Taking Inspiration from the Shelter Magazines for Summer Decor

It’s summer and most of us are wishing for long, sunny days by the seashore.  Any time I am near the beach — away on a weekend trip visiting family, or at a destination resort, I leave feeling inspired to decorate happy, bright spaces with new things from my website.  I get excited when I peruse the shelter magazines and see many of the products we sell at The Well Appointed House prominently featured in many of the spreads.  Good designers think alike and often gravitate towards the same products I pick for our web retail collection. I generally don’t see all of the orders that come in, but when I am organizing stacks of invoices I take a peek and get a lift when I see one of my favorite design firms buying from us.  This week it was wicker that went to Michael Smith Incorporated. His firm is an American favorite.  Here are some ‘clips’ for you to take inspiration from, along with our corresponding products. Buy them for yourself if you like the look!

From House Beautiful - a Palm Beach Maisonette's Living Room, Decorated by Mimi McMakin

From House Beautiful – a Palm Beach Maisonette’s Living Room, Decorated by Mimi McMakin

The sunburst mirror pictured is from Worlds Away.  It’s the Versailles Gold Leaf Sunburst Mirror (WA-VERSAILLESG) retails for $480.  Contact us to order.


From Veranda Magazine - Southampton shingled cottage decorated by Thomas Pheasant

From Veranda Magazine – Southampton shingled cottage decorated by Thomas Pheasant

Your exteriors should look as fresh as your interiors.  I love the urns on bases that appear to have been painted the same color as the wood trim on this house in Southampton, NY.  We’ve got many great urn options in our Patio & Garden collection and the idea of painting them is fun!

We’ve got all price points of garden urns, similar to the ones pictured above.  This one is a favorite because it’s made of sand, stone and fiberglass and is lightweight and easy to move.  The best part is the price at just $210 – Buy it Here.

VER-Charlotte-Moss-Hamptons-Garden-04 I’m a big fan of Charlotte Moss and the hammock at her East Hampton home looks very inviting.  I like how she has placed a Chinese garden seat next to the hammock for her book and of course, champagne.  We’ve got a big collection of garden stools here:


Peony & Hibiscus Blue and White Garden Stool



This Lyford Cay, Bahamas home – Villa Contenta – got a major overhaul by NYC based interior designer Andrew Raquet.  The Clear Glass Star Chandeliers caught my eye.  We’ve got a number of them in different sizes, both with clear class and colored glass.  They are a great option for a summer home because they add a touch of whimsy and are very affordable.  Take a look at one here.


I was giddy over Miles Redd’s transformation of this tropical Lyford Cay beach house in this month’s Architectural Digest.  Miles doesn’t hold back where color and patterns are concerned and somehow, it all comes together.  Here are a few of the fabulous photos, but read the entire article here.








It’s amazing how popular the porcelain garden seats have become.  I see them in literally every installation featured in the press these days.  Miles uses the Cane Ceramic Stool in White in the photo above.  We have them in every color – here we featured the stool in turquoise.  Contact us to order it in white.


Just a few fun product finds taken from the pages of our favorite home decor magazines!  Enjoy!

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