We Want to See Your Summer Home :: How to Decorate For Summer

how to decorate for summer

You’re invited!

We’re doing it again, a seasonal virtual open house!

Show up and share your home with a community of imperfectionists, summer-embracers and pretty-layer-lovers. To join in, simply post photos on Instagram during the week of summer solstice (or join in any time this summer) and tag them with #MyCozySummerHome . (follow me on instagram here)

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Check out the daily prompts, take a photo of your summer home with that prompt in mind and post one photo per day on Instagram. The key is to use the hashtag #MyCozySummerHome –that way we can all find each other.

We’ll start June 18, but there’s no late, you can join in anytime this summer.

You don’t have to own a second home at the beach to have a summer home.

how to decorate for summer

You can create your own summery home by making a few tiny changes, and paying attention to a few key things. A simple mindset shift can make a huge difference in your home.

I created an online class to help you get your home feeling all summery with minimal effort. If you need a little encouragement and motivation when it comes to approaching your summer home, outdoor spaces and hosting — I’ve got you covered.

Use code: save5 for $5 off the summer class, click here to find out more.

Pretty Pile Holders


I used to have a cute chair on one side of this armoire {this photo is in our bedroom} and a little table on the other. Then I realized that I NEVER sat in the cute chair or used the table other than to pile stuff.

I found a better home for the table and chair—one where they were actually needed and used, and in return our room felt instantly more tidy, spacious and pulled together. And all I did was remove a few pretty pile-holders. No cleaning required.

I’m now hyper aware of pretty-pile-holders, and I’m also learning the value and beauty of quiet, empty space. It’s the Cozy Minimalist way.

Of course, my entire house doesn’t just have large pieces of furniture and empty walls. Nope. I love, LOOOOVE beautiful things large and small. That’s part of my problem, I love pretty things so much that a few years ago I realized that my house was drowning in decor.

Now, I try to make sure our major, high-traffic surfaces are cleaned off without much decor living on them not so they’ll be empty all the time, but so they’ll be ready to be used.

Like when we were doing our taxes last week.

Or when I was prepping for some sort of gathering here.

Having a home that serves you & your family doesn’t mean it always looks tidy and pristine. 

Having a home where you value simplicity and order doesn’t mean it has to look empty and sparse.

It’s all about balance.

Our hardworking homes have a special beauty in the midst of the mess.

Kitchen counters are meant to be filled and doors are meant to be opened.

When I’m done, I’ll clean it up, not because a cleared off counter is better, but because that means it’s ready and waiting for the next beautiful mess.

Ready to clear some of your surfaces? Here’s how I decide which surfaces get decor and which go naked.



Color + Texture without much money or commitment. Yes, Please.

Last year I found this pretty blue and white rug for $20 at Home Goods while shopping for some props for some images in my next book. The rug is small–maybe 3 x 5 feet and not something I would normally purchase because I like to use really large rugs and I usually stay away […]

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A Cozy Minimalist Office :: A $500 Giveaway

UPDATE:: Winner announced at the bottom of the post An office doesn’t have to be all printers, wires, file cabinets and black pleather chairs on wheels. As a matter of fact, I expect the same qualities from my office that I want from the rest of my home–something functional, organized with items I love and […]

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Our Basement Renovation:: from bad to glad

sofa from Value City–not my first choice in style, but y’all it was less than $500! Check the clearance area! Ottoman from HomeGoods, rug from At Home It’s not done yet, but if I waited until a room was finished before I shared it, I’d have one post a year here. If I’m lucky. Our […]

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A Cozy Minimalist Spring Home

Today I’m joining up with some friends for an early spring tour. So if you are here from Leanna’s place, welcome! Whether you’re getting snow this weekend or sitting out by the pool I hope this tour encourages and inspires you to make your house your home and to spring it up a bit. Be […]

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