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15 Best Home Summer Updates

source: http://www.gmregroup.com/agent

1. Create an outdoor entertaining space. Try to decorate with weather-resistant materials like vinyl and wicker that will stand up to the elements. Apply a outdoor television, surround audio system, bar and lighting to add a splash of fun to your summer.
2. Add some natural light to the hallways, bathroom, kitchen or even your living room to give that feel of wide open spaces. Lighting in any home adds value.
3. Add some exterior finishes to the house from outside. Paint your door a different bright summer colour. Add some shutters or planter boxes to the windows. Add outdoor solo panel lights along your walkway to your front door. 
4. After a hard winter, freshen up the paint or wood stain on your fence, posts, beams, sundeck, garage door and siding. 
5. Replace your sliding deck doors with French doors. 
6. Add some sheers to your windows just enough for light to come through.
7. Add some fabulous outdoor lighting, whether it’s glass hurricane pendants hanging from the covered porch, tiki torches extending from the garden or dimly lit Chinese lanterns strung through the branches of a tree. Adding an element of summer romance to the backyard makes your home feel like your in vacation mode.
8. Add a parade of summer cool coloured umbrellas to your patio. 
9. Add a gas fire pit to your outdoor entertainment area. 
10. Spice up the bar area with some cool looking summer decanters, glasses, and wine bottles.
11. Add some fresh cut flowers to any room.
12. Freshen up the linens with neutral colors for both your bathroom and bedrooms. Add a splash of Rose Qaurtz and/or Serenity Blue (summer colors 2016) as an added accessory.
13. Touch up your garden in the front with rich green and flowering year round perennials and add a dogwood tree (British Columbia's provincial flower) to the yard.
14. Put up a cast iron bar around the deck and hang some loose sheer curtains. Add in some art and attractive pillows, throws, tealights, and arrangements to give a romantic ambience to your evenings. 
15. Make up some yummy cocktails, and invite some of your favourite people to join in on some summer fun! Here are two recipes to try!

16 ounces limoncello (lemon-flavored liqueur)
12 ounces gin
8 ounces fresh lemon juice
24 paper–thin lemon slices
16 ounces chilled club soda
8 mint sprigs

In a pitcher, combine the limoncello, gin and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours. Press 3 thin lemon slices against the inside of each of 8 collins glasses. Add ice to the glasses. Stir the limoncello mixture and pour it into the glasses. Stir 2 ounces of club soda into each drink and garnish with a mint sprig.

1/4 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 3/4 cups blueberries
3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
1 1/4 cups silver tequila

In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute; let the sugar syrup cool.
In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.
In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

For non-alchol drinks, just skip the alcohol and add the goodness!

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