Ahhh— long lazy summer pool days… Throw on a sexy bikini, turn up the poolside radio and call it a day. Right? Wrong. Does your poolside decor look like something reminiscent of a garden patio warehouse sale? How about a little poolside decorating?
I think we’ve long outlived the infamous bedroom and living room sets— thank god. But it boggles my mind how even the savviest home decorators tend to throw a patio set in the backyard and call it a day. To break the mold, start by mixing up your furniture. If you have classic teak and white chairs (that would be my top pick, in case you’re wondering), throw some funky bright yellow stools into the mix. Don’t be afraid of outdoor textiles— you can find really beautiful and durable options nowadays. Accessorize with ceramic planters, classic white umbrellas, bright beach towels and don’t forget to bring the bar outside! See more poolside picks on Houzz.
I started going to Montauk before I knew what it was all about. I discovered it about 10 years ago after watching Eternal of the Spotless Mind and deciding to give full meaning to the phrase “meet me in Montauk”. So I packed a few friends in my not-so-new first car and off we went to discover the Hamptons’ neighbourly surf town. We had one of these weekends so memorable that it ensured I returned almost every summer ever since.
Back then, there was no Surf Lodge, Ruschmeyer’s, Montauk Beach House and Crow’s Nest Inn… Or rather, the ones that were there didn’t quite have the same allure as they do today. These four Montauk hotels have redefined hospitality in the notorious Long Island beach locale in the past few years. Part sleep-away camp, part hipster hangout, part fisherman’s lair and part bohemian retreat, these establishments are understated, elegant and up-to-the-minute to please the most cutting edge and cosmopolitan crowds. I don’t know about you, but I’m due for a visit. See more of my Montauk hotel decor ideas.
The world’s best decorators scour the globe to find intricate and eye-catching items for their perfectly curated vignettes. While we can’t all drop everything at a moment’s notice on a first-class ticket to Marrakech to go wander souks for the perfect fassi pottery, we can all follow these few tips to achieve a foolproof well-collected vignette. See my full list of perfect vignette accessories on Houzz.
Start with a theme or common thread
Consider the usefulness of certain objects
Create visual interest with items of different heights
When in doubt, edit down by removing an item or two
I’m back from Dallas y’all! No I didn’t pick up a southern drawl, but I did have a fantastic time at the RewardStyle conference (stay tuned for a full recap next week). As I was laying by the pool at the Joule Hotel on a hot and sticky afternoon, I really started anticipating the beach season in the North-East.
By now it should come as no surprise that I’m a total beach bum to the point where it transpires in my decor aesthetic. Since Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner to unofficially kickoff the summer season, I thought it would be a great time to share a few thoughts on bringing the beach house look into your home – whether your house actually sits on a beach or in a city-centre apartment building. See the rest of my beach house picks on Houzz.