Denver is heating up and that means it’s time to turn your home into a summer haven that you and your family can enjoy all season long. Longer days and warmer nights provide plenty of opportunities to get some extra enjoyment out of your backyard or outdoors space. Here are some great ways to spruce up your home, both inside and out.

1. Plant flowers.
Brighten up your home with blooming flowers both inside and out. It just so happens that our state flower, the Columbine, does great in Colorado’s summer climate. If you’re interested in attracting hummingbirds, consider planting honeysuckle vines, azalea bushes or other wild flowers that are high in nectar production.

2. Add to the ambiance.
Now is a great time to add a bird bath and bird feeders to your backyard. Not only will you be helping wildlife, but you will also be adding a certain summer ambiance to your home. Other summer backyard features can include water fountains, statues or fire pits for Denver’s cooler summer nights. Don’t forget the grill and patio furniture to accomodate barbecue guests. If you already have patio furniture, but it could use a little sprucing up, consider buying new cushions in fade-resistant fabrics to protect the colors from the unrelenting Colorado sun.

3. Brighten and lighten.
For inside your home, think about changing your winter bedding to something lighter and cooler. Switching from heavy comforters to lighter linens can also mean saving on energy costs. Summer bedding tends to allow better air circulation while you sleep, which means you won’t be tempted to crank up the air condition during the night.

Below are some Denver stores that can help you “summerize” your Denver home:

Amato of Denver
2501 16th St.
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 422–1893

Amato of Denver was founded in Denver in 1922 and is a family-owned and operated company that can supply you with all your garden decor needs. The shop carries bird baths, benches, pedestals, fountains and statutory items.

Brass Bed of Denver
3113 E. Third St.
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 322–1712

Brass Bed of Denver carries luxury bedding and linens, bathroom accessories, napkins and hostess gifts. If you are unsure of what you are looking for, the sales associates can help you decide on your new and refreshed look.

Home and Hearth Outfitters
999 E. Evans Ave.
Denver, CO 80210
(303) 722–6298

Home and Hearth Outfitters has been serving Denver since 1992. They carry a wide selection of grills, fire pits and patio furniture. The store even carries patio heaters for those cold summer nights. Delivery and set up is available.

Tarawa Gardens
7711 S. Parker Road
Centennial, CO 80016
(720) 837–2985

Tagawa Gardens has been serving Denver for 29 years and offers any type of indoor or outdoor plant you are looking for. If you need some advice on what types of plants or flowers to purchase, they can help you with that as well.

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Michelle Humphrey is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found here.


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