What a View

What A View

 

A lot of our customers come in from downtown Boston and have great views. The only downside to having such a great view in your bedroom, is that when summer rolls around you have a lot of sunlight, and you have a lot of sunlight very early in the morning. But a lot of time, in high rise building you don’t need too much privacy during the day.

 

There are a lot of solutions. Blinds or shades will work, but in this case, shades are usually the best option. A shade operates simply by raising and lowering a single piece of material. So in this case, you can lower the shade right before you fall asleep, and raise it back up the morning. Most popular are roller and cellular shades, not only because of how easy they are to use, but how tightly they close up during the day when you want the view out of your window.

 

Depending on what kind of sleeper you are, you can cover the window with a blackout shade or a light filtering shade. Blackout will block out all of the light, and make the room cave dark to sleep in. Light filtering will cut down on some of the glare, so that when you open your eyes in the morning you know whether or not its time to get up.

 

And our suggestion – keep it simple. You are just getting this window covering to serve a purpose. You don’t need it to be decorative, because you have a gorgeous view! Generally if you match to the frame around your window your shade will disappear during the day when you don’t want to see it. Happy sleeping!

Summer Centerpieces

Summer Centerpieces

Want to decorate your tables for the summer season by not sure how?  Here are a few suggestions that will brighten up your furniture in no time!

Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living

Summer is here and what better time to enjoy spending time outside with your family and friends in a welcoming outdoor space.  Here are a few ways to decorate your backyard and enjoy summer days.

Cottage Beauty

Cottage Beauty

Do you enjoy going to the cottage but sometimes find that the summer passes by too quickly for you to get to go?  Why not bring the cottage feel to your home summer!  Here are a few tips to make your home feel more nature-driven and a bit like a cottage without the getaway.

First off, choose an area to decorate.  This can be a sunroom, a big porch, or a closed off area in the backyard.  You can even go as far as decorating your kitchen and breakfast nook, or family room.  Basically any casual room that you can just sit and enjoy with family and friends can be decorated to give it that cottage-feel.   

Adding little elements will make all the difference.  Hang a painting showcasing nature, or vintage plates on the walls, install bamboo shades on your windows, and use some wood-inspired furniture, such logs as benches or little side tables.  Another really nice look is to get a wooden table that has all the natural wood grain and knots in it to give the room that cottage-like feel.  You can also put up a few open shelves, displaying tea canisters, mugs, bowls and dishes.  Add fabrics such as burlap or linen, as table runners or pillows.  All these little things will  make a big difference in making your space a summer getaway.

So if you enjoy going to the cottage, but don’t have enough time this summer, try adding all of these decorating elements to the area of your choice, which will give it a cottage feel without having to go the extra mile.

Garden Decor

Garden Decor

 

When it comes to decorating your home this summer, it is important not to forget a big part that most people visit during that time of year- your garden.  Here are a few ways to decorate your garden and make it ready for summer parties!