I love Summer! To me, it is about simplifying and lightening up. Although we are spending more daylight hours outdoors, we still want to smile as we walk through our homes with a sense of aesthetic satisfaction. Here are some easy ways to spruce up your summer living room.
1. White or Light Accessories
After being away from home for a while, I felt like doing some “nesting” starting with a summer mantel. I bought these Serena and Lily candlesticks. They have battery operated candles on them on a timer…so nice in the evening! The candles are more expensive but will last a long time.
2. Consider White Spray Paint
You may have some accessories like candlesticks or lamps that could have a new life! That’s what my friend, Debbie did to this vintage lamp base.
3. Minimize Accessories
During summer months, I have fewer accessories out on the coffee and side tables. Easier to clean, too!
4. Lighter-weight and/or Fewer Throw Pillows
I store my velvet pillows in favor of cotton and linen ones in summer. I love the morning light coming in here…
Here I even removed a pillow…
5. Simple Flower Arrangements
In summer, I like the ease of a single type of flower arrangement.
How about these dahlias?! They were grown locally. Apparently, a lot of the flower hothouses in California are being converted to grow marijuana since it’s legal here now. Which means the Flower Mart is importing more flowers (ie. more $$). I finally learned to ask “What’s grown locally?” to get some better deals.
6. Faux and Real Greenery
Plants have made a real come-back! If you are lucky you can clip some branches from your yard and put them in a vase or buy a faux one as I did here…
This cute little live plant was around $5 at Trader Joes. It’s a new one to me so I hope I can keep it thriving!
And that’s it…six easy ways to spruce up your summer living room. I love coming home to ours!
Speaking of Summer, did you happen to check out my last post about how to make Grilled Peaches With Goat Cheese, Thyme and Prosciutto? It’s tasty and you’ll want to pin it to your recipes. I have lots of great recipes on my Pinterest boards!