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AKA design- Summer Home Tour Series

I'm thrilled to share another home tour with you today by AKA Design, and trust me when I say that you have GOT to run over to her blog after you finish the home tour. The pictures are beautiful, the inspiration abounding, and Shannon is a delight to get to know, so let's not delay any further! 
                                                                    Meet Shannon
Hi there Shelstring readers! I am Shannon and I'm a Canadian writer, interior designer, wife and homeschooling momma. I am the writer and half of the creative team behind the lifestyle blog, AKA Design. I am also the author of Bloggers & Brands, the blogger's guide to pitching and working with brands. I'm so excited to be here to share our house tour with you!

Come on in...

landscape progerss
We moved into this house in December 2012 – just 10 short days before hosting family for Christmas. Home ownership has been such an adventure. But now that we're settled into our house I love spending time changing the decor with the seasons.


We adore that this house has both a living room and a family room – something we’ve never had before. The upstairs living room has thus far progressed from not enough seating to ample seating for at least six. We built the Barn Door, Mantel and Coffee Table ourselves. I love cozy spaces so in the summer months I still keep plenty of throw pillows and blankets around for cool nights - or friends who get a little chilled by my air conditioner!
AKA Design Living Room


We sold our old dining table, chairs and hutch to the buyer of our last house. They were totally suited to the space. Which gave us a blank slate to decorate again. Dean built the farmhouse table and I finished it. We also DIY’d most of the other accessories in the room. Fresh flowers and pastel colors carry the dining room decor from spring right into summer.
chalkboard wall


Our kitchen’s realtor photo threw me for a real loop when we were first looking at houses. I just couldn’t imagine such a tiny kitchen for a family of five. What didn’t show up was that there was a good 8 feet between the fridge and the closest wall! We are finally just about finished making it over. And I love it!
kitchen progress fridge
kitchen progress
kitchen open shelves
breakfast bar
kitchen from side door


Our master bedroom is the room that was most finished first. It is usually the last room most people work on, but with the kids getting older and taking over more of the rest of the house, it was important to me to have our bedroom looking great! We stenciled a feature wall, created the reclaimed wood look headboard and whipped up some easy envelope pillows to pull it altogether.
rustic chic master bedroom
aka design master bedroom
tallboy dresser


This spring we we chosen to participate in Creating with the Stars. Although we didn't win, we did make it to the final round in which we redid our main bathroom. Who am I kidding? It's our only bathroom! I have rather a black thumb so faux plants and flowers brighten up the space and will change with the seasons.
aka design bathroom wall
AKA Design bathroom detail shelf
vintage industrial bathroom vanity makeover
Aside from our family room and kids rooms, which are currently a mess, that's our house!
Thanks so much Michele for including me in your summer home tour series!

Right back at ya Shannon! We're so happy that you joined us, aren't we everyone?! And guess what? Shannon is celebrating her 4th blogiversary, so run on over to her amazing blog and see what else she has in store for you. I promise, you will want to take the time! 

Town and Country Living- Summer Home Tour Series!

It's Friday and time for another lovely home tour, YAY~I love this day of the week! This tour is of an older house built in the 1800's and everything you imagine a house this age should be. When I saw Jennifer's design and ability to mix the new with the old and still keep the authentic feel of the home, I was impressed and inspired. Her house makes you want to find an older home too, just look around and see all the character and charm here!
This is Jennifer  
from Town and Country Living.  Let's join her, shall we? So she can show us around-

Pepsi Garden Crate

I had to replace a rosebush that perished this year leaving a blank space in my garden, so I decided to get a peony bush instead. The children are always complaining about the roses thorns when they have to go fetch a ball in the garden (do you blame them?!) So I thought this beautiful plant with it's amazing flowers was the perfect solution.

Country Design Style- Summer Home Tour Series

When I saw the amazing things Jeanette has created, it about made my eyes pop out of my head! I am in awe of her ability and creativity. These are things magazines are made of. I feel so honored to have her on my blog and share with you her sweet cabin. It's so full of rustic goodness, it makes me swoon shamelessly. 
                                                                  Welcome Jeanette!

20 Patriotic Projects 4th of July Round-Up

 I was raised by a very grateful, patriotic Mother. Because of her love for our nation and the freedoms we enjoy, there is nothing greater to me than celebrating this tremendous blessing as well as giving gratitude to those that risk everything to make that freedom possible. 
I'm excited to have joined up with some wonderful bloggers to present to you the perfect patriotic projects to get those creative juices flowing just in time to celebrate our day of Independence!

What Meegan Makes- Summer Home Tour Series

Welcome to another edition of this Summer Home Tour Series! The first time I saw this home I got really excited to have it in this series line-up. The eclectic vinatage style is tastefully done and gives you such a welcoming feeling that you can almost imagine yourself in this home sipping a cup of Lemonade with who is going to become a friend to you just by hearing her adventure in finding her style. Now I joyfully present to you, Meegan from 
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We're all ears, Meegan!