Ideas for Simple Summer Decorating

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Around here we always anticipate the time together that the summer months bring.  Sleeping in, going on vacations, and enjoying those long lazy afternoons by the pool are at the top of our list these days so today I want to share with you some ideas for simple summer decorating!

If you are coming over from the darling Rhoda of Southern Hospitality, welcome!!  Rhoda was kind enough to share me on her blog last year and I will forever be grateful!  She is so sweet and most certainly an icon in the blogging world!!!

Marty A Stroll Thru Life Summer Home Tour 2018

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For summer I always like to keep my decor simple before the fall/holiday explosion comes later in the year but I do like to incorporate a few fun, summery touches that we always enjoy around here, and I’m always glad that I do.

I typically don’t buy anything new for my summer home but rather just move things about the house to give my home a fresh look and feel.  For my outdoor space this year I did however add a few new staples with pillows and a few other items since the outdoor space is typically center stage this time of year.  You can see my full patio tour HERE.

Boho Chic Summer Patio Tour

Boho Chic Outdoor Patio Tour

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The Living Room

One of the first things I like to do is bring in colorful fresh blooms this time of year, namely peonies since they are in season right now.

Summer Home Tour - ZDesign At Home

And this rattan tray is perfect for summer decorating.  Jute, rattan, and natural materials are super hot right now and are especially perfect for summer decorating this year!  I’m keeping my display here on the coffee table simple and clean and allowing the peonies to steel all of the glory!

Summer Home Tour - Rattan Tray w/ Pink Peonies

Since I have a new look in the bedroom for summer (you can see my new linen bedding HERE) I moved some of my decorative pillows from the One Room Challenge into the living room, along with pulling out a favorite black and white pillow from last year.  This look was basically free and fun to recreate in this space for summer, and the pop of pink was the perfect addition to make it feel more like summer in here.

Never under estimate the power of a new look in your space just by moving your favorites around the house!  I had stashed away this brass floor lamp (similar) and am loving the look of seeing it back in the space.

Black/White boho Pillows for simple summer decorating

24″ Black/White Tassel Pillow | Black/White 20″ Pillow (middle) | Pink/black Chinese Wedding Pillow (similar)

Summer boho chic living room - rattan tray with peonies

All of the living room updates are simple and repurposed from around the house, leaving the space feeling clean and summer ready!  You’ll notice I also moved my favorite black and white tassel throw from the master bedroom.

Summer boho chic living room design

The natural jute pouf was purchased for my One Room Challenge bedroom but it didn’t end up working out for that space so it found a new home in here, where we actually needed it as a foot rest.  I love the way the pouf and the rattan tray compliment one another and give the room a summer vibe.

Natural jute pouf - summer decor

Boho Chic Summer Living Room Tour

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The media side of the space received minimal changes but one thing I always like to bring out for summer decorating is a piece of driftwood decor.  I love decorating with coral too but unfortunately I didn’t manage to incorporate any of that this summer.

Summer Home Tour - faceted media cabinet, best faux fiddle leaf fig, marble lamp

ZDesign AT Home Summer Home Tour - using driftwood for summer decorating

ZDesign At Home - Ideas for summer decorating home tour

using white & pink peonies for summer decorating

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The Dining Room

I also kept things simple and clean in here and I LOVE it!  I did add a new rug (my all time favorite blue distressed rug) but not necessarily because of the seasonal change.  We desperately needed a rug here and because the dining space in our rental is so close to the living space any other rugs I tried in here clashed with that one so I decided to use the same rug as the living room, and it works perfectly!

Boho chic dining space with navy distressed rug, whitman pendant and the best knock off tulip table

For a simple table topper I used a favorite rattan bowl for fruit.  Again, bringing in that natural texture and color for the summer season is so important this year.  It’s just a simple touch that goes a really long way!

I also switched out the mirror with this oversized canvas art that I’ve had for a few years now.  Loving the statement it makes on the gray accent wall!

Summer Home Tour - Oversized Canvas Art for SummerSummer Home Tour - Boho Chic Dining Room

Boho Chic Summer Dining Room Tour - ZDesign At Home

The bar cabinet area received an update late spring with a rattan mirror (similar).  But I also love pulling out things like this agate bookend for a pop of color and summer flare.  I also pulled out this brass lamp that blends so nicely with the mirror.

Summer Dining Room Tour - Boho Chic Dining Room

Boho Chic Summer Dining Room Tour - Mint Bar Cabinet w/ Rattan Floral Mirror

Agate Bookends Accessory - Summer Home Tour

Summer Home Tour - Mint bar cabinet w/ rattan floral mirror

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The Bedroom

Moving on to the bedroom.  You may have seen my new linens that I shared recently…if you haven’t you have to check it out because they are making for he most luxurious bed this summer!  You can view that post HERE.

Boho Chic Summer Bedroom Tour

The only thing I did was to add a couple of decorative pillows back in from the ORC (HERE & HERE -similar) and a throw to the end of the bed.  Again, I purchased this oversized black and white tassel throw for the ORC and didn’t end up using so it ended up being the perfect layer for summer since it’s light weight.  The only problem is that I can’t figure out which way I want to use it since I love the large black tassels showing over the end of the bed.

Chinese Wedding Blanket & globally inspired pillows

Large black/white tassel throw

I had also acquired this art piece that is perfect for over a bed for the ORC but didn’t end up using it so we are using it now for summer to add a pop of color in here. I love the way it blends with the rug and love the life it brings to the space.

Summer bedroom tour - oversized abstract art for over the bed

The nightstands stayed the same but as always with the addition of a new bouquet of fresh flowers.

How to style your nightstand for summer - a summer bedroom tour

Summer bedroom tour - a boho chic bedroom design

We’re still loving the new chandelier in here.  If you don’t have one in your space I highly recommend it!  Since adding this for the ORC it has completely changed the look and feel of this room, for the absolute good.

Summer Bedroom Tour - white wood petite chandelier

The opposite side of the room where the oversized dresser is always receives simple updates.  I’m so in love with this black rattan tray and love the natural element it brings to the space.  Also still really loving our black round mirror (it used to be gold but we sprayed it black for the ORC recently)…similar mirror HERE.

Summer bedroom tour - oversized dresser with black round mirror

And last but not least is the window and sitting area in the space.  Still so in love with our new custom white linen curtains.  All I did over here was to move pillows around.  You can find the black mud cloth pillow HERE.

Summer Home Tour - Custom White Linen Curtains & Teak/Rattan Chair

ZDesign At Home Summer Home Tour - Boho Chic Bedroom Design

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour and I also hope that you will take some time to visit these other inspiring ladies on the tour listed below.  Next please visit Laura of Inspiration for Moms.  I love her tip filled blog and I know you will too for loads of summer inspiration so I sure hope you’ll go visit her now!!

2018 Summer Home Tour links

Monday – June 11
Tuesday – June 12
Wednesday – June 13
Thursday – June 14
Haneens Haven 
Fri –June 15


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  1. Bree your tour is always one of my favorites to check out. So so pretty and so much goodness and inspiration to take in. Love everything!

    1. Julia I appreciate you stopping by so much! Always love having you here!!! xoxo

  2. Love how you have used small touches of rattan around your home for summer, and the soft blue colors make me think of the ocean. I am always inspired by your attention to detail, everything thing so beautifully thought out. Thank you so much for joining the tour. Your home is stunning.

    1. Marty, thank you so much for having me!! I always enjoy this tour so much at the turn of every season! Thanks my friend! xoxo

    1. Laura it has been so fun doing this tour with you again! So sweet of you to stop by and thank you!! xoxo

    1. Hi Alicia! Thanks for stopping in and for the sweet compliments!! The floors are concrete so I think they are naturally shiny but I use the Dyson cordless vac everyday, if that helps! 🙂 xo

  3. I love your style and I am so glad to have discovered your blog…your house is gorgeous! So fun being on the tour together this week…
    Kristy- Starfish Cottage

    1. Kristy, thank you so much for stopping by the blog! I just left your blog and am in love with your style too! Your home is beach house perfection in every way!! So fun doing the tour with you this week as well! Happy summer:) xo

  4. I always love to “visit” your home, Bree–it’s so beautiful and peaceful! You master bedroom remains one of my all-time favorites. So good to share the tour with you again–happy summer!

    1. Thank you so much, Christy!! So sweet of you to stop by and thank you for the sweet compliments!! Happy summer, cutie!! 🙂 xoxo

      1. Good morning
        I just happened to come upon your blog. Although this is not my style it is very refreshing to see that it’s not the same as so many other bloggers.

        You have a beautiful home.
        Have a fantastic day
        Much love,

        1. Hi Rose, thank you for the sweet compliment and for stopping by the blog!! I hope you’ll come back! All the best to you! xoxo

    1. KariAnne, thank you so much for stopping by the blog and for your sweet words!! xoxo

    1. Hi Madeline, The dresser is about 10 years old and has been refurbished and painted gray. I do however have a few similar ones on my Home Resources page HERE. I hope this helps a bit and thanks for stopping by the blog!! xo

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