July 20, 2021

8 ways to accent your home for summer



Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to embrace the summer season with eight super easy accents you can add to your home.  


Let’s start with flowers. Bright and cheerful, sunflowers just ooze the best of summer, and bring the sunshine right into your home! Whether they’re real or faux, these beauties add immediate "wow factor” to any room. 


Even when they’re in the background, they add that fun splash of color that just makes me smile. I love how their sunny yellow petals look with all the blue and white accents in my home. 



Seashells are one of the easiest ways to add that summer "on vacation" look to your home. But let’s be subtle with this look. Less is more. One spectacular Capiz light fixture immediately gives us that great coastal look. 

An easier way to incorporate seashells is to just sprinkle a few on a coffee table or at the dinner table for a small intimate gathering.  


Here we’ve got simple white starfish and my favorite embellished placemats. The rest of the table décor is simple, and that scallop shell salad plate just brings the whole look together. 


new pillows 

Do you switch your pillows out seasonally? I love light cotton and linen pillows for summer, especially ones that have a beachy sort of vibe. Leave the fluffy, nubby pillows in the closet until late autumn and focus on fresh summery pillows this season. 


Even switching out one of two pillows will make a dramatic impact. These are a couple of my favorite ones, here in my dining room. 



My absolute favorite summer is the hydrangea. Yes, sunflowers are cheerful and fun, but hydrangeas are just so endearing and homey. And I love how the subtle colors in each bloom blend with each other for an ombre look.  


Hydrangeas only get better with age. Like a beautiful fall leaf, the colors of hydrangea flowers only get richer by the end of the summer.  


Now the white ones are in a class by themselves. Aren’t they just so elegant? And best of all, they look amazing in any room, inside or out! 


french bistro chairs 

I bought my Serena & Lily French bistro chairs several years ago, and I switch them out occasionally between my dining room and breakfast room. They just create a lovely summer look in any room they’re in and remind me of something you'd see at a cute outdoor café.

In fact, I have a set of four different bistro chairs in the backyard that I got at Home Goods a few years ago. They’re in a shady part of the garden with views of the flowers and fountain. It's the perfect spot for enjoying my first cup of coffee in the morning. 


This is a view of our breakfast room. I love how these bistro chairs look with the round antique farmhouse table. Feels just like summer... doesn’t it? 


an alfresco table  


If you don’t already have a table and chairs outdoors for dining alfresco, I highly recommend moving a set out there. Even if it’s a small table and chair for one like this one, I think it’s worth it. In fact, I’ve seen the same little garden table and chairs at Ikea for a great price. 


Another option that I love is searching yard sales and thrift stores for a funky little table and then mix and match it with a vintage chair or two. 


Here’s a dreamy alfresco table, set beautifully and accented with those gorgeous blue hydrangeas in the center. What's your favorite thing about this coastal table?

Dining outdoors is special, even if it’s just you and a friend. A little charcuterie board, a bowl of fresh fruit and something refreshing to drink is one of life’s simplest pleasures. 



One of my favorite and easiest decorating accents to use are lemons! Just like the sunflowers, lemons are bright and cheery. Place them in a pretty bowl or two, or use them on your dinner table for an instant pop of summer color. 


These two blue and white ceramic bowls that I found at Home Goods are the ideal accents for pretty lemons. We do have several lemon trees, so I’m almost never without lemons. I love to use them in the kitchen too. 


american flag 

What is summer without celebrating the USA and proudly featuring our glorious American flag? Patriotic décor is so fun, especially between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That’s 98 days of fantastic red, white and blue options for summer décor! 


ciao! fabiana 



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