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Summer Is Here! 5 Ways to Maximize Summer Living

1.) Clean up any last signs of Winter

Proper preparation is key! Pressure wash decks, patios, outdoor furniture and walkways. Give the BBQ a proper clean, and put winter tools in the back of the shed so there’s room for seasonal items to be close at hand. Put winter gear in the back of the closet and stash beach items close by.

2.) Spruce up the patio
Relaxing outdoor spaces extend your living space and create opportunities for open air dining and entertaining at home. From Bistro sets, to large full dining sets, there are many furniture options to choose from depending on your space and budget. Outdoor accessories will elevate your look, don’t forget to add lanterns, planters and rugs to make the space really pop.

 

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3.) Change up Interiors
Change up interior decor, swap out heavy warm area rugs, pillows and accessories for a lighter summer look.  Try adding nautical inspired accessories, crisp white sheets on the bed, fun bright throw pillows, sisal rugs, and bright bowls filled with fruit all bring a touch of summer to indoor decor. Consider using freshly scented natural cleaning products that smell delicious and are harmless for the environment instead of traditional harmful cleansers. Method and Sapodilla Soap Co make products that both smell amazing and work well.

4.) Stock the bar
Be ready for the impromptu cocktail session on the patio.  Summer is upon us, you can’t go wrong with a bar cart stocked with tequila and rum for making fruity drinks to enjoy al fresco. A high-quality tonic, a great bottle of bubbly in case celebration strikes, and Irish Cream for serving with coffee for the perfect ending to any dinner party. As for glassware, think about what your go-to cocktails are and streamline your selection accordingly: one type of wine glass, one type of shot glass, and a set of mid-size glasses that can work with just about any cocktail.  Don’t forget to use your ice maker to your advantage freezing extra as you make it for those days when the cocktails are flowing.

5.) Have some fun
With a few easy seasonal changes your home can feel like a staycation all summer long. Sit back, relax, enjoy your friends and family! Stargaze, Camp, Hike…. Summer goes too quick in this part of the world!

 

 

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