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Tips on bringing summer gardens indoors

With summer upon us, and our minds turning to fresh air pursuits, it’s easy to forget the great indoors.

But why not marry both? Study our guide and learn how to blur the lines between your garden or patio, and your home. Our 10-point countdown starts here.

1. Change up your fabrics. Swap heavy fabrics for breezier alternatives. Take down thick curtains and replace with diaphanous organza, white sheers or a crisp blind.

Try Brian Gluckstein’s line at The Bay for dreamy cotton bedding and add cashmere throws from Sears for a luxe touch.

2. Back to the land. Create your own market garden by using fruits and veggies as colourful room accessories.

Pop a dozen lemons into a clear glass orb for a burst of colour in the kitchen, or use ornamental cabbages as a talking point table centrepiece. And double bubble: when you’ve finished looking at them, you can eat them, too!

3. Be casual with flowers. Ditch formal floral arrangements in favour of casual flower bunches. 

Use lots of small, delicate blooms and mix with droopy greenery. Lose the crystal vases and opt instead for large milk jugs, teapots and tins for a funky farmhouse feel.

4. Smells like summer. Check out the ‘Vintage Glass’ candle range by Royal Britannia Trading Company (www.royalbritanniatrading.com). Our fave summery smells (each of which is poured into a vintage glass vessel) are English Rose Garden (an olfactory pleasure that conjures the scent of British gardens), Bacon and Maple Syrup (pure Canadiana, deliciously set into a chunky beer glass), Caprese (tomato and basil), Fig and Ginger and, penultimately, Gardenia.

5. Outside in. Do yourself a favour and shop smart in second-hand stores, car boot sales and markets for antique garden tools, sun-baked benches and weather- beaten painted signs to bring some outdoor escapism inside. 

If you’re planning a more indulgent spend, go the whole hog; swap that ground floor window for French doors to extend your living room (or kitchen) into the garden.

6. Add natural elements. Swap heavy wool floor rugs for natural alternatives such as seagrass (and sisal) to proffer a cool, beachy vibe.

Beach house chic comes from all sorts of inspiration not least white painted floorboards with brightly coloured cotton rag rugs ­— the look, once again, is casual over formal.

7. Clean house, summer house. Nothing feels fresher than a clean home, so take spring-cleaning to the next season.

Give your laundry and bedding a lift with linen water (via your iron), hang laundry outdoors to take advantage of the warmer weather or add summer time fragrance dryer sheets when you tumble.

And let that uplifting summer light flood in; make sure windows are crystal clean to brighten your home — for free!

8. Don’t be cold, be bold! Mother Nature is at her boldest during summer months, due to bursts of vivid colour and large bright flowers, so be inspired by her dramatic gusto.

Swap plain crockery for floral motifs and hang bold botanical artwork to bring the garden inside.

9. Add some colour. The simplest way to create a fresh summer feel is to replace darkness with light and that means reaching for the paintbrush!

Blue and white will immediately make you feel beachy, while painted horizontal stripes will evoke clapboard New England homesteads.

And remember, too, that colour can come from many sources, so use brightly toned accessories and fabrics for a whole new look.

10. Add summery motifs. Transition your winter hurricane lamps into summer display vases by filling them with sun-dried driftwood or sand and pebbles. 

Find large Hurricane candleholders at Pottery Barn or try painted lighthouses, beach huts and sailing boats from current stock at Marshalls.

Colin Justin’s Cabin Pressure appears on Cottage Life TV (www.cabinpressure.tv). Find the Colin and Justin Home collection in stores across Canada and look for them at twitter.com/colinjustin, instagram.com/colinandjustin and facebook.com/ColinJustin

Article source: http://www.lfpress.com/2016/06/23/room-for-improvement-tips-on-bringing-summer-gardens-indoors