Are you adding summer decor to your tiny house (or large home) for the upcoming season? These apartment summer decor tips may be a little surprising.
ADDING SUMMER DECOR TO YOUR TINY HOUSE
Today, I’m super blessed to be participating in the Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tour, hosted by my dear friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew!
This week, we have 30 amazing bloggers sharing their summer homes for your enjoyment and inspiration! Be sure to come back each day and click on the links below to see the complete tour!
A big shout out to all my MWA family visiting today, and if you are visiting from StoneGable welcome-welcome! Yvonne and I are dear friends and kindred spirits. She is my blogging and decorating hero (and I bet she’s yours, too!) Thank you so much for visiting, and if you are inspired by what you see here, please feel free to subscribe by clicking on the button below.
Why Should I Decorate My Home for Summer?
Do you ever wonder, “Why should I decorate my home?”
We have been created to appreciate beauty. Creating a space of loveliness and comfort often brings a sense of peace and refuge to you AND those living in your home.
We have also been created in the image of God… each one of us! And God is the ultimate Creator! Since we have been made in His image, it stands to reason that we have been made to ‘create’. And adding decor to our homes is one way to do just that!
Whether you own your home, rent an apartment, or live in a dorm, these summer decor tips and tricks will inspire you to create a lovely living space during these oh-so-hot months.
What Makes a Perfect Home?
Well, it’s not decor!
Nope, not only does meticulous decor NOT make a perfect home… because there will ALWAYS be something that can be changed or improved upon!
This is my new tiny office space. It includes a double-drop-leaf table with drawers on both sides (it’s perfect for a small home office) and a comfy captain’s chair.
As you can see, this is still a work-in-progress. I STILL need to paint the kitchen, as seen by the two colors on the wall behind the chair. And, the plan is to use the back of my baker’s cabinet as ‘office space’ and make it look lovely at the same time!
This is only one of the imperfect aspects of my home. (I’ll point out more as we go along this tour!)
Go Big or Go Home… Sometimes
My summer decor includes a bit of a coastal touch (I know… surprise, surprise). A large piece of faux coral was part of the original decorating plan, but after taking some photos, I realized it was too big for my little living area.
Although one large statement piece can often be the perfect addition to your decor, sometimes a medium-sized decor piece is a better choice.
Adding a coastal sandpiper was the perfect element for my ‘faux mantel’.
“Filler” is always a great way to add some inexpensive decor to your home, and it can be reused if you store it well.
Designer Tip: If you aren’t sure about your decor or vignette, take a photo of the space. A picture is worth a thousand words and often give you a fresh perspective of the area.
Adding Fresh Elements is Always a Win
It seems that every summer, fresh fruit is all the rage… for eating and decor! And this year is no different.
Adding fresh lemons and limes to a large ironstone bowl, and then ‘sprinkling’ them around the kitchen, was a fun ‘first’ for My Wee Abode.
But be careful. If your home is lacking air-conditioning, like mine is, your fresh fruit can over-ripen… FAST! Ask me how I know this! 😉
Shop Your Home Before Purchasing New
If you’ve been around My Wee Abode for any amount of time, you may recognize some of my summer decor from past seasons.
This metal orb was used in a Pinterest Challenge kitchen vignette, and since then it’s been in my bedroom.
By adding some sea glass shards, it gave it a bit of a coastal summer vibe.
These black lanterns are always hanging on the wall, but their contents change every season. Adding a bit of white rope to the top gave them a coastal spin, as well.
The candle holders on the left of my media console are a ‘staple’ in my decor. I actually purchased a gorgeous new set of candle holders, but they just didn’t work for summer. Which brings me to my last tip for today…
Buyers Regret? Keep the Receipt!
Yep… those beautiful candleholders are going back to the store, along with the large faux coral piece (and several other items, as well).
Remember, you can always buy, take home, and see if the decor works. Be sure to keep your receipt. If it doesn’t work, return it. If you love it, keep it! But, I bet you knew that, right?
However, if you use the decor for any length of time, stay honest and don’t return it if you are simply ‘done’ with it. Just sayin’. 😉
More Summer Decor Inspiration
Here are a few more summer decor photos that just might inspire you!
Do you like the ‘wreath’ above the TV? It took about 10 minutes to make! Are you interested in a tutorial for it? Let me know in the comments.
You can use this ‘wreath’ over and over again for each season!
The kitchen got a ‘light’ touch for summer!
The lemons add a nice burst of color!
It’s always fun to use my vintage-look scale… and using some sprigs of fresh greenery adds another summer touch.
By the way, feel free to mix faux and fresh flowers and greenery. The boxwood in the bowl is ‘fake’, and the lemon and leaves are real.
Oh… and did you happen to get a sneak peek of the artwork on the side of the baker’s cabinet?
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Thank you so much for joining us on the tour today. I hope I will see you again soon!
Before you go, be sure to pop on over to White Arrows Home. My sweet friend Kristin literally lives in a cabin in the woods and shares her love of vintage decor! You won’t want to miss her tour!
And remember to come back and tour six more bloggers’ homes each day this week! We have lots of styles and lots of inspiration for you!
Blogger’s Best Summer Home Tour
This week I’m joining some of my blogging friend’s for the Bloggers Best Summer Home Tours! All week long we are welcoming you into our homes. You can visit each summer home tour by clicking the links below.