Summer will be here before you know it! Let’s get ready so when summer rolls around we can relax and enjoy it! There is lots to do inside and outside our homes to clean up winter grime and spring pollen and get our homes summer ready! Today we are talking about 10 things you can do to get your home ready for summer!
This week on our podcast we are talking about SHADES, BLINDS AND SHUTTERS, HOW TO DO NEUTRAL DECOR RIGHT and OPEN CONCEPT DECORATING.
Today’s episode #37 SHADES, BLINDS, AND SHUTTERS can be listened to below:
You can also listen to all the podcasts HERE. And you did you know you can take Decorating Tips and Tricks on the go with you and listen on your smartphone. Just find us on the podcast app on your phone.
Now let’s get our homes summer ready!
CLEAN UP YOUR PORCH AND PATIO
At StoneGable, this is a pretty big undertaking. Getting the grime of the winter and the spring pollen off everything… not to mention the ongoing farm field dirt too!
So I tackle a bit at a time. One day I work on the front porch, then the side porch, then the back and then a couple days on the patio!
Scrub everything down! Railings, shutters, windows, porch furniture, ceilings, and floors. Rinse off door mats and hose down steps.
Pick up sticks and twigs and pull any weeds around your flower beds.
And to keep your porch and patio looking good, make cleaning it a routine. If you make it a part of your daily or weekly cleaning schedule it will be so much easier to clean!
MAKE A NEW FRONT DOOR WREATH
NOTHING says “welcome” like a big fresh door wreath! Make a summer wreath that pops!
MAKE OUTDOOR PILLOWS
Using pillows outdoors gives those spaces a real living room look! But make sure the pillows you use will hold up to outdoor use! Use fabric and inserts that are approved for the elements. And make sure the fabric can stand up to the sun or it will fade. I know this from experience!
How about making an outdoor pillow yourself. The one above was made from a colorful vinyl tablecloth. Yes, a plastic tablecloth! It is so bright and will stand up to anything mother nature can throw at it!
See a tutorial for it HERE… it’s super easy!
PAINT A PIECE OF FURNITURE
Indoor or out, painting furniture can make a fresh, fun statement! I always say that a paintbrush is like a magic wand! Just use it and it will transform a piece of furniture!
I painted an old beat up round table with a fun coat of bright green paint and took it outside to be a pop of color on my front porch!
PLANT A POT OR TWO OR TEN
Pots of flowers and greens and even veggies on your porch and patio look gorgeous!!!! They bring life and brightness to any corner or spot outdoors! You can never have too many beautiful pots of flowers!
You might want to listen to our podcast episode on CONTAINER GARDENING below. We have so many tips and tricks and lots of advice about planting the most stunning outdoor pots!
WASH WINDOWS, DOORS AND SCREENS
Living out in the middle of farm fields my windows get very crusty and dusty and dirty! So after the pollen has had its way with my home I get out and give my window and doors a good cleaning. That includes all casing around the window and the shutters too. Then I take the screens to the back patio and scrub them and let them sun dry.
It’s hard work but feels so so good when they are done!
GET SOME OUTDOOR FRIENDY TABLEWARE
Summer is the time to be outside and eat outside! Why not invest in some great outdoor dinner and drinkware that is shatterproof. There are so so many fabulous colors, style, and motifs of unbreakable dishes, glasses and more!
And they are often very reasonable! Start looking now so when it’s time to dine al fresco you have pretty summer tableware to use!
COMPILE GREAT SUMMER RECIPES
It’s time to change up our menus to a lighter more farm to fork fare! Start looking for those great grilling recipes and lighter salads.
CHANGE OUT YOUR PILLOWS
Let’s go inside for a few minutes and make a change that has a huge impact. Let’s change out our pillows! Or at least look over your pillow and think about which ones you are going to use and which ones you will need this summer
I love to have at least one flag pillow in my family room to celebrate the season!
PAINT YOUR FRONT DOOR
This year why don’t you think about painting your front door an amazing color? We have to repaint ours this summer. Several years ago we painted our front door and somehow got the wrong custom color. What a happy accident! As we were painting I knew it was not the color I had chosen… but I liked it better!
I think we will stay in the charcoal/blue family of paint colors but it will probably look different.
Think about painting the other doors to your home like your back door and garage door too!
Let’s get ready for summer now so when those lazy, hot days roll around we are ready and can enjoy them!
You might like to follow me on Pinterest and see all the great summer decor I’m finding to pin HERE.