Summer is here in our living room and I couldn’t be happier! My decor for summer this season is all about elegant, effortless style that’s easy, breezy and chic! That’s a lot of adjectives I know, but truly it’s the look I wanted in our home this summer.

Thank you to my friend, Marty of A Stroll Thru Life, for organizing our Summer Home Tour this week. Down below you’ll find everyone who’s participating on the tour – please be sure to visit them all and get inspired!

If you’re joining me from Cindy of DIY Beautify, welcome, I am so thrilled you’re here. I just love Cindy’s beautiful decor and all of her fabulous decorating tips for using vintage linens! Today I’m sharing a lot of pictures today, get comfy and enjoy!

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I just love summer, there is nothing like the laidback lifestyle, sitting and working outside, windows and doors open…

Easy dinners, get-togethers with friends and family, longer days…I think I can speak for most of us, it is the best time of the year. Everything is just so simple, no fuss, no stress.

We try to soak up as much summer as possible where we live – we only get a couple months of hot weather. But as long as there’s sunshine, I’m happy!

I recently shared our new in-ground pool design and furniture (stay tuned for the reveal soon!), we’ve been enjoying and loving our new backyard space so much.

I love to bring that easy, breezy feel inside our home for the summer season as well.

I’m a huge fan of all things coastal and I’ve been leaning on this look more and more through the years. I talk all about my love for coastal chic decorating and how I use it throughout our home, if you’re interested in reading more.

Eventually we hope to move south, where we can enjoy warmer temperatures all year long. The winters here are long and brutal!

Many of you know by now I’m all about blue and white decor and how much I love chinoiserie. I’ve been using it throughout our home for a while now. I’ve incorporated gorgeous bright green into my decor for summer this year and I have to say, I am in so in love with the mix.

What a fresh and crisp feel it adds to our home. It’s bold, but still elegant and sophisticated, it’s coastal and preppy and is such a fun addition to our summer living room decor, don’t you think?

Since this color is so strong visually, all you need are a few small doses to make a very big impact.

I kept the added green hues just to my faux hydrangeas, a couple of small greenery touches and our new Lisa Fine block print pillow covers and Leaf green pillow covers from Arianna Belle.

Living in a wooded neighborhood lends lush green views to our windows as well.

It’s truly amazing how color acts as an accessory all on its own.

I talked a little bit about using color in our spring living room, which showcases heavy pops of bold blue hues – you know I love my blues!


Create a chic look in your home with these gorgeous pieces!


If you’re a longtime reader, then you’ve seen much of my summer decorating and styling throughout the years. Feel free to peruse all things summer for even more summer inspiration!

Below are some of our favorite summer posts:


I’m truly fortunate to be able to work with luxury pillow designer Arianna Belle. We collaborate every season to develop a pillow story that speaks to my seasonal theme and color palette.

This season was all about infusing those pretty green fabrics and prints that will compliment our existing decor for summer, while keeping the look fresh and breezy.

I love how these greens pop against my signature blues, and my blue and white chinoiserie pieces I love so much.

We added a pop of blue piping as well for a gorgeous, preppy touch. I’m such a huge fan of anything with piping. It elevates the look and gives a more luxe finishing detail.


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If you saw my recent spring entryway refresh, you’ll recognize our chic new blue lamps. I moved them here to complete my summer pillow story and just love how they finish the look in our living room.

I think this vignette with our blue lamps and coral sculptures against this stunning pillow combination is one of my favorites ever….you know how I love my symmetry!



When it comes to styling and decorating our bookshelves, I rarely do a complete overhaul.

I leave the top shelves as is and I often leave the rest of our shelves the same for a couple of seasons with just a few changes here and there.

I always rotate my pieces from my existing decor arsenal as well. I do buy a few new things from time to time, but much of what you see throughout our home is moved around from space to space each season. Or it goes back into storage and other pieces get pulled out.

Styling our bookshelves is a huge undertaking and for that reason, I’ve kept the decor very similar to how I styled them for spring, with just a few simple updates.

I added a few extra blue and white pieces, and changed the large solid ginger jars from white to blue…that is it.

Simple decorating in keeping with my easy, breezy summer lifestyle!


I usually create a simple display on our ottoman and I always use decorative trays to ground my accessories, since this is an upholstered piece. Trays also help to keep decor cohesive looking and give pieces more importance.

My go-to ottoman or coffee table styling staples often include the following items:

  • Decorative trays
  • Coffee table books and smaller books for stacking
  • Decorative boxes
  • Candles
  • Florals
  • Ginger jars
  • Bowls
  • Vases
  • Pretty decorative objects such as coral and shells
  • Coasters for drinks


My decor for summer on our ottoman is very simple this season, with a focus on coral, shell and glass.

A decorative box and scented candle add a punch of color and pattern to the mix, for added visual interest and to tie everything together around our living room.

Books are always a go-to accessory for me. I love to read my design books to draw inspiration from, and they’re a fabulous way to showcase accessories you love and give them visual importance.


Love this chic addition to our table? It’s faux but looks so real!


Books are a fantastic accessory to decorate with! Use them as risers to prop up and showcase items and give them importance. Or use the colors of the jackets or spines to compliment your color scheme.


Summer decorating is synonymous with coastal decorating, which is one of my all-time favorite looks.

Since I love our home to have an elegant and chic, coastal feel year round, many of my decorating tips on decor for summer are found around our home from season to season.

Below are a few of my favorite ways to decorate our living room for summer. It really doesn’t have to be complicated!


  • Change your pillow covers to light and airy, summer-inspired prints, fabrics and colors
  • Add coastal elements throughout such as shells and coral
  • Add a pop of color and use it strategically – I used green this summer and highlighted just a few key pieces with it – our pillows and florals
  • Incorporate woven textures like baskets, boxes, trays and containers
  • Use light textures – I love turkish towels as throws for color and a laidback look
  • Change art prints for a seasonal look
  • Use lighter scented candles that speak to easy, breezy summer days




Thank you for touring our living room with me today, I hope you’re inspired by my laidback decor for summer! It’s all about easy, breezy, chic style that’s effortless, beautiful and welcoming. Nothing beats this time of year, enjoy your home and make it beautiful!

The next stop on our tour today is Michelle’s gorgeous home at Thistle Key Lane. You will be so inspired by her incredible style and the way she uses beautiful neutrals in her living room. Please take the time to visit all of this week’s beautiful summer homes down below. Enjoy all the tours and happy summer! Thank you again for reading with me! xo

Monday June 5th

A Stroll Thru LifeSimply2MomsOur Southern HomeThe Tattered PewWhispering Pines Homestead

Tuesday June 6th

Eleanor Rose HomeThe House of SilveradoCalypso In The CountryStoneGableMy Wee AbodeSouthern Home and Hospitality

Wednesday June 7th

Worthing CourtThrifty and ChicThe Stonybrook HouseDecor To AdoreChalking Up SuccessShe Gave It A Go

Thursday June 8th

Shiplap and Shells Pasha is HomeDIY BeautifyCitrineLivingThistle Key LaneCounty Road 407

Friday June 9th

White Arrows HomeIt All Started With Paint Southern Crush at HomeAmy Sadler Designs

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  1. Hi Tamara,
    Lovely home. Very peaceful and relaxing for summer. Great touring with you. Blessings, Lori

  2. Tamara ~ I’m loving the blues and greens together! Such great ideas! I love it! Thank you for sharing in such a fun summer blog hop! Let’s do it again soon!

  3. You have such a beautiful home, Tamara! I love the colors, they’re so fresh and inviting. And those blue floral pillows are so cute!

  4. Calypso in the Country says:

    Tamara, I always look forward to your home tours! Once again, you didn’t disappoint! I love all the layers of blues and greens and your attention to detail throughout your room. So lovely! Thanks for all the inspiration!

  5. Tamara, your space is so elegant and serene as always! The soft greens added in with the usual blues are stunning for summer. And I adore the new pillow collection!!

  6. Your living room looks absolutely stunning, I love how you’ve decorated so much! The colors mixed with the fresh light coming in make the room look so bright and beautiful! Thanks for sharing your tour with us today!

  7. Your home is gorgeous, Tamara… Love the blues and greens, and your have such a light and airy touch to your home. The coffee table/ottoman is perfect with the coastal summer touches, as well. And your pillows are stunning! Thanks for sharing your tour. Love touring with you!

  8. Tamara, what a beautiful summer tour of your living room, and wow your pillow collection could not be more perfect! Love your coastal accents and the overall symmetrical feel of the room. I also enjoy getting a glimpse of your dining room in the background!

  9. What a delightful space! I’m a huge fan of the blue and white combo but the addition of the pops of green makes it all come alive! Really enjoyed your tour Tamara!

  10. Cindy@CountyRoad407 says:

    Every time I see one of your tours I think how amazing and beautiful. This time is no different. I adore the new added greens! Great choice. It’s all so peaceful yet refreshing. The more I scrolled the more my mouth dropped open. It’s all gorgeous. I know I’ve said this before – still waiting for tickets to go on sale so we can all get in line. :) Happy summer!

  11. I love, love, love your home. Everything is so well done and so beautiful. You always pay attention to every little detail and I think that’s what makes your home os interesting. You color sense is wonderful and I love the new blue and green combination. The pillows are so pretty and the fabric selection is right on. I love it all, it’s filled with tons of inspiration. Thanks so much for joining the tour again this season, I love seeing how you change things up.

  12. Tamara you have created a truly peaceful haven. I adore the lush layers of the soft blues and greens for summer. It truly is always so inspiring to be on tour with you!

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