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Simple Summer Style Living Room

Wow – I can’t believe it’s Friday!  This week just slipped away from me.  I had such good intentions for getting this post to you on Monday and here it is – just four days late!!!  I’ll spare you the details, because I know you’ve had a week like this before too where you have such good intentions and things happen that you can’t control.  I thought about keeping this post for next Monday, but decided not to wait one more day!  So, here’s a look at my living room with a cottage summer style.

Simple Summer Style Living Room


Simple Summer Style Living Room - Black Mantel and Shiplap Wall

I brought in a bleached jute rug layered with this pretty vintage style rug with touches of red and a tiny bit of blue!  I fell in love with it and the price was too good to pass up!  I’m finding that having a few rugs that can be switched out is a fun way to change up the look of a space.  And, rugs have become so much more affordable!  Both of these rugs were under $100!   I’m working on a post to share with you with sources to purchase reasonably priced rugs for your home!

Black Mantel with Red Zinnias - Summer Style

On my mantel, I brought in some pretty zinnias from a bouquet that I purchased from a local farm stand.  We may not have a Trader Joe’s in Lancaster, PA, to buy pretty flowers, but we do have lots of industrial Amish and Mennonite ladies who make the prettiest bouquets from their flower fields to sell at farm stands by the side of the road!  I bought a large colorful bouquet and pulled out the reds for my mantel, added some burgundy to a little white pitcher, and added the purples to a large gray pitcher!  Now, I have three arrangements for under $10!

Old Fashioned Zinnias - Summer Style

The little quilt piece you see below I picked up at a barn sale earlier this year.  It was just a piece of a quilt and was really worn, but I loved the red and white pattern and knew it would be so pretty in this barn wood frame!

Red Zinnias with Red and White Quilt Square - Summer Style

I found these amazing floral botanical prints on Amazon!  The first one is called “Botany” and the second is “Wildflower Specimens”   The quality is excellent.  You can purchase the wood chart hangers for them HERE.

Vintage Botanical Prints - Summer Style Living Room

The large cross stitch pillows on the sofa are from Pottery Barn last year and unfortunately they are no longer available.  The patterned pillows are from H & M Home and are some that I shared in that great sale last week (they are just $2.99)!  The white lumbar pillow is an Ikea favorite pillow cover.


Summer Style Living Room

I made the pillows on my gray chairs.  Actually, the floral print I had from last spring (you can see more about them HERE), and I made the red ticking pillow covers this year.  And my faux fiddle leaf fig is still one of my favorite decor purchases ever!  It looks realistic and the price is the best I’ve seen for one this size!

Red and White Pillows Summer Style Home

The round “Jessica” basket is the one I purchased at Magnolia Market.  It has a galvanized rim that makes it special!

Gray Tufted Chairs in Summer Style Living Room

Summer Style Living Room - Hymns and Verses

It’s a pretty simple look, but I find that I’m liking that style more and more!  Less, can sometimes be more!   The other thing I’m liking is adding pretty plants into my interior spaces.  I picked up this little plant at my local nursery.  It’s a Ripple Peperomia, and I’m going to try to keep it alive!   Isn’t the leaf texture amazing!  And, this book is so good!  You can check it out HERE.

Summer Style House Plant with Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life Book

Thanks for stopping by to see my simple summer style living room!  Have a great weekend!!!


You can see more of my home’s  summer style in these posts!


Pink Geranium Wreath Summer Front PorchSummer Front Porch


Summertime Screen Porch - Hymns and VersesSummer Screen Porch

Good Day Sunshine Summer Bedroom

Good Day Sunshine Summer Bedroom


Simple Summer Style Living Room

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Marty Ann

Sunday 26th of August 2018

Where did you find the French mattress on the coffee table..ADORABLE


Monday 20th of August 2018

I was so curious how you’d do your living room. You did not disappoint. It looks wonderful!!! The prints over the couch are fun. You haven’t kept it the same ever!!! Each season our eyes get to feast upon your creativity. I like the flowers too. What a pretty room. I’ll bet you enjoy sitting in here to relax!! Thank you for sharing. I’m sorry you had one of those weeks. Hope it’s better next week.

Doreen Cagno

Monday 20th of August 2018

Thanks so much for your sweet words, Gwe! Love hearing from you! And, yes, this week is off to a great start!

Bea Fiscus

Saturday 18th of August 2018

I love your summer room. Everything looks so neat and uncluttered. I cannot wait for your session on where to get rugs. thank you for sharing.

Doreen Cagno

Monday 20th of August 2018

Hi, Bea!!! Working on that post now!!! Thanks for your sweet comments on my living room!


Friday 17th of August 2018

I Love your summer room and I love the calm that uncluttered brings. Thank you for the links for your botanical prints and the hanger. I am going to check those out right now. Thank you for your Blog, I look forward to it every week.

Doreen Cagno

Monday 20th of August 2018

Those botanical prints are so good and they have many more styles to choose from too!

Cathy Clark

Friday 17th of August 2018

So so pretty!!! You ALWAYS do such beautiful things!!!