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How to…get your home summer-ready: part 1


Feeling summery yet? We certainly are. So throw open those windows, let the sun in – and make a few minor style tweaks to your home. See? Summer’s here.

Come back next week for part two…

Go white…

You’ve noticed how fresh and summery a white dress looks, right? (This is possibly why I have just ordered this from my-wardrobe’s sale – which I plan to wear next summer, probably not when I am hanging out with my two (two!) small children.


So copy that. Bring the white into your home. I’m not talking all white – this isn’t about redecorating your pad altogether (although how glorious does an all-white interior look? And white paint is easy to paint over when it gets grubby…) – unless your interiors already have that tendency. (And if you do you fancy the all-white look, I can recommend Atlanta Barlett’s At Home with White.) No, what I’m talking about here is some clever white highlights: white linen (which works beautifully with grey, the colour du jour), white towels (try hamman towels or waffle towels when it’s hot); white cushion covers; switch up your lampshade for something white and fresh; add a new occasional chair to completely change your room. Try my new discovery, Dunelm Mill: you’ll need to hunt them out – but there are stylish bargains to be had. And The White Company is my go-to for linen and towels, although it’s always worth checking out Cologne & Cotton, especially when they have a sale.


Get the look

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From top, l to r: Skandi natural armchair and footstool, £2249.99, Dunelm Mill; Cream Juliette armchair, £299.99, Dunelm Mill; Amberley towels, now from £7, The White Company; Savoy bed linen, from £20, The White Company

Cushions? I love this crochet cushion from Zara Home, or this simple white cushion with its button back (love details like this). Marks & Spencer have this splendid waffle cushion which is nicely contemporary.

…Or go bright


7b370191575ce1cffb5d0fadcbc2422dThe hot colours of a Moroccan bazaar; the brightness of geraniums or bourganvilla clambering over a white wall (two typical holiday sights) – bold colours are sunshine incarnate. For inspiration, read the lovely Will Taylor’s Bright Bazaar. The joy of brights is that you can start small (providing your current interior is relatively neutral) – inch your way into the world of colour. I’d be tempted to buy one spectacular piece…

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Pompom cushion, £58 and Tanith cushion, £70, both Bluebell Grey

Anthropologie is your one-stop, go-to for quirky brights with charm and that boho vibe which is so very this summer (in our humble opinion).

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White poppy vase, £16 and Ayaka bowl, £14, both Anthropologie

Alternatively, contemplate a touch of nautical

Please don’t feel any compulsion to come over all jolly sailor, anchors, oars and suchlike paraphernalia. No bottle of rum required. I’m thinking cool blue highlights, natural wood and the odd basket. By all means, fill a glass jar with shells (there’s an old cabinet re-purposed as a display case in the unbelievably chic holiday house we’re renting, which has been filled with giant shells and suchlike – and very fabulous it looks, too) and display it in artful manner. It’s nicely sentimental if you’ve collected the shells and stones on holidays over the years, grew up next to the sea (like me), or have an intense yearning to live by the sea (my husband). I do love Sanderson’s Tiger Stripe wallpaper and fabric – and I cannot get enough of Emily Burningham‘s wonderful fabric and cushions – I am very tempted to order one for my little one’s nursery.

Get the look

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From top, l to r: Rope knot doorstop, £25, Marks & Spencer; Classic blue towel, £30, Hammamas; Maize leaf basket, now £17.99, Zara Home; Sailboats powder cushion, £45, Emily Burningham


Images: Live Fashion Today; Home Design Board; Stylizimo; Eye For Design;  The Style Files on Flickr;  Unique Home Stays;  Interior Divine

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1 Comment

  • Reply
    The slow pace
    June 17, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I really can’t decide which option I like the most…

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