Summer is here. There, we said it. We went and made the bold claim that could jinx everything and make it the most miserable summer since records began. But, given the way the birds have been singing like Snow White is in town and the amount of sandals we have seen, we’d say summer is now an unstoppable force. So there is just one thing left to do, really, and that is getting your living room in the summer spirit.
More relaxed decorating and stress-free living, that’s the aim of the game here, and we’re going to tell you just how you can do that.
Step One Is Always Breathe
It doesn’t matter what you do the decor, or what little bits and bobs you add to your room, or what furniture you go and rescue; if your home doesn’t breath right, it will never feel summery. That’s why we encourage you to schedule an immediate HVAC service and to open as many windows downstairs as possible. You don’t have to open them all the way, just a crack, just enough to let that summer air flow through your house.
Say You Can Swing
When you close your eyes and imagine lounging on a tropical island with the sun beating down, you tend to think hammocks. Interior design is all about breaking the so-called truisms, and that includes bringing a hammock inside. It is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to instantly make your living space more relaxed and more summery.
Beds Aren’t Just For Nighttime
Summer is all about afternoon naps, or as we love to call them, siestas. But while winter is all about curling up in a cozy armchair and nodding off, the summer is all about nodding off on a day bed. Nothing special, just a single size made of beaten driftwood, a few blue and white pillows and the soothing sounds of Jack Johnson and you’re well away.
Bring The Beach To You
When we said close your eyes and imagine, you probably imagined looking out over white-sand beaches from your hammock, so why not bring that vision to your living room. That’s all it takes to make somewhere that much more summer inspired. A few pieces of art with boats and beaches, a few shells, or a giant clamshell on the table, some glass buoys covered in fisherman’s rope. Whatever you can think of, it will add a touch of the seaside.
The Little Bits And Bobs
It isn’t all about decor, it is also about how you go about accessorizing, about celebrating certain bygone memories. It could be that you set up a drinks tray, you know, a self-serve assortment of beverages, including big glass dispenser filled with lemon or cucumber water. It could be that you go all arts and crafts and have a wall display made up of little vials of sand, each one filled with sand from a different beach, and each with a date and place to help your remember exactly where each was from. The memories will come rushing back, we promise.
*This post was contributed. Family friendly post are welcome.