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Summer House

When our kids were young, we had a family beach house on the Oregon coast where we would often spend weekends and holidays. While we no longer have our own vacation house to go stay at, on the bright side now we get to live every day in a house that overlooks the sea. Coming home to our own “beach house” feels pretty special in every season, if you ask me.

I love this little guest room. I wrote my newest not-yet-released book almost entirely in this room (more details on it to come, you’ll laugh if you didn’t hear this earlier but it has the same name as Joanna Gaines’ new book HomeBody! Crazy, yes? It’s a totally different subject though and I can’t wait to tell you more about it).

So I guess you could say this room has become like a getaway for me within my own home. I love being at home, so sometimes that’s all I need. A quiet corner to retreat to. Do you have a space like that? With all the loud dogs and boys in this house, it’s such a treat for me to be able to go in here and close the door sometimes :).

The sign in this room is one I had custom made from Between You and Me Signs to give as a gift, but I hung it in here until I could deliver it. I love it so much! I have several signs with encouraging quotes and verses on them, I feel like meaningful art can add so much to a home (I wrote more about that here!).

Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July (for our U.S. friends!)!

Summer House

Summer House

Summer House

Summer House

Summer House

Summer House


Artwork by Between You and Me Signs

Wood Beaded Chandelier

Pom Tassel Curtains

Gray and White Patterned Sheets


PS…speaking of coastal vibes, you can see a peek of our new plantation shutters in here! I will be sharing a lot more about the shutters in future posts, but if you’re interested in ordering them or seeing the shades and blinds we have in our home, you can go here!

Summer House

Summer House

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  1. Tara

    Hi Melissa,
    I love these latest pictures showing your “Summer House” I truly love it. That Issiah quote actually saved my life, brought faith really “home” for me. I so enjoy your posts, your style and your down to earth nature.
    May you continue to be blessed,

  2. Michelle

    Love your cozy room! And your swert puppy! Thx for sharing!

  3. Lynn W

    Can’t wait to hear more about your new book!
    Love the shutters and pup!

  4. Diane

    Happy Fourth to you and yours, too, Melissa!
    That’s so funny, not funny, having your new book the same name as JoAnna’s. Only knowing you via the inter webs, it sounds like it describes you perfectly. I’ll look forward to it.
    Your guest room looks so peaceful… I can see it would be a great place to get away to write. xo

  5. Katina Horton

    Cute dog! Super cute and cozy room. Love the Bible verse.

  6. Peggy

    Jack adds just that little bit of fur children class to your posts.

  7. Ali

    I really like your bedside lamps. Where are they from?

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