Hello Lovely House Tour {My Home in July}

Since it’s just me and you, I snapped some photos around the house this morning to share (with plenty of random about happenings around here this summer!). Welcome to Hello Lovely House Tour {My Home in July 2018}.

French inspired courtyard with stone wall and pea gravel. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Hello Lovely House Tour in July. In case you like the pillow…haven’t found a source for this burlap one, but there’s an inexpensive cotton/linen BONJOUR PILLOW CASE right here.

Since I promised to check in with you more often about personal real life moments behind all of the interior-design-inspiration-and-fantasy-home-tours, let’s have a chat as we peek around my house in July.

June was so busy with graduation celebrations, my nieces in town, and one of our sons moving back home (as he finishes the last year of law school), that it has been wonderful to finally slow down to savor what is left of summer.

Belgian linen dining chairs and a farmhouse lantern above table. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Hello Lovely House Tour in July

I had hoped to have our two main floor guest bedrooms updated and upgraded by now, but my husband’s work schedule has been nutty so things are progressing slowly. In the larger bedroom which I have been using as a music room, art studio, and meditation space, we finally addressed the flooring. My first choice would have been simply continuing the white oak hardwood from the living area and hallway into this room. However, there was a wait to get it installed, and we were anxious to do something before guests arrived.

Belgian linen upholstered furniture, white oak flooring, and French stone fireplace in living room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

New Low Cost Flooring Find

A floating floor that looks like wide plank white oak (and cost only 70 cents a square foot) was installed by my husband in one Saturday afternoon! Even if you’re a confident DIYer, you may want to give yourself more time…my husband is sort of a superhero because of his vast experience, skills, and smarts.

Here’s a peek at the installation RIGHT HERE, and you can see in the video that the flooring went right over the existing old thin, engineered flooring I had painted white. (Painting it white made sense until I was ready to address it since it had been destroyed by scratches and damage from pets kept in here at some point before we bought the fixer upper.) However, I never thought I would live with the white for three years! Ha…just goes to show you, live and learn.

Oak Imposters

The only prep work we did before installation of the new laminate was removal of the quarter round from the baseboard molding. Here is the product:

Home Decorators Collection Montego Oak laminate flooring we installed in a guest bedroom at our fixer upper. Hello Lovely Studio.

Here is the exact product I found on sale at Home Depot. Home Decorators Collection Montego Oak laminate flooring: RIGHT HERE.

Here is another option from the same manufacturer I like even more for a European country or French farmhouse feel at a crazy low price. It is not always easy to get a greyed, limed, or bleached oak look due to oak’s tendency to naturally present as amber or orange-y. There’s nothing like a natural wood product, but when you want to control the exact color and finish while saving a ton of $, there are pretty choices out there.

We needed to match the floor to the adjoining hall so this next product wasn’t an option for us, but you may love it (I know I do!).

Grey oak Home Decorators Collection laminate flooring.

Grey Oak from Home Decorators Collection: FIND HERE.

Before & After of Guest Bedroom Floor

Wait. You may be asking yourself how I could be pleased with a new floor which set us back less than $200 total…and I hear you! But I truly love it. This isn’t a mansion or historical home we’re talkin’ about. It’s a cozy European country style cottage in the woods. I will not have to worry about creating art in here or scratching the floor when I shift furniture around (this space will occasionally be used for a guest bedroom). In fact, the new floor matches so well with the white oak hardwood in the hallway that I am ripping out the carpet in the guest bedroom across the hall and installing the same material.

When it is installed, we will have no more carpet on the first floor, which makes me and all of the folks with allergies in the family very happy. Some glimpses of the process…

BEFORE

DURING

AFTER

We cannot become what we want by remaining what we are. Max Depree inspiring quote. #quote #encouragement #personalgrowth #spirituality

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Just a Reminder About Our Fixer Upper

When we bought this house, it was not visible from the street as it is surrounded by mature woods. Tall weeds completely swallowed it up! However, we could see the potential, and even a nightmare of an entry courtyard  became one of our favorite features. To tackle that courtyard, we extracted the weeds by hand, replaced the eroded top of the stone walls, wheeled in many barrows of pea gravel, and added old patio furniture I transformed with a paint sprayer.

French inspired courtyard with lavender, pea gravel, bench, and stone wall. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Hello Lovely House Tour in July.

 

Manel Grain Sackthrow Pillow

Grain Sack Pillow: FIND HERE

Dining Room and Kitchen Separated by French Doors

Dining room with round table and easy, simple, serene European country decor. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

This fixer upper’s interiors were another matter! See some ugly before pics (oh mercy, there are a bunch in the mix) HERE. Both bathrooms and the kitchen and bathrooms had to be gutted, all sorts of faulty wiring and plumbing were re-done with windows, roof, and doors, and we couldn’t even catch a break for heating and cooling. Our home required a lot of love, which is always flowing for us even when cash is not. We added a third bathroom ourselves not long ago – see it here.

Agda Classic Elegant Traditional Upholstered Dining Chair

Louis Style Dining Chairs: FIND HERE. Hello Lovely House Tour in July.

Jonesboro Outdoor Hanging Lantern

Similar lantern: HERE. Hello Lovely House Tour in July.

Breakfast room with round table and linen slipcovered chairs. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Dining room with European country style and farmhouse lantern. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Window Seat: Hello Lovely House Tour in July

I was fairly sure we would be ripping out the bushes you see outside of the window here in the kitchen. However, once we began living here and enjoying the birds, squirrels, and butterflies which show up in this very spot (since it provides berries, shade, and a place to build nests), we can’t imagine the foliage going away! This window seat is for the nature show, broadcasting in technicolor 12 months of the year.

Window seat with linen pillows in European country inspired serene kitchen. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Window seat with linen pillows in European country inspired serene kitchen. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Colette Dining Chairs, Set of 2. #linen #slipcovered #diningchair

Set of 2 Linen Dining Chairs: FIND HERE

Rustic Round Dining Table

Rustic Round Dining Table: FIND HERE

Window seat with linen pillows in European country inspired serene kitchen. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Industrial Cart in the Kitchen

See how I gave a grungy steel garage sale find a makeover RIGHT HERE.

Industrial farmhouse cart in a serene white kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #industrialcart #trolley #worktable

A Blogger’s Breakfast

This is my breakfast almost every morning. It’s basically a smoothie in a bowl since I don’t always want the noise of the blender going in the morning. THIS SUPERFOOD gets scooped into the bowl and topped with nonfat yogurt, blueberries, granola and a drizzle of honey. It’s an awesome value with 30 daily servings in every pouch! have noticed an increase in my energy since adding the organic superfood so it’s easier to get outside and exercise.

Smoothie in a bowl with Better Body Liv Fit Organic Superfood Blend, yogurt, blueberries, granola, and honey. Hello Lovely Studio. #smoothieinbowl #breakfast #superfood #livfit #betterbodyfoods

Better Body Liv Fit Organic Superfood Blend: FIND HERE.

Hello Lovely House Tour in July: Breakfast Dining

White kitchens can easily feel too cold, especially when you have minimal tendencies like me. A floor lamp is one way to cozy up a dining area. Not sure if it would do the trick for your space? Only one way to find out…TRY IT!

Window seat with linen pillows in European country inspired serene kitchen. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Here is a similar lamp, and find plenty of options RIGHT HERE.

Bridgers 59" Floor Lamp

59″ Bronze Floor Lamp: FIND HERE.

Window seat with linen pillows in European country inspired serene kitchen. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

European country inspired serene dining room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

European country inspired serene dining room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

European country inspired serene kitchen with window seat and vintage Flower Market sign. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Window seat in European country inspired serene kitchen. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

European country inspired serene dining room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Hello Lovely House Tour in July. 

European country inspired serene dining room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Edgy Quote Panels in Dining Room

I painted these about a decade ago, and they keep things around here a little younger and edgier. Adding something more urban in feel within a country-ish space can often add a layer of interest and personality.

European country inspired serene dining room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

The red guitar gets played all the time by our eldest son who has a collection of guitars.

Oscar Wilde quote. We are all in the gutter bus some of us are looking at the stars. By Hello Lovely Studio. #quote #oscarwilde #encouragement

Hello Lovely House Tour July 2018. Come inside to tour European country inspired serene interiors.

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Dining Table Makeover

This round dining table used to be black, and I was ready for a small change in here. I first tried a French grey color which was way too cool for the space. Then I painted it VALSPAR Garden Stone:

Valspar Garden stone paint color. #valspar #gardenstone #neutralpaintcolor #naturallinen

VALSPAR Garden Stone

European country inspired serene dining room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Detail of table painted Valspar Garden Stone. #valspar #gardenstone

European country inspired serene dining room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Hello Lovely House Tour in July: Neutral & Tranquil

European country inspired serene kitchen with window seat. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

European country inspired serene kitchen with window seat. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

European country inspired serene dining room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Kitchen Work Area

Industrial cart with quartz top in white serene kitchen by Hello Lovely. #anniesloan #parisgrey #industrialcart #worktable #kitchendesign #whitekitchen #hellolovelystudio

Reflections on Living Beautifully

While I’m passionate about design and decor, what fuels my creativity is my love for home and ideas inspiring us to live more beautifully at home.

Oh, how I love home! The sights, the smells, and the comfort of a lovely nest..living beautifully at home is a topic near and dear to my heart.

European country inspired entry with rustic alder front door with speakeasy. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Hello Lovely Studio’s Front Entry. White Decor Around My House & Reflections on Living More Beautifully at Home.

Belgian style in my living room with French fireplace, arched windows, and white oak flooring. #modernfarmhouse #Europeanfarmhouse #hellolovelystudio #europeancountry #livingroom #interiordesign #belgianlinen

Living beautifully at home is more profound for me these days.

Maybe you feel it too. Decades ago, before increased globalization, before the internet, modern media, and omnipresent satellites, home felt more to me like a private sanctuary.

European country inspired serene interiors and Belgian style. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

It’s not that I am naive.

I am aware the sense of lost security I describe is a highly complex matter which is frequently politicized. Also, I am not naive enough to suggest we were safer from harm within our four walls back in pre-internet days.

White oak hardwood floor in hall and European country inspired serene kitchen. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

It may well have been illusory, but before the world began to shrink and appear within our phones, life at home harbored a different sense of privacy,  protection, and personal boundary from threats near and far.

Our shelters felt more like…well, shelter.

Fireclay farm sink and bridge faucet in European country inspired serene kitchen. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Modern culture and “advances” continue to alter the shape of our shelters.

With cameras outside and inside our homes, boundaries between the personal and the public indeed have blurred. My own Millenial sons were relentless pediatric paparazzi as teens, whether they were capturing video of my Christmas Eve (private) dancing or their father’s snoring!

Shop my Home!

Teak 3 Leg Stool
Bonjour Pillow
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Silver Butler End Table
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Beachy White Slipcovered Armchair
Antiqued French Lamp
STOCKHOLM Framed Print
PARIS Framed Print
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute ARea Rug
Leather Club Chair
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
White Honeycomb Mosaic Tile
Fireclay Farm Sink
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool
Be patient with yourself...inspiring quote on Hello Lovely Studio

Be kind and patient with yourself.

European country inspired serene bedroom with Stikwood Hamptons on wall. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

STIKWOOD Hamptons – Reclaimed Pine Peel & Stick Planks for Wall: FIND HERE.

As a blogger, I regularly welcome thousands of strangers, whose eyes I will never meet, into my heart and home online. It’s strange at times. With social media, so many of us peer into the lives of souls whom we may otherwise have never given a single thought.

The thing is…it has all happened rather quickly.

European country inspired serene bedroom with Stikwood Hamptons wood planks on wall. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Stikwood Reclaimed Pine Wall Decor, Hamptons/White

In case you like our accent wall…STIKWOOD Hamptons – Reclaimed Pine Peel & Stick Planks for Wall: FIND HERE.

The shelter of our homes is different now as our four walls have grown more permeable.

Surely cultural shifts affect how we regard HOME consciously and subconsciously. Perhaps, the changing shape of shelter explains my growing desire at 50-something to become even more intentional about living beautifully at home.

Hamptons Stikwood wood planks on wall of European country inspired serene bedroom. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

STIKWOOD Hamptons – Reclaimed Pine Peel & Stick Planks for Wall: FIND HERE.

Stikwood wood planks (Hamptons) on wall of European country inspired serene bedroom. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Living beautifully at home creates warmth for connections with those whom we love most. It nourishes the body and spirit and can feel like a sacred pocket of interior quietude.

Living beautifully at home transcends decorating a structure with objects or art. For me, it encompasses creating harmony, tranquility, and balance so daily living is infused with more loveliness and depth.

Grey rattan chair with ivory cushion on front porch. Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #rattanchair

Stikwood wood planks (Hamptons) on wall of European country inspired serene bedroom. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

Hello Lovely’s Rustic Romantic Bedroom with Stikwood and Knotty Alder Doors

Montauk Panel Bed

Rustic Wood Panel Bed: FIND HERE

Treport Panel Headboard

Panel Headboard: FIND HERE

Modern farmhouse style linen arm chair

Modern farmhouse style linen arm chair: FIND HERE

Bible and prayer books. Hello Lovely Studio.

Daily life can quickly grow complicated. When dark days come knocking with chaos, heartache, or illness, home should feel like a balm.

Living beautifully at home is so much more than living with a collection of the right objects and the right art or perfectly organized closets. Beautiful living involves the peace that comes when your personal spaces reflect what brings you hope, comfort, and joy.

A lovely nest provides: a safe landing for relationships to thrive, a place to rest and recover, and a shelter to experience and grow in beauty.

White Bathroom with vintage style and clawfoot tub by Hello Lovely Studio. #bathroom #vintage #alderdoor #clawfoottub

White Decor Around My House & Reflections on Living More Beautifully at Home.

European country inspired serene kitchen with window seat. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

More White Decor Around My House & Reflections on Living More Beautifully at Home

Colette Dining Chairs, Set of 2. #linen #slipcovered #diningchair

Set of 2 Linen Dining Chairs: FIND HERE

Rustic Round Dining Table

In case you need a Rustic Round Dining Table: FIND HERE.

As you can see from these images, my style embraces the timeless and the tranquil. I come alive in the presence of quiet color, timeworn finishes, and unfussy elegance.

Viatera Minuet quartz countertops and farm sink in white serene Shaker style kitchen by Hello Lovely Studio

White Decor Around My House & Reflections on Living More Beautifully at Home

Beautiful dark grey wicker chairs with linen pillows and galvanized bucket of lavender on patio. Hello Lovely Studio.

Should you like my patio chairs, find them HERE.

Darwin Chair with Cushion

Rattan Patio Chairs with Cushion: FIND HERE. Hello Lovely House Tour.

Clipped Corners Stool

In case you need this Clipped Corners Stool in your life: FIND HERE.

Give like the sun and the whole world grows tall - inspiring quote about giving

Mmmmmm…that’s a great thought.

European country inspired serene living room. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor

White Decor Around My House & Reflections on Living More Beautifully at Home.

Knotty alder door in serene white bedroom by Hello Lovely Studio. #knotty #alder #door #eggknob

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In case you’re in the market for a Similar Side Table: Find it HERE!

A Few More Things Inspiring Me This Summer

Our son’s former home where he lived the first two years of law school. Almost everything inside, including creaky, uneven wood floors, is original. I helped him move out a few days ago, and being inside took me back. I was reminded of the very tight quarters of our very first 1920’s bungalow in Elmhurst. I am itching to get my hands on another fixer upper.

I can never to too long without a visit to Restoration Hardware’s location in Chicago’s Gold Coast (3 Arts Building)! Quiet tours of the minimal luxe spaces and rooftop inspire me.

Minimal luxe bedroom design in RH Chicago. #RH #bedroom #3artschicago

RH Chicago.

Rooftop furniture and design inspiration. RH Chicago.

These shelves from RH caught my eye, and the mismatched frames add so much interest and fun.

Vintage style shelves with mixmatched frames on wall. Owl nightlight. RH Chicago.

Hello Lovely House Tour.

You’re Special to Me

Good vibes and blessings from an old flower child comin’ your way…

Peace. Hello Lovely Studio

I wish you the blessing of beautiful living in the shelter you call home.

And I wish you sweetness, this very moment, to counter any bitterness within your being.

I wish you heartfulness to soften the beautiful edges of your soul.

And I wish you loving kindness, lavishly overflowing from hidden wholeness within.

Peace to you, right where you are.

~michele

Shop my Home!

Teak 3 Leg Stool
Bonjour Pillow
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Silver Butler End Table
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Beachy White Slipcovered Armchair
Antiqued French Lamp
STOCKHOLM Framed Print
PARIS Framed Print
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute ARea Rug
Leather Club Chair
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
White Honeycomb Mosaic Tile
Fireclay Farm Sink
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

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26 Comments

  1. Jann
    July 30, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    May I ask where you purchased the Bonjour pillow please?

    Thank you.

    • michele
      Author
      July 30, 2018 / 9:35 pm

      Hi! It was a castoff from a friend, and I haven’t found a source for a burlap one like this, but here’s an inexpensive cotton/poly option: https://amzn.to/2NYjzpF. Thanks for reading. 🙂

  2. Marilyn S.
    July 31, 2018 / 5:09 am

    I never ever tire of touring your home . There is always something new that I’ve never noticed -I always leave your post feeling peacefully inspired .

    • michele
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 7:25 am

      Whew! I am always slightly uncomfortable posting images when it doesn’t feel like much has changed. Thanks for the support, friend. 🙂

  3. July 31, 2018 / 5:17 am

    You have a great eye. That counts for a lot. You manage to be disciplined in your color palette and it makes everything work together. Too many people get distracted by shiny objects and end up with a place that’s cluttered and chaotic, even when it isn’t really all the cluttered or chaotic. The lack of cohesion just makes it feel so.
    As for the floors, since I moved to Europe I cannot stand wall-to-wall carpet anymore. I want to take those rugs outside every year and hose them down (and ours are antiques, but they are fine). No matter how much you vacuum, you just can’t get rid of the dust the way you can with wood or tile floors.

    • michele
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 7:21 am

      I hear you. Can’t wait to rip out more carpet! So many folks live by design rules such as ‘you MUST have a bit of black in every room’ or ‘add colorful pillows to every neutral upholstered piece in the home.’ For me, THAT feels like restraint. It’s all intuitive for me and requires no effort at all to limit the palette to the tones inside me. Subtle, soulful colors of stone, melting ice cream, sand, driftwood, clouds, snow, cotton, and so many more in the vanilla rainbow. p.s. Loved reading all those glowing reviews of your apartments and am thrilled for you guys. I hope to feature your other apartment on the blog soon. 🙂

  4. Kathy
    July 31, 2018 / 5:33 am

    Your home is beautiful, Michele. And,as always, I love reading your thoughts on life/our crazy world!

    • michele
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 7:03 am

      I’m grateful for your support and kindness! Thanks for taking the time to respond and for reading, friend. 🙂

  5. July 31, 2018 / 5:55 am

    Hello Michele – your home is absolutely gorgeous and cozy. You and your blog are a constant source of inspiration so much so that once I install my gallery exhibit this evening, I am tackling a quick kitchen “re-do”. Not nearly as in depth as your and your Husband’s DIY skills but refreshed nonetheless. You make me smile every morning and bring new decor ideas, colors, and textures to my day. Stay remarkable just as you are, keep smiling, and sharing your loveliness with the whole world. Thank you Michele – thank you!

    • michele
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 7:01 am

      I would love to see that exhibit in person so I hope you’ll be sharing all the details, friend! I am already picturing those photographs in their vintage frames. 🙂 Best to you as you refresh the kitchen – I know my own interiors are never done, nor would I want them to be. Thank you for your kindness and support. xox

  6. Malinda Shoop
    July 31, 2018 / 6:13 am

    You have such a lovely, peaceful home Michele! I have been reading your posts for quite a while and appreciate all the eye candy!

    • michele
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 6:59 am

      Thank you so much for your loyal readership, friend. I so appreciate your kind words and feedback! 🙂

  7. Liz Carlson
    July 31, 2018 / 7:43 am

    Just love coming to my inbox and reading your lovely words of inspiration and seeing the beauty that you share. Namaste my friend.

    • michele
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 7:58 am

      Well that’s just sweet music to my ears, friend. Peace to you, lovely one.

  8. Connie
    July 31, 2018 / 8:19 am

    I’m so glad I’ve found your blog. Your “quiet” style is so like mine. It is soothing and yes, does create at least for me, a sanctuary from the outside world.

    It’s interesting what people see/think when they come to my own home, filled with light colors and a tone-on-tone approach to decorating. Many friends and neighbors have literally gone “Wow!” with huge smiles on their faces. One of my favorite responses to our master bedroom was “Oooooh! It looks like a cloud!” and indeed that is the idea I had in mind when I painted it a very pale gray (ceiling and walls) with white trim, white painted floor, white furniture and white bedding with only tiny hints of color (soft pink and soft green) here and there.

    But oddly my own sisters and mother have all expressed very blatantly how they think our home is “boring with so much white”. Ah well…… I’ve seen their homes and there is much more “visual chaos”…not my style though I’ve never been so rude to tell them so to their faces….and they all have much more real chaos in their lives too!

    We all have our homes to create as our own sanctuaries. How we create those sanctuaries not only tells much about us, but sometimes also about how our life in general is. As a former interior decorator, it never ceased to amaze me how many people told me “I’m SO tired! I’m SO busy! Can you help me create some calm in here??” Yes, I often could and it often meant softening the colors…and decluttering.

    Life today is cluttered with so much bombardment from outside…that “outside” often being those devices we hold in our hands. 😉 To create our own version of sanctuary is not just “doing the fru fru stuff!” (as my nasty sister called it!) but it is so much more. Creating our sanctuary is part of creating the life we want to truly live.

    Again, I cannot say in words how beautiful your blog is and what joy it has brought me! The photos are always beyond lovely but your words transcend our daily lives………

    • michele
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 9:12 am

      Thanks for so often elevating the discussion and inspiring new avenues of discovery. Quiet interiors are not for everyone, and I honor folks who delight in colorful rooms and are passionate about energetic designs. I do feel comfortable with quiet though! And monastic, ethereal, airy, effortless, timeless, and tranquil. Too many times it seems over-thinking can doom a design, yes? An over-reliance on design rules and insensitivity to what the hearts of the house and the owner desire. Desire is everything. An empty room with natural light streaming through the windows and dancing upon a wood floor? So much more beautiful to me than a space crammed with treasures from the past or fashionable and expensive objects. I love a space enveloping and supporting me in the NOW. xox

  9. Joanne
    July 31, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Love your design style and blog. I am wondering if other readers have problems with all the pop up ads.

    • michele
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 11:03 am

      Thanks so much. I would prefer no ads at all for an optimal viewing experience. However, I am hoping since the site is free to use and it is time consuming for me to create stories to learn from, readers can tolerate the addition of ads. I’m not getting rich from this blog, btw – it’s the worst paying gig I have ever had! 🙂

  10. July 31, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    Hi Michele,
    I feel more relaxed just looking at pictures of your tranquil home! I have always loved white oak floors too. The new wide planked Home Depot flooring mat look great in my basement though! I will eagerly await your next fixer upper!!
    xo

    • michele
      Author
      July 31, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      So perfect for a basement! 🙂

  11. DRitchie
    August 3, 2018 / 7:45 am

    Your blog is a beautiful moment of peace and love. And I especially love your photo of the Bible where we learn about our true giver of pure Joy, Peace, and Love. Thank you for sharing your world with us.

    • michele
      Author
      August 3, 2018 / 10:49 am

      Thank you for sharing your faith here as well – mine is my happy place. Peace to you, friend. 🙂

  12. Donna
    August 6, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Love all of this! Especially love seeing that you read “Twenty Four Hours a Day”! Me too!!!

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 9:57 pm

      So happy to have you here – i am truly muddling through and it’s great to feel joined. 🙂

  13. August 9, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Well, I’ve seen a lot of homes but none compare to yours! It is my style 100%. Like you, I admire a lot of different styles but your style speaks to my soul. Lovely and inviting.

    • michele
      Author
      August 10, 2018 / 10:34 am

      Thanks so much for the kindness, Rhonda. I love the treasures you create with vintage finds and your imagination – there is nothing like working with your hands and with materials that make your heart sing, yes? xox

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