Are you looking for summer décor ideas and inspiration for your home? Welcome to my summer home tour with plenty of coastal cottage touches and beautiful blooms for the season.
I absolutely love decorating my home for summer. “Why” do you ask? Because it’s SO EASY!!! All you need are some bright-colored accessories, lots of flowers and greenery, seashells, and an oar or two!
This week I’m joining some of my blogging friends for The Bloggers Best Summer Home Tour, hosted by Kelly at The Tattered Pew. All week long we are welcoming you into our homes. Be sure to come back each day and click on the links below to see the complete tour.
Today is my day to share my home and garden with you along with 5 other talented bloggers. If you’re visiting from Pasha at Pasha is Home, welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. Didn’t you just love her bright and airy summer home tour?
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Summer Living Room Tour
For those of you who have been following along with me for a while, you know that I removed my dark leather couch and relocated my two white slipcovered chairs in front of our living room window. That alone lightened the room up!
We found the most perfect vintage copper-top cabinet a few months ago. It has become the centerpiece for displaying my seasonal décor.
Coastal Summer Décor
When you live in a beach cottage, it’s pretty much an unwritten rule that you decorate for summer with seashells, nautical fishing floats, and sea glass.
I also love vintage books, but when the book covers are shades of blue I have to have them! These vintage books were a gift from Jays World.
Decorative Pillows and Throws for Summer
I wish I could be a little more unpredictable with my color choices for summer, but I’m such a huge fan of navy blue and turquoise. It seems so perfect for these next few months. I added in a touch of yellow here and there to lighten things up a bit.
A friend of ours gifted us this pretty “Beach Cottage” pillow when she and her family were staying with us for a few days. I have moved that pillow all over the entire house and just love it!
Flowers & Greenery
I always love to bring the outdoors in and what better way to do that than with flowers and greenery throughout the house. It’s still a bit too early to be displaying cut flowers from the garden just yet but just wait until July.
I will have daisies, dahlias, zinnias, cosmos, black-eyed Susans and so much more from my cut flower garden!
These were a pretty bouquet that I picked up from Costco.
When I can’t make it to town a great option is to pull out the faux flowers. I use these faux hydrangeas throughout summer in baskets and other containers that won’t hold water.
The pink peonies from the garden look perfect with the turquoise glass bottles.
Summer Kitchen Tour
I know it may be no surprise to you, but the blue and yellow color palette flows from the living room to the kitchen.
Did you know that our kitchen island is a vintage dresser? And our contractor found a piece of butcher block from a Dunkin Donuts that was going out of business and installed it on top.
Keeping the kitchen décor simple is so important in a small kitchen like ours. I want to display EVERYTHING and tend to go a bit overboard. But I’m really trying to work on scaling back and not clutter up the counters.
Summer Flowers, Greenery & Fruit
Greenery, flowers, and fruit are my most favorite summer home décor accessories in the kitchen. Some are fresh…some are faux. I’ll never tell which is which.
Fresh flowers or a dough bowl of fruit will be the main centerpiece on our farm table throughout the summer. This season’s theme is pretty, yet simple.
The peonies were cut from the garden, right before the heavy rain. I saved them just in time.
One of my favorite additions to the kitchen was the open shelving we added a couple of years ago. I have heard comments from people about the dust and how dirty the dishes can get.
But…I am all about the decor when it comes to these shelves. I don’t display everyday dishes here, it’s just a place where I can style fun things for each season. I’m crazy that way!
Mix up the Accessories
Vintage accessories and dishes are always my favorite thing to show off in the kitchen. The Ironstone and scale are always here throughout the year, with the seasonal decor mixed in.
Simple things like these colorful straws are perfect for an extra pop of color.
Summer Cottage Garden Tour
June is a really interesting month in my cottage garden. The beautiful spring flowers have just finished blooming, and the true summer flowers have not yet exploded.
There are a few flowers such as foxglove, peonies, delphinium, calla lilies, and saliva that are keeping the garden beautiful this month, but for my garden in zone 8B, you’ll see a lot more greenery than blooms.
And that’s where planting annuals really comes into play. Planting containers this time of year is what really brings the garden to life while waiting for the true summer flowers to bloom.
I’ve even created a container garden with a mix of new and vintage pots and planters.
I hope you’ve enjoyed touring around my summer coastal cottage and garden.
The Bloggers Best Summer Home Tour continues with Jordan at a Blue Nest. You can find links to all the inspiring summer home and garden tours below! Have fun checking them all out!
Until next time,
Happy summer decorating!
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