7 Easy Ways To Give Your Home A Late Summer Refresh

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It’s late summer.  Is your home looking a bit tired?  Use these 7 easy ideas to freshen things up for the rest of the summer!

White board and batten wall with hooks. and summer decorations

Now that it’s officially late summer, have you noticed that what was looking so fresh and happy a month or two ago, is now starting to look a little tired and in need of a little decor pick-me-up?

Even though fall is definitely on the horizon, it’s too early to pull out those fall decorations just yet.  So what’s a girl to do?  Here are a few ideas to see you through. 😀

ADD SOME WHITE TO YOUR DECOR

Nothing refreshes and brightens a room more than when you add white accessories to a room.  White has a naturally breezy and cooling feel to it, so even though it may be scorching outside, you’ll feel nice and cool while you’re inside.  The added benefit is that is goes with absolutely everything.  There’s no need to change anything else that’s in the room!

Sideboard with white dishes and a tiered tray.

HEAD TO THE GROCERY STORE

I’m willing to be that you’re already in the grocery store at least once per week, so be sure to check out the floral department the next time you’re there.  It’s a great place to find affordable flowers, both cut and potted, to use to perk your home up with.

For an easy centerpiece, simply line up multiples of the same plant or flowers down the center of your table.

Spring centerpiece with flowers in a wicker tray.

WORK IN SOME GREEN APPLES

I know, I know – fall is when apple season officially kicks in, but adding just a few faux green apples to your decor right now is easy to do.  You don’t need a lot – the addition of just a few strategically placed ones will add a fresh pop of bright color and will act as a foretaste of what’s to come in just a few short weeks.  Click right HERE to order some affordable, lifelike ones from Amazon.

Open rustic farmhouse kitchen shelves decorated with apples and plates. decorated for late summer

CHANGE OUT PILLOWS AND THROWS

OK – this is probably a no-brainer and is one of the easiest things in the world to accomplish, but it’s certainly worth a mention in the context of perk-up projects.  If you’ve never tried it, you’ll be amazed at how simply changing the pillows on your sofa or chairs or changing up the throws you have on display can freshen up a room fast.

Neutral accent chair with pillow and throw.

CREATE A MEANINGFUL PIECE OF ARTWORK

One of my favorite DIY projects in our home is the faux watercolor portrait that I created for our foyer.  The image and the wording that I added is unique (no one else has one exactly like it!) and is especially meaningful to us.

Spend this weekend creating one of your own home – it’s very easy to do!  The step-by-step tutorial can be found HERE.

Diy watercolor painting using waterlouge app on iphone.

BUILD A WHAT YOU NEED

Late summer is a great time to tackle those DIY home projects that you’d like to complete before the holiday season arrives!

We all have places in our homes where we need just the right piece of furniture, but can’t find exactly the perfect thing in the stores or online.  Am I right???  The solution is to build what you need!  I don’t consider myself a professional furniture builder by any stretch of the imagination, but this project is very inexpensive, straight forward and simple to do.

Steer clear of dark fabrics with small patterns if you are trying to lighten up your decor.  Get the step-by-step tutorial HERE.

DIY upholstered bench covered with gray and white buffalo check fabric.

ADD SOME TEXTURE TO YOUR WALLS

Here’s an easy peasy way to add interest to a wall and to freshen up your late summer decor.  When giving our dining room a makeover, I was on the hunt for ideas that I could use to turn the wall where my buffet lives and my diy hanging lanterns are into a feature wall.

I seriously wanted to do shiplap on that particular wall, but didn’t want to go the trouble of cutting all those boards or go to the expense of purchasing ready-made shiplap wood.  While browsing the aisles of a big-box home improvement store one day, I discovered gorgeous panels of tongue-in-groove-look paneling.  This ain’t your grandma’s fake wood paneling from the 70’s!

I’m in love with the result!  Tour the entire finished dining room and get a closer look at our feature wall HERE.

White paneling used to create a vertical shiplap wall.

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7 Easy Ways To Freshen Your Home For Late Summer poster.

Any one of these home decor ideas will go a long way toward giving your space a little late summer freshen-up and tide you over for just a few more weeks until the seasons change again.  Don’t worry – you’ll be able to pull out all those pumpkins and fall leaves before you know it!

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13 Comments

  1. Love your hallway. Perfect editing!

  2. Sharon Robbins says:

    Hey dear Suzy,
    Hope your summer has been wonderful.
    I have been busy too and unfortunately haven’t got to meet you as we had planned to do earlier this year.
    Furniture market is just around the corner so maybe then?
    I set out a few Fall things just to get me to my favorite season Fall. Thanks for sharing your fabulous creations,so glad we are on the same page. You are such an inspiration to all of us.
    Thank you doll
    Love you ?
    Sharon

    1. Hi Sharon. A girl after my own heart – I’ve been working on fall all week! Let me know what works for you and hopefully we can set up a time to get together!

  3. Love your late summer “fresheners” to your home!!! Was especially delighted to see your home-made sofa table as my husband made one for me several years ago. The difference is he put a “shelf” across the middle and another near the floor. The shelves act as the needed support and strength for the table. It looks like a long and low bookcase and gives me a secret hiding place to store all of my throw pillows and covers! Love your blog, Suzy.

    1. Hi Nell. That’s a great idea to add the shelf for extra hidden storage! I would love to have a place to store all my extra pillows and pillow covers. 😀

    1. Thank you so much! I love adding touches of greenery to just about all of my spaces. It brings them to life somehow. 😀

  4. Great tips! Love using grocery store plants, flowers and apples! Especially when they are added to the grocery bill. For some reason it doesn’t seem like I spent extra money on more decor! LOL. Have a great week.

    1. Haha! I like your philosophy!

    2. Kathy Menold says:

      I put away my lemon decor in the kitchen and replaced them with a bouquet of sunflowers,a bowl of faux green apples and grapes. It is so true about needing bit of a change in late summer. Brought out some new dishes and I am set till fall.

  5. Karen Karen says:

    Hi Suzy, I enjoyed this post and am on the same page as you about wanting a little change, but not ready for pumpkins and leaves, just yet. I have several Ikea faux plants that I switch around and once in a while treat myself to a new candle at the grocery store. I also find that “New to Me” placemats, or white dishes, found on my thrifting junketts, will get me through for practically pennies. Love your style.