Summer Home Tour!

Hello, everyone! This is the first time I’ve ever participated in a blogger home tour series, and I couldn’t be more excited If you are stopping over from The Hunted Interior, welcome! Isn’t Kristin’s home fabulous? I am majorly in love with her outdoor space.

Gina of Shabby Creek Cottage is graciously hosting the 2014 Summer Tour of Homes. You can check out this post for links to the 25 bloggers who are participating in the series. Start there, and each blogger will guide you to the next person on the tour.

But before you do that, now that you’re here, you might as well have a look around my abode. Because I’m weird and the upstairs of my house is in a bit of a transition (meaning it’s a hot mess), we are going to stay on the first floor for this summer house tour. Sound good? Over the past year, there have been a lot of changes in my little house. For those of you who are new to Inspired by Charm, my house previously functioned as a Bed and Breakfast and Gift Shop. About a year and half ago, I closed my B&B and turned this big old 100-year-old house into my home.

This is going to be a photo tour so I will be brief with my words and let the photos do the talking. I will link up any relevant posts below the questions for more information and / or tutorials. If you have any other questions, please leave a comments and I will do my best to answer them.

Enjoy the tour and stay as long as you like. I’ll put on some coffee or pour a cocktail.


Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Dining Room

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Nate Berkus Dining Room Makeover


Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

My New Barn Doors | Inspired by Charm

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Entryway Makeover // Barn Doors // DIY Bracket Sconce


Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

DIY Bulletin Board

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Clay Cactus Garden 

Living Room

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Bookshelf Styling //  DIY Artwork

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Coffee Table Styling

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Gold-Dipped Mason Jars // DIY Felt Ball Coasters

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014


My Completed Gallery Wall | Inspired by Charm

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

My Completed Gallery Wall | Inspired by Charm

Gallery Wall


Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Summer Home Tour | Inspired by Charm #STOH2014

Well, I certainly hope you enjoyed looking around today! Hopefully, on the next tour, I can get things together and take you upstairs where all the magic (or lack thereof) happens! Looking at the pictures, I’m reminded how much this house has evolved over the years. I am filled with a sense of pride, but also realize there are so many things to improve and lots of projects left to complete.

Now, don’t let the fun stop here. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, there are 25 bloggers participating in this tour so go check them all out (links below). I sort of feel like a schlub when I compare my home to theirs. For me, it’s just an honor to be included in the tour.

If you are following this tour in order, next up is the uber-talented Jennifer Rizzo. I’m excited to see her happy space all ready for summer!

Thank you again for visiting. I’ll post the full list of bloggers below to make things super easy for you.

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. Just love it! Your home is cozy, personal, and charming! Love the layering of patterns, textures, mixes of different styles, and your space layout + vignettes. No corners are overlooked and yet the house is not over “styled”. I really enjoy the tour and thanks for lots of inspiration!

    • Thanks so much Bev! I can’t wait either! It will be nice to have things finished up and in order. Hope you are well!

      xo Michael

  2. I’m new to your blog, and you have a marvelous home. I love that you kept the integrity of the home yet it’s still updated for the times. LOVE the crisp clean color palette.

  3. Absolutely beautiful!!! But I will admit…. I am smitten with the “Trim” … the “hardwood floors”….”the baseboards” … “the doors”.. “the door knobs”… and those “amazing windows” on each side of the fireplace!!! :) I am a sucker for Craftsman style homes anyway…. the way you have preserved the style of the home…. and then the decor!!! Welll… Just love it!!!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  5. Love it, Michael! Your use of color and simple design is perfection! Welcome back??!!

  6. Love your home. It is so charming. I was wondering how you hang your plates on the walls. I didn’t notice any plate hangers on them in the dining room. Thanks.

    • Jan, great question! I used Flatiron Discs Invisible Plate Hangers. I buy them on Amazon.

      xo Michael

  7. Lovely pictures of your home! Thank you for sharing! What color is the hallway (acrylic table in front of barndoors) painted? Thanks!!

    • Hey Terry! I assuming you’re referring to the gray color? It’s Aloof Gray from Sherwin Williams.

      xo Michael

  8. I never tire of looking at your fabulous house. I can’t think of one teeny tiny thing I’d change. It is fabulous in every way. Thanks for letting me look around.

  9. HI Micheal,
    I adore your home! I love how you mix old and new, the industrial and rustic and modern prints. I am a HUGE sucker for all of your architecture and the way you have your home laid out. I always loved your living room, but I really loved your entire home tour!

  10. Oh goodness. Thank you so much for participating in Gina’s home tour. I’m looking back a bit through your archives–and you are a fellow Canadian? Hooray! The web needs more of us. You and I are kindred spirits, I think. I love the same mix of modern and traditional, colour and white space. But you, sir, are fabulous–I’m just bumbling along! So glad to have found you and your blog, I cannot tell you.

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  12. your home is so wonderful, i’m speechless! looks like the pages of the magazine! yet it feels so cosy and warm at the same time… truly in love with this space! well done, Michael, you’re such an inspiration to all of us!

  13. Wow, I just discovered your blog today on the Summer Tour of Homes and love-love-love your clean, bright, eclectic mix! Thanks for sharing.

  14. I have always lived in a big old 2 story and will say there is nothing better than spending my days in living history. I am smitten with the lazy susan on the patio table. Did you make it or is repurposed something? Thanks!

    • Thanks so much Stephanie! It’s actually an old wooden washing machine agitator. Totally a vintage find! Isn’t it great!?

      xo Michael

  15. Goodness… with every picture I nodded my head. I’m SO glad you were part of this tour Michael, this home makes one fantastic scroll!

    And you know I honed into anything old or vintage. You’ve married old with new beautifully! This is one of the most gorgeous tours I’ve ever seen. Are you ready for a few magazines to come calling? It’s coming!

  16. Michael,
    I’ve been following you for a while now — and I just love the way you style…… Your house has such a great energy that I wish we were friends and I could come have a tea with you…
    Love what you’ve done and can’t wait to see the upstairs!

  17. Michael your home is AMAZING!!! I am completely obsessed with the light fixture in your hallway!! Just kept staring at it. LOL! So thrilled and honored to be part of this Summer tour of homes with you!

  18. So fun – love discovering new inspiration! Thank you! Do you have a secret place to get those fabulous vintage street signs you use in your kitchen? (please say yes, please say yes!) I’ve been hunting for just those types of signs at flea markets, and stalking some places on the internet and can’t seem to find what you have!

  19. Hi Michael! I’ve followed your blog for a while so I’ve seen a lot of these rooms take shape. I loved your home tour because it was fun to see the rooms all together and how your first floor is laid out. Love all the personal details and your style! Well done!

  20. Michael, I came over from The Hunted Interior to tour your home. This is my first visit to your blog and it won’t be my last! Your home is so fresh and fun! There are so many great ideas to soak up here. Thanks for sharing your home with us – I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  21. Michael, your home is so, so charming and just utterly clever. I love everything you’ve done with putting your own stamp on it and it still has the charm of an old house. You should be very proud of what you have accomplished!

  22. I’ve seen bits and pieces of your home here and there but I love seeing it altogether! Your home is so gorgeous and full of inspiration! I’m trying not to pin every image but I can’t help myself haha

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  24. I have been with you for quite some time and it has been great watching your wonderful old home become what it is today. Absolutely stunning. It was so much fun to examine every picture and discover all the little projects we got to see you create over the last several months. You are so talented and I’m happy you are sharing that talent with us.

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  29. it looks awesome! i have not visited in a while and LOVE the new to me color in the dining room. mine is also charcoal, and i have bentwoods i have been thinking of painting black…. i might be convinced! gorgeous home, michael!

  30. Your home is just to die for! I love the attention to every single little detail. My dream is taking a big 100 year-old house and redoing it, so I’m going to live vicariously through you!

  31. Gah!!! Jesus didn’t give me the spiritual gift of home decorating, even though that’s the one I wanted the most. And since I accidentally found your blog through this whole fun, summer house tour thing that’s going on… I’ve come to realize that your style is also my style. So come on over for a cup of coffee, and I would be more than happy to let you use my house as a guinea pig in a complete Redecorating-palooza! Now THAT could be a blog party, huh?! You can show BEFORE snapshots of my house, with mismatched throw pillows that would send HGTV hosts into shock, and then you could work your magic and show AFTER pictures, where the HGTV crew sighs in happiness. Your house is adorable… and I might just covet all the CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN, because we have a two-year-old son and a thirteen-year-old son… enough said there on the condition of our floors and bathrooms!

    • Hahaha! It sounds like you have it all figured out! And I really appreciate that you love my style. Sometimes I question my decisions, so I appreciate that someone else appreciates it. :)

      xo Michael

  32. The first time ever? I think you should do more house tour series because your house is total eye candy. I could look at it over and over again and as a fellow cat lover I totally need that cat on your mantel. Love it so much. Did you find it thrifting?

    • Awww! You are so sweet Julia! Thanks. Maybe I’ll have to do more. Everyone seems to have enjoyed this. Yes, the cat is solid brass. I found it at a thrift shop in Portland, Oregon last fall. Isn’t in the best!?

      xo Michael

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  40. this home looks wonderful! some of the elements are not quite my style, but overall it looks wonderful. And may I please know where the living room rug came from? I NEED it in my life! Pretty Please?

      • Oh that rug!!! I just searched high and low for one just like it and it’s not available anymore! We just renovated a 1905 2-story farmhouse and this rug is PERFECT for our family room. So sad I can’t find it anywhere :( If you ever decide you don’t want it, I’d buy it from you!! I’m serious! It’s beautiful!!
        Your whole house is just lovely!!

        • Hey Michelle! It was from – and yes, unfortunately it’s no longer for sale. Thanks for all the love.

          xo Michael

  41. I just love every picture and every little corner. Your pics are always so fantastic. I know it has been a labor of love but you have done such an amazing job. I am always intrigued by your clear acrylic entry table. I would never have thought to place that there and it just works so well. Thanks for sharing the tour with us! xo

  42. Sorry, don’t know why I jumped to the conclusion you were in Canada. Came back today for another look around, anyway! Could you do a post on your paint colours? I would love to have it ll in one place! Thanks.

    • No problem Alana! Haha.

      Yes! I’m working on putting a post like that together. It should be up soon!

      xo Michael

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  44. Love the paint colors! Your home is so cozy & comfy looking; I think I am in love with your patio, though!!! Love the red.

  45. You make me want to go buy a bunch of colorful accessories right now. I lean far to often to neutrals. Your home makes me smile.

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  52. I am just going to second every compliment you have gotten so far! Your house is so crazy good! It looks like it took you 100 years to add all of those carefully thought out layers and the best part is I know you place those vignettes in your sleep…that’s having “the eye”. I love the minty paint color in your office- what is it??

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  54. All of the pictures were beautiful! My favorite part was the living room. Can you tell me where the colorful rug comes from?

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  56. Where did you buy your dining room curtains? Would like something like that in navy for my dining room.

  57. I love your summer home tour. Your home is so warm and inviting. The living room is so bright and refreshing, it feels like summer. Thank you for sharing.

  58. Hi Michael,

    I love absolutely everything about your home! It is simply beautiful, and I’m very inspired! Would you mind terribly sharing the color for the walls in your gorgeous dining room?

    Thank you!


  59. Michael,, your home is gorgeous! So light and bright and HAPPY! Please can you tell me , how do you hang your plates?

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  61. Love your home. Could you share where you got the 10-globe, multi length light that is in your foyer? I would just LOVE one for my mudroom!

  62. I was wondering if you could tell me where that amazing carpet in the living room is from? I’m super inspired by your use of colors and patterns for the nursery im planning.



  63. Hi Michael! I have loved your home over the years since the beginning of the blog and this new look is so fresh and airy! I adore how it is infused with homemade and diy goodness! Cheers!


  64. Michael, can you tell me where you get the miniatures that you have in your potted plants? Adorable :)

  65. I am about to drop a large portion of my paycheck on the cb2 triangle rug you have in your living room. Do you mind me asking how it is holding up? The reviews are really mixed online but I adore the pattern. Thank you so much! Your house is amazing!

  66. Things look great! I love the white barstools. Please tell me you found them somewhere online! I have been looking for simple, classic spindled bar stools for so long. Thanks so much!

  67. I love absolutely everything in your home! (I literally can find nothing that didn’t make me smile.) I would move in today if you’d let me. (I don’t think my family would like to see me leave though, haha.) I want to ask about your living room though. I love the rug and the soft seating. From where are those?

    • Thanks so much Faith! What a wonderful compliment. :)

      The rug is from and the couch is from

      xo Michael

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  69. Hi Micheal, I’m thrilled that I found your blog! Your house is absolutely gorgeous and has so much character. I was in awe going through your summer home tour. You have so many awesome vintage finds and I just love how you mix all the fun patterns and colors together. So much great inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home! Katie

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  72. hi there,
    great house!!
    can you please let me know where yougot your double hung barn doors/hardwear? its exactly what we need! thanks,

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  75. Adore EVERYTHING about your home! I’m due in January with my first baby girl and the poufs in your living room would be fabulous for her nursery! Where can I find them?!

  76. Hi Michael,

    Love your decor! I’m currently tackling my 1942 home room by room and seems we have very similar style. I like to call my style “personally eclectic” :)
    Just wondering where you purchased your light bulb chandelier in your hall?

    Thanks so much!

    Julie A

  77. Your entire home makes me smile. So lovely and welcoming. Is the wall the fireplace on also the Aloof Gray by Sherwin?

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  79. WOWOWOWOWOWOW! I just found your blog via and there is NO BETTER GIFT on a Monday morning (procrastinating work) than seeing such incredibly inspiring and colorful home decor. I am so happy I found you! We are in the process of a living room/office makeover, and I am going to use your pics as inspiration. You are awesome and I am feeling so happy right now!

    If ever I can gift you a print from my store to add to your amazing art collection, I would be truly honored. Or, perhaps a pillow from my society6 store?

    Have a great day!

  80. So beautiful! I know this is a little late, but could you please tell me where you found your table and chairs? I’ve been searching for something similar.
    Thank you!

  81. Michael, I don’t know if you already mentioned where you got your living room rug, but it’s amazing! Do you mind sharing? Thanks!

  82. Love everything! Those poufs would be perfect for my living room. Can you tell me where you got them? Thank you!!

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