Summer Foyer – Decorating Ideas for the Entryway and Beyond

Welcome friends!  Are you ready for some summer home tours?  Today, I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers for our 2023 Summer Home Tour hosted by our friend, Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. Each day this week, several of us will be sharing our homes all decorated for summer!  With over 25 bloggers on the tour, there’s something for everyone…from coastal decorating to traditional and everything in between.  For my stop on the tour, I’ll show you my summer foyer with peeks into some adjoining rooms!

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Summer Home Tour 2023:

2023 Summer Home Tour - open door and flowers

Before we begin, I want to welcome those of you who are arriving from The House on Silverado!  Niky’s home decor is beautiful and I’m sure you loved her screened porch ideas!

When you’re finished here, please be sure to visit the links at the end of the post to see all the beautiful summer tours!

Now, let’s get started with my summer foyer…

Since I didn’t decorate my front porch yet, we’ll begin inside the front door.

From the top of my stairs, you get a full view of my two story foyer.  During the summer months, we get to enjoy the late afternoon sun in the front of the house.  As you can see, the sunshine illuminates the entryway and really brightens up the whole space.

Stairs in two story foyer with arched window and sunlight - Summer Foyer Decorating Ideas

Each season, I like to decorate my console table because it’s the first thing you see when you walk in. Well…that and the staircase.  A few years ago, we updated the stair runner with a sisal look carpet.  Since I wanted the look of sisal without the scratchiness, this runner has worked out well.  Plus, it works with the coastal vibe in my home.

Summer foyer with wood floor and staircase

Speaking of coastal, I decorated my console table with some coastal inspired accessories.  I switched out my black table lamp for a slightly distressed white lamp and added some glass containers of shells.

Summer foyer console table decorated with blue and white coastal accessories

To add a bit of color, I repurposed my blue and white checked beach sarong as a table runner.  If you don’t want to spend a lot of money when decorating, it helps to use what you own.  Maybe I’ll take a look and see what else I have in my beach bag!

Traditional staircase with white spindles in summer entryway

To finish this coastal vignette, I filled a seagrass basket with white hydrangeas.  After all, hydrangeas are the perfect summer flower…don’t you agree?  

White hydrangeas in summer foyer

If you want to see some other ways, I’ve decorated with hydrangeas, read 7 Ways to Decorate with Hydrangeas.

Console table decorated with hydrangeas - summer foyer decorating ideas

Normally, I decorate with more color but I’m loving the mostly white color palette this year.

Staircase and entryway with wood floor

Summer Foyer to the Dining Room…

If you want to see more color, let’s head into my dining room which is painted navy blue…specifically Sherwin Williams Naval.  For a look back at the previous color, see the reveal blog post.

Navy blue dining room with traditional furniture

In my dining room, I kept the summer decor very simple.  Already, the room had a coastal vibe with the seagrass rug and shell artwork.  So, all I did was add some summer accessories to the table.

Navy dining room with white pitcher centerpiece for summer

First, I headed to my backyard to cut some of my landscaping grasses.  Don’t worry, they are already growing like crazy out there so you can’t even tell I cut back some of them.  I’m not exactly sure what kind of plants they are but they remind me of the grasses you see on the dunes at the beach.  Maybe, they’re the same…who knows!

grasses in white pitcher on table - summer home tour

Anyway, I filled one of my white pitchers with the greenery, added my wooden candlesticks to each side and placed them all on top of my burlap runner.  There…a super easy summer centerpiece!

Open bay windows with curtains in dining room - summer home tour

Lately, we’ve had some lovely weather so I try to open the windows every chance I get.  With the warm breezes blowing in, it even feels like the beach in my dining room!

Living Room next to the Summer Foyer…

Now, let’s take a peek into my living room…where the windows are also open to the summer breezes.

Summer living room with seagrass chairs and plantation shutters

Since my living room has a tropical vibe most of the year anyway, I didn’t really change much.  

orchid on table in front of open window - summer living room

Though, I did add a few summer inspired accessories to this little table.  

Summer Kitchen Tour…

From there, we’ll finish up my summer home tour in the kitchen.

White kitchen with wood floors - decorated for summer

With a white kitchen, it’s easy to decorate for summer.  As always, I added some blue accessories to continue the coastal vibe.  Last year, I shared mostly my family room and outdoor areas, so this year I’ll show you more of the kitchen.

White kitchen with stained island decorated for summer

To continue with my white color scheme, I placed a white runner down the center of my island.  From there, I added some white  hydrangeas and some coastal accessories to my round tray.

White hydrangeas on tray on kitchen island - summer foyer and home tour

In my home, round trays are a decorating staple.  By the way, here are some more ways to decorate with them.

White hydrangeas and shells - summer kitchen and summer foyer

Once again, since I didn’t use a ton of color this time, the textures play a bigger part in my decorating.

White stove mantel in summer kitchen

Though, I did add a bit of blue up on my stove mantel.  

White cabinets and stovetop - summer kitchen decor ideas

After all, blue is the color of the sea…and the summer sky…

Blue and white dishes on kitchen counter - summer kitchen and summer foyer decor

So, I added more blue to my corner vignette.  After all, I had to make up for keeping my summer foyer so neutral.  Haha!  

White hydrangeas in white pitcher on counter - summer kitchen and summer foyer

Bring on the summer season!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my summer foyer and home tour! 

Summer Foyer Decorating Takeaways:

  • Display your coastal inspired accessories.
  • Fresh flowers bring life to a room.
  • Use wicker baskets, seagrass and other textures.
  • Find places to display shells.
  • Bring in flowers or greenery from your yard.
  • A white color palette looks fresh for summer!
  • Open the windows and enjoy the summer breezes!

Shop the Look for Summer:


If you haven’t decorated for summer yet, maybe our tours will inspire you to get started!

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

If you’re following along in order, StoneGable is next on the list.  Definitely, a must see!  I’ve been following Yvonne for many years and absolutely love her decor style!

Also, please visit the rest of the summer home tour participants from the list below! (Click on any line below to catch up or see any tour.)

Monday June 5th

A Stroll Thru LifeSimply2MomsOur Southern HomeThe Tattered PewWhispering Pines Homestead

Tuesday June 6th

Eleanor Rose Home The House of SilveradoCalypso In The CountryStoneGableMy Wee Abode Southern Home and Hospitality

Wednesday June 7th

Worthing CourtThrifty and ChicThe Stonybrook House Decor To AdoreChalking Up SuccessShe Gave It A Go

Thursday June 8th

Shiplap and Shells Pasha is HomeDIY Beautify CitrineLivingThistle Key LaneCountry Road 407

Friday June 9th

White Arrows HomeIt All Started With Paint Southern Crush at HomeAmy Sadler Designs 

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  1. Shelley – this looks all so wonderful! White pitchers, hydrangeas, shells, seagrass – these are all the same elements I would use for summer! I love how you pulled it all together. Plus – the blue glass on your hood and and the blue on your counter tie in with the lovely tablecloth on your kitchen table. Definitely a bright, easy and summery feel in your home!!

    1. Thank you, Kristine! Yes, I guess we all love those simple summer accessories, don’t we? I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. Happy almost-summer to you!

  2. I love your fabulous two story foyer. Such a dramatic entrance. I agree, the white with touches of blue are so perfect for summer. Your Navy dining room is stunning, and creates such a cozy spot for dining. I loved seeing more of your kitchen. Love the upper cabinets with glass and the stove hood and mantel are gorgeous. Adding just a bit of blue and white in the corner was perfect. Thank so much for joining the tour again this season, your home is always so well done and such a fun place to visit.

    1. You’re the sweetest! Thank you Marty! Originally, I was just going to focus on the foyer but I kept expanding into more rooms. Thanks again for hosting this summer tour. I always love visiting all the homes!

  3. Shelley, Your summer home tour is gorgeous! I love the blue walls of your dining room, and those curtains are adorable! Your kitchen is stunning with the pops of blue for summer. Thank you for the inspiration!!!

  4. Your home is so elegant and beautiful! I love your coastal touches throughout and your kitchen is stunning! I’m a huge blue and white fan so I’m swooning over all of your accents! Such a beautiful summer tour!

    1. Thank you Tamara! Yes, I know you love blue and white too…and you always decorate with it so beautifully! I can’t wait to tour your home this week!

  5. What? You get to cut your own grasses? How fun is that?! Everything looks so spacious and cool. Hope you have a wonderful summer Shelley. Enjoy!

  6. Always love touring your home, Shelley! And you KNOW I love your coastal touches! You know, I never noticed this before, but your foyer has a very similar footprint as Suzy Handgraaf’s… and your dining room, too! Have you ever noticed that? Oh well… pinned! šŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks Julie…and no I never thought about my layout being similar to Suzy’s! I’ll have to go take a look – I love her blog!

    1. Thank you Kate! Yes, seagrass and hydrangeas are just made for each other, aren’t they? And thanks – I always love decorating my stove mantel. Although, if I had it to do over again, I might make it a bit deeper and I’d definitely have them add a plate groove. I don’t know how I forgot to ask for one!

  7. What a beautiful foyer you have, Shelly! You are so lucky to have that wide open space with all that light! My foyer is on the north side of our house and is so difficult to photograph. I love your summer kitchen decor particularly your coastal style countertop vignette and mantel decor – Light and breezy with all the colors of the coast! Thanks for the beautiful tour and I hope you have a great summer! Pinning!

    1. Thanks for the sweet comment and for pinning, Jayne! Actually, my foyer is facing north…(well, kind of north west). I guess I get light from the other rooms and the late afternoon sun in the summer. Anyway, glad you liked the tour and my coastal items! Enjoy your summer!

  8. Shelley, you know I have a weakness for blue and white, so I’m loving the beach sarong on the entry table! Beautiful tour with all the white hydrangeas too! I need to go back to Trader Joe’s for more, maybe they will have white this time. šŸ˜Š

    1. Thanks Michelle! Yes, we do love our blue and white, don’t we? Great touring with you!

    1. Thanks so much Kristin! I enjoy the relaxed feel of summer decorating! Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Everything looks beautiful! I love how you used your sarong on your entryway table. Genius! Visiting from Katherine’s Corner. If you get a chance, hope to have you stop by & share on Crafty Creators Link Party. Have a great weekend!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

    1. Thanks so much Niki! Yes, that sarong was a last minute addition (which is why it isn’t ironed…haha) Glad you liked it!

  10. Shelley, your home is gorgeous! I love the fresh touches you brought in for summer. Iā€™m excited to tell you that this post will be featured in Tuesday Turn About Link Party this week! Thanks so much for linking up and we hope to see you this week! Pinned šŸ˜Š

  11. What a beautiful Summer home, Shelley!! I LOVE all of the coastal touches that you incorporated throughout. The photos feel soothing and relaxing, just like the beach and Summer is! Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week!!

  12. What a beautiful home tour! Hydrangeas are the perfect summer flower and I love all the sea shells etc. And that blue transferware!!! šŸ¤© Thank you so much for sharing at then Home Imagined party. Have. great summer. XO- MaryJo

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