June 10, 2015

The Bungalow Summer Home Tour

Hi Everyone!

Happy Happy Wednesday friends! Today I’m delighted to be included the Summer Tour of Homes this week hosted by my sweet blog friend Marty over at A Stroll Thru Life.  She’s rounded up 29 other bloggers to open up our homes and share how we are celebrating Summer in our spaces. If you are popping in over from No Minimalist Here, I’m so glad to have you. Isnt Sherry’s courtyard AMAZING! And also big lamps for the win!

For those of you whom are new here Hi there and welcome to our home!  My family and I live in CA and are adjusting to downsized living in our 1940’s cottage bungalow fixer.  We are coming up on the last couple months of our first year in our “new” old home after trading our pretty much brand new builder grade home with twice the square footage.  Our little home is a major work in progress, but we absolutely love it. We are mid project in pretty much every room in the house at the moment and I have no idea when we’ll ever get everything finished!  Our decision to live small has been incredibly rewarding thus far…well except for the fact that we now only have one bathroom and we previously had three!  Let’s just say two women, a tweenage girl,  a seven year old old boy, and guests all sharing one bathroom gets quite interesting!  We also share our small home with our very large Great Dane puppy so life in the bungalow is full to the max and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Summer is my absolute favorite season, and while I’m not necessarily a seasonal decorator, I do love injecting our spaces with fun summer color. Come on in..


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In our one and only living are I’ve recently been having fun making the best out of an ugly couch situation.  Im a hopeless textile hoarder so I love layering the big beige beast with colorful textiles.  In the spring it donned a kantha and for the summer its all about the serape!

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Im pretty sure those empty frames will get filled eventually. #slowandsteady.

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The porch is one of my absolute fave places to be in the summer and right now I start and end my day there.


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Thank you all so much for letting me show you around. Be sure to stop my and visit all the tours today.

Wednesday – June 10th
City Farmhouse
Driven By Decor
No Minimalist Here
SG Style
Decor To Adore
Desire Empire
And catch up on all the tours thus far while youre at it!

Monday – June 8th
A Stroll Thru Life
Life On Virginia Street
Snazzy Little Things

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

Thank you so much for having me Marty!  Until next time friends..



  • Reply Beth of designPOST interiors June 21, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    I am finally getting around to all the tours and I don’t want to leave yours!! I love your porch and coffee table and bedroom and front door and…Yall make small living look GOOD!

    • Reply Shavonda July 2, 2015 at 11:08 PM

      Thank you so so much sweet friend:)

  • Reply Jen June 16, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    So. Much. Pretty! I love all of the colors and light throughout your absolutely charming home. You have such a great eye!

    • Reply Shavonda June 16, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      How sweet are you Jen. Thank you so much love:) I so appreciate your kind words.

  • Reply Nicki June 15, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Very cute house tour, I like your style. And I totally have that hippie sign, check it out here!

    • Reply Shavonda June 16, 2015 at 4:44 PM

      Hi Nicki! Thank you so much! Hippies unite!!!

  • Reply Kimberly Duran June 14, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Oh I just love your place…!! Such gorgeous textiles and details… lush! xxx

  • Reply Jeanette @ Snazzy Little Things June 12, 2015 at 5:23 AM

    Your bold mix of color is perfection, every picture is like looking at a magazine. Love your style, absolutely beautiful!

  • Reply Jennifer Lippi June 11, 2015 at 3:28 PM

    Shavonda you have mixed in all of your new treasures so effortlessly. I love all the details and pops of color. We will have to do a girls night at all of our houses over the summer. I have got to see that outdoor space in person 🙂 xo

  • Reply Jennifer Lippi (Decorating Delirium) June 11, 2015 at 3:27 PM

    Shavonda you have mixed in all of your new treasures so effortlessly. I love all the details and pops of color. We will have to do a girls night at all of our houses over the summer. I have got to see that outdoor space in person 🙂 xo

  • Reply Jennifer@decoratingdelirium June 11, 2015 at 2:57 PM

    Shavonda you have outdone yourself. All of your amazing finds are coming together so nicely! You have been a busy girl. Bravo!!

    • Reply Jennifer Lippi June 11, 2015 at 3:29 PM

      Sorry for my repeat comments. My daughter mashed the keys on my computer!

  • Reply Sharon @ Pretty Practical Home June 11, 2015 at 2:54 PM

    Hi, Shavonda! I’m so glad I stumbled over here from Marty’s blog–I love your house! It makes me so happy to see a house that has so much of the owner infused in it. I feel like I know you just from looking around. I laughed out loud when I saw the sign over your desk. Great, pretty, and fun house!

  • Reply Desire Empire June 11, 2015 at 2:42 PM

    I love all the colours and textures in your beautiful home.

  • Reply Pam @ Simple Details June 10, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Wow girl, I LOVE your style, you have a great eye for incorporating all of your fab finds!! I’m dying over the burl table, what an impact! Such a fun collection of pieces and tour!

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      Thank you so much Pam. That means SOOOO much coming from the queen of Craiglist!!! You totally made my day.

  • Reply Doreen @ Hymns and Verses June 10, 2015 at 6:57 PM

    Your home is just lovely! The front door color is amazing and love your porch! I also spend my mornings and evenings on the porch! Sweet summertime! So glad we connected this week through the home tours!

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      Hi Doreen! Thank you and thanks so much for visiting. I just love fun colored front doors!!

  • Reply Jennifer@The Chronicles of Home June 10, 2015 at 4:29 PM

    Looks so cheery and beautiful, Shavonda! I always love your doses of color, and they feel extra perfect for a summer tour 🙂

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:25 PM

      Thank you sweet friend:)

  • Reply Jeanne June 10, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    LOVE your coral front door!!!! Also love the downsizing story – – small IS better! We have a 1400 sq ft home and it is just the perfect size (and also only one bath). When you fill your home with love and have the time to relax (vs all the perpetual motion in a very large home), it is indeed a purposeful life. Enjoy.

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:27 PM

      Hi Jeanne!! Yaay for small space dwellers. Right now we are in 1200 square feet and we want to add on about 300 more with a master bedroom and bath since we currently have neither. I don’t want to go any larger than about 1500-1600 sqft. Living small just feels like home for me.

  • Reply connie June 10, 2015 at 1:34 PM

    Such a happy house! Would you mind telling me the source of the zebra skin?

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:28 PM

      Hi Connie!!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. The zebra hide is from Rugs USA;)

  • Reply Ann C June 10, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    I absolutely love those large glass lamps! I’m a lamp aholic and I am going to have to keep my eyes open for those!

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      Hi Ann!! Thank you . They are from Arhaus:)

  • Reply Chelsea @ Making Home Base June 10, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Always love everything you do my friend!! I would trade a big brand new home for a tiny bungalow with character any day! You are doing such a great job with every space. But for real, that outdoor space – I’m obsessed!

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:29 PM

      Thank you so much Chelsea!! Youre welcome over anytime sweet friend.

  • Reply Carmen P June 10, 2015 at 8:52 AM

    I love the front door color and message! I just love your style, period.

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:30 PM

      Hi Carmen! Thank you! And thank you so much for visiting;)

  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn June 10, 2015 at 8:37 AM

    You know you’re visiting a fantastic home when you’re greeted with such a fabulous front door. The various signage brought a big smile to my face. I’m afraid I might have to use the back door. 🙂 The serape slipcover on the couch is a perfect punch of color. It’s a true delight to be your follow up on the blog tour. Well done!

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM

      Hi Laura!! How sweet are you! Thank you so much. Im glad you enjoyed a peek into my home. Yours was just beautiful. Yay for hippies!!!

  • Reply Kristin @ Bliss at Home June 10, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    Oh Shavonda! Your style is just amazing 🙂 I love every detail. And I’m still infatuated with your outdoor space! xo

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:34 PM

      Thank you my friend. Im still dying over that amazing credenza with the gold details you snagged. So good love.

  • Reply Claire Brody June 10, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Oh Shavonda… Going through all of the home tours right now and had to take an extra couple of minutes for each of your photos. So many details to take in and they all make me so happy. LOVE the new additions to your bedroom (or new since I’ve seen)! Our home is 900 sq feet and while it’s just the two of us, I LOVE small living and know exactly what you mean. McMansions bother me. Your bungalow is perfect and your family is lucky to have such a great place to call home. xoxoxo

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      Claire I swear you are just the sweetest ever. Thank you so much. Your words mean so much. I loooooove your home and every single detail you incorporate. You bedroom is just beyond and don’t even get me started on that gorgeous rug in the living room. You’ve seriously got amazing taste. Small homes just feel like home to me. Always have..always will:)

  • Reply Marty@A Stroll Thru Life June 10, 2015 at 6:42 AM

    I love how you aren’t afraid of color, and adore all the texture you add in your home too. Your bedroom is such a welcoming retreat too. Beautiful home and tour. Love it all.

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:36 PM

      Thank you Marty! And thank you so much again for having me.

  • Reply Megan June 10, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again but I just adore your house. The use of color, which is something I’ve typically stayed away from (due to years of working on neutralizing our house to add color and now needing to actually do it!) and all of the textiles and fun accents. I just love it!

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:37 PM

      Thank you Megan. You always know how to make me smile:)

  • Reply Kris {Driven by Decor} June 10, 2015 at 6:17 AM

    Shavonda, I love your style! Your home oozes with charm and personality from the second you step in the front door (actually even before that – love your door color and sign!). I so enjoyed your tour!

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:38 PM

      Thank you so much Kris!! I loved your tour too!!

  • Reply Stacey June 10, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    I love your smaller house! The colors are so much fun from the walls to all the little details.

    Do Epic Shit is my favorite!!

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      Thank you Stacey!! #doepicshit

  • Reply Julia@Cuckoo4Design June 10, 2015 at 5:18 AM

    So pretty my friend. Your bed is looking mighty inviting and beautiful these days. Love the furs everywhere.

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:39 PM

      I heart you Julia. That is all:)

  • Reply cassie @ primitive & proper June 10, 2015 at 4:59 AM

    gorgeous home, my friend! you know i love your bedroom so much! and that outdoor space! and i want that sign for my door, too!!!! LOVE small house big welcome!

    • Reply Shavonda June 10, 2015 at 10:40 PM

      Thank you Cass. I have a major house crush on your house….but you already knew that:)

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