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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Summer Styling

     How do you get your house ready for summer? And I'm not talking about the practical things like changing out the storm windows for screens or getting out the sprinklers. I'm mean how do you decorate or style your home for summer?

     For me its all about taking off layers {not clothes, silly} and adding some beachy elements. Por ejemplo,  {I have a lot of spanish on the brain today, not sure why}, I take off the throw blankets on the beds and couches, spare down the decorative details, and add in lighter colors and whites. Just typing this description makes me feel more summery! I also like to add in more natural elements like flowers, sea stars, sand and shells. {Not to mention the driftwood centerpiece I just showed you!}

Martha Stewart

     I love the colors and the texture in this picture. This totally speaks summer to me!

     In my own home my first step to summering things up a bit was to change out my hutch shelves from Spring to Summer. You have to look closely to see the subtle changes. Pretend this is one of those 'circle all of the differences between the two pictures' that you did when you were a kid! ;)

     What is totally obvious is the repair to the door that my dad did for us. We plan to repaint the whole hutch but haven't gotten to that yet!

     This season I didn't have time to make major changes as I've done in the past. But I think this shows that you don't need to make major changes to make a difference for the seasons. From spring to summer I changed some of the elements such as the tea pot to the pot with the shell on top, and added smaller details as well. 

     I'm working on the mantle.  I have to work around that pesky cable box which makes it difficult! {Darn those things! They sure aren't friendly to my decor!}

     And in the bathroom, I always like to update my little shelf above the toilet for the seasons too. {Don't forget about those bathrooms for the seasons!} Its always a fun surprise to change out that little space too!

     The little sail boat was made out of left over bark from this project. It was easy to cut my shape with scissors and using craft glue, stick it to a stick I found in the yard. The flag is a piece of ribbon trimmed.

     Summer's almost here! Are you ready!!!!

I'm sharing this project here:

Its Overflowing
i should be mopping the floor 
Between naps on the porch 
The Lettered Cottage 
The Shabby Creek Cottage


  1. You have beautiful taste Jody! You have that special eye for beautiful decor!!! Love it all! I am your newest linky follower...hope you can follow me too :)


  2. Thank you Julie! I really appreciate it!

  3. You've made some lovely, subtle changes that just speak to summer. I love the use of shells & lots of clear glass -- your mason jar candle is adorable. I'm doing some of that "lightening-up" process here. I also like to change pillow covers for the season. I'm working on some summery ones right now.

    I'm now following through the Bloghop, & also following on Pinterest -- love Pinterest!

  4. I am so excited to be your newest follower! LOVE your summer ideas and creativity!
    Looking forward to more from you :)
    Make it a great day!
    What Meegan Makes

  5. I love your bathroom vignette! I found you at i should be mopping the floor and am your newest follower! I'd love for you to visit my new blog and say hello :)

  6. Lovely! Loving all the white, aqua, and natural touches!
    Found you through Transformation Thursday. :)
    Your newest follower,


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