Bring some of summer’s refreshment inside

  • Wed Jul 7th, 2010 10:24pm
  • Life

By Rosemary Sadez Friedmann Scripps Howard News Service

Summertime, and the living is easy. The flowers are blooming and the warm weather beckons us to come out and play. How about bringing some of summertime’s outdoorsy feeling inside?

Fresh flowers always look great. For the carefree feel of summer, choose a whimsical vase. or consider placing freshly cut flowers in an old-fashioned tin watering can.

Bowls filled with fresh fruit are always a welcome sight anytime of the year. Choose bowls in colors that complement your decor.

The bowls themselves may be decorative enough to look great even when all the fruit has been eaten.

Since summer is such a casual time of year, consider using colorful paper plates once a week for dinner. It will be festive, fun and easy to clean up.

Are white paper plates less expensive? OK, go ahead and use white instead, but at the very least purchase inexpensive colorful napkins.

Consider purchasing a birdhouse for indoors. It will bring the outdoors in, and help a room feel like a part of nature.

What about books or magazines on the cocktail table? Summer-inspired book jackets or magazine covers can add to the decor — plus you’ll have something good to read.

The fireplace won’t see much use in the summer, so why not clean out the ashes and fill the space with large, artificial ferns? You can use real ferns if there is enough sun in the room.

Simply rearranging the furniture can give a refreshing, new feeling to a room. Float the sofa in the center of the room instead of having it hug the wall. Put it on an angle, just for the summer.

Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of “Mystery of Color.”