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July/August Omaha Home Entryway

Jun 25, 2021 03:59PM ● By Sandy Matson

“Then join hand in hand, brave Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” 

— John Dickinson

The summer is heating up and in full swing. Now is the perfect time to enjoy those backyard barbecues and family vacations. After the last year, I think everyone needs at least one weekend getaway.

Summer is also a great time to fluff and breathe a little life back into your home. One of the easiest ways to lighten your decor for the summer months is to put away the heavy throws and pillows and bring out some softer, lighter, and brighter ones.

Another way to liven up your decor is to mix in some tropical plants and cheery, fresh flowers from the farmers’ market or your own yard, if you’re lucky enough to have them. You can also add some great faux flowers or plants that will keep your guests guessing whether they’re real or not.

Be sure to check out my designer dupe floral arrangement DIY this issue. Hopefully my personalized orchid arrangement will inspire you to test your creative skills and create a chic, custom arrangement for your own home that you’ll enjoy having around for years.

This issue, I’m certain you’ll also be inspired by Kim Ahlers’ patriotic farmhouse porch, which is the pride of her Papillion neighborhood; retired teacher Lisa Worrall’s colorful home and yard makeover, which is a feast for the eyes; the Loves’ fresh country abode, and more. Some very cute pooches make an appearance as well.

This Independence Day, we can all agree this is one of the most important time periods in the history of our country. Let’s come together with friends, family, and neighbors to celebrate America, home of the brave, land of the free.

Enjoy the summer. 

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of Omaha Home. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.