WICKET AWESOME

by Marisa Marcantonio

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!

Photo courtesy of LL Bean

Photo courtesy of LL Bean


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KEEP IT LIGHT: 11 WONDERFUL WICKER AND WOVEN FINDS

by Marisa Marcantonio

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.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

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. 

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

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

Photo courtesy of Wisteria

Photo courtesy of Wisteria

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

Photo courtesy of Selamat

Photo courtesy of Selamat

Low with high sides, Selamat's woven wicker Heasley Chair is great for seating groups that want to sit and lounge awhile. 

Photo courtesy of Hollywood at Home

Photo courtesy of Hollywood at Home

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.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

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!

Photo courtesy of Palacek

Photo courtesy of Palacek

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

Photo courtesy of Gabby

Photo courtesy of Gabby

An interesting cut corner detail gives Gabby Home's rattan bordered Veronica Mirror in a grey finish a dressier look

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Photo courtesy of West Elm

West Elm Market's Wicker Cart makes transporting odds and ends or a trip to the Farmer's Market way chicer.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lily

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.

Photo courtesy of Williams Sonoma Home

Photo courtesy of Williams Sonoma Home

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

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