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Quick summer updates for the home and garden on a budget

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Quick summer updates for the home and garden on a budget

With winter well and truly behind us and our spring cleaning complete, it’s now time to relax and enjoy our home and garden for the remainder of the summer months.  With light flooding through the windows for the majority of the day it’s a great time to really notice our living surroundings as the colours pop out whilst the sky is so bright.  The doors and windows are open, the chunky throws are tucked safely away until winter and this is the time our gardens become a real extension of the home.  Stores are filled with colourful summer décor and I always feel inspired to update my home for the summer months.  As much as I’d love to splurge on some cool new furniture our summer budget is reserved for holidays and kids activities, however that doesn’t mean we can’t treat our home to a few quick and easy summer updates.

Here a few ways to refresh your home and garden for the summer months, even if you’re on a budget:

Quick summer updates for the home and garden on a budget

Hanging basket

There’s nothing quite like a huge overflowing hanging basket filled with beautiful colourful flowers and dripping ivy.  Add one to the front of your home to really make an entrance or a couple to the back garden for your own enjoyment.  Our local garden centre sell the most beautiful selection for around £20 for a readymade basket and they really do make a tremendous difference in even the plainest or unkempt of gardens!

A touch of paint

A tin of paint is not all that expensive and could be all you need to freshen up your living space.  Choose light and airy colours for the summer months or versatile creams and whites.  If you don’t fancy a total change just touching up with the colour you already have and covering any marks will make a difference.

In the garden use some spray paint to update furniture, planters and pots.

Vase of flowers

There’s nothing quite as summery in a dining room as a big bunch of blooming flowers in a vase, or anywhere in fact.  Add flowers to your windowsills, shelves and sideboards for a pretty summery and homely feel.

Summery cushions

If an abundance of woolly cushions is making you feel hot just by looking at them, it’s perhaps time to remove some from your sofas for the summer and hide them in your attic!  Keep a couple out and replace the covers with floral or nautical designs.

Place mats

Give your dining room a mini makeover with new coasters and placemats.  Choose light, bright or Moroccan themed sets for a summer vibe.  Raffia place mats or tasselled edged versions are fun for the summer.

Add some fruit trees

Always dreamt of owning an orchard?  Well you can start by planting a fruit tree in your garden!  For around £20 you can buy an apple, pear or plum tree.  Fruit trees are much easier to grow than you might think.  We have six fruit trees in our garden and not only do they provide us with fruit each year, they look great too!


What are your tips for updating your home and garden on a budget in the summer?  Let me know in the comments!


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