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Ways to Welcome Summer into Your Home

by Magnolia
Published on June 26, 2024

Faux greenery dotted with orange peaches sits in a white vase on a kitchen counter.

The summer months can serve as an invitation to nostalgia. They bring us back to those familiar, carefree days when the only thing on the agenda was…to be.

The song of cicadas at dusk. Bright berries bursting with flavor. A watercolor sunrise before the world awakes. These are the things that bring us back the good ol’ days—and remind us they’re here, now, and ours for the taking.

This season can make space for rediscovering the things that keep us grounded, present in each moment as it comes. Which brings us to this: five ways to welcome, and appreciate, the transition into summer—something to see, feel, smell, hear, and savor.

Because, after all, this season is one for the senses.

Two chairs sit in a room surrounded by Magnolia decor—including a rug, faux florals, a throw blanket, and more.

See: Signs of the Season

The eye is innately drawn to organic shapes, so using florals as decor can be a great way to blend the outside world with indoor inspiration. One of our favorite ways to do this is swapping out faux florals and vases to correspond with what’s growing outside. (Think: dahlias, Queen Anne’s lace, cosmos, and more.) These lifelike blooms offer a fresh, from-the-garden feel without any upkeep.

This year, Jo created a simple approach to styling by pairing a few of her favorite summer stems with accompanying vases. Explore her handpicked duos for a flourishing display on magnolia.com—or in-store at Magnolia Market.

Magnolia bedding is layered with throw pillows and shams.

Feel: Light Layers

Although summer beckons us outside, there’s something extra sweet about settling in at home after a day of outdoor play. Light layers can come in many forms—and integrate all spaces of home. Consider breathable cotton sheets on your bed, sun-washed linens dressing the kitchen, or a tasseled throw draped across your living room sofa. Warm days aside, summer can be a time to layer up at home for the sake of function and beauty.

Magnolia's Daybreak Candle sits next to a tray with a flower.

Smell: Uplifting Notes

A simple flicker can indicate a shift in season. Fresh, yet familiar, scents tend to unlock nostalgic memories and support new ones in the making. Our Magnolia Daybreak Candle is a seasonal favorite. Returning every summer, it features a medley of Valencia orange, peach, and heliotrope fragrance notes that nod to warm days and ripe, juicy fruit.

To freshen up the kitchen (or any room), consider our garden-inspired crock candles. Each of the three nod to nature’s bounty with scent profiles inspired by what you might find in a flourishing backyard—honeycomb, citrus grove, and herb garden. Plus, they’re poured into a reusable, vintage-inspired vessel that doubles as decor after the candle is finished.

A honeycomb-scented candle from Magnolia sits next to honey and matches.

Hear: Songs of Summer

Summer has a song that can hardly be replicated—the splash of cannonballs in the lake, a sizzling barbecue, pops of sparklers and firework-filled skies. Although a symphony of its own, we’re sharing a few tunes that can be a welcome soundtrack to a season well spent.

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French Pork Chop with Peach Chutney and Microgreens by Joanna Gaines
Blueberry Lattice Bars by Zoë François
Grilled Zucchini Salad by Samantha Seneviratne

Savor: Fresh Fare

We’re all about making a regular trip to the farmers market, especially during a flourishing season. In celebration of summer’s bounty, we’ve pulled together a handful of recipes that incorporate the best of the season at its prime.

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A green bowl from Magnolia is filled with produce and serving utensils.
Red cherries sit in a strainer surrounded by more Magnolia baking essentials.
Two Magnolia plates sit atop a placemat, flanked by flatware and a napkin.

Discover more of that lighthearted summer nostalgia, and welcome it home.

SHOP THE SUMMER COLLECTION

For inspiration on reclaiming the season and returning to simple joys (think: ice cream cones, reupholstering furniture, and growing aloe vera at home), pick up a copy of our summer 2024 Magnolia Journal.