Decorating DIY

Summer Living Room

Fresh flowers and my candle from Cottage Candle Co. (always a must for summer)

Summer is alive and well over here at the Hydrangea Farmhouse…but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking of how I am going to switch things up for fall. I have always switched up my decor for the seasons, something I inherited from my Grandma. I thought I better share my summer living room before it gets changed up!

One of the things I do for summer is change my curtains. (I definitely got this idea from Grandma…she always switched out her curtains and tablecloths with the seasons!) I have vintage bark cloth curtains that hang in my living room for fall and winter, but I switch them out for these white sheers in spring!

They were too short for my windows, so I had my Mom sew a piece of vintage sheet to each panel to extend them!

My chaise is from Ikea, and it came with a white slipcover. We purchased the floral one as well, and I switch to this in the warmer months. Against the white curtains, it adds a nice contrast. I usually have a blanket lying on the end of it. This one is a vintage chenille one, and its lightweight for the summer months.

I always change out the curtains to something light!

Our shelves are from Ikea as well. They used to be a grey/green colour. Gerald added bead board to the back, and I painted them white. The whole room took on a mint green and pink look for this summer, because I was inspired by the mint green plant pot I received from my Son and Daughter in law for Mothers Day. I shopped my house for mint green items to display with my pink. I have collected vintage floral prints for years, so they are in rotation throughout the house as well.

Shelves are styled for Summer

My straw flower balls are on display on the shelves. The rose “prints” are actually hard place mats we received as wedding gifts! (I guess that makes them vintage haha)

Our couch is also from Ikea. The white slipcover is a nice backdrop to my colourful pillows and mint green chenille blanket. The chippy table used to be on the other side of the room, but Gerald cut the legs a bit to make it into a perfect coffee table height. It’s usually full of my decor books and flowers, and is the perfect height for our grandson to pull up his chair and have a snack, colour, or drive his cars on.

Succulents on my “blogging” desk

I thought I would set up a little “blogging corner” using my mint green chippy table. As you can see, it’s covered in succulents at the moment..haha…I do my blogging sitting on the couch for now. The lampshade was an inexpensive plain one I hot glued pom pom trim to…you know how I love my pom pom trim!!

Simple Summer Mantel

The mantel is always a fun spot to change up. I pulled out my mint green tin tile and thrift store wreath. (this wreath didn’t look like this when I found it. It had plastic fruit and a not too pretty ribbon glued on it. I used a blow dryer to melt the glue, and the fruit and ribbon came right off, leaving a beautiful wreath!)

The mantel seems to be a favourite sleeping spot for Nutmeg. I switched out the plant on the suitcase, and in that time she posed for the second pic…haha.

I am fortunate that I have space in the garden for flowers, so there is always a fresh bouquet…a definite must in my book!

Simple Summer Living Room

I hope you enjoyed this quick tour of my Summer living room, and appreciate you so much for stopping by! I’m not ready to say goodbye to Summer just yet…but this lady has been sipping iced tea on the porch, planning decor for the next season! (thanks Grandma xo)

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  1. Emily says:

    I love your style so much!! Such a great idea to change your curtains out for the seasons!! It would make the room feel fresh and new! And, seriously drooling over your beautiful blooms! Over half my dahlia plants gotten taken over by spider mites while
    I was out of town for just one week, including all of my cafe au laits.
    Happy almost weekend!!!

    1. Tracey says:

      Oh no Emily!!!!! That would be devastating to lose your beautiful dahlias! And thank you so much for your continued kindness my friend! xoxo

  2. Marilyn Moore says:

    Looks absolutely beautiful. Magazine quality for sure. !!! Nutmeg definitely adds a cozy touch. Missed Oliver in the basket. Love your posts. xoxoxo. Mom

    1. Tracey says:

      Awe Thanks Mom xoxo

  3. Kathleen says:

    I love your living room, itโ€™s so inviting. I think Nutmeg is the perfect accessory! I love seeing all your cats on your Instagram feed, they remind me of my three, Harley, Fuzzy and Lucy.

    1. Tracey says:

      Oh Thank you so much Kathleen! I so appreciate you stopping by! I totally agree, Nutmeg is the perfect accessory! Every room has to have a cat!

  4. houseonwren says:

    I just love looking at every little detail! I even noticed the cat planter on your blogging table! I think a magazine should do a photo shoot of this space, and your potting shed, and your porch, etc etc and feature it an upcoming issue!

    1. Tracey says:

      Oh Lori, you are always so kind!! I appreciate you so much! My Son and Daughter in law got me that planter for Christmas! They are cat crazy like me!!!

  5. Ann @rekindledsigns says:

    Your summer home is so stylish! I truly thought changing out decor was a new phenomenon, in my world people only did it for Christmas. Your grandma was ahead of her time!

    1. Tracey says:

      Oh Ann! My Grandma was way ahead of the times!! haha She was up on all the trends, was constantly changing things up! Even when she wore a track suit, her earrings matched!!! I miss her like crazy! Thank you so much for stopping by my friend! xo

  6. Shelley says:

    Tracey itโ€™s simply beautiful! I love all the floral decor, it a perfect summer cottage . I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and Iโ€™m excited to see your change up for fall.๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’—

    1. Tracey says:

      Oh Shelley, how kind of you! Thank you so much! I so appreciate you stopping by my sweet friend! xoxo

  7. Aunt Barb says:

    Beyond awesome!!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thanks Aunt Barb! Where have you been this summer? Time for a visit! xoxo

  8. Tracey your living room is beyond breathtaking!! I love the idea of switching out the curtains for each season! I love your shelving and how you display your pretties! Your home looks straight out of a magazine!! Love it all!

    1. Tracey says:

      Oh Larissa! How sweet are you? Thank you for stopping by my friend. xoxo

  9. Marg KrienseLokker says:

    Loved it!

    1. Tracey says:

      Thanks Marg!!! xoxo

  10. Lynnie says:

    Beautiful and inviting as always. I can still remember the smell of hot glue when we walked into grandmaโ€™s house!! We are aooo blessed โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’—. See you soon!

    1. Tracey says:

      Oh we definitely are blessed!๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’— I can see her digging in her craft room๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

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