5 Shortcuts To Updating Your House For Summer!

As the days lengthen and the scent of spring makes way for the heady heat of summer, now is the time to turn your attention to sprucing up your abode. Summer is all about relaxing and entertaining – drinks with friends and fun dinner parties, so how do you ready your personal pad for some true summer enjoyment? Whether you rent or own, live in the ‘burbs or an apartment in the city, there’s a few easy ways you can welcome summer into your home.

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Pitch and Ditch

As they say, out with the old and in with the new. There’s some serious merit behind the myth of spring cleaning. Now is the time to take a good look around your home and clear that clutter. Why not pare back that magazine collection, ditch that cracked vase and store away those dated dust-collectors!

Extra space around the home is invaluable when it comes to refreshing, so now is a great time to invest in some storage and move some of the clutter away. Afterall, there’s no reason a house can’t be a constantly evolving artwork with different things on display at different times.

Review and Renew

Is that lamp looking dog-eared, that rug no longer revivable? Then ditch it and renew. It’s amazing how much difference one item can make to the look of a room. Think about updating with a new chair, a bright rug, an updated set of blinds or a funky wall hanging.

These little touches bring fresh character to any room and they don’t have to break the bank. Furniture and homewares stores such as Super A-Mart have some great affordable options and ideas when it comes to bringing summer into your home.

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Refresh and Revive

Sometimes, all that’s needed to freshen up is to give something a good clean, sand or polish. Revive bedspreads with a soak and add some new throw cushions. If you’re feeling crafty, think about sanding back that sidetable and giving it a fresh coat of lacquer! Or perhaps you could give your external areas a new lease of life by installing new outdoor blinds in Melbourne, giving otherwise un-used spaces a new lease on life?

Remove and Rearrange

Your favourite antique chair may have sat in the hall since 1982 but could it also look amazing in the bedroom? And what about those couches, how do they look rearranged? Altering the entire look and feel of your home can be as easy as rearranging the furniture. Couple that with some beautiful cushions, a couple of new ornaments or a bright lampshade and the whole vibe changes.

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Relax and Enjoy

Most importantly, summer is about relaxation with family and friends, so turn your focus to entertaining. For a completely hassle-free update think about buying a new tablecloth, an interesting set of glasses or a modern table setting.

However you choose to embrace summer, whether it be through reviving, renewal, rearranging or complete renovation, the ultimate outcome is an enjoyable retreat that you can enjoy with family and friends!


  • Reply Chaise Sofas Thursday 1st November, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    hey these tips are really cool. thank you for ideas.

  • Fashionista8P
    Reply Fashionista8P Tuesday 19th May, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    dreaming of summer house, coming winter now. brrr

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Thursday 27th November, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Love the red and yellow in the dining room!

  • Reply Beksmum Tuesday 25th November, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Love the last one the best, relax and enjoy 🙂

  • Reply blueruby Thursday 20th November, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    spring is about colours!

  • Reply whizzcook Thursday 20th November, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Fresh flowers, garden or native, always give the home a fresh and welcoming look for the season.

  • Reply Whatthe Wednesday 12th November, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    I love the casualness of the photo of that table all done up but kept really relaxed.

  • kk77
    Reply kk77 Saturday 8th November, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I so need to do this!

  • Reply anitae Sunday 2nd November, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks Vanessa – great ideas and simple for anybody to give summer home makeover a go! X

  • Reply xlilda Sunday 2nd November, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I do this a lot when I’m meant to be doing other things…it’s quite therapeutic!

  • Reply thevet Saturday 1st November, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Such simple easy ideas. I better get sorting!

  • swillo
    Reply swillo Friday 31st October, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    need to do some of these!

  • kk77
    Reply kk77 Friday 31st October, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Love the ditch and pitch idea…theres something very satisfying about chucking stuff out!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts Saturday 1st November, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Couldn’t agree more @kk77 – I love getting rid of old stuff!

  • Reply Whatthe Friday 31st October, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I have so many cumquats from my garden I am very happy to see them in the first photo = insipriation!

  • Reply candicelee22 Friday 31st October, 2014 at 7:05 pm


  • Reply Isabeau Friday 31st October, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I love spring cleaning, although I do it year round and sometimes when the mood strikes it’s a bit depressing when there’s nothing left to get rid of lol

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts Saturday 1st November, 2014 at 9:04 am

      You can come around to my place is if you like @isabeau… plenty to throw out here! x

  • Reply kahliawilson Friday 31st October, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Love this!

  • Reply jmorris Friday 31st October, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Love the whole refresh and revive idea! Great tips for thos on a budget!

  • Reply Sparkles17 Friday 31st October, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    I need some new lamps to update my room!

  • Reply ronnie88 Friday 31st October, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I have just had a massive clean out throwing everything I have not used for 12 months & it feels so good , i’m loving these tips as well

  • Reply lovelyloves Wednesday 29th October, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Rearranging is a great idea!!!

    • Vanessa Roberts - Editor
      Reply Vanessa Roberts Wednesday 29th October, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Agreed @lovelyloves, I just re-arranged my living room and it now feels like a whole new room! Amazing!

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Saturday 25th October, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Good tips 🙂

  • Reply candicelee22 Friday 24th October, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    So pretty and bright!

  • Reply amanda6393 Friday 24th October, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Bring on summer!

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