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If you have a smaller dining area in mind, a small table paired with a loveseat is a great casual dining option. I love how this setup is nestled among the garden and accessorized with bird cages, bird houses, and other outdoor knickknacks. These accessories add a personal touch and can be changed out from year to year.
It's nice to include a water feature. If you have a huge patio, a stately cement multi-tiered fountain could be a great fit. If you have a smaller space, a simple, small, and easy-to-install bubble fountain is a great alternative.
Summer is also the season of juicy, ripe fruits and vegetables. If you have the space, add a potted lemon tree or two to your balcony. You can also do container gardens or window boxes with herbs or a few berry plants, or raised beds of vegetables. (We all know how good homegrown tomatoes are in summer.)
If you're not ready to commit to indoor or outdoor plant life quite yet, placing a few leafy greens or bright flowers in a vase can have the same temporary affect.
3. Add color. Summer decor can be bright, bold and cheerful, so use cheeky colors and patterns you can't always get away with during other seasons. This deck is simple in style, but by painting it a brilliant blue and accenting with lime-green chairs, it quickly develops a vivid and unforgettable style.
4. Bring the outdoors in. No, I'm not talking about plant life again. Allow your decor to reflect the beauty of summer, and work natural materials into your home. These rattan chairs not only display the natural beauty of the woven palm, but they're also extremely clean pieces that would feel just at home outside.
Bringing outdoor furniture inside is a great way to blur the line between the two spaces. If you don't think your outdoor furniture will work inside, try using slipcovers or new cushions to help it blend with your interior.
Replace heavy winter drapes with sheer or thin curtains to let more light in. Use the same ideas when approaching summer bed linens (especially for guests), throws, cushions and floor pillows. When it's 100 degrees outside, lounging on a fleece cushion probably won't sound like a good idea.
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