Summer trends we love

Merced Sun-Star - - Chowchilla News - BY KATIE LAUGH­RIDGE Katie Laugh­ridge owns Kansas City in­te­rior de­sign des­ti­na­tion Nell Hill’s.

Summer has al­ways been a spe­cial sea­son, full of en­ter­tain­ing, fam­ily and friends, but with­out the stress of the win­ter hol­i­days that usu­ally ac­com­pa­nies those types of gath­er­ings. Summer is the time to kick back with those you hold dear and en­joy a nice cold bev­er­age on the pa­tio (le­mon­ade for the kid, rosé for me?). How­ever, de­spite the tran­quil­ity of the sea­son you still want your decor to siz­zle! Join me as we dis­cuss the trends found in this sea­son of fire­flies, balmy nights and wa­ter­side re­lax­ing.


What is summer with­out a visit (or 15) to the lake? Lakehouse chic makes for a pretty space that is full of life and com­fort. It is easy to add touches of rus­tic, lake-in­spired decor to many of your rooms at home. One of my fa­vorite ar­eas to up­date for summer is the kitchen and din­ing area. Plates are a sim­ple, prac­ti­cal way to in­cor­po­rate a new look. Beyond a beau­ti­ful ta­ble set­ting, you can use plates as wall decor or dis­play them in a coun­ter­top vi­gnette for all to ad­mire. Lake-in­spired pil­lows and light summer throws round out your look by adding tex­ture and a re­laxed en­ergy per­fect for curling up in va­ca­tion bliss. No lake house (or no lake)? No prob­lem. These ad­di­tions look won­der­ful in any set­ting.


Bright, cheery and fes­tive, cit­rus ac­cents and hues are per­fect for summer. Juicy orange, elec­tric yel­low and vivid green make for an en­er­getic and fresh com­bi­na­tion that will il­lu­mi­nate your space. You can sub­tly in­tro­duce these some­times over­pow­er­ing hues in your space in many ways. Can­dle­hold­ers, ta­ble tex­tiles and lemon de­tails can bring a vi­brant flair. I ab­so­lutely love cit­rus ac­cents. In fact, I have a tan­gelo tree that has some­how sur­vived an en­tire year (it’s a plant mir­a­cle!), so any ex­cuse to bring in lemons, limes and or­anges (and tan­ge­los) and I am there.


Dur­ing the summer months, my fam­ily loves to use our out­door din­ing spa­ces. Whether that space is a four sea­sons room, a pa­tio or a screened porch, I am al­ways striv­ing to get as much fresh air as pos­si­ble be­fore win­ter re­turns.

Con­sid­er­ing the dan­gers that out­door din­ing brings (I’ve lost many a ceramic plate on the trek from kitchen to pa­tio), and the dan­gers of hav­ing an al­most-4-year old, it’s no won­der I have been lov­ing me­lamine this sea­son. Me­lamine is light­weight and vir­tu­ally un­break­able, not to men­tion it comes in many beau­ti­ful pat­terns. One of my fa­vorites this year has been pa­per plate-in­spired me­lamine plates. They bring back all the nos­tal­gia and mem­o­ries of us­ing pa­per set­tings as a child but with­out the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of non­reusable plates. These beau­ties are not mi­crowave-safe, but you can pop them into the dish­washer.

Summer is a time to try new things and have some fun, so these are only a few of my fa­vorite trends. I have also been us­ing a ton of red, white and blue and con­tin­u­ing my love of Char­cu­terie Chic as well.


Bright, cheery and fes­tive, cit­rus col­ors are per­fect for summer.


Me­lamine pic­nicware is light­weight and vir­tu­ally un­break­able.

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