Summer Decor

We don’t have a mantle to decorate as the seasons change, but we do have a console table in our entryway that can be dressed up.  Can you believe it’s already June?  How quickly it snuck up on me!  I wanted to add some summer decor to our house, just some simple touches like sand and shell filled vases.  If you follow me on Twitter, you know I scored a 5 pound bag of sand at Lowe’s for $3 on Friday so I could transform our console:

I used a piece of burlap ($3 a yard at Hobby Lobby) and frayed the ends for the runner, then filled some jars we already had with sand and seashells.  I purchased the shells a couple years ago at Pottery Barn during their “after summer sale” so they were super cheap.  I found this sand-covered sea horse at Home Goods for about $8.  Home Goods also had starfish garland on a rope for $7, but I cut the starfish off of the rope. 
I love using books in my decor, and just took the jackets off for a more natural feel.  The large piece of coral was from Crate & Barrel, but I saw on The Stories of A to Z, that Beth spray painted inexpensive colored coral from WalMart’s pet department, and I thought that was a genius idea!

The bowl below usually holds Hershey’s kisses!

Let's be friends!

Subscribe and enjoy exclusive content delivered directly to your inbox!

The faux orchid is from Crate & Barrel.  I plan to put it in a shiny silver pot, but for now, I’m keeping it as is, looks more “beachy” this way!  And I didn’t really need 5 pounds of sand for this project, but even at Lowe’s the little bags (that I would’ve needed 3 of, were $5 each).  So $3 for a 5 pound bag it is!  


  1. June 7, 2011 / 3:53 am

    The table looks good!! I love the beachy vibe you have goin' on.

  2. June 7, 2011 / 4:31 am

    It's gorgeous!

  3. June 7, 2011 / 4:39 am

    So fun! I love it. We have a display style coffee table that I filled with sand for my son's beach themed birthday a few years ago.

    I love the idea of cutting the starfish off a garland. Those sea creatures can be pricey! Love your beach themed console.


  4. Carmel @ Our Fifth House
    June 7, 2011 / 4:09 am

    It looks beautiful! Love the runner and your orchid looks so real!

  5. traceyf
    June 7, 2011 / 11:01 am

    Mission accomplished Megan…it's perfect!!

  6. natasha {schue love}
    June 7, 2011 / 6:04 am

    Wow! Love this look! So great and beachy for the summer! I want to recreate this myself!! 🙂

  7. June 7, 2011 / 12:32 pm

    It looks great! And I love the sea-horse and all the neutral colors!!

  8. June 7, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    It looks great! I love the little starfish. I need to head up to the attic to get my summer stuff out. 🙂 Thanks for the reminder!

  9. June 7, 2011 / 12:48 pm

    looks great!! I have a beach themed bathroom so I definitely need to incorporate more SAND! – love the idea of spray painting cheap coral from Walmart! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  10. June 7, 2011 / 1:11 pm

    Love it all! This is what my house decor looks like year round! haha

  11. June 7, 2011 / 1:14 pm

    I love this!! I am with Nicole, my house looks like this all the time too, evennn though I live two hours from the beach! So pretty!

  12. June 7, 2011 / 1:54 pm

    I love it Megan! Love the burlap runner with the beach theme.

  13. June 7, 2011 / 4:23 pm

    You are so talented! I must say!

  14. Natalie
    June 7, 2011 / 11:34 am

    Looks great Megan! I love all the seashells. Looks like I will hit up lowes for sand when I finally get sterling a sandbox, that is a steal!

  15. Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    June 7, 2011 / 12:33 pm

    No mantle.
    No problem.

    Such a great area to change up when you get the tinkling to do so.

    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

  16. Courtney
    June 7, 2011 / 12:56 pm

    it looks great! I can't believe in your big ol' house you don't have a fireplace.. but then, now that I think about it, I never have seen one in your photos, ha! You did get a major bargain on that sand. 🙂 Don't you love using odd ball stuff like that in your decor?

  17. Sixty-Fifth Avenue
    June 7, 2011 / 1:17 pm

    Megan, this is gorgeous!! Love everything about it.
    I guess its time to get my spring faux eggs out of my candle holders.

  18. June 7, 2011 / 6:31 pm

    That looks stunning!!! I hope you don't mind but I"m going to have to be a giant copy cat because I love this so much:)

  19. Jenny Castle Design
    June 7, 2011 / 1:32 pm

    Love the summery/beachy feel!!

  20. Amanda
    June 7, 2011 / 1:41 pm

    Love it girl!!! I just posted about my sea shells yesterday- I cant believe its already time to pulls those out! we're gonna blink and its going to be time to pull out the pumpkins!!
    ps LOVE the little sea horse!

  21. Michelle @ Ten June
    June 7, 2011 / 1:59 pm

    So pretty!! I'm about to dress up my dining room table for summer… one of my favorite seasons : ) You always do the best vignettes!!

  22. June 7, 2011 / 9:09 pm

    SO PRETTY! White is this seasons color! Good call!

  23. June 7, 2011 / 9:56 pm

    what the stinkin beautiful!? i love it! so creative! We dont have a mantel either…but a sweet shelf that i need to get my booty on decorating!

  24. June 8, 2011 / 12:50 am

    Great before and after! I love the beach inspired theme. Very creative and chic! 🙂

  25. Wendy
    June 7, 2011 / 8:40 pm

    your entryway console looks fabulous!! well done!

  26. June 8, 2011 / 1:46 am

    You've inspired me! I'm gonna attempt a console makeover next week! Looks fab!!! Great job M!! Xoxo shel

  27. June 8, 2011 / 2:34 am

    It's gorgeous! I haven't decorated my mantel for summer yet either. Love your little seahorse! (And thanks girly for the shout out ;).

  28. June 8, 2011 / 3:24 am

    I also decorate our console table with sand and seashells. It's so beachy. I love what you did. Really puts me in the mood for the beach!

  29. Meg
    June 8, 2011 / 10:52 pm

    I'm in the process of doing this to my mantle! Love what you've done!


  30. Elsa
    June 9, 2011 / 2:03 pm

    It looks so good and I'm loving the summer beach theme!

  31. June 14, 2011 / 2:25 am

    love the summer inspiration..I dont have a mantle to decorate either with the change of seasons.. so I love the idea of doing that with the entryway table!

  32. July 24, 2011 / 8:28 pm

    Great change for the summer season. I have a lake house that this look would work very well for! Thanks for sharing!

  33. March 21, 2012 / 11:15 pm

    This is so beautiful! I'm eyeing that mirror, where did you get it?


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Shop My Instagram