Easy Summer Decorating Ideas

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Looking for simple ways to refresh your home for summer? Check out these easy decorating ideas that will bring the sunshine indoors.

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Summer is that laid back time of year when life’s pace is a little slower and we naturally want to keep things easy and simple. That same desire applies to decorating your home for summer too!

Welcome to the 2023 Summer Home Tour, hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. Marty graciously hosts seasonal home tours for 25 – 30 bloggers every season. You’ll find the links to everyone’s summer tour down below.

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If you’re coming over from She Gave It A Go, welcome to Worthing Court! Don’t you just love Brendt’s modern farmhouse style? She did such a great job adding summer touches to her home.

This is Part II of my summer tour. You can see Part I HERE.

I have to say that things are in a bit of an upheaval at my house right now, thanks to a burst water pipe in one of our walls. Things are quite a mess around here at the moment.

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We’re facing a complete master bathroom retile and having to move out of our house for a week or so while they repair and refinish the hardwood floors on our entire first floor.

See the torn up floor below the end table? While we’re in limbo, waiting for the repairs to begin, I’m sure you can imagine why I needed simple and easy decorating ideas this summer!

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To add to the chaos, I’m in mid-redecorating mode in several of the main rooms in our house, as is evidenced by the bare wall above our couch, temporary lamps, draperies, yet-to-be-removed plates on the wall and other furnishings in our family room.

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I’m all about keeping things real around here – life is messy! So, ignore what isn’t “just so” and focus on the pretty. M’kay pumpkin? 😃

The way that I like to approach easy seasonal decorating is by adding touches to my existing decor instead of creating a room that screams, “it summer, y’all!”.

For the summer, I mainly do that with color, pillow covers and small vignettes.

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I didn’t change or add anything to my foyer, but the greens and blues that I used on my front porch, definitely give off a welcoming summer vibe.

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To give me something pretty to look at in the family room, besides the torn up floor and drywall, I redecorated our media center and console table with small vignettes made up of things from my stash.

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The only summer-specific thing in this corner is a treasured piece of coral that I inherited along with my mom’s shell collection.

Everything else is bright and colorful for the summer, but can also be left here year round. For an easy change for fall, all I would need to do is to replace some of the greenery with a mum and possibly change the pillow to a warmer color.

This all goes back to my K.I.S.S. decorating method that I shared a while back, which you may also want to embrace.

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I know that decorating shelves can be intimidating and is something that many of us struggle with. But never fear! I put together a post with 12 tips and secrets for decorating all types of shelves, that you can find HERE. It includes a free printable checklist too.

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Decorating the plate rack in our breakfast nook for summer was easy too.

If you compare it to how was decorated for the spring, you’ll see that I only needed to switch out a few of the plates and accessories and boom – done!

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I love adding bowls of lemons around the house during the summer. They make me think how satisfying a refreshing glass of lemonade is on a hot, sweltering day.

I used them when I redecorated our screened porch, which is right around the corner from this room, so it made sense to use them in the kitchen and breakfast area too.


Another favorite and easy way that I love to decorate for summer is by having one or more hydrangea arrangements around the house. You might have noticed one on the table in my family room in the image above.

I fell in absolute love with the colors of these faux hydrangeas that I ran across. I knew they would work perfectly in my dining room to add a much needed pop of brightness to a room that doesn’t get very much natural light.

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Thank you for stopping by for a visit today! Check out last summer’s tour and let me know if you can spot the changes that have happened in our family room since then.

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  1. Oh Suzy! What a terrible situation with the busted pipe. AND right after you’ve done so much redecorating. But the summer decor is just beautiful 😻. That colorful wingback chair is stunning too.

  2. Brendt Blanks says:

    Hey Suzy,

    I am so inspired by your fabulous summer decor ideas! It is an honor to join you on this blog hop tour.

    Here’s to celebrating the beautiful season!


  3. Calypso in the Country says:

    Your home looks amazing as always! Sorry to hear about the burst pipes…always something, right? We had a plumbing issue over the weekend as well. I’d much rather spend my money on decorating! Anyway, I love your summer decor – the blues and greens really speak to me – especially those gorgeous pillow covers. And of course, I always love seeing your plate rack. Thanks for taking us on your lovely tour!

  4. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    Hi Suzy, we are getting ready to replace flooring due to a busted pipe. It truly is such a mess. I have to say that unless you mentioned it one would never know. I absolutely love your blue/green color palette. Your plate rack is so beautiful. It’s always a joy to be on tour with you.

  5. Oh my word, I can’t believe you have your home looking so pretty in the midst of chaos. Mine would be turned upside down for sure and nothing pretty. You have such a knack for creating the most beautiful vignettes and displays. That’s one thing I always study when I visit your home. So much inspiration. Hopefully things will be repaired and put back together soon, I know this is a hard time to go through. Thanks for joining the tour and sharing how we can all live through chaos with grace.

  6. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says:

    Wow, your not-so-screaming-summer decor looks magnificent! I love those colors together! I could sit in that corner with a book and waste my day away so easily. Seriously! Your home is so happy and vibrant. So fun.

  7. Your summer decor is gorgeous! We have very similar decorating ideas – I need simple too! It’s amazing how just a few small changes can transform a space. Your home and details are stunning, I love your style so much! That chair and those green pillows are perfection. And you’re a trooper for doing this during a reno…so sorry you are going though this! Good luck and happy summer! xo

  8. Kate | Southern Home and Hospitality says:

    I’m so sorry about your broken pipe disaster Suzy! Even more kudos to you for having these rooms look so bright and beautiful for summer. I love all the colorful accents, the pretty pillows, and is that a new chair?

  9. I love how fresh your house always looks to me. I just want to sit in your house. I love my house too and wish I could get the feeling of how your house looks! I wish I could ask you for your opinion about things. All the best with the repairs and renovation.

  10. Jayne via Chalking Up Success says:

    Suzy, you home is always lovely but thanks for keeping it real and showing the ‘ugly’ behind the scenes because, let’s face it, we decorators usually always have SOMETHING going on behind the scenes haha! I love everything but I think my favorite is that gorgeous side table next to your sofa, it’s just soooooo pretty. Hope you manage to get everything fixed up soon without to much inconvenience. Happy summer!

  11. AnnMarie | Simply2Moms says:

    Your home is looking absolutely wonderful. So much fresh light throughout your spaces that makes your decor look amazing!! I love that floral chair in your family room. Thank you for sharing your inspiring home decor today!!

  12. Julie Briones says:

    You have some wonderful and colorful summer touches in your home that is in somewhat disarray! I’m glad you were able to join the tour, even in the midst of fixing a home disaster! Great job!

  13. Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says:

    In spite of the repairs going on, your summer decor is absolutely gorgeous. Love all your pretty green and blue patterns. Hope things are back to normal soon!

  14. Kristin | White Arrows Home says:

    Your home is beautiful, Suzy! I just love your colors, the blues look perfect with the plants and cute lemons. Those fun, summery armchairs are the perfect touch. I love how you put everything together!

  15. Melanie Ferguson says:

    Suzy ~ Wow! What great ideas! I love it! So fun doing this summer blog hop with you! Let’s do it again soon!

  16. Kim | Shiplap and Shells says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your burst pipe Suzy. What an awful thing to happen. But you’re a pro and you worked around it beautifully! I absolutely love all the bright patterns on your pillows and chair. It all looks so gorgeous for summer. Thank you for the inspiration.

  17. Lori J Leeper says:

    Hi Suzy! Hope all turns out well with your bathroom pipe problems. Otherwise your home is stunning and fresh for the summer season! Love the bowl of lemons! Blessings, Lori