Inside: Simple summer decorating inspiration with touches of green and blue for an easy laid-back feel, like summer itself! ➡
Summer is here and it is my favorite season of the year! (it even makes me rhyme.)
I think it’s my favorite because it brings back so many sweet memories from being a kid.
Of no school, swimming, summer vacations, the smell of cut grass, summer rain, and Coppertone.
Of wearing shorts and flip-flops and hanging outside until the sun went down.
Even as an adult, summer means a more casual and laid back lifestyle. Nature is at its most vibrant and colorful peak of the year. Our days are longer so we can fit in more fun activities.
When I’m not outside enjoying summer, I like to have touches of that summer feeling inside. Summer is the easiest season I decorate for all year long. Because it is more easygoing and simple, I keep our home the same way. Just a few simple accents to my main rooms and I call it done.
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Let’s take a quick tour of what I added for this summer—and we’ll start on the front porch:
Most of my decorating time in the summer is actually converted to gardening time—planting, watering, trimming, and weeding. Here on the porch, I’ve put out fresh new Kimberly Queen ferns in the urns and some annual summer color with begonias in the front pots.
On the doors, I added grapevine wreaths with soft summer foliage in cool tones. White hydrangeas, ferns, and eucalyptus surround a crisp gingham bow.
All of our porch ceilings are painted “haint blue” in true Southern tradition. Not sure it keeps the ghosts or the bugs away, but it is truly fitting to our southern-style home!
See more about haint blue and a tour of our outdoor porches and patios.
Moving inside, our flowering spring branches have been replaced with a large tropical plant in the foyer urn.
The living room coffee table now displays a bouquet of green and white hydrangeas. This color combination looks so fresh and alive like the summer foliage outside!
The dining room table bowl decor has been replaced with small faux orchids from IKEA.
In the family room, I decided to change to vibrant blue and green color accents for summer. It is so easy to add a new color by season since my basic decor is very neutral. I put royal blue velvet pillows on the sectional along with an outdoor pillow that definitely says summer.
To balance the pop of blue on the other side of the room, I draped a bright blue throw in this sitting area. My hydrangeas outside the window are trying to get in on the blue theme this year!
I bring in nature with greenery every season of the year, and this summer I’ve got a simple fern on the mantle and on the chest below the windows.
The shelves by the mantle stayed pretty static for this time of year. with the exception of a little tropical plant peeking out of a rustic vase.
In the kitchen, I brought over a little bright green with some Granny Smith apples in a copper bowl. The island eating area got some casual texture with hyacinth placemats. And some simple faux greenery plopped into white vases on the counters.
This white pitcher in the dough bowl on the kitchen table holds more green and white hydrangeas like the living room coffee table.
I’m loving the blue, green, and white combination—the colors of grass and sky in summer! And it’s different than any of the color combinations I use for the rest of the year. It almost makes it seem like my room gets a mini makeover.
I almost don’t want to call this summer “decorating” because I am literally just setting these things out with little fuss or arranging.
So easy! And isn’t that what summer is about?
Bijoux says the dog days of summer aren’t far away…
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