S U M M E R Ahh.. it’s my absolute favorite, you guys! The memories we make each summer – Porch swinging, fishing, swimming, going to Drive – In movies, catching lightning bugs, watching fireworks, picking and cooking garden food and roasting s’mores, those days are just the best. I also think I love how my home looks the most in the summer time. So I thought it would be fun to join some friends for #HowWeSummerHomeTour and do a Summer home tour of Sweet Kentucky Holler for you y’all! I even threw in a quick recipe! Usually I like to decorate with mostly whites and neutrals year round but in the summer I get to throw in lots of pretty florals and lighter more airy textiles too. But This summer we just finished painting the exterior of our home white and adding a larger front porch, so of course I had to share a quick photo of that on the tour for you guys! If you follow me on Instagram you may have already heard all about it. I got pretty excited to finally have a front porch to decorate. I used lots of pots and buckets and crates out here and we got a couple of comfy new rocking chairs too. I keep changing things around!
Okay y’all, grab a Mason jar of sweet tea or an Ale8 and come on in! First space up on our Summer Home Tour is our living room. It’s where we spend most of our summer days anytime we are not outside. Simplicity + White + Vintage + repurposed is kind of the theme in here. I kept it really simple this summer with white throw pillows and white florals. The coffee table is an old Kentucky Military ammo box dated over 60 years ago I found junkin’ for $30! I wanted to keep its history and character but I also didn’t love the color it was originally. It had some orange tones, so I chalk painted the top and added a little bit of pickling stain to all the sides so this way all of the stamps and history were all still visible. Another repurposed item is the flower vase. It’s actually an apple juice jug. We get those from Whole Foods for the kiddos and when they are empty, I wash them, and save them for decor. I always add a little bit of water to the vase even with faux flowers and I think it makes them look so much more realistic!
Next up on the tour is the kitchen/ dining nook. Our kitchen and dining room area is also where we spend a lot of time year round! Summer is no exception, we love to eat around here and my little Belle loves to help me cook and bake. She’ll run and get her apron and say she’s ready to be my little monster chef haha. She usually ends up with more ingredients on her apron and clothes and in the floor than actually in whatever we are making. Bryce always switches to my little helper when it comes to cleaning up and putting dishes away. My kitchen table always has some sort of center piece and I’m always switching things around. I got this Mason jar caddy recently and decided to use it filled with faux ranunculus stems for my summer center piece and I really love it so far!
In the summer we love to grill out but I also still cook lots of meals in our kitchen. One thing I love to make in the summer is Fried Green Tomatoes! It’s a classic, southern, summer favorite around here!
My simple and classic “Fried Green Tomatoes” family recipe is:
• Fresh garden green tomatoes sliced
• 1/2 Cup flour
• 1 Cup corn meal
• 2 eggs
• 1/4 cup milk
• cooking oil or to make them southern style (bacon grease)
• Ranch dressing for dipping
Directions: Heat up your grease in a large skillet. In one bowl add your flour and cornmeal together and stir it up. In another bowl add your eggs and milk and whisk together. Cover tomato slices with salt and pepper. Next dip the tomato slices in the egg + milk mixture, then immediately coat in the flour and cornmeal mixture. Then place each tomato slice in the hot grease. Cook until golden brown on each side. Serve with ranch on the side for dipping and enjoy!
Last up is our bedroom. White, cozy, ruffled textiles mixed with rusty and chippy patina is a favorite of mine in here. This old iron bed was a flea market find for $40 bucks and I just immediately fell in love with it! Brandon added a bench to the footboard and our Little’s sit there and eat snacks and color before bed lots of nights. Our bedroom is small so we don’t have a lot of room for decor in here. I use an old wooden crate to store extra pillows and I have the night stand styled simply, with some white corbels and vintage books. I found this old vintage door recently while out junkin’ and even though I didn’t know what I could possibly do with it, I knew I couldn’t just leave it there.. So when I got home I left it propped up beside the bed until I could figure things out and I ended up kind of loving it here! Those happy accidents end up being some of my favorite decorating ideas.
That’s it y’all! I hope you enjoyed visiting Our Summer Home Tour! Thanks for stopping by!
Be sure to check out my Instagram to see a list of my incredibly talented friends on the #HowWeSummerHomeTour