Simple Summer Decorating Ideas

Simple summer decorating ideas including a terracotta pot collection, green plants and using ribbon to emphasize the summer season!

Summer is just around the corner, and if you're looking to refresh a space or two, these simple decorating ideas will be helpful!

Simple Decor Ideas to Refresh Summer Spaces

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Mug Rack Decor

A few months ago, I shared several tips for styling a wall mounted mug rack for all the seasons. I consider my black metal mug rack a decorating tool. It's so easy to switch out decor, and consolidating a collection together makes a bigger impact.

Case in point - my collection of terracotta pots. Many of my pots have been painted white or aged and distressed. Some of the flower pots have hot glue scallops that I added. I gathered them together and created a piece of art on the wall by hanging the pots on the mug rack.

To take it a step further, I gathered a few of my houseplants and a chalk painted spindle chair to create a vignette around the mug rack.


  • if needed, the metal prongs can be moved slightly to accommodate the pots
  • add terracotta pots slowly and be sure they're stable (I had a few fall and break)
  • include a few terracotta pot bases for interest
  • mix and match painted and natural pots, or keep it monochrome

If your display looks a little bland, add some life with a pop of color. I added a metal plate rack on my counter and filled it up with some of my collected blue and white dishes.

This rack is a different style but gives the same feel, and has room to display extra items.

Add ribbon for a patriotic vibe

To make this vignette work for the patriotic holidays (or just for the summer), simply add some ribbon.

I hung this red striped ribbon over a blue velvet ribbon. I also added one of the dollar store tin stars that I made (tutorial is coming soon!). Nothing is permanent and it's all easy to switch up or remove when I change my mind.

The top of my cottage white dresser gets a patriotic vibe by simply tying red and blue ribbons around candle holders. The white candleholders, pitcher and wall plaque give a cottage style nod to the "white" of red, white and blue.

Another red striped ribbon was tied into a bow on the plate rack, and I added a few more things as a nod to Americana....

These simple additions add a cottage farmhouse Americana vibe that I love! A mix of new and vintage is my favorite way to decorate vignettes.

Hot tip: Rather than purchasing season specific ribbon, I choose classics like stripes and checks. That way I can use them during other holidays and seasons!

I also added a strand of  fairy lights to the mug rack and terracotta pots. I love how it draws your attention, and reminds me of summer fireworks!

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  1. I adore you patriotic touches! But I adore and NEED one of those plate racks! I can't find one like that anywhere. Maybe as you're packing things up, you just want to ship that on over to me?! ;) Hope you find the perfect place soon. Still praying for y'all!

    1. Thanks Cindy, appreciate the thoughts and prayers! Check my IG stories/ highlights for a link to the mug rack 😉

  2. Featuring this wonderful post tomorrow on Farmhouse Friday 351. Thank you for linking up and sharing your talents with us. Happy Summer! pinned

  3. I ♥ ♥ ♥ the terracota pots display. The gardener in me focused on it at Farmhouse Friday linkup. Love how fresh and clean it looks. So glad I found your blog!

    1. Thank you so much Angie! So happy to have you following ♡

  4. I love your style and your DIY projects. I don’t always have time to comment, but I enjoy your emails and Blog. Please keep sharing your lovely decor with us.


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