|Posted on June 28, 2019 at 6:55 AM|
Summer living is leisurely as the heat and humidity beckon a real slow down of nesting. Spring was, on
the other hand, a frenzied time of declutter, donations and downright disposal of things we’ve outgrown.
Summer does something a little unique in my spirit though. It grounds me differently. I’m indoors to
escape all that heat and humidity when not sunning, swimming and picnicking. Although I don’t really
need to spend one thin dime buying the trendiest or the most decadent decoratives to scatter throughout
my space, however, I thirst for change to visually cool my sanctuary. It’s your time to do that too.
My recipe is:
- add cool and warm white everywhere
- bring in live greenery
- rearrange furniture.
In doing so, be bold, outside of the box and be quick, for summer goes swiftly!
Focus on your decorative objects first. Remove every pillow, tray, candle stick, sculpture, book, magazine,
throw, urn, vase and vessel. The emptiness of unadorned furnishings gives you a clean slate. Replace these
accessories in various shades of white. You’ll find many table top adornments in washed shades of pale gray
to white finishes, shiny ceramic or chalky matte surfaces; textiles with feathers and faux fur, embellished with embroidery,
beads or shells. When used together they make a rich interesting statement.
Nestle some fresh live greenery like succulents, palms and ferns
among these new finds and the air will be cleaner too.
Your window treatments could use some lightening up also. Replace them with simple gauzy sheers in
soft shades of cream to white. They can make all the difference in the soft, coolness of how your home
breathes. You’ll sense an ethereal calming effect too.
Now that you have accessorized with shades of white, look at all the largest items and find a new home
for them. For example, if your white glazed 3 foot urn would have lived on an entry console, let it now
occupy space on your dining room buffet or on a dresser. With collections of vases and boxes, etc., bring
all like items together and pull the 3 best and biggest and let them adorn your coffee table...wrap your
hardcover books in gorgeous white marbleized papers and stagger their heights.
I know you get the idea!
For your art and mirrors that hang on the walls, take them down, clean them up till they sparkle and move
your collections around. Let them breath, let your instincts guide you. You’ll begin to see your treasures
new and old with new eyes and energies. Imagine you’ve been hired by some very busy executive to
design a new layout for her summer home. You’ve got to move some furniture around too. Create a new
path to the lanai or front door. Don’t be timid, even if it doesn’t feel right at first....just do it! Later the
weather will cool and you’ll want to re-do for a whole new set of reasons.
But for now create a soft coolness indoors because it’s summertime!