Saturday, June 22, 2013

How To SUMMERIZE Your Home!!


I recently had a comment on my blog from one of my readers from Australia……… Melinda from Georgia Pond blog.
(If you have not visited her blog, be sure to do so, it is amazing and one of my favorites.)

Blogger Melinda said... 

I'm always fascinated to read that you northern hemisphere dwellers change your rooms for the seasons and swap colours and accessories. We don't do that here in Australia, what you have just stays until you don't like it anymore and change it.

But we don't do cool colours for summer and warm colours for winter. I don't really like reds and other warm colours so I think I would be stuck. I just stick with what I love all year round.



I found her comment interesting and it made me think....
....... I have always changed for the seasons. Nothing life changing just a few elements here and there. 

It just comes naturally to me, but after reading this comment I realized that maybe this would make a good  How-To blog post.


Where do you start!


This will vary quite a bit from person to person and even from area to area.

When making your list try to think of varying textures, and favorite summer colors that you can incorporate easily into your existing space.

  • Cool blues and greens
  • Sea shells or found objects from the beach
  • Clear vases or vases with blue or green tints.
  • Beach stripes
  • Baskets for texture
  • Fresh Ferns
  • Images of beach scenes
  • Sailboats
  • Lemons(reminds me of fresh cool lemonade)
  • Limes
Once your list is made you can begin the fun part!!

Clear your room of allllll the accessories  and elements you want to change out! Yes! ALL of them!

Now you have a clean slate to add your summer additions.

It will be up to you which elements you change out.

  • Accessories
  • Pillows
  • Rugs
  • Artwork
I begin adding my summer additions with the larger pieces first. Lamps, artwork, larger accessories, and pillows.



Next I will fill in with the smaller pieces. With each item that I add I step back, and look to see how it changes the look, and feel of the room.

When adding each element look at the area you are going to place it, and decide if you need a shiny, smooth or rough texture in the area.

Also, do you need a pop of color or just a place for the eye to rest?! Remember not every single nook and cranny has to have something added to it in a room.

Remember to always step back and view the room as a whole after each new addition. You want your room to visually flow.

Now you are ready to enjoy your new
summer look!!!

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Karena said...

Kathysue this is great for the person who just does not know where to begin!

Summertime in the mountains would have a very different vibe than for me/ or a beachy person!

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Julie Taylor and Danni Greenwalt said...

I have never changed my decor with each new season...I leave it until I get sick of it...I guess I have a little Australian in me! Mels blog is also one of my favorites..

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Great advice Kathysue! I usually just change out the smaller stuff. Accessories, vases, vignettes. All my other decor is neutral so it stays put. I'd love to do something different with my lamp shades and hope to work on that this summer. Stunning inspiration photos!

Emily A. Clark said...

Great accessory list! I love summer decorating. Really, I just love summer :)

sheerserendipity said...

I love summer and I live by the beach, so my home always have a touch beach flair. In summer, just a bit more beachy!

michele said...

i adore all these beachy summery inspirations, kathysue.




As you know I do a little changing in the spring and fall....keeps me from getting tired of things:) It's just how we roll...ha ha.

Linda {Calling it Home} said...

I never change out my decor, either. I like the idea, I just don't have the energy.

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

I have never been fortunate to be in a position to change out rugs, lamps etc for seasons. I remember my Grandmother always changed her draperies and rugs.
On the other hand I change when I get the "epiphany"! I'm finding that my black, white, gold and silver with lots of textures works all far!

Melissa said...

Mel is right, we just keep the rooms the same and only tend to do Christmas decorations. I often look with admiration at the Easter, summer, Thanksgiving and Halloween changes that those in the US make, but this needs a huge basement or attic to store everything, which is very rare in Aussie homes.
Loved your 'how to' but I will probably just stick with using seasonal flowers from the garden to bring a seasonal feel to the room.
Unless, of course, I get a lot more storage!


I mostly do my table settings and vignettes around the house to change for seasons, even though we don't have 4 seasons around here,but 2 only.. but I still like to pretend so I can get the chance to change stuff, as I'm one that can't leave things well enough alone, lol! I love your feature images, so lovely each. Thanks.

deidramarie said...

Your taste in home decors reminds me of the lofts in atlanta that I've seen.

The enchanted home said...

Great post! Everyone can benefit from lightening up their home a bit for summer and your tutorial was fantastic!!

K&B by the Sea said...

I have so much trouble creating vignettes, once I hit on one that works, I tend to stick with it :-) That being said, your tips for decorating for the seasons is really helpful - maybe I'll take a shot at changing some things up in my house :-)

Melinda said...

Thank you for the shout out - much appreciated. I love all your ideas and tips about changing for the seasons, now I know what you guys do I have a chance of trying it!