A FOND FAREWELL TO SUMMER. WAIT, IT'S OVER?!

by Marisa Marcantonio

The long sunny days of sea and sand have come to a close.  After numerous heatwaves, a lot of thunderstorms and hair malfunctions while surf side, I am looking forward to fall. I wish you all a wonderful, relaxing holiday weekend. Bask in summer and it's final moments. Enjoy!

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You can wear your straw hat for a few more days. This one, lined with a sweet Liberty print, would be my pick.

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A carved wooden anchor sculpture in a pale wood from Haus Interiors will remind you of summer all year long

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Unwind, framed rope gets the artistic treatment from Natural Curiosities

 Hung side-by-side with the white version above, the natural rope seems grounded and versatile

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Put the Paddle Board away till spring. Anthropologie's exclusive board with Kai Po'i has a little mod geo design. Styling. 

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Towel off after a final dip with Jonathan Adler's bright linear beach towels from Horchow.



PATRIOTIC STYLE

by Marisa Marcantonio

It's time to kick back, relax and watch the fireworks. With great looking red, white and blue showing up everywhere this summer, you can easily incorporate it into your everyday life, not just patriotic party time.  With the Olympics on the horizon, this palette will be around again soon.

Hey, every body's All American!

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Whether you place it on your wall, in a barn or on your porch, this recycled pine America Flag from Pottery Barn has a wonderful authentic Americana vibe.

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Put your feet up and relax. Cool your heels on Jonathan Adler's American Flag Needlepoint Stool. 

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Serve it up in style with a Jonathan Adler George Washington melamine tray you will want to have around for the super patriotic types. 

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And we have to have some ubiquitous ikat on the table! World Market's Red Woven Ikat Mats and Napkins will carry you through a summer of heavy entertaining.

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The hits just keep coming with World Market. They have the best stuff that is always really well designed. Take this striped Drink Dispenser-- I mean come on. So good.

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Come summertime, I am rarely without an iced tea in hand. These red and blue over sized glass goblets from Horchow hold enough tea (14 oz. worth) that I won't have to constantly refill my glass.

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These Ralph Lauren Home American Flag Mugs will be just the thing to use when you are watching the Olympics drinking your morning coffee.

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This is the beach towel everyone has been going crazy over. Maslin's Zebra Beach Towel looks like a rug but made from terry it is beach ready. It comes in the coolest leather sling so you can hop on your bike with it and go catch the waves.

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Jonathan Adler's George Beach Towel in a red white and blue geo pattern is beachy keen.

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I have this Duchess bag and it is the best! The coated canvas is rain appropriate and it takes the knocks from city living.  There is a row of pockets inside to keep everything small accessible and of course, the colors are great. From Jonathan Adler in the George pattern.

THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Whether using them to kick back and relax or as a coffee table, ottomans always come to the rescue. No matter what your style, there is an ottoman out there to fit your needs. Go luxe with leather or ethnic global with dhurrie- it's ottomania!

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These are so fun I want them all! Exclusively for Horchow, the Kilim Footstools are covered in a patchwork of Indian textiles dyed in rich hues.

The Chakki Ottoman from Serena and Lily has an intricately carved base and upholstery can be in one of 12 fabric choices.

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From the moment I first saw this Gabby's Bellamy Ottoman, I have wanted it. Completely upholstered with tufting, the lines are just right and the size is ultra versatile.

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Mixing warm wood and honey - colored leather, the Rhys ottoman from Anthropology gets better with wear and matches a variety of chair styles. Rather than trekking to England to find this at an antique store, you can get it at Anthro.
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Luxe leather surrounds this Moroccan inflected Candemir ottoman from Nathan Turner for Elite Leather. I think loden green is such a rich color that incorporates well with neutrals.

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Little and lovely, Ballard Designs Delamere Footrest with British Colonial details is smart great for smaller spaces.

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With an attached box edge cushion, this low Warner ottoman from Hickory Chair is comfy and refined. The small casters make moving it around a snap.

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Multi functional pieces are always handy, like this Beeline Home Tray Chic ottoman by Bunny Williams with a built-in tray.

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Some ottomans look great in pairs, like the Bamboo Ottoman from Baker. It is elevated, and the decorative frame has a lightness to it.

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An ottoman with a bobbin leg is classic and timeless. Covered in this cheery pink, you will have this piece forever. From Lee Industries.

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Burlap with nailheads- chic! Noir's round Bullseye Ottoman with a circular nailhead pattern can serve as a table or footrest and look great while doing it.


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A dhurrie covered ottoman with turned white legs is sturdy and chic in the gray and white combo. From West Elm as a limited edition.

The Savannah Ottoman from Pottery Barn has a tailored kick pleat skirt. Carved legs on casters make it easy to move around.