Summer Home Tour (Easy Breezy Decorating Ideas)

Welcome friends!  If you’re looking for ways to decorate for summer, you’re in luck!  Today, I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers for our 2024 Summer Home Tour hosted by our friend, Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. Each day this week, (Monday thru Thursday), several of us will be sharing our homes all decorated for summer!  With 16 bloggers on the tour, there’s a variety of styles…from coastal decorating to traditional and everything in between.  For my stop on the Summer Home Tour, I’m sharing easy, breezy decorating ideas with a coastal vibe!

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Summer Home Tour 2024:

Greenery, bricks and white door - Summer Home Tours

Before we begin, I want to welcome those of you who are arriving from Stonegable.  For many years, I’ve been reading Yvonne’s blog and admiring her gorgeous homes.  I’m sure you enjoyed her beautiful summer 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 home tour:

Welcome to my traditional style foyer…

Today, we begin our tour in the foyer which gets the best afternoon sunlight this time of year. From here, you can see straight into the living room where we’ll take a look around.

Foyer with wood floors and navy area rug by door with living room in background

Living room with a British Colonial aesthetic…

Since this room always has a bit of an island vibe, it’s easy to decorate for summer in here!  For the summer season, I brought out shells, coral and even more cane and wicker pieces.  In fact, I recently bought the scalloped edge rattan bowl and I’m loving how it adds to the coastal feel in the room.

Living room with traditional wood coffee table, oriental rug and black baby grand piano - summer home tour

With the coffee table being such a focal point, I wanted a light and airy look for summer.

Wood coffee table decorated with shells, wicker bowl, plants and stacks of books - summer home tour

Plus, you can’t go wrong with stacks of decorating books and some coral pieces.

coral on stack of coffee table books - summer home tour

Recently, I added a few starfish to the boxwood and woven spheres.  Maybe I’ll fill the bowl with a bunch of larger shells at some point.  Though, I do like the touches of greenery for summer.  You’ll also notice I’ve opened up my windows to enjoy those sweet summer breezes.  Here in New Jersey, the mornings have been cool enough to open the windows..at least for a little while.

scalloped woven bowl filled with greenery and starfish in front of two seagrass chairs and open windows - summer home tour

Blue and white coastal decor in the kitchen…

What’s more classic than blue and white for summer?  When decorating my kitchen, I wanted a light and airy feel for the warmer months.  Since my curtains were already blue, it was easy to continue that color scheme.

White kitchen decorated with blue and white - summer home tour

Stripes are always a popular design for summer decorating and they make a great background for a table setting.  In fact, I’ve used this tablecloth many times.  Doesn’t it kind of remind you of the iconic rug from the movie, Something’s Gotta Give?  Yeah, I love classic Nancy Meyers style! 

Blue and white table setting with striped tablecloth, white dishes and seagrass placemats - summer home tour

For the place settings, I kept it simple with crisp white plates and napkins.

This past weekend, we hosted a pre-prom party for my son.  Since I had the peonies left over from the party, I decided to add them to my summer table…why not repurpose them?

Blue and white striped tablecloth, place settings and flowers on kitchen table with white chairs

For this table, I loaded up on the seagrass and shells to continue the coastal feel.

Top view of blue and white table settings with seagrass placemats and white plates - summer home tour

In my opinion, this coastal aesthetic could work for casual dining or even a fancier dinner party.  

Blue and white coastal place setting with seagrass placemats - summer home tour easy breezy ideas

Sure, this blue and white table setting works well in a kitchen but it would be fun to recreate on the patio…or even the beach!

Besides the beachy table, I added a few more coastal touches throughout the kitchen.

White kitchen with stained island and hardwood floors

On my kitchen island and stove mantel, I filled white pitchers with grasses from my backyard bushes.  The grasses remind me of what you might see growing on the sand dunes at the beach.

White kitchen with black lanterns and stained wood island decorated for summer home tour

Instead of using a lot of color, I displayed neutrals like the wooden candlesticks and cane candle holders.

Tall grasses in white pitcher on white stove mantel - summer home tour

On the island, I used my go-to round wooden tray to hold my coastal pieces.  

Coastal decor on Kitchen island with lanterns above and windows in background

If you want to create an easy vignette, start with a round tray.  In fact, here are more ways I’ve decorated with them.

Round wooden tray holding pitcher of green grasses, a seagrass candle holder and large shell with smaller seashells inside - summer home tour

This time of year, I like to keep my kitchen clear and fresh from a lot of clutter.  Sometimes, a pretty view is all you need.

Three kitchen windows over sink with white cabinets

Peek into our summer family room…

Since our kitchen and family room are open concept, I tend to decorate the two rooms alike.  From the kitchen table, you can see I’ve continued the blue and white in the family room. 

Kitchen view into family room with stone fireplace

Even though I didn’t change much for the summer season in there, I did lean the window pane mirror up on the mantel.  Once again…just keeping it simple.

Blue and white table decor with stone fireplace in background - summer home tour

On the family room coffee table, I displayed some blue and white chinoiserie spheres, some faux hydrangeas and another shell. Just a few simple touches to add to the casual summer vibe! 

Blue and white coastal decor on wicker tray and table runner on coffee table

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my easy, breezy summer home tour! 

Summer Decorating Takeaways:

  • Keep it simple!
  • Stack decorating books to add height and interest.
  • Display fresh flowers to bring life to a room.
  • Use seagrass, cane and other textures.
  • Find places to display shells and coastal inspired accessories.
  • Bring in flowers or greenery from your yard.
  • A blue and 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, I hope our tours inspire you!

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, From Farmhouse to Florida is next on the list.  Today, Kim is sharing ideas to get you ready for the 4th of July!  Be sure to visit her beautiful blog!

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 10th Lineup.

A Stroll Thu Life My Thrift Stoe AddictionDecor To AdoreOur Southern Home

Tuesday June 11th Lineup.

Calypso in the CountryFrom Farmhouse to Florida Thrifty and ChicStoneGable

Wednesday June 12th Lineup

Whispering Pines Homestead Worthing CourtB Vintage StyleChalking Up Success

Thursday June 13th Lineup

Bluesky at HomeCounty Road 407Pasha is HomeBungalow 47



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  1. Shelley, your summer decor looks effortlessly lovely–you’ve nailed easy and breezy with beautiful results! I really love the coastal accents and casual dining setting–pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thanks so much, Cecilia! Summer is my favorite and I love decorating this time of year!

    1. Thanks so much, Carol! I can never have enough woven accessories! Have a great summer as well!

  2. I love, love, love the coastal vibe you bring to your home. So perfect for summer and your home is always so welcoming. Great tips and ideas. Thanks for joining the tour this season, your home is always a delight to visit.

    1. Awe, thanks so much Marty! I actually enjoy decorating for summer more than any other time of year…because it’s so easy! Thanks again for hosting this wonderful tour!

  3. Absolutely charming summer decor Shelley! Your home looks so cozy and stylish. You’ve shared some wonderful ideas for coastal decorating. I love the little rattan bowl in your living room and all the textures you’ve added. Thanks for the lovely tour!

    1. Jayne, you’re always so kind – thank you so much! I had fun pulling it all together. Happy almost-summer!

  4. Shelley,
    Your coastal, British colonial style shines through in your summer home. It’s charming and inviting! I noticed the books Beautiful and More Beautiful are a couple of my favorites. Thank you for the “takeaways” at the end of your post. What a delightful reminder. Happy Summer!

    1. Thanks so much Yvonne! Yes, aren’t those books wonderful…some of my favorites too. Happy summer to you as well!

  5. Your home looks so happy and bright! Like a summer glow after a day at the beach. Love how it still looks classic and not overly coastal. You’ve added just the right amount. Not that I’m an expert that’s for sure. I’ve never done coastal but it’s beautiful. Always enjoy hopping with you. Have a great summer!

    1. Thanks so much Cindy! Understated coastal was exactly what I was going for! Glad you like it…Happy almost summer!

  6. Gorgeous Shelley!! You do light and bright so well, and I especially love how you use texture to make it so warm and cozy! I always comment about how much I love your fabulous kitchen, and it’s just perfect for this season:-)

  7. Love all your coastal touches ! Your home looks so summery! Thanks for sharing it with us! It was so fun hoping with you!

  8. Shelley, I am loving all your beach-y summer vibes you have, especially all the texture. What a lovely space. Enjoy your beautiful home this summer!

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