Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Summertime Touches House Tour

Hello, friends. 

It has been a long while, and for that I apologize.

My last post was right around the time
 Covid-19 went into over-drive...
and I went into a very real funk.


So, today I am attempting to shake it off...
 and say hello and share a few
 summertime touches
 here at Finch Rest.

I do love summer.

 Not quite sure about this

I recently placed a simple bouquet
 of my sister's garden snowball hydrangeas
on our kitchen table.

Right now simple is working best for me.
Because nothing feels very simple right now.

With attempted simplifying, I've added messages
to remind me how life is so very precious.

What I do with my thoughts, words and deeds
matter now more than ever.

It truly IS important
 for our mental state of mind
as we deal with this long-term isolation,
 to be surrounded with things that
 spark joy within us.

I met the lady who made this basket
when I visited Belize last fall.

I tucked in a couple pieces of my mom's coral
and a heart pillow a blog friend made me years ago.

Simple. Joy. Love. Memories.

My orchid is doing well - 
a lovely birthday gift from my daughter two years ago.

We redecorated our dining room
since I last featured it. 

It's been a nice and bright change.

The most recent addition is a new chandy.

I did still love my other one - it just was a bit too fussy
and ornate for this easier style.

I am finding peace in the "less is more" of our decor.

I decorate in nearly all neutral monochromatic tones.

I use about every shade of white, ivory, beige
in varying textures, and use black for contrast. 

The only color I really use in our home is green.

But for this summer I find I am introducing bits of
 a sea glass color of  aqua.

It is a cousin of green.... I can live with that. Ha ha.

I ordered some new quilted bedding in that color
way back in May, but it is back-ordered until October.

Blame Covid.

I hate summer will be over by the time I get it,
but it's worth the wait. I think, haha.

I know pussy willows are for spring
but I liked them so much I kept them out.

(Love it when nature provides the beauty duty!)

A moody dark pic of dining room/ music room
right after a much-needed thunderstorm
right after the sun came out.

I looked for a rainbow!

The cute wood slice birds ornament
 my 3 nieces gave me this past Christmas
certainly brings a smile to my face!

They are three three sweet nieces....
three sweet birds.

Ah, and Bob Marley, mon.

♫ ♪ ♫


Rise up this mornin', Smile with the risin' sun, Three little birds Each by my doorstep Singin' sweet songs Of melodies pure and true, Sayin', "This is my message to you." Singin': "Don't worry 'bout a ting, 'Cause every little ting gonna be all right." Singin': "Don't worry 'bout a ting, 'Cause every little ting gonna be all right!"


I pray you are all 
staying home,
 staying safe
 and staying well.

Wearing our masks when out in public
isn't about our rights to wear or not wear them;
it is about doing the right thing
to try our best to prevent the spread of this awful virus.
We each need to be considerate of our neighbor.

Mark 12:31
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Let's all do our parts to try and
 end this awful pandemic.

We are ALL in this TOGETHER.
And so may also be the cure.

Hopeful and virus-free hugs,



Charming Homes and Gardens 


  1. Everything looks wonderful. I love your dining room, it is stunning. Stay well

  2. Your home looks serene and lovely, as always, Michele! I love all the quotes and scripture verses sprinkled throughout that remind you of the importance of love and joy. The Grace before meals, is so sweet, in it's own frame. I'm loving your clean, fresh, simple look, and your dining room looks so pretty. You stay well, too! Love and hugs....

  3. Today I posted for the first time since mid June, so I get it. I too have been decorating and crafting, just not writing about it. Your home is gorgeous. It always makes me smile! Be safe...

  4. Michele!! How in the world are you? Oh, your home looks so beautiful. I've always loved your style! I know, this Covid has just put us in limbo a little!
    Shelia :)

  5. Oh my!Adorable tour!How elegant and inviting.Love the piano too.Best wishes.

  6. You've added such lovely touches. I liked it all.

  7. Your dining room is so pretty. Love the light colors too. This Covid is so overwhelming at times. Scary and feels some days like there is no end to all of this. Hoping and praying for a vaccine soon and maybe we can begin to live and not be so frightened. Glad to see you post sweet friend. Have a great rest of the week.

  8. Hi Michele, it's so good to see you post. I understand how you feel, this has been a really hard time for me too. Your home is beautiful and bright and airy. Such a wonderful place to be if you're staying in. I feel exactly the same way as you about masks and I do not understand how people can get so angry and riled up over doing it. It just makes sense all around. Your scripture verse said it all. Love your neighbor as yourself. Take care of yourself, big hugs, Deb

  9. Hello dearie! Beautiful rooms! What wonderful touches and accessories you have! I love your little bottle with the bird ornament. And how special to you. We listened to the Bob Marley song this morning after I read this post. It brought tears to our eyes. One of my granddaughters is Kate Marley named after Bob Marley. We have been to Belize a couple of times so we have fond memories too. You brought it all back! Big hugs, J.

  10. It was lovely to hear from you and know that you are safe and well. You are blessed with a beautiful home. Take care and wise words about the mask, stay safe.

  11. Beautiful, beautiful! I love your colors. That dining room carpet is stunning. I enjoyed this post.
    I get you on the feeling part of all that's going on. Not a lot of brightness as in the past. But I am believing we all are about to come out of this nightmare soon. Who would have thought we would be living through this virus as we have been doing? Keep faith. Surely, we will come out. God bless.

  12. Michelle, you have a lovely home and we seem to have similar tastes. I noticed we both have a grand piano. And, like you, I have struggled with the impacts of the virus. My two adult sons live in Manhattan and Philadelphia, my 85 year old mom is in Charleston. I miss and worry about them constantly.

  13. Michele, I always enjoy seeing your lovely home. I feel as though I'm looking into a lovely magazine. All of the personal touches add a real sense of the one that lives there.
    We must all do what's right and respect each other by wearing our masks and practice social distancing. Yes, it's hard and it's long, but we can do it! Take care and continue to stay safe.

  14. Very beautiful and clean house . Very subtle colours and I loved it

  15. Michele:
    Everything looks so fresh and lovely! What a beautiful home! Very inspiring!

  16. I enjoyed visiting your beautiful home. Everything is decorated so nice, I had to look at your pictures twice!

  17. So good to see you post again! This Covid stuff has taken its toll on all of us hasn’t it. Love your dining room and the grand piano is lovely!

  18. Love all the beautiful pictures. Your home is beautiful! The COVID, Media, Riots, Bad News every where has surely taken a toil on folks. But, Praise the Lord we serve a Risen King that nothing escapes Him and HE is in control of all things. I am trying to keep my focus on Him. Lord, there is days that I really wish CALGONE would take me away....LOL! But, my beach trip last week with my family sure put a pep in my step...for at least a little while. Stay safe dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  19. So great to see a post from you! Your house is so lovely, and seeing these pictures brings back sweet memories. What a beautiful, restful, and welcoming place. I love it! This has been a hard year, with so many uncertainties, and so much stress. I deactivated my FB account and am trying to limit my news time. Just enough to stay informed, not too much to keep me awake at nights! Simple, peaceful, with encouraging words to ponder . . . you've created a lovely sanctuary. xo Deborah ps stay safe and well, and praying this will end soon.

  20. I love your gorgeous home Michele - it's so inviting! Like everyone here, I agree this is such a hard time. Lovely photos and thoughts like yours make it easier to bear. Thank you for the beauty!

  21. I really enjoyed your post Michele. There are so many people that feel the same way about life these days. I can completely relate! Your home is beautiful. I will be featuring you on Charming Homes and Gardens this Wednesday!Thank you for sharing with us.

  22. I've always admired your beautiful home, Michele. Your images look like they came from one of those interior decorating magazines.

    I continue to stay close to home, even as they slowly lift the restrictions.

  23. Beautiful tour, and that is one of my favorite Bob Marley quotes!

    I am happy to feature you at All about Home this week. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Michele, I completely understand the calmness when making everything more simple. I love your Scrabble "Summer"....This is a time where we need to dig deep to be the light, hope and peace that our world needs. You've obviously accomplished that with your summer decor.

  25. Such lovely sentiments and decor - thanks so much for letting us peek in your windows! Wishing you peace right where you are.

  26. What a pretty place you have here! Thank you for visiting my blot The Everyday Farmhouse! I am returning the favor! I love your sweet encouraging way of writing!


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