May is the month that shows us the promise to come. Winter is behind us and summer is around the corner.

So, what should we be doing to bring summer into our home? Color! Light fabrics, a new look!

Why not bring the beach to your home? Looking at the new furniture offerings for summer, I see lots of rattan and wicker. A white wicker sectional with white linen cushions…so clean so open air in look. Dab color onto it with great floral pillows. Green and white tropical pillows add the spark from the outdoors. Add in green and white stripes and a throw in green and white chevron pattern.

A burlwood cocktail table? Paint it white and you have a contemporary look, with the great texture from the wood. Use a wicker low sided tray, add a coconut, palms and nuts and you have your focal interest.

Throw big white and green textured pillows on the floor inviting the kids to sit down in a casual arrangement.

The surroundings decor can be palm trees, even a cactus to add color from the outdoors. At this time of year, cacti are in full bloom, it would be great to see one added to the mix, bringing the desert flora and fauna to the party!

There are so many great light fixtures now that are very updated in look but reflect the sea. A chandelier that is made from stones or shells would be great hanging over the dining room table or over your master bedroom bed. Splash around cook side table, in gray or white. Add in wicker chairs in the bedroom, swivel chairs allow you to use the space to look out and gaze into the view.

Keep your accessories light and fun. Whites and colorful pillows on the bed. Make it fluffy and airy, just like the look at the high-end spa resorts. I always feel so serene when I go onto a spa and want to keep that feeling when I walk back out into the world. That can be accomplished at home as well.

Simple, light monotone colors, serene wall coverings, candles that bring the scent of the sand and the beach into your home.
Sand tones, soft yellows and beiges as the main color in the rooms. Add light, sheer draping at the windows, bringing the feeling of soft evening breezes coming in off the beach. Surround yourself with the same kind of music. Have you been to a spa lately? Remember they use soft, delicate music to take the worries away. There is a place and time for heavy music that has you up and dancing, this is not the night club, we want to have it mellow and charming.

Artwork can reflect a day at the beach. A row of colorful chaise lounges in the sand, with the water just beyond. A sailboat regatta under way with the beautiful winged boats gliding through the crystal blue water. Birds caught in flight, just drifting with the air currents.

Tan and white textured woven fabric tied together in a beautiful area rug. Or a big white rug with a palm leaf centered on its face. Be old, be bright, be light! The beach is casual, fun and different. That is what we want after a long winter. Escape to the great outdoors by bringing it inside.

I have a client who changed their home’s entire personality by putting in white porcelain tiles last year. It gives them a myriad of choices, all year round as to how to decorate. It certainly should be fun bringing the muted colors of the beach in this season. A big white, nubby fabric sofa, a wonderful area rug in summer color, the soft creamy colors of yellow and white on the wall, accented by huge pieces of artwork.

They have the huge windows, floor to ceiling in their home high in the Las Vegas sky. So, without having to worry about neighbors looking in at them, they have some great options for their window coverings. Too bright during the day? Lower the textured window blinds, allowing them to look out but keep the sun out doors as well. At night up go those blinds so they can see the great expanse of the city and the golf course beyond their door or window front.

They have a huge round dining room table, where one of the Moroccan style beaded chandeliers would be great. Add some colorful, non-matching wicker chairs around it and the party can begin.
Again, have fun in your home in the sky, you deserve it!

Carol Townsend, ASID
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