Summer style is all about light, bright and airy- with a burst of warm sunshine and pretty.
Well, that is how it feels to me anyway. Refreshing the bedrooms for summer is simple and such a fun thing to do. From fresh linens to fresh flowers – and today I am sharing a few of my tried and true styling tips to create a summer bedroom that your guests (or yourself) will love.
Simple & Sweet
I am big fan of simple and sweet in Any room. I like those sweet prints that don’t feel TOO sweet. A blush that isn’t TOO pink. Or a detail that is not TOO over the top. But I want all of those things in a room at the same time. The key for me is Balance.
How do I counter all that sweet? With simple. Simple prints and in a more faded pattern. Simple details like a light ruffle rather than 27 ruffles on tops of ruffles. Simple colors that are sun-bleached and speak quietly – rather than saturated and statement speak.
This is a big one for me. I am a BIG Texture loving girl. The finish and feel of a fabric, the way the light lands on it, the way that texture plays with the simple and sweet. I love beautiful linen- that nubby texture that is also so soft is pretty much perfection. On the bed right now- I have a layer of pretty, simple & sweet AND texture with this faded floral duvet cover- one of my favorites.
A layer of Luxurious
Okay- moving beyond the simple and sweet and texture- the favorite finishing touch is a layer of luxurious to wrap up in. I found this rich velvet dark blue quilt during winter- and yes- the blue is a bit bold for my usual. But in the sun- it leans softer more slate gray – and even a lighter color depending. And I absolutely love the way the floral print plays with it. Even though velvet might be a bit ‘heavy’ in feel and appearance for winter- I have left this quilt at the foot of the bed to add that touch even if we are not layering on the bed and using.
The Nightstand Details
You might have noticed that my nightstands are not nightstands. They are chests of drawers, sideboards, etc. Instead of a grab the whole room matchy matchy look- I like to collect, mix and mingle. In our bedroom- I have an antique French commode that I have used for years as my nightstand. The gilding is worn in places and the faux marble top is beyond chippy but I love it just as it is. So what do I place on it? A lamp, flowers, candle and an old antique mirror.
And when I am not taking photos- you will find my phone charger, my laptop, a notebook & pen with notes and work planning and water as well. But that isn’t exactly pretty for sharing. So, when styling it for how I would love for it to look everyday- or for guest rooms- I go for summer romance with flowers.
Currently we have peonies and garden roses blooming in the garden- along with a few other pretty herbs and bits. Simply wandering and clipping what you can find out in your yard is a simple way to create a beautiful arrangement – it can be a single flower or something more bold. You can also check your local grocery store for what is in stock. I will share the breakdown of this arrangement & how to create it in another post.
Guest Bedroom Details
- Fresh Flowers – because they instantly make the room feel indulgent and beautiful. These are camellia’s & hellebores clipped for this photo shoot in one of the guest bedrooms.
2. A basket with towels, soaps, shampoo, toothpaste and toss away toothbrush, etc. for weary travelers who might have forgotten to pack something.
3. A plush robe is always a welcome touch for guests to enjoy – I place a couple of them in the guest bathroom to use if they would like.
What does your perfect bed with layers of linen look like? How about your table?
And I have a favor to ask of you!
I am working on a project that involves alll things pretty for the bedroom, kitchen and dining room and doing a bit of research while planning. I already know what I look for in bedding and tabletop – but I would love to know what You would love and would love to see. Prints, texture, colors, details, edging, etc. etc. etc. What have you been looking for in bedding and tabletop linens and can’t find THE perfect ones anywhere. It is just a few question survey and I so appreciate your responses-and by filling this out- you will also be placed on an Early Bird Shopping list for the new collections. Please fill this form out here- and Thank you!
Happy Wednesday all.