My Lazy Summer Decor


I have to admit – I’ve been lazy this summer. Well, actually it’s more like so. dang. busy! If I could sum up this whole 2013 summer in one word, it would be exhausted. We did VBS, lots of lake time, said goodbye to my Grandmother, spent lots of time with little friend play dates, and played at the pool. It’s been tons of fun {and tiring}, but my idea of a relaxing summer with my hubby home has just not been my reality. I thought I could get a bajillion projects done while Coach hung out with Miss A this summer, but no. Just no.

So, very few projects have been finished. My laundry room makeover is going e’er so slowly. {Definitely not going to meet my self-imposed deadline of August 1. Especially since I leave in a couple of hours to go to Haven.Eeek!! I’ve been packing and shopping, and taking my daughter to my parents’ house, making sure Coach has food to eat while I’m gone, etc.}

But, life has been lived, loved ones have been celebrated, and we’ve spent a TON of time together. That’s what is important right? πŸ™‚

Which brings me to my post title: My Lazy Summer Decor. Last year I created my first summer mantel and I loooved it. Unfortunately, though, when I did my summer mantel last summer I didn’t have my DSLR camera and I was in the middle of getting my new computer. So, I used some terrible iPhone pics as my pictures. I really should go back and re-create the mantel and take proper pictures of it. {And this picture right here was from my old camera and I used the flash!!! For shame! I still have a long way to go in the photography department, but this is just bad. I hesitated to even put my logo on it.}

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But this year, I looooved my spring mantel. So, I decided to keep it and just add some summer decor around the house. I added a few cute starfish to my spring mantel.

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I created a cute vignette on my Board and Batten shelf, which I love to decorate.

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I added my favorite summer project so far: my DIY weathered wooden beach buoys to my side table under my gallery wall.

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I had to crop the picture because if I showed you the whole thing, you’d see how we got home the night before from the lake and just dropped a bunch of crap on the floor. πŸ™‚ Summer living, y’all = the house is a constant disaster zone.

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 And then I added some sea glass I picked up at Pottery Barn {on sale!} to my favorite little vase from Target. I cropped the picture close because I’ve got some new fun things in my entry way that I’ll be showing you soon!!

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Oh, and here’s another shot of my mantel. I wanted to show you my new little friend on the floor. Well, he’s not new … do you see it?

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My huge globe originally belonged to Coach’s dad before he passed away. And we’ve had it in storage for the past 4 plus years because I had no idea where to put it. I finally found the perfect place! And I love having it in the living room with us. Miss A loved to play with it. I’m thinking I’ll use a little Rub n’ Buff on the brass and have a little makeover one day. But until then, I’m enjoying having it out on the hearth.

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Thanks for taking my little lazy summer tour.

How did you decorate for summer this year?

Did you go all out or just wing it like I did?

Have a great day!! {And now I’ve got to load the car and head for Haven … sooooooo excited!! I’ll be sure and have a recap next week once I recover!}

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  1. This is beautiful. I love the contrast between the flowers in the vase and the turquoise decor on the mantle – and it all looks so pretty against that lovely white wall. Really inspiring. Reminds me that I need to make some updates to my apartment for spring – it’s still stuck in fall/winter!

  2. oh that cropped photo makes me laugh!!! You’ve been featured from the Tasteful Tuesday party at Nap-Time Creations! Stop by and check out all the home decor features. I’d love for you to grab a featured button or share on your favorite social media! :o) Thanks and Happy Weekend. Emily

  3. It was so fun to meet you at Haven Laura! I wish we had had more time to chat!! Your blog rocks – give yourself a big pat on the back – your home is lovely and your mantel is beautiful!!

    1. Aww, you’re so sweet Heather. It was so nice to meet you and chat with you for a few minutes at Haven. Your blog is great and I love your style!

  4. Your summer dΓ©cor is beautiful and relaxed! And it looks like a real home for real people – just as it should be!

  5. You have a beautiful home, I love all your summer decor, Thanks for the “keeping is real” photo. I am always cropping out messes to. πŸ˜‰

  6. What a cute mantle! I love last year’s summer one as well. But the fact that you change them out every season means you’re NOT lazy. πŸ™‚ I make mine work all year (except at Christmas)! Thanks for inspiring me to be a little less lazy. πŸ™‚

  7. I love it! I do the same thing…just move things around, rearrange, etc. for my mantel, especially when it’s not a “season” like Cmas, Fall, etc. And your house is so beautiful-even with crap dropped on the floor! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  8. You had me at lazy! Haha, great job though. If that’s your “lazy” work then you’ve got me beat! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  9. Time after time I click on your gorgeous projects at link parties! You always do such beautiful stuff Laura, your easy summer decor included! New follower now on bloglovin’… Look forward to more fabulousness!

  10. This is sooo pretty! I love the vase & flowers with that window frame behind them. It really makes a great focal point. I so wish I had a mantle to decorate after seeing ideas like this! Your whole room is decorated lovely.

    Stopping by from the Craft-o-Maniac party. πŸ™‚

  11. Love the summer decor! We have been so busy here that I haven’t even decorated for summer. πŸ™ I love summer but it is always a go, go, go, season for us. Fall will be a nice break. hopefully.

    1. Oh, I know about being busy all summer long. The fall does look like it will bring some more routine and nice little break before the craziness of the holidays! πŸ™‚ I think next year, if I want to decorate for summer, I’ll have to get it done in the spring!

  12. Hi Laura!

    I love your vibrant pink and white bouquet! Looks and feels like Summer :o)
    Thanks so much for sharing!
    Have a beautiful week,

  13. I love all the decor, but I agree I LOVEEEEE your spring mantel!!!
    new follower from More the merrier link up!

  14. Great decorations! Love the pop of pink color. Also, love repurposing and using things again. Thanks for shaing!
    My daughter has a toy shopping cart she leaves all over the house too πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks so much, Katie!! Yes, we have two shopping carts and they are always all around the house along with all of the other moving toys. πŸ™‚ just keepin’ it real!!

  15. My summer decor has been sawdust, tools everywhere and random pieces of wood from my daughter’s big girl room remodel. So now that it, our back deck addition, and our new sidewalks have been poured and dried, I have just enough time to clean, pick up the tools, and organize my house before hubs and I go back to teaching full time. I did add a picture from my son’s ultrasound at 27 weeks though, so I can count that, right?!

  16. Laura, Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I bet you’re having a blast at Haven. I know what you mean about less than desirable photos. I probably need to go back and change a lot of my photos. I love your spring and summer mantel. The photo of the dropped bags on the floor just show that you’re real! I know, we all want to have perfect stylized photos. Where did you put your gold Target lampshade?

    1. Hi Sandy!! Haven was so awesome. You should come next year. πŸ™‚ I put my yellow lampshade in my entry, so I’ll share it when I reveal my entry very soon!! I have to get it styled just right. πŸ™‚

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