summer

Ellen Miller

Can you believe it? Birkenstocks are back!

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I’m shocked, mystified—and maybe just a little bit excited. Sales of Birkenstocks have spiked, and once again, the German orthopedic sandals have stepped into the sartorial zeitgeist. Since spring, the two-strap version called the Arizona has been popping up on fashion blogs and city streets, and now the style is frequently selling out at retailers like J.Crew, Zappos, and ASOS. Introduced by the company in 1973, you may also recall that the shoe cycled back into closets in the 90s. I saved up my babysitting money and—cringe—proudly wore mine with flannel shirts, baggy jeans, and baby T’s. Full disclosure: These fashion flashbacks have kept me from actually opening my wallet the second time around, though I’m close to caving. Here’s my justification: While I’m still not sold on the way the super-chunky Arizonas look with dresses, they feel fresh with distressed jeans and a white T-shirt. And, unlike strappy sandals, ballet flats, or flip flops—this summer shoe is actually good for your feet. What do you think? Is this comfy trend worth trying?

 


Michael Wurm, Jr.

For the Love of Color: Cherry Red

‘Tis the season for patio sitting and front porch rocking.Every year I look forward to the month of May when I get to clean off the deck, break out the patio furniture, fire up the grill, and plant a few flowers. There’s something about basking in the sun or dining al fresco that makes life just a little sweeter.

Every year I’m always on the hunt for inspiration when it comes to decorating my porch. I have fairly standard wrought iron furniture pieces, so I like to add in different colors to really bring the space to life. While I’ve tried a variety of colors over the years, one color I always return to is cherry red. I’m not sure why I love this bright and bold color for outdoor decorating. Maybe it’s because of the association with of geraniums or checkered tablecloths, but red instantly reminds me of summer fun with friends and family.

I especially loved this gorgeous screened-in porch. With a mostly neutral background, a few red chairs tucked around the table make this space instantly inviting. Today, I’ve pulled together a few of my favorite cherry red pieces that will add a bit of summer color to your home.

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What colors to you like to incorporate into your porch and patio decor?

Happy Decorating!
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm


Alexa Fornoff

Get the Look: Seaworthy Style

Trend: Nautical Home Decor

Maybe it’s because I live in a landlocked state, but I’ve always been drawn to the sea. It feels exotic yet familiar, and the lived-in style of coastal cabins probably has a lot to do with that: crumpled linen, sun-bleached colors, and sturdy finishes that can stand up to salty spray and sandy feet.

I love the mix-and-match nonchalance of the bedroom, which proudly displays several humble collections (nautical flags above the bed, stick-straight arrows on the night table, and rough-and-tumble baseballs and softballs nestled in a basket). Plus, the classic color combo is nothing to scoff at!

Nautical bedroom

And the more formal living room, with it’s tufted yellow leather ottoman and chic rope-wrapped tray, shows how to play up texture while still maintaining a sophisticated style.

Chic rope accents

To bring the nautical look to your own space, you don’t need to complete a full-on makeover. Add a few key pieces to refresh the room — think thick rope accents, woven baskets, sea-inspired patterns, and a little candlelight for ambiance. Here are my picks:

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Want more? Check out another sea-inspired guide here!

– Alexa Fornoff, shopBHG editor


Victoria Smith

get the look: sophisticated summertime bedroom.

With summertime on the horizon, freshen up your space to compliment the warm flower scented breeze that will soon be floating in through your windows. A mix of antique and modern pops of color come together to create this bedroom oasis – just in time to welcome your family and friends into your home for a visit or two.

Get this look: 1. Start at the top – this antique brass chandelier brings a mid-century modern touch to kick off your space. 2. A sleigh bed like this one in antique mahogany is an excellent piece that can work with any trend. 3. Classic hotel style bedding keeps everything sleek and clean. 4. These Z Gallerie pillows provide great accent patterns to keep things fun. 5. The Harriet Clear Glass lamp is a versatile to brighten your room. 6, 7 & 9. A framed vintage print and glacier blue flower vases add layers and interest to the elegant demilune nightstand. 8. Hang a few rattan placemats to create your own art and add texture to your walls. 10. This red and ivory hand woven rug finishes off the look with a classic yet contemporary bold pop of color.