By Alyssa Clough

Published on August 30, 2016

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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.

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  1. NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF A BEAUTIFULLY ARRANGED PLATE

    —even if it’s just sliced tomatoes.

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Photography by MOLLY WINTERS
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  1. SORRY, #SHELFIE.

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

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

     And everything is better lakeside

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  1. MINIMALISM DOESN’T HAVE TO BE BORING. 

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

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Photography by PIA ULIN
  1. THE FIDDLE LEAF FIG

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

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

     (The food OR the decor.)

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Photography by JESSICA SAMPLE
  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.)

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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.

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Photography by MOLLY WINTERS
  1. BRASS FIXTURES ARE IN

     and make an easy update to any kitchen or bathroom.

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

    This basil-infused watermelon recipe proves it.

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Photography by FRANCES TULK-HART
  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.

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

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

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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.