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How to give your home a summer makeover

Just like we swap out our winter parkas and chunky cable knit sweaters for summer dresses and sandals, our home interiors also need a refresh for warmer weather. Use these simple tips to get your place looking smart and seasonal.

Transport the outside in. Is a rainy start to the summer getting you down? Add some major patio vibes to your living room by using garden furniture and decorative items so it feels like summer no matter what the weather’s like outdoors. Think a chic bistro side table, tropical plants in terracotta pots and large beachy lanterns that can go straight on the floor.

Fruit fusion. Lemons and pineapples are trending this season, appearing everywhere from designer handbags to cute stationery supplies. Fun and inexpensive home décor accessories like accent pillows, candles and phone stands help you stay fashion forward without making a big commitment. Or head to a farmer’s market and stock up on the real thing, loading clear vases or bowls with fresh fruit.

Fabulous Florals. For an instant cheerful boost, enhance any space with versatile flowers. You have plenty of easy options for incorporating more flowers — colourful fabric prints, hip wall art and real or faux arrangements. A gorgeous choice for summery centerpieces is a bouquet of nosegays in lively shades or pretty pastels.

Nautical naturals. Coastal style always lends a calming, vacation energy to any room. Embrace the beachy feel with natural materials like distressed wood and pale wicker, oversized raffia baskets, and linen curtains.

Shuffle shelving. Start with a clean slate by removing everything from your shelves, bookcases, side tables and night stands. Redecorate and rearrange, picking items that make you feel happy and inspire memories of evenings at the cottage or your favourite vacation. Photos in simple white frames are another creative way to achieve this while adding a personal touch.

Set the mood. Lighting is key for inspiring that easy living summer spirit. Use hurricane lanterns, string lights and candles in seasonal scents like ocean breeze or citrus melon to encourage lots of rest and relaxation.

Freshen up the fireplace. You definitely won’t be using this when the air conditioner is turned on, so use this natural focal point to display attractive accessories, like crisp white candles or a rustic stack of leftover wood.

Create a relaxing nook. Carve out your own mini escape from the world with a makeshift alcove. Break apart your sectional and place a one-seater under a window, or pull up a comfy chair near your backyard door for some natural light. Toss in some cozy pillows and a thin coverlet for the perfect reading or lounging spot.