updating your home for summer

Rachel: I want to update my living space for summer but can’t afford an overhaul. Any suggestions?

Elisabeth: Focus on a lighter palette and a coastal style to create a fresh look in your living space this summer. If you can only afford to do one thing, add a fresh coat of paint to your walls.

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There’s nothing better than clean, pure white like Benjamin Moore’s Brilliant White — a very clear, soothing white that’s not too bright and not too creamy. Your wall art will surely pop off these newly painted white walls.

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Another relatively inexpensive Summer makeover to consider is changing your ceiling light fixture for something more coastal and casual like the woven rattan and rope pendant by Palecek.

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Decorative pillows are also an affordable way to create a Summer makeover in your living space. We love the prints and patterns designed by John Robshaw (who is an avid diver when not making textiles). Tell a cohesive story with your white walls, by including some of these monochromatic tone-on-tone Kochi Clay carpet block pillows or add a punch of color with a sea-inspired 12×18 hand-block Puffer pillow.

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And there’s nothing better than curling up to a beach book with a cozy cotton throw on a cool, breezy Summer night. We love these herringbone pattern throws with their knotted rope fringe.

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And, of course, fresh cut flowers loosely arranged in a vase, always help make any living space inviting. White peonies and hydrangea are some of our go-to-favorites. Summertime is all about relaxing, so go white all the way, But be sure to include a punch of coastal color with accessories for some Summertime fun.

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