Getting Your Home Ready for Summer

We asked local design experts what is the one thing they do to get prepped for the coming season.



“I design a new landscape project for my property. In recent years it was a koi pond, a fire pit, and a formal garden. This year we will plant a privacy screen for my hammock.” 

– Daniel Contelmo, Daniel Contelmo Architects, Poughkeepsie


“I will be working to incorporate a new outdoor ‘shed’ structure into my landscaping, and extending my vegetable garden so my boys can have their own planting beds to grow their favorites.”

— Melissa Adams Gruber, Adams Interior Design, Hopewell Junction


“One of my essentials to mark the change of seasons is to change all of my linens to crisp solid white — all bedding, towels, shower curtains, and bath rugs. There are few things quite as heavenly as getting into a plump, inviting white bed at night.”

— Debra Funt, Debra Funt Interiors, Scarsdale


“The first thing I do to get ready for summer is wash the awnings, which offer a lovely respite from the hot sun — making it more comfortable to relax or have barbecues with family and friends.”

— Maria LoIacono, Maria LoIacono Interiors, New Rochelle

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