Simply Summer Home Tour

A cold glass of sweet tea sitting on the kitchen table, a pile of flip flops by the front door, chairs gathered around a bonfire in the backyard, and sunshine flooding our windows…

These are the sights of summer around our little farmhouse, and today I’m sharing my easy ideas for bringing laid-back, cozy summer style to any home. I am thrilled to be part of the Simply Summer Home Tour with Nina Hendrick, Birch Lane and Country Living, and at the end of this post you’ll find more inspiring ideas from other bloggers on this tour.

Welcome to summertime on the farm!

This beautiful, old farmhouse is ready for summer with fresh flowers, relaxed decor, and plenty of sunshine. Come take a tour!
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Inspired By – 6.20

It’s funny how inspiration can come in all different forms. Many times when I’m feeling stuck in a creative rut, I’ll look outside of the design world and watch movies, listen to music, study fashion, travel to new places, read magazines and books, or work on photography. All of these things evoke feelings deep inside, which is what fuels my creative spirit. Even though most of those things don’t have anything to do with decorating or design, I draw inspiration from them to try new things.

I saw a picture of one of my favorite musicians the other day who was wearing ripped jeans with frayed edges, a mix of vintage gold rings on just about every finger, a faded flannel shirt tied around her waist, and a bold black and white graphic tee… Do you know what that translated to in my mind? A living room with a time-worn, faded leather couch layered with white pillows that had bold typography printed on the fronts, and a white and gray flannel blanket draped over the side for an extra layer of softness, and a pair of vintage gold lamps on either side of the couch.

I’m not sure if that makes me a total weirdo or a creative genius (joking!), but either way I wanted to share this little bit of advice with you today. Creativity seems to be a living, breathing thing that needs to be fed and cared for on a regular basis. If you’re a busy mom or a workaholic like me who never takes time for herself, you’re most likely going to find yourself with low fuel in your creative tank every now and again. Spend the day outside and take in the scenery. Go to a ballet or a concert. Pick up some new magazines while waiting in line at the grocery store. Inspiration can come from just about anywhere!

Speaking of inspiration, here are the Instagram beauties that inspired me this week:

Weekly home and design inspiration from LoveGrowsWild.com

a sweet vintage bathroom scene from @vibekedesign

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Decorating Lessons I’ve Learned – Curtains

Over the last four years of writing this blog, I have given our little farmhouse a complete makeover from top to bottom… everything from major kitchen and bathroom renovations, to painting every last wall (at least twice), to replacing all the light fixtures, and more. Now that the sawdust has settled around here, I finally have had a chance lately to look back on all that we’ve done and all the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

I am a self-taught interior decorator, and I’ve had to learn a lot of lessons the hard (and sometimes expensive) way. As I was hanging new curtains in my office a few months ago, I thought to myself, “Boy, I’ve come a long way from the first set of curtains I hung in here! Maybe people would enjoy seeing some of the decorating mistakes I’ve made in the past and the lessons I learned from them…”

So today, I’m starting a new decorating series! Every month or so, I’ll share a new “Decorating Lessons I’ve Learned” post that shows changes we’ve made to our house over the years and lessons you can apply in your own home! Basically, I’ve already made the mistakes so that you don’t have to. : )

Decorating 101 - In this lesson, you'll learn all about curtains and the best way to hang them! Great tips from a self-taught interior decorator!
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Inspired By – 6.15

Hello, my loves! Summer is finally here at our little farmhouse, and I am loving all the sunshine and family time we’ve had lately. I have been busy working on outdoor projects like a new potting bench, this outdoor table setting, and our patio makeover, and also just did a fun photo shoot of our house that will be featured somewhere special soon!

Jeremy finished up planting our crops, and now he is busy cleaning up the tractors so they can be parked in the sheds until fall when we’re ready to harvest our corn and soybeans. He took on a lot more responsibility at the farm this year, and I am so proud of all that he is juggling and managing right now. Both of us being small business owners is definitely not easy for our finances or our schedules, but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I think our entrepreneurial spirits are one of the things we have in common that really bonds us, and I love that our kids get to see first hand all the hard work that goes into running a business.

Speaking of the boys, we’ve had baseball, baseball, and more baseball on our calendars the last two months, and as of last night our seasons are finally over. My youngest, Wyatt, graduated kindergarten and played tee ball this year, but was asked to step up and play rookie league (with first and second graders) for their tournaments. And my oldest, Alec, finished his fourth grade year and was one heck of a catcher for his baseball team. As much as I’m going to miss our nights at the ball diamond eating popcorn and trying not to get hit by foul balls, I am definitely looking forward to our schedules calming down a bit… until next month when football starts. : )

I know it’s been a few weeks since my last Inspired By post, but there have been so many beautiful images that caught my eye on Instagram lately, that I just had to share them with you. These are some feeds you don’t want to miss!

Weekly home and design inspiration from LoveGrowsWild.com

a cozy bedroom with beautiful french doors from @hammmadefurniture

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Kitchen Makeover – Before & After

The beginning of 2016 started off with a bang in our house (literally), as we began renovations on our dated farmhouse kitchen. This was by far the biggest and most expensive project we’ve tackled in this house, and I carefully designed every single detail to give us a functional, spacious, family-friendly kitchen on a budget that we could afford.

We opened up the wall between our kitchen and living room, which instantly made the kitchen feel so much bigger, brighter, and more open. We replaced all the cabinets, flooring, countertops, and lighting, and we even tore out the old chimney behind one wall to make room for a large pantry cabinet. I’ve posted about each step of our renovations over the last few months (you can see them all here!), but today I thought it would be fun to end our incredible kitchen makeover journey with some great before and after photos, which REALLY give you an idea of how far this little kitchen has come! It still shocks me how big this transformation was!

Let’s take a trip down memory lane…

See our plans for turning this dated, dysfunctional space into a gorgeous, modern farmhouse kitchen! More photos and details at LoveGrowsWild.com

This Indiana farmhouse just got a BIG kitchen makeover! Click to see more photos and sources for this gorgeous space at LoveGrowsWild.com
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Lemon Yogurt Parfait with Blueberries and Toasted Honey-Glazed Walnuts

Today’s recipe is sponsored by our friends at the American Dairy Association Mideast.

Warm summer mornings call for a cool, healthy breakfast, and this quick and easy yogurt parfait is my go-to choice right now. Lemon-infused Greek yogurt topped with juicy, fresh blueberries and toasted honey-glazed walnuts… what a delicious way to start the day!

Lemon-infused Greek yogurt topped with fresh blueberries and toasted honey-glazed walnuts makes the perfect healthy breakfast for busy mornings! [Read more…]

Kitchen Makeover – Finishing Touches

Our little farmhouse kitchen got a BIG makeover! This week I’m sharing the finishing touches we added to complete our renovation… you can catch up on the rest of the kitchen makeover series here!


 

We’re finally at the end of our kitchen makeover series, and today I get to share the fun stuff with you guys… the finishing touches! Dealing with electrical issues, uneven ceilings, and other renovation realities are not my idea of a good time, but when the contractor finally gave me the green light to pick out lighting, a sink faucet, cabinet hardware, and all the decorative elements, I was more than happy to do some shopping. Let’s dive into the details of our biggest makeover to date!

This Indiana farmhouse just got a BIG kitchen makeover! Click to see more photos and sources for this gorgeous space at LoveGrowsWild.com

This Indiana farmhouse just got a BIG kitchen makeover! Click to see more photos and sources for this gorgeous space at LoveGrowsWild.com
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