Summer Tour of Homes 2015

Welcome to the Summer Tour of Homes! This is the third year for the tour – and I’m always amazed by all the support you give it each year.  (You can check out the previous years here: 2013 or 2014.) As always, there are a lot of familiar favorites, plus this year we’re inviting a few new blogs to the tour as well. So I guess you’d like for me to quit stalling and get to the good part, right? Let’s take a look at my home…

living room - summer tour of homes

This is what you see when you walk in my front door. Obviously, I’m kind of addicted to aqua.

summer tour of homes, living room

And this is the same room from a different point of view. While I try to think from a “pretty decorating” perspective – more importantly I try to create spaces that fit our every day needs. Pretty furniture is nice, but it has to be practical as well (otherwise known as velvet slipcovers are the best invention ever!) Lots of things are DIYs in my house, including the industrial storage cart , the striped drapes, the curtain rod, and the HOLLA sign in this room.

summer home tour

I’ve shared so many projects here over the years that are still in use today – like the superhero pillows,  the striped pouf,  and the lamps even got a hint of DIY added to them.

yankee candles

Even simple things that I haven’t blogged about, like the wood beads strung on jute twine, are DIYs. There’s a few things here and there that we’ve picked up from our travels, too.

Y. Collection No. 2

A non-DIY that I’m crushing on right now is this cute Y. Collection No. 2 candle from Yankee Candle®. I was pleasantly surprised to see the beautiful new shapes of their line in quatrefoil-shaped tins. They come in eight different scents (with different colors and patterns for each one), and this blue one (the scent is called Penelope) is my favorite, of course!

shabby creek cottage kitchen

Let’s move on to the kitchen! Almost every inch of this space was built by us. My very first DIY project in this house was building the cabinets. It was my first major attempt and it happened before the blog – but I’m proud of how well they’ve stood the test of time. But if you want a little kitchen DIY from this space – the Self Service Only sign is a quick and easy project. Want a more substantial project? Our DIY floors are one of the most popular posts from the blog.

Shabby Creek Cottage Kitchen

The curtains in this space (and almost every space in our home) were another DIY. Want to add a little spunk to your kitchen? A sheet of vinyl  and you can do a Polka Dot Dishwasher in just a few minutes.

shabby creek dining room

My obsession with house numbers doesn’t seem to be subsiding. I’ve been collecting them for a few years, and we buy new ones any time we take a trip somewhere. I can tell you which ones came from New Orleans, or Charlotte, or Pensacola, or Austin – it’s like a trip down memory lane any time anyone asks about them. Stories of hardware stores and the food we ate and how much fun we had wherever they came from. It’s one of my absolute favorite things about our home, because it represents all the memories we’ve made together.

Shabby Creek Bedroom

More DIYs come together in this space, including the headboard, the planked wall,  the bold drapes, the light fixture and the Fall Out Boy quote pillow on the bed.

shabby creek bedroom

Vintage finds are tucked in here and there, so it counteracts the more minimalist and modern pieces in our home. Contrast is one of my favorite ways to help bring a room to life.

Shabby Creek Master Bedroom

Psstt… that’s another one of those fab Y. Collection No. 2 candles (the scent is Emilia) from Yankee Candle®. They’re so stylish I find ways to use them almost everywhere!

shabby creek bedroom

Holy piggybank, Batman! It may not be the best “design choice” but that little Batman makes my hubby happy – so that’s enough for me. And I like keeping him happy because he does sweet things like building me a killer closet.

shabby creek closet

It may be a small walk in, but he completely overhauled it and added beautiful cedar planks.

shabby creek cedar closet

Closets are notoriously small in mobile homes (I live in a double wide in case you didn’t know,) so we had to make every inch count.

small closet makeover

Even after three months of daily use, it still looks all pretty. I love it so much we even took the door off of the closet so I could see it every day.

office makeover

My most recent makeover was my small home office. It’s only about 125 square feet, and there’s a lot of work that goes on in here – but I infused as much of my own personal taste as I could (because sometimes I have to tame it down to make the rest of the house work for everyone who lives here.) The entire makeover (along with many more photos) can be seen in this post. That brick wall? It’s fake. Can you believe that it’s the ugly 70s style brick paneling with a white wash on top? It’s a lot of bang for your buck at under $75 for the whole wall.

summer tour of homes


There are a few DIYs in here, including those plexiglass shelves above my desk.

home office

And that’s it for the tour! I hope you enjoyed seeing bits from my home.

the nester's barn

Find the next stop on the tour at my sweet friend, The Nester!

summer tour of homes


You can find all the homes on the tour below:

Monday, May 25th
Tuesday, May 26th
House no 124 (Find it here on my blog)
Wednesday, May 27th
Thursday, May 28th
Friday, May 29th
Haneen’s Haven (find it here on my blog)
*Thanks to Yankee Candle® for partnering with me on this post. All words, photos and opinions are my own (except The Nester’s).
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. Hi Gina,

    I recently found your blog when I was searching for DIY mobile home projects. We are seriously thinking about purchasing a double-wide in the next few months. I’m so excited to see your home and all that you have done with it to make it over. I love your style! I had to smile when I saw the lockers because I want to do that as well for more storage.

    Glad I found you!

  2. Gina I always feel so inspired by your creativity. You truly are gifted in showcasing how small changes can make a big impact in a room. Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

  3. M Hewitt says:

    GIna, I was admiring away as I scrolled through this post (a newbie over from “In My Own Style”) until I go to the closet where I was absolutely gobsmacked to find you lived in a double wide. Now I want to live there too! But only if you’ll come over and do it up for me!! Fabulous!

  4. Oh Gina, your home is so striking! I can’t even pin point something I love the most… my eye just dances from space to space… it’s so cohesive, striking and gorgeous!

    Thanks for the eye candy, and for being a part of your amazing tour!

  5. Vanessa says:

    This is my first time to visit your blog and I love it!!
    Are the DMB lyric prints a DIY? And where is your couch from? I need a big sectional for my big family.

    • Gina Luker says:

      Hey Vanessa,
      Thanks so much! Yes, they’re a DIY and you can find them on the blog this coming Friday 🙂

  6. Hi Gina, I’ve been looking forward to this summer home tour for weeks now! Your home is just so amazing. I love your unique style. And the line up of homes for this tour is so exciting! I’ll be following along all week!

  7. I’m always drawn to home tours and yours did not disappoint! Your spaces are so bright and cheefrul, and liveable.

  8. You have a lovely home Gina and, I must confess, aqua and shades of turquoise are favourites of mine as well. Right now though I seem to be going thru a deep red love affair, (enhanced by a Frida Kahlo and parrot tulip love this spring), who knows how long that will last. Your home seems to be beautifully organised as well. How do you keep it so clean? I’d have to do a great deal of photoshop enhancing round here…lol.

  9. You know I love it all. And that big basket of disco balls (and your whole office) is making my heart sing!!

  10. I’ve read your blog a ton of times, usually when you are hosting home tours. I did not know you lived in a doublewide, I think I love it even more now! Your closet is awesome and I love your spunky decorating 🙂

  11. Love your dresser in the master bedroom. Perfect shade of Aqua. Your closet is so darn cute also.. Have you been on the Liftime channel with Steve and Chris.? You look very familiar.. Nice job on your home..

  12. Michele says:

    What is the name of the color on the kitchen cabinets? Thanks

  13. i love your house! So sweet and color coordinated! I especially love your DMB quotes above your night stands, are they Diy? Also the Wonder Woman pillow! Love it! Thanks for sharing your home!

  14. Hi Gina,

    Love your home. It has all the elements of fun and color that make a house meaningful and interesting. Thanks so much for having me on the tour!

  15. Gina, do you make all your signs?!? I love them ~ the script is just beautiful! But everything on your tour is such fun: aqua & turquoise are some of my favorite colors, too! And I’m intrigued by the pine floors, since we have a few rooms left to re-do in our home! I think they would blend really well with stained concrete! I’ll be back again to visit … !

  16. Great job Gina! Once again you’ve outdone yourself. I’m crazy about your new cedar closet. My mom had one growing up and it’s incredible how the smell always takes me back. I wish my closet was as organized! 😉 Love your home office too… It’s beautiful!

    Hugs and what a great tour you’ve lined up! xoxo

  17. Absolutely stunning! Your lovely home is so bright and cheerful … Yet calm and relaxing. So many interesting and fun DIY projects too. Thanks for letting us peek in for inspiration. 🙂

  18. Your home is FABULOUS!!!! I LOVE the pops of turquoise (my personal fave as well) BUT its still so open and airy!!! The numbers are BRILLIANT momentos and look GREAT!!

  19. Gina,
    What a lovely home you have! I love how you have built most of your decor! You’re so talented and creative! I’m inspired! Now, that I have a little bit of time in my hands, I’m going to visit and comment on all the homes on the tour! Thanks so much, it’s a lot of fun!

  20. Natasha Marks says:

    You just stole my heart with that giant ice cream cone!

  21. Dave Matthews Band quotes!!! Must. Do. This!!!


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