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

Backyard Upgrades You Should Invest in Today

Today we’re switching things up again. Please enjoy another guest post by Danielle Hegedus of Modernize!


We all want to make the most of our summer, but you don’t have to spend a lot of money on expensive vacations to truly enjoy the season. We know that a few simple upgrades to your backyard can make it the place to hang out this summer. Some comfy furniture, combined with fun games, will allow your family and friends to enjoy carefree summer days well into the night. Updating your backyard will allow you to shift into vacation-mode with all of the comforts of home nearby, and none of the hassles or costs of travel. Read on for tips on how to transform your backyard into your favorite spot this summer.

Brighten Up Your Backyard with Eco-Friendly Solar Powered Lighting

We here at Home Improvement Leads know that even though daylight savings time gives us some extra hours of sunshine in the summer, the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. Put some blankets on the grass and turn dinner into a picnic or just spend the evening stargazing. You could also set up a tent for some backyard camping or hang a sheet and bring out the projector for your very own summer movie series.

If you’re going to be spending time outdoors in the dark, it’s a good idea to invest in some lighting. Not only will it create a fun and festive vibe, but it will also illuminate walking paths to keep everyone safe. While there are a variety of lighting options out there, we like these solar powered garden stakes. Each stake has a solar panel located on the top of the lantern, providing free, eco-friendly light for up to 6 hours when fully charged.

outdoor garden lights


Create a Comfortable Space for Summer Lounging

The best way to encourage your family and friends to spend time outdoors is to make sure that it’s as comfortable as possible—remember, you’re competing with the couch, AC, and the television! Outfitting your backyard with comfortable and attractive furniture will give you space to enjoy meals, play cards or board games, and revel in conversation late into the night. We especially like this recycled earth-friendly 8-piece patio furniture set. This set provides plenty of seating for the whole crew with  2 club chairs, 1 ottoman, 1 loveseat, and 1 couch. It also has a coffee table and 2 side tables. The pillow and cushions are resistant to weather, salt, mildew, sun and mold, and have a built-in drain for rapid drying, so they’ll be able to stand up to those unexpected summer storms.

outdoor furniture patio couch


Cool Off with some Fun New Toys for the Pool

When the temperature climbs, pool time is a must. Take your pool experience to the next level with these fun, oversized, giant inflatable rafts. When you’re done lounging and ready for a little exercise and friendly competition, check out this inflatable swimming pool floating basketball game. With these new toys, there’s something for everyone—no matter what speed they prefer—to enjoy while staying cool in the pool.

novelty pool float


Provide a Safe Space to Observe Local Wildlife

One of the best things about summer is that the pace of life can slow down a little bit, allowing you to enjoy the beauty in everyday moments that you may miss in the midst of hectic school and work schedules. Enjoy the beauty and wonder of your own natural environment by installing this cottage birdhouse. This fully functional birdhouse features a hole opening designed to accommodate wrens, finches, chickadees, nuthatches, and titmice. One of our favorite things about this birdhouse, too, is that it contains no chemicals or sealants that could be harmful to wildlife. Another great way to attract birds to your lawn is with these beautiful, brightly colored, glass birdbaths. They add a great pop of color to your backyard, while providing an attractive

bright color bird feeders


As the Weather Begins to Cool, Cozy Up Around a Fire

You don’t have to pack up the fun when summer nights begin to turn a little chilly. Simply add an attractive and functional fire pit to your backyard to extend your summer nights a little longer. Whether you enjoy long talks with old friends or gather around with the family to tell ghost stories, the fire pit will keep you warm while creating a cozy and fun ambiance. It’s also a great excuse to make s’mores—always a good idea!


patio fire pit set


Creative Lantern Decorating Ideas

There’s so much you can do with decorative lanterns. Use them as candle holders, create unique scenes inside, or hang them in unique ways. With our huge lantern collection, we’re always discussing new ways to bring them to life. Click the photo below to view our impressive selection of lanterns, but don’t stop there! Continue on to view our favorite lantern decorating ideas from Pinterest. Do you have an amazing lantern design you’re proud of? We’d love to see it in the comments section!

Decorative Lanterns

Create a Calming Beach Design

Hanging Lanterns on Recycled Wood

Showcase Succulents

Seasonal Scenes

A Variety of Styles in One Shade

Rustic Porch Decoration

With Pillar Candles for Romance

Sherrie Carter