Your Guide to Summer Entertaining

Fresh Ideas for Your Next Outdoor Party!

summer soiree

Beautiful Summer Soirée via Domino

The summer wouldn’t be the same without cookouts and BBQ’s, dinner under the stars, picnics and outdoor gatherings. This refreshing time of year where more time is spent outdoors then in, is one that we look forward to all year round!

movie night

Enjoy an evening under the stars with an outdoor movie night in your own backyard – Image via Popsugar.com

So what will be at your next summer soirée? We’ve rounded up some fabulous ideas for your next event because lets face it, being able to spend extra time with family and friends in the summer is something to be treasured and making sure your guests are happy and delighted should be at the top of all of our entertaining lists!

Food + Drink:

summer party food ideas

Choose easy appetizers and drinks so that both your preparation and clean up are a breeze! – Images via What’s Gaby Cooking, Food.com, Running to the Kitchen, Style Me Pretty, Pinterest and Fox News Magazine

Serve food that showcases the summers best! In season vegetables and fruits such as corn, watermelon, blueberries and strawberries makes sure that your food is perfectly ripe for the picking. Include refreshing cocktails to beat the heat and don’t forget about the little one’s! Filling an ice bucket with popsicles is a great idea for kids that can easily be replenished as it gets low. Finally, make sure that you are always opting for ease. Adorning your food with a stick makes for both easy accessibility and easy clean up. Remember, finger foods will make your summer entertaining schedule much more enjoyable to handle!

Décor:

summer party decor

Pretty summer party decor via Devon Rachel, Popsugar.com, Pinterest and Homedit.com

Have fun with your décor! Although your party or event will most likely be outdoors, incorporate elements that will still make your party special such as an elegant tablecloth or brightly colored pillows. Decorating with items that serve a double purpose is also something to keep in mind. We love how Devon Rachel showcases above a sweet Hawaiian Soiree that uses fans for the table setting but that could easily help you cool off from the summer heat. Homedit.com also shows how you can use pretty blue mason jars filled with citronella to both ward off bugs while providing a stylish table accessory.

Extras:

summer party fun

Images via Beau-coup Blog, Brit + Co and Target

Those unexpected details are what turn a party from good to great! Make your own large Jenga set for laughs all night long or set a basket out with blankets for those unexpected cold nights. These “little” extras will offer your guests something that they probably wouldn’t have expected, setting the perfect positive atmosphere for your event!

For more Summer Entertaining ideas, check out our Pinterest board dedicated to fresh and fun party ideas!

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Nantucket Style

Island Chic Decorating Ideas

Nantucket Exterior

A Beautiful Nantucket Home – Image via Houzz

Nantucket! This iconic summer landmark sits just off the coast of Massachusetts. Whether you’ve ventured its sandy shores or just dreamed your way there, this small island has had a BIG impact in the home design space. From its famous shingle siding, to Nantucket reds, weathered wood and coastal accents, this vacation destination knows the key to creating the perfect beach getaway. So what’s the key you might ask? Keep reading to find out!

nantucket entryway

Spacious and uncluttered entryways via Jonathan Raith and Co. & Architectural Digest

Spacious Living Room

Open and airy living space via Christopher’s Home Furnishings on Nantucket

Foundation: It’s important to stick with a clean and slightly sparse interior. Still reveling in the pure simplicity of the early New England era, Nantucket style homes are usually free of excess and clutter. They instead set the perfect stage for an airy afternoon of sunshine and laughter.

weathered wood

An antique dresser and driftwood inspired wall to distressed signs, all help to create that “island feel” – Images via Pinterest and Brewster Home Fashions

Details: It wouldn’t be an island retreat without a bit of timeless detail. Surfaces that remind you of a piece of driftwood floating along the water’s edge to materials that are weathered and worn, these are the qualities that are never to be left behind!

blue and white decor

Nantucket Color Inspiration – Images via Pinterest, John Bessler Photography, The Cottage Market, My Crafty Home Life and New England Home

Palette: From warm sand tones to crisp whites and ocean blues, the Nantucket palette is organic and fresh. You will always find colors of the earth, browns that have a bit of patina, rich creams and lots and lots of white! A pop of red is never unexpected but always a great surprise!

nantucket decorating

Images via Good Life of Design, Calling it Home and Country Living

Treasures: The last and final piece of the puzzle is of course the island’s treasures. Capturing that true Nantucket aesthetic cannot be done without a piece of this magical place inside your home. Starfish, wooden oars, pictures of the sea, pictures of a boat out at sea, hydrangeas, rope and so much more work to bring your entire look together.

See more Nantucket inspiration via our Pinterest Page!

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Decorating Ideas Inspired by the Sea

nautical chic

Image via Pinterest

Whether the beach lies outside your front door or you’re miles away from a sandy shore, get your coastal fix with these nautical decorating ideas. Rustic woods to classic stripes, maps and ships, show there’s not only one way to achieve the serene and tranquil vibe that is readily at the forefront of any beach or summer cottage. We suggest happily letting your mind wonder through these inspired spaces that will hopefully lead you to creating your own nautical chic haven.

Rustic Wood: Simple and unrefined, adding in furniture pieces that have a rustic quality instantly brings a beachy-chic vibe to your space. From a driftwood inspired mirror and antique wooden chest to distressed wood paneling, all of these are able to capture that coastal feeling.

rustic wood details

Images via Pinterest, Upcycled Treasures & Brewster Home Fashions

Stripes: Stripes are classic and chic. Forever encompassing that nautical look in a blue and white colorway, from bedding to furniture, walls and curtains, the possibilities are truly endless.

stripe decor

Images via Gentlemen’s Quarters by Chesapeake, Looks Like White Blog & Houzz

Rope Accents: Sometimes it’s all in the details! Rope offers a natural and seaworthy complement to décor. You can also easily refurbish an old dresser, nightstand or bureau by adding rope handles.

rope details

Images via Hative, Pinterest & Liz Marie Blog

Coral: Create a beautiful coral centerpiece or place coral throughout your room for an easy way to bring the ocean home to stay.

coral details

Images via Sand Dollar Wallpaper Collection & Pinterest

Maps & Ships: From ship wallpaper to intriguing maps and model sailboats, maps and ships are a wonderful way to bring a nautical chic look to your décor. Whether weathered and aged or new and shiny, this timeless decorating style is both beautiful and captivating.

maps in decor

Images via Remodelista, Houzz & Brewster Home Fashions

ship decorating

Images via Gentlemen’t Quarters, Pawleys Island Posh, Houzz & Oxford Collection by Beacon House

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Top 5 Spring 2015 Trends for the Home

Home Decor Trends to Try This Year

Today marks the vernal equinox which means Spring is here! Despite the actual weather calling for snow flurries here, we are delighted about the prospect of warm weather and bright days ahead. We are also giddy about all things new in color, fashion, and fun trends for the new season. Here is a list of our 5 favorite design movements to try this Spring.

Bold Blue

Marsala was declared the color of the year, but we have to say that bold blue is stealing the show. Rich Mediterranean blues are adding a regal tranquility to every room of the house. From accent walls to furniture, and kitchen cabinets to accessories, blue is a major trend in home decor this season.

bold blue decor trend spring 2015

images via HGTV and Brewster Home Fashions

bold blue decor trend spring 2015

images via HGTV and Brewster Home Fashions

bold blue decor trend spring 2015

images via Brewster Home Fashions

Industrial

Inspired by chic lofts, artist studios, and the juxtaposition of finery with streamlined modern spaces, industrial decor is a contemporary trend to watch. Lighting, in particular, designed with a utilitarian feel that has been adapted with interesting finishes and unexpected scale, is adding a refined beauty to decor. The trend extends to furniture and wall decor, with sheet metal, steel, and exposed rivets creating drama.

Industrial Chic Decor Trend Spring 2015

Images via Anthropologie Freshome and BrewsterHome Fashions

Industrial Chic Decor Trend Spring 2015

Images via Brewster Home Fashions and the Decoist

Industrial Chic Decor Trend Spring 2015

Images via HGTV and Brewster Home Fashions

Geometrics

Mathematics is the language of the universe and geometrics create a contemporary and balanced look. We love the sophistication of clean lines, uncomplicated forms and chic shapes. HGTV has declared Geometrics as the front-running trend of 2015 and we could not agree more!

Geometrics Home Decor Trend Spring 2015

Images via Urban Outfitters and Brewster Home Fashions

Geometrics Home Decor Trend Spring 2015

Images via Brewster Home Fashions

Geometrics Home Decor Trend Spring 2015

Images via Brewster Home Fashions

Free Standing Tubs

Beautiful bathrooms featuring free standing tubs are giving us bathroom envy this year! Whether featuring modern lines, vintage stylings, or a transitional mix of both, some gorgeous tubs are taking center stage these days. What a beautiful spa-like decor idea for those who love to take baths and have the space for a tub that doesn’t double as a shower.

Free Standing Tub Home Decor Trend Spring 2015

Image via HGTV

Free Standing Tub Home Decor Trend Spring 2015

Image via Brewster Home Fashions

Free Standing Tub Home Decor Trend Spring 2015

Images via Brewster Home Fashions

Warm Metals Copper

We love shiny things! Metallics have been captivating home decor and the trend continues to prosper this season. Shimmering gold, warm copper, and beautiful brass bring a touch of luxury to any space, radiating the light of the room. Pendant lamps, mirrors, furniture and wall decor, even sinks and hardware are all benefiting from the beauty of metallic finishes.

Warm Metals Spring Home Decor Trend Spring 2015

images via Brewster Home Fashions

Warm Metals Spring Home Decor Trend Spring 2015

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Warm Metals Spring Home Decor Trend Spring 2015

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Beautiful White Interiors

Welcome Spring with Fresh White Details

all white bedroom

Calm and cozy, this white bedroom just begs you to relax – Image via Oprah.com

“Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” -Leonardo da Vinci

Simple, clean, crisp and fresh! The color white is able to marry all of these terms together beautifully. From crisp white linens to fresh white cabinets, simple white bedding to clean white walls. A home decorated in all white has a refreshing aura, where the beauty of Spring lies around every corner. With Spring just 9 days away, there’s no better time to revive the look of your home. Find all the inspiration you need for a beautiful white interior below.

The Bedroom:

white bedroom looks

Images – Houzz, Style Me Pretty Living, Style at Home, Brewster Home Fashions & M.S. Architecture

The Living Room: 

white livingrooms

Images – Digs Digs, Liz Marie Blog & Brewster Home Fashions

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white kitchen ideas

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Welcome Marsala into Your Home

Tips for Achieving On-Trend Designs Using the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year

Marsala Pantone Color of the Year 2015

Marsala, the 2015 Pantone Color of the Year, is a rich and complex hue that seamlessly blends both regal and earthy elements. The new Pantone color is named after the fortified wine that complements the most satisfying of meals, and with minimal effort, incorporating Marsala in the home can make any space feel cozy and on-trend.

“Marsala is unique in its versatility,” says Paula Berberian, our Creative Director. “While previous Pantone colors of the year like Radiant Orchid and Emerald added a bold element to home interiors, Marsala is a grounding force that is subtle enough to pair with both dramatic and muted design schemes.” Below, Berberian shares her tips for incorporating Marsala in your home to create a chic and cohesive look.

Marsala Wallpaper from Beacon House Home Marsala Wallpaper from Oxford

 

Embrace the Earthiness “The red-brown undertones in Marsala serve as the ideal accent for earthy accessories,” notes Berberian.  “From reclaimed wood shelving to bowls filled with beechwood, decorating with natural elements is both affordable and aesthetically pleasing,” adds Berberian. Marsala is an grounded hue, with beautiful purple and red undertones.

Pantone 2015 Color of the Year

Get Playful with Prints Traditional prints are making a major comeback thanks to updated interpretations inspired by cultures far and wide. Although toile was originally introduced in the 18th Century, the print continues to exude a regal air, especially when executed in rich Marsala. Above, a vintage print is updated with modern scale and a beautiful marsala palette.

Heim Brown Wood with Marsala Accents Pantone 2015 Color of the Year Marsala Pantone 2015 Color of the Year

 

Tie in Textures “Utilizing interesting textures throughout the home can make your design feel more curated and personal,” says Berberian. Although textured accessories like throw pillows and woven rugs create coziness, an intricate wall covering can either give the illusion of texture through pattern or add real feel depending on the materials. Wall décor can add an upscale element to intimate spaces like the bedroom or living room. Above, fun geometrics lend a modern flair to Marsalas rich coloring. Rustic hardwood paneling, such as the Heim Brown Distressed Wood Panel from Brewster Home Fashions, creates warmth in unexpected spaces like the bathroom or mudroom, and organic details further elevate the design.

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8 Fabulous Ways to Decorate with Sheepskins!

Create Your Own Stylish Haven

decorating with sheepskins

8 different and innovative ways to decorate with sheepskins (sources below)

Once known as just a cozy floor statement, sheepskins are currently making their way off the floor and into the rest of our décor. With a warm, soft nature that’s both stylish and chic, the question is, why haven’t we been incorporating them more?

A great way to bring texture to a room or add comfort to a chair, sheepskins offer a budget friendly decorating option for a variety of places in your home. These 8 fabulous ideas for decorating with sheepskins shows you the true versatility and beauty that can come from thinking outside the box.

How-Decorate-Sheepskin

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# 1 A comfy chair cushion

sheepskinthrow

Image via Houzz

# 2 A snug bedroom or living room throw

sheepskin-rug-in-bathroom

Image via Centsational Girl

# 3 A warm bathroom accent 

sheepskinfurniture

Image via Tara Seawright

# 4 A stylish and trendy upholstery option

sheepskinpillow

Image via Houzz

# 5 A super soft pillow

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Image via Coco & Kelley

# 6 A furry statement pouf or ottoman

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# 7 A cozy way to keep warm outside

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# 8 A fashionable floor accessory

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Dining Room Décor for a Lavish Holiday

Ways to Make Your Room Merry & Bright!

Dining Room decor

Image via Real Simple

We are in the midst of that time of year between hosting parties and open houses to celebrating with festive brunches and elegant dinners. A stream of family and friends are constantly coming and going and that one area in your home which usually does NOT get a lot of attention, is now on full display!

holiday dining room

Rustic decorating idea with a trendy edge. Chevron placemats, wood accents, metallic pops and a very festive wall saying – Image via Paige Knudsen Photography

In many households, the dining room is used only for fancy occasions or very special events. It will remain untouched for half the year until the holidays are in full swing. It is important to make sure your space is inviting and warm, while also keeping that “special” allure. Thankfully, with a host of decorating inspiration at our fingertips, both online and through our daily routines, we were able to sort through and find our favorite dining room décor ideas that truly made us swoon!

holiday decor accents

Add a colorful garland around your chandelier or transform your leftover ornaments into a dazzling centerpiece! Images via Real Simple and A Handy Girl Blog

chair decorations

One of our most favorite decorating ideas, adorn your dining room chairs in pretty ribbon, ornaments, fresh sprigs and more – Images via Sophia’s Decor Blog, The Everyday Home and Decoholic

green decor for the holidays

You can never go wrong with adding in a touch of fresh greenery or a pretty pop of red – Images via Liz Marie Blog, Camille Styles and Emma Courtney

Christmas placemats

Incorporating holiday inspired placemats, invites a warm and personal touch to your dining room décor – Image via Dear Lillie Blog

merry christmas sign

Don’t forget the outskirts of your dining room! Make sure to add in a couple of holiday inspirations whether that be a festive sign, lights or a bowl of candy or treats – Image via Pinterest

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Magical Holiday Interiors

Decorating Inspiration to Make Your Home Shine!

holiday decorating

Holiday Décor via Houzz

One of our favorite things about the holidays is all the beautiful decorations that emerge both inside the home and out. Trees that sparkle and shine and garlands full of berries, to bright and colorful lights and glistening snowflakes of white. Whether it be tradition or hope, or the joy of family and friends, this time of year inspires a feeling warmth and magic. Let the captivating interiors below inspire you to create your own holiday home full of coziness and love.

holiday mantel

Bring glittery detail to your mantel décor with a fabulous DIY holiday sign! – Image via A Beautiful Mess Blog

holidaystaircase

From ornaments to lights to snowflakes and garlands, your stairwell is the perfect blank canvas during the holidays – Images via Houzz and Real Simple

holiday decorating

Create a designer look with over-scaled tree ornaments – Image via Better Homes and Gardens

holiday decorating ideas

Like a beautifully wrapped gift, this stylish doorway is truly magical – Image via Eclectically Vintage

holiday decor

Warm and radiant, this inviting living room design uses fresh greenery and white candles to get in the holiday spirit – Image via Houzz

holiday decor

Simple and chic holiday decorating via Houzz

chistmas dining room

An eclectic mix of modern and vintage holiday décor – Image via Eclectically Vintage

papers nowflakes

Beautiful paper snowflakes add an elegant and creative touch – Images via House and Home & Country Living

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