Whether it’s getting out your summer dishware, freshening up your patio or porch furniture with a coat of summer bright paint, checking to see if your bug zappers are zapping, changing out your heavy winter curtains or finally putting that lattice roof in place — it only takes a few small changes to make your home shout “hurray, summer” instead “oooh, winter!”
1. Transform the ordinary into extraordinary
When it comes to decorating for the summer, you’re sure to find something inspirational in one of Martha Stewart’s 60 Summer Decorating Ideas, including this idea for making outdoor eating a little extra special:
As the long summer days melt into balmy nights, ease the transition — and extend the pleasure — by dining outdoors under a private starry dome of twinkling candles.
2. Bring the tropics to you
From Better Homes and Gardens come these ideas (and instructions) to bring “Summer Fresh Tropical Style” to your home, such as this pretty — and summery — headboard:
A wall hanging reminiscent of beach chaise canopies is a charming headboard alternative.
3. Make the outdoors an extension of your home
House Beautiful has a nearly endless gallery of outdoor room ideas, from an elegant patio to a casual, thatch covered porch. Get inspired to create your outdoor room by paging through the entire gallery, here.
4. Stay safe
Summer brings its own hazards to your home — MSN Real Estate lists the top 13 summer dangers and offers tips on how to avoid them, including this information on your ladder:
A clear summer day may seem like the perfect time to climb a ladder to fix that loose shingle on the roof or to trim that eyesore of a tree. But a fall from that height can cause serious injury or death.
The CPSC says that 164,000 ladder-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms in the U.S. each year.
- Be sure your ladder has slip-resistant feet.
- Be sure the ground under the ladder is level and firm.
- Keep your body centered on the rails at all times; do not lean to the side while working.
- Do not step on the top step of the ladder.