Gang, keep cool this summer with our favorite white-hot lifestyle finds!
Angels & Insects
Take those tired walls and allow them to spring eternal compliments of Wendover Art Group’s stunning Papillon Garden 2 and Butterflies and Bugs 1 wall prints ($395 each). They truly bring the great outdoors within. Available through Vivid Interiors, 513 S. Elm St, Greensboro, (336) 265-8628
Make a Splash
Transform your humble shower into a luxe spa-like retreat with Kohler’s WaterTile wall-mounted 54-nozzle shower head with soothing spray ($350). In fact, why not add in two or three! Available through Hughes Supply, 140-E. Cloverleaf Drive, Winston-Salem, (336)-760-0715.
Capture the sublime scent of the garden year round with the White Jasmine & Gardenia scented candle from Cochine Saigon ($65). With more than 50 hours’ burn time, Cochine candles will gently infuse any room to create a delicately evocative and inspiring atmosphere. Plus, the unique silver glass gives a beau- tiful glow when the candle is lit. Trouvaille Home, 938 Burke St., Winston-Salem, (336) 245-8965.
Capture a slice of Hollywood-style glam- our — hello, Beverly Hills Hotel! — with the banana-emblazoned Veranda VR-62 Green outdoor rug from Momeni ($299), hand- hooked of 100 percent polypropylene for easy care. Cheap and chic! Available through Furnitureland South, 5635 Riverdale Drive, Jamestown, (336) 822-3000.
Think Global, Drink Local
Sip in style this summer with the cool, refreshing 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from the Yadkin Valley’s Grassy Creek Vineyard & Winery ($18). Think light and clean with bold grapefruit avors. And why not make a day trip to the winery’s stunning Tasting Room, situated an hour-long drive west of Greensboro, to embrace the sublime viticultural experience? 235 Chatham Cottage Circle, State Road, (off Klondike Road), (336) 835-2458, Grassycreekvineyard.com
Off the Wall
Tired of that dated thermostat creating an eyesore on your wall? Want to save electricity and control your AC usage from afar? Turn to the Nest Learning Thermostat ($249). Sleek and stylish, the Nest unit helps save energy, and you can control it from anywhere with the Nest app. Now that’s technology makes sense!
Spin, Spin Sugar
We have always had a love-hate relationship with ceiling fans – that is, until we met the saucily named Haiku by Big Ass Fans brand with its clean lines and chic silhouettes. A favorite in the line is the 60-inch Haiku with its caramel-hued bamboo airfoils ($1,095). This stunner would work as well in a hard-edged Winston-Salem industrial loft as it would in a trad-leaning Irving Park family room.
Green with Envy
Your bedroom will become a cool, soothing retreat with the sumptuous Gemma bedding range that mixes orals and graphics to stunning effect. Handmade in Thomasville, North Carolina, by Wildcat Territory, the line includes duvets, coverlets, shams, decorative pillows and bed skirts and is sold separately à la carte or as sets (sets from $1,600). Available through Furnitureland South, 5635 Riverdale Drive, Jamestown, (336) 822-3000.
Urn One’s Keep
Make a big, bold statement in your garden with this opulent set of four English garden urns upon stands from the early 1900s that hail from High Point antiques dealer extraordinaire Randall Tysinger. Of course, such provenance and craftsmanship come with a hefty price tag, aka, $44,000. Randall Tysinger, 208 N. Elm St., High Point, (336) 885-7174.
Bring form and function to the backyard with the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal The Furnace Grill in eye-popping Orange ($899.95). This innovative grill — designed in tandem with British superstar chef Heston Blumenthal — fully ignites and heats quickly while three interchangeable cast-iron flat plates and grill plates provide numerous cooking options. Plus, the grill looks like a million bucks. Williams Sonoma, 3320 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, (336) 294-2063.
Head for the Hills!
John and I have just returned from The Swag, the in-the-know escape tucked into the Smoky Mountains outside Asheville, and the experience was exceptional. We checked into one of the inn’s 14 individually decorated, super-comfortable rooms and lapped up the postcard- perfect views before heading out for a short hike, capped off with with an invigorating round of croquet. Next up was dinner with old friends. The hotel is all-inclusive, so that means that all meals are covered included in the rate. And, oh, the mountain trout paired with a Biltmore Estate Sauvignon Blanc! We rounded out our stay with more hiking, a picnic in the tree house and much-needed reading time. Perfection. 2300 Swag Road, Waynesville, N.C.
What’s on your Hot List this summer?
This article was first published in Seasons, Style & Design.
Images have been sourced from the respective manufacturer.