Sunny skies of blue with cottony clouds scattered about put many of us in a great mood. We adore being outdoors these days - unless the thermometer reads 93 degrees. As I write this post, it’s stifling out there, so I’m reflecting on making your space seasonally sensational with some indoor summer decor.
You may be familiar with this inspiring quote, which was brought back to prominence by author-speaker Brené Brown’s TED Talk and related book, “Daring Greatly.” Speaking of Ted, it was President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt who graced us with the Man in the Arena quote:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Makes your pride swell, right? A traditional farmhouse find like this framed quote makes us so happy. Of course it can be an eye-catching piece on the wall, but how about placing it on a table or desk? The natural frame has an antique charm. Check out those speckles of white coming through. The canvas’ subtle tint allows the words to pop and draw the eye.
Once you’ve got the framed quote in place, you can give your house some summertime sensations with some well-placed faux greenery.
If you really want to showcase a piece of art or a vintage farmhouse frame, consider setting it off with a strand or two of this magnolia garland. The green plays really well off natural tones and shades of white, off-white or a faint yellow.
Bold, green garland loves hanging out with wood, so why not utilize it on a staircase, a mantel, atop a bookshelf or across the back of a vintage writing desk?
Maybe you don’t have the real estate for a flowing, full strand of garland. We also offer the same lovely leaves on a stem. They add a natural finishing touch to a pot or vase.
Don’t forget the kitchen when it comes time to add summertime farmhouse flavor. These natural linen dish towels with red striping come in different styles (sold individually.) They’re useful, of course, but also provide rustic ambience. The bold red and creamy white play so nicely together. They give off a picnic or fourth of July vibe.
If you’d rather reserve those pretty linen towels for farmhouse kitchen décor, you’ll need some functional towels for the space, too. These cotton tea towels are so soft and durable for use in the kitchen, tidying the counter or drying some platters. There’s a relaxed, gauzy weave on one and a casual stripe down the other.
Fun but functional is how some Rose Buds approach kitchen accessories. Check out the magnificent grain on this blond acacia cutting board. You can present an impressive charcuterie of meats, breads and cheeses or how about some sliced seasonal fruit with some caramel dipping sauce? We hear they’re calling that “fruitcuterie”!
Or course, the board features a hole on the handle in case you want to make its home a kitchen wall hook. Imagine hanging dried flowers in front and using the board as a frame? Or maybe you’ve got an even better idea. I love when you display your imaginations through shared photos, so please tag us at @purplerosehome!
Maybe you’ve got a spot that needs “a little something,” but you don’t have loads of space. These wispy wheat garland strands don’t hog the room but the strands are eye-catching nonetheless. You don’t see garland like this every day. It’s reminiscent of gorgeous, farm-swept blond hair, right?
These are just a few summer indoor décor suggestions to bring some natural beauty inside your space for the warm months. Now that we’ve got your kitchen going strong with some rustic farmhouse summer décor ideas, how about a tall glass of iced tea or lemonade?