bHome Summer Open House Tour

Welcome to the first bHome, Summer Open House Tour, and a spectacular GIVEAWAY!

All week long, bHome bloggers have been sharing their beautiful homes, and giving us amazing peeks inside their gorgeous spaces.

I am in awe of the beauty and inspiration from these talented bloggers, and I feel very honored to be included in this stellar line up.

At the end of my post, I’ll share the links to the other fabulous homes on tour today, as well as links to the home tours earlier in the week, in case you missed any!

And don’t forget, there will be information on a fantastic giveaway as well!

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We bought a Country French fixer upper about a year and a half ago, and hubby and I have been completely renovating it ourselves, from the sub floor to the ceilings.

Every room, inside and out.


We only have three rooms completed, so our tour will consist of the kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, and the family room.

We are currently working on the master bedroom, and it is very close to being completed! A reveal will be coming soon.

If you would like to see the before pictures of what our timewarp home looked like when we purchased it, click HERE.

We’ll begin the tour with the kitchen/breakfast room, the first room that we tackled in our renovation.


I’m not sure that the kitchen is the room that you should pick to cut your “renovation teeth” on, but we did.

It took us eight months to complete and we learned a lot of valuable lessons!

Luckily, we didn’t cut off any fingers, we didn’t mention divorce {murder a couple of times, yes, but not divorce….}, and we gained some valuable experience for the rooms coming up in our future renovation projects.


We took down walls, tore up floors, removed and replaced cabinets, installed new lights, modified existing cabinets, installed a farmhouse sink, added new appliances, planked the ceiling, installed tile, put hardwood floors in, installed granite and marble countertops, added new appliances, etc., etc., etc.


Keeping everything neutral, with whites and grays, allows me bring in color with the accessories, fresh plants, and flowers.


The house had some beautiful original features, like these lead and stained glass windows.

We also added a few open shelves to display some of my ironstone collection.


We kept as many of the original cabinets as we could and salvaged old doors and trim, to put on new stock cabinets, in areas that needed replacing.


My decorating is usually pretty simple these days, preferring to bring in seasonal plants, flowers, and fresh fruit from the local orchards.

We are lucky that we live in an area that is abundant with fresh peaches and berries this time of the year.



Of course, my love of grain sacks and sheep always play a part in the decorating.


Looking in from the family room, it’s now a very open kitchen, after we removed one large wall that blocked it from the other rooms.

The breakfast nook sits on a round brick floor that was original to the house, and has a beautiful circle of tall windows that look out over the back patio.


I found some beautiful pink hydrangeas at the local nursery and brought several in to dress up the rooms for summer.

I’ll enjoy them for a little while and then they will get planted in the yard.


The old farm table is the real deal, once belonging to my grandparents.

They bought it, when they were married in 1901, from a gentleman in his 80’s at the time. If this table could talk, it would certainly have some stories to tell.


Looking from the breakfast room toward the back door, which is where everyone enters our home, you can see how nice and open this space is now.


We removed an existing closet and installed cabinets for a bar area.

I love adding the vintage bottles for pops of color, and I have unintentionally started collecting old seltzer bottles, which are perfect for display on an antique silver tray.


One of the first things anyone sees when they enter our back door is our French blue buffet.

It’s where most of the seasonal or holiday decor changes happen.

I have an old stone birdbath that usually stays there, I just change the contents out, depending on the season or holiday.


To bring in a bit of a summery/coastal vibe, I brought out the oyster shell mirror that I made years ago.

We lived on the Gulf Coast for many years and I have a huge tub filled with seashells, oyster shells, and starfish.

Though we don’t live near a beach anymore, I still like adding the shells to summer decor to remind us of our time there.


I added the mirror, filled the birdbath with more oyster shells around a candle, added some greenery, and…done!

Like I said, I keep it pretty simple!



I couldn’t resist adding in the old starfish and seahorse.

They both belonged to my precious mother in law, Evelyn.

She found these about 50 years ago in Florida while on vacation. She gave them to me many years ago when I found them in her attic, tucked away in a box.



Next up is the dining room!

It’s just off the kitchen, to the left, when entering the back door.


I love the brick wall, arched doorway, and wood parquet floors…all original to the home.


There is also an amazing, large, arched, stained glass window on one wall, and a gorgeous antique French chandelier, dripping in crystals….all original.


The walls were wallpapered in green flocked wallpaper that would not come off without taking the sheet rock with it.

So we planked over the wallpaper and painted the planks.


The built in hutch was original as well, and I gave it a little makeover with ASCP in French Linen and Provence.


Bringing summer into the space was easy with some fresh plants and flowers, and a few of my silvered seashells.

Everything in this room is vintage, picked up here and there, except for the white painted sideboard.

I bought it from Ballard Designs a million years ago…..well not a million, but close.



My old chippy French statue gets a piece of white coral in her hand, and the vintage ironstone slop jar is filled with pink hydrangeas and a burlap sack.


The third room on our tour is the family room.

It sits just off of the breakfast room.


In the family room we removed old carpet and installed hardwood floors, painted walls {they were originally turquoise!}, extended door mouldings, added crown moulding, and built cabinets in this room.

One wall has two large sets of sliding patio doors that open up to a huge brick patio.


Our paint colors are Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray for the walls, SW Snowbound for the trim, and SW Pussywillow for the interior doors.



And again, all I did for a light summer look, is bring in touches of flowers and greenery.

I still love my little sheep pedestal {see it in the basket?}. And the silver pedestal that the clear glass vase is sitting on, is an old salvaged lamp base, picked up at an estate sale for $1.00.



We painted the red brick fireplace in SW Pavestone.

As you can see, Miss Lulu likes to snooze in the wing chair.

The sun comes in through the patio doors, right across this chair, so Lulu thinks this is the perfect napping spot in the mornings!


A lot of the pieces in this room are vintage or antiques, with the exception of a few:

The sofas, purchased from IKEA, the ottoman/coffee table {we’ve had it forever, but it isn’t vintage}, the putti wall sconces are reproduction, and the large frenchy mirror is from Hobby Lobby.

The burlap drapes and fringed jute rug is from Ballard Designs.

I am constantly asked where the wing chairs are from. They are vintage, bought from an antique market, and they have been reupholstered in a french script fabric.



A French laundry basket filled with pink hydrangeas, and my old capitals topped with my DIY version of moss balls ,complete the summer touches in the family room.



I hope you’ve enjoyed my little home tour today!

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully we’ll be revealing the master bedroom soon!

Be sure and visit the rest of these amazing homes on today’s tour:

Debbie Doos’s

Maison de Pax

Buckets of Burlap

Love of Home

Inspired by Charm

And now for the GIVEAWAY!!

In thanks for being part of the bHome family already…or to welcome you today, we are giving away a $200 gift certificate to Painted Fox Treasures. PFt has all the summer time and any time home decor we all love. It is simple to enter. Just download bHome (the app) for free and leave me a comment with your bHome username. If you are already a bHome user, just comment and include your user name. Winner will be chosen at random on June 20th and notified with a message on bHome. {Android users: don’t worry! We will offer this again when you can download too!} Download bHome HERE.

And if you missed out on any of the home tours earlier in the week, here are the links to those fabulous homes:

MONDAY:  My Soulful Home  ,  Home Made by Carmona,  AKA DesignOn Sutton Place

TUESDAY: Cedar Hill Farmhouse,  Garden TherapyAt The Picket FenceUnskinny Boppy,  Miss Mustard Seed, French Country Cottage,  Shabbyfufu 

WEDNESDAY:  StoneGable Housepitality Designs Craftberry BushCupcakes and Crinoline Shabby Art Boutique ,   Setting for Four A Healthy Life for Me

THURSDAY:  Southern Hospitality Top This Top That,    Rooms For Rent Savvy Southern StyleLilacs and LonghornsEclectically VintageCynthia Weber



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  4. Your home is pure elegance!! I love all of your summer touches and use of neutrals! I’m a big fan of SW paint too – I love the color you painted your fireplace – perfection! I’m so thrilled to be part of the bHome team too!

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  6. Between you and me the kitchen is worth murdering over….lol. It truly is a stunning looking room. I would not find fault in anything. In fact it’s a close to perfection as anything I have ever viewed in a space. I hope you and your husband enjoy many meals….

    • Thank you Nicole! Hubby is the chef in the family {thank goodness, cooking is not one of my talents!}, and he enjoys cooking in this kitchen!

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    • Thank you Michael! This has been an amazing home tour, so much inspiration. There are some very talented people in this bHome group! So glad to be a part of this wonderful community. Loved visiting your home, it’s beautiful, so comfortable and inviting!

  11. Cindy,
    Your entire home renewal is elegantly done, dear one!!!
    I, too, use SW Paints throughout my homes interior!!!
    I enjoyed hearing how you acquired the magnificent pieces within each room!!!
    Thank you for inviting us into your home as a part of bHome Summer Open House!!!

  12. Hey Cindy! I really enjoyed your summer home tour- your house is truly beautiful! I noticed your mora clock that you featured in your last blog tucked in the corner of your dining room. It looks lovely there. Is it sitting on a pedestal or is it just that tall? It makes such a pretty addition to that corner! Also do you mind sharing where you got the burlap bags that surround plants in your home? They make such a pretty addition to your greenery with such interesting texture. I love that detail! Thank you, Cindy, for sharing your home with us! It is a feast for the eyes!!!

    • Thank you Adele! I moved the Mora clock to the corner and placed it on top of an old wood pedestal that I literally forgot that I had! The pedestal is painted in a chippy blue paint that matches the blue in the clock pretty well, so it ended up working perfectly. Those burlap bags are old burlap coffee bags that I picked up a couple of years ago at a flea market. They are not in great shape and not much use for anything except placing in around plants and flowers!

  13. Oh my, I popped over to see the before first and ya’ll have done an amazing job! Everything is just gorgeous- I can’t believe it’s the same house. Wow. Love it.
    Did you paint your dining room table? And did you do anything special to the brick fireplace to paint it? It looks so pretty. Would love to paint mine but hubby won’t let me. Looking forward to seeing more!

    • Thank you Cecilia! Yes, painted the dining table. It was an estate sale find, and was really just made of inexpensive pine, a newer reproduction. But it had the frenchy style with great curvy legs, so we painted it in ASCP Old White. Thanks for following along!

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  18. Your house is absolutely beautiful. Your kitchen is so pretty… I love the color of your fireplace. The makeover bar closet is so clever! I enjoyed your house tour, thank you for sharing it!

  19. Hi,
    I can’t log into bhome. I downloaded the app when you introduced it on your blog. 🙁
    I absolutely LOVE your home.

  20. A truly beautiful and inspiring renovation Cindy. I needed to go back over it a couple of times to take in all those gorgeous details. I simply adore that sheep platter by the way. I look forward to sharing your beautiful home in a round up this week. I know my readers will adore your home as much as I do. Can’t wait for the bedroom reveal.

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  23. Your house is Stunning, Beautiful, Gorgeous……This home needs to be in a French magazine!!! I Love everything, you have such elegant taste. Can’t wait to see the master bedroom…

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  28. Your love of sheep makes me love you! I just adore the toy sheep pedestals. Thank you for sharing your lovely home.

  29. I have been patiently waiting for your tour all week! I knew it was going to be beautiful but it is absolutely spectacular! What a charming setting you have created.
    I am clapping… can you hear it?

  30. Cindy, your home is absolutely gorgeous. You are extremely talented and have so much class. Loved all your pictures.

  31. How could that have only been three rooms! I was swept away by the beauty. And it all looks so effortlessly, but then I did see you on a ladder attacking a pop corn ceiling ! LOVED every inch and that u planked over that wallpaper! Well done Cindy!

  32. Your home belongs in a magazine, or it needs to have its own book. How gorgeous, every little corner. I definitely have kitchen envy. So so so absolutely beautiful…xo

  33. What a well planned transformation! You haven’t missed a detail, anywhere! (I can’t believe that those are IKEA sofas). You’ve been collecting treasures, for some time and it all came together perfectly! We’re remodeling a 1958 lake house and wallpaper was everywhere! I’m so impatient to get to the decorating phase, but it will happen…hopefully in my life time!

  34. OH my gosh! Simply stunning. I love your home and style of decor. The chicken wire on the cabinets is awesome! I also love the color of the cabinets. Wonderful tour. I enjoyed it so much.

  35. So beautiful Cindy! Soaked in every little detail!! I can not wait to see your master bedroom makeover! 🙂 have a great weekend!

  36. You know you’re making me want to build a little “country French” escape in the back yard of my funky artist’s house! Whenever you share your updates, I always look forward to “visiting”….it’s so sophisticated yet comfy and serene. I LOVE the look. You two should be proud.

  37. I absolutely LOVE your home! Makes me want to buy an older house and renovate, though ours would never reach the standard you’ve set! Can you tell us where you found your to-die-for lamps?

  38. Cindy…love, love and then LOVE some more! You have so many beautiful things that I don’t know where to look first, but first I love the bones of the home and what you have done in the remodel. LOVE!

  39. Absolutely beautiful, you have done a wonderful job! Can’t wait to see the master bedroom. My bHome user is 4003, thanks for a great giveaway.

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  41. Cindy….I am using your exquisite home as my inspiration when we begin building our “downsized home”…..from the ceilings to the walls to the many architectural details in every room….There is such a sense of great charm and elegance in your home. Elegant yet a place where the warmth envelopes your soul. So very much enjoyed your home tour today!

  42. Enjoyed it very very much. Cindy you know I could just pack right up and move it. It blows me away the quality of work y’all have done. I love your style and cannot wait to see the master!