5 instant updates for a summer home

Garnet Hill Cape House Quilt
The onset of warmer weather compels us to throw open the windows, shed some layers, and find quick, easy updates to bring the sunshine into our homes and lives. We seek to catch that casual, carefree vibe of beach vacations and weekend getaways with our everyday surroundings. To achieve this, here are some trends, treasured finds, and design ideas to help you embrace summer in your decor.

1. THINK WHITE, THINK LIGHT, THINK BRIGHT

Garnet Hill Seersucker Duvet Cover
There’s nothing like a fresh coat of white paint. It’s like visual sorbet, a palette cleanser for the eye. White can be brilliant and stark or warm and cozy based on the shade. It draws and reflects light, and is an ideal backdrop for bright colors to pop.

2. THE CHROMATIC QUILT

In an all-white room, a vibrant quilt is elevated to artwork. Holding its own as a focus point in the room, its intricate patterns and stitching make bold statements. A vivid rug or large-scale painting can have a similar effect in the space.
Garnet Hill French Market Quilt

3. HAPPY COTTAGE STRIPES

Variegated stripes on a rug, bars of color on storage bins… Classic yet casual, jaunty woven stripes add pops of color and pattern to the decor, and they add the carefree look of a beachside cabana to the room.
Cottage Stripe Cotton Rug Collection by Dash and Albert

4. GOING THE EXTRA NAUTICAL MILE

It is easy to go nautical this time of year, but it’s difficult to do it well. Mini prints and hooked wool pillow covers lend icon motifs to the room design, but think of adding more subtle notes to finish the look. Rustic textured glass, weathered wood, sea-grass baskets all balance out a seafaring scene with a touch of sophistication.
Garnet Hill Geo Blossom Comforter

5. TAKE A GARDEN SEAT

Curvaceously shaped and brightly glazed, this versatile table-stool mimics the look of an oversized planter that one on might find on the veranda of a luxurious beachside resort. It makes a lively, sculptural statement positioned by the bed as a nightstand or next to an easy chair as a side table on the porch.

6. IT’S A JUNGLE BOTANICAL PRINT OUT THERE

Judy Ross Textiles Fauna Linen and Cotton Duvet Cover
Our exclusive Fauna Floral by NY-based designer Judy Ross is an oversized print that plays with tone and scale. It mixes warm neutrals with pops of color, conjuring the look of playful palm-like botanicals in the sunlight, casting shadows on the sand.
Garnet Hill Dahlia Cotton Coverlet
What are your tips for bringing summer into your home? Do you gravitate towards certain colors, textures, and accents?

VIDEO: Introducing Judy Ross Textiles® by Garnet Hill


Thank you to Editor at Large for hosting the interview and shooting the video.

Judy Ross Textiles is a NY-based design studio known for its distinctively clean and modern design of products ranging from pillows, rugs, throws, and curtains, to upholstery and bedcovers. Attracting a loyal clientele, Judy Ross has designed custom pieces for interior designers, architects and major hotels around the world, among them the Hyatt, Hilton and W Hotels.

Garnet Hill was inspired by Judy’s use of centuries-old artisan chain-stitch techniques. We’re thrilled to launch our exclusive design collaboration with Judy Ross. The collection balances Judy’s fresh, modern aesthetic with Garnet Hill’s signature quality.

SHADES OF SPRING: Judy Ross Textiles Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win three Judy Ross home designs and a $100 Gift Card by choosing your favorite spring shade!

How to make a grand entrance(way)

Garnet Hill - Decorating an Entryway

First impressions are important. The entryway, mudroom, and foyer greet visitors as they enter your home, and are ideal spots to make lasting first impressions. Here are a few of our favorite tips for making an entranceway inviting.

1. Start with the right rug and make a big, bold statement.
Color and pattern are crucial, but don’t forget to maximize the impact by selecting the right size and shape. Go long and lean with a runner if your room is narrow, or maybe something round to dress a square space. Let the proportions enhance your decorating scheme; fill the space with a single rug, or use multiple rugs to selectively highlight design elements.

2. Treat the walls next, adding key focal points to define the space.
A large-scale piece of artwork, a series of smaller photographs or prints, a mirror with a distinctive shape and frame — all command attention and dress a stark wall with style. We recommend a chunky-framed mirror because it adds an architectural element while refracting the light and making the space appear larger.

3. Selecting the right furniture pieces does more than enhance the look.
Something with cabinets, drawers, or space underneath will catch and corral clutter and provide a place to keep shoes neatly out of the way. We love a bench with storage baskets under the seat to keep things conveniently within grasp right by the door — and it provides a spot to sit and put your shoes on.

4. Think form AND function — you really can have the best of both worlds.
Copper-finish boot trays and patterned Water Guard doormats not only keep the area neat and clean, they’re attractive and they work with other decor to complete the look.

5. Change things up to greet the season at the door.
If you want to give your home a new look for the season or maximize the impact of holiday decorating, focus attention on the entryway. The fresh greens of a spring floor plant, autumn foliage on a wreath, or an Advent calendar and garland around Christmas time…it’s all fresh and festive.

For more decorating inspiration, explore our entire home collection. What elements would you add to your dream entryway to make a grand entrance?