Early Summer Home Tour

This early summer home tour is filled with an eclectic assortment of vintage finds used in unique ways. Get creative summer decorating ideas here.

Early Summer Home Tour - she has the most creative and unique decorating ideas kellyelko.com

This weekend, I was glistening up a storm (I was actually sweating buckets in the 90 degree heat but glistening sounds better) so in my book, it’s officially summer even though we have a couple of more weeks until it’s official.

Now, let’s kick off summer in my 100 year old home (you can find a full affiliate source list in the post) …

Love this white kitchen that gets personality from vintage finds like these galvanized vintage coolers used as vases! kellyelko.com

Pink peonies in a vintage galvanized water cooler! She's got greta tips for growing these beauties kellyelko.com

My peonies did not disappoint and my three bushes yielded tons of gorgeous blooms!

Don’t miss my post on How to Grow Peonies here

Love this gorgeous kitchen and her plate collection displayed on a glass drying rack kellyelko.com

I found two amazing vintage galvanized water coolers at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago and they’re the perfect vases for my peonies and rosemary.

Love this vintage galvanized Igloo cooler used as a plant stand! kellyelko.com

I love mixing up the displays on my huge glass drying rack – from mason jars to hanging vases filled with flowers to my favorite plate collections, it’s always something different.

Rosemary bush in a big galvanized bucket kellyelko.com

My red stove pops in my all white kitchen and a few red accessories set the summer mood.

Gorgeous white kitchen with carrara marble herringbone tile backsplash kellyelko.com

A console table separates my kitchen from my family room and it’s the perfect place to display some of my many collections – vintage milk glass and glass water bottles.

Love the glass water jugs and vintage milk glass collections kellyelko.com

Vintage milk glass, old books and glass bottles are light and bright additions to these open shelves.

Love this trio of glass water jugs kellyelko.com

I enlarged my girls silhouettes on canvas to get meaningful artwork.

Love this gallery wall around the television - the silhouette art is gorgeous kellyelko.com

Cozy reading nook - love the anchor pillow and carved wood table kellyelko.com

Nautical touches include pillows, textured rope, shells and starfish.

Coastal family room - love the crab pillow, shells, coral and rope monkey ball kellyelko.com

I’ve found the most amazing pieces of coral at estate sales and love displaying them in a shiny silver bowl.

Love this bowl of coral displayed on a big tray kellyelko.com

Love the neutral pillows and throw with the fun blue crab pillow kellyelko.com

I love glass mixed with lots of texture from a rope monkey ball and a bunch of old folding rulers.

Love this coastal decor - the rope monkey ball under a cloche and a metal basket filled with old folding rulers and a starfish kellyelko.com

Vintage folding ruler display kellyelko.com

A big glass buoy wrapped in rope adds texture.

Huge rope and glass buoy kellyelko.com

With flowers that only bloom for a fleeting time, I make sure they fill my entire house with their amazing scent. I love using unique containers like this metal garden tote and the bigger the better for a real wow!

Love this huge peony arrangement in a metal garden tote kellyelko.com

An oyster wreath is propped on the mantel for a casual look.

Summer mantel - love the old windows with oyster shell wreath and the huge bouquet of peonies! kellyelko.com

I painted a big E on this old window and love the way it looks layered over a larger window.

Love this summer mantel with vintage windows and an oyster shell wreath kellyelko.com

There is nothing more glorious than a huge bouquet of peonies!

How amazing is this huge galvanized bucket of peonies! kellyelko.com

An old crock gets a second life as a side table by adding a piece of wood to the top.

Vintage crock makes a unique side table kellyelko.com

My old house has a tiny entrance vestibule that separates the front door from the foyer.

Entrance vestibule with coat rack and a place to sit kellyelko.com

Guests are greeted by a shell filled lamp and a cute little house terrarium that scream summer.

Love this glass lamp filled with shells kellyelko.com

A picnic basket is always at the ready for summer get togethers.

Love this giant shadowbox of feathers and the woven bench and baskets in this foyer kellyelko.com

The patio is my favorite summer room.

Love this outdoor sectional sofa and concrete coffee table kellyelko.com

I recently redid the space and love the huge concrete topped coffee table and sectional sofa perfect for lounging.

Love this outdoor sectional sofa with cantilevered umbrella kellyelko.com

This potting stand makes outdoor entertaining a breeze.

Outdoor bar cart is perfect for entertaining kellyelko.com

You can see my full patio tour here.

Easiest Succulents to Grow - love this clam shell planter filled with sedum kellyelko.com

Who’s ready for a margarita on the patio?

See my last year’s summer home tour for more decorating ideas.

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  1. Love those peonies! I can’t say that word without my husband cracking up…just saying! Your home is always a stunner and I love how you mix your vintage pieces in. So warm and inviting and fun! Happy summer! xo

  2. We have the little frog you have! It’s in the toy basket for our grands but bringing it out to put on a tray now I see yours.

  3. That PICNIC BASKET hanging on the hook!! I die!! I collect them but have never seen one like that!! ???

  4. It seems like just “yesterday,” I was drooling over your Christmas tour … and now I’m loving your Summer tour! (This year is flying by.) Everything looks awesome … so fresh and welcoming of the warmer temps! And, I love your outdoor space … gorgeous! What time is happy hour?

  5. My eye went right to the white elephant on your bookshelf! Let me know when you are done with him! I’ll take him off of your hands! So cute!

  6. Hi Kelly,
    I just found your blog and am so glad I did! I love your house and all the decor. You have inspired me to make a few changes of my own. Thanks for the inspiration, can’t wait to see what’s next!

  7. So much vintage goodness! Love that water cooler and your peonies are INSANE!!! I have one little bush just starting out and you have given me serious Peony goals!!

  8. Hi just love your Blog, but as with many others, the advertising interspersed between paragraphs and popping up is so distracting from your content. Recognizing of course why Bloggers accept advertising, it would be more receptive at the very beginning or end. Blogs seem to be leaning towards nothing more than vehicles for advertisers and creativity lost. Thx

  9. Good Morning ~
    I love your home ~
    It was so refreshing to visit, because you are not like SO MANY other bloggers –
    Everyone seems to copy one another with the new Farmhouse style. You are your own person and I love it.
    Maybe because I am very much the same.
    Have a wonderful weekend
    Much love,

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