As I’m changing the sheets on my bed and thinking that in a perfect world I would have someone else do this for me on a daily basis because I love nothing better than sleeping on the highest number of Egyptian cotton sheets that I can find at a relatively reasonable price, I’m humming Summer Breeze makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind-d-d-d by Seals & Croft and hanging out in the early 70’s, all at the same time. I’m a woman. I’m good at multitasking!
As I hum off key, I’m also thinking how I would really like to redo my house to fit every season. Wouldn’t that be fun? My hubby thinks not. And, in reality, it’s not plausible.
So, I decided if I couldn’t totally redo my house to celebrate summer, I would do the next best thing. I will create vignettes of summer all through the house. Psst: summer is my favorite season.
Here are some inexpensive ideas:
- Clean and declutter. This one step alone will make the house feel light and airy.
- Change out the throw pillows on your sofa to colors that bring summer to mind. In decorating, I do most things in odd numbers of three. I try and have three pops of the same accent color in a room. So along with the pillows, add two more pops of the same color family. It’s not a rule that can’t be broken, but try it!
- Trade out that heavy winter comforter for a breezy summer duvet. Duvets are usually a lot less expensive than comforters.
- Rethink furniture placement. Rearranging furniture can make a room look larger or more cozy.
- Brighten rooms by painting. (This is obviously more detailed, but a fairly cheap do-it-yourself project.) Coco Chanel said, ““The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” (I love me some Coco) So it makes sense to make your accent colors (if not your main color) ones that compliment you. I look drab in beige. It washes me out completely. Even though my great room walls are beige (actually happy trails from Lowe’s) I try to make accent colors ones that compliment me!
- Change out art work/pictures. Pictures should be hung at eye level. Because I never miss a thing (just kidding), I’ve noticed that a lot of rooms I’ve been in don’t look finished because pictures are either too small or too large for the wall or the pictures are hung too high. If all you have is small pictures, group them together.
- Always have fresh flowers in white vases or vases of your choice! That’s a command! 🙂 Oops, I had better get to that one!
- Hum Summer Breeze over and over or anything by the Beach Boys! (Ha!)
Here’s a little summer vignette (for some strange reason, even though they don’t even sound alike, that word makes me think of beignets, which makes me want to revisit Louisiana and eat about a dozen) that I created above my night stand, which is really a desk because I despise too much matchy matchy in clothing and in furniture. I believe a room should look like it has been collected over time, even if it hasn’t. 🙂 Since most of my bedroom furniture is over 30 years old (gasp) I don’t have to be concerned about anything matching!
Note: I made this seashell wreath from shells I had collected from Treasure Island and St. George Island. I just hot glued them onto a foam wreath that I bought from Michael’s, glued a ribbon on the back and stuck ribbon in the places I couldn’t fill with shells. I wish I had a couple of starfish and a sand dollar to add to the wreath. And in my little vignette, I used seashells three times: the wreath, the picture of a shell and a square glass vase full of shells. It was easy, economical and will bring a smile to my face when I slip into bed at night. (Notice: I didn’t dare take down the pics of my grands!)
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