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.
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…
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.
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!
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…
And I love how it feels airy and light yet soft and cozy with the addition of our diy curtain rods and affordable curtains.
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.
I hid a mason jar inside to hold some flowers, but I think it’s just as lovely all by its naked self.
I carried the warm tones into the dining room with a baskets and wooden accents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
*Disclosure: A special thanks to Birch Lane for providing a gift card and Country Living for partnering on this tour!
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