Simple Summer Decor with Fresh Flowers and Touches of Blue

Looking for summer decorating inspiration that’s seasonal and festive, but easy? Today I’m sharing some simple summer decor ideas for the living room and kitchen. Uncomplicated, casual but chic ideas that will lighten and brighten your living spaces, without breaking the bank…

Hello there friends! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve shared some seasonal decor! Recently, I had some readers write me and ask when I was going to be doing my summer decor tour, and well, it’s finally here. πŸ˜‰

If you’re landing here from Sarah at Grace in My Space, welcome! 

I know things are anything but normal, but I also know a lot of you are like me and you take comfort in your homes. You love changing things up for the season, even if it’s just subtle changes or touches of color. And I feel the same.

Home is feeling more important than ever, and though I never want to go too crazy or get too “theme-y” adding seasonal stuff, I do like to lighten things up around here a little ~ and that’s just what I’ve done. 


pink peonies in gorgeous white kitchen

My first step to adding simple summer decor? Add some fresh (or faux flowers)!

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of flowers year round, but during summer, they seem especially appropriate. During fall there are pumpkins, and Christmas has even more decorating options, but summer is a little more limited. 

That’s where flowers come in.  And during summer I definitely have more flowers in the house than during any other time of year. There are also more flowers in nature during the summer, and I love that it’s a reflection of what we’re seeing outside.


simple summer decor in the kitchen pink peonies on kitchen table

And of course my favorite is peonies. Specifically, pink peonies


gorgeous pink peonies in white ironstone pitchers in white farmhouse kitchen

These flowers are so gorgeous, and they truly have my heart. So when they start appearing at the beginning of June, you better bet I start plucking them up!

But if you don’t want to spend money, or can’t find peonies or other fresh flowers, just go outside! Pluck whatever blooms you can from your own yard, or if you’re near some open areas, perhaps bring home some wildflowers.

No matter what type they are or where they come from, flowers will bring life to any space.


blue pillows add simple summer decor in French farmhouse living room

I adore blue and white, and to me it just screams ‘summer’! So when June rolls around I always switch out the pillows I have on the living room sofa.


blue pillows on sofa French farmhouse country living room ginger jar

I love the fresh feeling that the blue pillows bring to the space, and it’s not a huge expense. Usually I bring out pillow covers I already have (the ones above were from a couple of years ago).

But even if I decide to get some new ones, I always buy only pillow covers. I try not to buy full pillows because they are just too hard to store! By buying only the pillow covers and re-using the inserts, it saves space and money. And I always like the idea of re-using items rather than buying all new.


French farmhouse summer decor living room mirror over mantel

Almost every year I like to bring out some coastal touches. Shells or pieces of coral definitely give that “summery” feeling and it brings a lightness to the space, too.


shells in bowl and starfish under glass cloche simple summer decorating idea

Some years I’ve added my large clam shell, and other years I put all my shells in a dough bowl. I love to bring them out every year, but just do it in a slightly different way.

This year I filled my white papier-mΓ’chΓ© bowl with shells, and then added some starfish under the glass cloche. Simple and subtle touches of the season is just enough.


plant on mantel with urns French farmhouse summer living room

Plants added to the mantel and on the hearth also add a fresh touch that’s perfect for summer.

The ginger jars are another touch of blue on the consoles that flank the fireplace.


stunning pink peonies in olive jar French farmhouse country living room

And of course, more peonies are never a bad thing! πŸ˜‰


pink peonies in olive jar chippy candleholder French farmhouse decor


gorgeous pink peonies in rustic galvanized bucket French farmhouse touches in the living room

I mean, they look good in anything you put them in don’t you think?! 


Hope you enjoyed these simple touches of summer decor! For sources and some similar ideas, you can scroll and shop the items below!

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Happy Summer!



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And now I hope you’ll visit Heather of Setting for Four, the next house up on the tour!

Then check out some of the other bloggers below who are also sharing their summer home tours. Just click on the links below the images to be taken to their full posts.



Sharing with me today….


Sincerely, Marie Designs
Cassie Bustamante
Life is Better at Home


Lemon Thistle
Grace in My Space
Maison de Cinq


And sharing the rest of this week…


The Happy Housie
Maison de Pax
Cuckoo for Design


Modern Glam
My 100 Year Old Home
Inspiration for Moms



Setting for Four
Clean & Scentsible
Life is a Party


My Sweet Savannah
All Things With Purpose
Tatertots & Jello



Craftberry Bush
Finding Silver Pennies
The Tattered Pew


Rambling Renovators
Zevy Joy
Two Twenty One



She Gave it a Go // Taryn Whiteaker // Rooms FOR Rent


This is Simplicite // Dans le Lakehouse //Amber Tysl


Also, if you’re looking for more summer inspiration, you might want to check out some of my other summer decorating posts below: 

French Farmhouse Summer Decorating Ideas 

Lightening Up with Blue and White Decor in the Kitchen

Romantic Summer Table Setting with Pink Peonies

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  1. So Beautiful!
    Your home has a peaceful calmness (so needed today.
    You have a special touch and an eye for perfection.
    Flowers calm the soul and bring such joy. Every time
    You walk by them you turn to look at them and smile
    right Sheila? Haha
    I think most of us do. Thank you for sharing.

    1. What a sweet comment – thank you so much Darlene! And yes I find flowers (and nature, in general) to be very calming and grounding in many ways. I’m so glad that you loved the post, and I so appreciate your kind words πŸ™‚


  2. Always enjoy your wonderful posts….thank you for all the great ideas.

    1. Thank you Ruth – so appreciate that!

      Happy Summer to you!


  3. Sheila your home is beautiful and I love sitting down with a coffee and touring it. It brings such joy and relaxation to my world. I wanted to thank you for that and to also thank you for always putting links to various products. I really appreciate that so much. Thank you for taking so much time out of your life to “share”. I am trying to find your window treatments here somewhere , I love them…Thank you again,

  4. Perfect tips for fabulous summer decorating – simple, fresh, and lovely! Your home looks beautiful, Sheila! Thanks for sharing it and being part of this series!

    1. Aww thank you Krista, I so appreciate that!!

      Thank YOU for all your hard work and for including me:)


  5. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Such a beautiful home and tour. I love all your beautiful vases and flowers!

    1. Thank you Cassie! You can’t go wrong with peonies, right?!

      Happy Summer to you!