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15 Summery Decorating Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Screen Shot 2015-06-19 at 10.50.41 AMTransport yourself seaside with a bit of paint or a few airy accessories

Summer brings with it the urge to simplify and relax — schedules, wardrobe and the home all get a bit more laid-back at this time of year. To help your home embrace that easy, breezy beach house feeling, give one (or more) of these 15 budget-friendly ideas a try.

Counter Intuitive: Magnetic Racks

Screen Shot 2015-06-16 at 3.04.24 PMUse the power of magnetism to corral your knives, tools, gadgets and more

Looking for more counter space without remodeling the kitchen? A cool way to display kids’ artwork without remodeling the fridge?

The cheap and easy answer is not magic, it’s magnets. Specifically, magnetic strips, racks and tape that offer clever, good-looking solutions for storage, organization and clutter busting.

What Color Should You Paint Your Trim?

Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 1.27.07 PMLearn the benefits of painting your trim white, black, neutral, a bold color and more

Whether simple or ornate, interior trim is a finishing touch that often doesn’t get much thought, frequently being left the color it’s always been without consideration of the multitude of beautiful alternatives. Whether you’re thinking fresh white, a bold hue or somewhere in between, here are ways to treat your trim to get the look you want.

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How to Take Your Indoor Decorating Style Outside

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 7.45.03 AMExtend the color, style and atmosphere of your rooms into your garden for a cohesive look that bridges inside and out

Any outdoor space, from a small balcony to a spacious garden, can act as an extension of your interior and a valuable extra “room.” Yet often when it comes to decorating it, we head for specialist garden retailers for our furniture and accessories. An alternative is simply to take your interior decorating style out into the elements, from your living room’s color scheme to the decorative touches that pepper your home.

This may involve simply moving pieces that normally live indoors into the garden on fine days, or it could mean sourcing items specifically for exteriors, just not necessarily from a specialist garden shop. So stay true to your decorating style by taking the inside out. These 12 inspiring exteriors show how well that approach can work.

To-Dos: Your June Home Checklist

Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 7.38.20 AMGet ready for summer by freshening up your entertaining spaces and preparing for good times with others

With the start of summer (and the end of school) this month, June is the perfect time to prep your house and yard for a season of relaxation and fun. And if you’ve fallen behind in your house chores, don’t worry — you can use this month to catch up, too.

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10 Things to Do Now for an Easier, Happier Summer

Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 2.10.38 PMSet up your home for easy cleaning and cooking, and get ready for those trips to the beach

Set yourself up for a blissful season of backyard barbecues, beach days, ice cream cones and the hiss of sprinklers by ticking these 10 items off your to-do list in advance. From putting your watering on autopilot to gathering your favorite summery recipes in one place, these tasks will free up some time in the days ahead, so you can focus on fun.