Friday, June 10, 2016

2016 Summer Home Tours - My Home

I am so excited you are here and thrilled to be kicking off the 2016 Summer Home Tours.  We have 30 of your favorite bloggers opening the doors to their homes and giving you a tour over the next 5 days. There will be 6 homes each day.   I know you will be as inspired by all of these ladies as I always am.  So mark your calendar for the next 5 days, you don't want to miss a single tour. 

Grab a coffee, cup of tea or glass of wine and enjoy.

I am starting things off with my home and then there are 5 more tours right after me.  Day one is sure to be a winner.


Since the living room in right inside the front door, let's start in there.  For summer I thought I would go with some really light and cool colors.  Living in the desert, we get some super hot temps, so looking at a room that is soft and monochromatic just seems to "feel" cool.  I chose a really light yellow and silvery gray and white to add that cool touch that I was looking for.
If you saw my Spring Home Tour,  you saw a lot of black and white checks with deep gold/yellow.  I like yellow, so I just softened it up and switched out the black and white for the gray. 

Mixing up the fabrics, colors and textures of different pillows gives the room more interest.
You don't always have to use those pairs of pillows together.  Split them up and use them somewhere else for a different look.  When your pillows aren't matchy - matchy they look more interesting.


The dining area of the room was already done in pretty yellows for Spring, so I just kept it the same way. 
 Simple yellow and white bud branches always look fresh.

Let's head on into the great room.  Since these rooms are open to each other, I like to keep the same colors flowing through out both spaces. 

My wonderful horse painting has grays and yellows, so the color combination works perfectly.
 Here's where I used the other half of all those pairs of pillows.  The solid gray, solid yellow and yellow print are pairs that I also used one of each in the living room.  I added the check throw and the chevron gray pillow for a different look and feel to this space.  Keeping this area more casual fits our lifestyle best.
Adding another small pillow for even more interest.

The breakfast area centerpiece stayed the same.  I swapped out the glasses and added gray napkins to keep it monochromatic and simple. 
When I have six for dinner I pull out a couple of the rush topped benched that store under the coffee table.
My kitchen is undergoing a makeover,  Be sure to follow along for a huge transformation.  New paint, appliances and counter tops.  I am going for a whole new look. 
We have gone from this - -

to this so far - more to come.  Check back in to see new flooring, counters and appliances as the makeover continues.
You can see all the details of our progress so far here
Next let's check out the hall bathroom.  When I redid it last fall I made a gray and yellow shower curtain that ties in perfectly with all my gray & yellow in the rest of the house.  You can see the complete makeover here.
Next is the Master Bedroom.   Here is where we take a dramatic change in color. (If you follow my blog you have already seen this, but for those new here I included it.)  The gray is a constant, but then I went a little daring. The shocking pink is a happy accident.
I ordered some fabric and they sent the wrong color, I received this shocking pink.  Well, it is gorgeous, so I just went with it.

Must have been meant to be since I actually had a shawl the same color.
I pulled out all my pink accessories from my stash and created a vignette for the dresser.
My hubby thinks soft pink is for girls, but he doesn't mind this color, so it will stay for a while. 
I'm not a fashion blog, but I always like to have a "go to" outfit put together for each season, so I thought the bright pink would be perfect.  (Besides, I love playing in my closet since the makeover)
Pink and white looks so fresh - I think this will probably be the one I grab for almost any occassion.  Perfect for date night or lunch with the girls.

A little bling on the tee shirt is always nice.

For a "dress up" date night, I love all black with tons of pearls and my bright pink shawl.  Very chic and dramatic.

I loved having you here, now be sure to check out the other 5 homes on today's tour. 
 Next up is
Sarah has a special knack of mixing colors and accessories to achieve a look that is totally her and totally awesome.  She's been working on her outdoor spaces & sharing how their new pool construction is coming along.  It is already fabulous.

Summer just seems to scream coastal and beachy decor.  That's not always easy to pull off without looking sketchy.  Not true for Christina, she knows how to give her home a taste of coastal with flair.

You will always find something to inspire you in Alicia's home.  Look at this room and those barn doors.  Amazing.

 Jenna has been turning her new "70's" home into a showplace.  Her bedroom is amazing and full of fabulous DIY projects.  Take a peak at that wall - it is fabulous.

Laura's home is beautiful inside and out and I also love the stories about their donkey too.  I love how she's refreshed her patio this year, and even a mirror on the wall.  This is a girl after my own heart.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for these fabulous tours.
Tuesday - June 7

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  1. Beautiful tour, Marty! Your whole house looks fresh and ready for the season. Mixing in the gray really works in there and I just love that bathroom!...and the pink!

  2. Oh Marty, I just love that horse print paired with the sconces in the living room! The kitchen is coming along great as well! You have such a beautiful home!

  3. I'm with Jenna, that horse print is gorgeous! It ties up so well with all the decor elements you've added. The pink pillows were indeed a happy mistake. You made them work nicely, they give your bedroom a good dash of energy. :)

  4. Your summer home is stunning! And am loving the changes to the kitchen! Thanks for hosting such an amazing tour! :)

  5. You know I love that pop of pink in your master!! And that horse print & sconces - love!

  6. Wonderful tour Marty! I love how bright and welcoming your home looks! Your furry pillows make me smile! ;)

  7. Your yellow and grey touches are great. The pillows on the sofa under the horse painting are perfect.

  8. Your home looks great Marty! I am so excited that the summer tour is finally here. I LOVE a home tour!

  9. Oh Miss Marty your kitchen looks fabulous! Great minds think alike as I added pink and yellow to my summer decor as well. Just gorgeous!

  10. I love the cool combo of grey and yellow and so I have punches of yellow in my summer home too! You always come up with wonderful vignettes, all season long and this summer is no exception! love it Marty! Thank you again for coordinating this and for your patience with us thru the entire process! Cheers!

  11. Gorgeous tour, as always, friend! I am loving the yellow and gray combo. So beautiful and well-done in your home! Thanks for including me on the tour again :)

  12. Everything is so pretty, love those yellow and gray's together! On my way to check everyone's homes out decorated for summer!

  13. Marty, your home is perfectly set for summer! Every space is beautiful! The yellow and gray are a great pairing! Pam @ Everyday Living

  14. I agree that the pink fabric was definitely a happy accident - I love it in your bedroom with the grays! And I can't wait to see what you do with your kitchen - such an exciting project to be able to do! Awesome kick-off to the tours Marty!!

  15. So beautiful Marty! I am a pillow lover :) and your collection is perfect!! Everything looks marvelous!

  16. So beautiful and welcoming Marty! I love yellows too :) So much so they stay up all year also :) And that bright pink is such a great punch of color! A very happy accident :)

  17. Beautiful tour, Marty! The gray and yellow are perfect, I love them with your horse artwork and those candle sconces are gorgeous! Such a fun week checking out all the tours, thanks so much for organizing them! :)

  18. LOVE the yellow!
    Lovely home,

  19. Love the yellow and gray Marty! I have to say that the "shocking" pink in the bedroom is my favorite. Gotta love happy accidents!

  20. Such a lovely tour Marty! I love that your hubby is okay with the hot pink! Love those pillows btw! Thanks for hosting such a fabulous tour!

  21. Love love love those candle holders flanking the art. I think I need them. And thanks for including me in your series.

  22. I really enjoyed your tour Marty, and how you achieve so much impact by simple tweaks. I am a pillow-a-holic and changing out the pillows seasonally is a fun, easy and budget friendly way to decorate. I love you dining table vignette especially!

  23. Just beautiful Marty!! I love the bright pink also! Thanks for this great tour!

  24. Yellow is very pretty for the summer. xoxo Su

  25. Marty - I absolutely loved your tour! Yellow and gray are a perfect pairing! Thanks again for all you do!!!

  26. Beautiful summer tour, Marty! I love all of the pillows and am most certainly smitten with the accidental pink in the bedroom - so fresh & fun! Lovely, lovely summer styling!! - Rachael @

  27. so glad summer is here! thanks for hosting a great event to get the inspiration running for summer! love your outdoor patio! it looks amazing!

  28. Beautiful, Marty! I am a fan of yellow and grey together.

  29. Hi Marty! I am really liking the touch of gray and yellow in your decor, it is really working well for you!! Happy Summer!