Summer is rapidly approaching! This is often the time of year for impromptu gatherings at home with friends and family, and for enjoying the warm outdoors. How do you make your home feel inviting yet pulled together for those last minute guests? Here are some ideas:
Brighten up your dining room
Summertime dining can get very hot when done in the confining walls of your home. Instead of a stuffy space with a ceiling fan going or the AC blasting, consider redoing your dining room to include French windows, a bright skylight, or additional window space.
Another idea is to open up your kitchen for those informal meals. Removing a half wall from your kitchen and adding a table insert and some stools can give you a breakfast bar for a buffet, pot luck, or a family bake off.
Expand your Kitchen
Speaking of kitchens, older homes often have cramped, small kitchens. These space can cut the cook off of all the fun happening within the rest of the house or even outdoors. Ensuring your kitchen has a bright, open feeling is important for the cook to feel included in the family or group activities.