The official start of summer is almost here! To celebrate, I’m sharing my favorite summer outdoor decor ideas. Cue the Beach Boys music!
I’m especially excited because I’m joining my blogging friends for a summer tour extravaganza. There are 30 incredible home tours to check out!
Stick around until the end to get all the details.
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Bloggers Best Summer Home Tour
Our wonderful tour this week is hosted by Kelly from The Tattered Pew. If you haven’t met Kelly before, you’re in for a real treat. She has a beautiful classic cottage/farmhouse style that will charm your pants off.
For those stopping by from Cassie Bustamante, welcome! I love Cassie’s boho/vintage vibe and the DIY projects she shares on her blog. I’m a DIY girl at heart too.
Now, let’s begin our tour, shall we?
Summer Outdoor Decor Ideas on the Front Porch
If you’re new to First Day of Home, you should know that summer in my neck of the woods is extremely hot and humid. A real tropical paradise, I tell ya!
Because of the intense weather, I try to make things as comfortable as possible with my outdoor decor.
Something about citrus makes me feel refreshed during the summer. I decided a DIY lemon-themed wreath would be the perfect way to greet my guests.
I have a complete tutorial for this DIY summer wreath which was inspired by a similar one I saw online (sold for about 3x the price).
I generally enjoy making my own outdoor pillows, but I’ve had a hard time finding fabrics I like this year. (I’m going to blame the p-demic again!)
The downside of ordering pillows online is that sometimes it’s hard to judge the size. I’ll be replacing this lemon patterned pillow with the next size up, so stay tuned for a revised picture. #reallife
Summer Decorating Ideas for the Patio
Our back patio is where we spend most of our outdoor time in the summer.
It sits right next to the pool, and we enjoy making s’mores in the fireplace when it’s not blazing hot at night.
You may notice our patio got a little refresh this year. You can see our previous rug and color scheme in my post on patio decorating ideas.
My boys are now at an age where I don’t have to get in the pool with them. (Hallelujah!) That means Mommy can get some summer reading done and relax nearby while they splash around.
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Truth be told, I don’t sit still for very long outside. I usually tend to my vegetable garden or potted plants, like my cherished plumerias.
The white Singapore plumeria didn’t bloom at all last year, so I’m thrilled she’s looking healthy again!
I’ve learned that plants, like humans, sometimes don’t bloom where they are planted. They often need a change of scenery to thrive again.
The colorful zinnias above will soon outgrow their pot, so I’ll need to find a new home for them. See how I stay busy out here?
You might notice the lantern is the same one pictured on my front porch. I love to play around with my decor accents. It’s like a grownup version of “Elf on the Shelf” for me!
If you’re in the market for a lantern, check out my lantern decorating ideas for some fun options.
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At dusk, the back patio gets more shade, as you can see above. The only challenge is warding off mosquitoes!
If you’re wondering how to enjoy the patio without pesky mosquitoes, try this hack!
Summer Beverage Station Ideas
When entertaining outdoors, I find it’s always handy to have a beverage station for kids and grownups alike.
This cedar work table isn’t fancy, but I love it because it was one of my husband’s first woodworking projects when we were newlyweds.
Of course, the boys get their own mini chairs with little DIY pillows to get comfy.
I’ll serve up some of my famous lavender lemonade when we host our next outdoor party.
Sidenote: My friend Julie from My Wee Abode made the cutest free lemon printables. I plan to use them in my decor this season.
Summer Dining Table Decor (Al Fresco)
This month, I joined another great group of gals for a Pinterest Challenge! Here’s a peek at the outdoor table decor I created for that tour.
We’ve been looking for a permanent outdoor dining table, though I think I see a DIY project in our future if lumber prices ever come down again.
For now, this rustic table is our go-to for extra seating when we have parties or other gatherings. With the right table linens and centerpieces, it can pass for a party.
Of course, I’m only hosting an outdoor dining event early in the morning or late in the evening…with plenty of mosquito repellent!
What are you most looking forward to this summer?
I hope you enjoyed these summer outdoor decor ideas! Don’t forget to check out the tours my friends are sharing!
Your next stop is Jen from Midwest Life and Style, whose decor style I absolutely adore!
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Continue Your Tour
This week I’m joining some of my blogging friends 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.