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Summer Decorating Inspiration

by | Aug 15, 2016 | Decorating Inspiration, My Life, Summer Decorating | 15 comments

Summer Decorating Inspiration
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If I had a big enough covered porch, I’d want it to look exactly like this.
I saw this photo in Better Homes and Gardens and jumped up and down screaming with joy (in my mind, that is). It’s my dream. The shingles, the furniture, the door, the porch ceiling. I love it all!

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This little arrangement is perfection, too. 

Summer Decorating Inspiration
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This mint green kitchen almost made me change my mind about my kitchen colors (yes, I’ll share more of my plans and the timeline soon!). I had to tell it to STOP BEING SO CUTE, it was making my inability to make a decision so much more of a challenge. 

Summer Decorating Inspiration
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I am in LOVE with that lamp (but if I set it on a table like that and Jack walked by, it would crash into a million pieces). This whole color scheme feels so summery and pretty, though, I might risk it. 

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The wood trim on that door opening has me feeling all the heart eyes. Oh, and the window seat. And the shiplap, of course. And the unique design of the coffee table. And the fan. OK, I’d take the whole room.

I see that some of you have kids going back to school already (it seems so early!), but my son doesn’t go back until September so we are still in full “summer” mode here.

In past years I’ve found myself heading off to a Better Homes & Gardens event or some other blogging event around this time of year, but this summer I made a commitment to myself that I’d stay home (or only leave town with my family) the entire summer.

Even though I hate to miss out on all the fun and seeing my blogging buddies, summer can get so busy when you add extra trips and activities into your schedule, even if it is something you’d really enjoy or benefit from. I have to say I don’t regret saying “no” this summer to so many things. It’s been SO nice to be home.

Besides hanging out with my family (which has been wonderful!), I guess you could say I’ve been totally into “summer nesting” mode. I don’t think I’ve ever been in “summer nesting” mode before, or at least I’ve never though of summer as a season for nesting. But somehow this particular summer, slowing down and nesting has just felt right.

I’ll share more about nesting, my decluttering spree and my kitchen timeline coming up, but for now, enjoy this late-summer nesting, I mean, decorating, post.

What’s going on around your house?

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15 Comments

  1. Jo Jo

    I so love summer and summer nesting and living in Southern Delaware near the beachs, we have plenty of summery, HOT weather until and thrunOctober ( I’m told) but I am soooooo ready for Fall. It’s my favorite time of year and my very favorite time for ” nesting”. Today, I took advantage of some super sales at Pier 1 Imports and bought some beautiful,faux twig foliage stems and some yummy smelling infusers. Too early to display and use, but SOON….can’t wait to begin my fall nesting. Great summer nesting inspiration photos, BTW! Love that mint kitchen!

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  2. Bonnie Stoltzfoos

    Love these images. We just bought our first home and I just finished reading your coffee table book – seriously one of my favorite books ever! Absolutely loved it… wrote notes on post its and left them in the pages as your advice and ideas inspired me! :)

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    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Hi Bonnie, that is so sweet of you to say. Thank you very much, I”m thrilled that you enjoy the book! Congrats on your new home! XO

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  3. Deanna Rabe

    We have plans to move my parents in with us and when that happens we will be adding a porch to our house. I can’t wait!

    I’ve painted my kitchen cabinets this summer, replaced a microwave in the kitchen, got a daybed for my daughter, and had lots of fun with guests, swimming and having adventures!

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    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      That sounds like a delightful summer! And a new porch when your parents move in will be so wonderful, enjoy!

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  4. Teresa

    My girls don’t go back to school until August 25th, so we are still in summer mode around here too. So many are skipping along to fall decor and I’m over here saying “wait, wait, not YET!” :)

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  5. Sue

    I just ordered your book and would love to join your Make Room Challenge, but that doesn’t seem to be working. I have tried a few times. Any suggestions?

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  6. Ann

    I love the beautiful lamp in the BHG photo, also. But I wonde how/where is it plugged in? In my house, lamps have cords and they wander off to the nearest plug, which isn’t always conveniently located. And floating furniture away from the wall like it is in that photo results in no convenient plugs, so cords wander across the walkway. How do other people handle this issue??

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    • Robin

      I’ve noticed this in other decorating photos and wondered the same thing. :)

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    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      If you have a remodeled or new house, you can have outlets installed directly into the floor where you’d want lamps. But at my house my cords have to be tucked under furniture and across the floor to the outlet. :)

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  7. Rachel

    That kitchen photo is one of my favorites! I love the color on the cabinets. So soft and pretty. At our house, we found some nice wooden bunk beds for our boys’ room we are painting and putting together this coming weekend!

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  8. Kay

    This blog post was funny! All heart eyes! Of course, I loved the photos, too.

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  9. Karen

    I had serious porch envy looking at that first photo! We don’t have a porch, but a little stoop…though I have managed to squeeze a chair onto it and create a cozy corner in the landscaping by it.

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  10. Sue Sargalski

    I absolutely love the blue and white rug in the living room BHG photo!!!
    Do you know the make/ where it can be purchased?

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