Great advice for Life and Especially for Summer:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

No matter our age, summer’s more relaxed pace gives us the permission to answer the question “what if I try this?” So go ahead, try the high dive for the first time, travel somewhere new or make changes at home. Here are some easy-breezy ideas to fully embrace summer at home.  Some of these ideas you might like to keep; others can be easily reversed as the seasons change.  Plus, these tips can be employed to help your home sell faster, too!

Expand Into Outdoor Living Spaces

Time to freshen up your outdoor furniture and perhaps try some new cushions.  Add an outdoor rug and lots of pretty potted plants to design an outdoor room, perfect for lounging and al fresco entertaining. If you’re felling more adventurous, try suspending an outdoor chandelier from a nearby tree or pergola or add festive  string lights across this area to increase the enchantment factor.

Go Bold with Color

The Pantone “Color of the Year” is a  bright, fresh green, aptly named Greenery.  Look for unique ways to incorporate this and other bright, peppy hues throughout your home during summer.  If you’re planning to list your home for sale soon, opt for smaller pops of color versus, say, an entire accent wall. A few colorful, well-placed Adirondack chairs, a new patio umbrella or new indoor/outdoor pillows will strike a stylish note while staying tasteful to a wider buying audience.

Bring Greenery Inside

Some great ideas for indoor plants with a summery or tropical vibe are: a large, potted palm, Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree or Bird’s Nest Fern.  Your own yard can be a great place to “shop” for free greenery.  Large hosta leaves and ferns look great placed artistically  in glass vases.

Lighten up Your Fabrics

Drapery, rugs and bedding can all be swapped out for lighter, more breathable fabrics this time of the year, making everyone more comfortable.