Simple and Classic Summer Home Tour (Coastal Inspired)

Welcome friends!  It’s June and the official first day of summer is right around the corner!  To celebrate, I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers for our 2022 Summer home tour hosted by the lovely, Marty of A Stroll Thru Life.  This week, you’re going to have the opportunity to visit 30 homes for tons of summer decorating ideas!  At the bottom of this blog post, you can see the full line up.  Be sure to stop back each day so you don’t miss any.  For my contribution, I hope to inspire you with my simple and classic summer home tour!  

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Summer Home Tour:

Summer Home Tour

Before we begin, I want to welcome those of you who are arriving from Chalking Up Success!  I’m sure you loved Jayne’s easy summer decorating ideas.  Not only is she super-talented, but she’s one of the sweetest bloggers!

When you’re finished here, remember to visit the links at the end of this post to see all the beautiful summer decorating inspiration!  

Now, let’s get started with my classic summer home tour!

Today, we’ll start in the family room where I decorated my mantel in a coastal style…

Coastal Style Summer Mantel:

Since I already have some blue in my family room, it was easy to decorate my mantel with beach inspired colors.

family room with stone fireplace decorated for summer

exact rugwire basketsimilar pitchers

When decorating for summer, you can’t go wrong with some simple coastal accessories.

Coastal style fireplace mantel with beach art and hydrangeas

similar green jug vases

Recently, I found this art print at Homegoods and planned to hang it in a bedroom at our family’s beach house.  For now, it works great as a focal point on my summer mantel.

stone fireplace with blue and white decor - classic summer home tour

As I searched for items to decorate my mantel, I used the colors in the artwork for inspiration.  In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with classic blue and white for summer!  And you can’t go wrong with white hydrangeas when decorating for summer…

Decorating with Summer Flowers:

Just like in my spring home tour, I like to add fresh flowers to my home…

White hydrangeas and white pitcher on stone fireplace - classic summer home tour

Since my hydrangea bushes haven’t bloomed yet, I bought these at the grocery store.  Here on the east coast, we see tons of hydrangeas in the shore towns…so it made sense to add them to my coastal inspired mantel.

In my kitchen, I dressed up an orchid in a blue and white pot.  Sure, orchids are more tropical-coastal than the hydrangeas we see at the Jersey shore but they still look great for summer!  And they look extra summery when placed in view of the pool!

pink orchid in blue and white pot next to window - classic summer home tour

Patio Dining – Classic Summer Home Tour:

In the summer, we practically live on our patio.  Between the seating areas and the patio dining table, we have plenty of spaces to enjoy the summer weather.  Though when dining outside, I like to keep the table relaxed and casual.

patio table next to pool - classic summer home tour

For this table setting, I mixed some navy melamine plates with my everyday porcelain dishes.  Instead of getting all fancy with a napkin ring, I just tied the napkins in a simple knot.  

patio table set with blue and white - classic summer home tour

With some simple blue and white placemats, a few hydrangeas and candles and this table is ready for summer entertaining.

summer table setting on patio - classic summer home tour

By keeping the table simple, we can enjoy the flower gardens and the views of the pool!

pool waterfall - classic summer home tour

Thanks for stopping by to see my classic summer home tour!

purple salvia by swimming pool - simple classic summer decorating ideas

Simple and Classic Summer Decorating Takeaways:

  • Carry the same colors through your rooms.
  • Bring the outside in…or the inside out!
  • Use the sea for inspiration.
  • Keep your decor light and simple.
  • Decorate with seasonal flowers.
  • Don’t “over” decorate…sometimes less is more.

Once again, thank you to Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for hosting!  To take the full tour, you can start with her beautiful blog. 

If you’re following in order, Stonegable is next in the line up.  For many years, I’ve been reading Yvonne’s blog and I adore her decorating style.  She has a way of transforming spaces while making it all look easy.  You’ll definitely learn a lot from this talented lady!

Also, please visit the rest of the participants on the blog hop from the list below!  

Monday – June 6th LineupA Stroll Thru LifeOur Southern HomeGrace In My Space

Hymns & VersesSouthern Hospitality Chalking Up Success


Tuesday – June 7th Lineup

Calypso in the Country StoneGable11 Magnolia Lane

White Arrows Home RemodelaCasa Pink Peppermint Design


Wednesday – June 8th Lineup

Designing VibesCuckoo4DesignWhispering Pines Homestead

Decor to AdoreThrifty and ChicClean and Scentsible


Thursday – June 9th Lineup

CitrineLivingSouthern Home and HospitalityWorthing Court

The Stonybrook House Southern State of MindThis is our Bliss


Friday – June 10th Lineup

Follow The Yellow Brick HomeCountry Road 407Quarters One

Shiplap and ShellsSimply2MomsPasha Is Home

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  1. Love your beautiful summer mantel. That painting is such a pretty find and shares the essence of summer. Your patio and pool are amazing. How nice to have such a fabulous spot to relax and enjoy summer. That is where you would find me for sure. Thanks so much for joining the tour again this season.

    1. Thanks so much, Marty! Homegoods has some great seasonal artwork! Yes, we spend tons of time outdoors…and I’m sure you’re enjoying your beautiful pool as well! Thanks again for including me in your summer tour!

  2. Such soft, subtle touches of the season, and I love how you styled your mantle. Happy summer—isn’t one of your kiddos graduating (I remember Instagram shots of college tours)?

    1. Thanks Diane – and happy summer to you! Yes, a very busy time for us. My oldest graduates high school in 2 weeks! Time sure does fly!

  3. Shelley, your outdoor space is simply awesome! That’s the way to go… outdoor dining and enjoying that beautiful space to the max!

  4. I’m loving your coastal inspiration for summer Shelley. Your mantel is so lovely. You are so lucky to have that gorgeous outdoor space to relax and have fun. You’ve decorated it so beautifully. So happy to be hopping with you again my friend.

    1. Thank you, Kim! I love this time of year so much – which I guess makes it easy to decorate with things I love. Great hopping with you as well! Enjoy your week!

    1. Thank you, Kate! Yes, our backyard definitely gets a lot of use this time of year… Hope you have a great summer!

  5. I totally agree with you, Shelley..you can never go wrong with coastal accents for a nice, summer vibe. Your mantel is beautiful and that pool…just wow! What a fabuous place to enjoy this weather.

    1. Thanks Erica! Yes, I hope to be out there a lot this summer! Great touring with you!

  6. Love the summery vibe, Shelley! I’m always partial to Coastal decor, even though there’s not a smidge of it in my home! Good thing we bought an apartment in Florida where I was able to satisfy that craving, lol!

    1. How nice to spend time in Florida! And thank you for your kind words, Amy. Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Thanks Tamara! We put the pool in right before Covid hit…definitely good timing on that one!

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