As the sun goes down and we start to enter summer's Bug High Season, it's nice to know an all natural bug repellent that actually smells good is out there. Citronella candles can work really well, but what happens when you walk out of range, away from their sphere of influence? This balm, a Natural Mosquito Repellent from Kaufmann Mercantile, contains a blend of citronella, catnip, calendula and fragrant herbs like eucalyptus provide the protective properties in a base of Coconut and Olive Oils. This small batch handmade formula should keep bites at bay.
If mid-summer has you ready to utilize your outdoor space even more, why not set up a croquet game? With Heathers hitting Broadway, now is the time to perfect your aim. LL Bean's classic version comes in their signature canvas handled tote bag, making it easy to take to a friend's house on a moments notice, or to the summer rental. Let the games begin!
With an easy to love lightness of material and look, wicker, rattan, seagrass and woven banana leaf have become a go-to material that lends a casual air to interiors. These materials have been spotted in some new designs that are both classically derived and modern. Ahead, 10 pieces, from furniture to accessories that lend a lightness of being.
This woven bed, The Corbin, made from banana leaf has a casual feel and never goes out of style. I love its clean lines that would suit a summery or country setting. Available from Pottery Barn, with or without the footboard, which in this case, I prefer.
A chair that folds in a snap that is easy to relax in? All good. Serena and Lily's Palisades Chair is for a "refined beach" moment.
Soane's stylish Conservatory Chair, based on an original French 40's design retains the perfect scale and pitch of the refined original rush version
An easy dining or side chair in a seating grouping, the Modern Woven Armchair from Wisteria has an open-weave seat and back paired with rubber wood giving it a nice lightness
Low with high sides, Selamat's woven wicker Heasley Chair is great for seating groups that want to sit and lounge awhile.
Peter Dunham's How To Marry a Millionaire Barstool, with rush seat and back, is based on a classic T.H Robsjohn-Gibbings piece. It adds a natural element in any type of setting. Plus, its comfortable.
Pottery Barn's Laguna Tray Side Table is a bit mid century modern, a bit Scandinavian, just the way I like it, and perfect for a makeshift bar!
Sometimes a bit of storage is needed in a tight space, that is where Jeffrey Allan Mark's diminutive Mill Etagere from Palecek comes in handy
An interesting cut corner detail gives Gabby Home's rattan bordered Veronica Mirror in a grey finish a dressier look
West Elm Market's Wicker Cart makes transporting odds and ends or a trip to the Farmer's Market way chicer.
Dipped in white, Serena and Lily's Two-Toned Rattan Lantern makes for great mood lighting, complete with a carrying handle and lined in a glass hurricane to keep the flame from burning out. Lining a walkway with these would create a little night magic on a summers eve.
Let's not leave out the classic wicker summer item- the picnic basket. With two separate openings on the lid, Williams Sonoma's rattan and wood-handled version can handle a lot inside
When visiting a friend at their home, there is something charming about receiving a warm welcome upon arrival. A cheery greeting, along with decorative accents, like a hefty polished door knocker and topiaries or geranium filled planters can make an entrance. Enhance the experience even more by adding a great welcome mat that is beautiful or adds a dash of whimsy, like Izola's Press Onward Door Mat. The wording, done in a bold lettering style and set against a natural coir mat, is optimistic and encouraging, just the sort of thing that will put a spring in your step to continue your day with a sense of purpose. Welcome, and have a great day.