Your home wants summer clothes too! Just because you don’t necessarily own waterfront property or a summer cottage, doesn’t mean you can’t brighten up your home and dwell in the coming long summer days. Here are some simple summer spruce ups for less than you spend on Christmas decor.
Fold and stow away the heavy stuff just as you would stow your sweaters for winter.
- Swap out bedding & blankets– think lightweight cotton throw not luxe faux fur blanket.
- Roll up the heavy rugs for summer. Choose natural fiber rugs like sisal or jute, or just go bare!
- Similarly, for window treatments, consider swapping out heavy drapery for natural woven shades or simple sheers. Let there be light!
- A white slip-cover for the sofa may sound like a splurge, but depending on what you choose these can run less than $100.
Rattan chairs have become immensely popular year round and now come in all sorts of fabulous shapes and sizes. They work well both indoors and out. This high back patio chair is darling!
Crank open the weather loving umbrellas! Indestructible Sunbrella fabric now comes in plenty of summery options like mint, blueberry and pink lemonade. Coordinate it with piped outdoor pillows. Sunbrella resists fading and mildew so you can enjoy for many summers to come.
Another option synonymous with good weather is the classic yellow & white stripe fabric; besides canopies, it’s lovely on throw pillows and seat cushions.
Bring some greenery inside by putting a flower box of lavender in the window and filling a vase with fragrant white summer lilies.
String a few strands of weatherproof bistro lights for inviting alfresco dining!
No picnic table is complete without gingham– the ultimate summer fabric!
Or re-dress an entire table for less than a tank of gas with these Opalhouse beauties from Target (they really are ingenious at luring us in for the impulse buy, aren’t they!?!)
Put a fresh batch of lemonade (or margaritas) in a beautiful pitcher to liven up your table. Also when dressing the table, never forget your classic unscented white candles- loads of them!
Need a fresh coat of paint? These cool summertime favorites are always in season- Benjamin Moore- Glass Slipper or Sherwin Williams- Sea Salt.
Give in to your patriotic side and show off some Americana, because no one does summer better than the good old USA!