How to Make Coastal Farmhouse Decorating Easy
Happy Summer! If you are hopping over from She Gave It a Go, welcome! I am so excited that you’ve come to visit! Wasn’t Brendt’s home tour so inspiring? I always love to visit people’s homes and see how each one expresses their own, unique style…that’s what home should be! To all my subscribers, welcome back! I am always so happy to have you join the fun and especially to invite you into our summer home today!
Each season is unique and so fun to decorate for. To me, summer has an especially unique vibe, with it’s casual, comfortable look. A little less “fuss”, a little more “lived in”, with low-maintenance and easy being priorities! I love that summer décor can really be what you want. You could choose bright, vibrant colors, floral prints, a monochromatic scheme, tropical vibes, a casual, coastal look, gingham, country style, and so much more! Summer décor can be as simple as adding a few patriotic touches to your everyday décor or you can have fun giving your home a whole new look!
Whatever style you choose and as much or as little as you decorate, I think the key factor to summer décor is having fun with it! The feeling I want to have in the summer is laid-back, relaxed, and fun! I love to try and create that feeling with the way I decorate our home for summer, especially with some vintage coastal farmhouse vibes!
So, come on in and let’s get started!
Coastal Farmhouse Entryway
I’ll be the first to admit that our entryway doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. I do love this tiny, little space in our home, though, and had fun styling it with a vintage coastal look for summer. I picked up this brown seed cubby last year and by a happy accident, it ended up in the entryway! I love how it makes a statement in this space but doesn’t take up a lot of physical space (it’s a very small entryway and also a pass-thru from our music room to the family room!). I added a chippy bench and a couple of yard sale finds with the old suitcase and little straw hat. I think I paid a total of $10 for them! Gotta love a good thrifted find!
The star of the show in the entryway, for me, is this drapeux (French word for flag) from my friend Kendra @homespuncottage . She created this from vintage linen and I absolutely love how it makes a big statement in the entryway, but still contributes to a light and airy look. The drapeux was a great way to get a “soft” element in here as well!
To finish off the entryway, I added three straw hats to the wall. I love the texture and fun element that they add.
Coastal Farmhouse Family Room
The family room is the next stop, so step on in! Since our home is so open, I love making a big statement on this gallery wall. You can see it from the entryway, kitchen, and dining room, so it’s a fun challenge to make it all flow together, yet have unique and designated spaces. You can get all the details on my summer mantel HERE and find out why it’s the first time I’ve ever decorated my mantel for summer!
I used the French lavabo as my statement piece and filled it with an arrangement, mixed with fresh palm branches (I tucked a glass of water down in the bottom for the branches!), faux fern bushes from Flower and Home Marketplace, and some sea fans and sponges from our local seashell shop!
My gallery wall consists of some vintage seascape prints that I’ve collected over time. I always look for great deals on vintage art; thrift stores and flea markets are a great place to look! This year, I added a small drapeux from @homespuncottage and some framed grain sack remnants from @thecottonshed. I love the play on words with the “sand” print! A vintage beach sign from @whiteflowerfarmhouse gives a fun touch to finish off the gallery wall. I always love to hunt for vintage signs that I can work into my seasonal décor! You can get my favorite tips for vintage hunting HERE.
On my sofa, I combined white and cream throw pillows. Most of mine are made from vintage fabrics, but you can find amazing new throw pillows to immediately freshen your space. Check HERE and HERE for some neutral ones with texture! I love using stripes in the summer and these large, vintage-inspired blue stripe pillows from Olde Tyme Marketplace add a fun summer touch. I picked these up at her store a few years ago in Madison, Indiana!
I kept the coffee table really simple, but a big statement with this huge wooden trough. I stacked some vintage books inside and added a large mortar and pestle with a fresh plant. I have been using these little ivy plants a lot this spring and summer and love the unstructured lines they add to a vignette!
Coastal Farmhouse Kitchen
Just around the corner is our grand central station! While I love for my kitchen to look pretty, I also am really particular about what I use to decorate in this space. I try to use items that are functional AND pretty for a practical aesthetic. For example, this old scale is almost always full of fruit and I try to keep my ironstone berry strainer full of grapes…though those don’t last long at all around here!
To give a base to my kitchen vignettes, I love to use pieces from my vintage bread board collection. I have quite a lot of them and they move around the house. But you can always find them in my kitchen and I especially love to layer them for extra texture and character.
One non-functional thing I always try to have in my kitchen is a vessel with fresh flowers or greenery. In the summer, this is especially easy, since we have so many palm trees around our yard. In fact, our entire fence line is palm trees, so I have an abundance year round! I love to cut them and use in my flower arrangements for the summer. If I don’t have flowers, I cut a few extra and enjoy a fresh greenery bouquet!
No matter what fresh greenery you can cut for free, one of my favorite ways to make a statement is to use a creative vessel! I love to find vintage pieces that can work to hold flowers, greenery, and plants, even in unexpected ways! This vintage French wine barrel is one of my favorites to use and I’m loving it with the fresh palm branches this summer! It’s an easy and free way to add some immediate vintage coastal vibes to our home!
I leave my favorite summer candle out on the kitchen island, ready for slow, long summer evenings and add some small plants throughout the space. But my number one tip for kitchen décor is to use functional items that you LOVE and look pretty also!
Coastal Farmhouse Dining Room
Other than my summer gallery wall, I think my summer dining room is my favorite décor spot in the house! I shared a lot of details about our dining room apothecary/hutch over on THIS post. I shared my thought process behind styling dining room shelves along with some ideas that can transfer to other shelving spots throughout your home.
This apothecary is a special piece. Since we got it in January and refinished it (you can find out how we did that with oven cleaner HERE ), it has become one of my favorite pieces to decorate. I had a lot of fun using pieces from my vintage collections to give this a coastal farmhouse look!
One of my favorite things was adding glass cloches to stacks of ironstone dishes and butter pats, as well as adding coral to some of my mortar and pestle pieces. The combination of white, glass, and natural elements gave me the vintage coastal farmhouse look I wanted while keeping the space light, bright, and airy! I also love how my vintage bottles add the slightest bit of my light blue summer color to my dining room hutch!
Other than playing around with some fun, summer tablescapes, I keep the dining room fairly cleared off! I enjoy adding fresh palm branches to my vintage French zinc pitcher and using my European pickling jars for occasional fresh flowers. These also make a great spot to add some flags for the summer holidays!
Coastal Farmhouse Living Room
Our back living and dining room are such wonderful bonus spaces. Since this long stretch of square footage is under air, we enjoy having an air conditioned “sun room” and this room is my favorite summer hangout spot! You can usually find me in the mornings in my favorite chair with a cup of coffee and getting started with my work! Such a treat for me, since during the school year, it’s a mad dash out of the door each morning!
In this room, I added a lot of summer textures, such as stacked baskets, worn books with a blue patina, vintage coral pieces, and linen pillows. Last year, we turned this antique library table into a coffee table and I love how the zinc top ties in with my summer décor! I picked up this zinc bucket and surprisingly, my olive plant is doing pretty well with all the sunlight it gets in this spot!
To add even a little more texture and a slight bit of color, I stacked some French grain sacks on the lidded baskets. I love the little touch of light blue and the linen is my favorite textile for summer décor!
One fun addition to this room is this blue-gray cabinet from my friend @velmaolivevintage! She took this old factory/hardware cabinet, gave it a fresh color and painted the swiss cross on the front. I love how that detail ties in with the drapeux hanging in the entryway and family room! Little details like that make me so happy and I love the bit of summer color this piece added!
I felt like all the elements I wanted to include in my summer styling really came together in this room. You can find my favorite summer styling tips HERE. My favorite elements that helped me pull my summer house together are:
- Light woods and lots of white
- Woven textures, through rugs and baskets
- Accents of light blue and gray
- Natural elements, like coral, sponges, and palm branches
- Light textiles with gauzy throw blankets and linen
I hope you’ve enjoyed touring our Summer House, vintage coastal farmhouse style! I have a wonderful treat for you, as you hop on over to visit Cassie Bustamante! You’re going to love her take on summer styling, along with loads of décor inspiration for your home! Make sure to say hello while you’re over there!!
You can find even more inspiration by checking out each of these amazing home bloggers. I love how every style is unique and creates a beautiful and inviting home! These talented bloggers are sure to give you great ideas as you create your own Summer Home!
This week I’m joining some of my blogging friend’s for the Bloggers Best Summer Home Tours! All week long we are welcoming you into our homes. You can visit each summer home tour by clicking the links below.