Over the years, we have learned to bring the indoors out and the outdoors in. On our patios and decks this season, start by defining the space with a fabulous outdoor rug. Layer with furniture that you can’t wait to lounge in, and complete with decorative throws, cushions and accessories that look as good as any you’d have in your indoor rooms. Some of my ‘go to outdoor accessories are, metal, stone or wood sculptures, ceramic vases (fill them with sand to keep them in place even when the wind picks up. Organic trasures are also great accessories outdoors – drift wood, shells, and tree stumps. Use screens, potted plants (a couple of my favorites are palms, bird of paradise, fiscus and citrus trees) and modern umbrellas to help create ’walls’ outside. Create a space that you will have to drag yourself away from.
Inside the home, tie back the drapery, perhaps even removing the heaving panels of drapery and leaving only the white sheers. Wool area carpets should be rolled up and stored until October. Floors can be left naked or lay down a lighter carpet, perhaps one that is shorter shag, sculpted dyed in a soft summer hue or consider a natural texture like sisal. Potted plants in the room need to appear to be thriving, if they are not, replace them. Refresh the bottom plantings with fresh green moss or polished stones for a manicured look. Toss the old sofa cushions into storage and replace with lighter spring inspired pillows: embroidered linen, chintz, or cotton. Look at the tabletops and if it feels too heavy then let us replace these details with fresher elements. Fresh flowers, glass vases, candles, and great spring reads are perfect.
Think light and airy, for example, glass, silver, and white ceramics are visually lighter than brass, copper, or black metal pieces. On the walls and above the fireplace mantel add a mirror, mirrors reflect the light and will make the space feel roomier. If you have a real wood fireplace, clean it out and fill it decoratively with painted white logs or birch logs for a crisp look. Love spaces that smell as good as they look so change your signature room scent to a lighter summer inspired scent, perhaps a citrus such as grapefruit or lemon.
Do a walk around the entire house, replace dark coloured linens and towels with summer fresh white, Swap heavy duvets and blankets with lighter ones, add fresh flowers in bedrooms and bathrooms and dap with your favourite summer fresh scent. Keep a bowl of lemons or potted herbs on the kitchen countertop, now the house feels as fresh and wonderful as a perfect spring day. Now that’s fabulous living!