Hello and welcome to my summer home tour! Go grab a cup of coffee and let me show you around my home today, sweet friend.

Today, I am honored and thrilled to be participating in a Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours, hosted by Kelly at The Tattered Pew. You are in for a wonderful treat! Each day this week, some very talented women will be sharing their summer home tours. You will love the inspiration from these thirty creative women that you will not want to miss a single day!

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If you are visiting from Jen at Midwest Life & Style, thank you. Her patriotic summer home tour was beautiful. I love her style and the wonderful recipes that she shares on her blog too.

Hi sweet friends! If you are new to my blog, welcome and let me introduce myself. I am Tammy and welcome to my modern built (semi-custom) farmhouse called “White Lilac Farmhouse”. We have been here for two years now.

I enjoy creating warm and cozy spaces in my modern farmhouse with a coastal vibe. You will see that I love mixing old with new and blending styles to create lovely and inviting spaces in my home.

We reside in the beautiful Southern Maryland not far from the water and near the historical St. Mary’s City.

Our home has an open concept. I have the dining room, kitchen, kitchen dining area, and family room and entry all flowing together.

We have neutral walls in our home in a soft gray. I love using pops of colors with rugs, pillows, and accessories.

As we move through the rooms you will see tranquil colors of blues and greens.

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One thing I enjoy is repurposing items found at thrift stores, yard sales or items of my own. This mirror got a face lift. You can read more about it here. It was washed out against the gray wall. The gold gives the mirror a whole new look.

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On of my favorite thing about our home is all of the light flowing in through the windows. It sometimes makes it hard to take photos. I do love all the natural light and having plants around the house.

We have a wonderful size family room. It could fit two large sofas. My husband wants a sectional in this room.

This side table was a bargain fine. Recently, I gave it a makeover with a new color called Deep Sea Silk All-In-One Mineral Paint by Dixie Belle Paints. It’s a beautiful deep navy blue.

I love using real and faux plants. Greenery brings the outside in and makes the space cozy and inviting.

You can bring color into a room with art. I found this artist Debby Neal who has gorgeous abstract art. You can find her artwork here.

Dough bowls are fun to decorate for the seasons. I own several of them in various sizes. Some of the dough bowls are vintage and a couple are reproduction.

They look beautiful in just about any room in your home. Check out my post on Beautiful Dough Bowls: Where To Find Them & How To Style Them.

Books are great to stack on a coffee table. I found this unique wooden bowl and put cauliflower roots as a filler. Cauliflower roots remind me of driftwood except for it’s white. Some glass beads bring a little of that coastal vibe.

The gold leaf votive candle holders were made from OUI Yogurt glass containers. I made them for a bridal shower. Now, I am enjoying them in various parts of my house. If you are interested in making some, I have a tutorial here “How To Make Beautiful Gold Leaf Votive Candle Holders“.

Since our family room flows seamlessly into the kitchen dining area, I knew a large cabinet would be perfect for this open space. It provides much-needed storage for my vintage white ironstone collection and other treasured finds and is a beautiful focal point.

The tablescape is set for the fourth of July. I am using some vintage red transferware mixed with my everyday white pottery. Placements in blue tie in the red, white, and blue theme to celebrate our country’s birthday.

We spend a lot of time around this table for family meals or to play games.

This rug has pretty hues of blue, creams, and gray. It’s great for not showing dirt and is easy to clean.

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Our 12-year-old Boston Terrier, Chloe loves to lay in front of the French doors sunning herself.

Right across from the kitchen dining area is a staircase in the middle of our home. What I love about them, it reminds me of my Aunt’s old farmhouse where she had a back staircase down into her kitchen.

An entry table can hold keys, wallets, or miscellaneous items. Baskets with lids give some extra storage for kitchen items. The mirror over the table is perfect for checking your hair. The door next to this table leads into our mudroom.

It’s one of my favorite rooms in our house. My family and friends enjoy gathering around the kitchen island to talk and nibble on goodies. It is my happy space!

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You can see my mudroom from the kitchen. Recently, I painted the built-in bench a fun color. You can read about it in this post 14 Great Ways To Add Function and Style To A Mudroom.

My island is dark almost black. The color is called dusk. I wanted a contrasting color for the island.

Piper, my 2-year-old French Bulldog loves to photo bomb. She is never far from my side.

I love mixing vintage items with new ones. The inspiration for the colors of my home was from this canvas bag of washcloths. No lie! I love the blues, greens, and grays.

For 28 years, I waited to build this home and knew it would have three things: 1) a big front porch with rockers; 2) a mudroom with a built-in bench; and 3) a pot filler.

From the time we moved it, I knew this bench would not remain white. For the past year, I had two color swatches on it. My color choice was called “Restful”.

I have no regrets and love this Valspar Cabinet and Furniture Paint in the color restful. I love it!

This wallpaper was designed by my daughter-in-law, Jennifer Sweeney. She designs for York Wallcoverings. It’s called Honey Bee. My wallpaper is pre-pasted. They do have this pattern available in peel-and-stick wallpaper.

Jennifer is a talented designer. Her designs have been featured in magazines. I love seeing her designs featured on Arhaus, Anthropologie, Ballard Designs, and other websites.

These baskets are perfect for hiding shoes, dog leashes, tools, etc. My grandchildren love to hang their jackets and backpacks in here.

This room is fun to decorate for the different holidays. The grandchildren love it. They always get excited to see what I do for Easter, Halloween, or Christmas.

This saying is what I always told my children as they left the house. It serves as a little reminder no matter how old they are now.

Next up on today’s tour is Cecilia at My Thrift Store Addiction. You will love her ideas and tips for decorating your home.

Get ready for summer home inspiration! I’m thrilled to be joining 30 incredibly talented and creative bloggers for the Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours. All week long, you can virtually tour stunning summer spaces – from cozy to coastal, there’s something for everyone! Click the links below to peek inside each beautiful home.

Monday’s Tours

The Tattered Pew / Cottage On Bunker Hill / She Gave It A Go

Cottage In The Mitten / Stonegable / My Wee Abode

Tuesday’s Tours

Thistle Key Lane / Midwest Life & Style / White Lilac Farmhouse

My Thrift Store Addiction / Willow Bloom Home Blog / Dabbling and Decorating

Wednesday’s Tours

Bricks ‘n Blooms /Amy Sadler Designs / Peacock Ridge Farm

White Arrows Home / Pasha Is Home / The Ponds Farmhouse

Thursday’s Tours

Simply2Moms / Country Peony / Southern Home and Hospitality

Shiplap and Shells / Eleanor Rose Home / Cloches and Lavender

Friday’s Tours

Le Cultivateur / Lora Bloomquist Create & Ponder / Noting Grace

My Family Thyme / Vintage and Grace Living / County Road 407

The Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours have something to inspire everyone. With 30 unique homes to explore, you’re sure to find décor ideas and summer vibes to refresh your own space. Happy browsing, sweet friend!

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  1. Tammy I love that green it is so strikingly beautiful! What a gorgeous home you have! It was so fun touring with you and I hope you have a wonderful summer! xoxo

    1. Thank you, Stacy for your kind words. I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this tour. You enjoy your summer too. I am loving watching you with those new gardens. So gorgeous!

  2. Hi Tammy! I thoroughly enjoyed touring your lovely home. I am crushing on the gorgeous bench color in your beautiful mudroom! I also love the sweet message on the door. Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. Tammy, your home is so beautiful. I have seen small areas of it, but it was fun to see more of it. Your mud room is amazing! That bench stole my heart and I love the color. Hugs to you, my friend.

    1. Renae, I am so glad you like my tour. You know that mudroom is one of my favorite rooms. I have so much fun decorating it. xoxo my friend!

  4. Tammy, your coffee table styling is wonderful. I adored the dough bowl and your hallway piece is wowza😃 we have two sectionals and they are so worth it. I hope you find one you like🤗

    1. Ann, thank you so much. Oh I have my eye on a sectional and the fabric choice picked out. I just need to save up my pennies. LOL.

  5. Tammy! Wow, your home is just beautiful. I loved seeing all the spaces and can see why the kitchen is your favorite! The saying on your mudroom door is so sweet, I can see why your grandkids love that space too. It’s full of life…that color is the best! Pinned and so thankful you could join us!

    1. Kelly, thank you so much for this opportunity and for your kind words. I have enjoyed being a part of this amazing summer home tours. It is so fun to visit each of the ladies homes. There is so much talent and creativity in this group. Love it!

  6. Tammy, I love your summer style. The artwork above the mantle is beautiful and really captures the sense of fun summer visits to the beach. I love your cozy dining area and I’m obsessed with your mudroom. The colour you’ve used is perfection.

  7. Your summer home tour is so beautiful, Tammy! I especially love your new artwork over your mantel and that gorgeous color you used in your mudroom! Lovely home! Someday, I will surprise you and ring the doorbell! 😘 So glad you could join us this week!

    1. Kim, I would love for you to ring my door bell any time and we can have Jennifer come up too! So honor to be on this tour this week with all of you lovely ladies.

  8. Tammy, I’m so glad I got to see more of your beautiful home. I don’t know where to start. I loved it all. The natural light gives every room such a light and airy feel, and I am smitten’ with your cabinet and ironstone collection. And can we talk about that wallpaper? How fun! So glad I could join everyone on the tour this week. Pinned!

    1. Jen, thank you friend. It’s sometimes difficult to get photos with all of the light coming in. However, I love it for the plants. So glad you like my cabinet and ironstone. Some of those ironstone pieces were bought from Marion aka Miss Mustard Seed back when she had a booth each year at Lucketts Spring Market. The cabinet holds my treasures from markets, thrifting and yard sales.

  9. I love your beautiful home, Tammy! And I could move right in with those colors; they’re my faves. Your mud room is stunning; the green built in bench with the graphic wallpaper background. You’ve got me wanting to build now, too! Great design!

  10. Tammy beautiful tour and I love what you did in the mudroom. Adding the wallpaper and the new color over the bench is perfect!

    Isn’t fun when the pups photo bomb?

    Great touring with you!


    1. Hi friend, thank you for your sweet words. Piper does love to photo bomb and she poses for a picture. Half the time, I don’t realize she is there until looking at the photo. Got to love it!

  11. Tammy I am obsessed with your mudroom! The color is amazing and I love that wallpaper. I’m so glad to have toured your home, it’s so beautiful!!!

    1. Heidi, thank you so much. I appreciate your comments. The wallpaper was designed by my daughter-in-law, Jennifer who is a designer at York Wallcovering. So the mudroom is extra special with something she designed. I think she likes when her designs are in my home.

  12. I LOVE the large cabinet that you use to display your vintage and ironstone. What a great piece! And your mudroom is to die for. The wallpaper and bench are perfect for that space. What a beautiful home tour Tammy.

    1. Kim, thank you so much. I have a funny story about that large cabinet. It was in my house before we moved here. When I ordered it, I never looked at the height of it. Somehow it just did not dawn on me to check it. It was delivered and this cabinet is tall. If I had regular ceiling it would have never worked. My husband looked at me like what it the world did you order. It’s so tall! My ceiling here are 10 ft so plenty of clearance but it almost did not work in the other house. Thankfully, the family room was sunken and had higher ceiling than the rest of the house. Lesson learned to measure the wall first! LOL.

    1. Jennifer, it is a dream come true to be a part of this tour this week with all of these amazing women. I cannot wait to see you in Haven, my friend. You, Kim and I need to go shopping if you come in early. xoxo

  13. I LOVED touring your home, Tammy! So many lovely things to love. I love that table by the stairs… and that little stool beside it is so cute and unique. I may steal that idea! The color you used on your mudroom bench looks lovely with the wallpaper! So fun touring with you! Pinned!

    1. Thank you sweet friend, I would be honored in you steal an idea. Isn’t that what we do this for? When I saw your coastal items, I was like ooh that would work over here. I need a starfish or two. Hugs!

  14. What a beautiful home. Loved seeing how you mix the new with the old and I especially love that large white cabinet with so many treasures inside. Glad to hop with you this week. Happy Summer!

    1. Happy Summer, Cindy! Thank you so much. One thing with this open concept home, wall space is limited. Thankfully, I had a place to make this white cabinet work or we would have DIY a wall. LOL.

  15. Oh, Tammy! Everything looks beautiful! Love that new bench color, too. Can’t wait to see how beautifully you decorate it for the seasons with that color.

  16. Tammy, your home is beautiful and so serene. And I’m all about your decorating style of mixing old and new! I love that I spotted my same ironstone tureen in your dining room. And your mudroom is so cute and cheerful! Your daughter in law is indeed talented. Happy to be on the tour with you!

    1. Thank you, Kate. How wonderful that we have the same ironstone tureen. I just love decorating it and moving it around the house. My daughter-in-law has such wonderful designs. It’s fun to add her stuff into my home. That wallpaper has little bees on it. From a distance it looks like a design. You get close up you can see the bees.

  17. Your summer home tour is so beautiful!!!! Everything looks so fresh and so cozy!!! I am completely smitten with the color you have in your mudroom!! Sooo cute!!!

    1. Thank you so much Emily. I appreciate you popping over to my blog. That mudroom color is so pretty in person. The photo does not do it justice.

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