I recently sat down with Monique Valeris of Dwell Magazine and Decor Musings to chat about modern home decorating ideas and updates for the summer season. The piece is now live and I’m so happy to be sharing my 5 modern summer upgrades with Dwell’s online readers, complete with picks from the very cool Dwell Store, that go hand in hand.

Check out the article here and let me know how these tips (quoted from the interview and listed below) resonate with you.

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TIP #1

Plants are the perfect way to brighten up any room in your home in the warmer months. Transform a drab area with a simple orchid. “Orchids always look great because they are so sculptural and elegant,” Sarna says.

TIP #2

Entryways shouldn’t be boring. Bring them to life by layering black and white art in a tasteful manner. “Grouping black and white outdoor photography in minimal black or white frames and is a great way to make a modern impact,” Sarna says.

TIP #3

When settling on accessories for a table, don’t overdo it. “Think about the right accessories that will add texture, color, and interest.”

TIP #4

One of the most affordable ways to add character to a coffee table is with flowers. Stick with fresh-cut, all-white blooms for a sophisticated look.

TIP #5

When decorating in neutral tones, consider mixing textures. Sarna also suggests weaving in a few colorful items. “A little bit of color against a dark wall, or a few neon highlights against neutral tones” add a summery touch to a modern home.

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Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Editor helping intelligent women unlock their style and own it, à la: decorating, fashion, beauty, and beyond.