Finding a cooler that looks good is harder than you think. I discovered this blue and white striped canvas version from Pottery Barn Kids, and not only does it look sharp, you can personalize it with a monogram, its spacious, and is easy to carry. All bonuses during the sweltering season when staying cool and hydrating (with Rose or water) is a top priority. Throw it over your shoulder and hit the sand.
Every July, the Hampton Designer Showhouse opens in Long Island, providing designer inspiration benefitting the Southampton Hospital. This years house, presented by Traditional Home, is located in The Fields in Southampton, and Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton are the Honorary Design Co-Chairmen. Embodying Hamptons style in its many iterations, the spaces, done by 30 designers are often designed to capture a sense of summer and of place. I am excited to share the list of designers, and look forward to seeing the house come together for it's opening party July 22nd.
Aerin Lauder has an aesthetic that embodies an elegant, well lived life. Her designs capture that sensibility well. She has just debuted a new collection in collaboration with a major retailer, and it hits all the right notes. Have a summer house with kitchen cabinets and a bar to fill? Get a jump on that spring and summer entertaining and head over to Williams Sonoma NOW for their just launched exclusive collection with Aerin Lauder. The extensive collection of over 120 pieces is filled with classic home decor, entertaining pieces, items for the bar, stylish pillows and more, is done in an elevated, elegant casual way, and it includes Lauder's favorite classic color scheme: blue and white. Ahead, a look at my favorites from the nicely priced assortment that merges luxurious inspiration with an approachable appeal. Those that can't resist a scallop edged plate, this is for you...
Scalloped Dinner Plates come in a set of 4. Need I say more?
Scalloped Salad Plates, also sold in a set of 4. Get both.
Sea Blue Geometric Bowls with a tight linear geometric motif in a low shape I prefer to high sided bowls
Entertaining an endless stream of guests at home? The Sea Blue Geometric Platter can handle serving duties.
Sea Blue Appetizer Plates mix up assorted floral and geometric patterns
Cheese knife sets can go wrong and are often done badly. Taking her cue from shells found in tropical climes, her Seashell Cheese Knives are beautifully done.
Serve little nibbles in little White Leaf Condiment Bowls that look nice on the dining table or end table
Ikat Napkins, that come in a set of 4 add a pop of pattern to a clean all white tablesetting
Always a go-to for pretty trays, (aka an ottoman's best friend) this rattan version hits all the right notes: generous in size with elegant handles.
Finally someone has made a chic flatware caddy! I love this.
A kicky blue pattern reminiscent of Murano glass decorates the Confetti Highball Glasses that come 4 to a set
Capitalizing on the ardor for the beloved Chinoiserie blue and white garden stool, this Ginger Jar Champagne Bucket brings that same feeling to the bar
Basics in rattan done right dot the collection. The Woven and Stainless Steel Ice Bucket with Tongs can go from city to country.
Get 2 of these White Link Pitchers -- one for the bar, and another for keeping freshly brewed iced tea at the ready in the fridge
Rattan Woven and Stainless Steel Coasters come in a set of 4. Did someone say hostess gift? Stock up on these in the gift closet, a la Candy Spelling.
When it's this pretty, use this Outdoor Printed Floral Pillow inside
Then there is this zippy diagonal graphic geo Outdoor Printed Hampton Ikat Lumbar Pillow
A seashell print done with Porthaut like charm on a lumbar pillow in outdoor fabric
Crisp white basketweave Woven Basket Cachepots in varying sizes, perfect for that Whole Foods orchid!
What's better than a table set with some personality? Design lovers everywhere will rejoice at the newly launched white version of Dodie Thayer's divine lettuce ware bone china. Detailed to resemble lettuce leaves, the now iconic pattern is a fresh alternative to the zingy original 1960's spring green color that was reeditioned with Tory Burch. The white pattern has launched with dinner plates, salad plates, canape plates, serving bowl, soup bowls, tea cups and a pitcher. I have a feeling this is going to set many interior designers tables this summer, for it brings a fresh hand detailed artisanship with playful flair.
A rustic cupboard filled with masses of crisp white lettuce wear
The large serving bowl is a great wedding gift
Make tea fun again! The twisted tea cup handle has such charm.
Will iced tea ever be the same? My go-to summer refresher just got an instant upgrade with this lettuce leaf pitcher.