Our Summer Home Tour represents a season of simplicity and low maintenance decor, as Summer should be. Enjoy this peek into our living room followed by a click through Summer home tour of many other well known Home and DIY bloggers.
I’ve never been one to slap a word to live by on my life. But as Summer rolled around this year, I decided there was one word in particular that I wanted to remember.
And since my mind goes a million miles an hour and my body is always multi-tasking, I knew this word had to be large, in charge, and in my face.
Relax, they say.
Relax . . . because 4 kids at home all day, every day, with all sorts of opinions and attitudes and belly’s that always seem to be hungry . . . is most definitely something to relax about. (Insert very thick sarcasm).
But I have to tell you, to be able to relax is something I want to do so very very badly. So bad in fact, I made it the theme of my Summer decor . . . or lack of decor.
I decided to go on a de-clutter rampage to minimize, simplify, and enjoy a low maintenance environment for the Summer.
All in an effort to . . .
. . . reeeeeelaaaaaaaaxxxxxxx.
And you know what? I think my intentions are helping!
The problem I now face is that I’ve only had time to de-clutter and simplify one space, our living room, so I currently still have 9 other spaces in our home to work on before I can fully relax.
I know what you are thinking.
This girl has issues.
And while you are so very right, I also have Summer decor advice for you!
SUMMER DECOR ADVICE #1: Keep it stupid simple.
It’s Summer! Who wants to use any relaxing energy on fluffing pillows, propping blankets just right, or fussing with perfection – especially when the kids will most likely destroy it in seconds? 🙁
Not me! So I picked neutral pillows and blankets that can be swapped around without bothering me, and even look pretty on the floor or as a fort. I took away anything from this space that wasn’t needed, I moved the toys downstairs, and I kept decor at an absolute minimum.
And when things get untidy, or left where they shouldn’t be, I make an effort to breathe and embrace it as Summer bliss. Having less clutter around me, makes this more do-able.
SUMMER DECOR ADVICE #2: Don’t buy a thing.
When I got invited to this Summer Home Tour event with some of my dearest blogging friends (find them below), I made a personal commitment to myself that I was not going to buy a single thing. Unless it was fresh market flowers . . . those don’t count . . . those help me relax.
When most seasons come around, I like to purchase a few new things to spice a room up, but I felt like it was not needed in the Summer. Money should and will be spent elsewhere – like creating family memories.
So if you’ve been following me for very long, you’ll notice in these images things you may have seen before, but just in different places.
All I did was swap my furnishings around, dig through my thrifted treasures, pulled out this, rotated that . . . and waa-la! I just bought myself a fresh outlook, for FREE!
It’s a personal belief, but this is not the season to spend on decor. Go ahead and treat yo’self to snow cones and new flip flops instead.
SUMMER DECOR ADVICE #3: RELAX
That’s right. You have my permission to borrow my word of the season. Feel free to even make a giant chalkboard in any color to plaster the word on it.
Shoot, even go ahead and watch your muscular stud of a husband almost kill himself trying to hang it and stand back in amazement as he sketches the word surrounded by beautiful botanicals on top of a ladder while straddling stairs.
And then remember to reeeelaaaax.
Create an environment that brings you and your loved ones peace, that you love coming back to after a long day in the sun, and most importantly . . .
. . . that helps you remember to treasure the life happening inside its walls.
That my friends, is how you decorate for Summer.
Thank you for being here with me today, and if you’d like to take a gander at last years Summer home tour, I had 2 posts that are still among my favorites – The Summer Child Home Tour, and My Summer of 2016 Home Tour.
Now sit back and relax (that word again) and enjoy a week filled to the brim of inspiration and Summer decor ideas. I’m humbled to be among these talented ladies, and grateful to Nina Hendrick for inviting me to join her. Come back every day this week and I’ll have updated links for you to see them all! Let me know if you can pick a favorite!