The rain finally stopped and the sun came out this weekend. It was glorious! On Sunday, we actually sat by the pool, grilled out and hung out on the patio for the first time in months. It finally feels like summer is here and I am elated!
Just in time, too. The kids get out of school on Friday and today I’m joining my friends for a special Summer tour — the Welcome Home Summer Tour sponsored by our friends at Balsam Hill.
This week, we are opening up our homes to show you some of our summer décor.
A full list of the participating bloggers is at the end of this post and I hope you’ll visit each and every one of them to get some summer decorating inspiration!
Welcome to my living room — it’s one of the first rooms you see when you come in to my home so it is usually one of the first spaces to get freshened up in the spring and summer.
Truthfully, I don’t do a lot to decorate for summer but I do like to freshen things up with fresh and/or faux flowers.
I love fresh flowers and plants the best but they just don’t last as long as I’d like so I use both.
Since my kitchen is wide open to my living room, I try to coordinate both rooms.
I love this faux lavender. It’s a part of my coffee table vignette I posted about last week.
The cheese tray is an authentic reclaimed piece from the bottom of a wine barrel. When I wiped it with a damp cloth to clean it off when I first received it I could actually smell the wine!
It is really big and could serve a wide assortment of cheeses and/or meats but when it arrived I set it on my coffee table and liked it so much I decided it needed to stay there for awhile! It works great as a decorative tray, don’t you think?
Balsam Hill also sent me some cheese knives but I’m going to save them and show them to you later this week.
My kids love the flameless candle.
I have to confess that of all my flameless candles, it is my favorite. It gives a very realistic glow and we have used it a lot these past few weeks with all of our dark, dreary and stormy days. You can see what it looks like in a video I created in this post.
Did you spy what’s in my huge basket in front of the fire place?
Soccer balls. Yep. Now that the weather is nicer, the kids will be kicking the ball in the back yard. My huge basket has been a life saver — I can corral all those balls and they’re still handy for the kids.
Speaking of handy…I’m really enjoying my “new” desk that I made over this spring. It has worked so well in this unused “corner” just off the living room and kitchen.
This little table on the other side of the back door never gets any attention on the blog so I thought I should add a picture of it.
I didn’t really change it up for summer…I just added the little faux succulent.
The wind mill was made by my husband when he was a kid (it was a kit) and the rocks in the glass jar are little finds we discovered on his uncle’s ranch a few summers back.
I’ll be showing you the rest of my summer home later this June. In the meantime I hope you’ll visit everyone today and the rest of this week. Also, stop by Balsam Hill to check out their great products. Everything I received was beautiful, excellent quality and packaged very well.
**I was given products from Balsam Hill for this post but all opinions are my own.
Lilacs and Longhorns (that’s me!)