Looking for some summer decorating ideas for the living room? Oh, good. This post has tons of summer decorating tips and ideas and inspiration just for you.
Do you have any decorators that live in your house?
All the people with the big opinions who eat raisin bran and wear summer headbands and never miss an episode of the Bachelorette and leave their stinky shoes under the coffee table.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that when I gave birth to two tiny blonde-haired blue-eyed littles with their tiny hands and their ballerina toes, one day I would be getting free decorating advice from them.
Free of charge.
And the best part?
They were pointing their toes while they were advicing it.
Here is my living room all decked out for summer.
If you have followed this blog for more than a hot minute you know that this room has been a challenge for me. I’ve painted the walls two different colors and changed out the rug and hung at least SEVEN different things on the wall and painted the coffee table and then took the paint off the coffee table.
All in a vain attempt to fall in love with the room.
Please tell me I’m not alone.
Please tell me you have a room like this.
A room that you have changed out the table and repainted the space and switched things around and added new accessories.
And after all that changing?
You can’t put your finger on it, but you just feel like something isn’t decorating right.
If you’ve ever felt like this, then you understand me when I say…
….I’m changing up this room again.
For summer my heart was wanting light and bright and airy.
Just in case you’ve never been here before? Texas is hot. Wait. That didn’t explain it properly. Texas is HOT or HOOOOOOOOOOT.
And when it’s hot?
You want your living room to feel cool.
We painted the walls SW Extra White.
They were SW Mindful Gray before and I loved it, but this room doesn’t get a lot of natural light and I wanted to bring as much light as I could into the space.
I found these incredible pieces of over-sized art and hung them on the wall and added new lamps to the tables on the back of the couch.
I love the brass frames and the delicate sketches.
I changed out the hutch that was in the corner that never really worked for me. It was so pretty, but it was too small and too fancy for the space. I found this hutch at a local thrift store on sale and transformed it into a farmhouse hutch.
For summer decorating ideas? I just shopped the house for everything else.
I brought down the rug from Westleigh’s room and switched out another rug for her space.
I added new accessories and fresh flowers and changed up a few pillows.
The vases are from the front living room and the white pieces on the coffee table are from the bookshelves upstairs.
The brass picture frames in the corner are from the bathroom.
And shopping on and on.
And when I was done?
When I had arranged the last flower and fluffed the last pillow and tucked the throws on the side of the couch, the twins burst through the door full of laughter and giggles and conversation about their day at VBS.
And mid-conversation, they paused.
And stared wide-eyed at the living room.
And then they looked at each other and back at me.
“MOM,” they said. “MOOOOOM.”
I braced myself for the unsolicited decorating advice and opinions on my summer decorating ideas. Would it be good? Would they like it? Would they turn up their nose and start fixing macaroni and cheese?”
“WE LOVE IT MOM,” they said. “Seriously. It’s the best the living room has looked. And those pictures are so pretty.”
And with that—they twirled their way out of the room.
I let out the breath I didn’t even know I was holding and smiled.
I was so happy.
They liked it.
They really, really liked it.
Sometimes unsolicited decorating advice is the best.
Especially when it comes with choreography. 🙂
PS Buddy told me (unsolicited of course) that he loves it too.