One sure sign that summer is coming is the common theme on all the home décor magazines covers: Add Color to Your Camp, Country Cottage Chic, Rustic Relaxed Retreats. It can be a bit overwhelming knowing it's time to start preparing your camp for summer.
One of the perks of this real estate profession is that we're meeting buyers and sellers all the time. All of us at Coldwell Banker Rizzo Mattson, Realtors get to see a lot of great places here in Maine, and we're inspired by individual styles. Here are a few observations that may help you get your camp ready for the season:
Clean and Uncluttered Feels Fresh
We know it's easier said than done, but an organized space is so welcoming. So plan to work a little, play a little, and repeat until you're done. Sometimes your camp becomes the place to store that old table or extra lamp. But if a piece doesn't feel right in a room, there's no need to force it. Once a room is in order, give it a thorough spring cleaning and move along to the next one.
Little Things Mean a Lot
Most people don't have the time or money to decorate on a grand scale, and they really don't need to. But, there are other subtle ways to make you and your guests want to come in and stay awhile. New dish towels in the kitchen, bright pillows on a couch, a few books and magazines to peruse. These little touches go a long way toward making your camp feel homey. Add a simple vase of wild flowers to your dresser, put scented soap at the sink, or gather rocks or other natural elements in a small bowl for a centerpiece. Details make a difference.
Take it Personally
The main purpose of your camp is relaxation. It's your home away from home, a place to escape, an oasis. Whether you're entertaining others or just yourself, make sure the surroundings have everything you need for maximum enjoyment. If you like to take day trips, then display maps of Central Maine or Augusta tourist brochures in a cute basket so they're easily accessible. If music is an important part of your camp experience, then take time to assemble songs and artists that make you happy. If you like to play board games or make puzzles, then designate a counter or tabletop just for that purpose. Your camp is an investment - both financially and emotionally. By giving it some care and attention at this time of year, you will reap many benefits all summer long and beyond.