While summer break is arguable the most exciting part of childhood (no school!), it can be a somewhat stressful time for some moms. She now may have to find ways to fill the hours spent at school or wherever they spent their days—and that is in itself a full-time job. Still, the bright side is that summer also means more time for family fun. It also means a new season and a new excuse to spruce up or re-decorate the house. Wreaths and stockings fill the home on Christmas and pumpkins do in the fall. It’s a way to immerse in the holiday and feel it’s spirit. Why should summer be any different? Summer, though not a specific holiday, comes with its own set up memories and feelings and creating a home that reflects that spirit is a great way to feel it even more deeply.
There’s plenty of tips to surviving the summer with kids—from staying cool with ice and a fan to using frozen balloons in a cooler. But these decor ideas and finds are simply just for mom to enjoy the space. So what does a summer-decorated house look like? Well, every mom is different but we tried to get at the basics: bright colors, fruits like melons and berries, animals and the sea. It’d be impossible to actually bring those things into the home, but it is actually fairly easy to incorporate them, or hints of them, in every day items. For example, switching out a heavy, dark-colored wool blanket from the winter and replacing it with a thinner and airy one for warmer weather, or the appearance of such, can lighten up a room. Scents work too and there’s plenty of summer auras to chose from. Even not-thought-of decor items, like mirrors, seat cushions and welcome mats are great places to help the home emit those summery vibes.
And it doesn’t have to be a complete flip a la Christmas. Little items can have a huge impact. At the end of the day, what’s important is to go for the style that matches the home, and the feelings of the person doing the decorating (hey, mama!)
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