ENTERTAINING WITH PATRIOTIC FLAIR FOR THE 4th OF JULY!

by Marisa Marcantonio

It is hard not to go overboard with American flags and stars and stripes everywhere when the 4th of July rolls around. Its summer after all, the high season for entertaining with abandon. So get out your red white and blue and mix it up on the table, at the beach and in the park this sunny season. Whether you prefer to be subtle or go way overboard, enjoy it! 

Photo courtesy of Target

Photo courtesy of Target

A round rope handled stoneware tray from Target has a concentric circular pattern of blue dots

Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel

Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel

Feeling inspired by the sea? Fish adorn the Pescado serving platter from Crate and Barrel. They always get blue and white right. 

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

I love the tabletop brand Caskata, and I really love this new striped pattern, taken from awning stripe beach towels. So festive! Available through Anthropologie

These Italian wipeable linen mats with embroidery details (in the running for my favorite mats of all time) from Barneys will look great and work hard from summer lunches al fresco to lobster dinners.

Photo courtesy of Pier 1

Photo courtesy of Pier 1

White plastic cups may not be the classiest thing ever, they are better than shattered glass. If there is one place to go hokey, this is it: plastic cups. Pier 1 had fun with the word play on these. 

Photo courtesy of Mark and Graham

Photo courtesy of Mark and Graham

Easy to carry with a built in handle, Mark and Graham's quilted Gingham Picnic Blanket looks even better monogrammed and will give you the best spot for firework watching.

AMANDA LINDROTH'S ISLAND STYLE POP UP SHOP OPENS IN THE HAMPTONS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Filled with summer-inspired goodies of the woven rattan and wicker variety, the shop creates a comforting, relaxed and tailored take on resort style

Photos courtesy of Lindroth Designs

Photos courtesy of Lindroth Designs

Interior designer Amanda Lindroth has made her mark on design by creating breezy, cozy and chic island-style inspired interiors. Based in Lyford Cay, Bahamas, she recently expanded her reach to Palm Beach last year, opening a charming shop there, filled with great rattan, entertaining pieces and home decor, all with a laid back but polished spirit. This summer, she brings her Lindroth Design shop out East, with a pop up at the beach in Southampton, where she carries some of her established favorites, like her Lindroth Island Bag, a custom monogrammed woven straw bag and accessories with classic appeal.  Partnering with other resort brands, Lindroth is carrying Sea Star waterproof espadrilles and resort wear and accessories from Sunni Spencer.  Open 7 days a week until Labor Day, her retail ode to casual living will be the spot to find great house guest gifts, thank you treats and more. Visit 66 Jobs Lane in Southampton and check it out! A rum punch is probably being prepared for you right this minute.

You can never have enough blue and white plus woven wicker. Above, get your fill.

Need 4th of July attire? Red white and blue accessories at the ready. And beach to town shoes that are sea and sand ready? Count me in.

Floral and graphic geometric placemats and napkins aplenty for setting sunny summer tables with colorful flair