Today I am joining friends to for a bit of summer home inspiration for you. I have tips to help you summerize your home, make it inviting and have that resort vibe!
I’m very excited to chat about ‘summerizing’ your home. To me that’s making it brighter, and lighter and the breezy feel of a vacation home. We may not be on holiday, but we can give the house that feeling, even if we are staycationing..
I love summer in Europe and always enjoyed how the store fronts really embrace it with summer themed windows with picnic baskets, throws, lots of seagrass, rattan and woven pieces. The clothing shops have loads of linen and basket purses. It was inspiration to get your summer on, and I noticed it from Amsterdam to Belgium, in Provence as well as Italy…
I snapped this photo of a young woman in Sorrento having a cold drink and reading her book outside a home store.. It just says summer to me with the wicker trunks, and her hair with a scarf and sunglasses… It’s still one of my favorite travel photos. Transporting! Let’s bring that feeling to our homes this summer.
How to give a Summer vibe to your home..
- Add natural and woven materials like baskets, seagrass, wicker, burlap, and caning.
- Swap out wool or heavy throws for linen and cottons.
- Embrace the stripe, which brings a French or nautical feel. They can be in neutrals or blue and whites.
- Lots of plants. I love a big ficus. A fern is great on the kitchen counter or coffee table.
- Lighten colors with neutrals or go for sea glass colors with pillows and accessories.
- A cute look is hats by the door, and a basket or two for flip flops and totes.
- Bring out your souvenirs from a coastal holiday like shells, coral, books, tote bags, etc.
- Change out your bedding. Remove heavy duvets and shams replace with light cotton coverlets and linen or cotton sheets.
- Evoke that summer feel with candles and soaps or diffusers that have a light summertime scent..
- Create an outdoor space with lanterns or hanging lights. Add a basket of throws for cool nights outside.
A few things I did to my own house…
I threw my hat on a large ginger jar by the back door.. ( Mostly so I remember to use it when I go to the garden, but it ended up looking cute.)
Changed out the pillow on the my entry bench..I have one of my Hawaiian baskets here for sandals.
I moved a large ivy and wooden bowl by the front door.. I always have my vintage racquets out in summer in an umbrella stand..and a few burlap bags to grab for shopping.
I found a cute fern for this whimsical pot. I’ve added a few more soft blue pillows to my tan, blue and cream mix in the living room…I also brought out my wooden beads and a shell from Fiji.
I scattered some of my favorite blue and holiday books about..with a bowl of shells, an air plant and a very old photo of us all at the beach.
My crazy mix … It looks like a lot of pillows, but this sectional is deep, so we kind of need them..
I added more colorful pottery and woven pieces to my kitchen. I have a jar of olive wood spoons I have collected from trips. (Tip: When the wooden spoons start looking grayish, rub them with olive oil to get their wood grain look and nice tone back.)
My spoon container is this vase from Anthro.
My blue pottery is from a holiday in Positano and Sorrento.. Just having it out in the summertime transports me back to that trip!
In the mudroom/laundry, I added new rope baskets and a blue pillow, an air plant in a wooden bowl and moved this seaside vintage Vogue print in here..
On my bar, I added woven pieces.. some orange napkins to my drink tray, a burlap picture of my boys at the beach the they were small..
I love adding books here and a cup from Hawaii, a bowl of napkin rings in mixed materials, and vintage bar bits like a racquet bottle opener from my pal Erin.
The blue bowl was my grandma’s and it looks pretty with Pixies or tangerines.
Outdoors I just added these Pottery Barn pillows in stripe and the light blue with trim..
I am updating my bedroom and a bed is coming in a week! I also have been changing the yard a little. I’ll share more soon on the weekend blog!
A few summer things you might need- similar to mine..
A few cute things for your home.. Click on the images for link.
Please stop by my friend’s blogs for more summer decor ideas…
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