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5 Decorating Tips To Get Your Home Summer Ready

by Scott and Tammy Watson

Summer is one of the best times of the year. The days are longer, the weather is warmer, and the mood is more fun and cheerful. If you want to make that fun summer mood part of your everyday experience, you need to bring that summer feeling inside the home. The changing of seasons is a perfect opportunity to switch up your decor and give your home a new, fresh feel - and summer is no different. Before summer is in full swing, you'll want to take full stock of your decor and look for opportunities to change your style to reflect the mood of the summer. Here are five decorating tips to get your home ready for the summer:

1. Ditch the dark

Dark, deep colors like burgundy are a great fit for the colder months, but when the temperatures start to rise, they can feel out of place in the sunny weather. When the weather starts to get warmer, ditch your darks and replace them with light, summery tones that are a better match for the season. There's no need to completely overhaul everything you own; they key is to bring that summer lightness into each room. If you have dark furniture, lighten them up with lighter toned pillows or a throw. Repaint darker rooms to create a lighter feel or, if you want to keep your walls the same color, use art to lighten up the space.

2. Bring life to your rooms

There's no better time to incorporate fresh flowers and greenery into your home than in the summer. Nurseries and farmers markets are full of fresh, seasonal flowers and plants, and they're an easy and affordable way to liven up your kitchen, backyard or any room in your home. Put a bouquet of fresh flowers on the nightstand to add an elegant touch of summer to the bedroom. Line the path leading to your front door with seasonal potted plants to add summer-centric curb appeal. Hang a few plants in your kitchen for a refreshing ambiance while you cook your summer dishes.

3. Create a bar station

Summer is a great time for BBQs, which means you'll likely be whipping up summer cocktails to go along with your dishes. A bar station is a great way to keep all of your summer cocktail ingredients organized and adds visual interest to a patio or dining room. You can either buy a bar cart or re-purpose an unused table. Stock the station with alcohol bottles, mixers and garnishes (don't forget to include options for friends or family who don't drink!). Arrange the items in a visually appealing way and string lights across the top to add ambiance for late night cocktails.

4. Create an outdoor space

During the colder months, you were likely happy to spend the majority of your time indoors. But as the temperatures rise, you and your family will likely be tempted to get outside and spend as much time enjoying the sunshine and lovely weather as possible. But if you don't have an outdoor space to enjoy, it can be difficult to spend as much time outside as you'd like. Redecorate your patio and make sure there's plenty of seating options for your family and friends. Add a few comfy chairs to your front porch so you can sit and enjoy the sunset. Landscape your property to ensure it's primed and ready for your summer guests. The more effort and thought you put into your outside space, the better you'll be able to enjoy your outdoor time this summer.

5. Fill up your fireplace

Chances are, your fireplace isn't going to see much action this summer. So why not use the warmer months as an opportunity to step outside of the box and use the interior of your fireplace for decor? You can fill your fireplace with anything that adds visual interest, like flowers, pieces of decor, a sculpture or even a painting.Using your fireplace in this way adds an unexpected and sophisticated design touch that will quickly become the conversation piece of your living room. With these five tips, your home will feel ready to take on all the summer months have in store. So get decorating and get outside to enjoy that sunshine!


1760 Elmhurst Court


MLS: 13576094
Bedrooms: 4
Full Baths: 3
Partial Baths: 1
Sq ft: 4105
Lot Size: 1
Taxes: $0.00

Fantastic Single Story Custom Home on Private 1 Acre Cul-De-Sac Lot with Diving Pool & Expansive Tree Line Views. 4 Bdrms, 3.5 Baths, 4 Car Gar + Study & Gameroom. New Int Paint. Refinished Hand Scraped Wood Floors, Barrel Vaulted Entry, Lge Living Rm w'Stone Gas Log FP. Gourmet Island Kitchen has SS Appls, Upgraded Cabs, 5 Burner Gas Cooktp, Double Convection Ovens, Trash Compactor, Warming Drawer & Granite Counters. Master Suite has Sep Vanities, Granite Ctrs, 2 Closets, Lge Steam Shower, Jetted Tub & Access to the Study. Secondary Bdrms have Built Ins & Walk In Closets. Garage is Insulated & Air Conditioned. Stairway to Floored Attic Space over the Garage, Wired & Could be Converted to Addl Living Space.

Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville 75056

Phone: 214-682-7002
Fax: 214-522-5519

23 Inexpensive DIY Projects You Need To Do This Summer

by Scott and Tammy Watson

It’s Summer, and that bug to build and improve the home is likely hitting a good number of folks. With all of the DIY options out there, how is one to choose what to put their time and resources into? Here's an outline of 23 top DIYs for relatively easy and inexpensive upgrades to the home. Enjoy!

Make your succulents extra happy by using vintage wine bottles for homes.  

Globe lights from IKEA can be a bit boring, but all it takes

is creativity and some paper to make them more exciting.

Just like Mary Poppins' song, a spoonful of tea light helps

the anxiety go down.

Have an old rake? Don’t throw it out! Let it continue to

serve you in the kitchen.

Why discard an old ladder when you can repurpose one as a wine rack?

If you thought spoons were a great way to present tea lights, these easy DIY plaster flowers take it to another level!

Old wine barrel sections can become a beautiful vintage frame around your mirror.

With the right paint, an extra piece of PVC pipe can holster your hair tools.

Are tangled cords making a mess under the sink? A few PVC pipes on the inside of your cabinet door will fix that!

There are simply too many cool ways to display plants on wood pallets to pass up.  

Have you seen the really cool pallet planters? Here’s how to make one yourself.

Bring a spicy warm glow to your home with cinnamon stick candelabras.

This stylish coffee table is a tribute to the growing world of wood pallet DIYs.


A great way to repurpose baby food jars into classy flower holders.

Keep a sandy mess to a minimum with this super clever easy-to-build DIY covered sandbox.

These snazzy roll-out toy holders will fit perfectly under most beds.

DIY table design you don’t see every day.

These driftwood candle holders would bring a stylish touch to any home.

Nothing says you love your family like going through the “pane and effort” it takes to frame their pictures on windows.  

...Because you can never have enough chic wine racks.

With a little paint and ingenuity, used glass bottles can be used to enhance a room.

Turn regular cinder blocks into stylish plant holders with a little bit of paint and the right arrangement.

Give your blank wall a Moroccan touch with this wall stenciling DIY.


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Scott and Tammy Watson
GroupWatson, Keller Williams
4862 State Hwy 121, Ste. 210
Lewisville TX 75056
Fax: 214-522-5519