Summer Home Tour

Hi! Welcome to my Summer Home Tour! I’m so happy to be sharing a glimpse into our new home (finally)! When Marty from A Stroll Thru Life asked me to join her, and 28 other bloggers to share our summer home tours I was beyond thrilled. I thought this would be the perfect time to show you how the new place is coming along in here Florida.
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If you are popping in from Our Southern Home, welcome! Isn’t Christy fabulous? Her photos are always drop dead gorgeous!

My family recently moved from southern California to north Florida – recently as in we’ve been in our house just over a week. If this were a true tour of my home you would see boxes piled to the ceiling in my hall closet, one million mason jars all over my dining table (how did I ever accumulate so many?), and my daughter’s play food strewn about our downstairs because she’s playing restaurant. I’ll spare you all that and just share the pretty stuff πŸ™‚ Our home is a newer construction, builder basic rental, town home tucked away in the woods of the Naval Air Station here in Jacksonville, Florida. Of all of our rentals this one is probably one of my favorites.

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It has an adorable front porch that is perfect for sipping coffee in the mornings before it gets too hot and sticky.
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It’s also perfect for eating peanut butter sandwiches and watching the neighbor dogs.
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Having a front porch area is brand new to us so I was excited to have another opportunity to decorate an outdoor space. I love these aqua chairs.

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The entire downstairs is really open, we have a small “entryway” to the left when you come inside.

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Our living room got a major facelift since moving to Florida. I’ve said before, I’m not a decorator. I’m just a regular gal that loves decorating and design. While we were in the process of moving here I had tons of time to figure out exactly what I wanted for this next house and it’s it’s really coming together nicely. Dare I say, I’ve found my “style”? We’ll see.

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One major switch was the white slipcover. Previously we had a gray one which was probably a little more practically but I’ve always dreamed of having a white slipcovered sofa (I even spilled my guts about my sofa woes here and here) so I finally went for it and seriously, I couldn’t be happier. The wall art is a DIY and kind of a signature in my living room. You can see the tutorial here.

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Another addition to this space is the pair of wicker chairs. I got them for a steal on Joss & Main (here) and fell completely in love as soon as they arrived. When we went from a sectional sofa to a regular sofa we really needed the extra seating. These chairs are great for that and they also give the space a coastal feel that I really love.

The coffee table was fate. Truly. I wasn’t really searching for a table but I stumbled across this one for just a few dollars so I snagged in a heartbeat. It needs some TLC for sure but the structure  is gorgeous and again, it goes along with the coastal feel I’m looking for.
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No home tour is complete without a fresh bunch of flowers (from Trader Joe’s, am I right?). My daughter picked out these tulips and I love her choice.

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I always struggle with coffee table styling and this table is huge making it even tougher. I figured you can’t go wrong with a basket, some flowers, and a poly resin octopus. Um, yeah. This little guy hopped into my cart at Hobby Lobby and I’m pretty sure he’s the best summer accessory in the house.

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The rest of our house is still a long way away from being any sort of done. I think that’s the fun of it though, the journey, ya know? I’m really looking forward to what this cute little rental has in store for us these next few years we are here in Florida. For now, I hope you enjoyed a quick glimpse of my summer home tour. Be sure to head on over to Hymns & Verses. You can also grab the links for all 30 of the homes on the 2015 Summer Home Tour line up. Thanks so much for visiting with me today! Happy Summer!

Monday Tour Collage (1)


Monday – June 8th

Snazzy Little Things
21 Rosemary Lane
Thrifty and Chic
Claire Brody Designs

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

Wednesday Tour CollageWednesday – June 10th
City Farmhouse
Driven By Decor
No Minimalist Here
SG Style
Decor To Adore
Desire Empire
Thursday Tour Collage

Thursday – June 11th
A Thoughtful Place
Monica Wants It 
Rain On A Tin Roof
Charming In Charlotte
Remodelando la Casa
Dimples & Tangles

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  2. Great tour, Chelsea! I love the way your new place is coming together so quickly and beautifully! Your furniture and decor looks like it’s meant to be in this house! πŸ˜‰ xo

  3. chelsea, your home is beautiful! i just love everything you have done in the living room and love all of your blues!

  4. Chelsea!! Looks amazing! Dying over your coffee table! Love it all, good luck with the rest of your unpacking friend πŸ™‚

  5. It looks absolutely gorgeous Chelsea! SO happy to see that you’re settling in nicely! LOVE the new white slipcover and crazy jealous of that lovely front porch! Beautiful!

  6. Love your new place and wow, you are one amazing woman for just one week. Your living room is gorgeous. The coastal vibe is perfect and your new white sofa is definitely perfect. Great tour and such a pretty living room.

  7. Gorgeous! I just moved to Jacksonville, too! I’d love to meet up with another blogger in my area. Our closest family is 3 hours away. If you’re ever up to a meet-up, let me know πŸ™‚

  8. LOVE this – you are making me want to ditch my living room accessories and go blue like you – everything is so well done. I love the artwork over your sofa – was that a DIY or something you made? Thanks for sharing such a lovely tour!!

  9. Welcome to Florida! What a beautiful living room! I’m amazed by what you’ve done in a week. We’ve been in our house almost two years and my living room isn’t close to done! I’m new to your blog from the tour – do you have a post somewhere that talks about the beautiful art over the couch? I love it!

  10. One week Chelsea? Holy Moley you are good!! Your home most definitely has a lovely beachy vibe. Love the touches of aqua! Your daughter (who is beautiful!) did a good job selecting the flowers with their punch of pink. Thank you for opening your home for the tour!!

  11. Yay!! So excited to have this sneak peak of your new space – it is looking amazing Chelsea. I LOVE the white slipcover- and I can’t wait to hear how it goes for you. I have one I plan to put into use soon, but am equally nervous:) The rattan chairs are beautiful and I am absolutely in LOVE with that coffee table!! So perfect!! The aqua chairs, and fresh white walls… it all looks beautiful, my friend! Enjoy the settling in:) Hope it is going well for you!

  12. You win the prize for the quickest unpacking job ever! Love that darling octopus. Thank you for a grand tour.

  13. Hi Chelsea! Love your nautical style πŸ™‚ Lovely pinks and blues just say preppy summer πŸ™‚ xo

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  15. Chelsea – I can’t believe you pulled together a home tour so quickly after moving! Everything looks amazing! Can I say I’m in love with that octopus! Also, a big congrats to you on the little one on the way!

  16. Welcome to Florida! Your new home is lovely and I hope you make wonderful memories there.

  17. Chelsea, I’m so impressed you’ve come this far in a week!! You’ve done a wonderful job with your coastal vibe! Yay for white slipcovers, I have them too, they just feel so fresh and I love changing out pillows, your combination is beautiful!

  18. Girl, this is stunning!! How is it possible your place looks more put together than mine when you’ve been there a few weeks and I’ve been here over two years?! It looks so gorgeous and I completely agree – you have nailed your style!

  19. It turned out beautiful, Chelsea!! I LOVE the new look in the living room (have you noticed I love white and blue!?), and the pictures are just gorgeous. Well done, my friend. Good luck on the rest of those boxes. πŸ˜‰

    1. Isn’t white and blue such a great classic combo? I love it too! Thank you so much Rachel! I’m already down three more boxes today so I’m considering it a win πŸ™‚

      1. Hey I know that guy Zach…weird. lol Jig is an idiot. Love that back piece Gwen, and keep rockin' it wherever you are in this shithole. Hopefully it's a bit cooler than J-bad, it's hot as fuck down here. Yeah…and hit us up on facebook!

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  21. gorgeous Chelsea!!! I love those metal rattan chairs on your porch!! are they vintage?

    1. Hey Jessica! Thanks – actually no, I got them at a store here called At Home. They come in literally every color of the rainbow. So fun!

  22. Ummm your living room is stunning!!!! Such a perfect mix. Love, love, love your style. The pop of pink flowers are so fun for summer! xoxo

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  24. Wow, one week and you already have this amazing space?! I can’t wait to see how you put together the rest of your home! Love the coastal feel!

  25. I always love your style! I can’t believe you even got that much done in the week you’ve been there. It’s amazing :)…and beautiful!

  26. Chelsea,
    You are unbelievably talented! I absolutely adore your work and this coastal makeover is stunning. I saw it over on Amy’s blog for Work it Wednesday. You are an inspiration, girl!

    Jackie from DIY DESIGN MOM

  27. Your living room is just beautiful!! So glad you stopped by to share with us for Treasure Hunt Thursday.

  28. chelsea- for just a week you have done such a great job to create cozy, beautiful spaces. Best of luck in florida and getting more of those boxes unpacked! πŸ™‚

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  32. Gorgeous Chelsea! Every last detail looks amazing and I love all of the layers and texture. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚


  33. Love Your Style! So glad I found Your Blog, Thanks for the amazing inspiration..Smiles.Cindy

  34. Your home is beautiful, Chelsea!! The slip covers are perfect… and yes, I have a weakness for front porches and yours is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing at Your Turn To Shine! Featuring you on Thursday πŸ™‚

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  37. Chelsea,
    First of all…..thanks so much for the sweet words! I am in awe that you got ready for this tour after moving in just a week with a child!! Everything is just beautiful. I just love your use of color and fresh style. I so want white slip covers! XO Christy

  38. I was reading with so much anticipation about where you snagged the coffee table…I about fell off my chair. A few bucks?! So jealous!

  39. What a beautiful room! Thanks for sharing at the Pretty Preppy Party–we’re sharing as a “favorite” tomorrow!

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  41. Hopping over from the June Preppy Party favorites and honored to be featured with you! I love everything about this space. Your coastal style is just lovely, and i’m especially enamored by the art above your sofa. Did you make that? If so, do tell. Pretty please…

  42. Your home is lovely!! Wondering where your black and white striped throw pillow is from?? It is so fun!

  43. Your home is beautiful! I love your style! Where did you find the blue striped pillows? That is exactly what I have been looking for!

    1. Hi Ashley, thank you! – they are actually black and white – the covers are from They had a variety of colors when I purchased these so they may have blue and white now. πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!

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