Ways to Get Your Home in a Summer Mood

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The days are lengthening; the nights are warmer — it’s time to start thinking summer. From white curtains billowing in the breeze, sleeping porches, shell collections and wildflowers to fresh juice in the morning and nautical stripes, certain things just beg to be a part of your summer routine. Here are fun, crafty and creative ways to get your home in the spirit of summer.

Hang Outdoor Curtains

What says summer more clearly than white curtains billowing in a breeze? And as if the tropical-vacation vibe weren’t enough reason to add them to your porch ASAP, they also provide shade and privacy.

Collect Shells in a Big Glass Vase

Start the season by filling a big glass cylindrical vase partway with sand, and gradually add shells as you find them on your beach adventures throughout the summer.

Deck Out Your Deck for Siestas and Fiestas

Colorful cushions, a pottery collection and a guitar set the stage for any relaxed afternoon activity you like, from solo napping to having a mellow party with friends.

Set Up a Summery Bar

A pretty tray with a few glasses and a pile of limes is all you need to be ready for summer drinks — and the glasses don’t even need to be made of glass if your bar is outdoors.

Hang a Swinging Chair

Whether outdoors or in, a swinging chair instantly makes any space feel more relaxed. Try one on the porch or in the living room.

Restyle Your Kitchen Shelves

Give yourself the gift of simplicity this summer by offloading the clutter from your kitchen cabinets into a few boxes and putting them away in a distant closet. The extra breathing space will make it feel like you’re cooking in a vacation home.

Here are some ideas to start out with.

Alix Flamm is an interior designer working in Tustin, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, and Irvine area of Orange County, California.