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Top 10 Tips for Summer Decorating

by Andrea Doxey July 10, 2018

Top 10 Tips for Summer Decorating

The hot summer days are officially upon us and we couldn’t be happier about it! We are staycationing this year and booked the odd weekend getaway. Translation: it’s the perfect time to get your summer decorating mojo going and some projects underway! Here are 10 ideas to help you incorporate a relaxed summer style into your home this year.

1. Pile Up Your Pillows  

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, switching up your pillows is the quickest and easiest way to change a room. Styling summer pillows is all about adding in layers of breathable cotton and linen fabrics. Don’t be afraid to bring indoor cushions outside – just try and keep them out of the sun for the most part and bring them inside when it rains.

2. Add Linen Towels

I had never used a linen bath towel until recently, and let me tell you, I will never go back. In the summertime, their lightweight feel makes them the perfect bathroom accessory. Made from stonewashed linen and quick drying natural fibers, they are the perfect choice for washing up in the summer months.  

3. A Punch of Fresh Fruit

Flowers are an easy choice (and one we obviously love), but throwing some fruit into the mix when styling can add a punch that feels particularly “summer”. We love using lemons, limes, artchicokes and apples to add fresh pops of colour.  

4. Add Rattan

Nothing pairs better with fresh water and white-hot sun than the season’s classic material: rattan. It’s a popular choice for fashion accessories too. We love the way natural woven textures lend themselves to a relaxed vibe, indoors or out. This versatile material can add a ton of texture to a room or outdoor space - baskets, trays, furniture pieces or pendant lights - all do the trick.

5. Set Up a Bar Cart

There is something very old Hollywood about a classic bar cart. Outfitted with your favourite glassware, cute paper straws and spirits and you’ve got a reason to mix yourself an Aperol Spritz when the moment strikes you.

6. Bring the Indoors Out

In much of Canada, outdoor living is a short and sweet. This means it doesn’t always make a ton of sense to drop serious cash on swanky patio furniture. If you need to introduce additional pieces to your outdoor living spaces, don’t be afraid to borrow from your indoor collection: side tables, pillows, extra chairs, etc. Just keep your eye on the sky!

7. Paint It

It’s the perfect time of year to paint outside. If you have furniture that you’ve been meaning to give a fresh coat, now’s the time to haul them outside and get the job done. I often think about the pieces I want to paint for months and it often only takes a couple of hours to complete these small jobs - and they make such a difference! Sometimes a fresh coat of paint is all it takes to revive a tired piece of furniture that was ready for the curb.

8. Restyle Your Tablescapes

Give your side, console and coffee tables a fresh new feel by removing all items that you have currently styled and refresh your decor for summer. It’s easy to give these tables a breezy feel with fresh blooms, a fruity scented candle, swapping out stones for sand and by adding beachy summer reads.

9. Hang a Mirror

Hanging a mirror outside could be a perfect solution to making your small backyard feel more spacious. It also acts as a way to reflect the beautiful blooms you have worked so hard on to grow.

10. Add String Lights

Nothing says summer nights quite like string lights. We’ve had them on our back patio for years now and I’m convinced they make any space feel more romantic as the sun goes down.

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