Outside, Inside – Inside, Outside

Once again our British weather has surprised us and our summer seemingly started in March. I hope for all of us the positive vibes that those rays of sunshine give us continue into the next 4 months of our real summer. With budgets still tight for many families a holiday overseas may not be possible but a few additions to the home to bring on that summery feeling may be all you need to capture the hazy days of summer at home and in the garden.

I love bringing an element of the outside inside during early summer. It’s not always possible to dine outside in the garden or on the balcony at this time, so I bring the colours and textures of summer inside. Some quick and easy early summer fixes for you.

  • Add some summer fizz with sherbet colour cushions and lightweight throws for those cooler summer evenings.
  • Dark heavy looking curtains can be given the summer shine with contrasting tiebacks in summer pastels or brights.
  • Twigs of flowering blossom look great in tall vases and fresh flowers always lift a room.
  • A set of new tea towels, hand towels and storage jars in summer colours and patterns will bring the sun into your kitchen.
  • If you love candles go for lighter summery fragrances to give you that summer lift
  • Change your door mat to give a warm and colourful greeting to guests and yourself!

Of course, the converse is true – once the days and evenings are warm, I love to take the cosy comforts of inside outside.

  • Rag Rugs on the grass create a centre piece for dining alfresco
  • Colourful china or melamine plates work great for large parties – cost effective and don’t break
  • Bring new life to garden chairs or old dining chairs with a splash of paint – make them colourful and cheerful just like summer.
  • Floor size cushions and beanbags make great additions to the garden and make it a little easier on our bottoms to sit on the grass – they can even be taken in the car on a picnic for extra comfort on those days out!
  • Those sherbet fizz cushions on the sofa can now be added to garden chairs and those same light weight throws can be wrapped over knees as the cool night air and wine take effect.
  • Candles create that summer holiday relaxed feel – try tea lights in jam jars that have been painted to co-ordinate with your summer cushions
  • Take pride in setting the table for a meal outside with summer table cloths and napkins – you could even make them yourself.

These quick, easy and budget conscious solutions will allow you to have a bright summer at home.

You don’t have to spend a lot to make a big impact – but it takes time, a keen eye for detail to ensure that everything matches and co-ordindates, and an intention to bring a smile to the faces of all those that you spend time with this summer.

Places to shop for your summer solutions

  • TKMaxx – Chatham and Maidstone
  • Home Sense – Tunbridge Wells and Thurrock (part of the TKMaxx brand but for the home only)
  • High Street favorites – BHS – the Home store at Aylesford is great and Debenhams in Chatham and Gravesend have some everyday quick fixes.
  • Of course M&S, John Lewis and House of Fraser are at Bluewater
  • Dobbies in Gillingham is a new lifestyle store where you will find everything from plants to fish for your pond, garden furniture and lots of accessories for your summer home.

And don’t forget – if you feel you can’t achieve it on your own give me a call on 07889 021140, to see how I can help bring some summer shine to your home.

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