Summer outdoor home tour

Summer outdoor home tour

summer outfoor home tour

Hi everyone! I have a serious case of the Mondays, in fact it is such a great affliction this post is late. Not because I could not get it together, but because I had to rewrite it! This morning I somehow deleted the whole post. It was one of those gasping, did that just happen moments. It did, all of it. So I did what any person would do, I called my husband to see if there was anything I could do, stared at the empty post screen, stressed out, then plopped my kids in front of the TV with a movie and got to rewriting the whole post. So here we go, let’s try this again! Today I am sharing my Summer outdoor home tour, not just mine either, this is a week long blog hop with some blogging friends of mine. They will be sharing their great outdoor spaces as well!


I have been into getting my outdoor space done for a while, this picture above is what the front of my house did look like. I changed it all up and the full reveal of that will be tomorrow! I have shared previous curb appeal challenges that you can see. I changed the shutter color, front door color, and I painted the patio furniture. It was a tiny face lift but it brightened up my front yard perfectly.

front porch decor

I adore decorating my front porch area. It is the first place people see, so is a pretty big deal!


I wanted to share a few pictures of the lovely flowers I have in my front yard. I did a ton of planting and working on the flower beds. But this corner planter on the patio I kept as is. It is so pretty. When I was taking pictures this butterfly landed on this flower. It was pure magic and I had three kids right behind me “oohhhhing and ahhhing” about the butterfly.

pink rose


I love the stone path on the side of the house. I am not sure why, but it was one of the first things I fell in love with concerning the house.

garden decor

Also this alligator garden decoration is awesome!

pink rose


Oh roses, I love them so much!


walkway stones

Ignore the fence that needs repairing and to be re stained, just enjoy the pretty surroundings.

vine flower

I put two of these planters on either side of the back door. They will curl and grow everywhere.

light purplr flowers

The flowers from these are stunning! I cannot remember the name, but will do some research after I post this and edit it with the name of the plant. If anyone knows it speak up!

family backyard

I recently revamped my backyard patio area. You can see that full post here.  We have a beautiful backyard, with huge trees and the kids dream play set, which was a gift from the Grandparents when Nora was 4 months old.  I still have a lot to share with DIY projects on this patio area. I also have a few new additions since then and will be revealing that soon too! I adore summertime and this space becomes our summer living and dining room. We eat meals out here, relax and enjoy the weather.

dining table upcycle

This patio table is one I redid. I am so happy with the transformation of it!

lily and chair

orange lillies

These Lillies are stunning! They were in a planter and I moved the bulbs into this planter. They have done perfectly and really brighten up the patio area.

orange flowers

outdoor water fountain

water fountain

This water fountain I made, the full tutorial can be found here.  I always wanted a water feature in my yard and this one does the job. I added the garland of shells just for fun this summer.

tree view of patio


world market outdoor furniture

I made the “kids garage” in the background of this picture. It is where my kids store their outdoor toys and bikes. I will be sharing the tutorial of this as well. I have so much to share! I like this so much because kids and their toys are always messy and cluttered no matter how organized. This way the kids can shove them in there, close the curtain and I have a beautiful patio area.

patio redo

outdoor tour

outdoor storage ideas

I store the pillows in here if there is a big storm coming. I actually leave out all of my cushions and pillows when it rains, they are very water resistant and have never had an issue. I put them in here if we have strong winds forecast. I am not letting my neighbors get any of my new pillows because they went flying.

outdoor seating

buckets for flower planters

I turned these buckets upside down for a fun little visual effect. I like how it added a little extra height and color to this corner.

outdoor coffee table ideas


I took these pictures of the Lilacs in Spring but I am sharing them now because it is too pretty!

teddy and finn

My dogs, Finn is the big one and Teddy is the small one. They love this backyard and spend almost all day out here laying around, playing with the kids, or eating any sand toys that are left around.

bright outdoor decor

family friendly backyard ideas

I always try to stress in my home and here that a home should work and be functional. It needs to be able to have every person living in it work for them. I have the relaxing space to sit. My husband has the shade from the tree’s, and my kids have the furniture placed this exact way because they can do laps with their scooters on the patio going around the furniture. It is always about making it work for everyone.

DIY outdoor fountain

dining room outdoors

We eat most dinners out here in summer.

outdoor patio

maple tree

backyard flowers

We have a bunch of random flowers here. Some I have planted and some that have been here since we moved in.


This little corner planter does not get much attention, but is sure if cute! It is in the far corner of the yard and pretty much maintains itself. Which is my kind of planter.



I adore the trees in our backyard!

colorful patio

outdoor living

Welp, that is it! My Summer outdoor home tour is shared! Of course I had to redo this post, and the original one was award worthy with perfect quips and funny jokes. It was so good people would have been wiping away happy tears… for sure! No, I tried to highlight the same features, kept to a similar script, and got to talk about my home some more. What can I say? I like to talk, and my home is one of my favorite topics. The best part about all of this is that now you get to go and see 4 other outdoor home and garden tours today! Then, don’t forget the rest of the week has even more inspiration! All week we will get a front row seat to my blogging friends and their beautiful homes. For now, I am off to finish a few last minute projects for my curb appeal challenge before the reveal tomorrow! Also, it is time to have my kids turn off the TV, Mom guilt has set in hard core and I need to get them moving for the day!

Summer Garden Tour & Outdoor Spaces Blog Hop


Lehman Lane

Our House Now a Home

The Dean’s List

Green with Décor

2 Bees in a Pod – Vicki’s House


Two Purples Couches

Knock it Off Kim


2 Bees in a Pod – Jennifer’s house

My Life from Home

Average but Inspired

Refresh Living


Little Bits of Home

The Honeycomb Home

Iris Nacole

Twelve on Main

Beauteeful Living


Hunt & Host

Simple Nature Décor

Love Your Abode

My Creative Days

Follow Along with all the garden tours by following #gardentourbloghop


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Spiral wall art
Mirror upcycle using scrap wood
Shell display gallery wall
Simple tray redo



  1. Emily I LOVE your yard…front and back! Your flowers are gorgeous and that water fountain… I totally need to make one!! I really like how much seating you have too! Whenever we have lots of friends over half of us end up sitting on the ground 🙁 I have total yard envy right now!!

  2. Love the alligator!

  3. Wow Emily – We hate that you had publishing issues this morning, but this was worth the wait! You have a definite green thumb and your outdoor spaces are beautiful! We definitely love your garden path – so charming!

  4. I love your yard! It’s great you have so much seating – perfect for entertaining! I love the flowers in the watering can, I’ve been wanting to find an old watering can to use as a planter. All of your flowers are gorgeous!

  5. Emily, you’re space is just gorgeous! I love the flowers & that stone path is beautiful. My sister lives in FL and would love the alligator! So cool!

  6. I love your home decor! I cannot wait to do this one day!

  7. You have outdone yourself, all your hard work has paid off, everything looks beautiful. Every little detail you have covered! Love the flowers, so many pretty colors.

  8. Emily, your outdoor spaces are awesome! I love all of your flowers and landscaping beds (your roses are gorgeous!), and your patio is the stuff of my dreams! I love how much space you have, and how you’ve styled it into dining and relaxing areas. So sorry that you had to re-write the post, but thanks for sharing your tour – you gave me some great ideas for my own patio!

  9. What a wonderful outdoor space! I am working hard on ours and now I am feeling even more inspired!

  10. You have so many beautiful flowers and trees Emily! Love the alliums with the butterfly on it. Such a great backyard for your kids and you grownups to enjoy. So many cozy seating areas and that fountain is so cool. I am so sorry that you had to rewrite your post but it turned out great!!!

  11. Your outdoor and curb appeal is awesome. I absolutely love this. Your flowers are gorgeous, I don’t have a green thumb 🙁 also I absolutely love that alligator piece!

  12. Your outdoor area is such a happy space. I’ve fallen in love with your stone path now too, and I love your DIY water fountain!

  13. Beautiful backyard, Emily. Man, I feel your pain at having to rewrite this post! The flowers in your backyard look so pretty & colorful. I love all the DIY projects you featured here as well. Thanks for sharing!

  14. You have so many lovely colors in your yard!

  15. I’m obsessed with those big purple allium flowers! I planted them once and they never came up the second year. Do yours come back every year? I also love the starfish on the whiskey barrel planter, such a perfect summer touch!!

  16. What a beautiful outdoor family area you have here! I love how it is situated and how family friendly it having an open concept type design. Anyone would love to spend time there.

  17. I just love all the little details in your yard! Love that patio set set, great colors!

  18. how pretty! I ‘m jealous of all your gorgeous flowers!!

  19. Love those flowers! I like how you combine textures; not everything matchy matchy!

  20. You have a beautiful yard, now if only mine could look that great. Between my dogs and the weather here, it’s hard to keep my lawn looking good. 🙂

  21. So welcoming with lots of warmth! You have a serious green thumb. I’m so envious of all your healthy plants. Love your stone walkway with the unpainted fence too! Add character 🙂

  22. Your yard is so charming. I absolutely love all the little details and colors. Your flowers are beautiful. It is so inviting.

  23. Your flowers are stunning and I really love your outdoor space. It looks so cozy!

  24. I love your outdoor space! You have so much room and did such a lovely job at decorating it 🙂 Can’t wait to see your new addition.

  25. Ugh I hate when that happens!! Especially on a Monday!! I feel like Monday’s are bad enough without stuff going wrong and posts being deleted! Anyway, your yard is beautiful! Love all the pretty flowers; mine is an embarrassment right now, so I’m swooning over yours!

  26. Your outdoor space is wonderful Emily! Love all the pops of color and the pretty decor you’ve scattered around the pace. Those Roses are also gorgeous! Mine are looking so pretty also and can see my Hydrangeas about to bloom! So excited.

  27. I love your flowers! I did not plant a lot this summer, but hubby’s roses look beautiful!

  28. What a relaxing space, Emily! I love your flowers out front and how you’ve decorated your back patio. What great additional living space!

  29. You have such a great family space, I love that. I know you guys have a great time together here and it looks so nice. The little alligator is my fav!!!

  30. What a great backyard. Looks very inviting and relaxing place to hang out!

  31. I want a home like this too! I want to see freshly bloomed flowers in my garden too. Such a lovely home!

  32. Love your outdoor tour. You have beautiful flowers and all the decorating touches you have added is so cute.

  33. wow you have some space for entertaining girl! What a lovely space and I am loving your pathway to around to the back – it’s so cool

  34. Could you just come to my house and work on my “curb appeal”? Beautiful!!

  35. Your flowers are gorgeous! What a fun and comfy space you’ve created for summer!

  36. I LOVE your yard! It is so colorful and looks like such a fabulous place for you to relax and for your kids to play. 🙂

  37. Theresa Sutton says:

    Your yard is absolutely beautiful. I wish mine looked half as great as that and that I even had a patio in the backyard. I do have a back porch that I need to revamp.

  38. Your yard is so beautiful! I love all of your gorgeous flowers and all the shady, comfy places to relax!

  39. What a wonderful yard you have Emily! I adore all of the stations you’ve created, and the hard work you put into it all really shows. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  40. Your porch and paver patio look really cute! Great job!

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