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Summer Home Tour: Adding Color to Your Home

Summer Home Tour: Adding Color to Your Home

As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, summer is here! You probably feel like I do in the summer: relaxed and mentally winding down. We are free from routines and even free from heavy jackets. For summer I like to lighten up my home. I roll up heavy rugs, hang sheers, open the windows, and simplify my home. Life takes on a fabulous laid-back approach and feel! 

I've teamed up with amazingly talented bloggers/designers on a blog hop to inspire you to bring summer into your homes this season. Feel free to settle in with a cup of coffee or glass of wine as you hop from blog to blog! Once you start hopping it's difficult to stop! A special welcome to those of you hopping over from Amy's blog at Crazy Chic Design. I am always inspired by Amy's beautifully designed home! She is fabulous! A big thank you to my returning followers, I so appreciate you being with me while I create my cozy and seasonal home. Now let's get started with the tour!

As some of you know I live on Monterey Bay on the coast of California. I am inspired by my surroundings when decorating for summer. On our many beach walks my husband and I have collected sea glass, driftwood, and sand dollars. Strolling along the beach and finding these colorful treasures brings a natural enjoyment.  I'm using sea glass as my color palette in my family room. All the elements of the sea, combining sea, sky, and sand in gorgeous shades of blue, green, and grey. Continuing with the glass theme I also pulled out large glass bottles for displaying green leaves. 

Flowers are everywhere in the summer. So I'm inspired to put floral prints and casual flower arrangements in my living room. Right now I can't resist these pink peonies from Trader Joe's. Soon I'll have flowers from my garden, alstroemeria and hydrangeas. I lighten up the bookcase and added a few coastal touches.

Most of our cooking moves to the outside grill. Our dining room isn't used all summer long since we want to spend every minute outside. To decorate the dining room simply, I've placed lanterns on the table and will keep a bouquet of seasonal flowers. 

The bar cart is all stocked up for summer! I love fruity drinks this time of year, so that calls for a colorful bar cart reflecting colorful citrus, whimsical glassware, and shiny straws.

Unfortunately my home office doesn't get a summer vacation. I like to brighten it up in the summer with colorful flowers. Luckily my home office has french doors that I can open onto the patio, perfect for a summer vibe while working. For easy access I've loaded the shelves with some of my "go to books".

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I've pared down my bedding too. I switched to white, bright, and simple. My accent is this beautiful blush quilt from HomeGoods. It has just enough pink to keep my bedroom light and airy. It feels like I'm on vacation when I wake up in this bed!  

All white bedding with a touch of blush has the luxurious feeling of a resort; Carmen loves it!

All white bedding with a touch of blush has the luxurious feeling of a resort; Carmen loves it!

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a look at how I decorate for summer. Summer is gone so quickly; I hope you are able to enjoy it while you can! Xoxo~Joan

For more summer inspiration you'll want to continue hopping over to Kathleen's blog at Lindsay Hill Interiors. Kathleen creates the most beautiful designs, I know you don't want to miss her! A special thank you to Janine at Happy Happy Nester and Sheila at Maison de Cinq for organizing all the bloggers for this tour!  Here is a list of all the fabulous bloggers on this tour:

Janine    Happy Happy Nester

Kim & Lacey     Styled With Lace

Amy     Crazy Chic Design

me     2 Ladies & A Chair

Kathleen      Lindsay Hills Interiors

Tamara      Citrine Living

Lizbeth      Home & Fabulous

Loi          Tone On Tone

Sheila       Maison de Cinq

Julie & Jodie    The Design Twins

Gloribell     I Don't Know How She Does It   

Amie       Meme Hill Studios

Laila      Designs by Laila

 

Enjoy your summer!

I have received products in exchange for this post. All expressed opinions are 100% mine.

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