Dress Your Home For Summer

With the changing of the seasons, nothing is more essential to a home than freshening up the accessories and summer is no exception! For inspiration, look to nature. The blue of the ocean, the pink of the inside of a conch shell, sand and driftwood all make for a soothing color scheme to prepare your home for summer. Now is the time for lightweight, billowy fabrics for the windows and white slipcovers on the furniture. Accessorize your mantel or make a tablescape with sea shells. You can add to the display by incorporating white, beige and pale pink candles and smooth pebbles. Fill a glass hurricane with some sand, an off-white candle, and shells for a beautiful touch in any room.

Large pieces of coral, oceanography books, and framed photographs of the family at the beach evoke the feeling of a vacation home. Include a glass vase of white hydrangeas, bare feet and a good read, and you?ll soon imagine yourself on a respite at the shore!

Tip submitted by:

Valerie Spelman, IRN

Vignettes of Refinement, San Clemente, CA