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Summer Entertaining Essentials

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With all this rain we’ve been having, I can’t wait for some warm (and hopefully dry) summer nights here in Idaho. I love designing outdoor spaces, especially when it comes to entertaining and hosting friends. If you’re looking to bring some new pieces to your patio or porch, you’ll want to keep reading. Here are some of my favorite pieces to help bring a fresh look to your outdoor spaces this summer—enjoy!


I’ve had my eye on the Otto Lantern all spring, and I can’t think of a more perfect product to kick off this post. Cast of aluminum with a bronze finish, this lightweight fixture can sit as a centerpiece or hang as an elegant accessory. A glass hurricane keeps the candle flame protected against wind and weather, the high contrast black gives the lantern its old school look.


If you’re in the market for something more eclectic, I think you’ll love our Ansel Lantern. Made from an open metal mesh and featuring an antique nickel finish, this piece is one of my favorites because of the way it distorts natural candlelight. The mesh creates this beautiful dappled look that’s absolutely elegant and perfect for a relaxing late night dinner outside.


For something more subtle and natural, our Woodsy Candle Holders are the perfect fit. These are slightly smaller, so they’re great placed throughout the table in sets of two or three (for some extra color and summer style, add fresh wildflowers in short vases). A granular clay base means they’re durable enough to weather the outdoors.


Once the table’s been set, the next staple for summer entertaining will be great serveware. One of my favorite sets is the Tulip Pasta Bowl and Tulip Salad Bowl. Made with beautifully crafted porcelain and designed to mimic the shape of a tulip, they’re essential accessories as a host or hostess gift at your next party.


The Wood River Tray is perfect for making a statement. Crafted from wood with a streamlined metal frame, sturdy handles, and delicate feet, it’s beautiful in its simplicity and offers a modern-natural aesthetic. This is great to use as a centerpiece and can really bring an entire design together!


If one tray isn’t enough, you’ll love these Gold Rim Trays. Available in a set of three and stacked beautifully inside each other, they’re great for candles, floral arrangements, utensils, and more. Subtle brass detailing gives the trays an elegant and minimalist design while matte galvanized accents bring back a more rustic edge.



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