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Must Love Junk-Summer Home Tour Series

It's FRIDAY!! 
So welcome to another wonderful Summer Home Tour! I've been unable to share a tour in a little while due to some health issues, but I cannot wait to share this one with you today as it is my type of eye candy. To visit Susan's house would be an amazing treat to me with her incredible antique farmhouse style and ability to display it. Every picture is packed full of so much interest and inspiration that I feel like I'm going to embarass myself with a trail of drool. Her Blog is amazing! So let's meet the author, shall we? 

Hi, everyone!  My name is Susan and my blog is must love junk.  I'm thrilled that Michele has asked me to be a part of her fun summer home tours!  Hope you enjoy! :)

My hubby, 2 cats and I live in a 1929 Colonial.  We moved in about 9 years ago, and we love this neighborhood that has a lot of history.

Come on in!

When you walk in the front door, this is what you see...

I define my style as eclectic, but lately I've been leaning more towards a lighter, brighter, rustic farmhouse look.
I'm drawn to what I call 'good junk'...anything chippy, worn, and weathered!

Our home has an unusual layout.  Basically the whole front of the house is one big room or hallway.  It's a lot of wasted space, but I just decorate the heck out of it so it'll at least look pretty! :)

This is in one part of the 'hall'...

And this is in another...

And this is the furthest end of the hall, beside the living room...

I wanted the living room to be casual and comfortable as it's where we spend a lot of our time.

I love adding a touch of industrial to my space, such as this authentic factory cart that we got at a salvage yard.

This old map behind the couch was one of the first things that my hubby and I bought at an auction about 14 years ago!

This is our mantel, decorated in a subtle 'coastal' theme for summer.

I'm always rearranging and changing things around, and right now I'm making some changes to the living room.  I'll be showing them on my blog soon, so you'll have to visit! :)

The sunroom is off of the living room, and it's probably my favorite room right now.  We love hanging out here when it's warm enough!

The cats love it, too! (This is Bo.)

This summer I've been adding lots of soft blues and greens out here to my normally neutral palette.
It feels soothing and fresh to me.

Our kitchen in the back of the house is tiny, but that doesn't stop me from trying to give it some BIG style!

I like to add some whimsy here and there, like with this diner menu board!

It can be challenging to work with such a small room, but I've tried to maximize the space with clever and interesting storage options...

...such as these canisters and the wicker trunk...

This is the dining room, where I've mixed wood tones, whites, and a dash of black against the pale green walls and green painted floors.

Here's our little back stoop, by the door that we use to enter the house.

I couldn't pass up an opportunity to spruce up this small, uninspired space!

Well, I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into our home!

Thank you so much, Michele for inviting me!

Wow Susan, what an honor! 
Can't you all just imagine visiting her home walking around each corner slowly in order to take it all in piece by piece, so as not to miss a thing? I have enjoyed following her blog, each post is a treat, so if you have the time click on over to Must Love Junk and enjoy even more junky goodness (as I like to call it). And because we are catching up around here, come back here Tuesday for a catch up edition of the Summer Series with Traci Creel from Three Dogs At Home. 

Can't wait to see you then!

From Gardners 2 Bergers- Summer Home Tour Series

Welcome to another edition of the Summer Home Tour Series. Today is a perfect example as to why renting a residence is no excuse for not making it a home! Becca from Gardners 2 Bergers gives her rental an eclectic feel with a vintage modern edge that just screams style and comfort. Come take a peek with our incredible  host...

Hi- My name is Becca and I run the blog from Gardners 2 Bergers, or from G2B. I've been writing my blog for 3 1/2 years, and during that time I've lived in a condo. In fact, my hubby and I are actually renters!
Four years ago, when we moved from a custom built home to this small, two bed+2 bath condo, it was a HUGE adjustment. I'm afraid I took it less then "gracefully."  Before living here, we had a gorgeous house, great paying jobs, we traveled a lot and could mostly buy or do what we wanted. But we weren't happy. We weren't fulfilled. We felt stuck.
As time passed things got worse, our jobs seem to have a hold on us. I felt I was living the very meaning of the "daily grind." We became dependent on the income from these jobs, our bills demanded we keep them. It was as though we were being held hostage by our paychecks.
We realized it would take something drastic to break us from this cycle of earning  and spending then earning again. After a year of this unhappiness, we made a gigantic decision to return to school for MBA's. ✴Both of us.✴ We had finally determined that living this way wasn't living at all- meaning that the only way to really feel alive is to grab your passion, your innermost desire, your dream and become it.

It sounds trite, "follow your dreams." But I truly believe we all have a path we would follow, if money didn't matter. If there were no bills to worry about, if you had all the confidence in the world, if there was no fear- then: What would you do with your life? What would you become?

When I decided to put my fears aside and to follow my dreams, I realized I didn't know enough to make them real. That's why I needed to go back to school. The first year of my MBA was eye opening. Now that we just graduated, I know the MBA has been the best decision of my life. I have learning the principles of business, and with them, I will have the tools to push my dreams higher and higher.
In the meantime, I have made this small little nest a "home." I've painted, DIYed, and built myself a place I can now say I love. You and I know, when you look around at the things we have made, with our own two hands, it somehow means something more. This space now reflects who I am better than my 'custom built' house did!  Our bedroom has actually become a sanctuary, a place I feel reflects "us". I just never thought that could happen here.
I love the vintage meets modern style- and I've tried to mix things up in our home. To incorporate both time worn items and brand new, to give our home a collected feel. The most difficult place to decorate has been our kitchen. There is not a lot that can be done when you rent, you know? At least this chalkboard contact paper backsplash has toned down the honey gold cabinetry!
As for the future, I run my blog and a wood stain business,  Weatherwood, and it's a wood stain that ages and weathers wood in minutes. I can't wait to share my upcoming adventures with you- as I continue to follow my dreams and make them into a reality.  If you want more of my home tour, check it out right ▹ here and if you want more from me- check me out ▹  here
Thanks to you and Michele for having me!!
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Would you have ever guessed this home was a rental? I never would have. What a wonderful ecclectic touch and an amazing sense of style. Thank you Becca for showing us around, and thank you all for joining us! Go ahead and enjoy more tours by clicking here, or visit Becca's blog here
I look forward to seeing you again next time