How to Add a Burst of Summer to Your Home

Now that summer is well and truly here, you will want your home to reflect the new season. During the wintertime, it is all about home comforts and making sure things are cosy and inviting. The summer months are a time when you can make things feel lighter and brighter, blurring the line between the indoors and the outdoors. Adding a burst of summer to your home doesn’t have to be too difficult, but it is always a pleasure to come back to a home that reflects the current season. So, here are a few things you can do to give your house more of a summertime vibe.

 

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Remove the Traces of Winter

 

If there are any traces of winter still lingering around in your home, now is the time to store them away somewhere so you can replace them with accessories that give off more of a summery vibe. Some examples of things that definitely give off a sense of winter include thick rugs, big blankets, candles and heaters. Once you remove these last traces of winter from your home, you will really be able to enjoy the summer a lot more!

 

Bring Some Life Indoors

 

There is nothing like some fresh flowers for making your home appear like it is bursting with life, so why not choose some roses, lilies, magnolias or any other favourites you have? Another option is to select some new houseplants. Having some flowers and plants in your home has been proven to boost your mood so you should certainly consider getting some to brighten up the summer months.

 

Freshen Up Your Airflow

 

Of course, opening up doors and windows is the best way to get some fresh air flowing into your home, but you can also try a few things with the artificial airflow that you have going on. If you have a ceiling fan, turn it to go counter-clockwise which will push the air downwards and create a stronger draught. If you have an air conditioner, you may want to replace the filter so that you can avoid any malfunctions. And if you use artificial air fresheners, try choosing one that gives off a fresh and fragrant summer scent.

 

Invite More Natural Light Indoors

 

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First of all, to bring in more natural light you can make sure that your windows are sparkling clean both inside and out so that you can get an unobstructed view to the outdoors. If you are struggling to tackle some of the outdoor windows, you could use an equal parts water-vinegar solution and a squeegee. You could also replace your heavy winter drapes with some lighter window treatments. Choose some thin blinds instead in some lighter colours that welcome in the summer sun.

 

Give Your Front Door a Lick of Paint

 

You may not feel like tackling any major DIY jobs when the weather is warmer, but a simple job that you can do to make the world of difference is to give your front door a lick of paint. This way, you have a nice welcome to set the mood every time you get back home. Start by sanding it down so you have a smooth surface to start from and then a couple of coats should do the trick. Complete the job with a shiny new house number and doormat.

 

Stock Up On Summer Essentials

 

There is nothing like stocking up on a few summer essentials to give you that warm feeling. Ironically, one of the first things that you should get is some ice cold popsicles! This way, you will always have a refreshing treat lined up when the temperatures start soaring. While you are looking in your freezer, it is a great time to give it a defrost and clear out anything that is leftover in there that you don’t want anymore. Other common items that you will need for summer include sunblock and insect repellant.

 

Sort Out Your Garden Area

 

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If you are lucky enough to have a garden area, you should make sure that everything looks as good as it possibly can. If you have a patio or decking area, you can take it on with some warm, soapy water, a scrubbing brush and a hose. Once you have a nice clean area to base yourself, you can arrange your furniture in a social way that encourages conversation. Some potted plants, candles, pillows, and outdoor lighting can really set the mood when the sun goes down. You can also invest in some sort of outdoor heaters in case things start to get a little chilly.

 

Restyle Your Kitchen Shelves

 

One of the best ways that you can get your home summer-ready is by getting rid of that sense of clutter. There are all kinds of creative storage options out there, but one of the best ones is giving your kitchen shelves a restyle. Work out which are the kitchen items you never use (there are bound to be a few) and get them stored away in a different location. When you give yourself that extra breathing space, it gives you the feeling of being in a vacation home.

 

Display Some Fresh Fruit in a Bowl

 

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Fresh fruit is a wonderful summery snack, and it also looks very appealing when you display it in a bowl. Choose a few different kinds that give your table a multicoloured feel, but don’t forget to actually eat it rather than just looking at it! If you get yourself some fresh oranges, a glass pitcher and a juicer, you can start off the day right with a nice refreshing glass of juice.

 

Change Your Furniture Accessories

 

Even if you don’t want to change your furniture altogether, you can still bring in some different items like rugs, cushions and blankets. Try to choose some light and airy colours rather than the deeper ones that are popular during the winter. Just this simple change can really make a big difference in giving off more of a summery vibe in your home.       

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Top Tips To Turn Your Home From Shabby to Chic


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The general maintenance of our homes can be a real upkeep. The little cracks in the walls, broken cabinets, scuffed skirting boards and old window sills are all details that can creep up on us. Keeping our homes looking in tip top condition can sometimes feel like a second job and can feel overwhelming when we look around and see that there’s so much to do.

 

Well fret no longer. Today we are pleased to share with you some super simple tricks on how to fix those little details, get stuck into a little DIY and transform your home from shabby to chic in no time at all.

 

Start With Paintwork

 

Old and tired paintwork can make all the difference to the look and feel of your home. So giving your home a well deserved lick of paint is one of the best things you can do if you feel like your home is looking a little bit sorry for itself. Put some thought into the different colours you think would best reflect the style of your home, and the mood of each room that you want to achieve, before you even think of picking up a paintbrush.

 

Neutral walls are usually the most popular colours as they create a great background canvass for us then to be able to add colour in other more interchangeable decorative areas of our home. But there are endless variations of white, cream and eggshell so put a little research into the different colour options that you prefer. Painting one wall in a room in a really bold colour is an interesting idea to add a bit of personality and style to your living spaces. A deep red wall in a living room, a duck egg blue bathroom wall or a dusky pink wall in your bedroom could add a whole new dynamic to your living spaces and make them feel much more interesting and unique.

 

Skirting Boards

 

Skirting boards are a really important area of our homes to keep an eye on. It’s easy for them to look old and become loose and as they are an important frame to our rooms, keeping them in good condition is essential in maintaining an attractive home. If you have any marks on your skirting boards it’s high time to give them a new coat of paint. Covering the top and bottom of the boards with masking tape will make sure you don’t paint outside your skirting boards, onto the walls and the floors.

 

If you have any loose skirting boards or any that have fallen off it’s time to get them secured down once and for all. There are special wood seal glues that are designed purely for DIY jobs such as this and make the task at hand really easy and quick. Investing in a glue gun to make the job even easier is a good idea so look online at companies like Glue Guns Direct to see what models are available for the job you need doing.

 

Reinvent Old Furniture

 

Look around your home and look at any old, dark furniture that perhaps is pulling down the overall decor of your home. You’d be surprised at how many weird and wonderful ways there are of taking your old furniture and decorating them so that they look modern, fresh and bring an entirely different look to your home.

 

An old chest of drawers can be bought back to life by painting the drawers different colours. By painting each drawer a different colour you will add vibrancy and energy to a boring and basic chest of drawers. Sorry looking bedside tables can be instantly transformed into Parisian chic by whitewashing them so that they look like they’ve been picked up in a trendy French flea market.

 

Old dining room tables can be sanded down and painted rich mahogany wood and then varnished over for extra shine. Neglected corner tables can be transformed by painting just the surface or just the legs in a colour that would compliment the overall colour scheme of that room. Tired looking bathroom cabinets can be given a pretty look by painting just the frame and the sides a tranquil, calming colour or even in nautical stripes if you’re feeling particularly creative.

 

The process of transforming the old furniture in your home is really fun and is a really cheap, well actually practically free, way of breathing new life into your home and adding special touches here and there that will make a big difference.

 

Reupholstering

 

Reupholstering furniture is another really cost-effective way of transforming your furniture without having to start from scratch and go and buy new. Our sofas naturally age over time so it’s natural to look at them after a few years and feel that they are dragging down the look and feel of our living rooms. However reupholstering furniture is a much cheaper solution to buying new and offer fantastic creativity when choosing the colours, textiles and patterns you feel will best suit the overall style of your living room. Research online different sofas that you like and you feel would fit well into your home and then go to your local upholstery company and talk them through your ideas and see what they can do.

 

It’s All In The Detail

 

The rest is really up to you. No one knows what needs doing around your home better than you, and we all tend to have some rooms that needs a little more TLC than others. Kitchens can always benefit from tip top organisation. Deep rolling kitchen drawers always help keep our kitchens organised and clutter free. Cute spice, oil and vinegars racks keep the items we need close at hand, within arms reach, but as an attractive feature rather than scattered around, untidily on our kitchen surfaces.

 

Bathrooms are rooms that should feel calming and tranquil and can always benefit from new rugs, curtains and towels every couple of years. Due to the humidity in this room, the textiles in this room tend to age much quicker than in any other room.

 

Bedrooms and living rooms are all about ambience and looking inviting and cosy. With the above in mind and some little touches like pretty candles, low-lit lamps, chic mirrors and attractive rugs your home can look chic and sophisticated in no time at all.

Telling A Visual Story In Your Home


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If you have a natural talent for photography then you are very lucky.  The ability to capture emotion on film (although it’s pretty much all digital nowadays) is a skill that many are envious of.

 

Ok, so these days it is much easier to take a good photo.  With new technology at our fingertips we can shoot, edit and send all within a matter of seconds.  Companies such as Instagram have enabled us to add more drama to an ordinary photo by giving us a set of pre designed filters.  We can crop and highlight, add fade and warm the edges.  It is even possible through apps such as Facetune to touch up our faces, smooth out the skin and slim down our waists.  However, none of this beats what a creative eye can see.

 

If you talk to professional photographers, the old school ones who shot on film, had a dark room and spent hours perfecting their art, they will tell you that a great photo doesn’t need any editing at all.  The skill back then was to capture the emotion in one second.  From animals to humans, war or celebration.  Some of the most famous photos the world shares are completely untouched by human edits.  They were simple.  Honest.  Bold.

 

The ability to do this should never be underestimated and if you have it, you need to share it.  One of the best places to do that is through your own home.

 

Our homes should tell the story of who we are.  From the first steps into our hallway, right down to the bathroom.  The wall should be a visual display of you.  What is in your heart and how you see the world.  

 

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You will probably shoot on a digital camera, just about everyone does now, so you can easily have your best images made into large artworks.  Using companies online you can get some pretty good deals, especially using a snapfish coupon code.  Then you just need to work out how to present your images.  You could go with a timeless black frame and a deep white border, or consider a large canvas print.  Whatever you do, think of your home as an exhibition.  What order will you share your journey.  Where should you add really thought provoking pieces.  Perhaps the hallway is better for lighthearted work then the living room becomes an area for people to really engage with your images.

 

If you don’t think you are quite ready to fill your home with your photography then you could consider a workshop or course to help improve your technique.  There are so many things to learn and it could be a fun social event too.  You may learn that you are using a camera that is too complicated for you, or learn how to make the most of natural light to help you create even better black and white images.  Take your hobby to the next level and really educate yourself on all the finer details of the professional photographers.

 

Then show off a little.  You never know, someone might even commission you to shoot something for their home!

Easy Halloween Decor


Halloween is so close and I am so excited! Yes, I realize it is still September, but Starbucks has already release the PSL and the first day of fall is only a few days away, don’t judge me. 

I popped into Target the other day and frolicked happily through their display. I am rather impressed with myself, I only bought six items. Success! 

(This has nothing to do with the fact that I have already purchased items from Michael’s Crafts and JoAnns. We’ll just pretend that didn’t happen.)

Anyway, last year I shared my Floating Witch Hats, this year  I came up with two really easy “DIY” decor pieces that anyone can do. Yes, I mean that, you could have two bottles of wine and still manage to get these done.

Be sure to remove the tags from all your fun purchases. (I’m looking at you, Mom.)

First Piece – 


Items needed:

Bird Cage – Target

(You don’t need to get all fancy, the one in the link will do.)

Crow Skeleton – Target 

(NOT a real one, that’s just weird. Also, NOT a live one, you don’t want that mess in your house.)

Now, take the crow (you can give it a name if you want to, I’ll call mine Herbert), open the cage, put him (or her if you have given it a girl’s name) in it, close the cage.

Yep, that easy. 


Look how happy he is, he loves it!

Second Piece – 


Items Needed:

Small Cloche – Target

(Be sure to get the one from the Halloween section, it has a cute bat on top. Plus it is made of plastic, so if you are doing this while full of wine, it’s unlikely you’ll break it.)

Purple Bat Lights  – Target

Orange Pumpkin Lights – Target

(These items are in the  $1-$3-$5 section in store only. If you go, don’t drink or text and drive, thanks.)

AA Batteries – 2 per each light set. 

(Yes, Target carries them too.)


Gently unwind lights from inset in box, and put the batteries in, turn lights on and look at how pretty they are.

Gently place lights in the top of the cloche, spreading them around as evenly as you can. 

Place the bottom of the cloche on, be sure to leave the battery packs out. Flip back over and voila! 


It might take a few tries to move the lights around to how you like them.

These are perfect placed on a mantel or side table!


Woohoo! You did it! Now go make yourself some Halloween Munch to celebrate! 

Chicks Love Candles


It’s feature time! I love the name of this business, because it is so true, Chicks Love Candles

I wish I could send the amazing smells of these candles and wax melts through the screen to you. This Female Veteran owned business started in the Fall of 2014. Besides just making lovely candles, she is very involved in her community and local charities.


All of her items are hand made, in her kitchen! Her high quality items are sold online and at various craft fairs.

She also showcases them beautifully on her Instagram, and has a great amount of scents to choose from.


Besides just candles, she also has wax melts! Helloooo warmers!! Both products come in her amazing scents, and her pricing is spot on!

I hope you’ll check her out! I know I have my eyes on this Sampler Pack!