Summer Style Ideas for the Home

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Red, White and Brut

With its trendy, nautical red, white and blue design, Chandon’s Limited Edition American Summer sparkling wine is the perfect addition to any summer soiree. Filled with brut classic, this limited edition bottle is bursting with complex apple and pear characteristics accented by citrus, almond and caramel. It’s a fabulously chic but affordable hostess gift – or even a stylish table centerpiece. The Town Crier, 3019 E. Causeway Approach, Mandeville, 985/674-0195, or go to


Unlike its cushy upholstered counterpart, this X-bench offers more than extra seating. Made from durable shagreen, it’s also a perfect perch for cocktails, books or candlesticks. Its grayish-green hue and polished chrome accents look modern and neutral in any décor. Jade, The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 566-1490, or 110 Rosa Ave., Metairie, 875-4420,

Just Beachy

Woven by Turkish artisans and available in a host of juicy hues, LoomedNOLA’s hand-woven pestamel makes the ideal beach blanket. It’s lightweight yet durable and can stand up to sand, sun and surf thanks to its 100 percent certified organic cotton composition. LoomedNOLA at The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., Suite 13, 304-2047,

Artful Decoration (The Monacelli Press, $50)

Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman revel in beautiful contradictions to create interiors that blend the exotic and the classic with handmade, whimsical details. As a firm, Fisher Weisman breathes new life into traditional aesthetics, reinterpreting timeless sensibilities with a lively and contemporary eye. Written by the designers themselves with an introduction by Architectural Digest’s Margaret Russell, Artful Decoration showcases 13 of the firm’s favorite residences, including a small but lavish pied-à-terre, an airy estate, an elegant penthouse and even an elaborate treehouse.

Pretty in Pink

Striking a balance between formal and lighthearted, this late-19th-century polychrome lantern puts a twist on neoclassical design. Although Greek key, leaf, egg and dart motifs are typical decorations of the era, the fixture’s elongated shape and muted pink hue infuse an air of whimsy to the restrained neoclassical taste. Balzac Antiques, 3506 Magazine St., 899-2668,

Dapper Desk

For the well-dressed dad, mini oxford shoe paperweights are totally in vogue. Although they measure only 6 inches, they are much like the real thing, with rubber soles and real string laces. For Father’s Day gift-giving made easy, they even arrive in a handcrafted box. Le Boulevard Marketplace, 3815 Veterans Blvd., Suite B, Metairie, 455-4515,, or go to

Uncommon Ground

The floor is increasingly being seen in design as the “fifth wall,” a space that should be every bit as adorned as its vertical counterparts. Available in 132 colors, Farrow & Ball’s hard-wearing floor paint transforms wood and concrete floors into bespoke designs. Paint a stair runner or rug, circles or stripes – or simply revive an old floor with an eye-catching color. Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121,

From Paris with Love

Local designer Stacey Serro is bringing Paris home through her new endeavor, Paris Finds. Her educated eye and close connections to Parisian vendors lead her to such authentic, one-of-a-kind pieces as this late-19th-century Napoleon III wine cabinet. Made of solid wood with a freshly painted black finish, it boasts ample storage, including six shelves, each devoted to a different region in France. Paris Finds, 394-0182 or 866/560-3040,

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