Summer Living… Simplified

Aaaaaahhh… summer, you have finally arrived. :-)

If your notion of summer is to live in a more relaxed style then you will enjoy Summer Simplified living.

summer lake living

This year will mark my first summer living in our lake house and to say I am excited is a huge understatement.

I am looking forward to putting my TO-DO list on a diet so I can enjoy the longer days, more sunsets, fresh veggies and herbs from the garden. Boat rides with friends and family, drifting lazily on a float or just hanging out on the dock with my feet dangling in the water with a good book in my hand…

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…equals summer bliss for me.

Here are a few other ways that I am going to try to savor life this summer.

No. 1  Take It Outside

Breakfast alfresco ideas

It is my natural instinct to want to be outside. I try to achieve this in as many ways as I can. One is to dine alfresco for every meal. I spend less time fussing and more time simply lingering.

Just grab a tray and put your breakfast on it and carry it to your patio, porch or deck to enjoy the start of your day outside in the fresh air before the heat of the day sets in.

grilled lemon herb encrusted chicken recipe

In the evening, use your grill (no need to heat up the kitchen) to cook simple foods enhanced with herbs plucked right out of your garden. Like this Lemon Herb Chicken that will make for a memorable evening.

No. 2  Step Away From Your Normal Routine

summertime activities with kids and family

Some of my best creative ideas come to me when I distance myself from the daily grind. Instead of watching evening TV, get out and enjoy the longer days and take a walk outside by yourself, with your spouse or best buddy.


Take time to enjoy the colors of summer along the way.

No. 3  Make Summer Rock

Summer outdoor decorating

If you have created an outdoor living space to kick back and enjoy life… then make the time to do just that.

Outdoor Living room

I bought two indoor/outdoor rocking chairs that swivel, rock and simply let me lounge comfortably while enjoying doing nothing but looking out at the lake.

 No. 4  Light the Night

Summer outdoor decorating

Light the night with candle lanterns when dining or to simply add ambiance around your outdoor space when the sun goes down. They provide a more relaxed atmosphere than electric lights.

No. 5  Stargaze

summer easy living ideas

On a warm night when the heat of the day has drained all your energy, fall into a chaise or hammock and simply stargaze to see the wonder right above you.

Download a stargazing app on your phone to see what stars, planets and constellations are in the night sky over the summer months. Make a game out of how many constellations you and/or your kids can line up with the phone app with the sky above you. There are many free apps available. Try SkyView on an iPhone and SkyMap on an Android phone.

I am looking forward to doing all these things this summer and savoring every minute. Life is too short not too.

How do you enjoy outdoor living at your house over the summer months?  Any ideas you would like to share?

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  1. Love your lake home and those swivel rockers are gorgeous! Wishing you a beautiful relaxing summer Diane!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Heather – Thanks. So far the summer is starting out beautifully. I plan to enjoy lots of deck/porch rocking. :-)

  2. I love everything about your outdoor living area…but my favorite thing is that it’s so welcoming. Clearly you love where you live! Your pic of the lake at night is stunning. I’m downloading that app tonight!

  3. Those rocking chairs!! Everything is truly lovely Diane and you sound so much like me with the way you choose to enjoy summer. Just last night my husband and I turned off the tv and sat outside after the kids were in bed. It was just so nice to have that uninterrupted time with no distractions. :-)

  4. So pretty, summery & what a view!

  5. Patricia Wilson says:

    Diane, thanks so much for the reminder to enjoy the late spring and summer. That sunset over your lake is just as breathtakingly beautiful as any I’ve ever seen.

  6. Sounds like a plan! I intend to make summer rock. Lovely inspiration!

  7. Lisa | Shine Your Light says:

    Diane your outdoor space at your lake house is just beautiful! That view!! I am in love with your wicker rockers, they look so comfy and I’m sure they will be put to good use this summer!

  8. Great tips Diane for easy summer living. How nice to have that lovely lake view to enjoy!

  9. laura at duke manor farm says:

    Hi Diane, love all your ideas and the amazing spaces that you have to do it in. Your new home on the lake is just beautiful and really speaks to my outdoor loving heart.

  10. It’s beautiful Diane!!

  11. You are one lucky, blessed lady. I’ll dream through your eyes….

  12. Boy, Diane, you sure do have the right idea……out on the dock dangling your feet in the water and watching the world float by. Love it…..and your great place on the lake.

  13. Great ideas as always. Are there bugs outside your lake home? We are using an electric device here outside in Mn.

    1. Debbie Klausing says:

      Mosquitoes keep me inside in the Summer far too often! Makes it hard for me to relax.

      1. Diane Henkler says:

        Hi Debbie – The bugs can get bad, our neighbors told us about using a company called Mosquito Joe that uses non-toxic garlic spray to get rid of mosquitos and other pesty summer bugs. The bugs hate the smell and go elsewhere. It is amazing how well it keeps the bugs away. They have to respray every month. It is not inexpensive, but we figured we want to enjoy being outside and it was worth the expense.

    2. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Nancy –

      Yes there are bugs, but our neighbors all use Mosquito Joe to get rid of them and we signed up, too. It is a company that comes once a month and sprays the yards and docks with non-toxic garlic spray. It works amazingly well and worth the expense since we love being outdoors.

  14. Diane!! I love them all and can’t wait to do ALL of them!! Enjoy your first summer at the Lakehouse!! Xo

  15. Mary Heicher says:

    Our deck is finally in the works. The hubbies years in college are finally coming into use, (drafting) since he’s designing it. The garden is blooming. The pepper plants are flowering. The pool is open Yeh! Here’s to summer!

  16. Kris {Driven by Decor} says:

    Diane, your lake house looks so beautiful and relaxing! Love your tips and I totally agree – the best part of summer is being able to slow down a bit and enjoy the beauty around us!