Budget Friendly Decorating Tips for Summer

We’re sharing budget friendly decorating tips for summer as we team up with some of our favorite creative ladies for the Coastal Vibes blog hop! A special shout-out and thank you to Amber of Follow the Yellow Brick Home for putting together this hop.

If you’re coming over from my talented friend Kristin’s blog, White Arrows Home, welcome, we’re happy to have you here.

Kristin’s lake house is gorgeous so I’m all kinds of excited to see how she’s decorated for summer!

I don’t know about you but I feel like decorating for summer can be complicated at times

Especially, if you live in a warm climate and the temps hold steady in the mid to high 90s from the beginning of May to the end of September.

Since the season can feel like a long one, some years we go all out with shells and stripes.

Other years, we keep summer decorating at a minimum because we’re trying to get projects finished before hurricane season gets into full swing.

No matter what camp you find yourself in there is still plenty of time to discover simple summer pleasures and celebrate all the good things the season has to offer.

Here’s a look at our favorite late summer budget friendly decorating tips…

Highlight Your Porch and Patio Spaces

Summer is a great time to give a casual yet comfortable feel to your porch and patio spaces.

Especially, if you’re constantly on the road to your next adventure or hosting company during a busy summer season.

Creating a welcoming environment on your porch can be as simple as hanging a statement piece on the door and adding a few container gardens of flowers or succulents to help welcome you home.

Dine Al Fresco

Eating outside is one of my favorite simple pleasures no matter what time of year it is!

Whether you’re creating a special meal with al fresco dining or making s’mores around the firepit every meal is an opportunity to make new memories.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy at all. Grab a few galvanized containers, rattan or wicker placemats, and pile on the shells and sea glass you’ve collected while on vacation.

It’s one of the easiest budget-friendly summer decorating tips on the list!

Use a Summer-Inspired Color Palette Like Blue and White

Use a classic summer color palette like blue and white.

You probably already have white dishes at home. So, consider adding navy or turquoise accents to the mix when creating your tablescapes.

You can find affordable salad plates or dishware sets at thrift stores, charity shops, estate sales, and antique malls.

Blue and white doesn’t have to be reserved just for tablescapes though. It’s really easy to add touches of blues and whites with fresh bed linens, new pillows, throws, ginger jars, and wall art.

Incorporate Bits of Nature Into Your Home

Incorporating bits of nature into your home is always a budget friendly summer decorating idea.

Cut flowers or branches from your yard, pile your favorite fruit in bushel baskets, or use potted herbs to add color around the house.

Budget Friendly Decorating Tips for Summer-Add Bits of Nature Around the House-The Crowned Goat

Display Your Favorite Collections En Masse

Displaying your favorite collections en masse or creating new vignettes is another easy and budget friendly decorating tip for summer.

If you’ve been collecting pieces like ironstone, transferware, or ginger jars but have been saving them for a special occasion, find a way to get them out of the boxes in the attic or cabinets and put them on display.

Collections en masse make a big statement for little money especially if you’ve been collecting a while.

Budget Friendly Decorating Tips for Summer-Display a Collection En Masse-The Crowned Goat

Stash Quilts and Lightweight Blankets Around the House

Stash quilts and lightweight blankets in baskets or over furniture arms to encourage rest and relaxation.

Even better if you have a designated nap area like a backyard hammock or a cozy couch on a sleeping porch.


Now is such a great time to get your home in order before the school year begins!

Keeping a home that’s picked up, clutter-free, and organized can not only help save you time but it can help save your sanity too 😉

If you have littles at home on summer break and keeping the living room, or playroom feels too overwhelming, concentrate on keeping the kitchen counters clear.

That way, you’ll have an at-the-ready workspace to make everything from a peach pie to healthy salads.

Get Crafty and Creative

Use stencils and paint to create custom pantry walls and signature throw pillows.

You can also use old fencing or scraps of wood to create signs that hold special summer vacation memories too.

Budget Friendly Decorating Tips for Summer-Stencil Your Pantry Walls-The Crowned Goat

Give An Old Project New Life

Give an old project new life with a makeover.

We turned this old workstation into an outdoor food buffet years ago and we use it all the time now!

Budget Friendly Decorating Tips for Summer by Updating an Old Piece of Furniture - The Crowned Goat

Paint a Piece of Furniture

Finally, paint a piece of furniture in a fun summer color.

If you’ve ever wanted to change things up one of the most budget friendly decorating tips for summer I can give you is to harness the power of paint!

From accent walls to end tables, paint offers an instantaneous change. So grab your favorite color and get started today!

Budget Friendly Decorating Tips for Summer & Things to Keep In Mind…

I know summer is a busy time for traveling, celebrating friends and family as well as entertaining neighbors.

Keep in mind, you don’t have to go all out unless you want to!

No matter if you choose to use blue and white or gray and rattan, do whatever works best for you and your family in this season of life.

You can host a backyard barbeque or curl up with a good book on the front porch and listen to the afternoon rain. Either way, there is still plenty of time to celebrate all the good things that summer has to offer!

Up next on the Coastal Vibes blog hop is my sweet friend Michelle of Thistle Key Lane. Michelle is always so creative and I can’t wait to see her studio update!

Once you’re finished there, be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulously creative ladies are sharing…

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Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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    1. I appreciate it ladies! So glad you guys felt inspired 🙂

  1. I am always so inspired when I visit your home Coco. I adore the aqua hutch you transformed. So cool and lovely!

    1. Thanks so much, Laura, I really appreciate it. It was fun to see all the places you visited in Palm Beach. It’s such a beautiful part of Florida. Hugs, CoCo

    1. That’s so sweet of you to say, Kristin, I feel the same way about your style. It always feels like home no matter what the season. Big hugs, CoCo

  2. Such LOVELY photos and beautiful thoughts here today, CoCo! I love the easy, breezy, no fuss nature to your summer decorating. It feels so relaxing and at ease. You are so talented and always love to read what you have to say! Hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead!

  3. Your painted secretary is so gorgeous. Sort of a sea blue/gray, gosh don’t even know what color I’d call it, but it’s so beautiful and perfect for summer. I love all of your amazing cooling blue and white pieces. I can’t imagine having to get ready for hurricane season. yikes. Praying that’s not something that affects you this year. Take care and enjoy your lovely summer!

  4. Calypso in the Country says:

    So many wonderful tips! Your home is gorgeous and I love how you decorate with blue and white – my favorite! Enjoy your weekend!

  5. Hi CoCo, what a fabulous post. And I loved that you included decluttering. YES, I always think of coastal decor as casual and easy. Hope you’re having a wonderful summer! Beautiful ideas.

  6. You give me so much inspiration every time I visit your blog CoCo. I loved your decorating tips and your beautiful style my friend.

  7. So many great tips! I love the blue and white Ginger jar filled with flowers. Your blue and white theme is gorgeous. Summer always flies by too quickly. Thank you CoCo for the inspiration.

  8. Great summer decorating tips and photos CoCo! I just love all your blue and white combinations and your al fresco tablescape is stunning. The shells down the center of the table gives everyone something interesting to study and admire. I certainly hope you will have a hurricane free late summer and fall this year! Big hugs my friend!

  9. What a gorgeous post full of easy, breezy coastal and summer inspo! I love all of your blue and white! Your home always is full of beautiful inspo!

    I am especially in love with the shells along the outdoor table. I want to recreate that look sometime for sure!

    Thanks so much for joining the hop. Happy summer!

  10. Your summer tips are spot on. I get into a funk some days not wanting to do anything but sit in front of a fan. Other days, I’m decluttering and purging and it feels so good. I need to more “highlighting” though. That’s always fun. Can you believe our hottest month isn’t even here yet? Enjoy the rest of your summer. Especially that gorgeous porch.

  11. CoCo you always have the best ideas and execute them so well! I love all of your pops of blue and white too! Happy summer my friend!

  12. I loved your idea to take some time this summer to paint a piece of furniture. This is such a fabulous budget-friendly way to give new life to a room, while spending hardly any money!

  13. Hi CoCo! I always appreciate getting budget-friendly tips for decorating! I love how you make everything in your home look so beautiful! The blue and white pops of color are perfect for summer! I don’t want to wish summer away but will be glad when temps come down a bit so we can enjoy eating outside again! Hugs, Donna

  14. You always have such wonderful ideas and inspire me CoCo. I love the dog painting in your cabinet.

  15. These are all such great tips, CoCo! I am excited to feature your post at this week’s Tuesday Turn About link party. Thank you so much for sharing!

  16. Your spaces look beautiful, and I’m so grateful to have some new budget-friendly ideas! It’s too easy to look around and then rush out to buy something to update my space. . . but there’s no need for that.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

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