Please welcome Eva Stephen, a special guest poster writing today on Home Makeover ideas inspired by Summer.
Summer seems to be arriving at long last and hopefully you have had time in between the intermittent hail and snow showers to get your spring-cleaned done and dusted. If your furnishings are starting to look a little dull and drab, take advantage of the changing season to renew the look of the rooms that are used the most.
Get your kitchen ready for summer fun, barbecues and lots of salads
In winter we love rich warming stews and soups, but the dried herbs, seasonings and bags of onions can be packed away, along with the slow cooker and the soup pot! Break out the colourful glass jug with matching tumblers, change the curtains for light and frothy concoctions that will flutter attractively in every hint of a breeze and fling wide the window so that they do! Make sure that you have plenty of ice for those long cooling drinks. I’ve found some very colorful and refreshing summer drinks at Southern Living. You must give any of them a try.
Sort through cupboards and bring all things summery to the front for easy access: from the salad bowl and tongs to the ice-lolly makers, even bright and cheerful place mats too. Displaying and using these colourful tools and utensils can make your kitchen feel cheerful, bright and summery. The cooking utensils range at Sur La Table will make you to cook something very special for the family dinner.
Bedrooms can benefit from a cool makeover too
Sort through your wardrobes and chests-of-drawers and pack away winter clothing, leaving space for bright and light summery clothes. Now is the perfect time to replace any furniture items that are in poor condition, or even getting a bit too old. Shop 4 furniture has an excellent selection of furniture, not only for bedrooms, for the entire house! Bedspreads and pillow cases can be changed from warm flannelette to cool crisp cotton or satin and the duvet itself can be switched out for a lightweight one.
Change the curtains, if you have spares, going from thick thermal curtains to lovely light ones that allow the sunshine to pour through the window.
Liven up the living room, ahead of summer fun
Brighten up the living room instantly by flinging the curtains wide, and using tie backs to let the maximum amount of natural light flood into the room. Add splashes of colour by displaying brightly painted pots and vases. Fill them with fresh flowers too, to add the authentic smell of summer to the room.
Change cushion covers for bright and vibrant floral ones and pack away the snuggly throws.
Simple changes do not have to cost the earth, but can make a great difference in making your home look fresh, new and one hundred percent summer-ready! Make sure you do not over crowd rooms by including absolutely everything that you love; rather choose a few items that you really like. This shows your true preferences, avoids the room becoming cluttered and chaotic and means that you will really enjoy spending time in the room, be it your kitchen, your living room or your bedroom.
One thing that summer does do is highlight any missed cobwebs, dusty patches or streaks on the windows! Make sure that your spring clean was thorough, by walking through the house with a duster in hand and a critical eye, before making the cosmetic changes!
Remember, through all of these changes, that your house is made for living in! It is impossible to have a magazine perfect home all of the time, so do not expect that you can, especially if you have a family! Organise the items you need in a room, make space in which you can all stretch out and be comfortable, and then having made those allowances first, add as much sizzling summer style as you can!
Great ideas for summer and how to love our spaces more! Thank you, Eva Stephen for guest posting on Everyday a la Mode!
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