With summer in full swing and a constant emphasis on spending time outdoors, it's important to remember that you don't have to limit your entertaining to the backyard. Here we've gathered a few of our favorite decorating approaches that enable you to escape the heat and enjoy a summertime vibe inside the comfort of your own home.

1. Be Inspired by Your Environment

Whether you live in the mountains, the desert, or near the beach, draw inspiration from the natural elements in your surroundings. Think wooden accent pieces and natural imagery.

 Drew Kelly

2. Use Natural Materials

It's easy to find chic, classic pieces made from natural materials such as wood, granite, and stone. Furnish your home with wooden chairs and tables or select stone for countertops and table tops. Or for a more unique look, a tree trunk can take the place of a conventional table base.

Photography by Chi Fang
 Chi Fang

3. Illuminate Your Space with Natural Light

Get ride of bulky window treatments that block light from the outdoors. Place emphasis on the windows with the best views and use fabrics, such as linen, that diffuse natural light.

Photography by Drew Kelly
 Drew Kelly

4. Accessorize with Flowers & Plants

Fresh flowers add gorgeous color and delicious scents to your space. Fabrics and wallpaper in floral prints are equally as asthetically pleasing and require much less maintence. It's a win-win!

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