Transform Your Slipcovers
To start, you'll need to invest in basic parsons chairs with white slipcovers. Yes, it's an investment up front, but it's one worth making because you'll be able to customize these chairs as often as you like!
Simply run a strip of Velcro up the back of the chair, then over and down the height of the chair. You can attach coordinating runners for different events, holidays or seasons. Think of all those color options and pattern possibilities! Line up the adorned chair with the runner on your table so that you further emphasize the visual line or band for maximum impact. The runners are a small investment—the ones in this project cost a mere $5.99 a pop—to achieve a completely different look that takes seconds to change out.
— Kristan Cunningham, decorating expert formerly from HGTV's Design on a Dime, now with Shelterpop.com
Keep It Airy and Light
Remove heavy drapes and replace them with sheer materials such as voile or lace. You can find affordable materials at local fabric stores or use old pieces of fabric found at flea markets
. Simply pin up fabrics with some tacks or sew a rod pocket at either end.
Also, check flea markets for summer-inspired paintings of flowers, cottages and beach scenes. You can also fill bowls and vases of inexpensive sea glass and seashells to bring a piece of the beach inside.— Rachel Ashwell, founder of the Shabby Chic® brand and author of several best-selling design booksKeep Reading: