• Summer Decorating Inspiration

    There are so many reasons to love summer. And just as many reasons to use this balmy season as decorating inspiration. How, you ask? Let these rooms guide you to a look that’s laid-back, welcoming, and primed for the longest (and best) days of the year.


    First up: load up on unexpected summer paraphernalia. In Steve Berg’s 450-square-foot New York apartment, he manages to squeeze a few pieces that conjure summer quicker than a melting popsicle: a shell, starfish, beachy artwork, driftwood, and a Hawaiian skimboard. Because the pieces are found objects, not part of a cutesy beach decor set, the result is effortless cool, not grandma’s beach cottage.

  • Another option: Make like Dolores Robinson, and let your palette do the talking. The sky blue of her living room – and faded grass-green upholstery, brings in a calming, summer afternoon vibe. The silhouetted palm tree – artwork by pop artist Mo McDermott – also doesn’t hurt, and is a good reminder that embracing the unexpected is a seasonless approach.

  • And if all else fails? Embrace the official textures of summer, like wicker and grasscloth. Hydrangeas and crisp white walls are also always a good idea.

Lead photo of Steve Berg’s desk; Dolores Robinson’s living room both photographed by Roger Davies for The Things That Matter. Chicago dining area photographed by Brittany Ambridge for Domino.

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