Shorethings: Easy Breezy Decorating Tips for Summer Styling Your Home

Cape Cod Home  /  Early Summer 2023 /

Writer: Leslie Hatton / Photographer: Ellie Finn Photography and Marina Porl 

Summer is coming and that means longer days, relaxed nights, and welcoming guests into your home. Interior stylist and owner of Penny & Pearl Design, Rachael Gendrolis, lets us in on some tips and tricks for getting your home ready for those summer soirees. What are some easy ways people can update their decor to make their homes have more of a summer vibe?  Rachael Gendrolis Ah, summertime on the Cape—is there anything more quintessentially New England?! When I think “Cape House,” I think charm, comfort, and sandy feet. If you’re the friend or family member with the Cape house, it’s a known fact that you have people calling you just waiting for an invite to come down to enjoy a summer weekend. There comes a point in late-spring when you start to think about hosting all those guests and the redecorating begins. Lucky for us, the Cape is home to some of the most gorgeous natural backdrops so keeping the décor simple is key to curating a comfortable, fresh, and inviting home. First things first—declutter. Donate or store away anything you haven’t used since last summer and keep the items that have a specific function or decorative element that you love. Once you have your blank slate ready, begin your decorating with a neutral color palette. Keeping the palette bright and airy (think white, beige, light gray with hints of blue) allows for the natural beauty outside your windows to become the highlight. White walls are my favorite way to instantly brighten up a space. Some of my go-to whites are Benjamin Moore’s Simply White and White Dove and Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. When you have a white background, the décor stands out, so I like to decorate with items I find locally—shells, driftwood, interesting rocks, and antiques. Collected…

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Leslie Hatton

Leslie (Horne) Hatton enthusiastically joined Cape Cod Life in October of 2022. Educated in Mashpee and Falmouth, she graduated from Assumption College and received her Master of Education degree from Lesley College. A former teacher, she has taught middle school, preschool and most recently, fifth grade. She and her husband Tom have three children: Aidan, Colin, and Erin. Their newest family member is Millie, an outgoing, outrageously happy chocolate lab. She loves to talk about all of them so better not ask. One neat tidbit about Leslie is that she is the author of the locally best-selling children’s book Cape Cod ABCs, with over 10K books sold on Cape Cod, the Islands and across Massachusetts. Happiest in the summer with a little sun on her face, she loves being with friends and her family, laughing, drinking and eating all over beautiful Cape Cod.