When we think of summer， we think of summer vacation of course! And if you’re taking a vacation over the next few months， chances are you’re headed to some kind of beach. There’s something about the water that really inspires all of the senses， so we’re letting our wanderlust guide our inspiration for a new series! In our We’re Traveling Series， we’re letting some ofthe locations on our must-seelist guide our home decor choices.
When we think about East Hampton， we think of classic New England style —； preppy stripesaccent pillow case baby floor， perfectly coifed boxwoods， afternoons spent sailing， and classic pieces that never go out of style. A color palette of blue and white is a natural choice for bringing that iconic Hamptons look into your home. Beach chairs in navy and white stripes are a no brainer， but we also brought in stripes in the form of a classic Shiloh Spool chair. Spool furniture (also called bobbin furniture)saw its beginnings in New England in the 17th century and evokes a definite Americana vibe that transports us to a classic， New England cottage with a book and maybe a great cocktail on a warm summers day？accent pillow case baby burlap home decor
Sailing is an obvious pastime on the coast， so we couldn’；t help but bring in a few accents that speak to our inner yachtsman， like a couple of maritime pillowsanda compass rose wall plaque.
Nor for another little history lesson， Edward Henry Potthast was an American impressionist painter， known in part for his paintings of people on the coast of New England， which is why we included a print of his painting Children Playingat the Seashore. In another time， this is quite literally what it would have looked like on a day at the beach in East Hampton.
When jaunting around the Hamptons， you expect to seetimeless architecture and details，and when we imagine what would be inside homes with those traditional architectural details， wethink of elegantupholstered furniture in light neutrals， collections of blue-and-white porcelain， lanterns， and stripes. Essentially a home that feels collected over time —； cozy but timeless.
Now， who’；s ready to plan their next vacation？
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Here’s a pretty way to use rickrack for edgings and insertions from Deb Wagner, author of All Quilt Blocks are Not Square and many other sewing and quilting technique books and articles. She also owns Wagner BERNINA Sewing in Hutchinson, MN, where the current temperature is minus 3. Definitely stay-inside-and-sew weather!
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