Summer Decorating: Tips from the Fashionable Hostess

Seasonal decorating- for fall you haul out the pumpkins, for Christmas you bring out the twinkling lights, and for spring, you put it all away… but what about summer? More than any other time of year, this season is reliant on decor that doesn’t necessarily say summer, but makes you feel the season. If that doesn’t make sense, take one glimpse of Amanda S. Gluck of Fashionable Hostess‘ home and you will see what I mean. Living in Miami, Amanda is an expert on all things summer. For those of you who only see high temps briefly throughout the year, I am so pleased that she has joined me today to share her tips on how she achieves that south Florida vibe that can be implemented, regardless of where you live. Today, she’s sharing some of her best summer decorating tips.

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Outdoor Summer Decorating Tips


When I was 13, I would flip through my Teen magazine until I found the latest room spotlight. Without access to the internet for inspiration and having little interest in the “grown up” spaces featured in my mother’s magazines, I basically lived for that one spread each month. I loved pouring over every detail and taking mental note of how each amateur decorator (seemingly way cooler than myself) organized her lip gloss and the creative way she would display her cd collection. (This is actually how my wall of “Got Milk” ads was born, but that’s for another time haha). Well, when I first connected with Amanda, I spent an embarrassing a healthy amount of time on her site, getting all the “feels”, reminiscent to those of my teen-mag perusing former self. She hosts, she styles, she decorates, and each project she takes on is so beautifully thought out, I always have to go back to see if I can pick up on any other little details I may have missed in my first pass. (Kind of like watching Forrest Gump- I ALWAYS see something new I didn’t pick up on before). I was thrilled to be featured on her site recently in her Dinner Party Spotlight series; if you missed it, you can check out my blue and yellow summer table HERE. Without further ado, here are some easy-to-implement summer decorating tips from Amanda.

Summer Decorating Tips from FH

KN: A lot of people transition their décor from summer to fall, fall to winter, and winter to spring. For many though, the spring to summer transition is a bit more tricky. How would you describe your summer update- minimal or overhaul?

FH: Since I live in Miami I have a summery-vibe in my house year round! But in the summer months especially, I make an extra effort to focus on my outdoor space with fresh bright pillows, new plant pots, etc. We love to BBQ so I love finding new lanterns or even adding string lights to a summer dinner party!

Covered Patio Outdoor Summer Decorating Tips

Outdoor Patio Lighting with Darlana Pendants in the living space

KN: What areas in your home get the most drastic seasonal makeovers?

FH: The area in my home that gets the most drastic seasonal makeover is my family room. I update pillows, throw blankets, accessories, and even my flower choices!

Indoor modern glam summer decorating tips

Summer Decorating Tips with brass and neutrals Brass Bookshelf decorate for spring

White summer floral arrangement in summer decor

KN: For those who love neutrals, what is your advice on making your home feel like summer?

FH: I am a lover of neutrals, so while I never go too crazy with color, I love to change up textures. i.e. I love linens for summer!!

Patio sectional and outdoor living summer decor

KN: What are your summer entertaining essentials?

FH: My summer entertaining essentials are: 1. a great ice bucket, 2. acrylic glassware so you can have drinks by the pool, and 3. kabob sticks because we love to grill.

Summer decor and outdoor entertaining

KN: What summer décor trends are you currently crushing on?

FH: Summer decor trends I love: stripes {especially beach towels}, bright prints {especially for pillows}, wild flower arrangements, and festive bar carts!

NOTE: You can see some of Amanda’s bar carts HERE.

Summer Decor and outdoor bar cart

Lemonade and pink peonies floral arrangement

Black and white striped runner party tablescape

KN: Any last tips or advice to those who are getting their homes ready for summer?

FH: When planning for summer, think casual, lightweight, pops of bright colors!

Blue tufted headboard and neutral master bedroom decor

NIghtstand decor with roses

Modern decor for living room side table

For more from Amanda, be sure to visit her on her blog at and catch her on Instagram.

Amanda Gluck Fashionable Hostess Head Shot

Amanda S. Gluck is the Creator and Visionary behind Lifestyle Blog Decor Expert, Event Stylist and Mom of two, the Fashionable Hostess was named an “amazing blog to follow” by Style Me Pretty. Amanda spends her days creating gorgeous tablescapes, sharing decor tips {specifically ones she has done to her own home}, and creating complimentary party recipes to boot. The Fashionable Hostess NYC apartment {the #ChateauFH} was featured on Apartment Therapy and in the New York Times and Amanda’s Nashville Home {the #TNChateauFH} was featured on The School of Styling as well as a Style Me Pretty Home Tour.

The Fashionable Hostess recently relocated to Miami where is now redecorating her newest home and project {and shares updates regularly on her blog and Instagram}, the #MiaChateauFH. Amanda has partnered with a range of home brands from Pottery Barn, Frontgate, World Market, Target, and more. In addition to her blog, you can find some of her most recent tablescapes and creations on Martha Stewart, Elle Decor, and, among others. Follow her entertaining adventures on Instagram @FashionableHostess and Twitter @FashionableHost.

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  1. 7.20.16
    Amanda said:

    Thank you so much for featuring me today and sharing a glimpse into the life of FH. I so admire your style so it’s an honor you know mine!! 🙂
    Xx Amanda

    • 7.20.16

      Amanda, it is my pleasure; thank you for giving my readers (and me) SUCH a treat!

  2. 7.22.16
    Hassie said:

    Beautfiul work Kelley!!! You are so very talented! Love the table settings! I love setting my table too:) Can I ask where did you get your little pink dessert pedestal bowls!! They are so very sweet! Thanks so much!

    • 7.23.16

      Hi and thank you so much for stopping by! These images are all by the work of Amanda at She should be able to point you in the right direction 😉 And yes, I absolutely love setting my table, also 😉

  3. 7.23.16
    Jennifer said:

    Such a great feature Kelley! I love every detail of Amanda’s home. She is a true talent.

    • 7.23.16

      Jen, thank you for stopping by! I absolutely agree – xoxo