One of my favorite things to do when getting our home summer-ready is to address the small details to make it feel relaxed and refreshed. Color, texture, art, fresh flowers, and greenery are some of my favorite ways to update our home for summer.  Today I want to share a few DIY projects and decorating solutions to help you create a comfortable and colorful summer home that you can enjoy throughout the season.


I'm a coastal girl, eastern Long Island to be exact so it's no wonder why I love the beach!  The ocean is my inspiration for my photography and for the way I decorate our home.  It turns out our rescue dog B happens to love the beach too!


I  like to add textures, colors, and natural elements that mimic how the seasons make me feel.  For summer I set the tone by using natural woven textures, flowers, and bright colors that give off a casual, welcoming vibe. The colors in my photographs represent what I use in our home.

Join me for a walk along the shoreline and spend a lazy day catching rays and a whole lot of passion talking about solutions for a relaxing and colorful summer home. Grab your sunhat and let's get started.


Bring In The Sunshine:  To let in maximum light and views go for minimal window treatments, or if privacy isn't a concern go with none.  Swap out heavy curtains for seagrass shades and as this may seem obvious, clean windows make a big difference in light quality, so give them a scrub. In our living room, I updated our windows by swapping out verticle blinds with textured roller shades and curtains in a creamy color.


Swap Out Art:   Hang summer-inspired photographs on your wall!  One large photograph or a collection of smaller ones provides the perfect blank-wall solution.  Another quick trick is to lean a few pieces on a bookshelf.



Another way to brighten a blank wall is with colorful art pieces. Affordable pieces can be found just about anywhere online or at thrift stores.  If you like to DIY, make your own art using nautical maps like the one I made BELOW.  Can you believe the frame was a cabinet door and the three metal race boats were once TROPHIES?


Update Your Front Door With Paint:  Give a tired front door new life with paint in a summery hue, such as blue or teal.  A new coat of paint on your front door will improve your home's curb appeal and add style.  If you would like to read the tutorial on how I painted our front door click HERE. 


Bring In Color With A Fun Fabric Print:  Bright prints on throw pillows, for example, can instantly lift a room's mood - and yours.  To allow the motif to truly shine, keep the wall color neutral and other accessories to a minimum.  Shop my throw pillow collection here.

Fresh Flowers & Greenery:  Bring bright summery colors into your home with freshly picked flowers. Create a relaxing arrangement by placing clippings in bottles. Small clusters of one bright color look cheery and create an undeniable relaxing summertime vibe.


For a crisp clean look add a few clippings of greenery to a vase. 


Texture:  Natural woven materials never fail to make a room feel like a summer day.  A basket filled with driftwood or woven hats are simple ideas to add texture to your summer decor.  Area rugs in sisal or jute also add texture. The care for a jute rug is easy, simply shake out the rug to remove any sand and debris that may settle into the fibers and rotate the rug to equalize wear. indoor/outdoor area rug




Now that you've gotten your feet wet and sand between your toes, I hope you are feeling that summer vibe and the desire to create your own summer home. 

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