10 Unique Summer Decorating Tips for Your Home

Looking for some great decorating tips to summer-up your home? We’ve got some fun, budget-friendly advice you can use this season to get your place staycation-worthy.

Add a Splash of Color, or a Few

There are a million ways to add color to your home, and summer is the perfect time to do it. Change neutral wall art out for colorful graphic paintings, or replace existing table centerpieces with vibrant fresh flowers. Shop flea markets or antique stores for colorful pieces of tableware, or rent a new set of dishes for summer in a bright, exciting color—no need to commit beyond a few months.

Aim to create more contrast by swapping darks out for deep, rich colors and brightening up your existing lights. You can swap bland tones for summery hues with paper, fabric, or paint, without a major investment of money or time.

Add Some Visual Interest

Few things feel more summery than colorful stripes over white. Transform white cushions, cloth, or canvas into something special for the season using painter’s tape to create a place for fabric paint stripes.

Move it Outside

Now that the weather is beautiful again, it’s time for eating, drinking, and being merry outside. Move your party outside with a low table, cushions, bean bags, or floor pillows to sit on, and candles or strings of outdoor lights in any color. Keep your color combinations bright and exciting, with white as a counter-hue.

Move Outside In

For those times you won’t be outside, bring the great outdoors into the house. Summer feels real when signs of green plants, seashells, and other outdoor items are inside, especially when they bring pops of color with them. Live plants that flower look gorgeous inside anything from a large seashell to a colored glass bowl to an antique tin can atop a plant stand.

Tend Bar

If you’re hosting lots of fun summer get togethers, fresh and fruity summer drinks are surely on the menu. Mix and serve them from a dedicated “bar,” even if you haven’t got one, by transforming a console table into a mini cocktail bar.

Botanical Themes

Even if growing live plants isn’t your thing, you can bring a summer feeling home with botanical themes in your décor. A throw rug with flowers and leaves on it, colorful floral pillows, or sheer bamboo forest draperies all add a summery botanical look to your place.

Set a Pretty Mixed-up Table

To get that summertime bohemian look and vibe, think about finding accent dishes in different summery patterns and colors to add life to your next dinner. Mix bright dishes with tropical, botanical, or even nautical themes into your normal place settings. Your guests can also enjoy your homemade sangria or other cocktails out of differently-sized glass jars.

Repurpose a Fireplace and Mantel

It’s going to be awhile before you need to build a fire for warmth, so turn that cozy focal point into something perfect for the lazy days and nights of the summer season. Fill the grate with driftwood, coral, or candles in colored glass vessels.

Hang Flowy Curtains

Let that sunshine in with gauzy, flowy curtains for the summer months. Get just enough privacy for your indoor time, while achieving a beautiful look and breezy feel.

Choose New Focal Points

If your living room set normally focuses on a fireplace or a television, mix it up for the summer. Rearrange your furniture in a different direction, maybe towards doors to the patio or a sunny window. If you’ve already swapped out heavy drapes for flowy, sheer curtains, you can take it up a notch by renting a beachy-looking room of summer furniture for a totally new look for less money.

Enjoy Your Summer!

Get into our unique summer decorating tips for your home. This budget-friendly advice should have you ready for an endless summer of family, friends, and fun. For more décor tips and furniture to fit your home no matter what season it is, visit us here at Fashion Furniture.

Budget Tips for Mid-Century Modern Décor

Mid-century modern (MCM) is a look that’s got staying power. The great news is that it’s easy to achieve this versatile, stylish look. By focusing on several key items with lively colors, geometric patterns, and streamlined shapes that embody the mid-century modern style, you can capture the look throughout your home. Here are some budget-friendly ways to get that hot look straight from the experts.

Upcycle your look

Interior designer and fabric specialist Nicola Croughan recommends upcycling as a great way to achieve mid-century modern style without the huge price tag.

“You needn’t spend a fortune on vintage pieces or expensive remakes. Instead, I recommend choosing cheap and simple pieces of furniture and then styling them up with mid-century touches. For example, a basic shelving unit from Ikea can have retro wood or hair pin legs attached for a more personalized and retro feel. White pieces tend to be the cheaper option, so consider fabric wraps or sanding and painting for an authentic mid-century modern look.”

Scour the internet

If you can’t pay top dollar for the mid-century modern look, take your time and shop around on various sites, checking them weekly—places like eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace. Even local antique dealers keep updated stock so you can see what’s out there.

Adam Watson, Head of Interior Design at Decorelo, likes to put the word out when he’s looking for something special: “If you have a particular piece, let the dealer know to look out for it, and then they can give you call once they find one. You can always go down the replica design route also if you want new and are on a budget.”

Tinne Van Loon, the Founder and Creative Director at Baladi Home, recommends that you dig a little deeper during your online searches: “Don’t just enter “mid-century modern” in the search box, go through all of the furniture listings. Multiple times I have found cheap ($150 or less) MCM pieces in absolutely beautiful condition this way. Sometimes elderly people pass away and the children don’t want the furniture because it doesn’t fit in their decor and they don’t understand the value of it, so it may simply be listed as “furniture” or “desk” with no description.”

Don’t be a label snob

When it comes to mid-century modern, brand names aren’t everything. Reyne Hirsch, a 20th century decorative arts expert, published author, and former appraiser on PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” confirms the value in mixing bigger names with lesser-known designers: “It doesn’t have to be a noted designer to be great. There are many companies that were creating beautiful things from the 1950s-70s that weren’t as well known and therefore cost less. Mixing lesser known makers with a few key pieces can still create a great look.”

Hit the estate sales and thrift stores

Shopping estate sales, garage sales, and even second-hand shops is another fantastic way to find some hidden mid-century gems. “Great pieces still turn up at places like this, and often at a fraction of their market value,” confirms Hirsch. “Often, homeowners are downsizing or relocating and have had their home furnishings since they were made. They see these items as outdated and don’t realize their collectability. You can find a lot of great lighting, ceramics and furniture items to decorate your home this way.”

Drew Henry, founder of Design Dudes, agrees: “Go thrifting! There are lots of stores and garage sales to check out for MCM furniture. Best part, you can refinish it to match you own look and make it fresh.”

Get creative with DIY and artistic styling

Take your upcycling further and actually create your own art for a mid-century look. Drew Henry dares you to try your hand at creating a graphic mid-century aesthetic: “One idea is to spray paint a canvass with coasters. Do one half where you arrange the coasters on top, spray over, and remove. Then paste the sprayed coasters on the other half. This will create an awesome inverse graphic look for cheap! Use fun mid-century colors like teal, orange, or pink.”

Start small

There’s no law that says you need only high-end mid-century modern pieces to get the look you want. You can find pieces with the right style at low prices in the right kind of store, according to Drew Henry: “I would recommend looking a lower price point stores who carry mid-century styled items. I would check out Wayfair, World Market, Ikea, and watch out for sales at West Elm.”

You can also aim for smaller items for accents: “Start off investing in some smaller items, like pillows and accessories,” remarks Henry. “You can find some cool things at Target and Urban Outfitters. Definitely worth taking a look.”

Get the mid-century modern look today

Are you ready for a new look in your home? Whether you’re a mid-century modern aficionado or just curious about the look, you can get this style in your place on a budget if you follow these tips. For more home style advice and furniture you can afford in any style, come speak with the Fashion Furniture team today, and don’t forget to take our quiz to find out which mid-century modern furniture piece best fits with your personality!

The Best Way to Furnish Your First Apartment After Graduation

You made it! You’ve graduated, and you’re starting a new life with a real job, a real apartment all your own—some serious adulting. However, you’re working for an entry-level salary, and probably paying off student loans and credit cards. You may not be staying where you are for too long, either. So how do you get set up on a budget?

Here are some tips on the best way to furnish your first apartment after graduation so you can live comfortably and happily without breaking your budget.

Furniture Rental

Especially since you might move before too long, renting furniture is a great option for your first apartment after graduation. Furniture rental allows you to select a full apartment of beautiful, clean furniture that goes together—and pay much less. Plus, it gets delivered to your new apartment right when you need it, and picked up as soon as you don’t.

Fabric Store Fashion

If you can’t paint your walls to add flair, hit the fabric store. For just a few dollars per yard, you can find fabrics that you love to cover accent walls, tapestry-style. You can also spruce up older furniture or bedding with splashy, colorful fabrics. Need some colorful accents in the kitchen or by your desk? Cover an old cork board with a piece of fabric and trim it with ribbon or tape for a cool new look.

Recycle Your Décor

A great source of funky décor is the estate sale and yard sale scene. Check online listings every week to see what’s happening on the weekend. You’ll find everything from wall art to rugs, and it’ll be priced to move.

Au Naturale

Bring a little bit of outside into your apartment to make it your own. Hang plants with swag hooks, or place them on plant stands or tables. If you get a lot of sun, try a nearly-impossible-to-kill cactus garden. If you’re planning on cooking in your new place, get an herb garden growing—also a money saver! It looks beautiful and smells even better, and you can use the herbs in your dishes.

Get Painting

Sure, you may not be allowed to paint your walls, especially not that cobalt blue color you’re craving. But you can definitely paint an old wood nightstand you pick up at a thrift store that color, and it’ll look interesting and cool when you do. You can also buy cheap, unfinished photo frames and paint them to add lots of visual interest to your walls. Hang photos or posters in them, or even unexpected items like dried plants and flowers, doilies, or a family heirloom.

Family Pride

Speaking of heirlooms, don’t forget to show your family pride when you’re decorating. Old family photos make dull walls an interesting focal point. A wooden basket with baby shoes in it can be a conversation piece. Your great-grandmother’s old manual typewriter or sewing machine, or grand-dad’s antique phonograph, or even some old vinyl records are amazing decorative items if you can get them out of your parents’ attic—and they’re absolutely free, too.

Tying It All Together

Your first apartment doesn’t have to look like college, the sequel. You can create a space that feels like home and stay well within a budget by following a few simple tips. And don’t forget, if you want more advice on the best way to furnish your first apartment after graduation, the team at Fashion Furniture is here to help you create a gorgeous apartment that fits your budget. Give us a call!


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