Small changes make a big difference...

Can you believe it’s the end of July already?! I have a lot of plans for August, including a family reunion and a quick getaway to Maine with my husband. I hope you have been enjoying your summer and have fun things planned for August too.

Sitting area styled for Fourth of July!

I have a mind that doesn’t rest, and most of the time I am thinking about ways to make small changes that will have an immediate impact in my life. Whether it be adding a new recipe to my entertaining menus or making a change in my home’s decor. Today I want to share with you a few small—financially and time commitment wise—changes that make a large difference in my decor at the lake.

Let’s start outside with one of the seating areas on the wrap around porch. It is located adjacent to the driveway and in plain view from the road, so it’s the first glimpse that guests and neighbors have of my decor style. I want it to say: “Welcome to the lake, come and relax with us!” The rockers and table have been on the porch for ten years, but I change the pillows often. Just adding a pop of red, white, and blue with pillows from T.J.Maxx for the Fourth of July gave this small seating area a fresh feeling!

Same chairs different color palettes! Spring/summer on the left with fall/winter on the right.

Inside the house my living room decor gets a change in the spring and fall. The throw pillows get a makeover with handmade covers in early spring for the warm weather months and again in the fall for the cooler weather months. In the spring I incorporate light green, yellow, and blue into the color pallet—changing it from the deep reds and dark browns of fall and winter. The lighter color pillow covers make the house feel airy and make me want to open the windows inviting the fresh air in!

This summer, in preparation for Paige’s big party, I refreshed a small chaise in the sitting area of the boathouse. The boathouse is a small rustic building, built in the late 1800’s, located at water's edge and extending over the lake. It is very special to us—as it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to rebuild with current waterfront building restrictions. The boathouse is the hub of our lake activities, so a sitting area is a necessity. The chaise was first built and upholstered in 2008. My three children did a great job creating it! For the refresh, I chose a blue and white color scheme and used outdoor fabrics as the possibility of them getting wet is close to 100%.

I hope these small changes I’ve made will inspire you to make some in your home. If you enjoy sewing, grab some fabric and cover a few pillows. Alternatively, you can purchase some pillows or pillow covers. I always find beautiful pillows at HomeGoods and amazing pillow covers at Ikea and Pottery Barn. What small changes do you implement in your home that make a big difference? I would love to hear about them, and if you have a photo add it to your comment!