Simple Summer Bedroom Tour
I can’t believe I am writing a post about summer, but here we are! As a busy working mom of three, summer is about simplifying and making life a little easier and more relaxed. The only additions I like to make are those natural elements that remind me of the season: seashells, knockout roses and other treasures from the earth. This week, I’m joining my friend Marty and several other bloggers to share our summer bedrooms. I invite you in to be inspired to make your own bedroom a haven of what summer means to you. If you’re stopping by from Tamara’s blog, welcome! Aren’t her bedroom blues so perfect and summery – like a fresh bouquet of hydrangea!
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For me, summer has always been about week-long trips to the east coast, wandering the beaches of southern Maine all the way to South Carolina for treasures, taking time to stop and smell the roses – or, as a child, wander fields picking bouquets of wildflowers – and getting lost in a good book. With that in mind, I approached setting up my own space for the season.
The first thing I did in our bedroom was to simplify the bedding. Summer in North Carolina brings hot and humid air that requires nothing more than one layer of covers plus a fan on at all times. (Our fan is this Spider Rock Pendleton fan by Hunter and I turned it off so I could sweat it out while shooting this room – you’re welcome.) And if I am being honest, I tend to sleep in a tank top and undies because otherwise this peri-menopausal lady is a sweaty mess.
As you can see, there are no throw blankets nor throw pillows. Less is more when summer is in season. That being said, I do believe in using the top sheet. I know there’s a huge debate about that, but I will never forget learning about dead skin cells and mites that live on them when I was in elementary school science class. For that reason, I prefer a top sheet I can easily wash. Yuck.
After two years, that color block wall is still going strong. Every now and again I contemplate changing it, but the truth is that I still adore it. So does the jackalope. His expression says it all. I love how it complements our linen bedding as well.
On our nightstands, I made some swaps to bring in those summer vibes. (By the way, I painted these nightstands 7 years ago and they’re still among my favorites and offer so much great storage. Mine is filled with books yet to read.)
On the top of my nightstand are a couple of my current reads as well as a few others I plan to tackle this summer, propped up my my healing rose quartz. On the tray, I’ve stacked some poetry books I like to revisit with a glass bottle and a rose from my yard. My old house had lots of blues and greens in it, but this house not so much. However, I found myself adding hints of those colors for this season. There’s also a pretty seashell between my poetry books and my circa 1996 Sony alarm clock that keeps on ticking.
On Chris’ side, I added a vintage thrifted seaside print that reminds me of the rocky coast of Maine from my childhood. My parents and I would walk the marginal trail in Ogunquit and head out onto the rocks finding urchins, starfish and other sea creatures. To the right of Chris’ own “vintage” alarm clock, I added a globe of constellations which always make me think of summer stargazing.
To Chris’ dresser, I also added some touches of the season. Also, we’ve got a wedding to go to in June and I ordered this dress which came in a wrinkled heap and my lazy a$$ hung it up in hopes that the wrinkles might take care of themselves. 😉 This isn’t staged, just real life. If it doesn’t work, I’ve got my eye on this steamer to do the trick.
But look at those pretty sleeves! Chris thinks they are large and in charge and I am hoping they distract from the small and feeble breasts filling out – or not filling out – the rest of the top. Now let’s just hope those wrinkles fall out.
Ok, back to the actual dresser. On top of the dresser, I added a couple of seashells as well as a gorgeous handmade druzy strand a best friend made me a couple of years ago.
There’s also another aqua glass bottle with a rose stem from my garden and a Celestite crystal. Celestite is said to open up the mind and connect us to a higher power and I like to keep it here as a reminder to reach for that each day. It’s a bonus that it’s just so beautiful to look at. On the other side, the color is balanced with the gorgeous blues and browns in my druzy strand as well as the abalone shell which makes a great coin dish. The black bottle is an antique ink bottle that I occasionally use as a vase. (Similar here.)
On my own dresser, I really didn’t do much, but I never miss a chance to share my gallery wall. I did add a more colorful pillow to the chair to bring in the earth tones as well as colors of the sea. That’s it!
You can get a better look at it here.
One last shot of the gallery wall, because I can. The funny thing is, this wall was made with pieces I already had when we moved here out of a desire to hide our TV. Two years later, I still love it!
And as you can see, you can. peek out into the hallway I painted on a whim a couple of years back using leftover paint. Life may not always be rainbows and magic, but it is in my hallway. Sometimes, you just have to create what you need in life.
Well, friend, I hope you have enjoyed my tour as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you. I hope you feel inspired to make your own bedroom a calming, simple summer haven for yourself, filled with things that make you happy such as good books to read and crystals to remind you of who you want to be.
Now head on over to Anita’s blog to see her beautiful cozy cottage bedroom with a touch of romance!
As promised, there’s a shoppable sliding gallery below.
Be sure to check out all of the other amazing summer bedrooms on this tour!
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