This week is summer home tour week for me and my blogging friends. Truth be told, I wasn’t quite sure how to infuse summer into my darker rooms that we painted this past winter, but I found a way to make dark summer neutrals work.
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You know, when I painted the family room in Mole’s Breath (Farrow & Ball) this past winter, I wondered if the room would feel too dark during summer. But no worries, because it makes me feel like I’m sitting in the shade when I’m in the room. It actually “feels” cooler to me!
I’ve been spending so much time out in the yard that I haven’t done a lot of summer decorating inside. To change things up for the season, I’m just going to add seasonal flowers from my garden or the side roads. It’ easy and inexpensive.
I love all the wild grasses we have here in Illinois. Their stems make good accents for bouquets and the wheat-type stalks look like the graphic in my new logo header.
I’m definitely digging darker rooms for summer, which comes as a complete surprise to me. I always enjoy using brighter colors with white during summer (I still love the look), but I love the look of summer neutrals even more.
You might remember that our dining room got a new coat of Downtown by Benjamin Moore. This color is fabulous with the changing light of day. Sometimes it looks more green, sometimes more brown.
I tucked another bunch of wild grasses in one of my vintage brown bottles from the flea market.
A stack of vintage books picks up on the summer neutrals color scheme. I love reading during the summer and am working to create several outdoor reading spaces this year – which I’ll be showing you soon! I’m most excited about reading in our new shade garden which is almost done.
Maybe I’ll start with Madame Sarah. I have all these vintage books that I’ve purchased for their color, worn appeal, or pretty cover – but I don’t read them. It’s time to change that!
See that newel post at the bottom of our staircase? It used to have a ball on the top of it. Hubby had to cut it off in order to get my new bedroom dresser up the stairs. He was going to put it back on but I told him I kind of preferred it not to be there.
When I was taking photos, I had the notion to put a small potted plant on the post and I rather like it there. Hubby could probably figure out a way to permanently screw the pot there so it won’t get knocked off.
I love the variegation of this pretty little philodendron in its crusty garden pot. Won’t the philodendron look cool trailing down the post as it grows?
The window at the bottom of our staircase lets in plenty of light for plants to enjoy so I added a hanging planter in the corner, strategically located so no one bumps it with their head.
This philodendron micans has about tripled in size since I bought it for this metallic copper pot. After a bit of fertilizer, it’s going to go wild.
A color scheme of summer neutrals is really agreeing with me. I wish I had more of my house to show you, but like I said, most of my time has been getting the yard spruced up. I’ll tackle the sitting room and kitchen next so stay tuned!
For now, you can enjoy more summer home tours by visiting my blogging friends below! Next up on today’s summer home tours is Taryn Whiteaker who also likes to decorate with neutral.
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