The air is getting warmer, the drinks are getting colder, and the clothes are getting lighter, all of which can mean only one thing – summer is almost here! Summer is a special season for everyone, regardless of your climate preferences. Most of us spent the first 20 or so years of our lives thinking of summer as “break time,” when we could go on vacation, transform ourselves, hang out with our friends, or just relax without the pressure of school. Even as working adults, the nostalgia of those formative years leaves us longing for the liminal tranquility of summer that we once enjoyed.
Luckily, there are ways that you can recapture that tranquility without having to go back to school or quit your job. The spirit of summer can be brought into your home with just a few easy steps. Try following these suggestions to invite summer’s festive warmth into every aspect of your home life.
Not everyone gets to enjoy what most would consider the “summer” experience: beaches, palm trees, festivals, and the like. If you live far from a coast, or in an area that doesn’t have that traditional summer vibe, make aesthetic changes to your home that reflect the tropical beaches most people dream of visiting this season. Artwork, scented candles, bath and beauty products, and even furniture changes can turn your home into a summer getaway no matter where you live.
It’s also a good idea to make decor swaps that let in the light and amplify the summer hues of orange, pinks and blues. Keep your windows open and let in natural light. Swap out couch or bed pillows and stow away any heavy quilts or extra bedding. Add fresh flowers and finish it all off with a new candle representative of the scent you want to bring in all season long. Graceful floral and feminine Aura instantly transports you to days spent poolside or walking along the beaches of island getaways.
2. Stock up on seasonal fruits and veggies
One of the easiest ways to bring summer vibes into your home is with yummy seasonal food, of which summer has plenty. Watermelon, peaches, mangoes, berries, and pears all appear in their best forms at summertime, as well as eggplants, tomatoes, corn, carrots, and cucumber. Not only are these fruits and vegetables delicious – they also look great in a basket or cloche and can brighten up your home with a variety of colors. Get creative and make Instagram-worthy smoothie bowls or try a farm-to-table summer salad for the whole family to enjoy!
3. Practice a meditative ritual and set an intention for the summer
Honor the transition from spring to summer with a meditation to set an intention for the season ahead. Use smudges to bring in positive energy and begin incorporating a magical meditation ritual into your daily routine. As we said, summer is a time most associated with expansion, growth, and “me time,” so one of the most impactful ways to maintain that vibe at home is to establish a mindfulness routine. Begin every morning with your favorite summer-scented organic and clean candle (light up your candle with a Cozier match striker); meditate and practice breath work; journal and set written intentions for each day, week, or month of the summer.
If possible, take advantage of the sun’s healing properties by performing this routine as much as possible in the daylight, which is proven to release endorphins, produce serotonin, and boost energy. You’ll find it easier to establish healthy habits this season and begin to associate summer with the best version of yourself.