Quick and Pretty Decorating for Summer
by Charlotte Siems
When the seasons change outdoors, you can bring that feeling indoors. Even the busiest Moms can make a few changes in the home décor to reflect the current season. It doesn’t have to be an overwhelming remodeling project! Choose fresh colors and summertime accessories to freshen up your space.
First, ask yourself the question “What atmosphere do I want to create?” Then get some inspiration from store displays, home decorating books borrowed from the library and magazines. Finally, look around the house and in your seasonal stash for use-what-you-have decorating.
Here a few ideas for summer decorating:
Glass jars. They can hold buttons or seashells, moss, little birds, rocks….or nothing.
Birds. Ceramic, cast iron or covered with real feathers, birds bring the outdoors in. Check out the garden section of your local discount store. Surround them with moss or a twig nest, perch them on a book or teacup.
Fruit. Stacked in a jar or nestled in a basket, real or fake fruit lends a fresh touch to summer décor. Look for fruit-themed accessories: plates, dishes, dish towels and more.
Fresh pillows (pillow covers). A change in fabric on accent pillows can work wonders to change the atmosphere from dark to sunny.
New candles. Choose scents and colors to match the season: lemon, fresh linen, blueberry and cucumber.
Sea shells. Sprinkle them across a shelf, glue them to a mirror frame or stack them in a bowl.
Flowers. Whether from your yard or the supermarket, real flowers are a delight to the eye and senses. Silk flowers are beautiful, too, as long as they’re fresh and not faded and dusty.
This is just a start. Take a bit of time to focus on making your home pretty for a new season. It’s good incentive to do some tidying up. Redo the fireplace mantel, freshen up the end tables, make a focal point on the coffee table. You’ll enjoy the new view in the months to come!