Get Your Home Ready for Summer
Summer Fireplace Decor
Here's a fun way to cool down your fireplace during the dog days of summer. It's as simple as a mirror and a few of your favorite vases.
Designer Karen McAloon says add color above the mantel by replacing ordinary artwork with fabric-covered canvas. A few staples around the back edges hold the material in place, making it picture perfect.
Designer Karen McAloon says to lighten things up by swapping out your regular lamp for a colorful and inexpensive fixture.
Using terra-cotta pots in your kitchen to hold fruit and utensils is a great way to bring the outdoors in.
A ribbon curtain keeps the summer bugs out and adds stripes of color.
Summer Shower Curtain
Transform a simple shower curtain by adding Velcro tabs so you can change your decor with a flick of the wrist. Coordinate a few guest towels and you've got good clean fun.
Hang a few oilcloth pockets on the wall to add both a punch of color and a place to store those summer sundries.
"Summerize" your sofa or day bed by tucking sheets over the upholstery. They'll offer protection against sticky hands and provide a hip look. Playful fabrics and sunny hues on the pillows add a great splash of color. For a great summer look from the floor up, consider trading warm and cozy winter coverings for a lightweight woven mat or rug.