Introducing My New Show: Summer Home!
After a summer of redesigning and redecorating 13 summer homes for 13 amazing families on my new show Summer Home (premiering Mon. April 2nd on HGTV Canada) I’ve compiled my top 5 summer home decorating tips to help you create a home that’s fresh, bright, airy, and most importantly, fun!
Cottage country style is relaxed and laid back. The indoors should look and feel as easy and breezy as it does when you’re lounging on the dock in a Muskoka chair. No one wants to be fussing with cleaning or chores when they could be swimming, waterskiing, sitting under a tree with a great book or eating a butter tart. Oh butter tarts! I could devote an entire post to the delicious pastries.
Oops got distracted! Back to decorating…
Top 5 Summer Home Decorating Tips:
1. Decorating with Outdoor Furniture
Outdoor furniture in an indoor space, will give your summer home a relaxed and casual vibe. A timeworn, outdoor bench used in an entryway or at the kitchen table creates an informal feeling that's full of style and charm.
2. Bring the Outdoors In
Summer homes are all about the great outdoors and I love bringing a piece of it inside. Whether it's through colour, use of natural materials or literally bringing in leaves, flowers and branches, no cottage interior is complete without outdoor organic elements.
3. Up cycle and Unify with Paint
There's no better way to tie a bunch of random pieces together than with paint. I love to unify dining chairs with different silhouettes by painting them all the same colour. It's a great, quirky detail and nothing says country like painted furniture.
4. Indoor/Outdoor Fabric
Upholstering pieces with indoor/outdoor fabric is top on my list when decorating a screened-in porch. It's fade-resistant, weather-resistant and super easy to clean. The last thing you want up at the cottage is high-maintenance fabric. And don't forget to add pillows. It's the best way to add softness and tie all your colours together.
5. Vinyl Floors
Does the word vinyl make you think "cheap"? Well, vinyl has come a long way baby! We used vinyl flooring over and over again because it looks great (in fact I challenge you to see the difference) and it's super practical in our unsettled climate. Unlike hardwood, there's no chance of it expanding and contracting as the weather changes. Perfect for non-winterized cottages.
SPOILER ALERT!: Sneak Peaks ; )
I hope you'll tune in to Summer Home on HGTV Canada! We had so much fun, and I bet you will too especially if you watch while eating a butter tart!
To wet your appetite I’ve included a before and after shot from the first episode – and be sure to watch the preview for Summer Home below!