Summer Farmhouse Decorating Tips
The two biggest decorating seasons in our country home are Christmas and Summer. Christmas is an obvious choice, and since summer is the time when I can bring flowers in from the yard, it ranks right up there with our favorite December holiday. Farmhouse decorating is really quite easy because the style is unpretentious, economical, and rather simple. Won’t you join me on a tour of a few rooms in my home while I share a few summer farmhouse decorating tips?
The Living Room
A decoupage desk greets you at the entry way of my home. I purchased that desk for just $35 and refinished it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and added script paper to the top and drawer fronts. A smart farmhouse decorating tip is to repurpose furniture. Farmhouses are meant to have character with slightly worn pieces throughout.
Slipcovers are a must when it comes to farmhouse decorating. They provide a casual, lived in style. A rooster pillow has farmhouse written all over it!
A smaller bird sits on a shelf made from an old barn board. I love pulling in a few rustic elements like beat-up wood.
The walls are painted with Martha Stewart paint in Lacecap, which draws its hue from a hydrangea.
Another farmhouse decorating tip is to paint your floors. They hold up surprisingly well to busy feet and furry friends. During the summer, I like to keep window treatments simple so lots of sunshine streams in. I painted a branch from the yard with white paint and then hung a string of paper butterflies down the side.
I’ve used bamboo script mats on the floors throughout our home. They’re durable and easy to clean!
In the summer, I try to de-clutter as much as possible for a fresher, easier look.
Fresh flowers are a must when it comes to summer farmhouse decorating. Pink Kalanchoe leads the way into the dining room.
The Dining Room
Impatiens in white ironstone bowls take center stage at each place setting of this garden-themed tablescape.
The farmhouse hutch that sits in the corner has painted chicken wire for the cabinet fronts, instead of the expected glass. Truth be told, our cat broke the glass in the cabinet and I decided to replace it with the chicken wire. Lots of white inside keeps it summer-fresh!
I absolutely adore my dining buffet with the mirror perched on top. Topiaries and house plants add just the right touch of green for farmhouse decorating. To me, white with green is quintessential farmhouse style.
Here it is … the heart of the home … my farmhouse kitchen! When I first toured this house and saw that built-in cabinet in the corner, I knew I wanted to buy this home and cook meals from scratch in this kitchen.
Virginia Bluebells from the garden decorate the kitchen table with their droopy appeal.
The IKEA sideboard was purchased from a friend. To add farmhouse decorating appeal in this room, we added the bead board 3/4 up the wall and painted it white, using kitchen cabinet paint which makes it easy to clean.
Oversized white coffee mugs hang from the shelf above the sideboard.
Lots of sun shines into our kitchen during the summer months. Lilacs decorate the kitchen and fill the room with their wonderfully sweet fragrance.
We have no upper cabinets, opting instead for open shelving in the kitchen. The shelves were a DIY project and didn’t cost a lot of money.
The Family Room
Moving into the family room, you can see I’ve used slipcovers and throws on the furniture, using light colors and lots of white to pull everything together. Using white or another unifying color is key to keeping farmhouse decorating from looking too hodge podge.
The windows in the family room wear landscape burlap swags draped over fallen branches from the yard. Landscape burlap is much softer than regular burlap … perfect for farmhouse window treatments.
The Front Porch
Our front porch is looking more like summer every day. Soon it will be brimming with impatiens and summer breezes. Stay tuned for more photos of our porch as a few things are changing out here!
So glad you stopped by for a tour of my summer farmhouse decorating style. A variety of flowers from the garden will be brought inside over the months … depending on what’s in bloom at the time!
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I always love seeing your beautiful home. Every room so cozy and inviting.
So beautiful! Every room! Every detail.
Jennifer, I just love your farmhouse style in your old home. I think it’s beautiful, so simple and you always show how one can use old things – furniture, dishes etc. – to achieve this look. Thanks for sharing your fresh farmhouse style for summer. Blessings, Pam
Nothing but beautiful!
You have such a welcoming home, Jennifer! I would feel very comfortable in your spaces. Love all the natural light you get.
I always enjoy seeing your home. I simply love it. I don’t remember ever seeing a table in your kitchen before. So that was new to me.
I love seeing your home and all its beauty. Love that dining room buffet too, it is so gorgeous with that mirror!
Luvly summer tour. I am still crushing on your dining room buffet.
Thanks for sharing your lovely home. I love ironstone and the country look. I could definitely come sit a spell in your house!
Thank you for the tour. It is all lovely! I think I will go add a summer quilt in my sunroom. 🙂
Love the tour through the summer house. Thank you for sharing especially about the bamboo mats. Your home looks crisp, cool and serene.
Your summer house is looking beautiful Jennifer and I love your use of fresh flowers too. I used to have an old fashioned picking garden in my old house, but it’s too hot here in the subtropics to grow pretty cottage flowers and I really miss the vases of blooms around the house. Thanks for the home tour 🙂
I love your farmhouse style!!
Your home is so comfy and beautiful!!
Your home would be gorgeous on a dreary day in March, so it truly shines in the summer. Love all the little touches. I’ve picked up a lot of ideas for my farmhouse kitchen. Thanks for sharing.
I can see why your girls wanted to live there. Farmhouse Style…. Love it!
Everything is just beautiful! It really does look and feel like a farmhouse but with a fresh spin. I will be studying your pictures closely for ideas. 🙂
Summer and Christmas are my favorite times to decorate, too! I love your home, it’s always so beautiful!
Thanks for joining in on the home tour ♥
Your home is beautiful! Newest follower from HickoryTrail
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I love it! So beautiful and calming- the floors are gorgeous 🙂
Love your fresh farmhouse style Jennifer! I just adore those bamboo script mats. Thank you for sharing your home with us today!
Just dreamy! LIke a slice of heaven 🙂
It’s just beautiful…the “feel” of your home draws me in and you’ve paid attention to every detail. I’m inspired by the photos my friend- thank you for sharing xo
Your home is everything I love. I could move right in and not change a thing. It is BEAUTIFUL!!!!
hugs from here…
Your home and decor have so much character and charm! Thanks for sharing with us! Take care, Laura
Love your beautiful home!
I just love your farmhouse – you’ve done a fantastic job decorating it! Every room looks so cozy & welcoming & charming 🙂 The branch with the butterflies hanging from it is a great idea, and I love the corner of your kitchen decorated with lilacs. I also redally like the openness of having no upper cabinets in the kitchen.
I’m sure you’re going to enjoy every second of summer in your beautiful home 🙂
Thank you so much for the lovely house tour! There are so many things I love, I don’t know where to start!:)
I’ve fallen in love with your home, farmhouse style is my absolute favorite.
Such a gorgeous fresh space. The quintessential farmhouse – you have done such a beautiful job! I love it!! Great tips:)
I love your home and your no frills no fuss approach to decorating. Everything looks so fresh.
So bright and beautiful…I am envious of your pretty farmhouse kitchen 🙂
Do I see a Miss Mustard Seed bamboo mat? 😀
What a lovely space you have created! It looks refreshing and breezy and whispers “summer”!
Thank you for sharing,
Love every room just beautiful…Wow…would love it if you came by and shared it at One More Time http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2013/06/share-it-one-more-time-features-and.html
Hope to see you there…xo Tammy
Your summer decor is very pretty, I love your Farmhouse way of decorating, reminds me of my childhood friends homes, only nicer.
EVERYTHING is beautiful. I especially like the shape of the table in front of the sofa in the living room. What a fun design.
It is always a delightful treat to visit your beautiful home, Jennifer. Thanks for the sweet tour!
you have such a beautiful home. I always enjoy visiting your lovely blog. Thank you for sharing with us xo
I am blown away with your lovely home. I told GH and while browsing, he said “Am in trouble” LoL*
TY for sharing and letting me come in in that heavenly home.
Hugs from D´Box.
Wow I love your space! It is so clean and refreshing! Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.
each space looks so charming, jennifer:) just gorgeous!
Always so gorgeous & inspiring, Jennifer. I love every room!
Angela @ Number Fifty-Three
Absolutely beautiful! I want to just grab a book and plop down on the co….uch and escape! It reminds me of a shabby chic farmhouse….just my style!! Thank you for inviting me into your home (keywords being home) it felt good!
Jennifer your home is truly amazing! Always so warm and inviting. Thank you so much for inviting us in to visit!
Love your home and your decor, so pretty and so creative. Thanks for the tour. Hugs, Marty
You have such a gorgeous home! You have definitely nailed the farmhouse chic look. Every room is so stunning! Thanks so much for sharing!
Your house is so gorgeous! I love all of the textures of the whites and the coziness of the rooms! Absolutely stunning! Have a wonderful weekend! Angie xo
What a stunning home! I love every little detail about it. If you get a chance, please share this on my linky party:
Love these rooms you’ve shown dressed for summer.
I have blankets and throws over my furniture, too. But I’m working on ‘flow’… I just don’t seem to find a restful place when I look around the room. It just doesn’t flow. You addressed that when you said you de-clutter. That is something I need to be working on still while I’m tweaking.
Your rooms give me lots of inspiration. Glad to see them, and so glad to see how comfy it looks at the same time it seems affordable. Not like some more traditional rooms that just seem costly to pull off.
You mentioned painting your floor. It is hard to tell that yours are painted, except in the dining room. Are all of these floors in this post painted? Also… what type of paint did you use? Thanks!
Would you please adopt me? I l o v e your home !
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your home – I just had to start a whole new Pin board from most of your pictures – so lovely and so inspiring,
Hope you have a great week,
Your house looks beautiful!! You have some great ideas how to decorate a house. Love how you decorated your home.Thanks for sharing!
Would you mind sharing where you found your window treatments for your living room?