Summer Decor That You Just Gotta Have

Summer is now fully upon us in the Pacific Northwest (or perhaps it’s already been summer for months, depending on where you live!) and we are ready to live it up in the great outdoors. One of my favorite things is just hanging out on some patio furniture, putting on some tunes, and dipping my toes in the pool (which in my case is just a kiddy pool, but I’ll take what I can get). If you’re looking to add some pizazz to your outdoor space this summer, I’ve rounded up some really neat and stylish summer decor products that can help make your outdoor living space even cooler.

Summer Decor That You Just Gotta Have

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All of these items were found from my top 6 places to go-to for home decor: Wayfair, Overstock, Pier1, World Market, Target, and West Elm. If you like any of the items you see below, just click on the picture and it will take you to the source where you can then purchase the product or save it for later! 🙂

Summer Decor – Outdoor Lanterns

Lanterns are a great way to jazz up your outdoor space and set the mood for those late night hangouts in the backyard. There are tons of different styles to fit every type of decor and design. Add citronella candles to ward of bugs or use battery-operated candles so you can glow all night long. Pair with string cafe or twinkle lights for a super cozy outdoor living area!

Summer Decor – Umbrellas

If your backyard or patio gets a lot of full sun, you’re going to need a big umbrella to keep cool and provide some shade. Look for ones that can tilt so you get just the right angle, have lights built in underneath, or cool design features like a pattern or fringe. Umbrellas are crucial if you have littles around, or if you have fair skin that burns easily – that way you can enjoy the outside without burning to a crisp!

Summer Decor – Planters

Flowers and plants make for a finished outdoor space – they can literally take your patio or deck from being drab to fab in minutes! Up your style game by choosing unique planters that fit your particular design aesthetic. You can find ones with stands, made out of different materials (like wood, metal, and even concrete), or with different painted finishes. Just pop in some of your fave flora or greenery and you’re good to go!

Summer Decor – Outdoor Pillows

Spice up your seating area with some comfy throw pillows so you can lounge all summer long. There are so many cool colors and patterns you can choose from, that all have weather-resistant outdoor fabric. These are perfect for by the pool, since it doesn’t matter if they get wet! Get one, or get a dozen (you should probably get a dozen) for maximum comfort.

Summer Decor – Serving Bowls

Dining al fresco is one of the best things about summer – it’s a great time to entertain friends, throw parties, or just hang out with family. Find a couple of good serving bowls that you can use for everything – from chips, to salad, to popcorn, and more. Look for ones that are easy to clean or that you can pop in the dishwasher to keep the party running all summer long.

Summer Decor – Outdoor Rugs

Make your outdoor dining space feel as finished and polished as your indoor space by corraling furniture with an outdoor rug. These rugs are made from specific weather-resistant fabric, so you don’t have to worry about dripping pool water or the freak summer rainstorm. There are so many fun patterns, sizes, and even shapes to choose from! I particularly love the round jute one from Target!

Summer Decor – Fun Stuff

You can’t have summer without some fun stuff to beat the heat and make memories of those long summer days! Lawn games are an excellent thing to have around for when kids are bored or you have a party – giant jenga, ladderball, and bocce ball are all great choices! If water play is up your alley, fun pool floats (or even an inflatable pool if you don’t have an in-ground one) are super fun for those sweltering days. And how cool is that iPad cover so you can listen to music by the pool without worrying about ruining your expensive device?

Summer is the perfect time to play in the pool, dine al fresco, and generally just spend as much time as possible outside. You can make it even better and more comfy with all the fun summer decor products I’ve listed above! So get out there, have fun, and make some memories. Bring it on, summer.

What’s your go-to summer decor piece that you just can’t live without?



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