Wednesday, June 19, 2013

6 easy summer updates to brighten your home

Summer officially starts on Friday so I've pulled together a list of my favorite easy ways to update your home to welcome the season.

1. Fresh Flowers & Farmers Market Finds
When you're looking to add some summer color to your home, look no further than your local Farmers Market. Fresh flowers are the perfect way to bring a fresh pop of color to any room, all year round. A bowl of cherries or apples look gorgeous on the kitchen counter and as a bonus they're handy for easy snacking! Vegetables, like artichokes or tomatoes, and even baked goods look great on display as well. 
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2. Colorful Linens and Pillows
You can bring the colors of summer into any room by swapping out some of your linens. Bring in bright summery yellows, pinks and oranges into your kitchen with new hand towels. Or add some colorful throw pillows to the sofa in your living room. Even the bathroom can get an update with some colorful towels.
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3. Potted Herbs
There's nothing better than cooking with fresh herbs so why not display them? They add color and fragrance to your kitchen and make it easy to incorporate them into your cooking.
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4. Outdoor Rug
Make your outdoor space more welcoming with an outdoor rug. Even a simple rug can make you want to take off your shoes, relax and spend some more time outdoors. 
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5. Set up a Bar Area
Summer is the perfect time for parties on the patio and impromptu get togethers with your neighbors. A tray on a table in the corner of a room or the far end of the counter is all you need to add a festive mood and encourage those unexpected guests to enjoy the daylight a little longer.
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6. Curate Vacation Treasures & Photos
Nothing says summer like vacation. Display your favorite vacation memories for a fun seasonal update. Swap out photos in existing frames for some images from that special vacation. And why not display your collected treasures like seashells or postcards? Hang postcards on a string or place seashells in bowl or vase to highlight vacation memories and even stimulate conversation.
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I hope you enjoyed these tips. I know I'm looking forward to bringing a little summer into my home!

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