Summer Tour of Homes 2014 {Day One}

Welcome to the Summer Tour of Homes! I’m really excited about the line up this year, I’ve coaxed 24 amazing bloggers to join me in sharing their homes, so I really hope you enjoy the tour! So let’s kick things off with my own humble abode…

summer tour of homes

My living room is changing pretty rapidly these days. So much, in fact that I haven’t even had a chance to share many of the tutorials, but they’ll be starting next week so make sure to stay tuned (it’s easy to keep up by subscribing to daily emails in the top of the sidebar)


One of the most recent additions to our space is this trio of new stools from Target for a little bench style action with some fun printables above.

shabby-creek-disco-ball-vignette shabby-creek-cottage-living-room




Even our faux fireplace got a fresh coat of paint.



Hemingway finally made it to the living room along with some gold leafed lamps.



Pretty much every inch of our house is a DIY of some sort, including the $5 thrift store spray painted ladder that I left outside to long and was perfectly chippified by a pop up rain storm.

For the most part, summer is all about kicking back, spending as much time as I possibly can with my kiddos and just enjoying the lazy days.


Our porch gets a lot of action in the summer, from kids to family and friends popping by, there’s almost always someone hanging out here.

simple-porch-decorating-ideas small-deck-ideas

Our small deck on the end of our house is just now getting some real use. New Target chairs and an umbrella makes it much easier to spend time out here.


And we just installed an outdoor bar here, so it’s a new love of ours to whip up a pitcher of cocktails and hang out with drinks on the decks to wind down at the end of a long day.

outdoor-bar shabby-creek-master-bedroom

Since the tour last summer, we’ve given a couple of spaces a makeover, including our master bedroom. Even though it was “finished” last September, there’s already been a few minor changes to the original space.


Pillows change, the rug changed, and even the side tables got changed out for mismatching ones.

There’s just something about moving furniture from one room to another that makes you feel like you get new spaces without spending a dime (that’s the best kinda makeovers, ya know?)


Our kitchen recently got a makeover, too! The new brighter colors and bolder accessories are so much more my style.


Every inch of our home has to be practical, easy to care for, and most of all, done specifically to my weird tastes. I always have a hard time finding stuff I like to buy, so I just make it instead. Don’t get me wrong, I love to shop, but I really have issues with finding stuff I can’t live without (which is what I look for when buying stuff.)

shabby-creek-cottage-kitchen area


So I hope you enjoy the summer tour! There’s a few more spaces I didn’t share, but you can find links to the individual tours in the bottom of my sidebar.

Now let’s get on with the tour….. In the rest of today’s tour you can enjoy:


The Nester gorgeous farmhouse, where every inch will make you swoon.

picket fence vanessa
Vanessa’s home from At The Picket Fence – doesn’t it just make you sigh with happiness?

thistlewoodKarianne’s beautiful abode at Thistlewood Farms. Talk about drool worthy!!!

the inspired roomAnd Melissa’s breathtaking style at The Inspired Room (one of my all time fave homes!)

Be sure to stop back tomorrow when we’ll continue the tour with all of these amazing homes….

The Shabby Creek Cottage
The Nester
At The Picket Fence (Vanessa)
Thistlewood Farms
The Inspired Room

Tuesday, June 3rd

The Handmade Home
My Fabuless Life
Finding Home
In My Own Style
The Hunted Interior

Wednesday, June 4th

Inspired By Charm
Jennifer Rizzo
Madigan Made
Makely School for Girls
Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, June 5th

Jones Design Company
Beneath My Heart
The Pennington Point
White Buffalo Styling Co.
Southern Hospitality

Friday, June 6th

At the Picket Fence (Heather)
Desert Domicile
Tatertots & Jello
Home Stories A to Z
Live Laugh Rowe

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Love your pops of aqua! That kitchen makeover is my fav!

  2. Love your table and chairs! You have a lovely home, thanks so much for showing us. Lots of inspiration.Willyou be hosting a linkup again this year?

  3. Love every detail!! The kitchen makeover is so amazing and the summer touches througout the house are just perfect! Thanks for having us as part of the summer home tour.


  4. Loving the tour this morning!! I always enjoy the bright pops of color in your home…Can’t wait to check out all of the participants!

  5. I love the turquoise. Can I add that I like that you are back to your old format. The other one where you had to click on an arrow to get from one picture to the next was not working the best on my mac. I so enjoy your ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Thank you for hosting today, Gina! I’m SO excited to be a part of it. I love how your home is evolving, it is beautiful! And your kitchen? HEART!!! xoxo

  7. Gina!! You’re home is just so amazing and I’m beyond honored to be part of your tour!! I seriously LOVE your kitchen and wish I could just pop on over and sit out on your beautiful porch swinging and talking (and laughing!) the night away!

  8. Gina, this is so much fun! I love all of the photos, but my favorite is your master bedroom. It is so bright, sunny and welcoming—like a great reason to stay in bed and curl-up with a novel. I love to read! Joy to you!

  9. Such a great tour, I love your fabulous kitchen and that wonderful porch too I think you would find me in either place all of the time. You have done a great job of making your home look so bright and cheery and I love the touches of aqua that you’ve added. One of my favorite colors.

  10. LOVE your bright and cheery home! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for including me! Your master bedroom looks like it was designed perfectly for summer 🙂

  11. Hi Gina, I love the rug in your living room! Where did you get it? Just started reading your blog. Great photos of your home.

  12. So. I see I’m not the only person in love with turquoise. You have a very comfy looking sweet home.

  13. GORGEOUS Gina! Your home is so charming, bright, vibrant… and then there’s your floors. Goodness… thanks for all the eye candy today!

  14. MiMi'z houz says:

    Enjoyed the tour. Your home is so beautiful. Will you share with me where I can find the numbers displayed. This is gorgeous.

    • Gina Luker says:

      Hi Susan, I’ve collected them for a while, and pick them up at antique shops, hardware stores, flea markets, pretty much anywhere I can find them. I especially look when on vacation so I have an every day kinda souvenir 🙂

  15. Your home is so gorgeous Gina! I love your outdoor bar and all of the turquoise touches throughout. Very excited to be part of this tour of homes! 🙂

  16. The touches of aqua are so pretty throughout your home and I LOVE your bedroom!!

  17. Your home is absolutely adorable! I love the aqua and all the fun and detailed touches! Perfect!

  18. Obsessed with your eye for design!
    Your home is so bright and inviting. Nothing about it makes me feel like I couldn’t sink right into it.
    Off to pin ALL OF THE PICTURES.
    Well done!

  19. Gina, your home really looks amazing. I love the turquoise you are incorporating. I’m working on that right now too. 🙂

  20. You have such great touches in your home! I love the “yo” and ” ‘sup” pillows, and all your art. Fun tour!

  21. Beautiful home. I am a huge fan of turquoise and aqua, too. It’s all over my home, mixed with a lot of gray. Fresh and fun, right? I want your turquoise lockers in your kitchen which I think you told me you bought at Ikea. Have to wait for our St. Louis Ikea until next year, but may be worth a trip to Chicago soon to check them out. Your home is so lovely and welcoming. Subscribed. (thought I already did, what was wrong with me?!)

  22. So so pretty Gina. I can never get enough of turquoise!

  23. I love your stools-as-a-bench setup! Where are those adorable little guys from?

    We have a lot of blue/turquoise in our house, too. Your eclectic taste is always so fun to see!

  24. :::heavy sigh:::

    I need to sit in that porch swing.


  25. It was a pleasure meeting you at SNAP. I love all of your pops of turquoise! Love your master bedroom and your number wall is so fun. I’ve been enjoying your homes tour 🙂

  26. I love your home and your sense of style. Your master bedroom is really pretty. I have a question about your bed in front of the window–mulling this over for my daughgter’s room, but wondered about the functiojality of the window with the bed in front of it. Can you comment on that, please? Also wonder about your headboard.. . ..where did you get it? I would have to get a lower one with the window placement. She wanted an upholstered one, so not sure that is compatible given that they seem to be larger. Any advise on all that would be appreciated. Thank you!

  27. A very cute, colorful and happy home!! I love your kitchen (they may be in your entire home) floors. Can you please tell me where you purchased them?

  28. Absolutely Beautiful!! : ) Pinned!

  29. LOVE your house so much. And your floors are amazing! I had to look at you “about” tab to find out about the floors. Your outdoor space is just wonderful also:-)

  30. Your home is beautiful. Thanks for hosting this tour of homes! It’s so fun to peek into others’ homes!

  31. I love all the texture and wood you have in your home! Thanks for hosting this party. I’m linking to you today!

  32. Love your Summer decorating ideas! Im a new Google+ follower from “Live Laugh Rowe”! =)

  33. Love your space, Gina! Thanks for throwing me into the mix of your home tour series. Overwhelmed with gratitude!

  34. Kathy Sykes says:

    Love, love, love all the decor and especially love the Turquoise – then I discovered it – is that a Turquoise Kate Spade handbag sitting on the floor in your entrance?

  35. Thanks for hosting Gina1 Your home looks amazing as usual!

  36. Just stumbled across this tour and love the idea! I’m going to take my time (sat here on holiday…I’m in The Lake District (UK) which usually rains but tonight it isn’t and instead the sound I hear us that of a tumbling stream….bliss) and go through them all. Thank you for the inspiration!

  37. Gina,
    I love your home! It’s so beautiful. I’ve poured over the photos so many times. The kitchen, your master, all the details! Aqua and turquoise are my fave colors. I decorate with those colors as well. It has mixed beautifully in your home with every color and texture. I like how you match too. {heehee} Do you remember where you got that amazing sweater? I have been looking for an open-front cardi like that. I have one in black. FYI, I got a wonderful hoodie in that color from Old Navy. Super soft and comfy, and thin for spring/summer. Off to look at your photos again! xox

    • Gina Luker says:

      Hi Wendy,
      THanks so much! I think the cardigan came from Lane Bryant – I like it so much I bought like 3 colors 🙂

  38. Stephanie says:

    LOVE the tour! Wondering if you know the turquoise/aqua paint color of the little dresser/side table in your bedroom?

    • Gina Luker says:

      Hi Stephanie,
      Thanks so much! The dresser is painted Annie Sloan’s Provence – it’s a great color!

  39. Beautiful interior designing and interior furnishing!


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