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Hi guys! I'm so excited to be part of this year's Summer Home Tour put together by my sweet blogging friend Marty from A Stroll Thru Life!

If you're coming from Mallory over at Charming in Charlotte, welcome! Isn't her home adorable? If you still need to visit her, just do yourself a favor and check out her blog.

So, let me introduce myself to all of you new to Remodelando la Casa. Well, the Spanish name of my blog summarizes everything I keep on doing: Updating and renovating my builder's grade home one step at a time, lots of DIY, combined with a bit of decor and crafts with some re-purposing thrown in the mix to keep things on budget. ;)

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It is a small house; once you pass the front door, you end up in the living room. I keep on having fun with this old window gallery wall. It pretty much changes with the seasons. This time, I went for coastal decor all around the house; the gallery is my representation of the sea.

Galvanized buckets full of tulips create a striking contrast. Did you notice the difference in the blooms? The picture above was taken one day before the one below; only one day makes a huge difference!

We can continue straight through the narrow hall onto the kitchen from the main door.

The builder's basic kitchen was taken care of long ago, but for the past month, I've been here again, refreshing it as needed, painting the kitchen island a brighter color, and making some other minor changes.

It now looks so bright! 

I know you're noticing the new window shade, but how can you skip changing it if it's so easy? This time, I used a Target tablecloth. You can see how to do it right here.

The only place in the kitchen where I can add some decor is on the island. However, I choose to display fruits and vegetables so the kids have them right at hand. 

The rosemary has been here since last Summer, the only one of my herb garden plants to survive.

We can walk past the right side of the fridge to the dining room.

A coastal tablescape is set up. The sea shells we collected on our beach trips are the bed of the bottle centerpiece. I even made wooden placemats to add to the coastal feel.

The last door I removed from my kitchen cabinets is the centerpiece tray.

The family room is the hot spot in our home. It adjoins the kitchen and breakfast area. We spend most of our time here, and that's precisely why I keep updating my mantel; we all enjoy it. 

This time, I went for a crabby crab mantel. :)

Above the sofa is one of my creations: chalkboard art. I believe everyone should have a movable chalkboard in their home—it means instant art! 

I had it in the dining room, and it also looks very OK here.

These shelves still sport the same background I gave them long ago.

In my bedroom, the bookcases were the ones to get a bit of Summer decor.

Small old bottles, sea creatures, and even a bike were mixed in with the books.

My room is still a work in progress. The wooden beams and bookcase were done long ago, but I'm still waiting and saving to get rid of the carpet.

Each bookcase was topped off with a sailboat. If you still need to do these little boats, I urge you to try.

They are easy! 

I made them in no time after I found the supplies: one chunky and one narrow stick from the yard and drop cloth pieces.

I made a switcheroo with the mirror  I had in the guest room for this mantel. If you have followed me for a while, you probably remember it was a tabletop.

Let's now go to my daughter's room. I asked her to make the bed, and this is not exactly how she made it. I had to go and give her a helping hand, so I changed her headboard display at the same time. She was thrilled with the changes.

The room has had the same navy blue wall since the main makeover a couple of years ago, and she doesn't want to change it yet.

Finally, the guest room. This year, this is my patriotic room. It already has lots of red and white, which makes it easy to dress up in the colors of the flag. I'm probably going to do another post highlighting this room.

In the meantime, you can head over and visit Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles. You can see she is not afraid of color when decorating her home—beautiful!

Thanks so much for popping in. I love sharing a little bit of our home with you. Be sure to stop by and check out all of these other amazing homes.

Monday - June 8th
21 Rosemary Lane
Thrifty and Chic
Claire Brody Designs

Tuesday - June 9th
Thrifty Decor Chick
Our Southern Home
Making Home Base
Hymns & Verses
Bliss @ Home
DIY Showoff

Wednesday - June 10th
City Farmhouse
Driven By Decor
No Minimalist Here
SG Style
Decor To Adore
Desire Empire

Thursday- June 11th

Friday - June 12th

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  1. Love it all, Cristina. Your home definitely says summer.

    1. Thanks so much Kim! We're enjoying our "Summer home" ;)

  2. love how beachy and pretty everything is! especially love the kitchen!

    1. Thanks Cassie! The beach bug just got me. First time getting this look all around and I'm loving it!

  3. Hi Cristina, You are one very talented lady and your home is beautiful. I love to see how you change out the windows for each season.

    1. You're a sweetie, Sherry, thanks! I'm still dreaming on having a courtyard like yours!

  4. I adore your kitchen, such a fabulous makeover and I really like how you do coastal in such a chic way. Every room is beautiful.

    1. Awww Marty! I just have to say THANK YOU for putting together this wonderful tour and allowing me to showcase my home alongside such an amazing group of ladies!

  5. I love the fresh, coastal feel of your summer home! And I had to backtrack to look at the window gallery wall above your sofa again - so cool!

    1. Thanks Kris, those windows have been so practical when time comes to change the look of the room! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Absolutely gorgeous. Every room is just perfect. I love seeing all your ideas in one post.

  7. Cristina I am utterly captivated by your home. Your have truly showcased summer. Thank you for a grand tour!

  8. Cristina I am utterly captivated by your home. Your have truly showcased summer. Thank you for a grand tour!

  9. Cristina,
    Beautiful, refreshing and sings of Summer!

  10. Hi Cristina! What a happy summer home :) Your home really shines with all the wonderful projects you have done :) xo

  11. Hi Cristina! What a happy summer home :) Your home really shines with all the wonderful projects you have done :) xo

  12. Wow, Cristina! I love everything about your summer home! It's nice to be able to see so much of it in this tour too. And I can't wait to try to make a couple of those sailboats! I don't think I've seen those before. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home! XO

  13. Wow, Cristina! So many good things to look at here! I love how you're making your home so personal, it feels so welcoming! Those tulip buckets are just too cute and all of your natural accents are just gorgeous. Well done!

  14. Lovely, lovely, lovely! I'm busy pinning.

  15. Love it all Can you tell me where you got your watch clock? I'm trying to work up my courage to paint my kitchen cabinets. So I keep looking at yours. Thank you Terri

    1. Terri, I bought them long ago at Pick Your Plum (dot) com. I don't see them within their sales right now, but they keep on coming back from time to time. You subscribe and they send you an e-mail with their daily deals. Painting the cabinets is a tedious job than once you're done with it you think you should have done it sooner. Good luck with it!

  16. Beautiful home! Love it all.

  17. Love your coastal vibe! Your kitchen is stunning!! Gorgeous home!

  18. Your home always looks lovely Cristina, and this summer look is especially pretty. Thanks for the tour! I am still hoping to do a bit of an upgrade to our plain breakfast bar, inspired by your beautiful island.

  19. Gorgeous, Christina! Your kitchen is stunning and I love your bedroom with those bookcases! You've done a wonderful job with your great DIYs! Happy summer!

  20. WOW! Beautiful home and just my style!

  21. tu casa me fascina cristina .. especialmente esa habitacion de alojados en rojo y blanco con ese suelo que todavia recuerdo que pintaste !!! todo un derroche de buen gusto

  22. Love, Love, Loved the tour Cristina! Your home is packed full of so much have given it so much personality using your creativity and hard work. I adore your kitchen and that island...beautiful!!
    Mary Alice

  23. So pretty Cristina! Love all your coastal touches and your crabby crab.

  24. Your home is so pretty and welcoming :-) I love all the coastal touches, and the navy walls in your daughter's room in a great colour. I'm going to have to try making one of those boats, they're so cute :-)

  25. I love how you keep changing up for every single season! Everything looks so crisp and fresh :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

  26. Your home is gorgeous -- love the coastal colors! :)

  27. Your summer home tour is beautiful! My favorite spot is your kitchen.

  28. I absolutely love your kitchen! If I had the layout for an island I would want it exactly like yours...the color and style are gorgeous! I adore those chairs, too:)

  29. I absolutely LOVE! It is so beautiful...each and every aspect. I don't even know what to pinpoint that I like the most. Just gorgeous all around!
    Brooke Riley~Re-Fabbed

  30. Wow, this is beautiful. I especially love your bedroom. The bunting is such a cute touch! Thanks for sharing!

  31. Your house looks beautiful dear Cristina! Screaming summer in such a serene and subtle way, one just want to spend time there enjoying the hazy lazy days of summer with a glass of lemonade. Love it all, specially your summer tablescape.

  32. So cute. The color on the island is amazing. I love the sail boats.

  33. why oh why is your home always beautiful cristina ♥
    lovely home tour, i love touring blogger homes!

  34. Your home is summer perfect Cristina! I have to start on mine soon!

  35. Love the sea vases on the table! Is it DIY? Great wall paintings too.

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