When it comes to summer decorating, I usually like to keep things pretty minimal. This year I was feeling inspired by blue, so I decided to go for a laid back, summer cottage feel – something that was simple and easy going, with a coastal touch (Jordan said it feels like a boathouse, so I may have taken things a tad too far – oh well, it’s something fun for a change!). There are lots of pictures in this one, so get ready! 🙂
I removed the wool rug and left the jute – I love my wool rug, but I’m really loving the jute on its own right now. The color and texture are just perfect to me. 🙂
Pillows are by far my favorite way to switch up décor. This summer, I chose a variety of pillows in shades of deep blue and sandy beige to layer on the sofa – mixing patterns and texture keeps it feeling relaxed and carefree.
On the coffee table, I filled a carved wood bowl with some simple driftwood vase filler from Target, added a couple of glass buoys (also from Target), and a strand of painted wooden beads off to the side. An old newspaper book stands in for a tray to keep everything together.
A little wooden paddle I picked up at an antiques store earlier this summer hangs next to the fireplace,
And a small sailboat from World Market makes a simple addition to the mantel.
A couple of glass bottles with a simple leafy stem clean up the look of the apothecary cabinet. I grabbed a couple of books with the same blue color found in the pillows and used them to add height and carry color to the front of the room. I left the wood cigar box, added a strand of wooden beads, and scattered my favorite tart tins to complete the display.
The entryway built-ins received a couple of new pillows too.
I had this wood flag (bought years ago at an art show) stored in the basement, so I decided to hang it in the dining room for a rustic summer touch.
I found these candle holders on clearance on a recent trip to Pottery Barn – I love the seeded glass and simple iron stands (I wish I had bought a few more now). A little bit of sand and a candle in each makes a perfect summer centerpiece.
Do you do any decorating for summer? What’s your favorite way to change things up for the seasons? Share with me below!
Hope you all have a wonderful Fourth!!! 🙂
P.S. Apologies for the dark pictures. The sun seems to be taking the summer off, and I was afraid if I waited any longer for it to make an appearance you would be reading this post beneath the lights of your Christmas tree. 🙂 🙂