“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

– Audrey Hepburn 

By Erin Humphrey & Lauren Heath

Lane Venture: Mimi Chaise with Navy and White Cushion

Summer is for lounging and we think this is the perfect piece of furniture for that! We love the quatrefoil detail on the back and the woven rattan has a classic, old school look. The navy cushion with white piping creates the ultimate nautical vibe.

William Sonoma: Iznik Melamine Dinner and Servingware

Since we’re all about dining al fresco this time of year, we appreciate this stunning melamine collection from our friends at Williams Sonoma. The fun Mayan inspired designs and bright colors are perfect for picnics, poolside snacks or an elegant outdoor dinner party. No breakage!

LL Bean: Croquet Set

Croquet is one of our favorite summer pastimes! We love a game where you get to be “poison” and are allowed to display your aggressions in a very elegant manner! This old-school set from LL Bean is just like the one that we used when we played on the lawn at Grandpa’s cottage.

Santa Barbara Designs: Cirque Umbrella with Scalloped Edge

Who doesn’t love a scalloped edge detail? And on a huge outdoor umbrella the impact is chic and fun! Santa Barbara Designs have long been our go-to – they have a plethora of designs and colors.

Made Goods: Adrian Stool in Royal Blue

We have boating on our minds this time of year and this twisted rope detail on the Adrian stool from Made Goods hits the mark. Lightweight, durable, well-priced and available in royal blue(or white) make it the go to side table for any lakeside cottage.

Namay Samay Textiles

It’s been so hot recently we feel like we’re in India! Maybe that’s why we are drawn to this adorable linen print from Namay Samay. Inspired by a 19th century bedcover from Lucknow in Northern India, the Suri collection is available in five charming colorways. We can’t wait to use in these in an upcoming project!

WKND WYFR: Clutch with Fringe

It’s all about fringe, right ladies? Woven on handlooms, this clutch from WKND-WYFR is a must have for the season. Dress it up for the evening or down for the beach – it’s simply fun and perfect!

Weezie: Beach Towel with Contrast Piping

Speaking of heading to the beach – we are obsessed with these luxurious stripped beach towels with contrast piping by Weezie (love the name too!). Available in three fun colorways, the oversized 100% cotton towels are made in Portugal and come with a handy hook for easy drying.

Recipe: Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita

In order to cool off during these hot summer days, we are grabbing a delicious Strawberry Jalapēno Margarita perfected by taste-maker Gaby Dalkin. The perfect combo of sweet and spicy, we love making a huge pitcher of these when friends come over for a socially distancing cocktail!

Restaurant: All Together Now- Cheese Boards to go

In an effort to pivot, one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, All Together Now, has started offering these stunning party boards with delicious meats and cheeses. Starting at just $16.00, these are perfect for when you are picnicking with friends or if you and your significant other just want to kick back and relax on your terrace. We love supporting local!

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900 N. Franklin St, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60610
1380 Wildflower Ln, Glenn, MI 49416



900 N. Franklin St, Ste 800, Chicago, IL 60610
1380 Wildflower Ln, Glenn, MI 49416