July is almost upon us. My birthday month. And to me July always means a long month of summer with lazy days in the sun and plenty of relaxing in the garden with good food, drinks and friends.
It’s also the time of year when I start to look at my home with different eyes. Start to look at the garden differently, and want to try to combine the two more to embrace summer properly in the home.
A friend has recently renovated her house and when I went round for a nosey I completely fell in love with the Sanderson wallpaper that she has hung on her stairs. For me it totally captures the summer look that is really inspiring me this year. Bringing the outside and nature into the home.
In terms of a summer colour palate, I’m loving the slightly muted shades against a white background, loads of references to nature and with odd bursts of bright colour to make the whole thing “pop”. It’s the kind of look that I’d love to replicate at home and I think it would be possible to do on a budget.
The basis of the look has to be a clean white background which helps bounce light about the space and can easily be done with a simple can of emulsion that you can pick up in so many places. After that the rest of the look can be completed with things that it’s relatively simple to either pick up secondhand, make yourself, or buy cheaply.
I’ve pulled together a Pinterest board of pins that sum up my inspiration this summer which you can take a look at here.
Much as my friend did with the wallpaper on her stairs, you can really bring nature right into your home. I’ve seen plants, trees, birds and insects on wallpaper, in pictures and also on fabrics that can be used either to upholster pieces of furniture or as cushions, curtains or even bedding. Houseplants can be used further to really bring the outside in, and make the link between the two even stronger.
Having spent a fair bit of time looking at bedding and soft furnishings recently, the colour that jumps out at me all over the place at the moment is an utterly gorgeous shade of yellow. For months I’ve been after a cardigan in the same shade, but now I’m almost spoilt for choice as there are cushions, duvet covers, lampshades and even sofas in that shade in every shop I go in and on every interiors website I look at.
Whatever you decide to do with your home, just make sure that you have adequate home insurance to cover yourself, just in case the unexpected happens. With a company like chill.ie you can get a competitive quote, tailored to meet your individual needs.
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