by Marisa Marcantonio

When seeking cover from the hot sun's rays, few things are as essential at the beach as a trusty umbrella. Not only do they serve an important purpose, they can be transporting, making you feel as though you are off the coast of Italy, without a care in the world. Kerry Cassill's laid-back California vibe fabrics have had a following in the beachy look department for years. The Indian boho look she does so well transitions from sundresses to bedding, and every season, she adds a fresh prints, be it florals, stripes, tiny geometrics or paisleys, in her sun washed palette. This summer, she has added beach umbrellas, complete with cotton fringe. Made of upholstery fabrics treated for the sun, her unique Capri-inspired umbrellas make long summer days and lapping waves more awesome. Find them at her Laguna Beach store, Lala, by calling 949.464.9220.

Patterned umbrellas made from printed fabrics. That California light makes everything look better.

A skinny navy and white striped version

Orange and white stripes


by Marisa Marcantonio

Lo and behold, the 4th of July is upon us. I wish you a fantastic holiday, filled with blue skies/sun/sand/BBQ's/cold cocktails/family/best friends/beautiful views and memories in the making. See you next week!

 Photo courtesy of Chandon

A crisp blue and white striped bottle,  Chandon's Limited Edition Brut Classic 2013, is a 4th of July must. The bottle design, rope and all, will have you hook line and sinker.

Photo courtesy of Kate Spade Saturday

Tie one on and chill with Kate Spade Saturday's acrylic ice bucket with red rope handles. So mobile.

Photo courtesy of Pier 1

Rituals are part of the family fun. Festive red, white and blue crackers come with little surprises inside. Kids love this sort of thing. They get a paper crown to wear around. Pier 1 is a great go-to for 4th of July paraphernalia.

Photo courtesy of Bloomingdales

You will rarely ever lose your towel when it is  a vivid pattern, like Sunnylife's Jervis towel in red and navy.

Photo courtesy of Mr. Boddington

Say thanks for a great holiday with Mr. Boddington's always charming letterpress note cards.

Photo courtesy of Opening Ceremony

Rock some blue and white gingham. Sunnies from Opening Ceremony will keep you looking and feeling cool. 

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler

Protect your optics with Jonathan Adler's needlepoint anchor case.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Paul

Serve up crustaceans in red white and blue patriot style on Thomas Paul's melamine friendly lobster platter

Photo courtesy of West Elm

Since your dogs will be scared stiff after the Fireworks, lure them out from under the bed with a cookie, served out of West Elm's minimalist chic Dipper Pet Jars. Hopefully, they will soon forget about the trauma to their ears.

Photo courtesy of Lance Wovens

Crafted of supple woven leather, Lance Wovens Nation on Vacation pillow is a great reason to relax on the sofa.

Photo courtesy of Cost Plus World Market

An indigo blue lumbar pillow with a red and white striped swath down the center make World Market's  pillow a nice one for the summer rental.

Photo courtesy of Oomph

Bring the blue and white inside with Oomph's Tini Ottoman, upholstered in a casual wavy blue and white print.