Keeping It Simple Summer Decorating Ideas And Tour

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Easy ideas for decorating your home for the summer in a modern cottage style. It’s all about keeping things uncomplicated and bright.

When I think of summer decorating, there are two words that come to mind – easy and lightweight.

gray tufted recliner beside white brick fireplace

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The air outside is already heavy with heat and humidity, so the last thing that I want to do is bring that same heavy feeling indoors! This time of year, it’s all about keeping things uncomplicated and bright.

I pretty much have things down to a summer decorating formula of sorts – color that brings the outdoors in + summer pillows + easy, non-fussy vignettes that are placed in strategic spots around the house, all added together to equal a welcoming summer home without a lot of effort.

Today, I’m participating in a Summer Home Tour bloghop hosted by Marty from A Stroll Thru Life. Marty has lined up a phenomenal list of 30 bloggers to share their summer homes with you every day this week!

If you’re coming over from A Stroll Thru Life, welcome! Marty is the queen of updated traditional style and I love getting so much inspiration from her.

Let’s start in the foyer, where I’ve kept things especially simple for the summer. Come on in! By the way, you can see my full summer porch tour (including closeups of this summer hanging door basket) HERE.

looking into a front door at a painted gray chest with gold handles and a round mirror

I’ve made a few changes to the overall look of the area over the last few months. I’ve found myself moving away from pure farmhouse style and gravitating more toward updated/modern cottage style. I honestly think this style actually suits our traditional/Cape Cod’ish style brick home much better.

painted gray chest with gold handles and a round mirror

I won’t give you a full tour of all the changes that we made in the foyer today, but we basically added board and batten moulding to more of the walls, replaced all of the hooks on the wall with a couple of art pieces, replaced the sconces above the two benches. changed the hardware on the chest, switched out the area rug and added a round mirror above the chest. If you’d like to see what the foyer looked like before these changes, click HERE.

For summer accents, I simply added a navy blue lamp (to pull out more of the blues in the rug and artwork), placed a few long stemmed faux florals in a wooden vase and added a couple of stacking wicker baskets (for texture) on the top of the chest.

painted gray chest with gold handles and a round mirror

I still want to change the upholstery on my diy benches, but I haven’t had a chance to go looking for fabric yet. I’m not crazy about this mix of buffalo checked fabric and the pattern in the summer pillows that I put on display, but it will do for now.

bench in front of white board and batten wall with artwork

white board and batten wall and small benches flanking a door opening

My fireplace is the focal point of the living room and is the first thing you see as you enter the room from the foyer.

If you saw my spring tour this year, you’ll notice that I really didn’t change very much from what was on the mantel before.

white painted brick fireplace with summer decor

A few long stemmed faux greenery branches (these are awesome, btw) nestled into a glass vase/hurricane filled with “rocks” covered with artificial moss makes a super simple, yet eye catching arrangement!

Summer mantel vignette with faux greenery and a candlestick

The other side of the mantel is even more simple, with a candle, a faux topiary (can you tell I’m about about faux?!?) and one of the lidded wicker baskets from the set that I have in the foyer.

Summer mantel vignette with a candlestick, faux topiary and lidded wicker basket

A plant in a wicker basket, a new lantern and a cute, squatty lidded wicker basket on the floor add interest to the hearth area.

white painted brick fireplace with summer decor

On the upholstered coffee table, which is opposite the fireplace, I created a couple of simple vignettes, mostly using what I already had on hand. The only new item is the wicker bowl that I filled with faux greenery stems.

Some of these items were already here during the spring too – I just switched them up for a whole new look.

View of a family room with upholstered coffee table in foreground, tufted recliner and open shelves in the background

As you can see, our living room opens up into our breakfast room, so these shelves always get decorated for the seasons and holidays.

Open shelves decorated for summer with wood and white accessories and faux greenery.

I’ve created a main base for the decor on my shelves using mostly white dishes and accessories, which allows me to only to change a few elements to go with whatever season or holiday I’m decorating for. SO much easier and faster than completely redecorating them from scratch the several times a year that I change them up!

Open shelves decorated for summer with wood and white accessories and faux greenery.

The centerpiece on my kitchen table is another super simple vignette. I recently received this set of faux artichokes as a gift and fell madly in love with them, so I knew I wanted them to be a part of my centerpiece.

Centerpiece on a breadboard with a wooden bowl and wood candlesticks with shelves in the background

Centerpiece on a breadboard with a wooden bowl and wood candlesticks with shelves in the background

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you’ve found some inspiration for your own home.

Next up, you’ll want to visit Jo-Anna at A Pretty Life.  Her blog is filled with great decorating ideas and yummy recipes.

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16 Comments

  1. Suzy,
    Your home is lovely for summer….all the time! Your foyer is so inviting. I just love the color on that foyer chest. Happy summer! -Christy

  2. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Everything looks lovely, I really enjoyed the tour.

  3. I am always inspired by a visit to your home. Love how you create such interesting vignettes. Your foyer is looking amazing, the new hardware and color of the chest is stunning. Thanks so much for joining the tours this season. It is always such a delight to have you.

  4. I love all the baskets and greenery you’ve added for summer – I love to bring the outdoors in too! Thanks for the tour!

  5. Beautiful summer home tour Suzy! Your foyer is so inviting, and I love all the textures and greenery you added…so perfect for summer!

  6. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how you have pared down, decluttered and opened up the look of your home. Soo much more sophisticated and from what I can tell… more YOU! I LOVE the calmness of the foyer! And you have changed the draperies in the Family Room!!! YAY!
    Your home looks so “grown up.” It’s beautiful and delightful at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

  7. PS: I remember that you said that you are going to paint the blue end table in the Family Room… can you share the color of that blue table? And the paint company? I’m looking to paint a piece of furniture and love that color! But I know that it will be stunning any color that you choose for it. Thanks.

    1. That little table is painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Napoleanic Blue. 😀

  8. As always, I just adore your home and decorating style! Love the move to cottage vs. farmhouse! Simply stunning! 🙂 Linda

  9. Your home is just lovely! I really love that blue chest in your entry!

  10. Suzy, I always love visiting your home on these tours. Pinning!
    Happy Summer.

    1. As a Greensboro neighbor I agree we have definitely begun to feel some extreme heat and humidity. Your home is lovely and a perfect place e to retreat from the heat with a good book and a tall glass of sweet tea. Your use of faux plants simplfy maintenence and look so real. I have some faux ferns in a big vase on my hearth and they will stay their till fall.
      Thankyou for sharing your home.

  11. Everything looks so refreshing! Love the new handles in your foyer chest ❤️, the greenery and texture you’ve added. So inviting!