Decorating for Summer in 10 Minutes

Yesterday officially marked the beginning of summer in our home.  We’ve been swimming since March (and by “we” I mean my kids who are somehow magically impervious to the freezing cold water); school ended mid-May; we took a week long (and much needed!) family vacation to the beach, and temps have hit 90 off and on for a few months.

So why do I say that summer has just begun?  Because yesterday was the beginning of no plans.  No commitments. No school.  No activities…. Just me and the kids at home all day.

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It sounds great, doesn’t it?  The relax-er in me begins dreaming of the games, books, and naps we can enjoy…

love the wooden beads and bowl in the basket tray! how to decorate your home for summer in 10 minutes or less | quick summer decorating ideas

And the do-er in me starts listing all the projects I want to tackle.

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And then the realist in me says, “Are you kidding?”

My kids – now 2, 4, and 6 years old – are undoubtedly one of the great joys of my life, but they don’t allow for much relaxation or productivity when they’re home all day.  I’m not complaining; I’m just being honest.  So when it comes to “summer decorating,” I don’t have much time to spare.  That’s why I keep it simple: in 10 minutes or less, I can bring a little touch of summer into my home.

how to decorate your home for summer in 10 minutes or less | quick summer decorating ideas

For me, the quickest two ways to change the feel of a room are new throw pillow covers and flowers.  So I decided to move out the winter whites I’ve had in my living room for a while now and bring in some bright whites and a little nautical stripe.  Changing pillow covers only takes about 5 minutes (all sources listed below).

how to decorate your home for summer in 10 minutes or less | quick summer decorating ideas

With the other 5 minutes, I clipped some flowers from my garden and put them in bottles on the mantel.

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These gorgeous roses actually came from my mother’s garden.  She clipped them for me the other day as a little happy anniversary gift (Mr. Pax and I just celebrated 12 years!!).

how to decorate your home for summer in 10 minutes or less | quick summer decorating ideas

Gorgeous, easy, and done in about 10 minutes.  Which is all I can spare in the summer. 😉

how to decorate your home for summer in 10 minutes or less | quick summer decorating ideas

What’s your favorite quick summer decorating tip?  I’d love to know!  And be sure to visit the other bloggers sharing their 10 minute summer decorating today.

Living Room Sources:
chandelier: vintage | rug | wingback chairs | ottoman | wicker tray |teak bowl | basket for fig tree | rope mirrors | chunky knit throw | striped throws | gray pillows | blue/white striped rectangular pillow | white rectangular pillow | navy/white striped, gray/white trellis, gold cross: fabric purchased at Hobby Lobby | brass lamp, basket, and other pillows: Homegoods | demijohn: Hobby Lobby |   lamppost: Lowes 10 years ago | floors

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Comments

  1. It’s lovely!

  2. Love your 10 min summer ideas – enjoy the kids and rest 😉

  3. Lovely Rachel – you manage a lot with your little ones at home! Your home looks summery, beautiful and best of all like a place where love lives.

  4. I love how fresh this looks…the flowers give it the perfect pop of color!

  5. DONNA SUE says:

    great!

  6. YES! There’s nothing easier than throwing a few pretty flowers into a vase and it really does make SUCH a difference, bringing so much life to any space! SO beautiful!!!

  7. Beautiful! Love all of your easy summer decorating ideas Rachel! Love those wooden beads in the bowl!

  8. Cindy N. says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! Let me hop to it now : )

  9. I was going to comment exactly what Heather said. I LOVE the wooden beads! Such a simple idea. I am trying to find some gorgeous flowers that the deer here in South Texas won’t think look beautiful too. I’m sure your garden is looking absolutely beautiful with all this rain that we’ve had!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Heather! And yes, though my kids are begging for sunshine, my yard definitely loves the rain! :)

  10. Beautiful as always Rachel! Enjoy your summer vacation!

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