June Gloom has set in but I ain’t mad ’cause we have one week of school left and swim team has started, which means summer is here baby!!
In one lovely corner of the room, my white hanging chair has swung to new heights in popularity on IG. However the other side has been sorely neglected. So this past week I took the time to design and curate a new summer look! Thinking about summerfy-ing your space? Let me spill my secrets…
Start with Fun Color
My family room has a huge statement piece above the mantle. Yep, that blue fiber art baby of mine still gets me every time I walk in the room. However, the warm weather got me thinking of warmer colors too. When deciding on a color palette, do not worry about straying away from your norm. Experiment and see what happens! In my case, I did not think my room would include a “pink” rug.
It is probably safe to say you will be starting with the sofa like me. So with that color in mind, think of a warm and sunny print or color that inspires you. Naturally, Pinterest would provide some great ideas. Make a board and pin away! Did I tell you I started a few new boards? Go check mine out to get ideas too! I love sharing great design.
Pillows Guide the Design Theme
I wanted to create a space that had strong coastal vibes. The hanging chair and Canon Beach coastal print on the wall behind definitely helped shape my design direction. When Studio McGee & Co. Shop was having a sale on their signature pillows, I took that as cue to refresh my space. (Studio McGee sure knows their design don’t they? *sigh*)
Stripes are always fun and let’s talk about velvet. Oh velvet, how I adore thee. The texture and the way it reflects color is just too much to describe. I am OBSESSED. Then as I perused their online shop, I saw the fig leaf print to give some oomph in pattern play. It is delicate but playful. Perfect for all the feels in this space.
Next, I made my daily foray to Target. Not surprised right? I don’t know about you but I pretty much know Target store floor plans by now. I bee lined to the home design section. Lo and behold, I found a few small space coffee table options. We have lived in our home for over 10 years, but with small children, it was just not conducive to have a coffee table. Now that they are a tad bit older, we need something to put our popcorn and drinks on for movie nights!
Compact but beautiful coffee table
Do I pick the small wooden mid mod square design? Or the three tiered marble table top with brass tipped legs? Since I needed a super small table, I decided to try the three tier.
Full confession: I have never liked the three tier look much. It looked cool in magazines and websites. But it didn’t jump at me for our home. I figured, ok Anita, just try it. You need something space efficient.
I quickly put the table awkwardly in the cart. Why don’t they just make carts as big as Mac trucks? You know we would fill them 🙂
As I headed towards the area rugs, I realized I was stumped. You see, I am FICKLE as H-E-double hockey sticks. I mean, I have three rugs already in the garage because I grew tired of them but feel guilty giving them away.
Since I knew the pillows back home had some blush and the room was blue/grey dominant, why not consider the pink grey kilim style? It has muted tones which I loooooove.
Once I got home, the real work began. I put the area rug under the sofa juuuuust right and then fluffed the pillows.
Uh-oh. Not enough pillows. Looked a little bare. Oh too bad, have to buy more? Twist my arm. Ouch, a little too hard friend. 😉 I also added the two vases I got from McGee & Shop Co. by the fireplace. Something you never want to forget is to anchor decor both sides of the mantel with greenery and books in pretty containers. For the win EVERY. TIME.
And after a few more minutes, my design heart was happy. The whole room was taking shape nicely.
So there you have it my design besties. I am not all the way done with this space, but its definitely ready for summer!