SHOW OFF SUM­MER IN­TE­RI­ORS

ACT NOW TO MAKE MOST OF OUR HOL­I­DAY SEA­SON AND HEAT

Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

We in­habit our homes dif­fer­ently from sea­son to sea­son. Here are a few tips to help you to tran­si­tion seam­lessly to sum­mer and our hol­i­day sea­son. Firstly, say say­onara to win­ter. That in­cludes stor­ing win­ter ac­ces­sories, such as heaters or wood and bring­ing out the fans. Re­move wool throws, heavy cur­tains and win­ter bed­ding. You may even want to re­place heavy rugs with lighter mats. There are some spring chores that will help to en­sure your home is sum­mer ready. Clean any over­head fans, be­fore you ac­tu­ally use them, as dust and grime can ac­cu­mu­late over the win­ter months and you don’t want the first time you use a fan to re­sult in muck be­ing flung around the room. If you use air-con­di­tion­ing at home, you might want to check if the fil­ters need clean­ing. As well as prepar­ing for the hot­ter months, you may want to en­sure that your home is ready for en­ter­tain­ing. En­sure the out­side ar­eas are pruned and tidy, the pool is sparkling, the um­brel­las are out and the bar­be­cue and ac­ces­sories are cleaned and ready to fire up at short no­tice. Stock the freezer with plenty of ice and ready­made pop­si­cles and make sure you have plenty of in­sect re­pel­lent and sun­block.

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