Photography by none Photography by MIKKEL VANG

written by  ALYSSA CLOUGH

Summer is the official season of FUN, a word we definitely think our latest issue embodies. We’d also describe it as very much minimalist, metallic, neon, and fruit-filled. It’s not all fun and games, though. There are some serious lessons in there, too. Keep reading to learn how to master the art of summer designing, decorating, and entertaining—sophisticated Jell-O shots included.

Photography by MIKKEL VANG Courtesy of Sakara Life
  1. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A BEAUTIFULLY ARRANGED PLATE

    —even if it’s just sliced tomatoes.

Photography by MOLLY WINTERS
Photography by MOLLY WINTERS
  1. SORRY, #SHELFIE.

    Cool cabinets are having a moment. Take Alyson Fox’s very metallic bathroom, for instance.

Photography by NICOLE FRANZEN Photography by MELANIE ACEVEDO
  1. THE PALOMA IS THE NEW MARGARITA.

    And everything is better lakeside

Photography by LAURE JOLIET
  1. MINIMALISM DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BORING. 

    Take this triangular mirror in blogger Pennyweight’s Nashville home.

Photography by PIA ULIN Courtesy of Captain Whidbey
  1. THE FIDDLE LEAF FIG

    is still our go-to statement-making house plant.

Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK
  1. NEW YORKERS STILL AREN’T OVER CAFE HENRIE.

    (The food OR the decor.)

Photography by JESSICA SAMPLE Photography by Laure Joliet; Design by Reath Design.
  1. IF YOU’RE GOING TO BE ENTERTAINING OUTSIDE, YOU NEED AN OUTDOOR BAR CART. 

    (Don’t worry, there are a ton of different ways to use it.)

Photography by LAURE JOLIET
  1. THE OMBRE TREND IS ALIVE AND WELL

    —in the home Linda and John Meyers, aka the soap and candle masterminds behind Wary Meyers.

Photography by MOLLY WINTERS
  1. BRASS FIXTURES ARE IN

    and make an easy update to any kitchen or bathroom.

Photography by CHRISTINA HOLMES
  1. JELL-O SHOTS HAVE OFFICIALLY GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE. 

    This basil-infused watermelon recipe proves it.

Photography by FRANCES TULK-HART Photography by SOPHIE MUNRO
  1. THE KEY TO A BEAUTIFUL APARTMENT IS STILL HAVING GOOD BONES.

    See: The white-painted exposed brick wall and beamed ceilings in cool couple Daphne Javitch and Pali Xisto Cornelsen’s apartment.

Photography by NANCY NEIL Photography by Meghan McNeer
  1. NEON SIGNS ARE HERE TO STAY

    —as is pastel pink. We found both in Megan Ferguson’s living room.

Photography by MATHEW WILLIAMS
  1. LIFE AS A TODDLER REALLY CAN BE THAT CHIC. 

    This is a custom daybed for two-and-a-half-year-old Liles. Yeah, we’re jealous.