You see, there is a reason my tag line is “Home wasn’t built in a day”. It’s true, and should be true for everyone. I mean anyone can go to a home decor store and fill up a cart with home goods. Of course, that is if you have the extra cash to do so. Mike and I have been collecting and making our house a home for about 20 years. Grant you, our first few years of being married we were seriously decorating confused, oh… and broke. Mike was still in College and I was the bread winner. The only thing we could afford pretty much was bread! We knew we liked old stuff but we went in a totally different direction. It was retro. I remember finding pink canisters, deco lighting, and almost went as far as getting a deco dining set. You know the ones with shiny chrome and plastic seats?
That’s when we stopped. I started to realize that is not the style I love and Mike agreed. So we slowly started selling and giving away the collections we had been building up for a few years. Our style changed after visiting Arizona and visiting some of the old missions. It was there, we felt a connection to things that spoke to us. At the time we lived in Florida and that style was a perfect fit. Spanish flair, deep mustards and the love for roosters started happening.
So for the past 12 years we have collected, thrifted, hunted and gathered things we love and speak to us as a couple, and to our home. I believe the home itself dictates a lot of the style you incur. You simply can’t make contemporary out of brick and stone.
Welcome to our Summer Home tour series with the Bhome crew.
And so the story goes. We bought our home without every stepping one foot indoors. Risky you say? Yes, it was, but we have never had one regret! It’s a long story, but it’s not the first time Mike and I have been risk takers. We once bought a boat on Ebay too..still have it! We will be selling it though this summer. Have a kid going off to college, and we barely use it anymore. It’s a great boat though.
If you are new here, I would like to tell you right off the bat, my husband is truly lawn obsessed. You can read all about the Zoysia grass he planted 8 years ago. It finally has taken over and I admit, it is very pretty come Spring time. The winter time, not so much. It was a ridiculous scene when my husband was planting those thousand of plugs in the lawn. Keep in mind, we were new to area. We looked like crazy half backs I tell ya!
Tuscan Urns from Balsam Hill .
Our home was a new built and some of the builder grade things we have changed. Like the wood shutters you see on the front of the home. The home came with brown plastic ones. I had seen the wood shutters on other homes in a very nice neighborhood. Could never afford the homes, but I figured we could splurge on the shutters. I knew they would be perfect on our home. We have added landscape as you see throughout the years. Again as I like to say “Home wasn’t built in a day” and that certainly holds true for us.
Our Clematis was simply gorgeous this year. I give some simple gardening tips here. Believe me, they are simple, I am no green thumb! Come round the back, I will show you around. You probably have heard me complain a time or two about the mess and work we have around here. By the end of the Fall season it is absolute nightmare to clean up. I really don’t like that time of year. I love the Fall, but not the “Fall” of the leaves. Spring is not as bad, except we deal with the pollen, as you can see we are surrounded by trees.
My husband is the quirky one (he picked the sign) and I am the whimsy one with my splash of color thrift store chair, and my little rooster garden stakes. The cypress trees we planted around two years ago. They are growing beautifully around our patio. Will definitely give us full privacy in another year or two.
There’s our new cheapo picnic table we recently stained. You can read all about our stripping and staining experience here.
We added this outdoor area and built our own Pizza oven. It certainly gets used often come the break of Spring on. Although, it’s been a very early hot summer here. The outdoor fireplace we found on ebay for a steal. Mike had to build it, but it certainly did not take him much time to figure it out.
Considering we live in a heavily wooded area and park like setting, I really wanted one of those outdoor BBQ’s like you would see in an actual park. Let me tell you, hot dogs, sausage and burgers taste great on the charcoal BBQ.
Now I am ready for 4th of July.
Mike found the BBQ on line for around $100.00 and he secured it in ground of course with concrete. Another easy job and well worth the time and effort. Here you see the upper deck. The patio below in which I just shared was not existing. It wasn’t until we had a horrible storm that took down a lot of trees. In that devastation, the aftermath left us treeless, but yet space enough to add the stamped concrete deck. Then came the pizza oven.
I’m just going to give a quick tour inside. Come on in!
First stop, The Pub room
I been too busy outside to even think about cleaning the entire inside. I will only share the clean rooms. Family room all freshened up with our new Navajo white by Benjamin Moore.
Always a treasure or two to be found here. Like the vintage dog nut cracker and vintage scale my Mom bought for Mike last Christmas.
Breakfast room. Paint color is Bavarian Creme. We have slowly gone from yellow hues to lighter walls. Our decor is heavy in nature and after 12 years of hello Yellow, it was time for a change.
My love for roosters live on.
Most recent Kitchen changes HERE
I have even found a way to bring them in the Family room. I believe I only have one Rooster in the family room. He used to reside on top of the entertainment center, but relocated. He was bored up there.There are no Roo’s in the bedroom though. I think that would be a little much, even if I do say so myself. You can check out my latest Master bedroom refresh
I don’t think the guests would like roosters in the guest room either.
My husband and I have enjoyed over the past 9 years making our house a home. Even on occasion Mike surprises me with a gift or two on his own ventures, like this rusty old can
and his latest find this vintage postal scale.
I think that is about all I can share with you today. Thank you for stopping by. If you are not a regular here, I sure would love to see you back again. I share all things heart, home and a recipe or two on occasion.
Line up of other Home tours:
My Soulful Home Homemade by Carmona
AKA Design On Sutton Place
Cedar Hill Farmhouse Garden Therapy At The Picket Fence Unskinny Boppy
Miss Mustard Seed French Country Cottage
StoneGable Housepitality Designs Craftberry Bush Cupcakes and Crinoline Shabby Art Boutique
Setting For Four A Healthy Life For Me
Southern Hospitality Top This Top That Rooms FOR Rent Savvy Southern Style
Lilacs & Longhorns Eclectically Vintage Cynthia Weber Design
Maison de Pax Buckets of Burlap Love of Home
Debbiedoo’s Edith & Evelyn Inspired By Charm
Thanks for stopping by today. We hope to see you back again.
Your zoysia is gorgeous. We were wanting to get zoysia sod for the back yard that we are getting ready to work on, but it is just too expensive so we will most likely get bermuda sod. Anything will be better than the dirt and weeks out there now. Your home is so pretty with the new white walls and I love your new light fixture over the table. Mike does good with his antique choices.
Thanks Kim! We did the zoysia plugs for the same reason. It was not as expensive but a bear to do!
Love it! Beautiful, unique, and created with love.
Thank you so much Peggy!
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Debbie, your home is so beautiful and the landscaping is gorgeous. Great tour.
penny @ the comforts of home
I envy your pizza oven! You have such a wonderful home inside and out. It has been fun watching your create and recreate over the years.
Such a beautiful home, it looks so inviting and cozy! Love it!
I love the way your home showcases all your little treasures. I can see so many pieces that tell a story. xo
Oh my gosh I loved this…especially your patio area. It’s like a little oasis. 🙂 You’ve definitely made this home your own. I love that too.
Your home is beautiful! And the yard…Mike did a great job, it’s gorgeous! Enjoyed visiting and see your home. So happy to be sharing the tour with you today!
Oh my your outdoor space is amazing! And those wood shutters….love them!! Thank you so much for sharing! I’m so honored to be part of this terrific line up!!
Love your home Debbie…just love the coziness of charm about it…and kudos to Mike for bringing home such wonderful treasures to you…love the scale and tin. I love the new look of the walls….trying to get away from the yellow toned walls, but will have to be patient….I can just imagine you and your family spending lots of time on that gorgeous patio…thanks for the tour and have a great weekend!
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wow…I’d say that your risk turned out quite well! can i tell you how much i love your outdoor spaces. i think if we lived next door, and cause we both love our outdoor spaces, we would never go inside each others homes. ha. beautiful home. happy summer!
It’s beautiful Debbie, I really love your outdoor space too. It’s amazing.
Thanks Karen! It’s not so amazing when the leaves drop lol.
Your home and yard are absolutely gorgeous !
Beautiful! The outside of your home is what I would hope to find at a vacation house…incredible! I love the pizza oven and the picnic style charcoal grill. That was genius. Charcoal really does make the best dogs. I love it all!
Beautiful home, and gorgeous outdoor spaces!! Love every detail!
Thanks Becky and such a pleasure to be part of the tour with you.
wow what a house..love the windows in the dining room..I’m in total awe
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Debbie, I love your home especially the patio . The grill reminds me of childhood Smokey mountain camping trips. I could see myself having big cookouts with family every summer.
Thanks so much Joni! It is really nice back there come Fall. Until, the FALL..really happens.
You’re a warm and inviting person, Debbie, and, your home reflects that. I wish I could take a road trip, and, stop by for pizza someday. Thanks for the tour.
Anytime Rosemary, stop on by. Our doors are always open. xo
Your style is so unique and wonderful. I had to check out the pub in more detail!
Thank you Cassandra!:) I appreciate that.
Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique
Debbie, I love a real home… you know with that cosy “I want to plonk myself down on your couch with a cuppa and have a chat feel’. That’s how I feel about your welcoming home. It’s obviously filled with the treasures you’ve lovingly sourced over the years and put together to tell your story. It’s lovely!! I hope you enjoy many happy summer days spent out on your back and deck.
Great tour Debbie…everything looks beautiful inside and out!! Love the lighter walls they make all your pretty accessories pop and I love the shelves over your kitchen windows too…great place to displays the roos!!
Yvonne @ StoneGable
Shoot, shoot shoot! Something ate my long comment! I adore your use of color and your detailed and one-of-a-kind accents that fill your home and my senses!!! LOVE your comfortable, warm and happy style Debbie! It’s just like you!!! xo
Michael Wurm Jr.
What a beautiful space! And an outdoor pizza oven!? YESSS!!
Loving being part of this tour with you!
Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline
Oh, Debbie, your home looks so beautiful all decked out for summer. I love all of the details and the vintage decor touches. Happy to be touring with you!
Your home is full of so many beautiful details Debbie!! What a gorgeous, cozy and inviting home you’ve created! Totally jealous of your outdoor pizza oven!! So thrilled to be a part of the bHome family with you! xo Heather
I had to give you my business website because I do not have a personal one, but I wanted to tell you how beautiful your home is. You have such a knack for decorating, I am so envious! Keep posting pictures. You certainly do a wonderful job!
Enjoyed the tour. Beautiful home inside and out. Saw the tin can projects then happened on the house tour. What really got me; I am a coffee junkie, I decorate with roosters and, my name is Deborah. When I saw the rooster and the “I love coffee…..” I had to explore. Thank you so much for sharing. For me you are inspiration.
Wonderful Dee! Thanks so much for stopping by:)
Thanks for sharing. Your home is beautiful, just like you!!!
Thank you for the tour of your beautiful house. You and your husband have done a beautiful job inside and out. You have such a talent for decorating. Lobe the tour and thank you.