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Best of Summer

Summer’s not over yet! Be inspired by six breezy and beautiful summer spaces hand picked by three of our newest designers. Elle, Megan and Tiffany tell us why these spaces exude the spirit of summer.

Elle's Picks - Best of Summer
Orange Kitchen - Best of Summer

 

SUNNY SIDE UP

To me, a farmhouse sink is the marking of a well-loved cottage kitchen. It’s the only sink large enough to hold the heaping pile of dirty dishes left after a big meal shared with family and friends. Windows that stretch across the width of the marble counter top let the breeze float in to refresh and remind us of life’s simple summertime pleasures. And what could be more infectious than a kitchen boasting sunny yellow and happy orange hues? The quintessential colours of summer! (photo: This Old House)

Twin Beds - Best of Summer

 

INTO THE BLUE

Summer nights spent at the cottage are like slumber parties we never grow tired of! Just the sight of these sweet twin beds takes me back to the days of sharing a room with my sisters at the cottage over long summer weekends. The calming sky blue colour palette and scalloped bed linens make me feel light and playful – just the way I used to feel when lying in the grass, staring up and picking shapes out of the clouds. (photo: Boxwood Interiors via Design Chic)

Megan's Picks - Best of Summer
Open Doors - Best of Summer

 

WIDE OPEN SPACES

This picturesque lounge area screams summer to me! I love the hinged doors that function like a folding privacy screen – except with unhindered views of the outdoors. The room becomes one with nature as its earthy colours blend with the neutral tones of the interior furnishings, save for a few pops of vibrant colour. Rustic side tables give the space a carefree vibe, while the contemporary sofa, chair and fluted coffee table keep the space looking spacious, clean and modern. (photo: House & Home)

Orange Kitchen - Best of Summer

 

COUNTRY CLEAR

Summer sunlight, crisp white cabinetry and natural wood accents; this is the makeup of my ideal cottage kitchen. I love the freshness of the white cabinets in contrast with the restored barn wood beams, farm-style table and butcher-block countertops. No fancy gadgets, just casual elegance. The rustic, well-loved table is the perfect spot for a family to gather around and enjoy fun activities – like baking brownies! What makes this room feel especially summery to me, is the window views of the lush greenery. I remember fondly running in the grass at my cottage as a kid, my parents and grandparents working away in the kitchen and every so often they’d glance up and out the window to see what I was up to. (photo: Elizabeth Cooper Interior Design via Lonny)

Tiffany's Picks - Best of Summer
Tiffany's Picks - Best of Summer

 

BEACH CHIC

This is the room version of a beach. It draws its palette from the sand, water and sky. The rattan furniture references drift wood and the blue vases beside the mantel remind me of beach glass washed ashore. Decorative elements like the starfish and piece of coral under the glass dome further the coastal, summer vibe of this room. (photo: Queensland Homes)

Tiffany's Picks - Best of Summer

 

NAUTICAL NOD

This room speaks of sailing the sea on a hot summer day. Nautical nods like the classic blue and white colour palette and the globe pendant suspended from the pulley system - similar to pulleys used to rig up ship sails - reference this theme in a sophisticated way. Wood paneled walls feel rustic and ship-like. The use of fresh potted herbs as a table centerpiece instead of flowers, give the table a multi-sensory freshness. Together, these elements create the look, taste and smell of summer. (photo: Ralph Lauren via Pinterest)