing!!!!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Janet this is amazing...so peaceful and bright. You are blessed to have so much light in your home...it's definitely a very happy place! Enjoy the rest of your summer...Ann

Shannon Fox said...

Completely smitten with the shabby goodness :))))
You know I love all the aqua... and those vintage yogurt jars are a new must-have <3
Happy Summer!!

Debbiedoos said...

Janet you have such charming taste full of personality and style. I love the mason jar chande! Beautiful tour and photos. It was delightful to see.

Shabbyfufu said...

Thank you so much for visiting!

Shabbyfufu said...

Thank you Shirley for your sweet comments and come by any time!

Shabbyfufu said...

Thanks so much Cindy for taking the time to pop over!

Shabbyfufu said...

Thanks so much and I'll be over to visit on Thurs!

Shabbyfufu said...

Thank you Yvonne...my style may not be for everyone, but it works for us :-) Thanks for the compliment on the photography too!

Shabbyfufu said...

Ann...thank you for all of your work on putting this together! Enjoy your summer too

Shabbyfufu said...

Thank you fellow aqua girlie! Happy summer to you

Shabbyfufu said...

Thanks so much Debbie!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I knew it was going to be be - but, wow, it's so deliciously gorgeous AND comfortable-looking. So many beautiful things to see and rest (and relax) your eyes and excite your soul!

It's no wonder you are THE Shabby Fufu!

Debi Coules said...

So shabby beautiful Janet! You are such an inspiration!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

So pretty, Janet and Cody is too cute!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Oops I mean Toby.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Janet your home is so very lovely. I am crazy about soft muted colors, your is perfect. Jo

Anita at Cedar Hill said...

It's so lovely Janet. It's feel very open, cool and tropical as you say but with a French vibe.

Nellie said...

So lovely and welcoming! I know I could really relax in your home! xo

Marigene said...

Your home is simply beautiful with the touches of aqua. Thanks for sharing with us.

www.mysoulfulhome.com said...

Oh so stunningly beautiful & so very summery Janet! Love it all!!

chateau chic said...

Your home is so fresh and lovely, Janet! I absolutely adore the color accents you use throughout and the fabulous stools and benches with original paint add so much yummy personality. Your styling is just so gorgeous!!
Mary Alice

At The Picket Fence said...

Janet your home is just so, so lovely and overflowing with gorgeousness! It's all so light and bright and perfectly summery. So fun to be part of the tour with you today!

Pamela said...

Janet your home is just so beautiful! Thank you for always inviting us in.

molly- See you downtown said...

Thanks for sharing a great picture of your great nesting tables, a fave of mine

Pura Vida said...

What pleasure

Mardi said...

I love the suttle colors of summer. A breath of fresh air, truely.

bHome username Mardi

Stephanie from GardenTherapy.ca said...

What a beautiful home - it's hard to believe it was all free, DIY, or low cost! That outdoor chandelier is so perfect for your space! Thanks for opening your house.

Spoonchik said...

Thank you for sharing your house tour. It is absolutely delightful. I love your little dog. He looks like a sweetheart. I am sure he is very loved and adored!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

Absolutely STUNNING! sigh....

ginette4 said...

Stunning…love all the blue mason jars
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Burlap Luxe said...

Oh Janet, it's such a wonderful year around home, even at Christmas.
I comment on your sea painting, I love how transparent it feels when you look into the waters, and the sky of pink is so perfect for your home.

There is so much to comment on that I love, those iron nesting tables wow! And your French sofa, the little touches here and there pure and good.

Beauty to your JUNE and the start of Summer.

Xoxo
Dore

Amy Stafford said...

Your hoe is so lovely Janet. The colors truly are beautiful and peaceful. Thank you for taking me on the tour!

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

I absolutely adore your beautiful home Janet. Everything from the soft hues to the chandies... to four legged friends. I want to come live in your home!! Thanks for the beautiful tour xx

Linda Willson said...

Absolutely gorgeous, especially for an aqua lover like me! You have so much talent and sharing it with all of us is genuinely appreciated. Thank you!

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Hi Janet! Your home is always so beautiful! I love the light, soft colors and all the natural light that comes in! Little Toby the photo bomb is looking quite handsome in his shirt, too! Love the peonies as well! They smell so wonderful! Thank you for sharing your special and lovely home! Hugs, Leena

Michael Wurm, Jr said...

What a beautiful home. Love all the pops of beautiful color. Excited to be on this tour with you!

xo Michael

DD's Cottage said...

Love how bright and cheerful but relaxing your home looks-I want to come visit!

Mogsy said...

You have a truly beautiful home. Love the relaxed and serene feeling it gives to look at your home through your beautiful photos. Such an inspiration! 🏡

Jamie-So Much Better With Age said...

It's just stunning!! I absolutely adore your blog and style. Sharing on my FB page ;)
Hugs, Jamie

Mary Beth said...

Your home is so beautiful....it is everything shabby, vintage and fabulous and I love that you create the look without clutter (I need some lessons!). I am absolutely thrilled to have been a part of the first bHome tour with you ~ hugs mb

Heather SettingforFour said...

Gorgeous! I love the way you use neutrals with soft colors to create such an inviting, relaxing home! So thrilled to be a part of this fun bHome tour with you! Happy Summer - Heather