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Lakehouse Summer Home Tour

Today I’m taking part in a Seasonal Simplicity Summer Tour series!  That means you can check out my summer home tour and then scroll down and find links to other summer home tours too.  You will find summer decorating inspiration for days (literally – this hop has been running all week)!  If you’re stopping by from my friend Mansa’s blog, This is Simplicite, welcome to Dans to Lakehouse!  We are days away from the official start of summer and I am SOOOO excited.  Summer is my favorite season!!

Which is funny, because summer is also when I decorate the least.  In the summer, I just try to enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts which, around here, is not long.  So my summer home tour is more about paring back (goodbye winter blankets), adding color (hello new rug), decorating with free flowers (the LILACS BLOOMED), and doing a little puttering outside. This year I also put out some towels I bought last fall in anticipation for summer decorating (there’s just something so summery about an aqua and white stripe – you’ll see).  So my summer decor is simple but, really, my aqua and white decor is naturally perfect for the summer!  I subconsciously decorate for summer, all year round.

This spring I focused on the outside: I finally did some coop landscaping and built some modern DIY cold frame garden beds (tutorial coming next week, here’s a sneak peek!):

Before we head inside, take a quick look at the coop!  I am trying to get grass seed to grow, so please excuse the dirt, and focus instead on the little shrubs and bushes I planted to hide the cinder blocks under the deck block foundation on the right side.  I planted some on the left too – when they fill out I think they will even cover the deck blocks (I’m so relieved because not being able to hide them was a pet peeve of mine when we built the coop).  I left up my DIY egg wreaths and added some flowers – I spent a LOT of money at a local nursery this spring because I really needed a pick-me-up and annuals make me happy.

The bunkie got some plants too – and there are four planters of new blooms and leafy things on the deck too.  And my DIY hydrangea wreath is still making me smile, creating a summery welcome!  We actually use this bunkie deck a lot because it gets nice and hot and sunny so we will often have coffee or lunch here, which is funny because we have a nice deck attached to the house too but this feels cozy and comfy.

Okay let’s pop inside!  In the winter the bathrooms/bedrooms are super sunny but this time of year the sunsets just glow and create this beautiful light in the living/dining areas.  I took these a little earlier than some of the other photos but I had to share because I love the sunlight streaming in.

I moved my driftwood stool to this spot and I love it!  I am definitely on a path toward adding more driftwood inspired greys and weathered woods…

Let’s move into the powder room.  This hand towel is one of the stripey towels I have been saving for summer!  This room already feels pretty summery with the aqua wallpaper (check out the powder room transformation here) but I also added some fresh lilacs and a pretty little leaf-shaped dish.  I also switched out the floor mat in here for a light cream one to brighten the overall look.

In the living room I tucked away my wintry accessories.  I always declutter my accessories a little in the summer too, because I feel this urge to just lighten up.  I also added my LIVE LOVE LAKE pillow, which is just the cutest and feels so summery to me.

And again: lilacs. I promise I am not moving the same bouquet from room to room (like a realtor, lol).  I have FILLED the house and every vase with lilacs.  The house smells amazing right now.  Last week the lily of the valley flowered (our transplanting was a success!) and that was amazing too because it was my birthday and it’s my favorite flower.  I love when they bloom in time for my birthday because it feels like a special gift from Mother Nature just for me.

In the main bathroom, I added the striped towels that match my powder room hand towel.  I really need more stripes in my life!  I love the beachy feel.

In the bedroom, I added a cheery teal rug.  Even though it’s summer, the mornings and nights can be chilly on Lake Superior!  It’s nice waking up with something warm underfoot – that’s summer decorating on the lake for ya haha!  But the color has a nice, summery coastal vibe!  Although I’ll definitely be keeping this all year round – it just happened that I added it now.

My summer decor is lost on us anyway because we’ve been outside as much as possible: working on projects, dining on the deck, and then soaking in these lake sunsets!

I saved another gosling this year  He got stuck in the stone shore line erosion structure and I had to free him.  He was so soft, like my chicks, but super dense and completely unwilling to snuggle, lol.  I got winged in the face but it was a happy ending because he was reunited with his family.

Love the sunset reflected on the house and windows!

I hope you liked my summer lakehouse tour!  If you’re follow the “hop,” visit Amber Tysl next and see her beautiful summer decor.

This week my blogging friends shared many more gorgeous summer home tours. Just click on the links below the images to be taken to see their full posts.

Sharing with me today….


She Gave it a Go // Taryn Whiteaker // Rooms FOR Rent


This is Simplicite // Dans le Lakehouse //Amber Tysl


And sharing the rest of this week…


The Happy Housie // Maison de Pax // Cuckoo4Design


Modern Glam // My 100 Year Old Home // Inspiration for Moms



Sincerely, Marie Designs // Cassie Bustamante // Life is Better at Home


Lemon Thistle // Grace in My Space // Maison de Cinq



Setting for Four // Clean & Scentsible // Life is a Party


My Sweet Savannah // All Things With Purpose // Tatertots & Jello



Craftberry Bush // Finding Silver Pennies // The Tattered Pew


Rambling Renovators // Zevy Joy // Two Twenty One

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  1. Julia@Cuckoo4Design
    June 19, 2020 / 9:25 am

    I love your home so very much! I have never seen those sunset views and that must be absolutely amazing to see from your living room. So super jealous!

    • June 19, 2020 / 12:57 pm

      Thank you Julia! I do love our living/dining room view so much. I try to stop what I’m doing and enjoy the sunsets in the summer.

  2. June 19, 2020 / 9:38 am

    Obviously being on the lake your home absolutely shines it’s very best in the summer – with all of the beauty outdoors to add to what you’ve done inside. Beautiful tour, Tanya!

  3. June 19, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    your home is a summer DREAM!!!! Oh my goodness I could live outside there! Can I? PLease!

    • June 19, 2020 / 1:54 pm

      Lol we should trade like Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz in the Holiday haha! Thanks so much

  4. Miss Boots
    June 19, 2020 / 2:44 pm

    Your home looks very fresh and summery – it’s very beautiful. And those views! Well done,

  5. June 21, 2020 / 12:33 pm

    What a dream view! Absolutely gorgeous golden hour.

  6. July 2, 2020 / 11:20 pm

    Your home is just beautiful Tanya, enjoy these summer days while they last!

  7. Mimi
    July 16, 2020 / 6:15 pm

    By chance do you remember where you purchased the white & aqua striped towels in the bathrooms?
    I don’t see them on your shop my house page or Amazon page. Hoping to add some to my home.

    • July 17, 2020 / 9:38 am

      I bought them from HomeSense, they’re made by DKNY. I hadn’t found a link but I hope that helps track them down.

  8. Mimi
    July 16, 2020 / 6:23 pm

    Back again, I am also interested to know where the vase on the dining room table is from, do you remember?
    It’s such a lovely shade of aqua/teal.

    • July 17, 2020 / 9:41 am

      The vase is also from HomeSense, lol, I have had that for at least 10 years, maybe longer. I’d check HomeSense or HomeGoods for similar. It was super inexpensive too, they have good finds! Sorry I can’t be of more help, usually I have links for things.

      • Mimi
        July 17, 2020 / 8:10 pm

        Thank you. I appreciate the replies. Unfortunately for me I do not have Home Sense in my state but I can check out their sister stores. Have a lovely weekend.

        • July 17, 2020 / 9:21 pm

          Thank you, you too! I think HomeGoods has similar finds too. Target would even have some nice summery decor.

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