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You’ll Love These EASY Summer Decorating Ideas!

You’ll love these easy summer decorating ideas that won’t break the bank! A few simple changes can make your home feel like a refreshing oasis.

The calendar might not say it’s summer yet, but the weather around North Carolina didn’t get the memo!

We’ve had temps in the upper 80s and mid-90s for the past week.

Plus humidity.

Fortunately, we both agree we’d much rather sweat than shiver!

We love celebrating summer in the way we decorate our homes, inside and out.

Over the years we’ve discovered our ten favorite ways to add a touch of summer that are easy and affordable.

Welcome to the Early Summer Decor Blog Hop!

Thank you so much to Kristy from Kristy Mastrandonas Blog for organizing this fun early summer home decorating tour! Kristy is such a talented designer and she did an amazing job of keeping all of us organized.

You can find links to all these gorgeous ideas at the bottom of our post.

Whether you’re a Simply2Moms regular, you found us on Pinterest, or you’re here visiting from Savvy in the Suburbs, welcome!

Didn’t Sheri do a beautiful job decorating her home for summer? We both absolutely love her patriotic table!

If you’re new around here, we’re Anne and AnnMarie, two moms who are lucky enough to be besties and neighbors.

Anne and AnnMarie from Simply2Moms in sundresses holding a drink at a tailgate party

That’s Anne in orange and AnnMarie in black and we’re enjoying our favorite summer cocktail at AnnMarie’s birthday celebration this week!

We work together to share simple and budget-friendly ideas for decoratingrecipesDIY projects, and tips for life with older teens (and beyond!).

You can read more about us and our families over here.

And we would love to learn more about you! Be sure to say “hi” in the comments below and tell us where you’re visiting from.

But that’s enough about us!

Let’s take a look at some easy ways to give your home a summery feel.

Ten Easy Ways to Decorate for Summer

There are so many great ways to give your home a fresh, summery feel!

This list is by no means all of them.

But these are the tips we both return to year after year.

Of course, we’ve saved our favorite one for last. You’ll have to let us know which tip you like best in the comment section at the end of the post!

Combine Faux Florals and Fresh Greenery

console table with mirror on top leaning against wall

Have you ever noticed that faux florals sometimes look a little sparse when you arrange them in a vase?

Well, we’ve got an easy solution!

Trim some fresh greenery, like these magnolia leaves, from your yard and tuck it in along with the faux.

You can put a container inside your vase to hold water to keep it fresh.

Want a closer look at that tablescape in the mirror? It’s all part of an afternoon tea party.

Cherry and black table with a wrought iron chandelier with fabric shades. Table has a white hydrangea centerpiece and tables is set with floral dishes.

Anne cut some hydrangea leaves to fill out this floral bouquet.

She shared all her resources for this botanical tablescape if you want to create a similar look.

White Florals Keep Things Fresh

Front entry table with a bronze lamp with cream lampshade, white wood decorative orb, whitewash basket of faux white flowers

We know flowers come in so many colors, but we both prefer white flowers when using faux florals this time of year.

The combination of white and green always works with our neutral aesthetic.

Don’t be afraid to cut down floral stems into smaller pieces like Anne did for this basket in her entry.

White painted can holds a bouquet of allium and faux ferns next to large burlap-covered Z

The faux ferns in this bouquet and allium were also separated and cut down to create this simple arrangement.

hanging wicker basket filled with faux flowers

You can leave the stems long too!

These pretty white flowers contrast so well with the dark hanging basket in AnnMarie’s entry.

Small Apolis tote with leather handles on an iron hook filled with white allium and asparagus ferns

You can think outside the box with faux florals too.

Who says you have to use traditional containers for flowers?!

The beauty of faux is there’s no need for water, so go ahead and tuck them into a hanging bag.

Add Some Patriotic Accents

foyer decorated for summer patriotic theme

AnnMarie decorated her foyer for summer with some pretty patriotic details.

You’ll never believe where she found that red pillow!

It’s so easy to add some red, white, and blue with some inexpensive US flags.

Tuck some into a hanging basket.

Collection of white milkglass vases in a kitchen window each holding several small US flags

Or line up some milkglass vases and add some flags to the grouping.

Be sure to vary the heights of the vases and the number of flags to keep it interesting.

Front porch with black rocker next to tiered iron plant stand filled with greenery and USA flags

A tiered plant stand filled with faux greenery is another great spot for some patriotic details.

If you want more ideas for patriotic decorations, AnnMarie shared a round-up of ideas from over the past few years.

Hang a Straw Hat

reclaimed wood row of hooks with spring decor hanging from hooks above bench

A straw hat is so summery!

Hang one from the corner of a chair.

Sit one on a side table.

Or hang one from a row of hooks like AnnMarie did in her foyer.

Lots and Lots of Greenery!

Whether you prefer fresh or faux, greenery is the perfect way to give your home a fresh and summery look.

We recently shared 19 ways to use greenery in your home, and here are a few more.

Faux fern in a white plant holder with lacy-looking top in front of a large open weave round white basket

We love the small faux plants and pots from IKEA.

Not only are they inexpensive, they also look pretty realistic!

Anne’s kitties love munching on greenery, but real and faux, so she sticks to faux to avoid possibly poisoning them.

Vintage fishing creel with leather shoulder strap on a fireplace mantel filled with faux greenery next to white iron figurine

This vintage fishing creel is a fantastic spot for some greenery this summer!

Lemons are the Perfect Summer Accent

dining room table with window behind set in summer theme for dinner party

Our monthly dinner club gives us the opportunity to create new themed tablescapes every month.

This summer dinner party gets its fresh look thanks to lemons and some large fresh grocery store florals.

Twinkle Lights

outdoor pergola with string lights furniture and rug and plants

No summer outdoor space is complete without some twinkle lights!

AnnMarie shared how she created this amazing look on her patio.

If you think summer temperatures make hanging out outside too uncomfortable, you’ll love what Anne discovered last year!

Summery Pillows

Chaise lounge with striped lumbar pillow on a patio with lots of plants and hydrangeas

We were recently interviewed by Wayfair and shared some of our tips for creating an outdoor oasis.

One thing we shared is the value of choosing neutral furnishings: they allow you to inexpensively follow decorating trends by adding fresh colors and patterns from one year to the next.

AnnMarie’s colorful striped pillows look great on her pool patio!

Black rocking chair with a bee-patterned pillow next to a large 3-tiered iron plant stand filled with faux plants on a front porch

If you prefer sticking with a neutral look, you can add a summery feel with a whimsical pattern like Anne used on her front porch.

Display Botanical Dishware

Iron plate rack holds plates with a floral and botanical print for summer

Summery plates are another budget-friendly way to add a seasonal feel to your home.

Whether you display them on a plate rack, in a china cabinet, or on open shelving, you can add some color with dishes.

Check tag sales, thrift shops, and garage sales to build an inexpensive collection of plates.

Don’t Forget some Candle Lanterns!

latern with wood beads hanging from top flowers in pots

We love using candle lanterns all year long, but when the weather is warm, we love putting them outside.

They look stylish during the day on a patio.

close up of lantern with candle and two small plants on either side in int front of 2 round coffee tables

And you can find candle lanterns in a huge variety of styles!

Pool with gray flagstone wall in a back yard with candle lanterns around the edge.

As night begins to fall, light the candles for added atmosphere.

You can see how Anne’s pool setting looked once night fell with the glow of candles at this dinner party.

Just be careful with candles in the candle lanterns if your temperatures get really hot!

You may want to keep the candles inside on days hotter than 85, or you may discover your candles have melted, even the pricy battery-powered ones…

White pillar candle melted in half inside a candle lantern

Lanterns Can Hold More Than Candles!

Pot of red geraniums next to lantern with a petunia plant and a large fern on a porch

One year AnnMarie’s lantern toppled over during a storm and one of the glass panels broke.

No worries, though!

Simply remove all the panels and turn that candle lantern into a container for a potted plant.

She shared more ideas for decorating a small porch for summer.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

I hope you found something you loved. You’ll have to share any changes you make with us. Send us a picture or tag us on social media when you post!

Next up for our summer decorating blog tour is Regina from the blog Saved From Salvage. We think you’re going to love Regina’s pretty style. She was a guest host with us last month for our virtual dinner club, and her low country boil tablescape was amazing!

More Inspiration

Kristy – KMID | Wendy – WMDesignHouse | Sheri – Savvy in the Suburbs | AnnMarie & Anne – Simply2Moms | Regina – Saved From Salvage | Libbie – A Life Unfolding | Patricia – Patricia Justice Designs | Tracy – Just Tracy Talk | Denise Happy Haute Home | Kylie – Truemans Treasures | Amy – Cuter Tudor

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!

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Pamela

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

Great, informative and inspiring post. Lots of lovely vignettes, links and ideas. I really like the green botanical plates in the rack. Are they new and available anywhere?

AnnMarie

Tuesday 7th of June 2022

Hi there! Thanks so much for reading our blog post. You can find the plates on Amazon. Here's the link: https://amzn.to/3HcNMOZ

Regina

Monday 6th of June 2022

Ok, that was a ton of ideas. So many fun ones, love the lanterns and how about adding a plant after you break the glass instead of just removing?! I remember those beautiful botanical plates from before - they are my fave. Thanks for hopping :)

AnnMarie

Monday 6th of June 2022

Hi Regina - Thanks so much for commenting on our post. Such a fun blog hop!

Patricia

Monday 6th of June 2022

I LOVE all the ideas! I was wondering is that concrete with the kind of white splattery(?) look, and if so, how is that done? ALso, I love the white flowers. What kind are the round dandelion ones and where might I find those? Everything looks so good and your blog is so very detailed with good explanation! Have enjoyed being a part of the blog hop! I've learned so much and look forward to learning more! -Patricia, Patricia Justice Designs

AnnMarie

Monday 6th of June 2022

Thanks so much Patricia! Here is a link for the faux allium stems: https://rstyle.me/+kwTUsUreW6kNuZgyoUjQsA Such a fun blog hop!

Libbie Burling

Sunday 5th of June 2022

OOOh, You two are so cute! I am a sucker for summer dresses. Belated Bday wishes to AnnMarie!

I am loving your outdoor summer vibe!! Happy to be hopping with you guys. xx

AnnMarie

Monday 6th of June 2022

Aww you're too sweet Libbie...thanks so very much! Such a fun blog hop to be a part of.

Rachel

Sunday 5th of June 2022

I'm loving all these great ideas for summer decorating. Great post.

AnnMarie

Monday 6th of June 2022

Thanks so much Rachel. Such a fun blog hop.