Summer Decorating Ideas (Home Tour)

I cannot believe summer is upon us: long evenings, sunshine, snow cones, and swimming…  This season simply makes my heart happy, and I am so excited to share my summer home tour and simple summer decorating ideas with you today.

Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

If you dropped in for my tips on how to decorate for summer in 10 minutes, you know that I don’t make a big to-do for summer decorating.  With three little ones at home, I would rather my time be spent swimming or playing games (like this) with them.  But, as always, I want my home to be lovely, welcoming, and peaceful…

Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

So for summer I’ve added a few touches of nautical stripes (inspired by my new outdoor dining space) and lots of raw wood tones.  I think something about them reminds me of driftwood and a laid back beachy feel.

Love the wood beads in the wooden bowl! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

I haven’t changed much in my living room recently, but I did add a new faux olive tree and replace some of my fresh flowers with dried eucalyptus.  I love clippings like these for maintenance free greenery!

Love the little olive tree in an old tin milk can! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

Beautiful mirror above the mantel! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

Love the raw wood trunk side table! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

And to prove my love for quirky and imperfect, let me say that the above picture is not crooked; I begged these two trunks off of a tree crew near my old house when I was 8 months pregnant.  It’s a long story, but suffice it to say that it involved a very pregnant woman sprinting home and returning in her car to retrieve said trunks.  Totally worth it.  But one wasn’t exactly flat… And I love it anyway.  Just don’t set your hot coffee on it. 😉

Since the living room also houses my office space, it’s a room I spend a lot of time in…

Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

And I love how it feels airy and light yet soft and cozy with the addition of our diy curtain rods and affordable curtains.

Love that fiddle leaf fig! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

I’m a firm believer that smart decorating is about more than beautiful things; it’s about finding (or making) pieces that serve a necessary function for you and your family AND are beautiful.  We still use this boot box I made last fall to hide all our shoes, and not tripping over shoes all the time makes this mama very happy.

That staircase! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

Love the rustic white boot box! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

This gorgeous teak vase* – which I purchased with a gift card generously provided by Birch Lane for this tour – is exactly the kind of raw wood look I’ve been craving.

Raw teak vase... gorgeous! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

I hid a mason jar inside to hold some flowers, but I think it’s just as lovely all by its naked self.

That raw wood vase! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

I carried the warm tones into the dining room with a baskets and wooden accents.

Love the wine barrel chandelier and the lovely grey French farmhouse dining room! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas Love the wine barrel chandelier and the lovely grey French farmhouse dining room! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

I did add one summer touch to the other side of our dining room.  I haven’t hung this diy cedar planked American flag since we moved here, but I thought there was no better time than the middle of the summer to do so.

Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

I don’t think it will stay here permanently, but I do think it’s fun for summer and I love how it brings more of those rustic wood tones I’m enjoying these days.

Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

Those same tones are carried into our kitchen with our island, and these sunflowers my kids picked out at the grocery store the other day sure are making me smile.

Love this farmhouse kitchen... especially that wood island with a marble top! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

Love this farmhouse kitchen... especially that wood island with a marble top! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

Love this farmhouse kitchen... especially that wood island with a marble top! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

But the real attraction these days is the pool.  I’m so glad we equipped our half bath with a big rustic towel bar.

Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

Hours and hours are spent out here by the pool and on the back porch.  I will have to save a full tour of our backyard for another day, but you can see that it is the source of my navy and white nautical inspiration this summer.  I can’t believe that last summer it had not one stick of furniture on it!  Now it feels like an extension of our home.

What a lovely back porch! Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple summer decorating ideas

A huge thanks to Nina Hendrick Design Co for organizing this wonderful summer tour!  Come back tomorrow for more of our backyard, and be sure to visit the other talented bloggers sharing their homes this week.

Monday

MondayCollageNina Hendrick | Maison de Pax | Cherished Bliss | AKA Design | A Burst of Beautiful | Liz Marie Blog

Tuesday

TuesdayCollageMigonis Home | So Much Better With Age | Zevy Joy | Just a Girl and Her Blog | Shades of Blue Interiors | Making Home Base

Wednesday

WednesdayCollageRooms FOR Rent | The Wicker House | Bless’er House | Love Grows Wild | Finding Silver Pennies | Design, Dining + Diapers

Thursday

ThursdayCollage

Craftberry Bush | Jennifer Rizzo | The Wood Grain Cottage | Ella Claire | Tidbits | City Farmhouse

Friday

FridayCollage

Kindred Vintage & Co | The Blissful Bee | The Happy Housie | House By Hoff | Nesting With Grace | Life on Virginia Street

Beautiful summer home tour with lots of whites, raw wood tones, and simple decorating ideas

*Disclosure: A special thanks to Birch Lane for providing a gift card and Country Living for partnering on this tour!
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Comments

  1. Your home is incredibly beautiful, Rachel! I love all of the wood accents. And your story about the tree stump- that is so something I would do too :) Thank you so much for being part of this tour!

  2. Your home is stunning! I adore all the white with warm wood accents!! My favorite!

  3. So so gorgeous Rachel! But really – I expected nothing other than beauty 😉

  4. Amazing! Your home inspires me always Rachel – beautiful!

  5. Such a beautiful home. I can tell you have put a lot of love into it, Rachel. I really like your flag in the dining room too!

  6. Love your home, Rachel. Love what you’ve done with the backyard space too.
    Hugs, Jamie

  7. Incredibly beautiful! How I love that teak vase. Gorgeous and all your warm wood tones through out your home. But I’m seriously drooling over the pool area. Wow!

  8. Rach, I love the ways you decorate simply for summer. Your staircase is such an eye-catcher. And those striped towels!! Heart eyes all the way! I think my favorite tho, is your patio. So dang dreamy!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, my friend! Any time you want to visit Texas, you know you have a place to stay. 😉

  9. Lisa Carver says:

    Hi Rachel!
    Your home is beautiful! Could you please share the paint color on the walls and the trim color?

    Thanks!

    • Rachel Paxton says:

      Thank you so much, Lisa! The walls are Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams, and the trim is Extra White (which is straight off the shelf, untinted) – also from SW. Hope this helps!

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