Guest Groups: Dreaming of a Casual Summer Cottage
May 31, 2018
With the Fourth of July round the corner, I would wager that summer cabin daydreams are hitting their annual peak. In this ideabook, I piled up a couple of summery pieces which would be essential for my fanciful shack by the sea — believe twists on tradition with weathered wood and sailor stripes, salvaged materials and handmade heirlooms, all with a dusting of Provencal sensibility. — Jenn from Department of the Interior
The Loaded Trunk
Mexican Embroidered Pillow Covers – $60
I love mixing and matching artisan fabrics from around the world, and whimsical Mexican bedspreads are among my favorites.
Here, Roni from Loaded Trunk discovered these conventional themes hand-embroidered onto pillow cases by the Otomi Indians in Mexico.
Bodhi Desk – $798
I think contrast is essential to a home that’s warm and modern all at once. The worn-in quality of the wood and minimal layout is the perfect pairing.
Leather & Canvas Weekend Bag – $288
Lovingly salvaged from 1940s ticking fabric, this bag was made to be full of a new farm rack haul. Imagine it overflowing with sunflowers and ears of corn.
Petit Bateau Striped Terrycloth Towel – $60
This adorable towel from iconic French brand Petit Bateau will make you feel like you’re sunning from the Côte d’Azur — even in the Jersey Shore!
CoCo Cabana Chair – $189
These no-fuss, casual seats are ideal for a post-swim lunch; recycled steel and a cotton chair might easily stand up to damp-toweled bottoms!
Cobalt Large Jug with Handle – $59
I’m completely obsessed with this tiny pitcher in Design House Stockholm. I am pretty sure it was constructed for twisting alfresco chats with friends over lemonade or fresh-brewed sour tea.
White-Dipped Barrel Baskets – $59
These simple, beachy baskets are perfect for corralling all your summer essentials in a well-trafficked entryway — from beach towels into sand castle molds, spare sunscreen and flip-flops.
Windsor Love Seat – $1,498
This ombre-lacquered Windsor seat is just too cool. Such a brilliant twist on a occasionally stodgy classic.
Brook Farm General Store
Maplewood Cheese Board – $37
Delightfully unpretentious, this curved maple cheese board looks like it’s been passed down for generations.
Luscious Langoustine Dinner Plate – $24
I’m a massive fan of French artist Nathalie Lete’s whimsical designs. This witty snacking summertime plate is almost too cute to eat off of!
Lafitte Pendant – $148.95
Nautical done right. I adore the filtered light beaming through this jute pendant.
Brook Farm General Store
Beeswax Tea Lights – $10
These simple beeswax tea lights are a sweet, rustic take on a summer essential.
Calypso St. Barth
Zig Zag Jaipuri Rug – $275
This hand-loomed runner from Calypso St. Barth has just the right amount of graphical punch to liven up a boring hall or entry.
Engineered Glass Sconce – $373.50
I really like the patina of the recycled glass sconce from Terrain. Picture it transports you from a porch on a foggy, moonless night.
Botanical Drawing No. 6007 by Kari Herer – $30
Kari Herer’s photographs of her original drawings layered with real flowers are consistently jaw-dropping. Hang one anyplace you need to feel inspired.
Botanical Tea Towels – $24
Are not these flour sack tea towels that the ideal hostess gift? They’re made by Sara Selepouchin of Girls Can Tell.
Rifle Paper Co..
Gold Painted Stripes Thank You Card $4.50
No, we can not all have beach homes (womp womp), but we can thank the folks who let us stay at theirs with style! I happen to believe Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. is the very best stationer around, along with the metallic stripes here don’t disappoint.
Cloud Cookie Cutters – $20
No one likes getting rained out to a beach day, but these cloud cookie cutters from Herriott Grace offer a silver lining. Everyone knows that fresh-baked biscuits make any stormy day better. True story.
Traditional Duvet Covers – $202
Inspired by a favourite set of PJs, this weathered duvet from Coyuchi (completed with coconut shell buttons!) Is ideal for beach home guest rooms. I really like the sign of a menswear texture, too.
Santa Maria Novella Rosewater – $50
From Italy’s earliest”farmaceutica” that this rosewater, sprinkled or ironed on sheets, will give one of the most restorative sleep imaginable. An amazing treat for guests or you — yes, even you!
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