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June 22, 2011

3 easy tips to refresh your decor for summer

I am very much a seasonal person. For as long as I can remember, I've made a sort of ritual out of swapping and storing my clothes each season. (It's like getting a present every season, try it!)
For the most part, my interior decor isn't incredibly seasonal. But there are a few things like to do to keep things fresh and interesting. Here are a few simple, cheap, but really effective suggestions for sprucing up your home for these hot summer months:

1. Swap your drapes for light linen or sheers.

Light drapes swaying in the breeze... that is one of the ultimate relaxed, summery images. Switching your usual drapes (even if they aren't very heavy) for super light, gauzy sheers can open the room up while keeping the visual interest and texture.

I like plain sheers, and these Matilda curtains from IKEA will do the trick for next to nothing--$25 for the pair! Really, you can't say no to that price. 

 If you need more visual interest, you could easily customize the IKEA panels with some decorative trim.  Or go for a patterned sheer like these beauties from West Elm.

2. Change up your art.

Some of my photos have been in the same frames in the same places for so long that I don't even notice them anymore. It makes such a difference to actually notice the decor in your own house, and switching out the pictures and art every so often does the trick.

For Summer, I like family photos and art that are very clean, simple and bright. Botanicals and watercolors are favorites, and there are tons of well-priced options on Etsy. 

I've also toyed with the idea of swapping some or all of my black picture frames for white ones. That would definitely make a difference!

3. Get a new scent.

Scents are really strong memory-triggers for me. I love having a new smell to associate with each great season. My favorite pick for summer is Capri Blue's "Volcano." It is great because it is light and summery, and I have good memories associated with it because it smells like Anthropologie! That store has a ton of great candles in general, so if you need some scent inspiration, go sniff around Anthro.

 I'd like to try Duchess Kate's favorite Jo Malone Orange Blossom scent sometime, too.

Happy Summer!


Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Great tips! I adore that set of 9 photos from Etsy! So pretty and light!

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Those are all great ideas. I am going to swap out my bedroom drapes for lighter sheers! Great idea. Happy Thursday!