You have no idea how badly I wanted to give this blog post a different title. In my mind, it really should be called, “Stick a bunch of seashells in bowls around your house and call it good!”. But, I was afraid that it didn’t sound quite blog-title-ish enough. So I went for the more ‘professional’ route instead and today I’m going to be sharing with you some of the most easy-peasy ways to add summer style to your home.
I have come to the conclusion that these days I can manage to muster about 10, maybe 15, minutes worth of time and energy that I’m willing to dedicate to decorating. Which means that I pulled off a simple, coastal inspired summer mantel in the time between tossing in a load of laundry and being summoned to observe my daughter’s latest trick on the trampoline.
I feel like I need to state for the record that I set this nautical themed table in less than 10 minutes. In fact, I think it was actually in about 8.5 minutes. Why am I telling you this? Well because, in my opinion, summer is synonymous with simplicity. But simplicity doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice style. (Is it just me or were there a lot of ‘s’ words in those last two sentences?)
I don’t know about you but for us, summer is the season of spur-of-the-moment get togethers and everything is just more casual. Flip flops and the smell of skin covered in sunscreen, kids running around while grown-ups linger a little bit longer over a glass of wine or a cocktail.
I have a bit of a ritual when it comes to receiving the latest issues of my favorite catalogs or magazines.
I never look at them right away. Oh sure, I might allow myself a quick glance through. But rarely does the mail come to our house at a time with things are calm and relaxed. Frankly, sometimes I wonder if those times are just urban legends. 😉
I want to savor that new catalog or magazine. I want to peruse it at my leisure.
Preferably without anyone asking me for a snack.
You know what? I don’t live in a farmhouse. Or a cottage. I live in a traditional style stucco house.
And I like it. Really I do. Actually, I like it a WHOLE lot and I’m incredibly, incredibly grateful for it. But, lately, I’ve noticed that you never really see my kind of house on Instagram or Pinterest or Facebook or…anywhere, really.
And sometimes that makes me feel a bit left out. Just a bit.
Oh friends. When I think about how I used to over-complicate seasonal decorating I feel shameful.
I mean, seriously, the LAST thing decorating should be is complicated. I know I’ve talked about it before here but I think it’s worth revisiting.
Decorating is merely a creative extension of our personalities. It’s a physical manifestation of our likes, dislikes and way of living.
Summer in our minds is synonymous with simplicity. It’s relaxed and casual and somehow on a warm day when there is a breeze blowing through your hair, your only worry ends up being about what you are going to toss on the grill for dinner.
It’s flip-flops and swimming pools. Farmers markets and berries. Hammocks and cocktails…although you might not want to try and drink a cocktail while lounging in a hammock…just trust us on that one! 😉
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And I can definitely see how this can be true when it comes to particular words in the English language. In that case though, beauty would be in the ear of the hearer right?
Some words just make me absolutely cringe. I would type them out but my fingers literally REFUSE to click those keys.
Other words are like music to my ears. Like the word ‘Decor’ and the word ‘Steals’. And when you put them together it’s like a beautiful melody!
I think it’s time for full disclosure here. I have a serious case of porch envy.
Did you know that when you search for outdoor decorating ideas on Pinterest that there are approximately 2 million pictures of cute porches and only about 50 pictures of decks?
OK, so maybe that is just a slight exaggeration! 😉
I don’t know why but I’ve just always loved porches. I see them and I covet them. There, how’s that for some honesty?
Porches just have an entirely different feeling than decks. They seem more cozy and comfy and…closer to the ground.
But, I don’t have a porch. I have a deck. In fact, I have a beautiful new deck which we had installed last year.
And even though I will forever profess my love of porches, I do believe that decks can be just as comfy and cozy…even if they are higher up off the ground!
I think that one of the best ways to cozy up a deck is to create multiple living areas if you have the space for them.
We got a larger table last year which can accommodate 6 comfortably and we chose a set that has that wonderful indoor/outdoor feel to it.
A little bit further down we have another more casual sitting area which is where you will often find me reading a book on a warm day or my hubby and I enjoying some time together after the kiddos are in bed.
I picked up this inexpensive table at Marshalls and even though it is technically a side table I think it works perfectly as a coffee table and adds a nice contrast in tone and texture as well as mimics the look of the dining table.
I opted to not put a rug under the dining table and chairs but to instead have one in the sitting area and another one in front of the sliding door.
For my husbands’ 40th birthday we got him a new grill and I secretly wanted him to never actually use it because it is just so pretty in all of it’s pristinely clean glory.
But, sadly, he wasn’t on board with that idea so we commissioned it last night with hamburgers and hot dogs. My son said he was pretty sure everything tasted better after it was cooked on the new grill.
I had to agree.
Someday, I may have a porch. It might be covered and have ceiling fans slowly turning. It might have a couple of rocking chairs and some cottage-y decor. And maybe a hanging fern or two.
But, for now, I’m a deck person.
And even if I’m a little bit further off the ground than I really want to be, I guess I could just think of it as being a little closer to God, right? 😉
Now, are you ready to see some more fabulous outdoor spaces?
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And as always, thanks for meeting me at the Fence (and the deck!) today!
WELCOME to Georgia y’all!! Where the weather’s HOT and the tea is SWEET! I’m so honored to be following my friend Rhoda, of Southern Hospitality on the 2014 Blogger Summer Home Tour; hosted by my fabulous and talented friend Gina, of Shabby Creek Cottage! Be sure to pay her a visit to start at the beginning of this amazing tour of blogger homes!