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20 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 one Keep fresh flowers Nothing says summer like a beautiful bouquet of fresh cut flowers. Not only will they add color and creativity to your home, but the inviting scent will also be a constant reminder that summer has arrived. A vase full of deep coral dahlias or perfectly pink peonies makes a statement and welcomes your guests as soon as they walk through the door. Think about establishing your own cutting garden with perennials that will enhance your outside and inside spaces year after year. two Switch to lighter fabrics Catherine Skaletsky of Catherine & McClure Interiors says that summer is all about being light and bright. "It's a long, long winter in New England," she says, "so bring in the light and airy and leave the heavy and dreary behind." Toss aside blankets, dark rugs, and heavy fabrics and switch to lighter, cooler textures like breezy linens and soft cottons. Mollie Johnson of Mollie Johnson Interiors suggests that if you have a chair that needs a facelift, try re-covering it in a neutral linen with contrasting cream cording. She also suggests replacing last year's towels with new, monogrammed ones and investing in crisp, white sheets for the bedrooms. Sisal runners are a great addition to the kitchen or mudroom to add texture and a relaxed feel reminiscent of a beach cottage. three Let in the fresh air Welcome summer by filling your home with fresh air. Swap out your heavy drapes for some gauze, linen, or even flow- ing chiffon window treatments and keep your windows open as often as you can. Studies show that fresh air helps people sleep better, so you can be well rested even after a day full of summer activities. Elizabeth Swartz of Elizabeth Swartz Interiors advises to have windows profes- sionally cleaned at the beginning of the season in order to let the sunshine in on beautiful summer days. four Unclutter and rearrange Elizabeth Swartz also suggests shifting around furniture to make the most of the summer months. "During the colder months we tend to arrange ourselves around the fireplace, television, or other interior spaces. For the warmer months I like to consider rearranging the orientation of the furniture and furnishings to the outdoors — our decks, porches, and beautifully landscaped yards." five Embrace the gloss Catherine Skaletsky encourages clients to paint walls with high gloss paint to revitalize and add life to their homes. "For years it was flat walls, but now we go glossy," she says. "Higher gloss on trims and a nice sheen on the walls can really give the room a boost and give your color some depth and sparkle." six Add a splash of color Changing color schemes is one of the easiest ways to get your home ready for summer. Embrace the hues of the Finally, summer has arrived and it's time to add some flair to your home décor and outdoor spaces. Our tips will help you combine style with practicality for updated, cool, and comfortable summer living. ( P R E P P I N G Y O U R H O M E F O R S U M M E R ) 10 tips for… PA I G E M A R I N O writer A N J E L A G R / D R E A M S T I M E . C O M