Summer Home Tour and Free Printable

I have some fun things to share with you today! I am thrilled to be joining these 23 amazingly talented ladies to share our homes for the summer!  

As a fun bonus, some of these bloggers are going to be offering a giveaway on their site the day of their home tour. I drew this free summer printable for you so everyone could have a little something instead of just having one winner! 
Here is the order of events for the week… we’re ending with a big day Friday!
Finding Silver PenniesTown and Country LivingMigonis Home
Craftberry BushThe Hankful HouseLife on Virginia StreetSo Much Better with Age
House by HoffEveryday EnchantingMaison de PaxWicks Nest
My Creative Days | Ella ClaireThe Happy HousieRooms FOR RentThe Lily Pad Cottage
Bliss at HomeSouthern State of Mind | Designed Decor | The Woodgrain Cottage | 3 Little Greenwoods | Just A Girl and Her Blog | City Farmhouse 

One of the things that I loved having last summer was our little Italian Sodas station. I think these french syrup bottles are really pretty, and it is fun to be able to make the sodas here and there for a little treat. 

One of the things I love about summer is all of the bright and cheerful colors. They are so happy.

As you can see, we are STILL working on putting our house together. I still need to paint this woodwork. It is primed, but not painted. We are getting there… slowly, but surely. 
Half of the furniture and decor from our home is still packed up and out in the garage because of our big renovation, and I will be slowly reintroducing it back into the house. I want to make sure to only bring things back inside that we 100% love and need so I am taking my time. Because the reno was such a drastic change, I am not completely sure what I will need/want in here. I was tired of living with everything completely bare though, so I added little summer touches here and there. 

{Ella was very excited to draw this picture for you} 
I pulled our big chalkboard in here for now. I think I want a bigger one on that wall, but Ella sure loves this one at her level!
 “The green grass and happy skies court the fluttering butterflies.”
I have doodled on anything and everything for as long as I can remember. A few months ago, I went through my files from over 10 years ago, of drawings and stitchery patterns that I used to sell. There were a lot of vines and floral-y wreaths and such, and I realized how much I had missed doing that kind of work. I have been working on more of them ever since, and mostly playing around with some of the ones I already had in my files. 
I made this little one to share with you if you would like to download and print it. “The green grass and happy skies court the fluttering butterflies.” It is free and you can find the link to download at the bottom of this post. I recommend printing it on cardstock or heavy watercolor paper. It makes a huge difference in the quality of the print. 

I began to pull out my boxwood wreaths and I love the freshness and summer-y-ness {that is a word} they bring to our home.  (ignore the wall patching… we are still mid-reno)

These fun flowering branches also liven up the space. I just can’t wait to find a rug for this area and hang the artwork on the wall!


This isn’t really a summer touch, but if you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw that I found this AMAZING antique trunk on Craigslist. It is so much prettier in person. I didn’t get a very good picture of it. The age and patina is so beautiful. 

My entire office is still out in the garage, so I have this wide open space for now. I thought I would take advantage of it by creating a fun little reading nook for Ella. She helped me set it up and she keeps sneaking away with her books to just lay in the sun and read. 
I love pulling out my vintage linens for the summer. There is something so bright and cheerful about them.
I found a whole quilt worth of hand stitched Dresden Plate squares at a yard sale over the winter for only $3 and I thought they would make a fun little banner. I just clipped them to jute rope using clothespins. Look at all of the gorgeous vintage patterns! The rest of the squares are just as spectacular.
This vintage iron bed was another Craigslist score. Ella absolutely loves to play on it. 

I love planting a garden every year, and I have been working pretty hard out here. I have to say that I am already in LOVE with having these DIY wooden tomato cages. They are so much sturdier than the wire ones I had before. I am hoping for a big harvest this year! 

Well, that is what I have so far. I am still pluggig away at getting the house back together, and I will get there! Hopefully :). 
I hope you enjoyed a little peek into our home this summer! Thank you for stopping by! 
If you would like to download the free printable, you can access it by clicking HERE. Please note: Please pin from this blog post and not from the printable link as that link is subject to change. 
This printable is Free for Personal Use Only 
(Copyright 2014 to Kristen Whitby, owner and artist) 
Please do not redistribute, alter, or sell in any form. Thank you!! 


  1. says

    Kristen! Wow! It all looks so amazing even being in the midst of a HUGE renovation. I love your sweet little printable and that soda station. OMG, I love her little reading nook. That iron bed is sooooo sweet. Your summer veggies are going to be wonderful. Happy summer, my sweet friend! x

  2. says

    Kristen, I just discovered your blog through the tour today…I’m officially hooked! Your vintage pieces are so inspiring, and I just love the old drawer serving tray! Pinning! 😉

  3. says

    JUST GORGEOUS! I love the idea of bringing back only the things you are in love with! I adore your drink station and think you have such stunning taste, Kristen!

  4. says

    Beautiful home and a beautiful print! I love all of the little details and summer-y touches, and I’m sure that Ella loves the special spots just for her! So fun being on tour with you this week, Kristen! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  5. says

    You have such a beautiful hoe Kristen! Love the trunk and that iron bed is incredible! Something you’ll keep forever I’m sure! Love Love your Tomato garden too… it’s so special and having a Dad who taught me how to garden I really appreciate the work involved. Can’t believe you made those cages to help them! Genius!
    So fun sharing this tour with you… I loved everything! Hugs and Happy Friday! xoxo

  6. says

    Fantastic photography! Thank you for inviting us into your beautiful home. My favorite are the colorful quilting pieces. My great aunts created many quilts using that pattern {I never knew it was called a Dresden plate pattern}. 😉

    ~ Ashley

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