Décor Diaries: Cruising Into Summer

There are so many things that I love about Summer. The longer daylight hours, picnics, barbeques, the beach or lake, boating, flip flops, the outpouring of patriotism, tan lines, ice cream cones, baseball games, sunflowers, fresh markets, bicycle rides, parades, riding with the windows down, soaking up the sunshine, and the celebration of one special lady’s birthday (that would be me in case you were confused). And so, for my Summer decor, I like to decorate by bringing some of those things into our home.

This year, our summertime mantel got a great mix of everything. From sunflowers, to baseballs and bicycles, to an American flag and patriotic wreath I made.

Our garden is bursting with sunflowers right now, so I used some in every spot I could! I love how they’re all different. I guess that’s what you get when you throw out seeds.


My “cruising into summer” chalkboard art- it was one of the more challenging chalkboard drawings I’ve done, but it turned out great. I seem to keep picking harder ones each time…


The garland on our mantel is composed of photos I took on Instagram. Say what? Didn’t know you could print them out? I didn’t either until I heard about Persnickety Prints. They are a wonderful company that allows you to choose different sizes, borders, and paper when printing out your photos from your account. They were super cheap too and were on my doorstep three days after I ordered them! I must say, they are pretty cool! I love Polaroids and the way old photos have the white border around them so I wanted to recreate something similar to that when printing my photos. I chose several recent photos and hung them by a mini clothespin on a string. I think it adds some great summertime memories to our home and Easton has really enjoyed looking at it.


The rest of the living room is decorated with blue and white striped and polka dotted pillows. I even draped an American flag across the back of the couch for an added touch of patriotic flare. And of course, the wooden American flag I made is still hanging up above our pie safe.


I decorated our kitchen table with a patriotic table runner and more sunflowers from our garden in a lemon pitcher.


Inside the kitchen are fresh cherries ready to be eaten, thanks to our local farmers market.


The dining room table is filled with American flags in mason jars (can you get more patriotic than that?) and some of the smaller sunflowers from our garden. My new favorite polka dotted table runner completes the look.


On top of the buffet table, I changed out the flowers in the large milk glass vase with some Japanese Aralia from our yard and spiced up my tea set with an American flag and cherries.



I love sharing my decor with you all and hope I have inspired you to keep decorating after the Christmas tree comes down. There’s something festive for every season- happy decorating!

  • Katie - So pretty! I love all the decorations! Want to come decorate my house!? 😉ReplyCancel

  • Chelsey Bowerman - Gee wizz You are so talented! It looks awesome!!ReplyCancel

  • Becca Pemberton - Sarah! You did a great job! You have a beautiful home. I love your moose. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • elil72 - Thank you, Becca! Mr. Moose is my pride and joy (not counting Easton of course)!ReplyCancel

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