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Is Your Home in the Summer Spirit?

As we come into the Summer season, it’s now a great time to bring fabulous new trends into your home!  There are many simple ways that you can “Summer-ize” your home, which starts with brightening up your indoor living space and decor.

Here are our favorite ideas for embracing the Summer sunshine at home!

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1. Summer Wreath.

A sunflower bouquet made into a summer wreath is a great way to greet your guests and potential home buyers with a pop of color as soon as they reach the front door.

 

pillows32. Colorful Pillows & Cushions.

You can easily brighten up a simple room with colorful pillows or cushions.  Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to mix and match different colors and textures!

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3. Bring the Outdoors In.

Don’t limit plants and nature to only the outdoors.  Bring terra-cotta plants in or create a container garden inside your home.  Using a seagrass area rug also gives your home more of a “beachy vibe” while also fitting in during other seasons.

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4. Brighten with White.

Designing with white in mind is one of my favorite ways to channel Summer because it brightens everything in the house and also provides a cooling effect in those hot temperatures.  Just hang white curtains, open the window, and feel that nice Summer breeze!

 

cabinetknobs5. “Summer-ize” Cabinet Knobs.

Replacing the cabinet knobs around your house is an easy and inexpensive way to bring in some Summer style.  Remember that even the smallest pieces of decor go a long way.

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Are Closed Kitchens Making a Comeback?

9868f680e65e1e9d3e0fa39f5867841d (1)by Courtney Soinski

For a while now, there has been high demand for open floor plans, in which the kitchen and dining room are not bound by any walls or doors.  I wouldn’t get too comfortable, though – We may now be faced with a turning point in buyers’ home design preferences.

Recently, builders and architects are featuring separate kitchens in new homes due to higher demand.  According to a New York Times article regarding floor plans with formal dining rooms and closed kitchens, a broker explains “They offer charm and they’re better for entertaining. For a certain demographic, they’re a definite selling point.”

f23de27328f42abd197feb26285f355cThere is also increasing popularity of what architects are referring to as “hybrid kitchens,” which have pocket doors so home owners can have either an open or closed kitchen.  Having this option is a huge benefit.

A closed kitchen does not mean it’s shut off from the rest of the house, but it does mean that home owners can have some privacy when they need a little break from noisy kids or need to concentrate on cooking dinner.  Closed kitchens are also great at hiding dirty dishes or a messy kitchen when guests are visiting, which means less stress for home owners.

2e5b21e679a20e9e6e6b00a43930b1abCompromise is the key to achieving the perfect kitchen.  Home owners can get the best of both worlds with a kitchen that closes off smells and food prep mess, while also not isolating the cook.  Ways to achieve this dream kitchen are simple, and can range from adding a pass-through window or a raised bar and eating counter to installing pocket doors or a peninsula with upper cabinets.

 

Source: RealtorMag, HouseLogic

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