My Living Room Summer Refresh Going Minimal

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Summer is just around the corner so time to get your home ready.  My Living Room Summer Refresh Going Minimal is easy to change.  Most of the time I’m a more is more person but with summer I was wanting to go a bit lighter in the decor.  I’m hoping I can become more of a minimalist with things as having downsized and trying to reduce my storage bill.



If you saw my recent post about MY MODERN CHINA CABINET MADE WITH IKEA SHELVES my entertainment center was made with the same types of cabinets and doors.  An added piece of shelving from Home Depot was added to make a topper.


My Living Room Summer Refresh Going Minimal

Before Entertainment Center

I didn’t think anything was wrong with it but wanted a lighter look.  Removing and rearranging a few of the items helped me get this done.  

A few ideas for making your room lighter and brighter are to use more white and light neutrals. 

Darker curtains replaced with white sheers.

Adding a few pops of color such as yellow or any tropical colors. 

Using less décor – make what you use intentional.

Add a touch of coastal with baskets and shells.

living-room-refresh-my-home-and-travels- before entertainment center

After Entertainment Center

living-room-refresh-my-home-and-travels- after entertainment center

A couple of new pieces were added.

This giant light bulb, was picked up during our recent trip to Texas and CANTON, THE WORLD’S LARGEST FLEA MARKET

living-room-refresh-my-home-and-travels- giant light bulb on shelf


This light wood bowl came from Magnolia Market.  I wanted to add lighter woods and thought this bowl was perfect.  I tend to buy things like this and Christmas ornaments on a trip instead of typical souvenirs or T-shirts.

living-room-refresh-my-home-and-travels- light wood bowl on shelf

An advantage of less stuff on the shelves, less to dust.


A Few More Changes In My Living Room Summer Refresh Going Minimal

Changing my (faux) plant to a rope basket instead of planter was a bit more summery looking and changing out to white sheer curtains.

living-room-refresh-my-home-and-travels- plant in basket

A pop of color like yellow adds a little brightness in the throw pillow.  I have found it hard to find good yellows.  Most tend toward the mustard too bright for my use.  This was one I had from a patio set a few years ago.

Plants are always good to use – my thumb isn’t green, and the light is limited so I love using faux plants.  So many great ones are on the market, finding them at Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, and Ikea.


Before Seating Area

My Living Room Summer Refresh Going Minimal couch area before my home and travels

After Seating Area

Since it’s a fairly small area, not a lot can be changed.  I’m still working on finding what I really like over the sofa.

My Living Room Summer Refresh Going Minimal after seating area my home and travels


Dining Room Refresh For Summer

After doing a minimal look, at least for me, in the living room area, I went back to the china cabinet.  Remember how I shared how I MADE A MODERN CHINA CABINET WITH IKEA SHELVES

living-room-refresh-my-home-and-travels- CHINA CABINET before


Removing several items let me highlight more blue and yellow, including a few favorite “lemon” pieces.  

living-room-refresh-my-home-and-travels- after china cabinet for minimal look


Are you a more is more, or less is better?  So far I’m loving the less look but have to think when the holidays come around if I can not fill the shelves with pumpkins, cotton and leaves.


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Happy Travels, 


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