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Easy, Breezy Summer House Style

Looking for design ideas for your summer house? Today’s post is for you. Don’t have a summer house but wish you did? Today’s post is also for you! In fact, you can transform your home into a breezy, relaxing summer retreat with the addition of a few basic pieces. The look we’re featuring is all about clean, crisp style. Flowing white curtains, clean-lined serving pieces and outdoor chairs that create the ultimate lounge are not out of the question here. Ready for a closer look?…

Gauzy Curtains

Nothing says summer like gauzy curtains blowing in the breeze. Switching out heavy draperies ethereal alternatives is a step in the right direction. These French-Belgian White Linen Panels from CB2 provide privacy while allowing the light to filter through:

White linen panels from CB2
White linen panels from CB2

When it comes to translucent curtains, there are many options to choose from. In other words, there’s a sheer curtain out there that will meet the needs of your space! And there’s nothing like the light and airy look that results when white draperies meet white walls. [from Habachy Designs]

Gauzy white curtains in a modern bedroom
Gauzy white curtains in a modern bedroom

Fresh Greenery

A super easy way to channel summer style is to display fresh greenery in various rooms of your home. White vases are the perfect choice for highlighting blooms, as well as clippings from the yard. Make it interesting by opting for a sculptural piece. Below we see a few selections from Crate & Barrel, including the Rati Vase:

Collection of white vases from Crate & Barrel
Collection of white vases from Crate & Barrel

You can also go classic and chic with a large tropical leaf in a glass vase. Monstera is the perfect summery choice, and these full green leaves have the potential to last for weeks if healthy. [from Incorporated, photo by Joshua McHugh]

Monstera leaves are the perfect summer accent
Monstera leaves are the perfect summer accent

A Bowl of Fruit

Display the fruits of summer in a bowl on your countertop or dining room table. With a variety of seasonal produce at the ready, what you eat can become part of your decor. [image from Sarah Davison Interior Design]

Fresh produce in a woven bowl
Fresh produce in a woven bowl

Wooden tones make a lovely statement, while refreshing materials such as marble make the perfect display vessel for selections like avocado and citrus fruits. Keep in mind that cut citrus fruit can stain marble, so make sure your citrus is intact when on display. Below we see the French Kitchen Marble Fruit Bowl from Crate & Barrel:

Marble fruit bowl
Marble fruit bowl

A Glass Carafe

Bring clean, modern style home this summer with a glass carafe that can hold wine, tea and other special drinks. Some people even keep a carafe of water in the guest room for visitors. We love the design of the Bellamy Carafe from Crate & Barrel, a piece that’s perfect for serving drinks both indoors and out.

Clear carafe from Crate & Barrel
Clear carafe from Crate & Barrel

The Beaker Glass Pitcher from CB2 is another sleek piece that can hold a range of beverages on a hot summer day. Plus, chem lab beaker glass ensures this pitcher is as sturdy as it is stylish:

Beaker pitcher from CB2
Beaker pitcher from CB2

Beach Towels

There’s nothing that evokes the feel of a refreshing dip in the pool quite like a beach towel! Classic motifs such as stripes are undeniably summery. Place them over lounge chairs by the pool for a heavy dose of seasonal style. The vignette below features Reversible Awning Stripe Beach Towels in Navy from Pottery Barn:

Blue and white striped beach towels from Pottery Barn
Blue and white striped beach towels from Pottery Barn

You might also consider displaying rolled beach towels in the powder room for a vacation vibe, or hanging them on hooks for impromptu summer “wall art”. When the hooks are pineapples, you can’t go wrong! [from Verandah House Interiors]

Beach towels on pineapple hooks
Beach towels on pineapple hooks

Breezy White Chairs

White repels heat. White is elegant. White is cooling and refreshing. Why not go white for your outdoor chairs this summer? Folding chairs that combine white fabric with wooden tones are lovely and timeless. [photo from Molly Wood Garden Design]

White outdoor dining chairs
White outdoor dining chairs

If white fabric outdoors makes you nervous, try steel with a white powder-coated finish! The Soleil Lounge Chair from Room & Board brings a dash of durability to your deck or patio. Not to mention, modern flair!

White lounge chairs from Room & Board
White lounge chairs from Room & Board

Interesting Planters

Here’s one more summer design idea before we end today’s post: tell a story with interesting planters. And don’t stop at the planters! Fill them with unique plants, such as succulents. Below we see a collection of planters from CB2, including the Embossed Grey Large Planter. A grouping of planters creates a rich, layered vignette, don’t you think?

embossed planters from CB2
Embossed planters from CB2

Vary the height of the planters, as well as the height of the plants as you compile your arrangement of pots and greenery. The Iris Planter + Chevron Stand from West Elm combines a sculptural powder-coated steel base with a white pot for a true conversation piece:

Variety of planters from West Elm
Variety of planters from West Elm

Will you be adding summer style to your home in the coming weeks? Remember, you don’t have to own a vacation home to celebrate the relaxing vibe of the season. Happy decorating!

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