SIMPLE SUMMER HOME DECOR IN OUR LIVING ROOM
It’s so hard to believe how quickly summer is passing by. Every season seems to go faster than the last, soon it will be time for all things holiday…but let’s not go that fast just yet! This year, all of my summer home decor is very simple – I needed to make things easy and simplify things for myself…life has been full of surprises lately. Using beautiful blues allover, a mix of blue and light green hydrangeas, natural textures and some simple summer touches. Our summer living room is exactly that.
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In case you missed it, I shared my simple summer entryway recently, with some great summer decorating ideas I think you’ll love, using all of the same styling ideas as well.
Come and have a look around our summer living room, I think you’ll love this too.
SAYING GOODBYE TO MY FUZZY BABY BUNNY, OSCAR
Before I begin sharing our summer home decor in our living room…our family lost our fuzzy baby bunny, Oscar, suddenly last week. Oscar is my precious little fuzzball, his presence in our home was so large…if you’ve been reading with me for a while, then you’ve seen his cameos in many of my posts over the years. Here are some favorite snaphsots of him.
For such a tiny creature, the amount of joy and love is purely unquantifiable. It’s been very sad knowing that he’s no longer here with us, but his new home is now one of my favorite little ginger jars, that sits on our mantel. You can see above just how darn cute he is! He certainly ruled our home there is no doubt! Bunnies are truly such amazing animals. Oscar, Mama loves you forever, my little baby bunny, you are always and forever in my heart…
OUR SUMMER LIVING ROOM
Without further ado, let’s tour my summer living room.
If you saw our spring living room, then you’ll notice I’ve kept much of my decor similar for summer.
I needed simple, no fuss changes for the season, and it’s pretty amazing with just a few small details, it feels like summer instantly.
Some added color and natural textures dotted around, as well as new pillow covers for the season is all it took.
Since our home is open concept and you can see everything at once, sometimes it’s a challenge to keep it from looking too cluttered.
Especially because I am a maximalist at heart! I love layering beautiful things.
Keeping a cohesive color palette helps with that.
You know I’m a blue and white enthusiast and it is dominant throughout our home, so the rest of my color palette follows.
SUMMER HOME DECOR ON OUR BOOKSHELVES
For our bookshelves, I didn’t want to change too much – I’m going for easy this summer – so just a few little styling changes is all I used in here.
I simplified the accessories a touch, added some of my seasonal hydrangeas on the shelves and on my little side table here in the corner.
Consistency and balance are key to pull an entire look together.
See that pretty little ginger jar under the TV? That’s where my fuzzy baby, Oscar lives now…oh how my heart aches for him.
You’ll notice a couple of more natural elements styled here on the shelves as well.
A couple of woven baskets and a coral sculpture in a natural tone.
I kept the color blocked books styled here that I introduced last spring, they’re such great pieces to style shelves with.
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SIMPLY GORGEOUS SUMMER PILLOWS
You know I always love a gorgeous pillow arrangement, and my newest beauties from Arianna Belle are certainly special.
With exquisite details like an elegant trellis motif and piped edges, they sit so very prettily on our sofas, in elegant soft blues.
I opted to use only four pillows this season, in two prints, rather than my usual six pillow combo.
I wanted to simplify and let them really shine.
Someone sent me a message recently on Instagram, telling me to show something new…why always blue???
Well, it happens to be my favorite color and well, it’s all around our home!
Blue just makes me so happy…so why would I change it? This is our home and I love to share it this way.
I hope you love it too!
Mixing prints is another thing I love to do and I just love these patterns together.
The trellis on the Don’t Fret Pillow and the allover print on the Temple Garden Pillow are a perfect match.
Notice how the blues all tie in together from one room to another?
I’ve added more and more blue over the years, and I love it more than ever.
Don’t be afraid to use one dominant color to make a statement in your home!
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SUMMER HOME DECOR ON OUR OTTOMAN
You also know that I keep my styling here on our ottoman rather simple also.
I love to use trays and I’ll often style them using quadrants – each ‘corner’ of the trays gets a grouping.
Using the same beautiful color combination from my spring entryway, these light green hydrangeas add the perfect summer touch.
Coffee table books are always my go-to for vignettes styled here and around our home.
I especially love looking across our living room into our entryway and seeing this gorgeous summer color combination of blue and soft greens.
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That wraps up my summer home decor in our living room…simple, beautiful and elegant is what I wanted.
As I mentioned above, all it takes is a few simple updates to freshen up your home or any space for a new season.
I hope you enjoyed my summer home decor in our living room! Thank you, as always, for taking the time out of your day to read with me, I love to have you here. And if you’re new, I’m thrilled you’re here and I hope you enjoy your stay. Happy decorating! xo
Thank you so much for your kind words…he was my baby and I miss him so much! The color in here is Collingwood by BM. I haven’t used Alabaster myself, but whatever color you go for, make sure to test it first! I’ve made that mistake more than once! It never looks the same on the walls and differs depending on the lighting. I’d love to refresh our walls in here too! Maybe one day. Good luck and thanks for reading with me! xo
Sorry about Oscar. He was so o cute! I don’t see mention of the wall color. What is it please? Have you ever used Alabaster on the walls? I need to refresh my main areas and am stuck at a decision for wall color
Thank you so much Deb! You’re very kind and I truly appreciate hearing from you!! Yes to the bench cushions!! They stay put! Just have to smooth them out every so often. I’m so happy to have you hear, thank you for visiting! xox
Donna I am so happy to hear from you, and I love that you love blue and white too! What a perfect way to describe it too! You can never go wrong with this everlasting combo! Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate it so much! xox
Sally you re so kind! Thank you so much for your very thoughtful words about Oscar…it has been so hard and heartbreaking for all of us. I’m thrilled you love everything that I’m sharing and I am more thrilled you are inspired! Thank you so much for reading with me! xox
Beautiful and elegant!! Your home and decorating style are what I aspire to for my own home. With the open concept you have (which I also have) the blue and white combination gives it a sense of peace, tranquility and continuity! I love the small addition of the green hydrangeas. And those pillows are exquisite. I always look forward to receiving your posts. So sorry to hear about Oscar.
Simply love, love your style!! Thank you for inspiring me in so many big and little ways. I too am a blue and white person. As a child, this combination was a favorite and STILL at 87 years, blue and white combinations always make may heart jump with joy!! My homes have always had these colors. God still loves that blue and white combination for his beautiful skies. How can we go wrong with His skies inspiring us??
I LOVE the blue! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!! Your home is so serenely elegant, yet inviting and comfortable. I see that you are a smart lady and use bench cushions on your sofa. I honestly don’t know why they make any other kind. Right?!! Thanks for sharing your lovely summer decor. It is inspiring.