Summer, July 4th and Beach House Decor

Summer 2010 is here!  The warm, muggy weather has arrived, kids are out of school, camps have started and invitations to barbecues, pool parties, and summer soirees are in the mail.  With July 4th just a few weeks away, now is the time to visit The Well Appointed House to stock up on some fabulous beach and nautical inspired gifts that are perfect to give your hosts and hostesses this holiday weekend.  Whether you are heading to Nantucket, the Vineyard or the Hamptons…or are going to a neighbor’s pool party…it is always nice to arrive with something special in hand.   Here are a few of my personal favorites below:

WellAppointedHouse. Red Crab Hook Pillow
$58 –

The Well Appointed House by Melissa Hawks. Blue Shells Decoupage…
$52 –

Our friends at Country Living never fail to put me in the mood for my favorite summer holiday and they have some fun filled decorating ideas sure to bring a patriotic feel to the 4th this year:

Fourth of July Craft Hats:
A Federal Era House owned by Ashleigh Blake and Joel Bruzinski in Sherman, Connecticut as see in Country Living
My family loves July 4th (my husband and I were married July 4th weekend) and so we always make it a point to be festive and celebrate! Here I am last summer en route to the Southampton July 4th parade with my husband and three kids:
…and the prior year on the front steps of my house, getting ready for a parade:

I have written previous posts on Nantucket and other summer spots and here are a few fun pictures for your browsing enjoyment.  With July 4th on my mind, I can’t help but think about lobster bakes, sparklers, summer fun…and of course, beautifully decorated summer inspired homes!

From the House “Meant to Be” in Nantucket, as seen in Elle Decor:
Nantucket Backsplash
A charming Nantucket dining room designed by T. Keller Donovan as seen in House Beautiful
Veronica Swanson Beard in her Southampton, New York home as seen in Elle Decor

A colorful Hamptons home!

Interior Designer Timothy Whealon at his home in Southampton – I love the dark blue Phillip Jeffries raffia paper and the white stairway:

I really love fashion executive Scott Currie’s Southampton, NY getaway:

Scott’s poolhouse:
Designer Leslie Klotz uses bright yellow seahorses in this charming beachy Hamptons dining room

Shop the Look! If you liked the elephant stools posed regally by the pool above, buy similar ones at The Well Appointed House here:

If you liked some of the chairs shown above, check our our collection of bamboo inspired furniture and enjoy your summer shopping!  We are adding new things every day, so bookmark The Well Appointed House and check our our New Items often!

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