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Is Your Home Ready for Summer?

Work on a few decorating must-dos while managing the unbearable heat this season

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Photography: Jilson Tiu (Main Photo)

Aside from keeping the home cool, serene, and perfectly cozy, you may want to get busy by updating the look of your space to achieve a summer vibe. After all, this time of the year is a good excuse to bring in new accessories, start a new hobby, and change things up at home. Interior designer Claudine Medina shares these tips to help you prep the home for the sunny season:


1. Use plants as the focal point of your decor.

Nothing freshens up a space than a group of potted plants in a corner or mini ones on a table. "Adding more greenery in your home is an easy way of bringing life into your space. If you're worried about maintenance, get succulents instead as these don't need to be watered daily," says Claudine.

2. Spruce up your bed or sofa with throws and pillow cases in bright colors.

"It's time to replace your fuzzy throws and pillow covers," shares the designer. Bright-colored fabrics such as citrus hues like lime, yellow, orange, and fuchsia add vibrance to a home and can lighten up a space. Visit H&M Home, The Landmark, and Mandaue Foam for chic yet affordable patterned pillow cases.


3. Incorporate woven fabrics into your decor.

"Nothing says summer than woven fabrics. Use abaca rugs, placemats, or table runners to create an instant summer vibe. Hem + PH (@hemplusph on Instagram) offers great options for abaca floor coverings," she suggests.

4. Decorate your console or coffee table with tropical accessories, seaside elements, and floral arrangements.

If you have the time, you can work with fresh blooms placed in sleek or glass vases. However, those who can't commit to maintaining fresh flowers can work with faux ones. "Landmark Department Store in Makati offers faux floral arrangements. You can pick the flowers and greens that you like from the wide selection of faux flowers and their staff can arrange it for you. Vintage Accent PH (@vintageaccentph on Instagram) sells these quirky pineapple bowls you can use when organizing keys, jewelry, and other trinkets," adds the designer.

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5. Liven up your walls with nature-inspired wall decals.

"If you don't like the hassle of repainting walls and dealing with the cost of wallpapers, wall decals are an easier and less costly option to upgrade your walls for summer," shares Claudine. As an alternative, you can also display photos from your beach trips and various prints reminiscent of summer. Visit Robinsons Department Store and Papemelroti for options.

Do you have home-related questions and concerns? Get in touch with interior designer Claudine Medina through email at claudinemedina[at]me.com or mobile at (0917) 830-0897.

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