Living in the deep south of Alabama, “hot” is a complete understatement. I have literally watched pavement melt under my feet. This combined with the fact that my very stubborn Sicilian family refuses to turn the air on until mid-June, has forced me to get creative with ways to stay cool. With all the heat of summer (literal and figurative) don’t allow the pressure of updating your home to make you sweat! With a few changes to your art, decor, and layout, you will be feeling that summer breeze in no time (Sicilian family or not!)
Save On Energy Bills – Think Light & Airy
It’s amazing how the designed environment has the power to affect your body temperature. If your space feels warm and heavy, it is likely that you will too! Rid your rooms of decor that mentally (and physically) warm you up-think blankets or furs, warm-toned accents, or bulky/heavy furniture. Opt instead for lightweight fabrics such as linens and cotton blends and sub-in streamlined furniture like metal chairs and acrylic sides!
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No Beach House? No Problem!
You don’t have to book a flight to the panhandle to feel the effects of a summer getaway. Decorate your home to inspire a laid-back style of living. Start by adding in some greenery-an areca palm perhaps? Cover your walls with tropical-inspired prints-if you can’t be there do your darnedest to pretend you are! Here is one of my current favorites. Update your coffee table and bookshelves with vacay-inspired objects such as ceramic pineapples and metallic shells. Conclude your update by working in some island texture- a jute pouf is an easy add-in!
Lounge In Comfort...
Summer is perfect for spending time catching up with family and friends, but no one wants to stand around while chatting it up for hours! Make sure that your furniture is laid out for conversation! Chairs, sofas, and sectionals should face one another so that no guest ends up with a post-party neck cramp! Allow visitors to take advantage of your best views by positioning seating arrangements so that outdoor sights are visible. And ALWAYS pair seating groupings with a tabletop surface! Where else can you set down that margarita?
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