Summer is just about here…the weather is slowly heating up, the kids are out of school and the traffic…well…in LA, there is always traffic! Just like the notion of decorating for fall holidays or spring cleaning, summertime is a terrific opportunity for refreshing your home, garden and office with some new pieces that reflects this relaxed time of the year. You don’t have to spend a fortune to switch up your space. Here are E I G H T (8) ideas to give you some inspiration for a season of fun, frolic and enjoyment for those long summer days and nights!
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Orange is a fabulous color to add to your scheme in a kitchen or communal space. I love to mix it with chocolate brown, navy or icy blue, red or pink. If you have a neutral color couch or chair, these could be a great pop. If they are made with indoor/outdoor fabric like Sunbrella, throw them on your favorite Adirondack chair on the deck or grass.
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Speaking of long summer nights, why not add a glow to your deck, patio or estate with some unusual rattan ball string lights? You can wrap them around your umbrella, string them through your ficus trees or tuck them under the eaves on your home. Whatever way you use them you’ll love the added light and the shadows they create against any surface. Why should they only be for a special event? I keep them up year round!
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Ever wonder what to do with glass jars from jam, mustard or Tequila? Reuse, repurpose and recycle! I love the idea of taking Kerr canning jars or something like the ones to the left and applying summer color paint and a sealer. Voila…you have great vases for cut flowers from your garden or a friendly neighbor’s discards! You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to create these great pieces…really! Contact me and I’ll tell you how!
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PICTURES….when is the last time you downloaded a photo off your camera or iPad and printed it out? Most people don’t keep physical photo albums anymore but have them digitally on their hand held devices or computer. I still love to walk into someone’s home or office and glance at their collection of memories whether it is on a wall, a desk or any other surface. Aaron Bros is having their One Cent frame sale this week…..now is a perfect time to refresh or update photos of your favorite people, vacation or pet. If framed pictures aren’t your thing, a carosel that holds photos, postcards or other pieces of ephemera is a fantastic way to display what makes you smile!
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Plates are something that I love……..I collect sets of them and nothing speaks more to me than a fabulous John Derian plate! I’ve been doing decoupage myself for so many years but master of all beautiful things in this art form is John Derian (johnderian.com). Drink a few less lattes for a month and treat yourself to one of his pieces. It will look stunning on a bookshelf, table top or mantel, not to mention bedside, desk or kitchen counter. While he is my all-time favorite artist of this genre, there are many other people that do beautiful work as well. If you want to run the DIY route, I can help you there too. Just reach out and I’ll gladly point you in that direction.
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Curb appeal is an important factor in home appreciation whether you want someone else to love it or it’s for your own enjoyment. A great way to add something different to the front of your home is your street address numbers. There are many clever ways to make this simple change but here are just a few!
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I don’t know about you but my hands are always dry. I touch so many surfaces each day and wash them frequently so I am always looking for something to soothe and moisturize them after each wash. Rubbing oil on them is great but then I’m greasy for a spell…that’s not a winning solution. So, I have found a few terrific creams and lotions which I apply generously all the time! Place a great looking duo like one of these next to your kitchen sink and your counter will be happy and so will your hands!
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Last, but certainly not least, some eye candy. No, I’m not speaking of a full size poster of your favorite movie star. I mean something that speaks to you and creates an emotional response. Art comes in many forms and is available at all budget levels. So what if you can’t afford a Monet, Picasso or Agam? Seek out one of the many talented artists that create beautiful work in many styles. You can purchase a small 8 x 10” print to a 30 x 40” unframed canvas. Why not look at abstracts, pen & ink, acrylic landscapes, black & white photography, water colors & more. I love supporting the community of talented folks on Etsy (etsy.com) and have been quite successful in finding striking pieces for our home, my office and that of my clients and friends.
You can follow me on Pinterest anytime to get inspiration of beautiful things and ways to rethink your space. Of course, I am happy to help you with a few hours of refreshing to find ways to use what you have and maybe rethink something old into something new again.
Happy beginning of summer to all!