SUMMER STARTS HERE: STAY COOL THIS MEMORIAL DAY

by Marisa Marcantonio


Finally! Time to get out the beach towels and spend as much time out of doors as possible. Every summer I find so many fantastic goodies for outdoor entertaining and a life if leisure that I want them all. Here are a few that have it made in the shade:

Photo courtesy of World Market
How great is this Venice Umbrella from World Market? The pattern is a little bit Peter Dunham a little bit Raoul Textiles.

Photo courtesy of Roberta Roller Rabbit
With terry on one side and fabric on the other, this Roberta Roller Rabbit blanket/towel fills many functions. Take your pick: picnic or beach.

Instead of a hammock, try Pier 1's Swingasan Chair. A what? I know, but you will love it.



Photo courtesy of Luna Bazaar
Use real or battery operated votives for these mini lanterns in sensational brights from Luna Bazaar to illuminate the night sky.

Photo courtesy of West Elm
If your garden needs a dose of new Americana, then this light wood bench called The Dexter from West Elm is for you. It's a neo-Windsor Chair with clean lines and classic elements. Love it for inside or out.


Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs
If you need new chairs for eating outside, these Gallante Chairs, aluminum painted to look like bamboo, from Ballard Designs fit the bill. You would have to look for ages to find a vintage set like it, so save your time and spend it with a summer beach read instead.

Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn
A nautical eco friendly wine tote for the gift of spirits when you go to a friend's house. From Sea Bags for Pottery Barn.

Photo courtesy of Z Gallerie
Melamine plates in a Moroccan pattern, check. From Z Gallerie.
It's a holiday weekend so eat drink and be merry!