Welcome to our first-ever Summer Home Tour! I’ve been asked a lot about the interior of our home and if it looks anything like the photos of my furniture makeovers, and the answer is YES. The style I love is the style I live in. You might even recognize a few of my furniture makeovers and DIY projects from previous blog posts. I’m sure I’m no different than any other furniture artist. Sometimes we have to keep certain pieces, well, for a while.
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Summer Home Tour 2019
Before we get started on our summer home tour, I want to say for the record that I did NOT want a new home. I begged Mr. Honey Do to buy me a fixer-upper. That was 13 years ago, and I have done everything possible that I can think of since then to make this new house look like an old farmhouse. We live in a small town of 3,500 people in Canton, Texas. Home of the First Monday Trade Days. A monthly flea market brings in over 1,000,000 people a year to shop vintage goods. It’s no surprise that I LOVE flea market decor.
I’m starting our summer home tour in the heart of our home, our Living Room. Here you’ll notice a big BLACK thing over the fireplace. Let’s say I pick and choose my battles wisely. It’s such a man thing! Our home is forever evolving, but I love its direction. And how about that rusty old coffee table? Would you believe me if I told you it was wood? It’s IRON rust paint! I created a patina finish that made this coffee table a piece that Mr. Honey Do refuses to part with. He calls it his Man Cave Furniture. It will work for now.
Our living room is also the home of a circa 1906 Kimball upright piano. It’s in fantastic shape for its age, and it still plays. The piano was a symbol of social status back in the early 1900s, and I have fond memories of my Grandmother’s upright piano and how I loved to sit and dream about being a famous composer. I’m still dreaming.
Along each side of the fireplace are armoires that I use for quilt storage. We discussed a possible bookshelf in these empty spaces, but I like using these vintage pieces. Who doesn’t need more storage, right?
The faux shiplap wall is in progress. We will be adding trim around the edges to finish it up soon. After painting and climbing a 10 ft ladder all day, I needed a break.
What would a summer home tour be without a fireplace? Especially one that’s ready for summer. This DIY Log Fireplace Cover was super easy to create and adds so much warmth to the fireplace when not in use. And can I tell you how proud I am of the painted tiles around the fireplace’s opening? I’m in love with the cleanness of the black and white and how it makes the whole room feel.
Open Concept Living
Can you believe that we don’t even own a sofa? Since it’s just the two of us, a couple of comfy leather recliners are the perfect spot to sit in front of the fireplace after a long day to watch one of our favorite Big Bang Theory episodes. The room is open, airy, and bright. I used drop cloths hung on a towel ring to give the windows a little dress. No curtains for me! I want all the light I can get inside my home. The blinds give us all the privacy we need.
Our entryway is narrow but just enough room for another of my favorite pieces. It’s the perfect home for this vintage art deco sideboard and my favorite quote. As you can see, the flooring is in progress as well. We plan on completing the porcelain tile throughout our home.
“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful, which will be my life.” ~Elsie De Wolfe~
Dining Room Area
The living room and dining room are open to one another. It’s nice to sit at the table and still communicate with our family in the living room and kitchen as well.
The wall in the dining room is my staging wall, where I photograph most of my furniture makeovers. See how I created this look by CLICKING HERE.
Simplicity rules in our home decor. I like to use bold patterns like the buffalo plaid for that farmhouse feel. A thrift store wicker tray and dollar store water goblets are simple and inexpensive. Oh, and always cotton stems! What’s a farmhouse without them?
Guest Bath | Summer Home Tour
I added these happy colors of teal and chartreuse for the guest bath. A vintage painted mason jar with an airy grouping of decorative florals pulls these colors together.
Kitchen | Summer Home Tour
No, I haven’t painted the cabinets. Shocker, I know! There’s just something about them I love. The light-colored wood adds to the farmhouse feel for me. The kitchen is small but functional, especially for two people. I’m seriously thinking about painting the cabinets and would love to know what you think, but I love wood. Maybe paint the lowers?
On the opposite end of the kitchen is a breakfast nook. Since I’m a huge coffee snob, I opted to use this as my coffee nook. The antique pie safe and my coffee bar were also thrift furniture finds restored.
The lockers! Another great storage idea. I have always wanted a set of lockers, and these were exactly what I was looking for. These are located just outside my bedroom and are the perfect hideout for misc items when the company comes unexpectedly and when I need to tidy up quickly. They hold a lot of stuff.
Bedroom | Summer Home Tour
Awe, yes, our bedroom is a retreat. It’s customized to our specifications, down to the massive headboard made from doors. It was one of our first builds together in our new home.
Finding the right wall color for our summer home tour bedroom makeover was a challenge, but we settled with the perfect shade called Wall Street by Sherwin Willams. See the complete bedroom makeover by clicking HERE.
Once again, when I can make or add my spin to home decor, I do. The container for the flowers is painted glass from the Goodwill Store. Want to learn more about creating a rusty patina finish on glass? CLICK HERE.
Without adding a little French provincial in the mix, a bedroom wouldn’t be my bedroom. The dresser was painted metallic GOLD. CLICK HERE to learn how to paint with metallics on your furniture.
Master Bath |Sumer Home Tour
Our bathroom is very modest, nothing fancy, just comfortable. I like adding personal touches like the bathtub caddy over the tub—the perfect place for a glass of sweet tea and a good book after a long hard day. Please give me all the bubbles!
We recently added a wood frame around the builder-grade mirror to match the cabinets. It added a bit of warmth to our space and gave it a finished outlook.
And that is the conclusion of our Summer Home Tour today. I hope you have enjoyed it, and I’m thrilled that you stopped by to visit us.
Thank you so much for sharing. Your home is Beautiful. My favorite is the bedroom Love it.
Thank you, Lynn! I do believe a home needs to reflect your style. Thanks for stopping by.
I love it! Bright and airy with all the pretty painted furniture! I want to see your work shop, where you make all your magic happen. ☺️
Thanks, Wendy! That’s a great idea, but that means I would have to clean it. 🙂
Do, your home is amazing! That piano, your floors, those huge windows with all that light, and your bedroom WOW. Loved the tour and thanks for sharing…. also LOVE seeing that you’ve kept some of your gorgeous makeovers for yourself. 🙂 XO
Thanks, Denise! I keep more than I should, but I can rotate them out as I create. I hope to get to hug your neck in Cali.
Thanks for the tour of your beautiful home! So warm and inviting and so you!
Thanks, Connie! You need to come to visit soon.
Do– you ARE my Best inspiration. I too now live in a small plain new home that I’m trying to make look old! LOL. Even added a Black antique spiral staircase on one side of my Living room up to a new secret loft! (Always wanted one since childhood and now in my old age Ive got it..) What I find Very interesting about your home compared with mine, is that your home Does reflect your “farmhouse” style of most of your furniture redos whereas my home is Not like the furntiure I do..Perhaps that is Why Im having such a difficult time when finishing pieces..I want to sell pieces so i know whites/grays,distressing, etc. sell well and I love the look ( you, Joanna Gaines) –But I’m a Old World victorian type of girl and love the strong colors I grew up with…ahhhhh. such a dilemma! lol. but ALL your work is AMAZING. And Honestly–No other artist has captured my attention as you have..God Bless!! and your home is just gorgeous as well! So fresh, easy, calming… Best, Joy
I love it! The spiral staircase sounds dreamy and why shouldn’t you have what you want. I find that it’s a lot easier creating when I’m true to my own style. Also, I get to redecorate! I appreciate your sweet comments, Joy. God bless you and your future endeavors.
I love this!!! Your house is so comfy!! I want to come stay with you!!!
I’ll keep the light on for you and the door is always open.
I love your home!! You have a great sense of design and colors!
Thank you so much, Karen. It’s a work in progress. Thanks for stopping by.
I adore your home, I only do blue and exactly the same shade as your wonderfull home.
Great minds, Sandra! It’s a great shade of blue and gray. Thanks for hanging out with me here. Please come back often.
That. was. fun! And so inspirational. Your home is amazing and has that “happy place” look. Thanks so much for sharing your home.
Thank you so much, Joanne! It is truly my happy place.
Thanks Donna for showing us your lovely home. Lov the farmhouse look and I lov the way u use the touches of blue.
Thank you, Georgina! I appreciate your kindness.
I don’t know where to start! I love it all! You are so very talented! Your home looks so comfy and inviting! Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for stopping by, Joanne! 🙂
Thank you so much! Your home is beautiful! Do, your bedroom is just to die for! So gorgeous. Love all the white and blues in there, and that headboard! Wow! I’m such a fan of your work! Thanks for being an inspiration!
Thank you, Abbey! That just warms my heart. We love it too and that headboard is very special to us. xo, Do
Your home is beautiful and looks so warm and inviting! Would love to have coffee with you!! 😀 Just wondering how you did the chalkboard looking finish on your wall with the cow pic? If you don’t mind sharing 🙂
Thank you, Shelley! You bet I’ll share. I wrote a blog post on that too. Here it is. https://dododsondesigns.com/perfect-chalkboard-wall/
I love your home and everything in it! I really like the piano – with the gold!! Do you have a post on how you refinished it? I have a grandfathers clock i am struggling with and that finish might look good.
I sure do! Here ya go!
I love your home. Sooo, cozy and comfortable. I love the saying I’m going to make everything around me beautiful and that will be my life. By Elsie De Wolfe; would you be so kind as to tell me where I can order that same exact sign from. I love the wood planks and that sign so reminds me of the beautiful work that you do and how you bring some of the furniture to life.
Hi Victoria! I made the sign from old pallets and the stencil was custom made. I believe the name of the place I had it done at was The Mad Stencilist. They have an online store. You could make this pretty easily. There’s a video tutorial on the wood pallet sign in this blog post. Watch it here. It’s pretty straight forward. https://dododsondesigns.com/rustic-diy-fall-decor-ideas-on-a-dollar-tree-budget/
Happy Thanksgiving! xo 🙂
I feel like a fly on the wall or someone who sneaked all over someone’s house when I said I wanted to use the bathroom. It’s all so cozy and lovey. You can tell those pieces were given loving care when you redid them. Everything is so in harmony with its surroundings. I’ll be sneaking back again.
Thank you so much! 🙂
guauuu.que hermosa casa,da la sensasion de calma y relajacion…me encanto todo , y lo mas importante que la mayoria de muebles han sido rescatados y les haz dado una segunda oportunidad…por eso te admiro y te sigo…un abrazo
You are so kind, Angie. I see no reason to buy new when the old can be made new. We love our home. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo