A lot of us don't have a "Summer Home" to go to. We may go on vacation and stay in a home somewhere, but, to actually live in another home all summer is not what the majority of us do. The thought of being able to do this has always intrigued me, but, because I don't want the responsibility of caring for yet another house, it doesn't matter if my tax bracket would change, I still wouldn't do it. So, how can I get that feeling staying exactly where I am?
Change it Up for the Summer - I love the idea of changing your home for the seasons. I have a good friend that owned a salon and in the spring and fall she would change the decor to reflect the season. It was always a little surprise during that time of the year! Change up some of your decor to reflect a summer place. Change out bedding, maybe curtains and towels in the bathroom, or the tablecloth in the dining room. Stock up the kitchen with easy to fix snacks and meals, so that kids can grab them at a moments notice and have a fridge full of cold drinks! What else do you think of in a summer home? Maybe family games for indoors and out and having meals outdoors. The possibilities are endless!
Light, Dreamy and Cozy - I imagine a summer home to light in colors and dreamy and cozy in textures. Since its warmer, lighter fabrics will help things feel cooler in a space. Extra comfy pillows for lounging around and soft and comfy bedding for your family and guests can all add to a summer home feeling. The more comfortable you are, the less you will need to push the air conditioning to keep you that way. If you have ceiling fans, be sure they are going in the correct direction for the season (counterclockwise to cool off a space) so that guests and family can use them.
Paradise in a Box - What is your dream vacation home destination? Once you have that in mind, think of the colors, knick knacks and other things that might bring that place to mind and use those in your decor. Pretty Tiki lights can keep the bugs at bay and also give a Hawaiian feeling to your yard! If you dream of a European summer home, plant some lavendar or other things in your garden to bring an aroma that might take you there. Use your imagination! It's your dream. Make it what you want!
Don't Neglect Nature - Of course with it being summer, the outdoors is usually the highlight of a vacation home. Some houseplants will do well outside for the summer, and bringing in fresh cut flowers will make both the inside and outside spaces feel special. Using natural baskets to hold items, and wooden touches here and there will keep nature close as well.
Make Life Simple - With a summer home, you aren't cooking huge, several course dinners. You are usually on the go, so it's simple fare for meals. You also don't use the best china, so using simple dinnerware and table service is the best. Easy to care for, easy to clean up. The same with house cleaning. If you are at a summer home, you might not want clutter everywhere, but, you aren't dusting the chandelier while you are there either. With family members in and out, dirt will get tracked in more often, but that doesn't mean you need to clean twice as much. If you were on vacation, you wouldn't be super worried about the little messes, so lighten up during the summer at home! Let your kids run around barefoot, with ragged shorts on and their hair a mess. Chances are they will be running back out in the heat and get all sweaty anyway! Let them enjoy it. Make your home a summer vacation home so that if you can't go anywhere, everyone will enjoy their time at home just as much as they would somewhere special. Let's face it, home is always the most special anyway. Let's treat it that way!--Jen Lush