Easy Summer Styling In Our Kitchen

I am so excited to be part of an incredible Easy Summer Styling Blog Tour. Sixteen ladies (plus me) are part of this group and I must say, holy cow! There are some really great ideas and beautiful photos included in all of these blog posts. So please be sure to check them out!

Before we get started, I want to thank Kelly from The Tattered Pew for putting together this amazing group. She has worked so hard to make this happen and we could not have done this without her.

Hopefully you just came from the beautiful blog post by my friend Karan at Designs By Karan. She is so talented!  

Today I am sharing how I styled our kitchen. Some of you may not know our kitchen is 18 years old! I know, that is pretty old for a kitchen. But I love absolutely everything about our kitchen, especially the fact that I have two dishwashers and two sinks!

As a blogger, I love to style a few rooms in our house every season. I don’t do a makeover, just what I like to call “a refresh”. The first thing I do is put together a plan. Usually this involves a theme or color. For this summer I had already added some blush pink (which I call orangey pink) to our family room. Plus, I recently partnered with Balsam Hill to show some gorgeous copper items.  So I had a good idea of what I wanted to do. I wanted California oranges to be my inspiration!

If you want to refresh things in your home when a season changes, keep it simple. Do not feel that you have to go out and buy new things. Rather, think about what you already own and how you can use inexpensive items such as fruits, plants and flowers to incorporate the theme you want. 

The first thing I always do when I am restyling a room is go shopping. But that shopping takes place in our home! I am always stunned how many things I can find hiding in other rooms, or in drawers or cabinets. To be honest, we have a third floor that use to be an entertainment room and is now my storage room. This where I keep my “out of season” (or out of style) home decor!  So, shopping in our home for this styling project was all I needed, except for some flowers and fruits and vegetables!

I don’t mind using faux flowers. There are so many that actually look like they are real and obviously they will last for a very long time. I actually bought these faux peonies two years ago!

Of course, the peppers are real and are from our local farmers market. They are currently on my menu for tomorrow night’s dinner!

Both the flowers and carrots are also from the farmers market. These flowers have already lasted two weeks. I have no idea how that happened!

The cutting board was a gift from when I visited The Findery in Waco a few months ago. It’s my favorite by far!

While I was “shopping” on our third floor I saw this striped beach bag bag and immediately knew I had to find a place for it! I love it either hanging on the door or the knob of the cabinet next to our oven.


The California oranges are my favorite item in our kitchen. They have always represented summer to me. I love that they are what inspired me for this easy summer styling kitchen refresh.

I also found some cans of my husband’s La Croix that I thought looked great on the counter. It’s funny as I just realized they are still sitting here after a week! Perhaps I better tell my husband it is ok to drink the props!

The strawberry tea towel hanging over the sink is from Curtis Creation. It is absolutely perfect!

I hope you can see how adding a new color or theme to a room does not require a big investment. I spent $30 on this summer refresh and we still have plenty of fruits and vegetables to enjoy! I really love how much the orange them brightens up our kitchen and even though the flowers and fresh vegetables will be gone soon, I still love it.

I hope you will add some color or perhaps even a red, white and blue theme to a room in your home soon. It’s really fun to brainstorm ideas and as you know, the decorating part is my favorite thing to do!

Next you should head on over to Carissa’s blog Bless This Nest and see what she has done. You are going to love what you see. All of the other bloggers are listed below. Have fun visiting them and let me know what you think!


18 thoughts on “Easy Summer Styling In Our Kitchen

  1. Leslie, your kitchen always stops me in my tracks (whether I see it online or on TV)! You’ve “shopped your house” beautifully to create such a gorgeous seasonal kitchen! I love the copper pieces paired with your California oranges and blush accents. And your rug … gorgeous! Thank you for inspiring us with your wonderful tips … so happy to be on this tour with you!

  2. It is just absolutely beautiful Leslie. I never would have known your kitchen is 18 years old. It just goes to show that if you choose timeless pieces they will always be in style! But you had amazing design foresight choosing those island legs! 😉 Love how they add interest. Such a beautiful space my friend!

  3. Leslie,
    Your kitchen is stunning! I love how you shopped your home for this refresh and utilized food and drink items so prettily on the counters. Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips and tricks! It’s a joy to join alongside you on this tour!
    Xoxo- Brendt

  4. Leslie, I love the freshness of thisnsoace and the copper just add such a pretty statement! I never would have thought your kitchen was 18 years old! That was a well planned kitchen!
    Such a gorgeous space.

  5. I have adored you forever and today is no different! The thing that I loved from today’s post is “shop your home”. Often we feel like have to buy newri recreate. But you taught us how to simply create with what you have. Thank you for your wisdom friend!

  6. Leslie, your kitchen is dreamy! You did an amazing job styling your kitchen for summer! I am so honored to be on this tour with you. You are an inspiration!!

  7. Your kitchen is so inspiring. I love the touches of blush and orange that you added, it feel so summery! I love shopping our home too, it really is the best kind of shopping 😉 So honored to be on this tour with you!!

  8. Absolutely adore your kitchen! I am in the process of a kitchen Reno/revitalization and can’t wait to get back in it. I keep eyeing your wooden bowl it is so raw and beautiful!

  9. Leslie I adore your kitchen and your styling! I would never guess it was an 18 year old kitchen. You have an eye for classic style and I loved having you on this summer tour!

  10. Leslie,

    Wow, what a beautiful and fresh kitchen restyling for summer! Jodie and I are always impressed with your use of color and fruit to lighten up a space like you did here! So excited and honored to be on this tour with you! XO ~ Jodie & Julie

  11. Leslie,
    Can I just say what a true inspiration you are to me! What I’m drawn to the most about your home and style is how effortless and how timeless it feels. I love that you added pops of “orangey pink” for summer using many items you already had. Shopping the house is the first thing I do too! So grateful for the opportunity to connect through this home tour! XO – Amanda

  12. Leslie,
    You seriously have my dream kitchen! Just so classic, bright, and gorgeous! I love how you “shopped your home” to create such a beautiful, summery space. Honored and humbled to be on this your with you!
    Bethany Crisp

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