Blue and white will always have a place in our hearts, but the hue of the moment is a little bit juicier:
Citron is the freshly picked shade we can’t stop reaching for, and it’s the perfect way to make those
beloved beachy blues pop. A confident brand of yellow, with edgy undertones of green, citron is a
standout shade that pairs just as beautifully with preppy prints as it does with organic modern
moments. Jumpstart a sitting area with a jolt of citron in the form of a throw or decorative pillow;
you’re guaranteed an energetic conversation.
Dreary days have come and gone, and all we want to do is lighten up. In a breakthrough performance,
grey has debuted as the front-running finish for outdoor furniture this summer. Umbrella-spotted
poolside destinations and fresh-mountain-air decks are awash with grey, and it’s just the calm look
we’ve been hoping for: less picnic and more polish. Grey-finished chaise lounges, dining tables, and
side chairs make a quiet, handsome background for cool blue waters, vivid green lawns, and outdoor
textiles in punchy geometric patterns.
It’s getting wavy, baby: along with palm fronds and seashells, scalloped shapes are making their way
into the mainstream this summer. Who better than tastemaker Aerin Lauder, who’s been summering in
the Hamptons for a lifetime, to introduce us to the ornamental, mollusk-inspired edge? In collaboration
with Williams Sonoma Home, Lauder has imagined crisp white sheets trimmed in scalloped ribbons of
cobalt fabric and wooden picture frames with feminine scalloped edges. Both accents are must-haves
for a beautiful home that evokes seaside elegance and grace.
Grasscloth is as timeless as they come, but the material, which dates to the late 19th century, couldn’t
look more current for summer. Evoking a style that’s equal parts tropical and traditional, grasscloth
wallpaper became a staple in American households in the mid 20th century. Now the fine woven cloth
is staking a claim as the It surface for furnishings all throughout the house. Add texture to your
bedroom with an elegant grasscloth headboard, anchor a cool coastal living room with a grasscloth
coffee table, or swap wood side tables in favor of the must-have material.
There’s a time for solids, but that time is not now: embroidery is the talk of the trade this season. The
centuries-old art form elevates the simple to the exceptional. Bursting with distinctive stitches, threads,
colors, and patterns, pillows intricately adorned with vibrant tropical wildlife and rejuvenated classical
motifs are a breath of fresh air in a sea of solid standards. Eschew the simple and bring some of this
distinguished craftsmanship to a sofa, armchair, or bedroom… After all, what’s life without a little