Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer Home Tour - 2016

Hi guys and welcome to the Waterside Home Tour!

Today is an exciting day, because it's the first home tour that I've ever been asked to join as a participant of a week long home tour series!  Yay!  You guys, I couldn't be more thrilled...and not to mention, nervous!  I must say though, Emily, blogger extraordinaire over at Table and Hearth and designer/planner/architect of this amazing home tour series, has made me feel soooo comfortable amongst this amazing group of talented women.

Please be sure to join us throughout the week as we share our coastal homes, believe me, you'll be happy you did.  Oh and just to warn you, your Pinterest account will have several new pins...I can promise you that.  ;)


WATERSIDE SUMMER HOME TOUR - A tour of 16 gorgeous homes inspired by their neighboring coasts and shores!

So, if this is your first time visiting my blog - Welcome!

I'm Marie - Wife to Jon and Mommy to Henry (5) and Eliza (3).  We live in Michigan and come spring, when the snow and ice finally thaw, we're outside and out on the lake.

We like to ski, wakeboard, tube and swim.

As for our home decor - we like to mix the old with the new.  It's a lakehouse/farmhouse/cottage vibe going on in the inside and a nautical theme on the outside.

So, wakeboard to our dock, park your boat and come on over!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Welcome to our home.  Come on up!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Take a seat and enjoy the view.

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Care for some lemon water?

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

I love these happy paper straws.  I buy them all the time - they're just too fun!

Sidenote:  Am I the only one who currently has a cute paper napkin and adorable straw collection?

Please tell me I'm not alone...  ;)

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Oh, and of course, our Michigan summer wouldn't be complete without our Michigan cutting board being put to good use.  For you fellow Michiganders, a similar cutting board can be found here.

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Come on out of the sun and let's walk over to our covered deck.

I love drinking an afternoon cup of coffee up here in this shaded space.  It's so relaxing and it's a blast to watch all the boat traffic go by, especially on the weekends!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Welp, I suppose we should head inside and I'll show you around...

We have a little command center/mudroom/office off of the deck.  I call it our "moffice."  It's a drop center for everything...and I do mean, everything.  Hence the fact that I'm going to skip right on by this area and move on toward the kitchen.

Just close your eyes as you walk by and try not to step on a Lego...mmm-kay?!

Hey, just keeping it real here, folks. ;)

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Okay, so past the "moffice" is the kitchen.

Our vintage wooden oars stay up all year and for good reason.

A couple years ago I looked everywhere for these bad boys and when I eventually found these oars - while on vacation and at an old antique shop - I had decided I wasn't leaving without them.  While wearing a long maxi dress I carried both oars as I biked the mile long journey back to our vacation rental.

It was no easy feat.

So, there they are - proudly displayed for all to see!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Next up is our dining space and it's the first place you see when you walk through our front door and it's the most frequented room in our home.  It sits back from the deck area, but it still makes for great lake viewing.

So many wonderful memories are made daily while gathered around this table.

Well, that is until Paw Patrol comes on the tv, then the kids beeline it to the couch...sippy cups in hand!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

I painted and stenciled these chairs about a year ago and I still loooove them!  They were inspired by, who else, but the amazing Joanna Gaines.

You can read more about these chairs here.

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

As for our summer decor, nothing fits our home better than lots of lanterns and small vases to finish off the light and airy lakeside feel that I tend to lean toward when decorating this space.

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

As we all know, dishes need to be washed and put away.  Luckily, we get a nice breeze that comes through the house from the lake.  It makes doing chores seem not so bad.  :)

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Let's venture on into the living room, shall we?

This space is currently my happy place.  I ordered this piece of furniture about four months ago and it just arrived this past weekend, so I'm beyond thrilled to be sharing it here on this home tour!  I literally just blogged all about it on Monday!  Feel free to read more about it here.  :)

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

I was able to style it a bit for this tour, although, I can tell you that the shelves already look different.  It's so fun to move around decor and change the look of this unit.  I've loved displaying our propeller, that scale, those baskets and some of our favorite books!

I'm obsessed.  Obsessed, I say.

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com


The lower cabinets are currently housing games, puzzles, photo albums and baby books.  It serves not only as an entertainment center, but also as a larger than life storage unit!

Why not, right?!

The more storage, the better!  Who's with me?!

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

As for our mantel, I'm keeping it simple for now.  Yeaaaaaah, we'll see how long that'll last! ;)

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

There you have it!

Thanks so very much for stopping by my Waterside Home Tour today!

This tour was so much fun to put together!  

Happy summer, stay cool, breathe in deep and don't forget to enjoy a sunrise or two...

Waterside Summer Home Tour - 2016 - Family and the Lake House - www.familyandthelakehouse.com

Thanks again.  :)

Summer Wishes,

Marie :)


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