It’s Beginning to look a lot like…SUMMER, designer style!

As summer fast approaches, I find myself dreaming of one day being able to decorate my own summer lake house. In the meantime, I’m enjoying getting ideas from beautifully decorated summer homes. I especially adore Interior designer Sarah Richardson. She transformed her Canadian island cottage into a relaxing space with rustic charm.

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Rooftop deck overlooking the water.

A living room with rustic charm emphasizing the blue water and natural outside elements.

A living room with rustic charm emphasizing the blue water and natural outside elements.

Comfortable lounge area emphasizing the cottage style.

Comfortable lounge area emphasizing the cottage style.

A cottage style dining room with mismatched chairs and whitewashed walls and a touch of the nautical.

A cottage style dining room with mismatched chairs and whitewashed walls and a touch of the nautical.

 

Light and airy kitchen with a vintage touch.

Light and airy kitchen with a vintage touch.

 

Guest cabin bedroom reflecting nature.

Guest cabin bedroom reflecting nature.

I also adore the beach-themed décor from Detagli Home Décor (below).

A colorful and rustic porch with natural touches.

A colorful and rustic porch with natural touches.

 

 

Headboard made from oars emphasizing a nautical themed bedroom.

Headboard made from oars emphasizing a nautical themed bedroom.

 

 

Living room from Dittagli Home Décor. Very fresh, natural and rustic.

Living room from Dittagli Home Décor. Very fresh, natural and rustic.

 

It’s Beginning to look a lot like…SUMMER, European-style!

I came across some wonderful light-filled summer retreats at Dittaglihomedecor.com, an Italian interior design site that is exquisite. I love the vibrant colors used on this balcony at Villa Fabrica in Santorini, Greece. Santorini is an island in the southern Aegean Sea.

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I also love the simplicity in design with the stucco white, elegant yet plain table and chairs and a simple olive tree. Really emphasizes the beautiful surroundings beyond.

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The same simple table and chairs can be used inside. Using a wooden picnic table (as of knock off of this idea) would have the same impact, adding a twist to your summer décor. Here, the table paired with a vase of olive branches really emphasizes an ocean front Greek island freshness. I’ll definitely have to knock off the olive branches in a vase! Would work well with eucalyptus branches as well.

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I am crazy about the natural light effects at this summer home in Fermentera, Spain (below). It is one of the Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean Sea, near the eastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. The lattice roof (made from bamboo) allows the beautiful summer sun to shine through yet also provides an adequate amount of shade. I also adore the overall natural ethos that ties into the surrounding beachy landscape. I’m definitely going to knock off the hat rack made from a log base and branches.formenteraSpain

Wicker baskets, untreated wood  and white linens in various rooms accentuate the rustic and natural setting of this island paradise.

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From micasrevista.com, eclectic European charm is accentuated in unique summer homes (below)

Fresh and simple in Mallorca, Spain.

Fresh and simple in Mallorca, Spain.

White slipcovers and fresh citric colors reflect the outdoor natural elements in Mallorca, Spain.

White slipcovers and fresh citric colors reflect the outdoor natural elements in Mallorca, Spain.

 

A natural and cool kitchen that emphasizes a summer freshness in Mallorca, Spain.

A natural and cool kitchen that emphasizes a summer freshness in Mallorca, Spain.

 

Outside patio in Formentera,, Spain from Micasarevista.com

Outside patio in Formentera,, Spain from Micasarevista.com

 

Globally-Inspired Decor

Indian Inspired bedroom at madaboutpinkblogspot.com

Indian Inspired bedroom at madaboutpinkblogspot.com

Bedroom from Elle India.

Bedroom from Elle India.

 

These blue and white Tribal African Drapes (below) can add a splash of ethnicity to any room. I like the use of blue instead of black for a refreshing twist.
Again, the use of blue in this woven West African Hamper adds a subtle tribal influence to a bathroom.
The Danish style which is so popular because of stores like Ikea, is a great way to celebrate your Northern European roots. Streamlined, pure and simple shapes and lines emphasize a modern and clean look.
Bedroom by Jake Curtis for IKEA

Bedroom by Jake Curtis for IKEA

From Decorate Workshop, Holly Becker at decor8blog.com

From Decorate Workshop, Holly Becker at decor8blog.com

Adding French burlap in the form of pillows, dishcloths, table runners, etc. adds a French country flair whether you’re French or just a lover of French Country design.

French burlap pillows at Si un mas m'etait conte.

French burlap pillows at Si un mas m’etait conte.

 

French utencil holder and dishcloth at Ciel D'Orage.

French utencil holder and dishcloth at Ciel D’Orage.

French burlap at Dentelles Oxydees

French burlap at Dentelles Oxydees

A delicate Chinese pillow from Zarahome.com (below) paired with a delicate bedding can reflect one’s Chinese heritage in a subtle way.
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Asian incense spirals (below) from VivaTerra offer a unique yet modern approach to an Asian inspired room.
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Everything IKAT!

I am so loving everything IKAT! Although the textile pattern has been around over the past year, it is still being featured in everything from purses to pillows. Here are some of my favorites…

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I adore this colorful green and blue burlap throw pillow from World Market, only $24.99.

madelineweinrib.comikatlucitechairOne of my all time favorites is this one of a kind Blue Daphne Ikat Vintage Vladimir Kagan Lucite chair. From Madeline Weinrib.com.

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Pottery Barn featured this sold out Vivian Ikat duvet cover and pillow sham. You can still find it on ebay!

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If you only want a touch of the ikat pattern, these beautiful ikat throw blankets made from recycled cotton yarns are available at ladybugshops.com for $165.00.

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And, right in my own backyard are these ikat patterned chairs at The Farmhouse Store in Westfield, NJ and Princeton, NJ. Love them!

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A unique ikat patterned accessory are these Blue Ikat Place Mats featured at Mazehome.com. They are 14 inch square, and come in a set of 4 for $267.00. A bit pricey!