Five Ways to Decorate for the Summer:

 Photo by Evan Janke

Photo by Evan Janke

I like to spruce up my house according to the season. Your home follows the same rules of fashion. Just as you would change your clothing and accessories for the seasons, it makes sense that your house should have a similar transformation. I usually group the seasons into two main categorizes - Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.

We’re well into the summer season and I’ve made some change to reflect the current time of the year. My Pottery Barn visual merchandising days taught me that you could change the look and feel of your surroundings with accessories. I’m always on the hunt for great items. Then, I have the fun of rotating them at different times of the year.  

1. Pillows and Textiles - I change the pillows, throws and bedding in my house with every season. Lighter, fresh colors such as blues, greens, lilacs and yellows seem to shout “spring/summer” to me. Out go the soft woolly and furry throws in favor of lighter fabrics such as linens and cottons. 

2. Fruit and Flowers - Bowls of fresh seasonal fruit feel abundant and fresh, especially if they come straight from the garden! Recently, we had overflowing bowls of plums from our tree. Now, it’s bowls of ripe, fragrant tomatoes from the garden. Just about any fresh clipping can completely change the ambiance in a room — lavender, roses, agapanthus, or even simple herbs such as rosemary and mint. I also like to use cut greenery such as olive and fig clippings.

3. Bring the Inside Outside - In the summer not only can you bring the outside into your home, but you have the flexibility of bringing the indoors outside. In our house the doors are often left open. I like to use indoor pillows on our outdoor furniture. I don’t care that it’s not necessarily outdoor fabric; the weather is so mild in Santa Barbara that it doesn’t really matter and well, if it fades a bit, that’s ok too.

 Photo by Evan Janke

Photo by Evan Janke

 Photo By Evan Janke

Photo By Evan Janke

4. Miscellaneous Accessories - Aside from having a self-admitted “pillow problem,” I also have many, many accessories. This time of year my “summery” accessories get the chance to come out from hiding — seashells and bowls of sea glass find their way onto nightstands and coffee tables. I’ve even been known to change my coffee table books by season as well, rotating books keeps the images fresh and well, seasonal.

5. Scents - Besides the seasonal visual changes, the smells in your house can and should be changed according to the season. I like to burn candles because I love having nice scents around the house. In the summer I like to burn light floral candles with jasmine scents, one of my favorites is called “Bamboo” by Nest.

Do you change your home according to the season? It’s easy to change the seasonal ambiance with accessories and a bit of nature. I definitely recommend it!  What means summer in your home?