Ready for a summer home tour? Do you decorate for summer? When you think of this pretty, warm season what quintessential elements come to mind? For me, I think of flowers! Summer decorating at our home is always easy, breezy, and filled with flowers. Here are some summer decorating ideas and a little home tour.
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This week 30 + bloggers are sharing their summer homes! You have a whole week of lovely homes and inspiring decorating ideas!
A big thank you to Marty at A Stroll Thru Live for organizing us! Marty is the most lovely person and is so generous! You will love her blog!
Welcome to my Summer Home Tour!
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If you are coming from Pink Peppermint Design I’m so happy you are here! Tammy has a wonderful blog filled with great decorating ideas and so many other interesting lifestyle topics! She’s not only a blogger but homeschools her kids! Wow, she’s like a modern-day superwoman!
When I think of summer I think of keeping everything in my home simply decorated using light layers and lots of flowers!
Right now the Knockout Roses in our back garden are just gorgeous. I have 4 plants that are profuse with blooms! I clipped a few stems along with perennial salvia and a few sprigs off a bush on the side of our house to add to a couple vases.
You will find me all summer long cutting flowers outside and filling different vases with what is blooming in our container gardens and yard! I find summer flowers don’t often last as long as those I get at the grocery store or from a florist. But with just a little care they can last for days and days! If you like cut flowers in your home here are some great tips for KEEPING CUT FLOWERS LOOKING FRESH LONGER.
And here are a few tips for keeping your summer home looking its best.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Summer to me means keeping all things simple. Dressing in simple light layers, cooking simple yummy food, and decorating our home with simple beauty.
Not only does this summer philosophy make my life a lot easier it makes my home pretty and cool! Our area is hot and humid in the summer so simple is also cooler!
But simple does not mean plain! It means curated and decorated with a light hand! And my favorite way to achieve a pretty and simply decorated home is to use light layers.
USE LIGHT LAYERS IN SUMMER
Living with neutrals, especially in an open-concept space, keeps our home a classic. It might not be the most trendy home but I’ll take classic over trendy any day!
We don’t have a formal dining room, instead, we have a dining area between the kitchen and our sunroom. I like this area because it is so open to the rest of our home. It lives large and is perfect for having lots of family and friends for a visit or meal!
And our dining area is filled with light. We have lots of windows in our home and our dining area gets the best morning light!
Because this area is so open I keep it decorated simply! And isn’t that the buzzword summer decorating?
I say that our home is “lightly layered”. Transitional style forgoes layer upon layers of decor stuff for a cleaner look! And in summer I just love a cleaner look!
Please read HOW TO LAYER DECOR LIKE A PRO. There are lots of ideas and lessons for creating those light layers that all work together in a room and in a home. This post will help you become a more confident decorator!
I have moved from Farmhouse Style to Transitional Style. It suits our home and lifestyle better.
You might like to read WHAT IS TRANSITIONAL STYLE. This just might be your style too!
I’m a Farmhouse girl at heart but Farmhouse feels to cluttered, chippy and utilitarian for me now.
However, I just can’t let everything about Farmhouse go! No wonder I love Transitional style because little bits of Farmhouse can be tucked into a Transitional home with ease.
For our home, less is best. Less fussy, less layering, less decor, less of just about everything but flowers. You might like to read LESS IS BEST DECORATING IDEAS to see how I decorate. Over the years I have really changed my ideas about decorating. I much prefer to live with more space, fewer things and more beauty! I like to give my furnishing and me a little breathing room.
Make sure you read how important the ELEMENT OF SPACE is in decor.
Instead of heavy layers in the summer, I add flowers to our home! Our neutral homes is the happy backdrop of lots of flowers. I like real looking faux and colorful garden flowers!
This summer I added a big jar filled with summery faux flowers to the center of our dining area table. When I put flowers in a glass container I use something in the bottom to hide the end of the stems. For summer I used moss balls and carved wooden balls.
You might like to read HOW TO MAKE FAUX FLOWERS LOOK MORE REALISTIC
As I was deciding how to decorate our dining area for Summer I first used a big wooden bowl filled with purple verbena. I thought this made a pretty summery centerpiece.
When I’m decorating I like to “play”. That means I like to try different decor accents in the same place to see what I like best.
I section my rooms into areas I can add accent decor and work one space at a time.
Here are some of the sections I decorate in our home…
- white buffet
- Curlacue chest
- coffee table
- end table
- dining table
These sections help me concentrate on one area at at time and then look at all the decor together as a whole. My goal is for my decor, no matter the season, to play well together.
ARRANGE FLOWERS AND USE THEM ALL OVER YOUR HOME
Summer is the time for garden flowers. And they are prominent players in this summer tour.
We live in a very agricultural area so fresh fruits and vegetables and flowers are everywhere.
I am a container gardener and love growing all kinds of herbs and flowers in them. It’s not too late to plant beautiful container gardens for your outdoor spaces. Here is EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CONTAINER GARDENING.
The inspiration for this summer tour was a huge bouquet of lilac colored rhododendron my friend Donna gave me. Rhododendron grows in late spring and last until early summer. They are huge showy flowers so they make a big decor statement!
I put some of the blooms in a white ginger jar on the white buffet. And I used the rest of the blooms in a couple simple arrangements around our living room.
This soft purple works so well with white.
The buffet, like the rest of our home is simply decorated. Just recently I found a new lamp. It came with the lampshade but I’m thinking about replacing it. I like bigger lampshades. Although it is starting to grow on me.
A big shallow pedestal bowl of lettered balls sits between the vase of flowers and the lamp.
I have really embraced the beauty and ease of simple things this summer.
The white buffet was one of the things that made it to our Tanglewood house. Thank goodness it works on this tall, tall wall in the living room!
Even though I have a fireplace and mantel in this room, it is not the summer’s summer focal point. I keep a big display of real and faux summer flowers on the white buffet all season long.
This summer I decorated each side of the mantel with simple wooden candlesticks.
I also added lilac rhododendron to a round table that sits across the living room from the buffet.
By adding another vase of rhododendron to the room interest is created and our eyes perceive this as being attractive. Repeating things in a room is important to keep our eyes interested. Rhythm is a very important part of decorating and it is a very good interior designer concept to learn!
The more we learn about decorating the better home decorators we will become no matter what our style.
You can see HOW TO USE RHYTHM IN YOUR HOME here.
At first when I was decorating this table I used a white ribbed vase of rhododendron and a little candle in a wicker sleeve. But opted for more blooms.
These pretty bushes only bloom once a year so why not create a showy display!
I need your opinion… I’m going to paint the tall lamp on the table. The distressed look no longer works with the rest of my decor. What neutral color should I paint it? White, gray? Let’ me know what you think!
DECORATE WITH OTHER SUMMERY ORGANICS
It’s important to not overdo flowers in a room. I think it just come up to the overdoing it line! I can’t help it!
I kept the other flat surfaces in our living room simple too but with NO more flowers!
The coffee table has a long white wicker basket on it with faux ferns and those little wicker sleeved candles I shared earlier. This is a very simple arrangement so it doesn’t steal attention away from the real stars of the living room.
I found these ferns at a local shop and have used them ever since. They are attached to a brown textured ball that resembles dirt. So I can put them in different pots.
If you look carefully you can see the faux dirtball of the fern on the right. Aren’t these rather ingenious?
The Curlacue chest is an iconic piece of furniture in our home! I’ve had it for years! It’s happy in this corner of our living room. One of the disadvantages of an open concept home is not having enough walls to put things on. I feel very blessed this little wall works so well for the Curlacue!
Instead of garden flowers on the chest I opted for a vignette in a white lacquered tray.
I have a penchant for what I call “fluffy” plants. I’m drawn to real or faux plants that are unstructured, sprawling, willowy and … fluffy!
My basement houses rows of little faux green plants. They are so versatile. I think of most real green plants as long lasting cut flowers because I don’t have a knack for keeping real ones alive. Although I am getting a little better.
So my plants of choice are still fluffy and faux!
Since we are in this area of the living room here’s a look at my newest pillow.
They were made for the banquette in the kitchen but I thought they had a summery appeal to them. I LOVE cheetah print! And for now, they are paired with my indoor/outdoor pom pom pillows I’ve had for years. You can find the cheetah fabric at Ballard Designs.
Do you rearrange things from one room in your home to another? I do this all the time! And I think it is such an easy way to keep our homes fresh.
KEEP A TIDY AND ORGANIZED HOME
I think summer is the best time to work on organizing your home and keeping it super tidy.
I like to strip my decor down to things that are simple and attractive and find doing this motivates me to keep things looking their best! And that means organizing! It’s amazing how quickly things can get out of place and that makes any room in my house look messy!
Do you have a favorite room in your home to organize? Mine is my kitchen! I am a kitchen person through and through. What room in your home do you feel most at home with?
When my kitchen is organized I feel like my whole home is organized!
One of the things I do to keep everything in my kitchen looking good is to keep kitchen clutter at bay!
I keep my kitchen counters cleaned off except for a few flowers and some essentials.
Our coffee bar is certainly an essential but I keep that area pretty simple too!
It’s important to keep a routine for cleaning, organizing, and putting things away. I like to do all my cleaning and organizing before I go out of the house.
One important routine in my kitchen is to keep my sink sparkling clean. I have a rule… no dishes in the sink. And that means no dishes drying on the countertop too!
Here are a few post you might like about cleaning and organizing…
Summer is such a beautiful season. Let’s decorate our homes to celebrate it!
Just remember to keep it simple, decorate with light layers, use real and faux flowers and other summery organics and to keep everything tidy an organized!
Here are some of the things in my summer home. Where I cannot find the exact item similar things have been substituted.
Next Monday I’ll be sharing outside spaces around my home in an OUTDOOR HOME TOUR featuring our porch, yard, and patio. Hope you stop back to see the colorful world outside my front door!
Now please head over to my friend Doreen’s Summer Tour at Hymns And Verses. Doreen is creative and a gifted decorator and such a lovely person! I’ve know Doreen for years!
Happy Summer Decorating!!!
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