Hot Tips: Summer Inspiration from Some of Our Favorite Designers

To celebrate July 4th (and summer in general), Gilt Home asked some of our favorite designers — and one architect who slipped in there — how they warm up to the changing of the seasons. We bet you’ll find more than a little decorating inspiration in what they’ve got to say:


“I love how the light shifts in summer, and I generally move the furniture to take advantage of it. I just moved my dining room banquette into my entrance foyer as the morning light is now perfect there. I love to have breakfast there with the doors wide open. If you don’t have a light shift, then change out your throw pillows to fresh pale colors of linen. It makes a huge difference and is lighter- and fresher-feeling.” — Barbara Barry, Barbara Barry Incorporated, Los Angeles, CA

“For me, a true sign of summer’s arrival is spotting the classic folding wooden deck sling chair.  When the days become longer than the nights, people stay out later to catch the beautiful sunsets and enjoy barbecues or picnics at the beach—these chairs are perfect for savoring all of these timeless summer activities.”  — Amy Lau, Amy Lau Design, New York, NY

“It officially feels like summer as soon as it’s warm enough to be out on my screened porch at my house in the country. My house is actually quite small, so being able to use the porch effectively doubles the size of the first floor of the house — giving me an extra living room and dining room. And in the warm weather — rain or shine — there’s no better place to be, day or evening!” — Gil Schafer, G.P. Schafer Architect, New York, NY

“My summer actions are washing and putting in window screens. Yea! Fresh air and cross breezes while sleeping, heavenly!” — Charles Burleigh, Charles K Burleigh Interior Design, Garrison, NY

“It’s officially summer when we’re biking to the farmers market every Saturday morning on the trail, going to the nursery for flowers and vegetables for our raised beds, and sitting on our front porch with a glass of wine in the evening, relaxing and visiting with neighbors.” — Kriste Michelini, Kriste Michelini Interiors, San Francisco, CA

“When summer rolls to our New England town, my kids need to run wild in our backyard, and having a tepee tent to run to makes them run faster. As for me, throw me an open-toed shoe in a bright color anytime … coral is my favorite, and playful stitching doesn’t hurt.” — Alli Lynner Gilbert, ALG Interiors in Hingham, MA

“Lilly Pulitzer outfits and Jack Rogers sandals! Even though it’s now okay to parade your fashionable self in white 365 days a year, well-mannered preppies still wouldn’t dare break out the Lilly before Memorial Day . . . and Labor Day is always its last hurrah of the season.” — Elaine Griffin, Elaine Griffin Interior Design, New York, NY

“The summer in Texas can only be hot or hotter — which means it’s time to drop what you’re doing, grab your favorite cold drink (for me, a mojito) and run for the nearest pool. One of my favorites is the pool at Barton Springs in Austin, a natural, freshwater spring — always cold, no matter how hot it is outside.” — Lee Lormand, Dallas TX

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Best Sale Ever This Week: The LIFE Collection — Images from an Iconic Magazine


LIFE magazine is one of the most iconic publications ever — and their evocative images stand the test of time. To wit, we’re excited to announce we’re selling some of those images — part of the LIFE Collection, they represent the best of culture, politics, celebrity, the arts, and the American experience. They’re always compelling, often provocative, always compelling, and will grace your walls with style, color, and personality.

Shop our LIFE Collection sale starting Wed. Jul. 2 at noon.

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Master Summer Style at Home: Design Tips from Jonathan Adler

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Summer’s the perfect time to add pop and personality to your home, and Jonathan Adler’s colorful designs are the ideal way to do just that. His irreverent accents will fill your space with unique charm, and inspire you every day. And, speaking of inspiration, we asked the potter, designer, and author this question — “How do you make it through the summer in style?” — and, in response, he gave us these tips to get us through the balmy season with plenty of style and flair. Below, some of his summer must-haves:

1. A bright, bold beach towel. They’re cozy, draped over a chair they add color, and you can always wrap yourself in one if it gets chilly by the pool when the sun goes down.

2.  Music! Who can entertain without music? Don’t just pop on Pandora – curate a summer-chic playlist. The only thing more authentically American than country music is a rusty Ford pickup truck.

3.  Anyone who doesn’t have a bar cart is insane! Bar carts announce to the world that you’re a good decorator, that you’re a little bit louche, and that you’re up for a good time. Wheel one by the sofa, wheel one outside, wheel one wherever you need a little extra fun.

4.  Swap your pillows around. Store the wool and put out the cotton.   Your pad will look as cool and crisp as you feel.

5.  Games are a great distraction in the (unlikely) event that conversation lags at your summer soiree.  Think beyond bocce and lawn darts and bring your indoor favorites outside.  A lacquer backgammon set says you’re a glamorous funster.

Looking for more inspiration? Shop our latest Jonathan Adler sale.

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Inspired Images: Vintage Playboy Covers & Art

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Playboy Magazine is an iconic American media (and cultural) institution, routinely featuring some of the most glamorous and famous women around. And we’re proud to announce we’re selling canvas prints of some of the magazine’s vintage covers from the ‘50s through the ‘90s as well as unique designs as featured on the matchbooks from the infamous Playboy Clubs of decades past.

Ranging from playfully whimsical to frankly sensual, these images portray the artistry, vibrancy, and stellar art-direction and graphic-design eye that makes this publication — and overall brand — great. (We’ve also got Playboy-themed UV ink prints on pinewood.) Mix and match a few, and grace your man cave with sophisticated style.

Shop the sale starting Saturday, June 28, at noon.

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