My Summer Home Tour 2014

Hey Y’all!

I am so excited about participating the Summer Tour of Homes again this year.  This fabulous tour is hosted by Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage. 


It has been fun taking sneak peeks into so many beautiful homes!  Have you been joining us on the tour this week?

Today is Day 4 of the tour, and it is time for me to share my home with you.

For those of you that are new to my blog, WELCOME!  My name is Traci, and I am the mom of four precious boys.


And I am married to my DIY Partner in Crime, Cy.  We have been renovating every home we have lived in over the past 17 years, and we are currently renovating our 1970’s home. 

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Let’s start the tour in our kitchen, the heart of the home.

When we moved in the house three years ago, it was my least favorite room in the house, but now it is one of my favorite.

Here is the before…

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Here it was three years ago after we renovated it..

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(Yes, we finished the renovation the week before Christmas!)

And now here is my kitchen today…


We gave this kitchen a major over-haul, and did it all ourselves!  You can check out the entire renovation with all the before and after pictures HERE.


My favorite part of my kitchen is the open shelves.  They are pretty, and functional, at the same time.


The butcher block counter tops were from IKEA.  Cy installed them.  You can read about that HERE.


We did a makeover on our kitchen table last fall to make it a little bigger to fit our family around it.  It is an aged zinc table top.


We have loved this table.  I love how big it is and how easily the metal top cleans up.


Our den has also had a big over-haul.  Here is our fireplace before

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And here it is now.  We painted some of the brick, and my husband built a surround around the rest of the ugly brick. Smile


I looked for a long time in our old pictures and found this view of our den three years ago…

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We had already started renovating the den in the picture above.  The white door above led to a bedroom, the other doorway was a bathroom, and then there was another small bedroom to the right of the bathroom.

We blew all of that out and added a two story addition to our home.

Now it looks like this…DSC_0782

It’s hard to believe it is even the same space!  I love how open it now feels.

I recently just completed this side table makeover.

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If you head upstairs, you will find two bedrooms and a full bath.  My two oldest boys share a room, and we just recently built industrial shelves in their room.

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Those shelves have been one of my favorite projects in our whole house.  I built a set of shelves for each side of the boys’ room.

My oldest son sings and plays guitar, so this is what his side of the room looks like…

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If you want to see how we made these shelves, click HERE or on the picture above.

We are still working on my youngest two boys’ room. I hope to get to that room next month, and I will be sharing the transformation on my blog.

We are still in the middle of finishing the boys’ bathroom. This is what it looks like right now…

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We will be DIYing concrete vanity tops, and I will be sharing them on my blog soon.

If we head back downstairs, you will find my office.  This used to be an 11×11 bedroom, that we turned into an office/craft room. 2014-03-06 14.36.07 My husband built window seats and desks around the room.  I repurposed some old cabinets and built new doors for them to create more storage. 

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We also turned the standard closet in the room into a craft closet.  I love this space, but I wish it would stay as organized as it is in this picture!  Smile  Right now, it is a mess!

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To see how we turned our closet into a craft/closet, click HERE.

Now for my favorite part of my house right now, OUTSIDE!  I am loving this warm weather, and I have been sprucing up our back patio for summertime!

This week, I just posted about the outdoor serving station that I just created with my new console table from Birch Lane. You can find that table HERE.


We are all about sweet tea in the summer time!


Our back patio is covered, which makes it nice for sitting outside to eat.  We love eating outside during the summer.



We have a small tool barn in our back yard. 


We added some new doors and window coverings last summer, and I put some flower baskets under the window. 


I cannot get enough of pretty flowers during the summer! Smile


We have a lot more projects still to complete in our home, so I hope you will follow along on my blog.

Next stop on the tour is the fun and creative home of my friend Lisa from The Pennington Point.  Click HERE to take her home tour.

If you would like to view my previous tours, click on the buttons below…

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Here is the updated links from the entire Summer Tour of Homes! Enjoy!!

Monday, June 2nd

The Shabby Creek Cottage
The Nester
At The Picket Fence (Vanessa)
Thistlewood Farms
The Inspired Room

Tuesday, June 3rd

The Handmade Home
My Fabuless Life
Finding Home
In My Own Style
The Hunted Interior

Wednesday, June 4th

Inspired By Charm
Jennifer Rizzo
Madigan Made
Makely School for Girls
Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, June 5th

Jones Design Company
Beneath My Heart
The Pennington Point
White Buffalo Styling Co.
Southern Hospitality

Friday, June 6th

At the Picket Fence (Heather)
Desert Domicile
Tatertots & Jello
Home Stories A to Z
Live Laugh Rowe


  1. I love your home. It is beautiful and comfortable. And, honestly, it inspires me…like an oasis! You and your husband did a beautiful job!!

  2. Absolutely beautiful home, you should be incredible proud of all these projects! I will be attempting to reproduce a few! Have a wonderful day!!

  3. Oh Traci, I love EVERY INCH of your home! AND, I can’t wait to see you in just a few short weeks! My husband finally booked my flight (using frequent his flyer miles, so I’m grateful) and I’ll be in Atlanta by noon on Thursday! See you then!!

  4. I love being able to “walk” through all of your beautiful home in one post. :) You guys are truly diy amazing folks. The fireplace change alone is fantastic, and I would love cooking in your kitchen. Thank you so much for the lovely summer tour.

  5. Gorgeous!! Do you remember where you got your patio set? We are looking for a set to put out by the pool and I love yours!

  6. I LOVE your home Traci! Both you and Cy have done a fabulous job. I wished I lived closer to have you help me with my home. Being I don’t, I will continue to get inspiration by reading your blog each day! Now that’s a treat!

  7. It all looks wonderful, Traci! It’s hard to believe this is even the same house as the one you bought three years ago. (And how can it have been three years already??)

    I’ve been thinking about you a lot. How is Cy’s new job going? Hope y’all are doing great!

  8. It’s wonderful to see it all again. I spied the table you used to have in your old patio. It looks great in its new setting. Bravo!

  9. LOVE LOVE LOVE your home & all your renovations, especially the new staircase! We are on our fifth home in 15 years – our last home we built new but I am happy to be in our current place and renovating! Its a pain to never be ‘settled’ but I get such satisfaction with all the before/after results :) One day at a time…

  10. I have followed you during this fantastic remodel and enjoyed every minute. Beautiful job. I wish I had a Traci and Cy at my house.

    God Bless

  11. wow.
    your home’s renovation is mind-blowing.
    you guys have done an amazing job…so many fun posts to go back and read!!!

  12. what is the process of painting a brick fireplace. I want to do that sooooo bad to my house. I might have to do it when my husband is out hunting!

  13. Wow! I love everything in your home! I love how fresh, bright and cherry everything is! You’ve done an amazing job! You must feel so happy everytime you come home!
    ~Kathy@The Daily Nest

  14. Well. If you heard some “fan club noise” this morning, it was just me… standing up over here at MY house and clapping like a wild lunatic for your home tour! Your open shelves in the kitchen had me at HELLO, and then I saw the boy’s bedroom with the industrial shelves, and I was all, “How can I get this woman to stop by MY house and redo things from Ground Zero?” (That was one AH-MAZING boy’s bedroom, let me tell you!!) Jesus did not give me the spiritual gift of home decorating, even though that is the gift I think I wanted the most. Anyway… I STINKING ADORE your house, and I’ve decided that we should be neighbors… our boys (we have two) could hang out together, and you and I could have coffee together every morning, right before you tell me what you’ll be redecorating in my house that day!!

  15. Lovely home love your style. I also would like to know about that bike pillow and the starburst mirror over the fireplace .thank you for sharing your home.

  16. It is beautiful and to think you and Cy (and boys) did it all by yourselves! It is beautiful and so comfy/welcoming!

  17. Traci,

    I would love to know where you found the chandelier over your dining table as well as the office chair!

    Thank you!

    1. I got the chandelier at Ballard’s Design, and the office chair at Goodwill. It was ugly orange leather, and I painted it.

  18. I love seeing your posts at the end of my day. Your home is a JEWEL. I can tell you have put lots of love into every room. Thanks for sharing your boys, husband and your many talents with us.

  19. Gorgeous, sweet lady!!! It’s amazing to see all your hard work these last few years creating this home. Beautiful, beautiful!!

  20. LOVE your home, Traci! I just love the farmhouse touches and all the updating you and Cy have done. Lots of inspiration for the fixer upper home we hope to buy in a year or so.

    Where did you get the square sunburst type mirror you have on your patio? I love it!

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