Did I mention I love summer? I’m working on a post to tell you all about what we’re doing this summer but in case I never finish it, you should know that I love summer with all my southern soul. In fact, this house is really at its peak in summer. It’s a summer house extraordinaire. I love it in spring and fall and even in winter but this house has summer written all over it.
I thought I’d share some of its summer glory with you.
We had company this weekend and my outdoor table has the most gorgeous piece of driftwood for a centerpiece, that came right out of our own lake.

If you come over to eat, be careful not to impale yourself on it–but other than that, it’s pretty cool.

And how could I withhold this image from you? Stevie meets me here every night for a little wine and some chitty chat. When the sun sets over the lake, the back side of our house is toasty. But this side? All kinds of heavenly. And we talk about gardens and flowers and chickens and kids and how in the world we ever got this lucky.

And this is what we see if we look to our left.

The screen porch is so pretty and peaceful this time of night too. The girls and I sat out here for our reading time last night.
And in the full light of day….

On the inside, I’ve been working like mad trying to finish all the details of the house. My house has been lacking the final touches that only fabric can give so I’m finally getting there. Fabric is so hard for me. I’ve been hamstrung trying to decide how many different colors and patterns one person is allowed in their house.  And then do more than that.  🙂
Here’s a peek at the window treatments in the master bedroom. You’ll have to excuse the fact that the headboard and side tables aren’t here yet.

I did simple pinch pleat white linen, which I love against the charcoal walls.

I’ve been getting a few things framed and setting up my summer cocktail bar!

Here it is from farther back……

The living room panels and blinds were installed this week too.
And I’ve had a few things reupholstered.

This cute little stool in a fabric I bought on OKL about a year ago.

Then there’s this chair……

And this ottoman in the lovely Schumacher dragon fabric….

I’m still waiting for a chair to be delivered in here and a few pillows to be added.

After such a long, stressful year, it’s so good to see it all come together.

And kept in its proper perspective, it’s beautiful to enjoy the good gifts from God, whether they be a delicious meal, a gorgeous fabric, or a night on the screen porch reading The Odyssey with the girls.

This brick and mortar is temporary but what we do behind these walls is eternal.

May He grant us the wisdom to live well.

To not  take it for granted—but instead to relish it, drink it in deep and then share the overflow of that joy with others.


I love Pearl Jam and Stevie’s been taking me out on the boat for short night rides while he plays my favorite PJ tunes.

This one is our summer song.

It’s a good reminder when life gets hard—and it always gets hard.

Just Breathe.


Welcome, summer.  I hope you stay a good long while.


68 comments on “Around the House, summer edition”

  1. Ooo those LR panels are stunning!

    I’m in East Tennessee for the summer and the weather this last week has been AMAZING. I’m sure your porch has been a perfect spot for these cooler nights.

  2. “The brick and mortar is temporary, but what we do behind these walls is eternal.” Amen. beautifully said truth, and beautifully appointed home too.

    OH what is prettiest to me? Maybe your repeated use of olive green and turquoise. I am sneaking that in around the farm too, starting with the kitchen and the new upstairs retreat. LOVE it.

    Happy summer to a wonderful lady! xo

  3. I love the white rocker chairs and the patio to enjoy… it is so lovely… and the flower garden and the water oh my goodness. Can I be a bit jealous? it is wonderful. You are very blessed.

  4. Ditto to what Marie said. I couldn’t say it any better. Those are words to live by, and your home is a masterpiece. Thanks so much for sharing your heart and your home!

  5. I love it all Edie!! You are so inspirational in many ways. Your use of color in your home is so inviting. Great job. Enjoy your summer!!

  6. your home definitely takes to summer well edie. i love your dining table centerpiece. and that sunset at your chitty chat space is gorgeous. i adore what you said about our homes being temporary but what happens inside of them being eternal… you could not have said that better. hope you all are having a wonderful summer — and it sounds like you are! xo.

  7. That ottoman is AMAZING!!! I love the mix and match vibe it gives that space. You have such a beautiful and comfortable style to your home 🙂

  8. I love love your house. I am hoping that you will share a lot of glimpses of your summer (especially recipes, house decor, parties, etc). I have been feeling a little down because our summer isn’t looking super fun. Your cheery house and positive attitude is just the thing! (BTW, I got two small Foo Dogs after seeing your lovely huge ones…from Target. They were red but I painted them turquoise.. love )

  9. Well, you had me at the title. As soon as I saw it, I thought to myself, “Good stuff happens around that girl’s house…” and I clicked over and the truth was confirmed.

    Lovingly yours in all manner of prints, all at the same time,

  10. I just love your house. It is the perfect blend of stylish, eclectic, southern, and comfortable/homey. I don’t know how you do it and make it look so effortless. I fell in love with your blog when I found it a few days ago. Now I’m constantly going through your old posts for inspiration!

  11. Well where do I start? Your home is so lovely. I think we should have our girls get together at your place. . . or maybe after Texas. 🙂 I love Pearl Jam. I remember going to their concert when I was in high school. LOVE them! Lastly, can you come and redecorate my house when you’re not too busy?

  12. Hey girl, love, love everything. Looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where oh where did you get the pillows that are on the bed, i know the one with mustard flowers looks like the one from target, but i am talking about the two others. They are exactly what i need. heather

  13. Beautiful-everything is so beautiful. The flowers, lake, fabrics, and all the amazing touches you add are gorgeous!! Love it all!! Gorgeous home and you deserve it.

  14. Beautiful home – love the bedroom color. I love that song too. Life is hard at times, but we have faith and He helps us work through it.

  15. Edie~ your home looks amazing! Seriously. Magazine-worthy amazing. Having grown up in northern Minnesota lake country, I can attest to the fact that there is nothing so sweet as summertime on the lake. Enjoy every minute!

  16. Ahh, living on the lake in the summertime sounds so wonderful and all your outdoor spaces are perfect to soak it up! What is the fabric that you used for the curtains in the living room? And tell us how you and Stevie met…I love a good love story :)!

  17. Edie, everything looks beautiful!! Blessings to you and your family and I hope this is the best summer yet!!

  18. I love your style. We just moved to a lake in MN and I have enjoyed your house as inspiration for my house. Do you know the name of the fabric you used on the curtains? Again, love your blog!

  19. oh my goodness…I’ve been DYING {okay a little too dramatic} for you to show us more of your home. The landscape shot is almost too much for me to handle. It’s breathtaking and absolutely beautiful. Did you guys to the work or hire it out? It’s beautiful, Edie. Please tell me I can get ours there, eventually. Tell me I can. No really, tell me. 🙂

    And, the cocktail bar….I have two beautiful decanters (is that right) that I got in Southern California to start my collection. They are beautiful. I love your bar, but I’m dying to know about the print!!! Can you tell me where to find it?

    so happy for you guys…you’re so right….it’s beautiful brick & mortar but the lives lived on the inside of those walls is what’s eternal….you’re right perspective always brings us all back to the truest reality.

    Happy Saturday…keep those shots coming!

    • Miss Tara,
      Aww, thank you sweet friend. I am one blessed girl and that I know! We consulted a local gardener who has a great reputation to help us with our landscape. He then agreed to draw the plans, buys the plants and install it. It’s taken 5-6 months but we’re almost done. We are so happy with it. We told him the plants we wanted and he added some that he knew we’d love. He has such an eye for design—it looks like art out there! I plan to post on the whole process but you know how that is…….may never happen.
      And yes, yours can get there, just be patient. It’s taken us a long time too!
      We planned it so that there’s always something blooming and that makes me sooooo happy.
      The print? I LOVE it. I bought it from Etsy last year and finally got it framed. Here’s a link to a one, but the color is different. It says, ‘It’s a hard world for little things.’ I bought it for my girls’ room after the fire but ended up using it downstairs.
      Okay, love to you dearie!


  20. It’s beautiful Edie…all of it. So happy for you. Especially love the outdoor space. It’s right where I’d want to be.

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  21. Can we go shopping at a fabric store together? I think you’d tell me “YES!” when my cerebral side says, “I’m not sure…” Then I’d get home, and I’d love it!

    Thanks for sharing the PJ song, too! I just pulled out “Ten” last week, and this is new to me. Awesome.

    • Yes, but I shop for fabric online so you could sit with me while I sip coffee in my pj’s and order fabric all day long! I sometimes order swatches but most of the time I’ve stalked a particular fabric so much that I know I’ll love it. My favorite sites for upholstery fabric are Decorator’s Best and Lewis and Sheron.
      Happy patterns,

      oh and yes, PJ is all kinds of awesome 🙂

  22. Your home is lovely. I just found your blog accidentally, now I don’t even know how I got here. Where did you get the curtains in the living room or the fabric to make them? I must have some of those sweet blue/gray diamonds for my very own.

  23. And where did you get the little bird print that looks like it might say it’s a hard world or something like that?

  24. Well…can I just move in to live on your porch?? I promise I won’t even invade any other part of your house, just your porch..mmm-kay? This looks like summer living the way it ought to be. Thank you for sharing the photos of such sweet moments. Love it!
    p.s. Haven’t been by in awhile but noticed you moved from Prophoto to These..congratulations on your big techno step! Still loving my Prophoto for now! 🙂

  25. Hey Edie-
    Your I love your style. I was hoping you could tell me where you got your woven shades. There are lots of them out there. Some of them seam a little cheap looking. Yours seem really great.

  26. Your home is LOVELY! Absolutely! Every touch is amazing. But. My favorite part? The 2 rocking chairs for you and your husband. That makes my heart all kinds of happy. Because you two are the foundation of the family, and having that time alone is so important. With a 2 year old its hard to remember that and take time to do that, but its so necessary. We’re about to start building ourselves, and I hope to have a little spot for just us one day too. And the boat ride…alone…him playing your favorite music…he’s a keeper. 😉

  27. what a beautiful home you have! where is the striped pillow (next to the & pillow)from? i’ve been looking for that style forever. you have impeccable taste btw!

  28. Hi Eddie,

    Gorgeous home! Thanks for posting about Darlene; she did a room for us and we love it. Could you tell me if you know the name of the yellow fabric on your wing chair? Also, we did you get your love is all you need sign that is on your back porch?

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  29. Hi Edie,

    I am in love with the fabric that is white with green/chartreuse lines with white dots in the middle. Do you mind sharing what fabric it is?

    Keep up the good work!

  30. I have been looking for blinds to go with my geometric curtains. I love yours!! Where are they from?? Your house/style is my absolute favorite!

  31. i love the paint colors you use, especially your living room color. is there a spot on the blog where you name the paint colors or at least the living room color? Thanks, Christine

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