Are you longing for an Indian summer, or simply not ready to let go of those sunny season vibes just yet?
A late summer soiree can be an ideal way to keep the season alive a little longer – and Decorate for a Party, the new book by bestselling interiors author Holly Becker in collaboration with Leslie Shewring, will provide all the inspiration you need for setting the scene.
Exotic prints and spicy tones, along with a warm mix of textures and tables dressed with pretty blooms, are all perfect for the job – but Becker and Shewring’s gorgeously illustrated settings prove there are endless possibilities as well as something to suit all moods.
The stylists and lifestyle bloggers (Becker runs www.decor8blog.com while Shewring is the talent behind A Creative Mint – www.acreativemint.typepad.com) explore a wide palette of decorating themes and styles, with detailed tips to help you get the look.
Ideas include a colour code of denim blue, peach and sand, alongside shibori designs (a Japanese dyeing technique) and simple woven patterns, complemented by elements such as hand-dyed cotton, leather twine and garden roses.
They are so lovely you’ll probably want to keep them long after your guests have gone home.
DOWN TO DETAILS
So the invitations have been sent, but you’re wondering where to begin with the decor? Becker and Shewring advise making a specific chair a focus for photo opportunities in the room (great for sharing on social media!)
Opt for something akin to what you might find with a wow factor in a stylish holiday villa or boutique hotel (they feature a gorgeous fan-back peacock style chair in the book), along with ‘creating an assortment of cushions around low tables, which makes a wonderful alternative to a formal setting’.
When planning a dinner party, for a fresh and modern take and hint of drama the designers are fans of a bold palette, with bright fuchsia, matt black, shiny gold and a mix of greens.
“From outside on the patio to inside the dining room, we wanted to keep the colours consistent, and just a few leaves in an assortment of vases can brighten up the hallway.” they say.
Little creative touches, such as using lush green leaves as place cards, with names written on them in gold, can be striking.
TWEAK THOSE TEXTILES
Along with using flora and ferns to add some green garnish to your entertaining space, an assortment of throws, rugs and cushions can be changed to suit the season and can be easily dressed up or down.
Think wooden beads with linen, and woven threads with silk.
“We all want to keep summer going as long as possible, and a good way to do this is to bring the outside in, perhaps with house plants, such as a beautiful fiddle leaf fig tree or palm,” says Helen Cordy, founder of the UK-based lifestyle and homeware store Wood/Grey.
“Another way to prolong the summer feeling is by adding pops of colour to an otherwise neutral interior. Vibrant, intricate cushions that remind you of faraway places enhance the feeling of wanderlust.”