What, When, Where: Bring Summer to Your Space

June 11, 2012

By Kaitlin Madden

One of my favorite things about the arrival of summer–or the changing of any season, really–is that it provides a built-in excuse to go shopping. Like clockwork, each season I feel an overwhelming need to refresh my wardrobe with pieces reflective of both current trends and changing weather. Right now I’m packing away neutral sweaters and closed-toed shoes in favor of brightly colored jackets and rope-soled sandals.

This mentality–which I like to call “seasonal swapping‖is also a favored strategy in home decor: the simple switch of a few accessories can make au courant a space that’s stuck in last season. Fill your home with the cheerful essence of summer by adding bright accents from around New England.

Take a cue from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams in Boston by adding pops of a brighter hue, like these green Zondra chairs, to otherwise neutral decor.

Photo courtesy of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

This orange-striped Tealea pillow from Safavieh, in Stamford or Danbury, Conn., is in one of this year’s most popular prints.

Photo courtesy of Safavieh

An embroidered leather pouf from Acquire boutique in Boston’s North End is the perfect replacement for a heavy ottoman or end table. The green color complements a modern, black-and-white design scheme as well as it does an eclectic, bohemian one.

Photo courtesy of Acquire Boutique

This St. Tropez pillow from Rinfret Home & Garden in Greenwich, Conn., can be used both indoors and out.

Photo courtesy of Rinfret Home & Garden

Let the sunshine in with this Robert Abbey Genie Table Lamp from Wayfair, the Massachusetts-based e-tailer.

Photo courtesy of Wayfair

Set your table for summer with Lekker Home‘s handmade linen runner in red and orange.

Photo courtesy of Lekker Home

Create a colorful tablescape by filling Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams’s soft and modern oval bowls with fresh citrus fruit.

Photo courtesy of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

There you have it: summery accessories that are enough to make you welcome a rainy day spent indoors…almost.

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