Serene Summer Home Tour - Coastal French Elegant Style In Miami

white coastal kitchen design

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:~)

coastal cottage french style kitchen

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.

dining room table with peonies

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.

vintage french buffet aqua bottles

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

french country cottage style dining room

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:~)

summer dining room decorating

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.

summer decorating shabby chic style

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!

peonies in french enamelware

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?!

summer living room beach painting

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...

pale blue coffee table button tufted French sofa

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.

beach painting in blue and pink

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...

summer flowers living room

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.

vintage garden nesting tables

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 bring them inside.

ruffled bed shabby chic couture

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.

blue bedroom shabby chic style

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.

one eyed dog photo

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.

mc coy pottery in aqua

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...

summer mantel decorating coastal beach style

Sweet summer sea dreams on the mantel right now.

vintage blueberry crate with dried flowers

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!

pale blue prom dress tulle

A little bit of vintage shabbyfufu style in the corner.


pool garden party

 Around the pool ~ summer style entertaining.


garden party outdoors ribbon chandelier

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

aqua pink french coastal style summer home decorating


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