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Astrid’s secrets for the perfect summer!


Summer is those precious few warmer months when days are longer and life just feels a little bit more care-free. Summer is for outdoor lounging, al fresco dinners, fun parties, spontaneous trips, ice cream, catching fire flies.
Don’t let summer pass you by!
 Here a few of my favorite ideas and products to make the most of your summer:

Outdoor lounging

Nothing feel more lim summer to me than living life outdoors. I am not talking about just eating outside, but lounging outside. Bring your reading, your games and your conversations outside.
Outdoor rugs and pillows are a great way to define a space and invite for lounging. I love the fresh colors and patterns of these rugs by Worldmarket.


You cannot always lounge outdoors as often or as much as you would like. Bring the blue skies into your bedroom by changing up your headboard. A clear customer favorite is Blue Sky with friendly Clouds.



There are many more summer designs to choose from, check them out by selecting the summer icon on our Shop page – which one is your favorite?


Al fresco dinners
Food is especially delicious when you enjoy it during its season, when Nature provides it for us and you can find it on your local farmers market or in your own vegetable and fruit garden. I am thinking juicy tomatoes bursting with flavor, crunchy salads with a variety of greens and veggies and topped with edible flowers and delicious meats and fish directly from the BBQ. My go to source for new inspiration and mouthwatering recipes is Bon Apétit magazine, always at the pulse of what is fresh and new, yet wonderfully connected to where our food comes from and when and how to best enjoy it. Check out the May issue for great summer recipes.
I have long been a fan of Italian Designer, Architect, Artist at Life and allround Renaissance Woman Paola Navone.


Her work spans 30 years of brilliance in Italy and abroad, but her latest collection for Crate and Barrel is a stroke of genius. I use these dishes and they instantly put me in a  great mood.




Fun parties
Summer parties are the best. All you need is some easy to prepare delicious summer treats (see Al fresco dinners), summery drinks and cocktails. Create an summery vibe by including colorful lanterns. I love the ones from cottonlight on Etsy. 



Now just add music that makes you want to tap your feet and enjoy your summer party.
Ice Cream
Why resist the joy of Ice Cream, especially during these warm and balmy summer months. My go-to Ice Cream is my dear friend Margaret’s Lickt Gelato.


If you are lucky enough to be near a store or restaurant that sells Margaret’s gelato, try the new kale blueberry or the summer favorites salted caramel, crane raspberry lemon sorbet and let her know how you like it.
If you live outside her reach try finding an artisanal Ice Cream producer in your area by googling “artisanal gelato” or “gourmet ice cream” and support a local small business in the most delicious way!


Spontaneous trips
Whether you are a planner or an improviser, spontaneous trips are a treat and add some spice to your everyday. It can be a humble trip to a new farmers market or trying a new restaurant. Or you venture further afield by exploring a new park. Bring a pic-nic basket and a blanket, kick off your shoes and take in the taste and scent of summer. 


Catching Fire Flies
Most of us have fond memories of catching fireflies or lightning bugs on warm summer nights. Many people keep them in jars – sometime a jar full of fire flies can produce enough light to read by.


If you want to catch fire flies, take tips from the experts of to help you along!


What makes our summer special? Tell me and pass along your great finds.Live it up and enjoy the Season!





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