Recently, I have been receiving questions on my radio show about how to update a home for summer. In 2005, Living did a story about updating the home for any season, and I wanted to share some of those tips, which are still so relevant. Today, let's take a look at simple ways to update the living room. Tomorrow, I will focus on the bedroom.
Bring the outdoors inside with flowers and seashore finds. Send heavy floor coverings to be cleaned, leaving the floor bare or adding a mat in a natural material, such as sisal or bamboo.
The mementos of the season, such as vacation photos and found treasures, decorate a mantelpiece in an unfussy style. The fireplace—dormant for several months—can be turned into a stage for your favorite objects, such as these porcelain jars and cachepot.
Cushion and pillow covers in batik style printed cotton with contrast piping create an easy-living feel while protecting fine upholstery from wear and sun. These accents freshen the sofa’s look and are less expensive than slipcovering the whole thing.