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.


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.


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.


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.



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.


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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