This weekend is the perfect time to bring home summer. Bring on Sunday BBQ’s, Saturdays sipping a fabulous cool glass of chardonnay on the porch, weekend pool parties, collecting seashells at the beach while the sun goes down. Yes, yes, yes I am so ready to enjoy summer… but wait – my house isn’t designed for summer yet?!
This weekend bring home summer by ensuring that you give the entire house a deep and thorough cleaning. studies prove that almost seventy percent of you are in better spirits after you’ve cleaned the house so get scrubbing or even consider hiring home cleaning professionals to whip that house into summer shape with a good scrubbing top to bottom, inside and out. Focus on windows and their coverings, roll up heavy area rugs and pack away extra accessories that always seem to find their way into our rooms by accident. Recycle that already-read stack of magazines and purge tattered towels and bedding. Give your entire home a summer detox.
Next, add beautiful pops of summer colour to bring out the best in your neutral palette. Perhaps a punch of yellow with your black and white decor, or hot pink, the same shade you just used on your toes to prep your feet for summer sandals, or how about a vibrant turquoise, the quintessential summer hue that looks amazing paired with orange, red, yellow and blues, one could almost consider turquoise a summer neutral. The warm upcoming months have a flirty, youthful and fun spirit and your home should always reflect the essence of the season. Cull the winter décor and romance a few new pieces that speak of sunshine and water. Fill your bell jars with butterflies, seashells and sand. Replace photographs in frames with ones that were taken at the beach last summer and change out the coffee table book for a ‘history of bikinis’ or a book celebrating the world’s best beaches.
Add fresh flowers and even a new tropical plant to your rooms. Plants bring life and energy to a space, not to mention cleaner air and fragrance. Tropical plants can also adorn the front porch or the back patio throughout the summer. Personally, my lemon and lime trees live in the back yard all summer- we drink a lot of fresh lemonade.
Stock the pantry and the freezer with easy fixings for impromptu pool parties or margaritas in the backyard. I always have wine chilling and a pitcher of home-brewed all natural iced green tea (try using a combination of mint and green tea for delicious no-calorie summer treat) in the fridge. Flat breads are always an easy, creative and quick-to-make snack that everyone enjoys, young and old. One of our go to’s: alfredo sauce, brie or parmesan cheese, sliced pears, walnuts and arugula greens! Yum.
This summer live fabulous and take time to enjoy life at your home. After all, it is the most important space year round!