Get Your Home Ready for Summer

Let your interior cool down with hot summertime looks.
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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.

Fabric Canvas

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.

Colorful Lamp

Designer Karen McAloon says to lighten things up by swapping out your regular lamp for a colorful and inexpensive fixture.

Terra-Cotta Containers

Using terra-cotta pots in your kitchen to hold fruit and utensils is a great way to bring the outdoors in.

Ribbon Curtain

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.

Oilcloth Pockets

Hang a few oilcloth pockets on the wall to add both a punch of color and a place to store those summer sundries.

Day Bed

"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.

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