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Summer selections, continued

July 26, 2012 12:41 PM  

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In Selections of the current issue of Design New England, we asked designers Kim Deetjen, Phoebe Lovejoy Russell, and Valerie Jorgensen to use quintessential summer scenes as inspiration for furnishing dreamy getaway rooms — and the results radiated with summery goodness. It all got me to thinking what my picks for a sweet summer hideaway would be. Here are 10 that exude the season’s charm, but I am still counting.

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1. For that kick start after a day on beach try an espresso from this streamline machine — Single Serve Espresso Maker in red, Nespresso CitiZ, $350; available at Bloomingdale’s.

2. Have fun with hydration and infuse water with delicious fruit flavor blends — Fruit Infusion Pitcher, Prodyne; available at Amazon.

3. Bring back the basics with a traditional game — Premium Set of Dominoes, Trademark Games, $12.95; available at Barnes & Noble.

4. Keep a light touch of sophistication with a new chair design suitable for formal, but relaxed, dining — Graves Dining Arm and Side Chair; McKinnon & Harris Inc.

5. Sturdy and stylishly simple, this table has all the basics for outdoor entertaining — Mistra Round Dining Table; Janus et Cie.

6. Gaze at the bright blues and whites of timeless Greece with aerial photography at its best — The Sites of Ancient Greece, $69.95; Phaidon.

7. Take that ubiquitous sea shell motif to uncommon design heights — 18th C. French Rocaille Clamshell Medium, $140; Restoration Hardware.

8. Ocean-inspired dinnerware in watery hues — Naxos Dinnerware, $3.95 - $7.95; CB2.

9. Unfold a cheery yellow chair for easy additional seating — Piana Folding Chair, designed by Sir David Chipperfield for Alessi/Lamm; Design Within Reach.

10. The finish recalls driftwood, the drawer pulls a harlequin’s eyes, all adding to the great shape and happy statement of this case piece — Klismos Chest; Global Views.

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An insider's look at must-have products, fresh trends, and inspired spaces from the team at Design New England magazine.

Gail Ravgiala is editor of Design New England and a fan of both the region's historic architecture and its growing inventory of modern houses and public buildings.

Courtney Kasianowicz is associate editor of Design New England who scouts the area for new design, charming products, and local artisans both innovative and daring.

Jill Connors, Design New England's editor-at-large, is an antiques maven and design scout and will post about trends and discoveries in the field.

Bruce Irving, Design New England's contributing editor for architecture & building, is a renovation specialist who will share his insights on design and construction.

Estelle Bond Guralnick, Design New England's style & interiors editor, will post about interior design and interior designers and her favorite finds.

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