Celebrate Summer Home Tour with Coastal Cottage Touches

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 bright-colored accessories, lots of flowers and greenery, seashells, and an oar or two!

Summer cottage home tour living room

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Summer cottage home tour living room

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 slip-covered chairs in front of our living room window. That alone lightened the room up!

Summer cottage home tour living room

We found the most perfect vintage copper-top cabinet a few months ago. It has become the centerpiece for displaying my seasonal décor.

Summer cottage home tour living room

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!

Coastal seashells on living room coffee table
Summer cottage home tour living room

Decorative Pillows and Throws for Summer

I wish I could be a little more unpredictable with my summer color choices, but I’m such a huge fan of navy blue and turquoise. They seem perfect for these next few months. I added a touch of yellow here and there to lighten things up a bit.

decorative pillows on window seat

Our friend gifted us this pretty “Beach Cottage” pillow when she and her family stayed with us for a few days. I have moved that pillow all over the house and love it!

Summer cottage home tour living room

Flowers & Greenery

I love bringing 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 display cut flowers from the garden but wait until July.

I will have daisies, dahlias, zinnias, cosmos, black-eyed Susans, and so much more from my cut flower garden!

Fresh bouquet of flowers

This was a pretty bouquet that I picked up from Costco.

faux hydrangeas in vintage galvanized bucket

When I can’t make it to town, a great option is to pull out the faux flowers. I use these faux hydrangeas in baskets and other containers that won’t hold water throughout summer.

Summer cottage home tour living room

The pink peonies from the garden look perfect with the turquoise glass bottles.

Summer cottage home tour kitchen

It may not surprise you, but the blue and yellow palette flows from the living room to the kitchen.

Summer cottage home tour kitchen

Did you know that our kitchen island is a vintage dresser? Our contractor found a piece of butcher block from a Dunkin Donuts that was going out of business and installed it on top.

fruit and greenery for a summer kitchen vignette

Keeping the kitchen décor simple is 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 cluttering up the counters.

ivy plant on kitchen island

Summer Flowers, Greenery & Fruit

Greenery, flowers, and fruit are my favorite summer home décor accessories in the kitchen. Some are fresh, some are faux. I’ll never tell which is which.

Summer cottage home tour kitchen

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.

vase of peonies on farmhouse table

The peonies were cut from the garden, right before the heavy rain. I saved them just in time.

Summer cottage home tour kitchen

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, and it’s just a place where I can style fun things for each season. I’m crazy that way!

open shelving in kitchen

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.

birdhouse and cottage garden

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.

calla lilies

A few flowers, such as foxglove, peonies, delphinium, calla lilies, and saliva, are keeping the garden beautiful this month, but in my garden in zone 8B, you’ll see a lot more greenery than blooms.


And that’s where planting annuals comes into play. Planting flower containers this time of year brings the garden to life while waiting for the true summer flowers to bloom.

vintage bike basket filled with flowers
container garden

I’ve even created a container garden with a mix of new and vintage pots and planters.

greenhouse with flower containers
fairy garden sprite
summer greenhouse in early evening

I hope you’ve enjoyed touring around my summer coastal cottage and garden.

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, please share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may enjoy my summer tour.

Until next time,

Happy summer decorating!

Celebrate Summer Home Tour with Coastal Cottage Touches

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    1. It’s summer perfection! I would never want to leave!

      We are looking for a small beach cottage vacation home in NC, (eventually will be retirement home) and your decor is so similar to how I envision our little cottage and garden looking. So much inspiration to pin!

      Happy summer!

    2. What a stunning summer tour, Kim! I love the pops of color everywhere, especially the aqua accents and fuchsia-colored flowers. Your home always looks so happy and welcoming. And your garden always makes me swoon!

    3. You house is so amazing. I love how you’ve mixed in all of the different blues. I love the mercury lamp on your island. What a fun hop! I’m excited to go around and see the others.

    4. The copper top cabinet is such a good find! Pink and turquoise is one of my favorite color combos. I really enjoyed the photos of both your home and garden!

      1. I am SO GLAD I ended up getting it, Marie. It has really changed this room. Thank s so much for visiting.

    5. Your white slip-covered chairs look so good in the new spot and I love that copper top cabinet! You do such a great job displaying collections without looking cluttered and your banquet is one of my favorites. And oh my goodness, that flower cottage is a dream!

      1. Thank you so much, Kathryn. I really appreciate that because I have been really trying to keep from cluttering up my house. It’s really hard for me because I want to show EVERYTHING and I have such a small house. I just can’t. So that means a lot.

      1. I adore your aqua wire sculpture and would love to know if you made it or purchased it somewhere. All of my garden accents are aqua and this would be a wonderful addition.

    6. Kim your home looks so gorgeous! I love that new cabinet you bought it looks great in your living room! The gardens look so gorgeous too! Have fun on your trip!

      1. I really like the space now that the cabinet is there and the couch is gone. It was just too big for space. Thanks so much for the compliment. Loved your garden as well.

    7. Your little cottage makes my heart sing, Kim! Love the coastal touches (of course), and the touches of aqua, as well! And those peonies! Especially the ones in the aqua vase! Those are amazing! Love hopping with you, as always, sweet friend! pInned!

      1. You are just the sweetest friend Julie. Thank you for the lovely words. I always love hopping with you too.

    8. SO lovely Kim! That green coffee table gets.me.every.time. Love all the details and those peonies you saved are beautiful. Have a wonderful day. XO- MaryJo

      1. Thank you MaryJo! I am trying to find the color of that table so I can do paint another piece. It’s the perfect beach house shade. Happy Summer my friend!

    9. Kim your tour was amazing, both inside and out! I was looking forward to seeing all of your flowers and you sure did not disappoint! I’m so glad you saved those gorgeous peonies! Thanks for joining me this week. Pinned!

      1. It was an honor to be invited to participate with all of you talented ladies Kelly. It’s always such much fun to see everyone’s homes every season.

    10. I never think to check my local Costco for flowers. It’s usually so crowded I get my stuff and get in the check out line never even seeing that side of the store. I’m definitely checking it out next time. And how fun to have a piece of Dunkin Donut’s in your kitchen! Everything is beautiful and I agree with that unwritten rule. 😉 It just wouldn’t be the same without shells and nautical stuff! You are living the dream my friend, living the dream. Happy summer and always love your tours.

      1. Thank you, Cindy. This was the first time I had picked up flowers from Costco too. And that butcher block really transformed the island, or should I say dresser. So appreciate you being here.

    11. I am always so inspired by your gorgeous home, Kim. I love the bright colors and the charming, classic style. So happy to be touring with you this week, friend. Pinned!

    12. Kim, it is always a treat to visit your charming cottage. Your garden is just beautiful and I adore your window seat!
      Pinning and sharing on IG this week. Have a lovely summer! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

      1. Than kyou Cecilia. I love that window seat too. It’s a great place to sit and take in the view. So fun to be hopping with you this week.

    13. I always love visiting your cottage, Kim, but I think summertime has got to be the best time of all! I love all your coastal colors and touches and the view of your gardens and the sound is always so breathtaking. I’m so glad we get to be touring together this week!

      1. We cherish the summers in the PNW. There’s nothing quite like them and it’s usually not too hot. This week will be a different story though. Not looking forward to triple digits. Always love hopping with you!

    14. I could live in your garden. You have amazing flowers.

      I love your copper top on the counter. How have I never seen it before?

      1. You’re right! I am all about the summer here in the Pacific Northwest. We wait all year for it! Thank you, Cassie.

    15. I love your Grow Big Dream sign!! I’m such a dreamer and that sign just speaks to my heart!! I’m also so happy you brought your peonies in before the rain! I didn’t and they were so sad looking after 🙁 Lesson I learned for next time I suppose! Your home looks beautiful friend!! Pined!

      1. Thank you so much, Aliya. That’s one of my favorite signs, so glad you like it. It’s amazing how incredibly beautiful peonies are and I want to grow a ton of them. I only wish they lasted longer than a few weeks and held up better in bad weather.

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