Okinawa Summer Home Tour 2017
It officially feels like home now that we are all settled in! We’ve been having some rain and preparing for typhoon season, but overall I’ve been enjoying the weather. Summer is upon us and my babies will soon be on summer vacation… believe it or not I’m just as excited as they are lol! That means that there will be many sandy toes and salty kisses because we will be spending most of our time at the beach. The beaches here are absolutely stunning so there will be a lot of swimming, diving, kayaking, sun bathing and collecting shells in the Pacific’s warm breeze. That’s what summer is all about for us and I can’t hardly wait.
Now it’s time to share my Summer Home Tour with you as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Home Tour Series! Be sure to check the week-long schedule at the end of this post for more summer fun inspiration. If you are stopping by, from my sweet friend Alicia A Burst of Beautiful, welcome! And a big Thank You to Krista from The Happy Housie and April from House By Hoff for hosting these home tours!
Welcome to our Beach Cottage! I don’t know about you but I have struggled with finding my style. After many years of contemplating I decided that it was time to let go of the farmhouse style and transform our home into the beach cottage that I longed for. Our coastal journey has just started and I’m very excited to see how our beach cottage develops and changes through the years.
I grew up in Lake Tahoe (you must look it up if you don’t know where it is because it’s such a beautiful place) and our daily lifestyle consisted of going to the beach and bbq’ing with my mom, sisters and brother. In my teens my sisters and I spent our summers in the beautiful island of Honolulu Hawaii and again our days were spent boogie boarding and snorkeling. Then I met my husband who brought even more adventure into my life and and we lived a whole year in paradise in a small tropical island called, Guam. Everyday was beach day in Guam, we collected seashells and soaked up the sun for that whole year. Then we moved to Southern California where there’s beautiful sandy beaches and coastal towns. Now we are living in Japan and surround by stunning turquoise waters and sandy beaches.
As you can see the ocean has always been a part of me and yet I didn’t embrace it nor incorporated the beach/coastal lifestyle elements into our home. Now that I’m making changes and replacing all of my farmhouse rustic grays to beautiful coastal blues I feel like I’m finally home.
Don’t be afraid of change, I think it’s important to know what styles you love and embrace them into your home! Knowing your decor style will help you create a home you will feel comfortable in and love.
As you can see I changed my curtains to warm up the space more, I loved the blue striped ones but I wanted to feel like I was at the beach. Old books and glass bottles gave our living room that extra touch it needed to feel cozy.
Since we had a weight restriction moving to Japan I left a lot of things behind except these beautiful beach frames by Carolyn Cochrane. Her beach photography is so stunning you must check out her prints!
I bought all new summer pillows from a Japanese store called Nitori, it’s a Japanese furniture and home accessories store. It is the largest furniture and home furnishing chain in Japan (much like IKEA) I just love love love shopping at that store!
This is one of my all time favorite coffee mugs, I just find the fish truly adorable. Specially in the mornings… coffee anyone?
I’ve been switching around our dining area a lot, I’m still figuring out which layout looks best, for now this is how it looks like… I’m sure it will change again.
What I love most about coastal decor is all the fun and unique things you find. Like these darling octopus measuring spoons!
Let the Summer Fun Begin!
Next stop is the lovely Jennifer from Town and Country Living
Don’t forget to check out all the home tours through out the week!
Seasonal Simplicity Summer Home Tours
House by Hoff / House of Wood / Refresh Restyle / Cassie Bustamante / That’s My Letter
The Happy Housie / Simplicity in the South / at HOME with the barkers / Sincerely, Sara D.
Nina Hendrick Design Co. / The Wicker House / A Burst of Beautiful / Paint Me Pink / Town and Country Living
At Charlotte’s House / Just a Girl and Her Blog / House 214 Design / Robb Restyle
My Fabuless Life / The Turquoise Home / Erin Spain / Place of My Taste / Cherished Bliss
Norma all those blues are gorgeous! Such a beautifully decorated space.View Comment
Thank you so much Jaime! I thought I was going over board with the blues, but they make me smile.. and so I added more heheh 🙂View Comment
Hi Norma, I too have a year round beach home in SK Rhode Island. I’m having a hard time changing it up to incorporate the fall with the beach look. Got any ideas?View Comment
Hi Laurie, Decorating a year long beach house can be trick but not impossible 🙂 I just add a new post where I decorated our dining room for Fall while keeping some simple coastal touches https://www.paint-me-pink.com/fall-dining-room-2017/ check it out! My one advice would be decorated with your favorite fall items and incorporate a few touches of your beach docor into it 🙂View Comment
norma, your home is just so beautiful! i love that blue cabinet with the coastal touches, and that painting inside. also love your dining area, and your collection of beach photos- so inspiring!View Comment
You are so sweet Cassie! Thank you so much and I’m so happy you like my blue cabinet (it’s my favorite piece of furniture in our home heheh). Have a wonderful week sweetie!View Comment
I forgot to ask Did you make the twig driftwood mirror? Love it!View Comment
I didn’t make the drift wood mirror, this was one of my first pieces I purchased at a store here in Japan 🙂 I couldn’t pass it up heheView Comment
Oh, Norma, your home is perfection! I love all the coastal touches – so calming and yet refreshing! Love the greens and blues and those hats on the wall! I’m in love.View Comment
I’m in love with your home too, Jen! 😀 I’m having so much fun embracing my inner coastal design 🙂View Comment
Everything looks Bluetiful sweet friend! I just love your new style! You have such a talent for making spaces gorgeous!
Xo ?View Comment
Aww, my sweet Bre! If you would come and decorate my home I would gladly appreciate it heheh I’m just as swooned with your style!View Comment
Looks so fresh and pretty! Those summer home tour,
It looks fun and relaxed.Thanks for the tour.View Comment
Thank you so stopping by! So glad you enjoyed my little tour 🙂 Can’t wait to show more! Have a wonderful day Marlene!!View Comment
Your home is so bright, inviting and gorgeous! I love all the hats and touches of blue – so pretty!View Comment
Thank you so much Sara! I’ve been collecting a lot of hats lately, you can’t have a summer home without straw hats heheh 🙂View Comment
I just love your decorating style with all the blues and whites. I think blue is soothing as well. I especially love the round woven basket on the wall. Where is it from? This is my first visit and I definitely will be back.View Comment
Hi Mary! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’m so glad you enjoyed my summer tour 🙂 The round woven basket is from Target! It’s one of my favorites. You can never have to many baskets right? 😀
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I just love your beach style so much. Now off to pin ALL of your pictures 🙂View Comment
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Aww, thank you so much Emily!! XOXOView Comment
Your home tour had me at hello, Norma! I love all the blues! Your photography is stunning as well! Gorgeous tour, as always!!!View Comment
That’s so sweet of you to say, April! I’m so happy you enjoyed my summer tour 🙂View Comment
Absolutely gorgeous, Norma! So great that you are finally feeling you’ve found your true style. What a blessing to grow up and spend your life in so many sunny, beautiful locations! Turquoise waters…. a dream!! I love your whole tour; you can feel the life and energy of summer coming right through in every image!View Comment
Thank you so much Krista! As much as I love the farmhouse look, coastal has always had my heart and it’s been so fun tapping into my coastal roots 🙂 I wish I could capture the true beauty of it all! XOXOView Comment
Oh so gorgeous Norma and right up my alley! This just screams summer home, loved the whole tour. 🙂View Comment
So sweet of you, Kim! I just adore your home too!!View Comment
Love your style! Thanks for sharing!View Comment
So sweet of you Dori! Thank you so much for your sweet comment!View Comment
Super cute! Love all of the blue and whiteView Comment
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