Summers are lovely, but aside from actual vacation time, they are not that different from the rest of the year. We still have to work and pay bills and change our oil.
Still, there is something in the air (it’s called sunshine) which makes everything a little more relaxed. Mealtimes get longer, clothes and evenings linger takes it down a few notches. Life just does not feel really frenetic in summer. Or it shouldn’t.
There’s not any reason you can not capture this atmosphere in your home. Lighten things up, relax a little, make room for kicking back. You might not have more actual hours to chill through the summer months, but your house can make you feel as though you do.
Hang a hammock. When it’s too hot and buggy outside, then hang it indoors. A novel and a glass of lemonade are equally as great in an indoor hammock as they are in an outdoor one.
Brown’s Interior Design
Have an outdoor pavilion for shade, breezes and all the conveniences of an outdoor living area.
An outdoor pavilion is not in your cards? Produce a makeshift lounge. Consider it. A couple layered rugs, a few floor pillows and a low table will do the trick.
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Adding an outdoor fireplace or a fire pit will help to create a focus for a second outdoor living room. And it keeps things going after the sun has gone down.
SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C.
Hang a mosquito net. There are few things as intimate as a absolute mosquito net over the bed.
No location for a mosquito net? Hang gauzy curtains. They let in the light and flutter in the breeze.
Sleep outside. Transferring a summer bed out into the yard or on the porch is a fantastic way to feel like you are on vacation even once you have to get up in the morning.
Move casual. Canning jars become tea glasses, yard clippings are centerpieces and nothing actually must match. It’s summer. You should be eating on your swimsuit!
Tamar Schechner/Nest Pretty Things Inc
Go bright and white. White slipcovers are bright and summery, and they may be washed.
White, white and more white.
Move the dining area out. You do not need a lovely rose arbor and a raised gravel bed to temporarily go outdoors for your meals.
A Beach Cottage
Bring outdoor furniture indoors. This vintage beach chair just screams “summer lake home” to me.
All you will need is just one small area where you can get comfortable. Even should a balcony is the only outdoor area, you may produce a summer chill-out place.