Something Different Summer Home Tour

Some affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you. Thank you for supporting my blog! For more information, visit my Disclosure.

There is even more Summer decor coming your way. Today I am participating in the Something Different Summer Home Tour! Why “something different”? The twenty-two homes participating in this tour are as varied as the women living in them. Each home has it’s own style and you are sure to find something different and unique about each one of them!

If you are new here, welcome, I am so happy to have you! You will find I have lot of DIY projects sprinkled throughout our home. My belief is that you can create a home that feels like a million bucks without spending it.

A source list can be found at the end of the post. Some affiliate links are used. For more information, visit my full disclosure.

something different summer home tour

Summer Living Room

When prepping for summer decor, I knew I didn’t want to spend anything on season specific decor. I brought in a couple of new items, but they will definitely work year round. Overall the living room feels refreshed and ready for a laid back summer. Here are the small changes I made.

summer home tour living room, vintage fabric pillows
Pottery Barn York Deep Slipcovered Sofa, Restoration Hardware Dutch Industrial Coffee Table

Coffee Table Decor

I’m not one to swap out my coffee table decor too much. Call me lazy, but when I find something I like, I usually keep it that way for a long time. So, I surprised myself when I ended up with this different grouping. The planter I found in the garden section of Homegoods. It was one of those items that you spot from across the store and gets you all excited. At $12 it came home with me. These Camomile flowers were picked up at the grocery store. The tiny white petals and cheery yellow cone just felt like summer to me. My little brass turtle migrated over from the secretary desk, and my mom’s clay dish that she made works perfectly with the blue pillows added in.

Summer coffee table decor
Summer coffee table styling
bamboo blinds, white drapes, vintage pillows

Mantle Decor

The black taper candles that were up for winter were swapped out for white to lighten the look. I moved my grey vase over from our bedroom and added a Philodendron clipping from outside.

casual living room decor, California casual decor
gallery wall around TV


Definitely the biggest change in here came by adding in the blue pillows. I had some vintage fabric left over from another pillow I made for the playroom and knew it would be perfect for an extra long lumbar. That is such a fun, unexpected size on a couch. If you haven’t yet tried it out, I encourage you to! From more fabric already on had, I made the pillow you see below with the fringe on the side. The blue definitely added some life into this space, and with only having to spend less than $30 on pillow making supplies I feel great about it.

vintage fabric pillows, long lumbar pillow on couch
Pottery Barn York Deep Sofa
traditional secretary furniture
gallery wall around TV, summer home tour
large round side table, neutral living room decor

Summer Kitchen Nook

Our kitchen nook is getting plenty of summery vibes from our fiddle leaf fig that has been growing like crazy. A time is coming soon when I will have to figure out how to prune it.

open kitchen and living room, pottery barn carlise chairs
kitchen nook ideas, round table with metal chairs
tall fiddle leaf fig
DIY extra large picture frame, vol25 feather art, large feather art

Summer Dining Room

something different summer home tour


For summer I swapped out black pillows for blue ones in the head chairs. And actually, I only had one small blue lumber pillow in here. Instead of making another, I got lazy and wrapped fabric around an old pillow. They don’t get sit in regularly so it’s not a big deal. A quick way to change out color if you don’t have time or energy!

California casual dining room, summer home tour dining room


More clipped Philodendron was added in here because I just love their big bold leaves. And not that they’re green, but my DIY pressed botanicals help add life to the space as well.

Summer home tour dining room
neutral dining room decor, bamboo blinds with white drapes, wishbone chairs

White Bowl

Added back to the space was my DIY bead edge bowl. I like how the texture mimics the vase I placed on our living room coffee table. Since this room has a lot of warm wood tones, I find that adding in a large white piece like this bowl helps lighten up the look.

DIY clay bead edge bowl, DIY pressed botanicals
California casual dining room, summer home tour

Living Room Sources

Kitchen Nook Sources

Dining Room Sources

More Summer Home Tours

I hope you enjoyed my Something Different Summer Home Tour! Be sure to grab some more inspiration from the other beautiful homes linked below!


Casa Watkins Living // Cuckoo4Design // Up To Date Interiors // Domicile 37 // The Black House on the Corner


Cassie Bustamante // House Homemade // Earthly Urban // Street Flea Style


Craven Haven // Burnett Bungalow // Crazy Wonderful // Dorsey Designs


Brit Dot Design // Eclectic Twist // Jeweled Interiors // Jessica Brigham


The Boho Abode // Kate Pearce Vintage // Ollie Pop Design


  1. Julia@Cuckoo4Design Avatar

    I’m so in love with your home Shelley! I want every single pillow in your home.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Aw, thank you Julia!!! I’m so happy with how the really long lumbar turned out. It has been such a comfortable size to have on the couch!

  2. cassie bustamante Avatar

    shelley!!!! love love love! your home is SO beautiful and serene, like a breath of fresh air! i absolutely love your simple touches, i think that chamomile is my favorite addition!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I am so in love with that chamomile!!! I need some in the yard so I could have it around more often.

  3. Corinna - TheBohoAbode Avatar

    Gosh your home is STUNNING! Love the giant fiddle in the kitchen eating area. And your ceilings are so tall! The banister on your stairs are really beautiful. Loving th pops of blue in the pillows you made.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you so much, Corinna! That fiddle is a beast isn’t it?!

  4. Kathryn Avatar

    It feels so light and summery with the pops of blues and greens! Your home is gorgeous. Loved your tour.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you! I love to bring in blue this time of the year.

  5. Jessica| House Homemade Avatar

    It is just so beautiful! Happy summer.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you, Jessica! I hope you have a wonderful summer as well!

  6. Kelly Avatar

    Love your stunning coastal style! Those botanical prints are fab!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Those prints are one of my favorite DIYs! Thank you so much!!

  7. Jewel Avatar

    Holy Smokes! What a stunning home! The architectural details are spectacular! Your style is so welcoming and warm. So pretty

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank so much, Jewel! Means a lot coming from you, I’m so in love with your home!

  8. Janelle Burnett Avatar

    Your home is beautiful. It is so timeless and clean and just all around goals!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thanks, Janelle! I’m definitely struggling more with the “clean” part now that Summer is here, ha!

  9. karen Avatar

    So beautiful , Shelley. I like the restraint. The planter is really great. I just returned from HG, as I walked out with no purchase , I noticed the woman ahead of me was empty handed too. That never happens,
    I do also love love love your coffee table,

    1. Shelley Avatar

      There are visits to Homegoods where I want to take the entire store home with me, but more often than not I usually leave empty handed. I was so excited with I found that cute planter though! Thank you so much, Karen!

Meet Shelley

Hi, I’m Shelley! My belief is that with a little creativity and elbow grease, you can make your home look like a million bucks without spending it.

Latest on Instagram

Search by Category


Never Miss a Post
Get the latest posts and exclusive content delivered straight to your inbox.
Thank you!  Check your email for a message from me!

Wonderful Finds

You Might Also Like