I don’t do much to change my home’s decor in the summer, but I do add a few items to make the apartment feel a bit lighter and fresher for the season. I mostly add items that have a coastal feel. Here are my favorites:
Whenever we go to the beach, I bring back shells that I have collected. The conch shells are my favorite for decorating because they are so large and sculptural and look great on a stack of books. Here are some photos of ways that I use shells in our apartment:
I have bowls of shells all around the apartment:
I also like coral because it is so visually interesting:
I find driftwood appealing, as well. I keep a piece on our mantle in the summer and like the neutral naturalness, free-form shape, and rustic informality that it adds to the otherwise formal mantle:
Blue Sea Glass
Blueish-green sea glass pieces, such as the vase pictured below, have a summery and coastal look. I wrapped brown twine around the neck of the vase to give it some natural texture and a little more of a rustic and nautical feel.
I placed the sea glass float shown below in an urn on the family room bookshelf:
Rattan and Wicker
Rattan and wicker add great texture to a space and exude an island feel.
I like to add wicker and rattan trays to coffee tables:
Above, I also added rattan coasters and a straw basket for texture.
A wicker stool in the living room adds texture to that space:
Wicker placemats provide a summer touch to the kitchen table:
Tropical plants and greenery help bring the outside in. This is especially helpful in an apartment.
Trader Joe’s is a great source for small tropical plants this time of year. If you are lucky enough to have a yard, then cutting greens from your garden is a good option.
Our fig plant seems to think it’s in the tropics! It has grown like crazy:
Happy Summer Solstice! Enjoy the long days of summer!