3 simple tips to get your home ready for the summer


Gatehouse No. 1 Furniture & Design recommends livening up your porch with small embellishments. (Photo courtesy of Gatehouse No. 1)

Here comes the sun (do do do do). After being neglected through the winter, your home could use a little summer lovin’, and our 2018 Best Interior Designers know just how to spruce up your living space. Find your summer mojo with these three tips:

1. Make it stretch

In order to expand your living space, Osmond Designs Owner Heather Osmond recommends drawing a theme throughout the house by repeating the same textures, colors and feels on the interior and exterior of your home. Also, stretch the size of your living space for those summer gatherings with family and friends by using indoor chairs outside. “Summer is such a fun season in Utah to have family and friends over, so it’s important to have your home ready with enough seating to accommodate your guests so that you can enjoy your party,” Heather says.

2. Lighten up

Four Chairs Furniture & Design Founder Lindy Allen says summer is the time to take in the light. She suggests adding mirrors to welcome more light into your home. “Adding a mirror to an otherwise darker room will lighten and brighten,” Lindy says. “Try hanging a wreath on the mirror for a fresh look.”

3. Embellish

It’s the little things that count. The designers at Gatehouse No. 1 Furniture & Design recommend embellishing the patio with macramé hanging planters, fresh potted succulents and recycled glass. If you want to add a little more personality to your space, add outdoor pillows and rugs to give more texture and color to the patio.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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