There was definitely a bit of Summer in the air in Cork today so it got me thinking (at last) about how to bring a bit of Summer into your home. It’s really nice to make a few changes to your home with each season and accessories make it so easy to do.
In The Bedroom.
All it takes in the bedroom is a crisp floral or bright coloured duvet set. These light colours will complement most wall colours. A few matching cushions or a throw will finish the Summer look. I loved the examples below. They just make you think of long summer days and longed for sunshine.
In The Hallway or Porch
This is the first area of the home that people see. A nice floral cushion and seasonal sign will go a long way to bring Summer into this area.
In The Kitchen
You could go as far as to change your wall colour with each season. However, if you are not that dedicated, a new seasonal tablecloth will do the job very nicely. Light colours, polka dots, stripes or floral designs will all work and a few seat cushions will add to your theme. Fresh flowers are also a must for Summer. You may be lucky enough to have them growing in you garden. Otherwise invest in a bunch regularly throughout the Summer. It’s a great way to bring the outside in.
In The Living Room
Pick a summer colour that will go with your walls, couch and flooring and invest in some cushions, a throw, a candle or a vase in variations of this colour to give your living room a Summer splash. You could also invest in Summer curtains. It’s a really nice change and it doesn’ t have to be a huge investment. Ready made curtains with a nice summer feel will work a treat and it really changes the look of the room.
Just because you are not lighting the fire does not mean that your fireplace needs to be neglected. Place a bunch of flowers in front of it along with some of your favourite accessories or candles to Summer it up a bit. I also loved the flower arrangement below. The lemons are a lovely touch and make you instantly think of homemade lemonade.
The nautical theme is so on trend this year. Accessories in blue and white stripes, with stars, with boats and with sea gulls will all infuse this popular trend into your home. A white background and shabby chic style form a really good base for this style as does a splash of red. I am planning to dedicate a full blog to this trend in the very near future so keep an eye out for that.
Paint A Chair
If you’re not getting the Summer Feeling in your house and feel that there is a piece of furniture that is dampening the mood, get out your paint brush. Give a chair, table, shelving unit or dresser a new lease of life and the great thing about upcycling is that is is very cost effecient. I just love the green chair below which is a great example of this trend.
To The Garden
We all hope that we’ll get to spend a bit of extra time in the garden over the Summer months. Us Irish really take advantage when the sun does come out and you’ll smell the barbeques when the first ray of sunshine appears. Invest in some cushions for those fine days. They will liven up a weather beaten bench and are more comfortable too. Paint that shed. It can be a really nice feature in your garden. Get a nice sign for it or if you are feeling very adventurous decorate it with nice curtains, bunting and bedding plants.
And then there is al fresco dining (when we can). My facebook followers will recognise the 2 images below. I loved their simplicity and they would be so easy to replicate using existing items in the home. I especially like the use of a throw / quilt as a tablecloth in the first one. Fresh Flowers, lanterns and bread baskets have all been taken outside also.
Summer At The Home Barn
Happy Summer Decorating!!