Prepare Your Home For Summer

It may be miserable out there this morning, but as I’m always the optimist I just know the warm weather almost upon us!!

So in preparation for this long hot summer we’re going to have 😛   now is the time to prepare your home for those long days of indoor/outdoor living.

1. Curb appeal

Make your house stand out from the rest by sprucing up your front garden and entrance. Sometimes all your exterior needs to look its very best is a little hair cut and a lift in landscaping.  Prune bushes and shrubs and spruce up your front garden with colourful planting and flowerbeds.  Fill hanging baskets with some seasonal trailing plants and place a few bright flower pots at the front door. Vary the plant and container sizes to add interest. 

flower pots

2. Outside lighting

Outside lighting at the entrance to your home, not only enhances curb appeal but more importantly is an excellent security feature.

outside ligthing

Image from Pinterest 

Enhance the back garden and create a place to relax after the sun goes down with outside lighting.  If your budget doesn’t stretch to installing electric lights, place some hanging lights and lanterns so you can enjoy the garden late into the evening. (Glass of wine optional)

Image from Houzz.com

3. Revive your patio furniture

Capture the feeling of a summer with colourful outdoor furniture. Give drab, chipped or faded looking furniture a new lease of life with a lick of paint. 

Emerald Interior Design - Bloom

Image from Emerald Interior Design @ Bloom 

4. Clean the barbie

Make sure the Barbecue is cleaned and ready to fire up in preparation for those long summer evenings. Give your grill a deep cleaning with these simple steps:

  • For gas BBQ’s, turn the heat up to high and let the grill cook with the lid closed for about half an hour. Allow it to cool and then brush it off with a wire brush. Wipe down the exterior with a damp sponge and a gentle cleanser. Clean the drip pans.
  • For charcoal grills, empty the grill and wipe out all ash residue. Clean it inside and out with hot water, a scrubby sponge and some liquid dishwashing soap. Let it dry completely before using it again.

5. Pamper your plants

Deadhead perennials and annuals to keep them flowering. Pull out dead foliage from spring bulbs and add a layer of mulch to keep weeds down and help the ground retain its moisture. 

backyard-flowers

Image from Your Backyard

6. Organise your entrance hall

Keep dirt and mud contained with a boot tray near your front or back door.  Buy one that’s easy to clean, or you can easily create your own with a little tray filled with pebble. 

entrance hall with boot tray

Image from Better Homes and Gardens

7. Bring the outside in

There is nothing nicer in a home than the smell of fresh-cut flowers.  Save money on expensive blooms by taking some fresh cuttings from your garden.

fresh cut flowers

8. Banish the winter blues

Bring summer indoors with bright colourful accessories.  Pack away all those heavy rugs, throws and thick blankets and change your accent colours to reflect the warmer weather.

Colourful contemporary family room

Image from Emerald Interior Design 

 And last but not least – get out and enjoy the sunshine……..hopefully 🙂

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.

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