I always use the seasons as an excuse to change things up around the house. Sometimes I change a lot, and other times only a little, but I always find it refreshing to move things around and give a space a new identity – even if it’s only a minor one. Besides…any reason to put some of those pillow covers I have stashed around the house into rotation is a good enough reason for me 😉
When you’re from Michigan, summer immediately brings one thing to mind – the lake. At least it does in my mind, so I usually like to give things a bit of a lakehouse/coastal vibe when it comes to summer decorating. Glass bottles, rope accents, weathered or white-washed wood, and colors that reflect the sand, water, and sky are a good way to get that easy going “by the lake” feel.
But this year, I decided to keep things very basic. I wanted the casual, laid-back feel of summer, but I was still kind of digging the simplicity of my spring neutrals and pops of green – so I stuck with that and threw in a few black and white accents for a little fun.
I thought I’d share the living room with you today – the rest will follow soon. I may or may not still have a large amount of pictures hanging out in my camera waiting to be downloaded… 😉
I changed out most of the pillows, but kept with the neutral palette and easy going textures from spring. A pair of black and white striped pillows add a little contrast and contribute some interest.
A few fern sprays tucked into tin buckets pop off the white fireplace. And I may have mentioned before that I was crazy for those little rusty metal hurricanes from World Market – I was lucky enough to grab the last two at the store. They look so cute stacked up there on some old books…I wish they came in more than one size.
And I still love how that vintage frame is the perfect backdrop for anything I choose to display on that mantel. I contemplated doing something entirely different, but in the end couldn’t bear to not have that frame up. If you really love something, why change it? Am I right? 🙂
On the coffee table, I layered a little candlelight, river rock accents, a shot of green, and the warmth of worn wood and yellowed pages for texture without being too fussy.
And back on the apothecary cabinet, a simple potted plant and iron candlestick replace the spring blooms that were previously found there.
I don’t know if this room screams “summer”, but it definitely feels comfy, and casual, and easy going – and isn’t that really what summer should be all about? 🙂
Have you been changing things up around the house for summer this year? I’ve really been drawn to black and white accents lately – what trends are currently catching your eye?
P.S. Don’t you love how Alice is the perfect accent to the room? She blends in so well, I forgot she was even there. Not that she would have moved if I tried – I was clearly interrupting nap time while taking these pictures the other day. 😉