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Stylish Ideas For A Summer Picnic

It’s time to break out the picnic baskets, colorful throw blankets, and your prettiest melamine plates and flatware. It’s picnic season! Stylish blanketside gatherings with friends are a must this time of year. It’s just a matter of putting together all of the right elements to throw a super chic outdoor event.

AphroChic: Stylish Ideas For A Summer Picnic

For a unique backdrop to all of the yummy food you’ll be serving, gather your favorite scarves, pillows and blankets to create an eclectic lounge area. We love the idea of mixing cultural pieces like kilim pillows, suzani blankets and a few Persian rugs for a colorful display.

AphroChic: Stylish Ideas For A Summer Picnic

For picnic parties, think about bringing in unique seating. Cushions are wonderful and comfy for guests and poufs are perfect too. Look for poufs in summer shades like bright white, pastel pink or sunshine yellow for an unexpected touch.

AphroChic: Stylish Ideas For A Summer Picnic

Layer a few of your favorite rugs to define the picnic area. Don’t worry about a matching design or color palette. A funky mix of bright area rugs with geometric designs will create a modern and vibrant display.

AphroChic: Stylish Ideas For A Summer Picnic

And if you’re feeling daring, put up a tent to create an intimate space for a casual luncheon. This is the perfect spot for a romantic picnic for two.

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Fun Summer Planters For Outdoor Decorating

Summer has arrived, the sun is shining and the temperatures are rising! Blooming flowers and the fresh foliage are some of the things we love most about summertime. Bright buds and green shrubs add a punch of color to your outdoor space making it feel alive and vibrant. One of the best ways to incorporate some more color, pattern, or texture into your backyard space is with planters. Though they haven’t always been the most scintillating option for outdoor decorating, today’s planters are statement pieces that can really help to bring your space together. You can mix and match them with your plants to create a look that is perfect for your yard or patio. Here are our favorite colorful, stylish planters for the 2014 summer season.

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Sam Schriemer is the author of Sam Schriemer Design & Lifestyle and a contributor for AphroChic on About.com. Read the full article here.

 

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Bring Cultural Style Home With Modern Tiles

There are so many ways to bring cultural elements into a home, and tile is one of my favorites. With a history spanning centuries, buildings covered in ceramic tiles can be found everywhere in the ancient world, from Portugal to Morocco. Spanish tile, Italian tile – many countries have a long-time tradition of using tiles in the home, making this a truly a global element to bring into interiors today. In modern interiors, tile can make a beautiful statement, particularly when neutral tiles are used to create a patchwork design. Lay out a bathroom floor in a mix of your favorite black and white patterns. Update a living room floor with a mix of tiles in shades of gray. And add golden tile to your living rooms walls for a glamorous focal point.

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Black Walls Are The New Trend In Outdoor Decorating

After two days in New York we’ve been having a ton of fun. Last night was spent enjoying the summer weather and a rooftop party in Soho for the relaunch of Lonny. During the party I was enjoying some very cool outdoor spaces, and was inspired to think a little more about contemporary outdoor living and the latest feature these days – dark, black walls. While many outdoor spaces are defined by fences, brick walls and even glass, for an unexpected dose of glamour, black walls are making an appearance. Not only do they frame an outdoor space, but black walls add contrast to the bright pops of color normally found in outdoor decor. Whether you’re lining your outdoor seating with vibrant kilims, or laying out on a colorful reclining chair, black walls are the perfect backdrop to colorful outdoor furnishings and accessories that you want to pop!

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Vintage Rattan Hanging Chairs Are Making A Comeback

Back in the 60s and 70s these hanging rattan chairs were all the rage. Last weekend Bryan and I headed over to the Continental Mid-Town and swung in a pair during dinner. What a fun experience! So, now that we’re obsessed with these adult-sized swings, we’ve been scouring the internet for the perfect rattan chair to bring home. Today, a chair like this can be found at Serena & Lily or you can discover vintage ones on Ebay.

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