Have you ever noticed how changing just one thing in a room can make it look entirely different?

You add one piece.

Or move a piece of furniture to another corner.

Or add a vase of fresh flowers in a new color.

One little change and everything looks a little fresher.

Here are three room mini-refreshes and some easy tips for summer decorating.

Here’s the front entry.

I took this wide shot so you can see how the front entry relates to its friends–the dining room and the family room.

Everything is the same.


Except I added this pattern with this chair into the space.

It’s a subtle pattern with swirls and twists and flowers and leaves.

And adding this pattern ties everything together.

See how the pattern picks up the color of the flooring.

And the color of the rug.

And the hint of wood in the light fixture?

I love the pop of white against the dark floors.

It makes them look like richer.

And it brings out the patina in this piece I found by the side of the road.

Doesn’t it look like an architectural find?


I added this piece of wooden wall art over the dresser.

I had a sign there that I loved and moved to another room.

I’ve been searching for something that would bring out the pattern in the dresser.

Something that would bring out the blue in my hydrangea.

See the subtle shadings of gold in the piece.

It is absolutely perfect for the space.

And then?

In the spirit of something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

My husband made this white box in wood shop in high school.

It goes perfectly with my blue.

Hydrangea that is.

And then?

I changed out the bedding in the guest bedroom.

Look at the ties on these shams and the tiny little button that holds them closed.

I also changed the angle of the bed in the room and it made all the difference.

Changing the angle really allowed the rug to shine.

And the sunlight streaming through the windows silhouettes the bed in the corner.

The bedding is a white matelasse with a faux bois pattern.

It’s designed to look like wood.

Here’s a close-up of the pattern.

Each room has a mini-change.

But that change makes everything work.

Here’s to summer and mini-freshes and creating spaces that we love.

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  1. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    There are SOOOOO many things to love today in this post! I think I sucked in all the air out of the room when I saw that fabric on that chair!!! LOVE it! and I have inspiration for my mother's jewelry box from that sweet box Denton made. That pillow sham--amazing! And blue and white makes me so very happy. Thanks for sharing! and I do love Soft Surroundings. One of my favorites. Happy Weekend, friend! Thank you for the inspiration for a refresh here.

  2. Image for Pamela Pamela

    I So love all the little changes!!!! I love the jewelry box, a few years back i found something that looks so similar , but your's looks so much better .

  3. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Beautiful! Love the chair in the entry way. Question... was it coincidence that you and Yvonne picked three of the same things, or was this was Soft Surroundings offered? Nosy... I mean, inquiring minds want to know!

  4. Image for Tracey Tracey

    I just love this post. The wood tones, the blue and white decorations, the white box, simple elegant design. Just my cup of tea.

  5. Image for Mary Hite Mary Hite

    I love the "side of the Road" find. I have got some wonderful side of the road finds! But - I love your new wall art in the entry even more! Is this also from Soft Surroundings?

  6. Image for Kathleen Harrison Kathleen Harrison

    I like your new blog set up, but is there a way to make the heading scroll up when looking at your post. Now it takes up so much of the screen that I can't see a full photo in one screen on my laptop.

  7. Image for michele michele

    hi karianne! it's so breathtaking and fresh, I just adore it. and anything designed from annie selke has my name on it, to boot. Found this via the link party, and would love to have you visit my post (https://www.hellolovelystudio.com/2017/06/5-tips-to-add-instant-curb-appeal.html) if you have a moment. Peace to you right where you are.

  8. Image for April J Harris April J Harris

    You are so right - little changes do make such a big difference. Thank you for sharing these wonderufl ideas for freshening up our homes for summer with us at Hearth and Soul. Scheduled to pin! Hope to see you at the party again this week!

  9. Image for Dan Dan

    I like how you combine the cool greys with the warm beige tones - IMO this makes for a more timeless feeling as the trend of warm vs cool come and go. Also - serious hardwood floor envy.

  10. Image for Leslie Soto Leslie Soto

    Hi! I'm one of the co-hosts from the Welcome Home Wednesday Link Up. I love your summer decor. That bedding and the blue pop are to die for! I've got serious decorating envy. Thank you for sharing!

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