Bright & Happy Decor Ideas for Summer 2016

Summer is almost here! The sunny days and warmer temps have arrived, along with BBQ and pool season. In less than one month, it will officially be summertime! It’s time to get ready! By now you’re probably all set with your spring cleaning. Choose your theme or style and start planning to freshen up your home with bright, new home decor.

Add color accents like pillows, candle lanterns, frames, rugs, and table top decor. Open the windows, and let crisp, cool air in the home. Once you let in the fresh air and change your decorating theme, you’ll feel amazing… and you KNOW it. The changing of seasons is a beautiful thing. I love that we have the ability to refresh our home with every season, and summer is my favorite.  Below, you’ll see my picks for bright and fresh decor for Summer 2016. Click the photos to learn more! Happy Summer!!!

White Springtime Bird Frenzy Outdoor Corded Square Throw PillowsEmbroidered Lemon Yellow and White Happy Decorative Throw Pillow

Flores de Talavera Spring Green, Vivid White and Smokey Gray Cotton Throw Pillow - Down FillerOutdoor Deck and Patio Colorful Spring Happy Hummingbird Square Throw Pillow

Table Decorations
Fleur Spring Pastel Pink, Blue & Green Glazed Terracotta Crackled Decorative BottlesDistressed Blue, Green & Yellow Ceramic Bird Table Top Figures

Hurricane Lanterns

hurricane lantern candle holder



Colonial Candle Strawberry Rhubarb Scented Pillar Glass Jar Candles Colonial Candle Wild Iris Scented Purple Jar Candles 22 oz

Colonial Candle Spring Awakening Scented Pillar Glass Jar Candles Colonial Candle Mango Salsa Scented Orange Jar Candles

Candle Holders 

Lime Green Iron Candle Holder Lantern with Die Cut HeartsBazaar Etched Moroccan Pink Decorative Pillar Candle Holder

Fuschia Pink and Gold Decorative Floral Cut-Out Pillar Candle Lanterns Orange and Gold Decorative Floral Cut-Out Pillar Candle Lanterns

Artificial Flowers & Plants

  Dichromatic Artificial Succulent Arrangement in a Driftwood Style Planter Potted Green and Blue Eggs in a Nest with a Stand

Artificial Boston Fern Plant in Orange Ceramic PotArtificial Spring Tulip Flower Arrangement in Glass Vase

Cute BBQ Themed DIY Decor

Are you a frequent BBQ hoster? My sister and I sure are. When you gather family and friends for a BBQ out on the patio, try adding to the fun with cute and quirky BBQ themed decorations. Try some of these fun DIY projects I found on Pinterest. I’m bound to try most, if not ALL, of these this summer. I’ll update this post with my results. If you have any DIY BBQ decor that you love, be sure to share photos with us and we’ll post our favorites to our Facebook page!

Wood Tray & Mason Jar for Cutlery

Mason Jar Condiment Pumps

A Small Western Display

DIY Tin Can Luminaries

Giant Yard Games!

Unique DIY Serving Stations

Sherrie Carter

3 Tips for Complete Backyard Fire Pit Safety

Have you seen our new patio table fire pits? They’re absolutely stunning, and complete an evening get-together on the patio. First, you can serve dinner at the table, and then later… gather with some friends and make S’mores! What could say “hello, summer” better than one of these bad boys? You may prefer to have a fire dome, separate from the patio area, especially if you have a larger backyard. Fire domes are amazing too, as they bring the feeling of camping right to your home. Whichever way you decide to enjoy a nice summertime fire, remember to be safe! There are a few things you should know before getting started.

Patio Chair &  Fire Pit Table Set

Staying Safe Fire Pits, Fire Tables, & Fire Domes

First, be sure you’re using the proper fuel. Pre-fab models, like our Patio Chair & Fire Pit Table Set, will tell you how to fuel the fire. If you’re going with a model that you’ve made on your own, be sure to enlist the help of a professional. Whether you know someone who deals with propane, or have to hire a specialist, it’s important. You need to know what you are doing before you use propane and light that fire!

Secondly, make sure your fire dome or table is on a sturdy, flat surface that’s resistant to flames. Don’t just put it where you think it looks good! You need a flame-retardant surface area, to avoid issues from flying sparks or escaping embers.

Finally, you must practice and enforce safety rules for you and your guests. Nobody should stand too close to the fire, and the fire should never be left alone. These last two points are extremely important when alcohol might be involved. Make sure everyone keeps their distance and admires the fire from a reasonable distance. Don’t let daredevil friends play with the flames or set things on fire (sadly, some people will try).