Summer Home Decor…Say It With Yellow!

Many of you know I like a seasonal touch to my home decor and nothing says summer home decor better than the color YELLOW.  Now, I realize many of you do not like to wear yellow, but it is a bit different when your home is wearing it.  Yellow is the bright touch of sunshine that just says summer!  Think of it as your yellow highlighter which just makes summer stand out inside the house.

Recently, we hosted a few friends for dinner and I wanted that touch of summer in the decorations.  After a little Pinterest-inspiration, I decided to cut some limbs from the backyard, add a few large lemons and happy sunflowers in a vase.  It was exactly what I wanted for the dining table that evening.  Now, you can buy lovely artificial lemons and I have them in the slideshow below.  But, I will use these lemons since I keep fruit water in the refrigerator.  It gets good and cold for the warmer days.  There is just something I love about fresh fruit and flowers in the house.  For those who can pick the lemons from your own tree, I am totally jealous!

We also have yellow lantana planted in our front flower beds.  It is a great flower for South Texas heat and sometimes, drought-like summers.

I am in search of cute plasticware for summer meals with family and friends…some of the contenders are in the slide show below.  It took a long time for me to finally get Christmas dishes, and seems to be taking longer for this.  Though I do not understand why since our summers go on, and on, and on…sometimes well into October,  Of course, a nice touch are the outside string lights for a summer evening…add a great wine and you’ve got this.

Does anyone else have ideas of how they use yellow for summer decor?  Please share!  And allow this sunny time of you to have you





  1. Yellow has always been my favorite color. I do wear yellow and truly enjoy it. Your table runner with the lemons and flowers is so cheerful and summery! Very pretty! I am blessed to have a screened front porch and use yellow, white and pale blue accents. Lots of yellow! It’s a bright and cheerful place to relax, read, or just watch life happening outside! My neighbors also chat from their porch, reminds me of my grandmother’s neighborhood growing up when people sat out on porches and talked to each other! It’s one of my favorite parts of summer!

  2. It is so sad that neighbors rarely sit on front porches now. I also remember a time when neighbors just walked in the front door without ringing the bell. People don’t seem to be as close as they were growing up. Thanks for the memories, Karen.

  3. We’re building a villa that will have a screened front porch. Would love to see pics of yours, Karen. I’ve been trying to decide what colors to use so it will be a bright cheerful place to relax.

  4. Pam–I saw some striking and cute outdoor dinnerware from Tommy Bahama at my local Home Goods…………

  5. I was so nervous when our painter convinced me to paint our front door yellow. He was so right, I smile everything I come home. It really is the happiest color.

  6. Your table looks so fresh & pretty. I love having fresh flowers in the house, even if it’s just a $5 bouquet from the grocery store. I bought a small bunch of sunflowers at the local farmers market last year, & it seemed like everyone I passed smiled & said “Hello”.

  7. Sounds awesome, Doreen! I can tell you are glad you took the advice. Hope you are well!!

  8. I have been trying to keep fresh flowers in the house every week…even if it is just for me and my husband

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