Simple Summer Makeovers
Store Your Firewood Artfully
Out of season, stack your leftover wood — artfully — in your fireplace.
Switch Up Your Coffee Table
Replace your ten-ton coffee table with two ceramic Chinese garden seats. Or a big ottoman with room for everything and your feet, too.
Use a Different Kind of Vase
Arrange your flowers in anything but a vase: Go through your pantry and find a pitcher, a tureen, a mug, a teacup.
Mix & Match Towels
Instead of buying complete matched sets of towels (something's always missing at the store), buy different shades of one color and mix it up.
Hang a Mirror in Your Outdoor Space
This outdoor patio designed by Thom Filicia truly feels like a room, thanks to curtains of Sunbrella fabric and a Moorish-inspired mirror that hangs from the pergola on industrial chains.
Spray Paint an Old Chandelier
Find a tired old bargain brass chandelier at a thrift shop or antiques shop. Spray paint it white. Or a color—if you have the courage.
Arrange Bouquets on a Budget
Pull apart a big inexpensive mixed bouquet from the supermarket. Group similar flowers and put them in small vases. You'll have some for every room.
Create Your Own Lantern
Fill a bamboo or wood birdcage with LED pillar candles of different heights.