Decorating with light captures the fresh spirit of summer
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(BPT) – Something about summer seems to inspire us to lavish attention on our homes. Whether enthusiastically cleaning or freshening decor, Americans seize summer as an opportunity to breathe new life into interior spaces. While painting and decluttering are great ways to revitalize home decor, for sheer summer-like impact it’s hard to beat decorating with light.

Incorporating light into interior design can go far beyond a few strategically placed, attractive lamps and some upgraded overhead lights. It’s possible to use both natural and artificial lighting to complement other decor and architectural elements, and to create a brighter, upbeat mood that’s perfect for warm weather. Not sure where to begin? Here are a few concepts to keep in mind as you begin decorating with light:

Natural beauty

There’s no debating the benefits of natural light for boosting mood. Summer brings abundant sunshine, and you can put all that natural light to work in your home. Boost daylighting by lightening up window treatments to admit as much sunshine as possible, choose fresh paint colors that interplay well with the direction from which light enters a room, and consider adding skylights to rooms that demand drama or where adding a window isn’t practical.

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Decorating for your backyard bash
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Published: June 6, 2014, 11:08 amUpdated: June 6, 2014, 11:21 am

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  (WOTV)- June is here! This is a big month for my family- Our daughter is turning ONE! I cannot believe how fast this past year has gone! Wow! What a blessing it has been to be Evelyn’s mom. I am in the midst of planning her first birthday party and I am SO overwhelmed! There are so many ideas out there- I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I love all of the ideas! But I hate all of the ideas too because there are so many! Am I the only one out there who feels this way?

Anyways, I want to have an outdoor party with family and friends to celebrate Evie. I have quickly come to the decision that outdoor decorating is tough. It is so big out there, how do you decorate?? Here are some tips that I came up with to help out with all your outdoor decorating for your summer get-togethers.


Concentrate:  Instead of trying to decorate your entire backyard, try keeping the décor to a centralized area.  For the birthday party, I am decorating one table for the cake and presents. You can do the same for a drink table or appetizer table if you have a non-birthday bash going…………… continues on WOTV

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