Summer Decor Updates at the Cottage

Hello! Today I have a treat for you. Not only am I sharing my Summer decor updates at the cottage. But the exciting news is that I am sharing along with 25+ bloggers this week for the Bloggers Best Summer Tour. Whoop Whoop! If you are visiting from my friend Kristin at White Arrows home, a big warm welcome! Don’t you love Kristin’s warm woodsy home? A big thank you to Kelly at The Tattered Pew for organizing our tour! Make sure to stop by her beautiful home and see what she is sharing this summer.

Let’s jump in.

Summer Decor Updates

This cottage is located in Ludington, MI. It is sometimes a vacation rental and sometimes used for family overflow when our summer visitors become too much for our house to handle. It receives gorgeous sunlight and is decorated with blues and greens, giving a beachy vibe that honors its proximity to Lake Michigan.

Cottage Vibes

Getting ready for summer in this home is all about adding small details. Lighter prints on pillows, plants, fresh flowers, and touches of pink are my favorites here.

Living room sofa, chairs, wall art in a cottage setting.
Cottage in Ludington, MI,

I added the little wood side table to add a little warmth to the living area.

Cottage decor updates featuring pink roses on wood side table.

And this whimsical little planter on the window sill.

Planter with Plant

In the small dining area, we added a simple bouquet of fresh daisies, and my favorite new accessory is the mint green record player for playing vinyl albums again. Bring on the summer playlists!

Vase of white daisies.

Fresh Coast is a nickname for Lake Michigan.

You can see how I laid the tile here.

Tile Typography

Summer Bedroom Decor

Next let’s head upstairs to the bedrooms. This cottage is over 100 years old and has three cozy bedrooms upstairs.

Blue bedroom with white bedding.
Summer Pinks in the bedroom

The largest bedroom is painted the prettiest blue It’s called Nairobi Blue by Clare Paints. For the summer, I always use white bedding with pops of color and then add some texture -for example, these wicker lamps from Target. Texture is my design love language.

The DIY moss wall art adds even more texture. It was such a simple DIY! Take a peek here.

Cottage bedroom with moss wall art and white desk with plant.

And so many plants! 🙂

The white desk we added last summer allows a quiet space to check email.

Bedroom number two is my daughter’s favorite. She loves the cedar shake accent wall I installed a few summers ago.

Summer decor in a bedroom

Bedroom number three needed some love this summer, so I added the beaded curtain and a mirror for some instant summer!

Summer Outdoor Updates

Most importantly you can’t forget to refresh your outdoor spaces when it comes to a cottage (that’s where most of our time is spent!). This year we are going with more color to bring the inside outdoors.

White tray with lemonade and cookies on a picnic table

The living wall is a DIY from a few seasons ago, and I plant it every spring. Family and guests LOVE it.

So that is it for our Summer Cottage updates.

If you’d like to see more of the items I’ve added to get that cottage feel, check out my Amazon Storefront.

Next up on tour is a favorite of mine, and I am delighted to share Anne and AnnMarie from Simply 2 Moms. Please go check them out. You are going to love their take on Patriotic decor for summer!

Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours

This week I am joining some of my blogging friends for the Bloggers’ Best Summer Home Tours. Twenty eight talented and creative women will be opening their homes up for you to tour all week long. You can visit each summer home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

The Tattered Pew // Worthing Court // StoneGable

My Wee Abode // Southern Home and Hospitality // My Thrift Store Addiction

Tuesday’s Tours

She Gave It a Go // Cottage In The Mitten // Eleanor Rose Home

Peacock Ridge Farm // Bricks n’ Blooms // Cottage On Bunker Hill

Wednesday’s Tours

White Arrows Home // A Life Unfolding // Simply2Moms

WM Design House // White Lilac Farmhouse

Thursday’s Tours

The Ponds Farmhouse // Thistle Key Lane // Open Doors Open Hearts

Robyn’s French Nest // Cloches and Lavender // DIY Beautify

Friday’s Tours

Pasha Is Home // My Family Thyme

Midwest Life and Style // Amy Sadler Designs

Until next time,


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  1. Jennifer Howard says:

    I am crushing on the light over the round dining table!! Also, that cedar accent wall in your daughter’s room looks so cool!

  2. Tammy says:

    Love all of the inspirations in this house. Lots of textures with pops of color. Beautiful!

  3. Anne | Simply2Moms says:

    Your home looks beautiful! I love all of those decorative pillows throughout your space, they are so cute! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  4. Cecilia says:

    Libbie, I enjoyed seeing more of your lovely home. That beaded sunshine curtain is fabulous–pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  5. Wendy McMonigle says:

    Your home looks lovely LIbbie. I am loving the touches of wicker and wood. They add the perfect touch.

  6. Kim says:

    Love your cottage, Libbie! So many neet details and I love the colors you have used! Happy Mitten Summer, friend!

  7. Kelly Radcliff says:

    Libbie I loved this cottage tour! You have done such a great job with it. I really loved the tiled entry especially! Thanks for joining me this week!

  8. Cindy says:

    Libbie such a pretty place to have for family and guests. It’s open and bright. Vacations on Lake Michigan must be beautiful

  9. Michelle | Thistle Key Lane says:

    Libbie, your cottage looks so charming and decorated with so much personality. I love the cute face on the little planter!

  10. Julie Briones says:

    I always love seeing this cottage dressed up for the seasons, especially summer. That one wicker chair in the 3rd bedroom is lovely. Do you have a source for it? Everything looks so fresh and bright, Libbie! Great tour!

  11. Jen says:

    Libbie, I love your sweet summer touches. My favorite is your cozy and cute outdoor patio. I would love to join you there for a glass of tea or lemonade. Happy to be touring with you. Pinned!

  12. Stacy Ling says:

    Wow love the cottage-core, coastal vibes !

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