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.
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.
That’s Anne in orange and AnnMarie in black and we’re enjoying our favorite summer cocktail at AnnMarie’s birthday celebration this week!
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.
- Welcome to the Early Summer Decor Blog Hop!
- Ten Easy Ways to Decorate for Summer
- Combine Faux Florals and Fresh Greenery
- White Florals Keep Things Fresh
- Add Some Patriotic Accents
- Hang a Straw Hat
- Lots and Lots of Greenery!
- Lemons are the Perfect Summer Accent
- Twinkle Lights
- Summery Pillows
- Display Botanical Dishware
- Don’t Forget some Candle Lanterns!
- Lanterns Can Hold More Than Candles!
- More Inspiration
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
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.
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
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.
The faux ferns in this bouquet and allium were also separated and cut down to create this simple arrangement.
You can leave the stems long too!
These pretty white flowers contrast so well with the dark hanging basket in AnnMarie’s entry.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
This vintage fishing creel is a fantastic spot for some greenery this summer!
Lemons are the Perfect Summer Accent
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
And you can find candle lanterns in a huge variety of styles!
As night begins to fall, light the candles for added atmosphere.
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…
Lanterns Can Hold More Than Candles!
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!
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!