I Spy Summer: Outdoor Living Entertaining Summer Trends

Home and garden sites, magazines, retailers and home improvement stores are summer trends central.  I say if you can’t beat ’em, roll your sleeves up and play I spy summer.  I believe it’s safe to assume we all hope the extreme polar storms of this past winter prove to be weather exceptions and not rules.  Although the arrival of spring is not without a few twists and bumps, the current weather is more like it.  My dad always says if the weather was like this year round the property values would skyrocket.  The mild afternoons and evenings that come with this time of year really do come close to sheer perfection.

singing-in-the-rain

We had a late afternoon out of nowhere burst of spring showers yesterday. As walking luck would have it, my mother and I had the distinct pleasure of experiencing the showers first hand.  We channeled our inner Gene Kelly and made the most of it as we sprinted back to the house.

What I’d tell you about twists and bumps!

Like a really good movie trailer, those drops of liquid sunshine, warm breezes and summer trends build home decor and entertaining anticipation.

Bravo, summer!

You have succeeded in guaranteeing I will be buying a ticket to the best outdoor show in town better known as summer.  Here’s a selection of summer trends to get the beach ball rolling.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria Recipe from The Kitchn

2012_04_27-sangria3.jpgA great summer soiree is only as good as the refreshing summertime beverages served.

Outdoor Retreats 

outdoor-vintage-sofa-and-coffee-tableIf imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I will be flattering the heck out of interior designer team of Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe and House Beautiful in my summer space styling suggestions.

Copper Accents

H. Potter Patio Table Top Glass Torch with Copper TopH. Potter Patio Table Top Glass Torch with Copper Top

Light up those summer nights with the elegance of copper.

Seasonal & Seasoning Lagniappe

Mud Pie® Mud Pie® Circa 4-Piece Corn Pick Set

Mud Pie®Circa 4-Piece Corn Pick Set

Corn on the cob is a summer sides staple.  Dress up this summer delicacy with a set of these silver plate corn pick set.

copper patio string lights

10CT String Lights with Copper Socket Collar with Black Wire

Copper patio string lights from Target up the style ante.  Getting into the swing of summer is almost a required tradition on lazy afternoons.

It’s a Tarjay 2-for-1.

No- not a coupon or promo code, but a one shopping trip- two summer decor items 2 for 1.

outdoor-planter

Suncast 16″ Rivanna Decorative Planter – 2 Pack

Great looks coming your way with this decorative outdoor planter and welcome mat.

paisley-doormat

Blue/White Paisley Tufted Doormat 1’6″X2’6″ – Opalhouse™

Isn’t the watermelon the official fruit of summer?

watermelon-napkins

Watermelon makes a nice light dessert, and the presentation is part of the wow factor process.

Set of 4 Ceramic Watermelon Bowls

Set of 4 Ceramic Watermelon Bowls

Serve it to guests in summer fashion in watermelon pattern and color serve and partyware.

Sunnylife Watermelon Beach BatsSunnylife Watermelon Beach Bats

Super cute watermelon ice cream bowl diy project alert!

Last but certainly not least, the addition of outdoor throw pillows is both a preached and practiced way to update for the season.

Lilly-Pulitzer-outdoor-pillow

Lilly Pulitzer

Seasonal color done right is not always taken from the page of the expected.  Summer swing swoon worthy!

 Light Green Porch SwingCoco Cove Collection Light Green Porch Swing

What summer trends are coming in as favorites in your game of I Spy Summer?

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1 thought on “I Spy Summer: Outdoor Living Entertaining Summer Trends”

  1. Gosh, Darleen, your timing is perfect with this post! Lots of work to get the outdoor areas ready for something special next month! Love that door mat! It would be perfect for the front entry; and that sangria looks so refreshing!

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