Summer House Tour

If you are looking for colorful decor ideas for your home for summer, you will find many in this summer home tour in my previous home. If you would like to know more about each project, I included links to the posts and projects under each photo.

Studioffice – Craft Room

I am going to start where I spend the most time – in my Studioffice. I gave it the name because I created it to be half office, half studio.  In the house floor plan – it is what would have been the “formal living room”.  I turned it into a creative space instead.  It usually is not this tidy.


I found the desk on the curb! It was a freebie that I painted using super high gloss white.  The ottoman I originally made for my bedroom, but it gets more use here.  Studioffice Makeover


Everything in this room has been transformed in some way to fit my needs and style.  I made a Rolodex out of paint chips for my desk, painted the furniture in all types of paint, and covered cardboard files with colorful gift wrap.  Plain to Preppy DIY Chalk Painted Stool and these Colorful Magazine Files


Last summer, I created what I call the “creative wall”.  It helps keep me organized and work much more efficiently.  The first section is to organize gift wrap.   When wrapping any gift, I just place it on the work table and pull down the paper I want.


The center section is where I organize my tools.  It saves time when I know exactly where each tool is.


The last section of the wall turns into a mini photo studio. I mounted a roller shade along the top and simply pull it down when I need to take a photo.  It is the perfect place since there is a window on the right.I place a white foam board to bounce the light on the left to get the best lighting I can.


I have two IKEA Billy bookcases. I made cardboard backdrops for the back and covered them with fabric. IKEA Billy Bookcase Makeover


I like white walls with lots of color pops.


To add some architectural interest, I created a fake transom using a $5.00 mirror and molding.    I love how the mirror catches the light and makes the room brighter.  How to Make a Fake Transom


One of my recent furniture makeovers was an old library file that was handed down from my husband’s parents.  I spray painted my ugly office chair white and made a back slip for it using a striped throw rug.  Library File Makeover  and How to Makeover an Office Chair


This armoire was also a hand-me down from my husband’s parents. I use it to store and organize my craft and sewing supplies.  My Crafts Closet Up-close and Personal.



I painted my kitchen cabinets about 12 years ago.  The topiaries on either side of the sink were easy to make and 100% fake!  I do not have a green thumb.  I bought the rug at HomeGoods.  How to Make Topiaries Using Fake Greenery


I bought the kitchen table about 15 years ago at JC Penney’s for $150. I recently stripped the dark top and left it unfinished.   I am currently painting the black to white.  There is always a can of paint opened around my house.  How To Strip Wood Furniture


I used a M’Fay pattern to make the window treatment.   I am not a seamstress and this was hard. Adding the beaded trim was a cinch after sewing the valance.  How to Make a Beaded Valance


The most recent transformation I did, was stripping this cabinet and creating a faux Carrera marble top for the sideboard.  The two pieces don’t match. I tried to make them into one perfect piece for the space.  Caring For Unsealed or Salvaged Wood


When I painted the kitchen cabinets, I also added “wood feet” to the bottom corners of the cabinets. I used wood shelf brackets to make them.   I also stenciled the floor. The floor is going to be refinished soon, so the stencil will be removed when the floor is sanded. DIY Kitchen Makeover

Banquette and Wayfair Table_9026

I like white. Most of these pieces are from the thrift store, the plates from HomeGoods, and the tureen and pitcher from an antiques fair.  The basket on top, I painted by mixing paint,  glaze, and water together, then brushed it on.  I wiped it away after about 5 minutes.  Furniture Stripping Basics

Family Room


I found this cute little table at the thrift store, it is the first piece I ever used chalk paint on.

I loved how it turned out and have been using DIY chalk paint on furniture ever since. I made different colored inserts for the table so that I can change things up from time to time.  In the photo – I had mirrors cut to size and made it into One Table 4 Ways


Another hand-me down piece. I made it my own with chalk paint and glaze. The lampshades are from the Threshold line at Target.


The fireplace use to be brick. I used a product called AirStone to transform it.  Some of the white slipcovers I made, others I bought.   The corner cabinets used to be brown, I recently painted then white.



Allover Wall stencil by Royal Designs Studio. Pattern is Marrakesh large.


The mirror is made by stacking one window sash on top of another.  I replaced the glass with mirrors.  The ornate molding on top I bought at a place in South Carolina that is no longer in business – WacamawPottery.  I have never done a post about this since I made it long before I started to blog.

Photo 1

Frame gallery wall on the top of the steps with flower vases mounted inside a frame. Read more about that here:  Frame Gallery Wall

Staircase AFTER

This  staircase used to be covered with carpet.  Removing it and making the pine boards underneath look good was worth the effort. Staircase Makeover


I love using scrapbook paper to decorate small items around my house. Chandelier shade covers made using scrapbook paper and crystal beads. How to Make Paper Chandelier Shade Covers

Dining Room


This room used to be brown.  All hand-me down pieces that over time I am slowly making my own. The cabinet in the corner is next on my list to “unbrown.”    How To Make Dining Room Chair Slipcovers


I painted a builder grade cheap-o brass chandelier to look old and then added crystal beads to give it it’s own style. How to Makeover a Dining Room Chandelier


I made the turquoise and white chair runners to go over white slipcovers I had made for the chairs.  When I just want the white covers, it is easy to remove the runners. How to Make Chair Back Runners




I love clock faces and have always wanted to do this with the name of my town mentioned like it was a chic destination. How to to Organize a Mudroom.

Jelly cabinet transformed with white chalk paint and black chalkboard paint.  DIY Chalk Paint Cabinet Makeover & Free Printable Designs


I used inexpensive gift wrap as wallpaper, trimmed the shelves with ribbon, and made labels for everything. How I Transformed A Coat Closet into a Pantry

Master Bedroom

Bedroom Closeup AFTER

Long before I knew about the wonders of chalk paint, I used paint and glaze to create distressed effects to transform furniture.


Master Bathroom


This room is two stories high. I needed something large to fill the wall.  I bought the biggest stretched canvas at the craft store and used crafts paints in my favorite colors to paint the squares.


The rolling door is a new addition and one that was desperately needed. Now the 3 doors that overlap this doorway no longer get stuck together.  Installing a Rolling Door


I used these vintage swing rods in a Decorator’s Show house I was part of. When the show was over, I brought them home and made this simple white valance to hang from them.   The fake Grasscloth wallpaper is from Lowes.  I like it so much, I have it in my kitchen, too. How To Make a Sew or No Sew Tie-On Window Valance

Guest Room


The bed hanging is simply fabric panels hung on a curtain rod above the bed.  The mirror is made using wood shims.  The drapes are easy no-sew, the rod a PVC pipe.   How to Make a Bed Hanging    How to Make a Starburst Mirror


To update a hand-me down dresser, I used paint and gift wrap. To update the brass pulls, I used dollar store glass gems and scraps from the alphabet gift wrap on the top.   Gift Wrap Top Dresser Makeover


It is always hard to decide on fabric when there are so many options to choose from. I could not choose just one, so I made the headboard cover reversible. One side had a black and white pattern, the other side is purple.  How to Make a Reversible Padded Headboard Cover.


Since it was a guest room wall, I didn’t want to make a photo gallery.  I gathered up all the framed mirrors I had and bought a few more at the dollar store to create this 3-D Gallery Wall.   I used wood blocks to layer them.  How to Make a 3-D Gallery Wall.

Hall Bath

DIY-Bathroom-Makeover-After - Copy

This  bathroom was shared by my daughters while they were growing up. It used to be purple. I added the board and batten and molding around the mirrors.  $265 Bathroom Makeover


I made the wimpy window look larger by adding wood and molding to the top. The valance is made from Styrofoam insulation panels that I cut to size and covered with fabric.


I created a  bead board front for the tub.  The $10 floor update:  black diamonds used to be green.  I simply covered them with black vinyl that you would use in a Silhouette machine to create a classic black and white floor that would go with any color scheme.

Deck & Patio


Now that it is summer, you will find me outside.  I have tried to set up the deck and patio as our getaway place – a place to take a Staycation when needed.  I don’t have cushions on the seating outside, but did make a few pillows  – one using plastic bags as the filler instead of a pillow form.Outdoor Pillow Using a Dishtowel and Outdoor Pillow Using Grocery Bags


Pink peonies and purple hydrangeas are swoon worthy.  I wish they stayed in bloom all summer long.


The original cushions for these chairs were getting old and I noticed we always put a towel down before sitting on them. That gave me the idea to make terrycloth slipcovers for them. I had the monogram done on each at a local monogramming shop.  How to Make Terrycloth Slipcovers


Where I spend lots of time in the summer.  I made the cushion the quick and easy no –sew way – I used safety-pins.  No Sew Cushion Cover


I made an outdoor chandelier after being inspired by the ones that Pottery Barn sells.   How to Make a Thrifty Outdoor Candle Chandelier

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  1. I’m a recently divorced woman who is now a full time student. I gave away everything, from furniture, dishes, to linens. Now I find myself in a position where I need to furnish my very small home. What do you suggest be the first item I purchase and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Mary Jane Parker says:

    You are so creative and have so many great ideas. You just inspired me to be more creative myself and be thrifty. Thank You for the sharing and the tour of your beautiful home.

  3. Diane, Your place is absolutely gorgeous!!! What an inspiration to get my new home in order. :)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Niki – Congrats on your new home. That is exciting. It took me a long time to get my decorating right. I found it was best to let things evolve, don’t rush just to get it all done. Only bring in things you love. With time you will create the perfect place for you and your family.

  4. You have a beautiful home! It’s so light and airy. Feels like I could walk in and relax right away. :)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Stacey –

      Thanks so much. It has taken me some time to figure out what I really liked in the way of decor, but I can finally say I got it right for my style and family needs. Now all I need is a ocean or water view, then it would be perfect for me.

  5. Janet friend says:

    they say imitation is the greatest form of flattery.Love your hints ,you are a great teacher ,wanting to share Love ya for all the inspiration you ooze!

  6. What a beautiful home! Thank you for sharing your photos and tips! I love how frugally you’ve done it– it gives this SAHM/teacher’s wife hope! :)

  7. Love everything you have done!
    I’m grateful for the painting advice over varnish…have a 100 year old secretary, husband’s grandmother’s, which is the ugliest thing known to mankind…made of varnished plywood. It WILL be a gem, thanks to you.
    Also, your buffet. I have the DUPLICATE and recently re habbed it. Would you like to see my photos? If so, e mail me. You might be surprised. Be well, saundra

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Sandra – I love seeing readers projects so please send me a photo of your buffet.

  8. God!I love your house!Great ideas for decorating :)

  9. Love your style ideas, especially love the tips you share : )

  10. Sandra {} says:


    You have a wonderful and beautiful home! Great Style! Thank you for the inspiration. I love your splashes of color and how every room flows together and makes sense. I just received my 1st chalk paint in the mail today. Since I’ve never used it before, do you have any tips or tricks for me? I’m off to check out more of your posts.


  11. wow! you are beyond crafty!! everything you showed was beautiful

  12. Just found your blog from the fall tour of homes. Your home is stupid good. AMAZING job! I am so blown away by your talent and attention to detail. Pretty sure I have just found my new favorite blog!!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Lexi XO

  13. katie clooney says:

    Gorgeous home!!

  14. Kate @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating says:

    Hi Diane! Very behind on my blog reading and just now checking out your home tour. Love your studio/office. Not a detail missed, looks lovely! :)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kate – Thanks It is my favorite room. If we have to move from the house, I will be sad to leave this space the most. Hope you had a great Labor Day weekend.

  15. Stephanie Dworkin says:

    So beautiful, Diane!

  16. Jen O'Brien says:

    Hi Diane,
    YOU home is beautiful! Loved your craft room, in my dreams:). It was great meeting your yesterday at ALT, looks like you had a great night! Enjoy your weekend, Jen

  17. lovely home but awesome backyard!!

  18. You have a beautiful home. I was able to “pin” so many ideas to help me transform my home into something I love. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Tracy and for the Pins – XO

  19. Kristyn King says:

    Your home is beautiful! I love the white. I’m not sure if I can pull it off with the kids…but I think I’m going to try! Question…how did you do the bathroom floor tile? Is there a link to that project? My bathroom is this horrible peach I would love to cover up and your’s looks amazing. Thanks for sharing :))

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kristyn –

      I used sticky adhesive backed black vinyl that is used when making vinyl cutouts for Silhouette machines. I bought it at the craft store, it comes in many colors. I am truly amazed at how durable it is. I did the floor 2 summers ago and it still looks like new. Every time I clean it, I smile and can’t believe how perfectly it has held up. Here is the link to the post I did about it.

  20. Lovely–and inspiring–and educational! I’m halfway through repainting our kitchen cabinets using your method (gotta love the Glidden Gripper bonding primer). Thank you for sharing your knowledge and insight.

  21. elizabeth says:

    Seeing your house tour reminds me again of what a wonderful eye you have and how simple but pretty your spaces are.

  22. Crystelle Boutique says:

    Your home is more than beautiful! How do you have time for decorating, cleaning, and blogging too! I am in awe…..

    hugs xx

    Crystelle Boutique

  23. Laurel@chippingwithcharm says:

    Beautiful home…LOVE the pops of color :)

  24. Hi Diane,
    I love your amazing make-overs! I have two brown nightstands that I think would look good with some white. Have you ever just painted parts of furniture? I was thinking the tops and the fronts of the drawers. I’ve been looking on line, and I know I have seen some… but of course my search words are just leading me to furniture that was wood and is just painted white.
    Thanks for any pics or words of wisdom!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Rhonda – Yes many times. I used to paint furniture for clients and had a portfolio of my work. It was a long time ago, before digital cameras. I have no idea what happened to it or I would show you some photos. I would go for it. Prepare the surfaces that you are going to paint – sand and prime then paint. If using chalk paint – just sand lightly. You will need painters tape to mask the areas you don’t want to paint. Depending on the look you are after, I would go over everything with poly or paste wax when done.

  25. Leena Lanteigne says:

    Beautiful home tour, inside and out! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Hugs, Leena

  26. I am in awe of your craft room, I am speechless. Dianntha

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Dianntha – It was a long time in the making to get the room to the level (decor and organization)it is. It is by far my fave room in my house. If we move – my first criteria in a new house would be to make sure there is a space that I can set up like this to call my own.

  27. Krista @thehappyhousie says:

    Love it Diane! I’ve been following for a while but it was a treat to see everything laid out in one place like this!! So unique and fresh and customized to you – just like your blog name!!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Krista – Thanks – I always joke around with my husband and tell him that I would be happy living in a shack as long as I could add my own style to it. :)

  28. Your blog is always so inspiring. I really enjoyed walking through your house with you.

  29. It is wonderful and all the more impressive when you look at all at one time. Just beautiful.

  30. Vickie Medley says:

    I have never seen so many clever and useful ideas all in one place. You must absolutely love coming home. Your office is a true get-away, comforting and workable all at once. Kudos to you on a job well done. And, thanks for sharing it all with us.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks so much Vickie. My studioffice is my favorite placed to hang out. I spend most of my time in there and have tried to arrange it so I can do everything I need to. The only thing it needs is a large space off of it to saw wood and spray paint stuff. Maybe someday :)

  31. Without a doubt, your blog is my favorite. You are so inventive and unique. I love that you tell us HOW and that you do things on a budget. Fantastic-looking house that is also a beautiful home!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Vicki – When I write my posts, I try to think what I would want to know about the subject and answer all the questions that pop up in my mind about how I did it. Style wise, time, money, tools, ease, etc. Working in retail display helped me see that there are so many ways to get things done on small budgets. I enjoy the process.

  32. Your home is wonderful. You have such great ideas. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  33. Wow!!!
    So wonderful, I became immersed in looking at each picture, time just passed and I had no idea..

    You are one VERY TALENTED and CREATIVE lady!

    Thank you so, so much for sharing …it was great!!

  34. Diane, great tour! Even though I’m a long-time regular, I saw some things I hadn’t seen before- very fun. Your creativity continues to awe!

  35. You have done some amazing things to make your home so interesting and personal. I loved the tour and plan to refer back to some of your ‘How To’s”

  36. Debbie refresh restyle says:

    I love your home, thanks for the tour :) Have a great weekend!

  37. Laura @ Finding Home says:

    Your home is so pretty and welcoming – thanks for sharing it with us! Take care, Laura

  38. Courtney D says:

    I am so glad I met you at the HomeTalk meet up at Lucketts! I have enjoyed following your blog-I want to use your ideas for our laundry room- so fun and practical..and homemade chalk paint-crazy! can’t wait to try that!

  39. Miss Charming says:

    Your home is simply beautiful, Diane! Every room is filled with such detail and care. Such a bright and pretty kitchen, too. My favorite, though, was your craft room/studio. (I’ll just teleport it to my home, if you don’t mind!) Lovely job.

  40. Marie@Interior Frugalista says:

    Oh my gosh Diane…stunning! This is my first visit to your blog but definitely not my last. I want your Studioffice but I’m afraid I might never leave. Gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your home with us today.

  41. Julia @ Cuckoo4Design says:

    Coming over from Gina’s. Love your home and your studio is my favorite. So bright, cheerful and inspiring. As a matter of fact I have been spending a lot of time on your blog lately since I’m trying out your chalk paint recipes ;)
    (Julia from Cuckoo4Design.blogspot)

  42. Your home is beautiful!!! There are so many awesome projects I want to copy for my house. :)

  43. Angela Betlewicz says:

    You home is very lovely! Newest follower from HickoryTrail

    I host a linky party every tuesday, would love for you to link up!

  44. Diane, I just love how fresh, clean and colorful your home is. It has such personality and is comfortable and inviting. What a wonderful job you have done. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Recreateanddecorate says:

    how fresh! I love seeing fresh looking homes, so nice!

  46. Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage says:

    Diane, your home has always been one of my faves – and I’m so excited to see it all in one place. Can I borrow that guest room for a few days? Ok maybe longer – it might take a while for me to soak up all of your amazing home. I’ve followed you for a long time, and I’ve always been a huge fan of everything you do!

    Thank you for joining the home tour!


  47. Your home is beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  48. Oh my goodness. I’m here from the Shabby Creek tour and I’m pretty sure I haven’t been here before. :)

    I love the way you mix colors with the white. I’ll be snooping around here for awhile.

  49. Jennifer at Simple Home Managing says:

    What a beautiful home with so many wonderful details! I’m here from Shabby Creek Cottage and enjoyed the tour!

  50. Sonya ~At Home with The Barkers says:

    You have a beautiful home! Stopping by from Shabby Creek Cottage!