10 Ways to Bring the Summer Indoors

So let me ask you all a question.... Who loves the summertime? Relaxing outdoors on your patio or porch, swinging on your bench swing, watching the sunset with your significant other. Sounds perfect right? But realistically most of us can't spend as much time as we would like to outside..... bummer right?! So to help ease your pain a little bit I've created the "10 Ways to Bring Summer Indoors" Last week on the blog we talked about "Updating Your Outdoor Space" and this week we'll focus on the Indoors.

Photo Credit:  Birchlane.com

Photo Credit: Birchlane.com

Indoor Summer Updates

Here's some quick and simple ideas that will add a little Summer glam to your indoor living space:

--Paint & Wallpaper: Paint little pops of color on an accent wall or on the backs of shelving cabinets. Wallpaper is also coming back in a big way with amazing patterns and MUCH easier to remove!

--Bright, Beachy, & Thin Fabrics: Choose pillows and rugs that have bright colors, with a beach feel. Throws & blankets should be thinner. Draperies should be light, thin, and translucent. This will visually bring a breezy feeling into the room.

--Lamps: Here you have 3 options. You can either use something is bright and fun possibly with a fun summery pattern, you can use translucent colored glass in blues and greens, or something that has a beachy wood feel.

--Flowers & Plants: Fresh Flowers in a glass vase or jar are PERFECT for summertime! Succulents are also very popular and don't require a lot of water for maintenance (sounds perfect for my lack of green thumb). Potted plants, trees, and flowers, either real or faux are great for bringing the outdoors inside also.

--Pots: Speaking of plants make sure those pots are fun and bright!

--Décor Accents: For centerpieces or vases use fruits and veggies, either real or faux. I'm a huge fan of lemons and limes. Nothing more summery than those!

--Kitchen Accessories: Make that cooking a little more fun with a bright terracotta pot to hold your cooking utensils. Switch out your dishtowels for something with a summer vibe.  Mix and match your plates with fun summer designs.

--Window Flower Boxes: Even though these are outside you will have a great view from the inside as your cooking your amazing meal.

--Color Palette: As your selecting your fun summer accents try to stick with 3 basic colors to create your summer color palette. You can use various shades of these three basic colors. Check out my Pinterest Board for some inspiration.

--Beach Accents: For accent pieces on shelves, tables, or mantles use pieces that have a coastal/beach/nautical theme. You can also switch out your gallery walls with frames or wall accents that have that coastal feel. You'll feel like your not far from that pier on the coast!

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Get the Look: Summer Table Lamps

I talked a little about table lamps above and how I love the translucent blue colored glass. These are just perfect for bringing the summer indoors. I think that blue color immediately makes me think I'm right next to the ocean..... smell that salty ocean air?  Here's three different price options for you, one for every budget. These are from one of my favorite stores... Target! The affiliate links are below for you to get more info about each light before you make a purchase.

Get the Look - Summer Table Lamps.jpg

Low:  Artisan Glass Table Lamp http://bit.ly/28ZlnMW

Med: Cal Lighting Christi Glass Table Lamp http://bit.ly/28Zo7uD

High: Uttermost Hagano Glass Table Lamp http://bit.ly/28ZagSZ

Top 10: Bring Summer Indoors

This week for my Top 10 Bringing Summer Indoors I incorporated a beach inspired color scheme. I absolutely love the coastal look, with the blues, nautical elements, and weathered wood. Nothing says summer more to me than that! These items will allow you to feel like the beach is right outside the door as the wind billows through the curtains. These are also all items I found from Target...love them. There are affiliate links below with more info on pricing and sizes.

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I hope these tips for bringing summer indoors have left you inspired to add something wonderful to your own spaces. And I truly hope you each get to enjoy as much time outside as possible. If you have any questions please contact me at Jessica@jessicaharrisinteriors.com. Or if you would like to schedule a design consultation, either in home or online check out my services page here. As always feel free to share this post on your social pages to save for future reference. Thanks Everyone!

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Updating Your Outdoor Space

Summer has finally hit us... like opening the door to a hot oven! It seems like it stays cold forever, and then out of nowhere BAM, 90 degrees. So with this heat wave I'm sure your spending more time outdoors, with kids, or just relaxing in the lawn chair sipping a glass of ice cold Strawberry Lemonade!

Since we are spending more time outside this time of year, I'm sure you've noticed a few things you'd like to replace or update to your outdoor living space. So I've put together a few suggestions to help you create your summer style!

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Easy Updates

Here's some suggestions of outdoor items that are simple and easy to update:

--Pillows: Inexpensive and updated to a new color scheme each year.

--Area rugs & Welcome Mats: A simple addition that will add some fun and flair to your cement or wood decking.

--Lanterns: Either on the table or on the ground, this is a great way to bring color and stability into your space.

--Pots & Planters: There are so many color options, shapes, and sizes. You can also use spray paint to reuse  your current pots.

--Furniture: Your base pieces such as a sofa, chair, bench, or swing, need to be neutral tones, because these are usually more expensive pieces and you don't want to have to replace these very often.  Side tables, ottomans, or chairs are a little easier to update and can always be painted or sprayed.

--Outdoor plants and flowers help set the mood for your space so I always suggest some bright colors :)

--Color Schemes:  For some fun color schemes check out my Pinterest Board for some inspiration. Right now the trend seems to be blues, reds, greens and golds.

--Motifs: Lemons, Watermelons, Pineapples are very trendy right now and can be found on almost everything from pillows, plates, and wreaths.

--Plastic Melamine Tableware: Is a fun and durable option to add some spics to your daily meals or weekend BBQ's

--Storage: Ottomans or Benches are a great way to hide away and store childrens toys, or pool supplies.

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Get the Look: Adirondack Chairs

I believe that the Adirondack Chair is a staple to creating the perfect outdoor style. They come in many colors and price ranges. Here's a little roundup of my favorite in blue. These chairs are all from Wayfair. Affiliate Links are located below the picture.

Low: Westport Adirondack Chair - http://bit.ly/22I3AOi

Med: Classic Adirondack Chair - http://bit.ly/1t0l5wN

High: Folding Adirondack Chair - http://bit.ly/1TQY3iX

Top 10: Summer Style Outdoor Essentials

I absolutely love finding my favorite pieces each week to help inspire you.  Here's my roundup for the week with the affiliate links posted below the picture.

1. Nolita Drops Throw Pillow - Wayfair -  http://bit.ly/22HZshc

2. Classic LED Lantern, Hot Coral - One Kings Lane -  http://bit.ly/1XvJOXl

3. Lemon Wreath - Wayfair -  http://bit.ly/1X6egXb

4. Round Planter & Stand - Wayfair -  http://bit.ly/1r9imjv

5. Verbena Bistro Set - One Kings Lane - http://bit.ly/1PdOc4C

6. Eastern Garden Stool - One Kings Lane - http://bit.ly/1X6dMAe

7. Lemon melamine Salad Plate - One Kings Lane - http://bit.ly/1UCp7oe

8. Isidora Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug - Wayfair -  http://bit.ly/1RUZJWe

9. Pineapple Pillow - Wayfair - http://bit.ly/1PdP6hA

10. Orleans Rocker, Aruba - One Kings Lane - http://bit.ly/1XvK1d2  

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I hope you've enjoyed these tips for updating your Outdoor Living spaces. If you have any questions let me know: Jessica@jessicaharrisinteriors.com . I also offer Interior Design Services both online or in-home. Check out my Services here and lets get going on designing your space. As always feel free to share this post on your social networks, so you can refer to it later. Have a Great Day My Friends!

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