Tuck the winter clutter away
I know it’s Alberta and you never know when a blustery snowstorm might hit – but, if you can, pack some of the unnecessary items away. You’ll be amazed what removing bulky blankets and industrial-strength doormats will do to make your home feel fresh and inviting. Replace them with fun and bright versions that don’t need to stand up to our winter slush and chill.
Light and bright
Replace a lamp, a collection of vases or a few of your throw pillows with a summer pattern in bright colours that will co-ordinate with the rest of the decor that isn’t changing. White is always a classic if you don’t want to add bright colours – just make sure it’s washable! If you prefer not to spend money on replacement lamps and vases, purchase old pieces at secondhand stores or garage sales and then spray paint in fun colours.
Add some natural touches
Nothing says summer like a large piece of driftwood on your fireplace mantle or a beautiful seashell or coral collection you gathered on a winter holiday. Succulents are really big right now, and they look fantastic in almost any ceramic pot. BONUS: they’re really tough to kill. Trust me, I’m an expert at killing plants!
So, I’ve just confessed that I don’t have a green thumb, but I do know there are flower species out there that grow well in our area. If you need the help like me, ask a greenhouse expert for a couple different flowers suggestions and then get them all in the same colour. Plant your flowers in all different sizes and shapes of pots. Display them in clusters around your front entrance, and on your back deck.
Keep it simple
Summer is about fun and relaxation. Don’t fuss over elaborate decor. Less clutter is easier to keep clean. When the house is clean you can enjoy the beautiful weather outside!
As always, make your home a reflection of you and your family. If there’s ever a time to step outside your decorating comfort zone and try something out, summer is it! Add some fun to your decor!
Decorator Kim Purvis, owner of Aurora Decor, is pursuing her lifelong passion of creating beautiful home spaces.