Worldly Inspiration: Amalfi Coast Style

Summer calls for fleeing to the beach, somewhere far away from sleepy offices and sweltering subway commutes. If you can't quite make it to the pastel ports of Positano, bring Italy to you! Our guide will help you turn any outdoor space into a dreamy Amalfi Coast oasis for way less than airfare. 


White Patio Furniture


White Sectional Patio Furniture

A plush white lounge set lends an air of luxury and decadence to any outdoor space. If you only have room in the budget for one thing, this should be it! Pier 1 sells these gorgeous pieces as separates, so you can build the set to match your budget and square footage.
Cuidad Sectional Separates, Pier 1


Outdoor Rugs


Outdoor Patio Rug

Outdoor rugs can help create a cohesive look in your backyard. Laid on concrete or in the grass, they will help pull together the vacation resort look. This pattern and color scheme is reminiscent of the Mediterranean and will work well with white furniture.
Safavieh Outdoor Patio Rug, Target

Potted Lemon Trees


Potted Lemon Tree

The Amalfi Coast is dotted with the sunshine yellow of lemon trees. Bring a piece of the landscape home with a potted lemon tree or two.
Lemon Tree, Brighter Blooms


Blue and White Striped Umbrella


Blue and White Striped Italian Patio Umbrella

The striped pattern and Capri blue of this patio umbrella will make your outdoor area feel like an upscale resort. 
Italian Bistro Umbrella, Overstock.com  


Majolica Plates


Italian Majolica Plate

The Italian coastline has a fantastic tradition of producing handmade and hand-painted Majolica pottery. These lovely plates, featuring ocean blues and a pop of orange, will elevate your backyard dining to a five star experience.

We hope this helps you create the Italian outdoor oasis you deserve. Happy decorating!

This post was written by Lauren.

Design Trends: Must-Have Summer Pieces


If you're visiting your vacation home this summer, you might want to do some quick summer shopping on your way down.  Get inspired by some of the hottest summer trends to give your beach house the perfect summer re-design!


Sea Glass Vases 
Groupings of frosted glassware, votives and vases are all you need to create the simple, summery vignettes your space is waiting for. You'll achieve this zen, serene look by choosing bottles that vary in size, color and texture. I don't usually prop mine with anything, but you can always fill your vases with fresh flowers, succulents or candles.  Check out West Elm's Waterscape Vases and Hobnail Bottles to get started!


Jute Rugs
Sisal and natural fiber rugs are fabulous all year round, as they're neutral and bring a natural element to any space. They're especially perfect for summer because of their ability to blend seamlessly with beach-themed decor. Some tend to be softer than others, so make sure you feel them before pulling the trigger. Choose from an endless selection of styles including cotton bordered, bohemian-styled fringe and decorative cut-out rugs. One of my personal favorites is Serena & Lily's Round Jute Rug.


Ceramic Accent Stools
Another year-round favorite are wood or ceramic based garden stools. For indoor or outdoor use, these pieces are a classic addition to any beach house and work wonderfully as side tables. I prefer lattice, criss-cross patterned stools that read more Moroccan, but you can also find simple, glossy ones that have a more neutral style. They also come in all different colors, with navy and white undoubtedly the most popular. Overstock has a huge selection to choose from, such as Safavieh's Paradise Courtyard Ceramic Garden Stool.


Seagrass Baskets
Buy these babies anywhere and buy as many as you can! Just like jute rugs, seagrass baskets will add the natural, airy element your home is calling for. Arrange one under a coffee table or side table, stack them in bookcases or set a nesting basket next to the couch. Nate Berkus' Water Hyacinth Basket from Target would be the perfect touch to your entryway!!


This post was created by Erica.

Worldly Inspiration: Moroccan Muses

Welcome back, master decorators! For today's installment of Worldly Inspiration, we've scoured the market for the perfect pieces to bring the fabulous flair of Fez to your home. These Moroccan elements are sure to bring color to your world without draining all your dirham. 

Door Knocker  

Hand of Fatima Door Knocker

A beautiful door knocker, like this Hand of Fatima version, can make even the smallest studio apartment feel stately from the moment you arrive.

Tile 

SomerTile Casablanca Porcelain Tile

Morocco is know for its beautiful tile work, and this Casablanca-inspired cool blue porcelain instantly transports us to the medina. Use this to lend an old world accent to your bathroom or kitchen. 

Paint and Wall Decor 

Moroccan Wall Colors

Urban Road Morocco Framed Art

The brilliant colors of Marrakesh range from ocean blues to vibrant pinks to spice market reds. A dose of color on your walls can go a long way, especially when trying to create a North African oasis. Try paint colors like this coral and red that will blend with most decor. Framed wall art can evoke the Moroccan palette without turning your living room into a kaleidoscope. 

Poufs 


Who doesn't love a good pouf? Morocco produces beautiful hand-crafted leather poufs that can really jazz up a room. Opt for a bright orange one like this to add a pop of color and texture to your living space.
Stuffed Leather Pouf, Amazon


Carved Wood Media Console

Carved Wood Media Console

A media console can often become the focal point of the living room, so it is important to find one that works with your style. This West Elm beauty features a gorgeous hand-carved pattern will distract you from the TV.
Carved Wood Media Console, West Elm


Brass Side Table

Brass Stool

Marrakech-inspired metallics add richness and depth to any room. Try a brass side table to sense of luxury to your living area. This one features a hammered metal look and also serves as a stool.
Vince Metal-Clad Accent Stool, Pottery Barn


Accents

Laser Cut Boxes

Ornate boxes organize keys or knick-knacks gorgeously.
Laser Cut Boxes, Wayfair.com


Moroccan Glassware

A colorful glassware set works well on a golden tray for an old world feel or on a lacquered white bar top for a modern twist on a Moroccan classic.
Paisley Moroccan Tea Glasses, World Market


Hanging Pendants

These hanging pendants hint at ornate Moroccan decor without compromising their clean lines and modern simplicity, making them well-suited for the city condo as well as the Casbah.
Moroccan Glass Pendants, West Elm

We hope this inspired you create your Moroccan oasis in your own palace. Stay tuned to see where we go next!

This post was written by Lauren.