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How to Transform Your Home Just in Time for Summer


“‘Light and bright’ is my motto for the summer. It’s a great time to swap out small accessories in a room to create a different feel. I like to change the throw pillows in a room to ones that are perky, colorful, and less serious. Fresh flowers in loose arrangements are a must.”

—Nancy Davilman, ND Interiors 


“The summer months are about enjoying the abundance of color and textures of nature in full bloom. I recommend that my clients go to the local markets and shop for fresh and colorful flowers. You don’t need to spend a lot of time and planning to have a beautiful summer arrangement; in fact, the messier, less deliberate, and the more colorful mix of flowers the better.”

—Alice Pirsu, Alice Pirsu Interiors


“Try purchasing an inexpensive sisal or faux sisal rug in a driftwood gray for your family room or eating area; the room will take on a whole different vibe. Consider taking down the drapery [from your window treatments] for the summer. It’s a great time to have them cleaned, and it will make your room feel infinitely lighter and brighter.”

—Debra Funt, Debra Funt Interiors


“Accessorize your space with reflective items that will show off summer’s sunshine: Choose a mirrored tray instead of a wooden one or use iridescent vases instead of ceramic ones to show off the sun’s rays.”

—Betsy Helmuth, Affordable Interior Design


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