Summer 2013 Decorating Ideas Tropical Style

Bring relaxing tropical style home with these summer-infused decorating ideas.

Tack-On Family Photos : Frame vacation snapshots as high style changeable art.
1-Convert digital images to sepia tone using a computer and graphics program, then print on deckle edge watercolor paper made for color ink-jet printers.
2-Adhere papyrus or other art paper to cork tile and place in a ready made frame with glass removed.
3- Attach photo to the cork with a decorative tack.
4-Switch out photos as the whim strikes.

Give plain glass candleholders a tropical makeover. Cover the outside with decorative papyrus; secure with double-sided tape. Wrap with waxed linen thread to hint at the pattern of a net.

Leafy Green Table : Tinted water and tropical foliage make a dramatic centerpiece.

Naturally Pretty Setting : Braid bunches of fresh grasses for natural napkin rings.

Beachy Reading Nook : Create a breezy spot for beach reading any time of year.

Line a flat waterproof tray with chunks of sea glass and elevate a collection of potted plants to focal-point status. The tray will also help to protect your tabletop from water spills.

Floral Seat Cover-Up : Drape a chair seat with a summery patterned napkin for an instant spruce-up.
1-Sew large beads to the corners to act as weights, and position the napkin diagonally.
2-Stitch on ribbon ties to secure it to the chair back.

Easy-Sew Headboard : A wall hanging reminiscent of beach chaise canopies is a charming headboard alternative.
1-For easy construction, choose a fabric that has finished edges and no "wrong" side (54-inch-wide fabric yields a full-gathered effect for a twin bed).
2-Measure height for the headboard and add about 16 inches for balance and hems; cut fabric this length.
3-Fold over one end about 15 inches to make a valance; to make the pocket for hanging, sew layers together about 1 inch from the fold.
4-Hem the ends; feed rope through the pocket and tie around cabinet pulls or hooks installed in the wall.
5-Complete the ensemble with a matching sham; a king-size pillow is the right width for a twin bed bolster.

Drape a bedside table with a woven beach mat hanging to the floor offering the effect of an elegant grass skirt. Drift off to sleep thinking of cool umbrella drinks and sand between your toes.


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