Memorial Day weekend hallmarks the transition to everything summer including your home. Maybe you’re pulling off the dust cloths from your country retreat, settling into a new beach rental, or just want to lighten up your home for the warmer months. Switching up a few elements—throw pillows, bedspreads, area rugs, baskets, art and prints, serving pieces, plates, the occasional chair (perhaps rattan) and side table can instantly change the mood of a space. Instead of spending hours on foot shopping for these items, why not order it all online? Beyond the usual suspects of ABC Home and Serena & Lilly, here are some of my favorites.
Bunny Williams approved: Privet House. I’ve written about this store before, which is New Preston, CT (a tiny town that is absolutely worth a day trip). Everything from vintage French rattan chairs, to fresh table top pieces and vintage coffee table books.
Bright, modern, beach shack vibes: Kerri Rosenthal. (Written about her store in Westport, CT too.) Kerri’s vivid summer prints and paintings, custom print floor poufs, placemats and more would brighten up any home.
Global nomad: The Citizenry. Every piece is globally sourced for this online store—leather butterfly chairs made in Argentina, vibrant pillows and bed covers from Mexico, dishes crafted in Ireland. Many pieces are limited edition runs, and very affordable.
Classic Nantucket: The Maryn. Started by the founder of Lonnymag, Michelle Adams’ site features everything navy, white (and red) from classic striped headboards, to snappy dessert plates.
Organic casual: Alder & Co, a store from Portland, OR now has a boutique in Germantown, NY (and everything online). Ceramics and more ceramics from Astier de Villate to small manufacturers, poofs, Australian rugs and apothecary.
Glamorous organic: Hawkins New York. This tiny West Village store has beautifully hued bed linens, bright colored enamel-lined bronze bowls and rugs that are more what I would call upbeat organic.
California casual: Jenni Kayne. Vintage Morrocan rugs, cream striped throws, earthy Victoria Morris pottery, Jenni curates a collection that is the ultimate in Zen CA vibes. (And the clothes to go with it.)
Books to Inspire: Looking for some decorating ideas? Or just want to indulge in peeking behind the hedges and decks? These two new books, Surf Shack: Laid Back Living by the Water and The Seaside House: Living on the Water should help.