I’m lucky enough to live in sunny southern California, where the weather is fantastic year-round. But even here, by the time Memorial Day arrives, we’re experiencing scorching afternoons and the mood feels decidedly summer. Here are my favorite design trends to highlight the season.
1. Pineapple accents
The pineapple has long been a symbol of hospitality — what better motif to jazz up your entryway or entertaining space? Try a door knocker, brass bookends, cocktail tumblers or even pineapple-printed wallpaper. The tropical fruit theme is guaranteed to make you — and your guests — smile.
2. Outside in
Summer is all about spending time outside, but I also love bringing a bit of the outdoors in. Right now, I’m loving rattan and bamboo for their tropical flair and eco-friendly sensibility. Unlike the rustic warmth of wood or the cool elegance of metal, these materials convey nothing but relaxation — perfect for summer. Try a comfy chair, a small settee or a side or coffee table.
3. Mismatched chairs
I’m a huge fan of mixing and matching different eras and styles. It’s a big reason why I love working at EBTH so much. There’s such an incredible variety to choose from! And incorporating a diverse array of chair s— even at the same dining table — is a great way to create a rich, layered look and to express different sides of your personality. Don’t we all feel mid-century modern some days and Hollywood regency on others?
4. The return of turquoise
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they don’t exactly fit the relaxed vibe of summer. Instead, I love seeing people pair turquoise jewelry with the crisp white frocks of the season. Try the stone in silver settings for a classic Southwestern flavor or in more modern settings with gold. Either way, turquoise is a real gem (and it won’t break the bank).
5. Colorful prints
This is no time to cling to the stark blacks, browns and grays of winter. I adore bright, bold colors and striking patterns when the temperature spikes. Some of my favorites are vintage Missoni, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior, but you can find colorful prints anywhere. Check out our sale from vintage guru Rachel Zabar featuring Oscar De La Renta, Pucci, Malia, and more. Doesn’t that just scream summer?