Summer Home Make-Over

I love changing things up in the summer.  As a girl, I looked forward to rearranging my bedroom furniture as soon as school was out.  My Mom and I pulled the bed, dresser, night stand, book case and vanity into the hall so the floor could be cleaned.  That was the boring part.

Next came the fun part – bringing back the furniture.  Each year I tried to find a new place for the bed.  Under the windows?  Next to the door?  Anywhere it would fit was an option, as long as it was a change from the winter.  Into the laundry went the heavy bedspread and out of the closet came the lighter weight cotton one.

By the end of the rearranging day, the pillows plumped in perfect order, re-ordered books were ready to browse, summer togs waited in drawers and I was sure that THIS TIME I would keep my room neat all summer.

I still like playing with furniture placement but also enjoy changing-up our dining for the summer.  Colorful plates replace the white ones, red and blue silverware shows up from Memorial Day to Labor Day, brightly striped cloth napkins wait on the porch for al fresco suppers.  Little white Christmas lights set the atmosphere each evening outside.

Reordering and rearranging nurtures our families and ourselves. By paying attention to the details of our surroundings, we create the backdrop, the stage as it were, for life to play out and in so doing, we shape each one who passes through. (Adapted from the book, Rhythms of Renewal by Letitia Suk )

What do you make-over for summer?


6 Responses to “Summer Home Make-Over”

  1. 1 carolearlycooney June 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    There is something so wonderful about getting out the outside furniture and getting ready for spending evenings outside. The summer sale catalogs are starting to come out (already!) so the things I dreamed about in the spring maybe coming to life in the summer.
    Thanks, Tish!

  2. 3 SHaYnA June 4, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    couldnt agree more love it and do the same so fun

  3. 5 lilytemmer June 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    My best friend growing up lived in a prairie house in Oak Park’s historic district. He mother would roll up the oriental carpets, put slip covers on the furniture and take the large green plants outside. Voila — light airy rooms, perfect for summer.

  4. 6 Letitia Suk June 4, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    Lily, this sounds right out of a novel!

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