I’ve moved on from phase one of our renovation now and am taking a little ‘building’ sabbatical pending phase 2.
Of course, that means engaging in the more enjoyable pastime of ‘dressing’, or finishing, our home.
It’s only the very lucky who get a clean sweep at this, buying everything new for their second, third or, in our case, umpteenth home. Actually most people have to make do with existing furniture and we’re no exception.
The summer is almost with us once again. Its time to get the garden in shape, clean the barbecue and put a bottle of sparkling wine on ice.
We may be trying to spend as much of the summer enjoying the sunshine as we can, but cant we reflect our cheery outlook with the inside of our homes? Here we will skim through some options to get your house summer ready, with tips about getting the best from a sunny make over.
After you have given the windows a good clean, it is time to change the curtains. Take down the warming browns and amber tones to be replaced with vivid yellows and pastel pinks. I recommend a floral pattern match your blooming flower beds, the other side of the glass.
Cushions and throws
Try livening up your lounge with new cushions. The more different the better. Guests will be flocking round for diner and drinks this summer, and you will want some new touches to impress and inspire. Colourful and bright throws will inject live into your lounge and cover that slightly faded sofa you haven’t got around to replacing.
Bed covers and mattress
It is a must to invest in a low Tog rated duvet to avoid sweaty summer nights. A thin duck feather is always a good option that well last many summers as long as it is stored well over the winter months. This is also an ideal time to replace your mattress. A super comfortable and hypo-allergenic memory foam mattress will complement your new duvet in keeping you cool on the warm summer nights.
While the barbecue is flaming away ready for the lamb kebabs and sirloin steak, the salads, bread rolls, condiments and side dishes need to be prepared and presented. Why not add a touch of class to proceedings with a new set of salad servers with matching bowl, a small touch with a big impact. The party would also have a cool new style if you used fresh white linen and lace table runners.
Why should the garden flower beds have all the fun, we can have fresh cut flowers in beautiful vases all over the home. Bring the colours and aromas of summer inside, and complete your June make over with a natural flourish that isn’t too hard on the bank account.
Wishing you all a sunny and happy June!
This month I have been mainly painting.
I can assure you that this phase of a renovation project is not to be underestimated. Of course, I’ve painted many a room given my profession, so did not feel daunted by assuring my builder that we’d take care of the decoration.
This was my first mistake.
It’s by no means a big house and indeed, many of the walls are stone and therefore didn’t count. But, and it’s a big but, all ceilings and all new stud walls needed tackling.
So, lets discuss my new nemesis… ceilings. I’m sure my fellow style romantics would agree, the dropped false ceilings in two bedrooms needed to come down to expose the beams I knew would be above.
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