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With every season change, I look forward to decorating our home and sharing the decor tips on my blog and other social media platforms. Decorating for summer coming up is no exception to this passion of mine, and it may just be one of my favorite looks yet in our home. These summer home decor tips can be used year to year and have a very updated, inline look with what is trending.
A bit of a back story on our home first! This is the second Signature Homes home we have owned. We built our first Signature Home almost 14 years ago, and once we grew out of it, we moved into this home. While we fell in love with it, we’ve also made it our own through the six years we’ve lived here. We recently painted all the interior walls the same white (you can head here for the paint color story and information) and transitioned our kitchen from having darker wooden cabinets and black countertops to an all-white kitchen. This home has such good bones; we look forward to being here for many more years to come!
I recently visited our first Signature Homes home (which is just a 2-minute drive from our current one), and recall how much fun we had when building it. Choosing a lot close to the community pool and park areas, picking out a floor plan that suited our family’s needs at that time, and working with an in-house designer was such a seamless and personal process that all came together beautifully for our home build experience. You’ve got to check out this page to see how their build process works from beginning to end. The expertise of Signature Homes with the home build process is five stars.
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Fresh Stems/Greenery/Flowers: This tip can go a long way in terms of sprucing up your home for summer! If you have access to a yard, garden, or the woods, you can clip as many as you need! I went to our side yard and clipped these beautiful azaleas and will continue clipping greenery through the summer to bring the outside in! Stick them in a vessel, and you are done. My favorites are styling them in oversized glass vases and white ceramic vases.
Light those candles and bring a delightful feeling into your home. Summer scents that I love for this summer include grapefruit, lemon eucalyptus, and lavender vanilla. These scents can all be found HERE.
I am a neutral gal by heart, by I couldn’t resist the lovely array of blues that summer decor offers! An easy and budget-friendly way to incorporate seasonal color is with accents! So that is just what I did with these blue pillows here on our living room sofas. I also added touches of blue with the pouf next to our sofa.
Blue and green go hand in hand, so when sea glass was not just a traditional summer go-to but also a major trend this year, I knew this gorgeous look had to find a place in our home too. Sea glass pieces can be placed together or spread out. If you are using smaller, votive-sized sea glass pieces, grouping them on a tray or in a low, open bowl with battery tea candles is a lovely look! Or, go big! Choose sea glass hurricanes to sit on your mantel and add battery-powered candles for a cozy glow in the summer evenings.
Are you a faux or real house plant person? Regardless, this summer home decor tip doesn’t have any biases! Just use them, faux or real. I loved adding faux plants to these spots for summer: the mantel, our kitchen, on a living room trunk, and in our dining room. The more, the merrier I am finding! An extra tip? Put the plant in a basket!
Speaking of baskets, this may be my favorite one. I have always loved baskets, and placing them around our home is one of my favorite ways to complete a space. From tall, lidded baskets to wide, low baskets, they all look great. I commonly use them to hold plants and blankets.
Lighter wood is on trend this year, and especially for summer! There are tons of ways to incorporate natural wood in your home, from chunky, mango wood beaded garland (like I used to drape in this vignette) to home accents to furniture pieces. Touches of lighter, natural wood pieces will immediately brighten your home for summer.
Speaking of wood, using trays and/or wood boards to corral items is a must-have for your home decor, especially during the summer months. I use breadboards in my kitchen to also lean against my kitchen countertops to add warmth and interest. This seagrass tray corrals my sea glass pieces!
Just saying lanterns create a cozy feeling! I love adding lanterns by a fireplace (add battery-powered candles in place of lighting a fire for summer months), on a porch/patio area, or as a centerpiece in the dining room. Black lanterns are a bonus for your summer home decor!
As I mentioned earlier, I traded out my old pillow covers for these blue, lighter-weight pillow covers. Also, swap your chunky knit blankets for lighter-weight blankets. Hang them on a blanket ladder for display and easily accessible for use! You can find this DIY HERE on how to make your own blanket ladder.