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3 Tips for A Perfect Summer Patio


Is there anything better than the anticipation of a brand-new summer in lake country? The soft breeze coming from the water’s edge? The birds chirping and sun pouring in your windows as you wake each morning? Fishing, boating, hiking and making the most of each precious day?

As we all say goodbye to another (too long) winter, we’re more than ready to usher in the season of outdoor barbecues, late night bonfires and cozy afternoons spent by the water.

But first, before those glorious summer days arrive, make sure your cabin is as ready as you are.

Here’s our quick and easy checklist to ensure your cabin is summer-ready!

Step 1: Frame your Windows with Fresh Curtains

Curtains are the socks of the house – necessary, often worn to death, and easily overlooked. Not this year! Take inventory of your window coverings and see if they need a refresh. We love the look of simple, bright colored curtains for summer – they not only help let the sun shine through the glass, they go with nearly every type of style. Think classic, simple and elegant, and you’ll be ready to sit by the window with an icy drink as you look at the beauty outdoors.

Step 2: Plump your Sofas (or chairs!) with Stylish Pillows

One of the quickest and easiest steps to refresh a room is to add a few new pillows. Chosen correctly, throw pillows are both functional and stylish, and they easily add personality to your space. Whether you love the traditional cabin style or more modern textures, pillows help tie your room together, whatever your style. We love the look of these fluffy neutrals, as well as the bold patterns combined with a solid colored couch. Try pairing different sizes, textures or colors to create depth and interest in your room.

Step 3: Polish up Your Porch with New Furniture

The luxury of enjoying summer days on a screened-in porch, outdoor patio or down by the water is one of the absolute best parts of lake living. Make sure your outdoor furniture is ready for another season full of leisurely book-reading, conversations by the fire and a nap (or two!) as you soak up the sun. First, think about how you typically use your space. Do you have enough seating for friends and family to visit? Do you wish you had a more comfortable outdoor chair or sofa? After you take stock of what you already have that works, make a list of your wants and needs. Consider adding a high top table with bar chairs, a stylish wicker table or brightly colored umbrella. Whether you add one new piece or an entirely new set, having an outdoor space you love will help you make the most of the coming months.

There you have it! Summer is on its way, and we can’t wait to help you get your cabin ready for the season. Stop by and let us help you take simple steps to refresh your space, from furniture to decor to custom upholstery – we’re here to be your partner in design!