Home Upgrades for Summer

It’s always nice to add fresh touches to your home. But in 2020 — with all of us collectively being more familiar with the four walls of our living spaces than we maybe ever have been before — some of these upgrades might just be obligatory.

Backyard or Movie Theater?

Turn your backyard into a cozy (social-distanced) cinema with these products. It’s as good as the real thing — if not better.

Speakers: Polk Audio Atrium 6 Outdoor Speakers

A five-year warranty, easy mounting setup, great acoustics, and a reasonable price point make these outdoor speakers a favorite for many. $201 on Amazon


Projector: Epsom Home Cinema 1060

This powerful little device can give you a giant display of 25 feet and can be used for both movies and games — it’s compatible with most gaming consoles, streaming devices, Blu-ray, and your cable box. $700 on Amazon


Screen: Camp Chef Outdoor Screen

This 92-inch screen is an awesome size and quality, plus it’s easy to clean and store when the summer is over. $105 on Amazon

More Art, Please

Let’s face it, your home can probably always use a little extra artistic flair. Here are some of our favorites.

Original Painting

Bring the outdoors inside with this original framed painting of Skagit Valley in early spring. Handmade by Bellevue artist Forrest Goldade. $150


Himalayan Rug

Bellevue’s Himalayan Rugs Co. sells a wide variety of gorgeous silk and wool rugs that are hand-knotted in Northern India. $1,399


Art Deco Cushion Cover

Sure, you could buy this sophisticated cushion cover at the Royal Monceau Palace boutique in Paris — or you could order it on Etsy and bring a piece of France home to you. Put one of these refined designs on a cushion inside or outside — or both. $47


Photos courtesy their respective manufacturers

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