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braided rope wreath with buoys and flags garlands diy
Nautical Wreath  -  Wooden Buoys

I'm so glad to be a part of this fabulous group of bloggers hand-picked by the gracious Marty from A Stroll Thru Life to give you a glimpse of our homes all decked out for Summer. 30 homes - 5 days - Lots of ideas to decorate your own home.

If you're stopping from Life on Virginia Street, welcome! I love Sarah's style, her office is one of the spaces I always want to check when visiting her home.

From Omaha, NE where Sarah lives, and as a matter of one simple click, you've traveled to Maryland where I'm located. Even though it's a coastal state, I don't live close to the ocean. but that doesn't mean I can't decorate my home in a coastal way during Summer.

A nautical wreath is the starting point for my home tour, it says it all, I went coastal all the way.

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All the seashells our family picked from different beaches were the main ingredient for some of these tour decor pieces.  As many of you already know, it's hard for me to stay away from DIY projects. ;)
coastal decor - hexagon jean pillows - stump table, fish decor
Pillows  |  Over mantel  | 

So, let's start in the family room, the place, alongside the kitchen, where we hang out the most.
starfish, shells, art project for mantel - summer - coastal - white lantern, wooden fish
Fish - Seashells Art Project

The focal point here is the art piece above the fireplace.  A trial and error project, with tons of errors on my part.  When you look closely at it, you can see many of the mistakes, but oh well, from a distance it's OK for me.
white vases, seahorse, shells, fish net

The idea for this mantel was to make it feel like I'm there... At the beach.
tree stump wrapped up with rug - fish decor on table - lotus lamp, white chair with repurposed jeans pillow
Side Table  -  Painted Chairs

I might say, yes. That goal was accomplished.
The pillows on the chairs, another DIY project, represent the waves in the ocean. Almost the same concept as the little side table.
family room decorated for Summer - grey and white
Coffee Table  -  Baskets  -  Curtains

Fish, water, lanterns, shells...  

The beach came to my family room. :)
wooden beads vase fillers from Target

On the coffee table are some wooden bead strands.
coastal kitchen  green roman shade - open cupboards
Kitchen Island  -   Range Hood 

The kitchen got a good, deep cleaning. Really! Though, it wasn't fun. :/

cabinets, shelves, appliances, lights, and even the hood, got squeaky clean.  I do this twice a year, besides the many light cleanings in between. Not surprisingly I never look forward to those days.
decor on kitchen island - flowers and fruits - oranges

Once again, simple decor comes to this space. The first hydrangea blossom after two years of not getting a single one. Adorable! :)
white pitcher with lemonade, strawberries inside blue carton pail, white cabinets
Nothing like cold pink lemonade on a hot summer day.
white kitchen, bar stools, sisal rug, blue island
Pendant Light  -  Bar Stools  -  Painted Cabinets
white and blue summer decor in dining room, sphere chandelier, blue lanterns, painted Chippendale chairs
On to the dining room.
Ginham napkins, anchor salad plates from Wegmans, blue water glasses, blue lanterns, white nautical rope, driftwood pieces on table
Blue and White Coastal Tablescape

I found the anchor salad plates over at Wegmans, they were the inspiration for this nautical tablescape.
DIY Swiss cross rug, ship wheel art, beach pillow, vintage bucket on coffee table
The contiguous living room, stayed mostly the same. A ship wheel, a bucket full of boxwood from the garden...
bucket full of boxwood branches for summer decor, beach pillow, diy swiss cross rug
Beach Pillow  -  Painted Lamps
Summer hats hung on the vintage doors...
Summer hats gallery on vintage doors
And a beach pillow on the sofa brings the theme to this room.
printers drawer with seashell collection in bedroom
Day Bed  -  Red Lamps  -  Painted Floor

The only bedroom I want to include in this tour is the guest bedroom. Visitors are coming in just two short weeks. This room has stayed pretty much the same since the big makeover. But, a little switcheroo was needed.
wall art on the cheap
This printers-tray filled with seashells always puts a smile on my face. It's the first thing I see when I'm walking out of my room to get downstairs. :)
seashell on printers tray - oars and red and blue decor in bedroom
One of my nieces coming from Colombia is staying here. She enjoys reading, I shopped the house, and my kid's rooms, for books she might enjoy.
printers tray displaying seashell collection
Pom Pom Pillow  -  Crab Sign  -  Fish Net Pillows
diy coastal decor - Summer decorating - summer wreath - mantel

Well, this wraps up my home tour, I hope you've enjoyed it! Your next stop today: Alicia from Thrifty and Chic, a girl after my own heart. She has gorgeously transformed her builder's grade home one DIY project at a time. You won't want to miss her!

Check the other amazing tours today and all this week by clicking on the links below.

2016 Summer Home Tour

Monday - June 6
A Stroll Thru Life - Marty 
Remodelando La Casa - Cristina 
Thrifty and Chic - Alicia 
Rain On A Tin Roof - Jenna 
Duke Manor Farms - Laura 

Tuesday - June 7
Life Love Larson - Andrea 
Haneens Haven - Haneen 
Hymns & Verses - Doreen  

Wednesday - June 8
Dimples & Tangles -Jennifer 
Our Southern Home - Christy 
Simple Details - Pam 
Decor To Adore - Laura 
A Thoughtful Place - Courtney 
 21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara 

Thursday - June 9
Our Fifth House -Carmel 
Making Home Base -Chelsea 
Simple Stylings - Summer 
Cuckoo4Design - Julia 

Fri - June 10
 Refresh Restyle - Debbie 
Splendor Styling - Mariella 
Monica Wants It - Monica 
Far Above Rubies -Anita 

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  1. I loved everything, but your nautical wreath is just adorable!

  2. Everything is just always!

  3. It all looks so good Cristina and that artwork over the mantel is amazing as always! We see no flaws!

  4. So beautiful. I'm so in love with those honeycomb pillows.

  5. Beautiful - love the whole beachy vibe and that fun art over the mantel!

  6. Cristina, your home is wonderful all dressed for summer!

  7. Oh it is so pretty and so beachy. What a great art piece over the mantel. Great job. Thanks so much for joining the 2016 Summer Home Tours. Such a treat.

  8. I just love your beach-themed home tour! Makes me long for the Atlantic Ocean and my days on the Jersey shore! :)

  9. Cristina I just adore your nautical rope wreath that you paired with your fantastic buoy project. How I would love to read on that summery day bed.

  10. Cristina, I love everything! So cozy and beachy! I NEED to do that shell DIY project, can't wait to hear more on this! Love the blues and reds. xo

  11. OMG Cristina, I am in love with the fabulous Beachy wall art you made! And please, if you ever get tired of that beehive DIY pillow you made, PLEASE send it my way and I will love it like crazy!!!! Wish I could sew! You are just amazing, I feel like your home is by the water with your decor!!!!!! So honored to share this home tour with you my dear! mine is subtle beach, but yours is the way to go! CHEERS!

  12. So, so, so incredibly gorgeous! I love every single inch of your tour!

  13. Beautiful! Love all your beachy decor!!! So pretty :)

  14. Such a beautiful tour Cristina! I can't wait to hear how you created that beautiful seashell art over your fireplace.

  15. Beautiful, Cristina! I leave like 3000 miles from a beach and still bring it into my house lol. Your house looks just like a cute beach cottage!

  16. So charming for summer, Christina! You are so talented at DIYs, I love that pillow with the hexagons! Have a wonderful summer! :)

  17. I love your home for Summer, Cristina! Can't wait to see how you made the piece above the fireplace...that is my favorite!! XO

  18. Your home is perfectly beach ready! I love your sea shell DIY and can't wait to see how you did it. I love that it may have little imperfections. Looks like cracks in sand, so even more true to life!

  19. Cristina you are so awesome. While most people have links to their affiliates, you actually link to where you MADE yours! Incredibly talented and full of good taste. I love your home.

  20. Loved all the coastal accents in your home! Those honeycomb patterned ombre pillows had me at Hello! I actually scrolled back up to see if you mentioned them in more detail and see that they are a DIY!!! Very nicely done and I'll be back to see that DIY! Would love to make some for my own home and will clearly give you credit for this awesome DIY!!!

  21. cristina, your home is gorgeous! love the tablescape and that artwork on the mantle is killer!

  22. OMG Christina! I feel I just walked thru a beach house and it made me want to go swimming in the ocean! Everything looks awesome, every detail and yes that shell artwork you made caught my eye immediately! Now, the honeycomb pillows are winners for me.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  23. Beautiful, Cristina, as always! Love your summer beachy look.

  24. Cristina,
    I have been visiting you and your home several times and always get pulled away before I leave a comment.
    But not this time! I adore each and everyone of the details in your home. Every spot tells a glorious tale of your beautiful life and bringing the seashore to your home is perfection.
    Your Summer home is welcoming, happy and captured the essence of you!

  25. Love, love love it all! Everything you touch is pure beauty! Dying over that wreath! Pinning and sharing!

  26. Your house is beautiful in every room and every way!

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