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Lighten Up Your Home For Summer, Says Fairfield County Interior Designer

Carey Karlan of Last Detail Interior Design.
Carey Karlan of Last Detail Interior Design. Photo Credit: Submitted
An example of a lightened up room.
An example of a lightened up room. Photo Credit: Submitted

DARIEN, Conn. -- Have you summerized your home yet?

According to Carey Karlan, owner of Darien and Stamford-based Last Detail Interior Design , going from season to season can be a good time to refresh and reassess how you accessorize your home.

What follows are Karlan's suggestions on prepping for warm weather.

  • Sometimes you can remove curtains and replace with sheers.
  • Bring some outdoor rattan / wicker furniture inside and stow away that mohair or leather chair for the season.
  • Use a picnic basket as magazine holder.
  • If budget permits, make white slipcovers to cover heaviest pieces.
  • Switch out your pillows for lighter, brighter ones.
  • Replace winter accessories with found items from nature: shells, sand boxes with pretty stones, coral, wild flowers in white pitchers.
  • Put away the fancy candlesticks and bring out lanterns.
  • Change your bed linens and remove heavy comforters and throws. Lighten up.
  • Roll up your winter area rug and go naked or buy a sisal rug.
  • Remove dark lampshades and try lighter ones – this brightens a space instantly.
  • Bring the outside in by making relaxed bouquets from garden flowers.
  • Overall, work to declutter so there is a feeling of ease and low maintenance.

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