3 Reasons to Decorate for the Seasons

3 Reasons to Decorate for the Seasons

Do you consider yourself a seasonal decorator?  Does it seem like a waste of time and money?  I used to feel that way a little.   But, over the years, I have changed my tune for three reasons. . .

Summer Farmhouse Decor with window seat, white painted piano and french mattress

It wasn’t until I did a self-imposed time audit the year my third baby was born, though, that really solidified things for me.  After writing down everything I was responsible for around the house and asking my husband for feedback, I had my epiphany.

Out of the four pages of tasks, my husband told me that he didn’t give a rip about whether or not the house was dusted, but he most definitely wanted the dishes done everyday.  And he really appreciated it when I did seasonal decorating.

I had no idea- on any of that!  It pays to ask sometimes.

Summer Farmhouse Decor with french black and white photo of eiffel tower on piano Summer Farmhouse Decor with blue bird patterned pillows covers from Etsy

So, I began to prioritize my seasonal decorating and discovered three things:

3 Reasons to Decorate for the Seasons

  1. It cultivates gratitude and celebration in one’s life.  Keeping in rhythm with the changing seasons and holidays helps us for getting swallowed up in the mundane of the ratrace.
  2.  It forces you to deep clean!   Ok, I admit it, I may never get to deep cleaning if it were not for seasonal decorating.  You know that feeling you get after you take down the Christmas tree and clean everything up? You can feel that way four times a year!  I sweep down the cobwebs, wipe down the walls, windows, etc. The slipcovers get washed and those annoying junk piles get dealt with.
  3. It provides the decorator-at-heart with an inexpensive way to use color and different looks in her home.  I hear from women all the time about how they can’t make up their minds on decorating, they are afraid to commit to a color scheme for fear they will change their minds too soon.  Seasonal decorating is a great way to enjoy different styles and colors without completely making over the entire house.

I did invest a little bit of time into refreshing our living room for summer.

First, I hung a vintage bike poster above the piano. You can learn how to make on of these in DIY Vintage Wall Hanging.  I moved the framed sheet music to hang above the couch.

Summer Farmhouse Decor Summer Farmhouse Decor with window seat, white painted piano and french mattress Farmhouse Summer Decorating white slipcovered couch, navy pinstripe pillows, chicken crate coffee table

 

Summer Farmhouse Decor with sheet music in gold frame on wall

After that, I sat down to make a couple of pinstripe pillows to compliment my other farmhouse style pillows. Etsy had the perfect grainsack pillows and two blue bird floral ones that I loved.  Alternately, you can make your own bird pillows with the fabric from Joanns.

Summer Farmhouse Decor Summer Farmhouse Decor with window seat, white painted piano and french mattress

Summer Farmhouse Decor with blue bird patterned pillows covers from Etsy

Farmhouse Summer Decorating white slipcovered couch, navy pinstripe pillows, chicken crate coffee table

Finally, I came back to style up the piano and coffee table with vintage beach style decor.

Summer Farmhouse Decor tiny driftwood sail boat with handkerchief and shells

Summer Farmhouse Decor with vintage bicycle poster, glass french lemonade bottle from World Market, galvanized buckets with rope handles and large glass jar with seashells

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8 Comments

  1. June 1, 2018 / 6:56 PM

    I love your home and your decorating, Sarah. I agree that seasonal decorating makes you deep clean the house or it will never get done! I had to laugh when you asked your hubby and you had 4 pages of tasks. Sounds about right for me too 😉
    Hugs, Jamie

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
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      June 3, 2018 / 7:17 PM

      Jamie, I KNOW you understand about the four page thing. Haha, and thank you for your sweet compliments on my house, they mean a lot coming from someone as talented as you. xoxo I can’t wait to see your book!! Squeal!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 7:17 PM

      Aww, Jennifer, you are the best. Thank you for stopping by! xoxo

  2. Tanya Hulbert
    June 6, 2018 / 8:00 PM

    I’m in love with those bird throw pillows! I tend to not change things around too much and you really encourage me to make even slight changes throughout the year.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 11:26 AM

      I can totally see these bird pillows in your house! So glad you are inspired, my friend!

  3. June 21, 2018 / 2:04 PM

    I love seasonal decorating. Your house looks adorable for summer. I’ve got the same pillow from IKEA. I’ve decided I need blue pillows to ground it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
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      July 19, 2018 / 7:13 PM

      I can tell you have good taste haha!

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