Transition to Summer Décor: Renovate Your Home to Reflect the Season


Each week, Mansion Global takes on a theme with elite designers from around the world working in luxury properties. This week we explore how to prepare your interiors for summer.

With temperatures soaring, it’s time to ditch any cold-weather decor and renovate your home to reflect the summer season.

“When the warmer months come, we like to transform our homes from the warmth of winter to the light and airy atmosphere of summer,” said Mark Lavender, lead designer at M Lavender Interiors in Memphis, Tennessee, and Winnetka, Illinois.

Outfitting the outside rooms is an excellent place to start. Mr. Lavender suggested, “Wash and fluff outdoor furniture and pillows—they make a clean space for the season and beautify your yard.”

For additional ideas on transforming a home for future warm weather, we turned to several design professionals who share tips on color, materials, and mood.

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Remove clutter and brighten

Clear any tables to leave room for open surfaces. Consider moving books, magazines, and other small decorative items into a closet for the season and take any houseplants outside for vacation. This not only frees up your interior space, but provides a nice change of scenery. Everything What you really need is a candle and some fresh flowers.

“Scented candles should always spark the mood or setting. So in summer, take your home to the beach with a fresh ‘salty air’ candle with hints of coconut or ‘cut grass’. It will instantly transform the feel of the room.”

“Take the warm weather as an opportunity to use the bold-colored dishes and glassware you may have stocked the rest of the year. For napkins, linens, and table settings, keep it casual—forget starch and think of curly linen instead.

“Switch up the window dressings. I’ve been known to change my curtains seasonally and that always makes a big difference. While winter offers an opportunity to showcase heavy, colorful curtains, summer is more suitable for lightweight linens.”

Designer Marshall Earp suggests swapping out heavy window treatments for lightweight linens.

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– Marshall Earp, Marshall Earp Design in Chicago

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Offer summer covers and pillow cases

‘Consider covers for your family room furniture. This brings a light and cozy feel to your home and protects your furniture from harsh light as well as chlorine-filled bathing suits that always end up on the furniture. Slipcovers can be purchased online or at places like Pottery Barn. For the best fit or slipcovers Those that are purchased through a seller that is different from furniture try to get custom-made covers.While it is an upfront expense, it should last for many years and will protect your furniture.

“Replace the indoor pillow covers on your furniture from heavy winter throws to more summery ones. Lighter fabrics can be linen or cotton instead of heavy velvet or wool. Colors like cream, white, or lighter orange, green or blue really light up the room.” For summer. I love patterns like stripes and plaid or floral madras. These just evoke summer for me.”

– Mark Lavender, Principal Designer, M. Lavender Interiors


Bring the outside in

“Change a few accessories like lamps, ceramic vases, and sculptures to lighter, brighter colors. Adding summer colors—like yellow, green, or aqua blue—is sure to give your room a warm seasonal boost.”

“Remove area rugs to clean open floor spaces. Remove rugs and store them until fall as if the room just got lighter and fresher. The added advantage is that the carpet, once reinstalled, will look like new.

“Bring the outside in with flowers and succulents. Keep flowers native to your region and time of year for a more authentic feel. In general, I like to display flowers in transparent vases of various shapes and sizes. I love blossoming branches like cherry blossoms and baby’s breath. When they’re in season, I gravitate toward tulips, peonies, and petaled flowers like daisies and cosmos.”

Designer Andrew Sovalsky recommends removing the area rug to create clean, open floor spaces.

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– Andrew Sovalsky, Andrew Sovalsky Designs in New York

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Rattan and teak fusion

‘Tones of rattan and wood are a staple of the House of Nomad, and summer is the perfect time to experiment with these materials, especially with small decor pieces. Switch up shelf decor or design a coffee table for an easy summer transition. To decorate your shelves, we love putting on a Bali fan Small rattan, carved wooden bowls and lighter-colored pebbles draped over a bowl. For coffee tables, you can’t go wrong with a rattan or seagrass tray.

‘We love having summer décor from Indonesia as they often use maser wood for smaller decorative items, and teak for furniture pieces. Small wooden bowls and trays in natural to medium wood tones are great options for achieving a summer vibe. Rattan wall hangings are a great trade-off For warm weather over the console or heater.”

House of Nomad sources summer décor from Indonesia, incorporating pieces of rattan, teak, and spruce.

Laura Twilight

Berkeley Minkhurst and Kelly Lentini, founders and designers at House of Nomad in Charlotte, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina

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