4 ways to bring summer into your home

Summer is creeping up quickly — long days with early sunrises and late sunsets. Days full of sunshine and endless possibility. Summertime is a time for the outdoors — soaking up sun and recovering from the days of winter of being cooped up indoors.

Summer doesn’t have to be for the outdoors only, though. There are many ways to bring summertime inside, to make the moments during the long days of summer comfortable, both outdoors and in.

Here are a few of my ideas to make our homes work for the summer.

1.  Cool it.

I love when the seasons change and I can pack up my throw blankets, put away the candles, and store all the things that I add to create warmth during the cooler months. I love making my home feel breezy and cool by lightening things up and cooling them off:

  • Add flowers.
  • Think white — change out pillows and slipcovers, maybe even paint something (a wall or furniture) to brighten and freshen your rooms.
  • Update your mantle — remove logs, candles, and heavy items and replace with fresh flowers. Here are some ideas to summerize your fireplace.

Here are some additional ideas to summerize your home.

2.  Let in the sunshine.

Photo by Remodeling This Life

Pull back the curtains, throw open those windows and let the warm rays of the sun stream through your home. There are few things I enjoy more than open windows bringing both streaks of sunlight and touches of a cool breeze.

Something as simple as changing out curtains to a sheer or lighter fabric (or removing them altogether, if you can get away with it) can make a huge difference in the feel of summer in your home.  Small touches, without spending a dime, can make a huge impact.

3.  Bring summer into your kitchen.

No matter how summery my home may feel, it’s hard to make a place that I spend cooking (and thus heating)  feel cool and summery.  Here are some ideas to brighten and add a summertime feel to the kitchen:

  • Remove valances.
  • Add fresh flowers.  One of my daughter’s favorite things to give me is a fistful of Mexican petunias, but flowers like hydrangeas scream summer more than any other.
  • Repaint with a fresh, light color.
  • Add citrus — think lemons and limes in bowls or urns.
  • Make summer dishes — cook out on the grill and add items like corn on the cob, watermelon, and fruit salad to your meals.

4.  Bring the outside in.

Photo by Remodeling This Life

Summer is the time that I let my kids bring in flowers, seashells, jars of sand, and other natural goodness. There is nothing more authentic to add to the home this time of year than what you find right outside your back door. Pick fresh flowers, fill jars with shells from your vacation, and make your home feel like the great summer outdoors.

What do you do this time of year to make your home feel cooler and to reflect the changing season? How do you bring summer into your home?


Emily Walker writes about making your home a haven, and is a stay at home mom to two littles. While she and her husband have fixed up their 1960s ranch home, Emily has learned lessons along the way in do-it-yourself, making do with what you have, simplifying, and living life to the fullest. When she's not busy bossing her husband around on remodel projects, Emily blogs at Remodeling This Life.

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  1. I remove and store the curtains and de-clutter dramatically. This creates open spaces and light.

  2. Thank you for these ideas. We’re getting a new home this month! I’m so excited. I’m moving my family of four from a one room apartmen to a 3 room apartment. I’m looking forward to implementing these ideas. How fun!

  3. Thanks for this wonderful post. I like a more colourful decoration of the home in summer. We sit in the garden whenever its possible and I’ll refresh a corner of my kitchen in white instead of dark red!
    .-= Micha´s last blog ..summer sewing giveaway =-.

  4. In reverse… last year we took the inside outside… why did this take so many years. We have hardly a drop of rain in the summertime so we took our couch out doors and plonked it in a shady spot – transformed our summer!!! And I will definitely do it again next summer!!! http://www.se7en.org.za/2009/12/27/saturday-spot-se7ens-survival-of-the-season-spot
    .-= se7en´s last blog ..Saturday Spot: The Autumn Table and Se7en Million Autumn Crafts… =-.

  5. Would love to invite those of you bringing summer into your home to join us at FIMBY for Friday’s Flowers, where we Pick some flowers, arrange ’em pretty, take a photo, post it to your blog, visit Friday’s Flowers to share it with us.

    A weekly reminder to enjoy the beauty of summer’s blossoms in our homes.

  6. Great idea… inspired me to think about a “summery” mantle… hmmm….. It also kind of reminds me of the whole Waldorf idea of the “nature table” tradition, which we have not attempted yet.
    .-= Kendra@www.thebutterflynest.blogspot.com´s last blog ..Our Morning Routine =-.

  7. My favorite part of summer is being able to open the windows for some good old fresh air, preferably with the wonderful smell of fresh cut grass. I’m huge on decorating in white (right down to the dishes) and making sure there’s always some fresh flowers in at least one room. My granddaughter and I spend a lot of time picking whatever flowers happen to be blooming in the my flowerbeds.
    .-= Tina@RideonToys´s last blog ..The Spiderman Bicycle For Spider Loving Boys =-.

  8. We recently packed up all the clutter and sold a lot on Craigslist. We now live without anything extra and it is so much easier to even keep the house clean over the summer with people coming and going…loved your post!

  9. I love these ideas…

    Just a couple days ago I repainted my living room/ dining area (they are connected) a soft grey because the yellow that was there previously was warming up those rooms too much now that the temperature is rising outside.

    It is amazing what a color change can do to how you feel the heat–I actually feel more refreshed in the room now, though the actual indoor temp hasn’t changed!
    .-= Lisa @ WellGrounded Life´s last blog ..How To Juggle Like a Pro: Use the Power of Synergy =-.

  10. Love your ideas, Emily! I’ve been thinking my living room could use some new pillows- maybe I’ll go with something white!

  11. Great tips! I’ve been trying to keep fresh flowers on the table at all times, I love it! We have a pretty simplified home so not a lot to remove from winter (and we have not curtains or blinds on a lot of our windows) but I’m trying to keep more plants inside, fresh flowers and candles with fresh, light scents. I do like the idea of incorporating more white.
    .-= Michelle Traudt´s last blog ..Resting =-.

  12. any ideas for safe sunscreen?

  13. Good ideas. I need to add some sunflowers to our decor for the summer, but already there is *no way* I can open the windows and take down the curtains, it would be absolutely too hot. I just have sheer panels on our large south windows & am thinking we’re going to have to invest in some solar screens to keep the heat out and not have the A/C running constantly. Whew… can’t believe it’s this hot this early!
    .-= onemotherslove´s last blog ..Tiny Talk: Baby Edition =-.

  14. Thanks for the inspiration, especially the ideas that work for those of us with no decorating budget! I love the backyard bouquets that my daughters bring to me…
    .-= Julia´s last blog ..DIY Chocolate Cupcakes: Her Birthday Wish =-.

  15. Michele in Salem says:

    Thanks for this post! I “summer up” my living room every spring by changing over to light breezy window treatments and changing the pillows to light neutral colors. It makes the house feel great and it’s always fun to change back to the darker warmer stuff in October.

  16. Wow! We’re on the same wave length! I recently
    a) brought the outside in by cutting some hydrangeas and adding them to my kitchen
    b) repainted my kitchen: http://neweveryam.blogspot.com/2010/06/blue-on-budget.html
    c) added citrus to my apothecary jars
    d) removed my valances
    e) summerized my mantle

    GREAT post!!!
    .-= new every morning´s last blog ..Sunday Rest =-.

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