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Today I’m sharing ideas for simple summer decorating!

Summer is here and I could not be happier about it! Decorating your home for summer is carefree and breezy. Think of an open window that looks out at the ocean and the linen curtains are blowing gently in the ocean breeze. That’s what I think about when deciding how to outfit my home for the summer season. It’s not stuffy or overly decorated but rather there is a simple theme with a few key colors that are light and airy. Join me today as I share tips and ideas for simple summer decorating!

This post contains affiliate links. That simply means I earn a small commission on any clicked links at no cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. Thank you for supporting my small business!

Simple Decorating for Summer

When decorating your home for summer, it is helpful to have a loose theme or color scheme to go off of. Think through items that you can use to give your home that ocean breeze feeling. The colors that you will see in my home this summer include whites, blues and bright greens with pops of yellow. My summer decor is mainly vintage, either found at the thrift store or at antique stores. I picked up a few ‘new’ pieces at the thrift store a few weeks ago and you can read all about that in my Thrifted Decor For Summer post.

a vintage basket used to hold a summer vignette with vintage pieces

This summer vignette that I created was where I started with my decorating. I incorporated vintage books, milk glass, vintage yellow linens, and various other vintage finds.

a vintage basket filled with vintage finds for a summer vignette

Because I wasn’t going to use many pieces of decor here, I packed it full of texture. Inside the basket, you will notice all of the colors that I mentioned earlier, which helps to set the theme for the rest of the decor. My house is small and has a very open concept floor plan, so making everything feel cohesive is super important.

a mantel decorated with vintage finds for the summer

I kept the decor super simple on the mantel. Remember that beautiful needlework picture that I found in Iowa? It looks stunning here next to the fireplace. It is the perfect piece for my summer decor and carries the overall theme so well. The milk glass banana stand is a piece that I will have out all year round. To give it some height, I stacked two vintage books underneath it. Keeping in mind my color scheme, I chose to use a bright green book on top. I was going to use something other than these faux Tulips in the banana stand but I really do love the simplistic look of them, so they stayed! This little area just came together so nicely. It feels open and airy which is exactly what I was going for.

a bathroom shelf decorated with vintage summer decor.

In the hall bath, I decorated this shelf with vintage items that I already had. I tried many different arrangements and different pieces of decor and this is the display that won out! I love how the wood tone of the scoop pairs so nicely with the green. The vintage Hummel needlework, which I found at the thrift store last year for $4, is so perfect for this season. Fun fact: The sea turtle is my favorite animal. I have glass sea turtles in different colors, like the one above, placed in different rooms of my house. Those little details really make a house feel like yours because you are personalizing it specifically to you!

a vintage transferware vase filled with faux greens

The bathroom counter is graced with this vintage transferware vase, which I don’t think I’ve shown you! I found this at an antique store a few months ago for around $8. I love the scalloped detail around the top. As I stated in my last blog, I’m super into transferware and look for it wherever I go now. Anyways, keeping it simple, I just tucked some faux greenery into it. This little vase makes me so happy every time I walk into this bathroom!

a vintage crewelwork picture of summer fruits

In our home office there are a few little shelves that I like to decorate. I really was craving some color on this shelf, so color it is! I picked up this vintage crewelwork picture last year at the thrift store for $4 and it just exudes summer! All of the fresh fruits, flowers, and bright colors on it are just stunning. The old lantern is a family heirloom on my husband’s side of the family. I think it looks so lovely sitting next to the picture! This little scene makes me want to put on my rubber boots and go strawberry picking.

a vintage pottery 'cream' bottle filled with yellow faux stems

In the entry, there is a skinny little shelf for a just a few items. Sticking with the bright and airy feel, I paired this vintage cream bottle, which was $2 at the thrift store, with a small milk glass cup. In this space, the pops of yellow really stand out against the white. You don’t have to do much to make a space feel beautiful!

a vintage enamel vase displayed with faux yellow flowers as a centerpiece

The yellow’s and green’s really come to life on the dining table. This vintage table runner I found at an antique store last summer for only $3! It has embroidered daisies around the edge and it’s so pretty. There are small green polka dots in the center, which pair beautifully with the Jadeite plate. This centerpiece truly is the epitome of simple summer decorating. I used very minimal decor but, because of how the colors are paired together, makes such a statement! I think my biggest piece of advice when wanting to decorate simply is to pack your displays with texture and color. In doing so, you are creating visual interest without all the extra ‘stuff’.

Textural elements you could try:

  • baskets
  • faux greenery stems
  • a stack of books
  • flowers
  • ribbon
  • textured or embroidered fabrics

a vintage linen napkin with yellow flowers in a summer vignette

Closing Tidbits

I hope I’ve shown you today that summer decorating doesn’t need to be fussy. Simple summer decorating is what the essence of summer is all about…carefree, easy and lighthearted! My hope is that this encourages you take the time to infuse your home with those summer elements and find a childlike exuberance along with the way.

signature from The Antiqued Journey

Other posts you might enjoy:

Thrifted Decor for Summer

DIY Faux Topiary

Decorating With Milk Glass

How To Make An Outdoor Rug

Go shopping in The Antiqued Journey shop!

If you are loving my content, please consider subscribing to my e-mail list. In return, you will receive a free digital download and weekly inspiration delivered straight to your inbox. I would love for you to be a part of The Antiqued Journey community!

Shop Summer Decor

Enamel Pitcher

Linen Napkins

Patio Dishes

Yellow Billy Ball Stems

Yellow Floral Stems

Faux Green Stems

Handled Basket

 

18 Comments. Leave new

  • Marilyn Phillips
    June 3, 2022 10:43 am

    Love these ideas. So fresh!

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      June 3, 2022 11:21 am

      Hi Marilyn!
      Thank you!!! Fresh is what I was going for…glad you felt that too! Have a lovely weekend!

      Reply
  • These are all fabulous summer decorating ideas, Rachel! I love all the pops of yellow and you know I’m over the moon excited about your thrifted finds too. They fit in perfectly with your summer theme. I can feel the curtains blowing in the breeze already. Hugs, CoCo

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      June 3, 2022 2:38 pm

      Thank you SO much, CoCo! Thanks for stopping by today and reading!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!!!

      Reply
  • meagan trento
    June 3, 2022 3:21 pm

    Great summer ideas Rachel

    Reply
  • Hi Rachel! Your decor definitely has that airy summer vibe. It’s so refreshing. I absolutely love that brown transferware vase. It’s a stunner and was a great find. I know what you mean about open concept homes and ensuring everything feels/looks consistent. Creating a cohesive look in an open environment is more challenging than people think. Thank you for sharing your ideas and inspiration with us. I always love checking your blog to see what you have been up to.

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      June 5, 2022 9:47 pm

      This is one of the best comments I’ve ever received 🙂 That vase was only $8!! I couldn’t believe it. Also..Jadeite. I love it SO much but only buy it when the price is under $12 which isn’t often. I actually found that plate at the thrift store a few summers ago for like $3?? Anyways…thanks friend for stopping by!!

      Reply
  • p.s. I saw a piece of jadeite in one of your photos!! Insert emoji with heart eyes.

    Reply
  • Heidi | The Frugal Girls
    June 6, 2022 11:18 am

    I’m loving all of these sweet Summer decor ideas! I absolutely love that gorgeous table runner you found for only $3!!

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      June 6, 2022 12:37 pm

      Hi Heidi!
      Thanks SO much!! I’m so happy that you found joy here and for stopping by today. I truly appreciate it!!

      Reply
  • […] Simple Summer Decorating […]

    Reply
  • Love your summer decor and all those soft colors playing together. That little transferware bud vase is so adorable. I’ve not seen one like it before. Your needlepoint pieces are so sweet; there’s something about handmade things that is so endearing with all the many hours put into them!

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      June 10, 2022 7:32 am

      Hi Debra!
      Thank you so much for your lovely and thoughtful comment. I appreciate you stopping by!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

      Reply
  • Julie Briones
    June 13, 2022 10:16 pm

    Rachel… you have so many pretty vintage elements in your summer decor! Love that art piece on your wall! I’m excited to be featuring you at Tuesday Turn About tomorrow! Pinned!

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      June 14, 2022 7:29 am

      Hi Julie!
      Thank you!! I had so much fun arranging my summer decor this season. Thanks so much for the feature..I truly appreciate it! Hope you have a lovely day!

      Reply
  • I love how you use your milk glass in so many ways! I scored a small piece of Westmoreland grape panel–a small oval dish–and can’t wait to fill it with something!!! Your vignettes were all so cheerful with color; I am a bright color fan, not that I don’t like pastels, too. I just couldn’t live with an all white home with a kitchen counter that someone could surgery on! Vintage helps fill my need for color!

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      June 15, 2022 7:20 pm

      Hi Kathy!
      Thank you!! That’s so kind of you to say. I have so much fun creating little displays and vignettes in my home…I am constantly changing things around but that’s what keeps it fun for me 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today and for leaving such a joyful comment! I do appreciate you!

      Reply

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Hello I’m Rachel.

I’m so glad you are here! Old things are my jam. Antique malls and thrift stores are my happy places.

Here on the blog I love to share my excitement, knowledge, and ideas about all things antique and vintage. Let’s journey together!

Join Our Antiqued Journey

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    1. Home
    2. Inspiration for Your Home
    3. Antique and Vintage
    4. Simple Summer Decorating

    Simple Summer Decorating

    Share this post. Share the Journey!

    Today I’m sharing ideas for simple summer decorating!

    Summer is here and I could not be happier about it! Decorating your home for summer is carefree and breezy. Think of an open window that looks out at the ocean and the linen curtains are blowing gently in the ocean breeze. That’s what I think about when deciding how to outfit my home for the summer season. It’s not stuffy or overly decorated but rather there is a simple theme with a few key colors that are light and airy. Join me today as I share tips and ideas for simple summer decorating!

    This post contains affiliate links. That simply means I earn a small commission on any clicked links at no cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. Thank you for supporting my small business!

    Simple Decorating for Summer

    When decorating your home for summer, it is helpful to have a loose theme or color scheme to go off of. Think through items that you can use to give your home that ocean breeze feeling. The colors that you will see in my home this summer include whites, blues and bright greens with pops of yellow. My summer decor is mainly vintage, either found at the thrift store or at antique stores. I picked up a few ‘new’ pieces at the thrift store a few weeks ago and you can read all about that in my Thrifted Decor For Summer post.

    a vintage basket used to hold a summer vignette with vintage pieces

    This summer vignette that I created was where I started with my decorating. I incorporated vintage books, milk glass, vintage yellow linens, and various other vintage finds.

    a vintage basket filled with vintage finds for a summer vignette

    Because I wasn’t going to use many pieces of decor here, I packed it full of texture. Inside the basket, you will notice all of the colors that I mentioned earlier, which helps to set the theme for the rest of the decor. My house is small and has a very open concept floor plan, so making everything feel cohesive is super important.

    a mantel decorated with vintage finds for the summer

    I kept the decor super simple on the mantel. Remember that beautiful needlework picture that I found in Iowa? It looks stunning here next to the fireplace. It is the perfect piece for my summer decor and carries the overall theme so well. The milk glass banana stand is a piece that I will have out all year round. To give it some height, I stacked two vintage books underneath it. Keeping in mind my color scheme, I chose to use a bright green book on top. I was going to use something other than these faux Tulips in the banana stand but I really do love the simplistic look of them, so they stayed! This little area just came together so nicely. It feels open and airy which is exactly what I was going for.

    a bathroom shelf decorated with vintage summer decor.

    In the hall bath, I decorated this shelf with vintage items that I already had. I tried many different arrangements and different pieces of decor and this is the display that won out! I love how the wood tone of the scoop pairs so nicely with the green. The vintage Hummel needlework, which I found at the thrift store last year for $4, is so perfect for this season. Fun fact: The sea turtle is my favorite animal. I have glass sea turtles in different colors, like the one above, placed in different rooms of my house. Those little details really make a house feel like yours because you are personalizing it specifically to you!

    a vintage transferware vase filled with faux greens

    The bathroom counter is graced with this vintage transferware vase, which I don’t think I’ve shown you! I found this at an antique store a few months ago for around $8. I love the scalloped detail around the top. As I stated in my last blog, I’m super into transferware and look for it wherever I go now. Anyways, keeping it simple, I just tucked some faux greenery into it. This little vase makes me so happy every time I walk into this bathroom!

    a vintage crewelwork picture of summer fruits

    In our home office there are a few little shelves that I like to decorate. I really was craving some color on this shelf, so color it is! I picked up this vintage crewelwork picture last year at the thrift store for $4 and it just exudes summer! All of the fresh fruits, flowers, and bright colors on it are just stunning. The old lantern is a family heirloom on my husband’s side of the family. I think it looks so lovely sitting next to the picture! This little scene makes me want to put on my rubber boots and go strawberry picking.

    a vintage pottery 'cream' bottle filled with yellow faux stems

    In the entry, there is a skinny little shelf for a just a few items. Sticking with the bright and airy feel, I paired this vintage cream bottle, which was $2 at the thrift store, with a small milk glass cup. In this space, the pops of yellow really stand out against the white. You don’t have to do much to make a space feel beautiful!

    a vintage enamel vase displayed with faux yellow flowers as a centerpiece

    The yellow’s and green’s really come to life on the dining table. This vintage table runner I found at an antique store last summer for only $3! It has embroidered daisies around the edge and it’s so pretty. There are small green polka dots in the center, which pair beautifully with the Jadeite plate. This centerpiece truly is the epitome of simple summer decorating. I used very minimal decor but, because of how the colors are paired together, makes such a statement! I think my biggest piece of advice when wanting to decorate simply is to pack your displays with texture and color. In doing so, you are creating visual interest without all the extra ‘stuff’.

    Textural elements you could try:

    • baskets
    • faux greenery stems
    • a stack of books
    • flowers
    • ribbon
    • textured or embroidered fabrics

    a vintage linen napkin with yellow flowers in a summer vignette

    Closing Tidbits

    I hope I’ve shown you today that summer decorating doesn’t need to be fussy. Simple summer decorating is what the essence of summer is all about…carefree, easy and lighthearted! My hope is that this encourages you take the time to infuse your home with those summer elements and find a childlike exuberance along with the way.

    signature from The Antiqued Journey

    Other posts you might enjoy:

    Thrifted Decor for Summer

    DIY Faux Topiary

    Decorating With Milk Glass

    How To Make An Outdoor Rug

    Go shopping in The Antiqued Journey shop!

    If you are loving my content, please consider subscribing to my e-mail list. In return, you will receive a free digital download and weekly inspiration delivered straight to your inbox. I would love for you to be a part of The Antiqued Journey community!

    Shop Summer Decor

    Enamel Pitcher

    Linen Napkins

    Patio Dishes

    Yellow Billy Ball Stems

    Yellow Floral Stems

    Faux Green Stems

    Handled Basket

     

    18 Comments. Leave new

    • Marilyn Phillips
      June 3, 2022 10:43 am

      Love these ideas. So fresh!

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        June 3, 2022 11:21 am

        Hi Marilyn!
        Thank you!!! Fresh is what I was going for…glad you felt that too! Have a lovely weekend!

        Reply
    • These are all fabulous summer decorating ideas, Rachel! I love all the pops of yellow and you know I’m over the moon excited about your thrifted finds too. They fit in perfectly with your summer theme. I can feel the curtains blowing in the breeze already. Hugs, CoCo

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        June 3, 2022 2:38 pm

        Thank you SO much, CoCo! Thanks for stopping by today and reading!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!!!

        Reply
    • meagan trento
      June 3, 2022 3:21 pm

      Great summer ideas Rachel

      Reply
    • Hi Rachel! Your decor definitely has that airy summer vibe. It’s so refreshing. I absolutely love that brown transferware vase. It’s a stunner and was a great find. I know what you mean about open concept homes and ensuring everything feels/looks consistent. Creating a cohesive look in an open environment is more challenging than people think. Thank you for sharing your ideas and inspiration with us. I always love checking your blog to see what you have been up to.

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        June 5, 2022 9:47 pm

        This is one of the best comments I’ve ever received 🙂 That vase was only $8!! I couldn’t believe it. Also..Jadeite. I love it SO much but only buy it when the price is under $12 which isn’t often. I actually found that plate at the thrift store a few summers ago for like $3?? Anyways…thanks friend for stopping by!!

        Reply
    • p.s. I saw a piece of jadeite in one of your photos!! Insert emoji with heart eyes.

      Reply
    • Heidi | The Frugal Girls
      June 6, 2022 11:18 am

      I’m loving all of these sweet Summer decor ideas! I absolutely love that gorgeous table runner you found for only $3!!

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        June 6, 2022 12:37 pm

        Hi Heidi!
        Thanks SO much!! I’m so happy that you found joy here and for stopping by today. I truly appreciate it!!

        Reply
    • […] Simple Summer Decorating […]

      Reply
    • Love your summer decor and all those soft colors playing together. That little transferware bud vase is so adorable. I’ve not seen one like it before. Your needlepoint pieces are so sweet; there’s something about handmade things that is so endearing with all the many hours put into them!

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        June 10, 2022 7:32 am

        Hi Debra!
        Thank you so much for your lovely and thoughtful comment. I appreciate you stopping by!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

        Reply
    • Julie Briones
      June 13, 2022 10:16 pm

      Rachel… you have so many pretty vintage elements in your summer decor! Love that art piece on your wall! I’m excited to be featuring you at Tuesday Turn About tomorrow! Pinned!

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        June 14, 2022 7:29 am

        Hi Julie!
        Thank you!! I had so much fun arranging my summer decor this season. Thanks so much for the feature..I truly appreciate it! Hope you have a lovely day!

        Reply
    • I love how you use your milk glass in so many ways! I scored a small piece of Westmoreland grape panel–a small oval dish–and can’t wait to fill it with something!!! Your vignettes were all so cheerful with color; I am a bright color fan, not that I don’t like pastels, too. I just couldn’t live with an all white home with a kitchen counter that someone could surgery on! Vintage helps fill my need for color!

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        June 15, 2022 7:20 pm

        Hi Kathy!
        Thank you!! That’s so kind of you to say. I have so much fun creating little displays and vignettes in my home…I am constantly changing things around but that’s what keeps it fun for me 🙂 Thanks for stopping by today and for leaving such a joyful comment! I do appreciate you!

        Reply

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    I’m so glad you are here! Old things are my jam. Antique malls and thrift stores are my happy places.

    Here on the blog I love to share my excitement, knowledge, and ideas about all things antique and vintage. Let’s journey together!

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