I am so honored to be a part of this blogger tour today! Some of the most beautiful bloggers and I will be sharing some tips to brighten your home for Summer!
If you just got here from Kathleen’s blog at Faded Charm Cottage, Welcome!! I’m sure it was not easy to leave her. Isn’t her blog just beautiful? & her tips to brighten your home are spot on! I’m honored to have you visit today.
In my post I want to share my top 3 tips for making any room in your home brighter for summer.
I love flowers! I love getting flowers delivered to my door from a friend or from my husband, I love flowers from my garden, I even love flowers from the grocery store!
My children are teenagers now, but when they were little I loved how they would pick me flowers when they came in from playing! Even if they were dandelions.
Once a week in the winter months I splurge and buy myself flowers. Usually from the grocery store, but if the budget allows we have a beautiful flower shop in my town and I just love walking in and picking beautiful flowers one stem at a time and creating a beautiful bouquet!
I love the summer because I can just pick them from my own garden! I live in the North East, so our flower picking season is short.
Even just a little babies breath brightens a space! I also love clear vases to let even more light in!
I made a bunch of these mason jar flower vases. I gave some as gifts to friends and some I put around my house. Besides my teenage boys’ rooms, I have one in every room!
I have an easy tutorial on how to make them if you want to check it out!
I know that sounds too simple, but seriously when it doubt just make it white!
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I am a big fan of white furniture. I’m not saying you have to go out and buy white furniture, but you can add white accent pieces to shelves, trays or even the walls.
My dining room is in the middle of my house, it has one large bay window that is gorgeous, but it faces north so it does not get a lot of natural light. One of my favorite colors to decorate with is blue, so for my dining room I chose Sea Salt by Sherwin. Sea Salt is also in my sitting room and my foyer! It’s kind of a neutral favorite!
But this room was so dark, I decided it needed to be repainted white.
I chose Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. I chose that white because it is a 2016 color of the year and it is also a “Fixer Upper” color. It is what Jo uses on all of her shiplap.
I also wanted to brighten up my black table and I thought an old shutter that I painted white would do the trick, oh and of course some flowers in a white flower pitcher.
Below are also some neutral and white decorations to brighten up my mantel. A white framed mirror is always a good idea. Actually, mirrors in rooms are always a good idea. They bounce light around the room for easy brightening!
One of my favorite things to decorate is my tiered tray. Below is a corner in my dark dining room. I added white plates on the wall, pops of blue and and an antique silver tray. The silver tray acts just like a mirror would and reflects light. All of those elements help to brighten this space.
This next room is the brightest room in my home. Not only because it has 3 walls of windows, but because we chose to furnish it with slip covered furniture!
A lot of people ask me how I can have white furniture with kids in the house! I have an answer: IKEA! These are slip covers and they are machine washable! So, yes, we sit in here, often!
I recently wrote about how I gave my built-in book shelves a make-over because I wanted to add more neutrals to the space. My focal point was an old antique typewriter that was black. I spray painted it gold and…BAM, it already brightened up!
Then I gathered all of my white covered books and stacked them on the shelves too. What do you think?
When I moved in to this home almost 3 years ago, this room was decorated with beautiful silk curtains, but they were dark and very heavy. I swapped them out for none other than WHITE curtains… of course.
Instead of adding a lot of colors, play around with textures instead. This room has fabric furniture, a wood table, pops of layered throw pillows and a jute rug. They all compliment the natural light.
In this room I wanted to capture all the natural light instead of a lot of heaviness of darker furniture and fabrics.
And last, but not least:
Some things come natural to me and are so fun to me. Walking into a fixer-upper is fun to me. I have vision for spaces. I can look at an ugly space and see beauty in it’s future.
Cleaning is easy to me.
Cooking is easy to me.
Organizing is not!
The problem is I can’t be creative until I am organized. I am a stuffer! If you were to come into my home you would wonder what I was talking about, until I took you into my laundry room and then you would see it…evidence that organization is not my jam! You would see piles of papers, and baskets of socks!
Ironically, nothing makes me happier than when my house is organized, but nothing makes my head spin more than tackling an organizing project. But I do it, why? well, of course so I don’t lose things, but also because it clears my mind and makes things prettier & brighter!
To wake up to a clean organized kitchen will brighten my day & Start it off right!
Every year, “organize my home better” makes it on my New Year’s Goal’s List!
I follow other blogs that teach me how to organize. I love reminders, like, “this week we are going to organize the pantry”. I love iCal, but I also love paper planners and lists! Lists, lists, lists, they help me function!
Try this tip out; If you have a room that seems dark, of course I would love you to follow my first two tips, but try #3 first! De-cluttering your space, might be all that room needs to brighten up for summer!
Now head on over to Kristen’s blog at Studio 7 Interior Design. Kristen’s blog is so beautiful and full of inspiration. Grab your coffee or favorite drink, because you will want to stay there for a while!
Please visit my other friends’ blogs for more lovely home pictures and great tips!