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.
It sounds great, doesn’t it? The relax-er in me begins dreaming of the games, books, and naps we can enjoy…
And the do-er in me starts listing all the projects I want to tackle.
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.
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).
With the other 5 minutes, I clipped some flowers from my garden and put them in bottles on the mantel.
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!!).
Gorgeous, easy, and done in about 10 minutes. Which is all I can spare in the summer. 😉
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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