Light, bright and airy is the perfect formula for summer decor.
Sofa, coffee table, end tables and lamps available at McNabb &
Risley, Thiensville; throw pillows and ikat-bound books available
at Fringe Interior Design & Home Furnishings, Whitefish Bay;
Tulu Trellis natural/black area rug available at Ethan Allen,
Being a transplant
from California, I’m not a fan of long Wisconsin winters. I do,
however, love experiencing the dramatic change of seasons. When it comes
to interior décor, spring and summer call for a home refresh. Here in
Wisconsin, the frigid temperatures of winter dictate cozy interiors with
roaring fireplaces and generally darker color palettes. When seasons
transition, there is an urge to freshen interiors. Of course, any excuse
to redecorate is right up my alley. Here are some tips to revitalize
your home in simple ways and keep it feeling like an endless summer.
Use pattern play in subtle doses. Black and white pillow available
at Fringe Interior Design & Home Furnishings; ikat chair,
mirror-top table and artisan baskets available at McNabb &
Risley. Bring in the outside in with a multi-ring garden seat
available at Ethan Allen. Perched on top the garden seat are DIY
framed Instagram photos that make instant art.
Shake Things Up
Sometimes you don’t have to buy new furnishings or accessories to make
your space feel fresh. Repurpose items from one room to another. Move an
area rug from the guest room into the living room or a pair of lamps
from the bedroom into the dining room. Think outside the box. Seeing
your interior from a different perspective is re-energizing.
Graphic black and white patterns mix well with splashes of color.
Yellow giraffe vase designed by Waylande Gregory and black and
white ginger jar available at Peabody’s Interiors, Milwaukee.
Bring The Outside
In Flowers and green plants will bring in a breath of fresh air and a
burst of color. Using a garden stool as a side table gives the feeling
of indoor/outdoor living, perfect for summer entertaining.
Throw pillows are
a quintessential accessory for seasonal transitions. These bright,
spunky pillows bring the sunshine straight into your living room.
Vibrant new art ushers in the colors of nature, whether it is a pretty
pastel painting or a beautiful floral photograph. A colorful new area
rug welcomes guests into your entryway.
Sculptural forms, inspired by nature and grouped in three, make a
visual impact. Brass art objects and credenza available at McNabb
and natural elements are also a great way to remember a favorite summer
vacation and adorn tabletops.
Pattern Play Is
Fun Go ahead and try something new. What patterns are you drawn to? Do
you have a favorite floral dress? Or do you like stripes? Has a new
color combination caught your eye? Let your imagination run wild and add
a little pattern play to your décor.
pattern on pattern, try mingling subtle motifs with more graphic
designs. A soft-toned ikat-patterned chair looks hip with a graphic
black and white pillow. Throw pillows are a great way to mix patterns in
small doses. Keep the color palette complementary for a refreshing look.
Add some whimsical conversation pieces like a collection of hula
Try adding pattern
in an unexpected area like wallpapering a closet or update your window
treatments with a soft pattern.
Collections Infuse splashes of color into your décor with collections
of brightly hued vases or create stacks of colorfully bound books.
Colored glass vases and objects glisten when the sun shines through the
window. Keeping like colors together is easy on the eyes. Just like
balancing a garden with a distribution of color and texture, move around
colorful accessories until it feels right.
Succulents are easy to care for plants and a great way to bring
the garden indoors. Kalocsa porcelain plate and collectible
Hungarian folk art found at Design Xchange, Pewaukee.
A Touch of Whimsy
Is Inviting Elegant lines and classic furnishings create a timeless
design. At the same time, introducing elements of surprise makes a space
more approachable. A little whimsy goes a long way and starts an
interesting conversation — try a mini collection of hula girls
reminiscent of a Hawaiian island vacation.
Get Creative and
DIY Make your own art by printing some Instagram photos in a grid
pattern or frame a pretty piece of decorative paper. Spray paint some
thrift store finds. There are so many simple ways to make a big impact.
Explore your creativity and feel refreshed. For an interior design
consultation or home staging, contact Pam Stasney at pamstasneystyle.com.