Recent Posts

Monday, June 30, 2014

A Red, White and Blue Summertime Living Room

Returning home from Hawaii I found myself want to incorporate a bit of island décor into my living room. But with the 4th of July looming large my patriotic side wanted to show itself off too. I wanted to combine the two styles together to create a happy eclectic mix versus a jumbled mess.


Fate intervened when my dear friend Marty and I made plans to go have some lunch. We couldn’t resist popping into HomeGoods and that’s when everything came together. 


Keep reading to see how I combined the two styles.

I first spotted a darling pillow that instantly took me back to Waikiki beach with its warm sand, turquoise blue waters and lovely little sailboats.


After a bit of searching I found another pillow on an end cap that featured happy little beach cabanas. How lucky was I that both pillows included a big dose of red, white and blue?


I was eager to shop my home to add to the mix and begin creating little vignettes.


The Chinese chest received two palette approved books, some seashells and a mason jar of flowers. A bit of raffia on the jar reminded me of swaying grass skirts.


Favorite design books were topped with more shells and sweet carnations just like those I received on a floral lei.


A few pillows were stolen from the man cave.


More shells on the side table.


Every room can use a bit of whimsy to keep it from looking too serious. It says “A happy family lives here!”


Although I didn’t change the gallery wall the entry table received a seaside shake up.


Seashell candles, a few starfish and pearls~ the diamonds of the sea.


Of course this guy thought it all looked good and repeatedly photo bombed the images. He really just wanted to lie on the couch in front of the sunny window. (#roasted wiener :)


It feels like a happy space that will carry us through the long, hot summer.


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, Classy Clutter, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family,Someday Crafts,The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection,Craftberry Bush, Stonegable, Jennifer Rizzo, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace,My Romantic Home,The Charm of Home,Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,The Dedicated House


Mari said...

Your home looks beautiful, love the pillows ;-)


Vel Criste said...

It's beautiful Laura!!! Love the mix of reds and blues!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Laura, I love, love, love it. It does look happy and totally like the beach. How fun, plus reminds me of such a really fun day too.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Laura! I love those pillows you found!

Karena Albert said...

So adorable and how great that you found the pillows, they are perfect!

The Arts by Karena

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Laura, What a beautiful room! LOVE all the red, white and blue touches. I would give almost anything to have lunch with you and Marty! What fun!!! Pinning xo

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

It looks wonderful! I love the books with the blue and white planter.

Laura Santos said...

Just beautiful! You do have a knack for loveliness, don't you?

Denise said...

Hi Laura,

Such a cute picture of your little pooch!! :-D I love your red, white, and blue summer living room. I'm having fun with red, white, and blue this summer too. I love all your pretty accessories and fresh flowers; they look classic and very summery. Thanks for sharing with us. I'm really glad to be able to leave comments on your blog posts again -- wasn't able to leave any for several weeks. I hope you have a great week and a Happy Fourth.

Warm Hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

So pretty for summer, love those cute pillows…. And the "roasted wiener", ha ha, I have one of those too, and she loves to roast in a sunny spot. Happy Summer!
XO Mary

Lory Owens said...

It looks lovely Laura. It's amazing how a few simple changes can make a world of difference in a space. Have a Great week and an awesome 4th.

Bonnie said...

Yes, I agree with Yvonne, it would be great to have lunch with you and Marty. Love your new touches. Have a Happy Fourth!

Maria Elena said...

Love your licing room! So pretty and elegant! Happy 4th! Maria

highheelsandgymshoes said...

Red, white and blue defines summer for me! I love how you have decorated your living room for the season. Just perfect and all of the little touches totally fit the space!

I hope you are having a blessed summer!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

What cute pillows you found!! I love them!

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

So summery and pretty. Those pillows were a great find. Jane

Rita C. said...

I'm just catching up on some blog reads, and see that you're back from the islands and I love what you did with your new finds. I never tire of seeing friends' changes to their homes. Loved the dark & mysterious church from Sunday's post also. It seems as though you're keeping quite busy this summer with your travel posts and now working for a couple of clients (that's great)! The locks on the bridge in Paris (!), and the shrimp rolls - it's all good, Laura. Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend.