Less is definitely more around here lately and if you find yourself in the same boat, where energy is at a premium, you choose carefully where to spend it. I mentioned yesterday I've been itching to get back to more home decor and DIY projects, so our master sitting room was a perfect place to bring in a few summer touches. I lightened up the space with a touch of paint that we had on hand and changed out the accessories for the summery variety. It's not a dramatic DIY, but it's perfect for a fresh change with minimal effort.
Those Fall branches were from Central Market and I've made sure to store them gingerly so I can use them again. They provided great height and color. For summer, I switched out the Pottery Barn urn (currently on sale) for the World Market clear vase and combined blue and purple faux flowering branches. I like a full look, so I fit about 8 stems inside the vase. They add a nice pop of color to all the beige in the room.
On our wing chair, I just switched out the pillows for this grey and white zebra one (it's old from West Elm, but I don't think they carry it anymore). I like these chairs so much I bought two. We don't sit on them for hours at a time (preferring the living room for that), but they are comfortable and have held up well.
Our round upholstered ottoman with nailhead trim has served us well in this space. So nice to have a space to put your feet up and talk on the phone or watch Real Housewives while hubby is watching Game of Thrones. (again. for the second time. him, not me.)
I feel like its tradition to add seashells, sand, and/or coral to the decor in the summer. This large coral is my fave. I got it many years ago at Crate & Barrel and it moves all over the house. I painted it gold many years ago when nothing was immune from my gold spray paint, but I'd like it natural too.
It took me forever to hang the four family photos in this room, and then I wasn't crazy about the tan mat. The matted frames were a steal from Michael's, and I liked that the mat had a linen texture, but felt the color was too yellow for the space. For months, every time I walked past them it bugged me. Finally, we lightened them up!
My son helped me paint the mats white with a couple coats of white paint we had in the garage. He loves to help with projects and this kind of thing is perfect for him. He just rolled the paint on with a small roller, and then I went back over them to make sure the coverage was even. The mats did start to curl as they dried, but straightened out once back inside the glass frame.
The white mats really brighten up the space, don't ya think? I like knowing my son helped with them too. Makes them more special.
The wall color is Sherwin Williams A New Grey, and I shared all of the paint colors in our home here. And see more summer decorating ideas here.
Have you added summer decor to your house?