Produced by Dara SamuelsonWritten by Susan Heeger
Ah, sweet summer—the endless,
careless season when you
finally have time for neglected
sketchbooks, scrapbooks and
other arty endeavors. It’s easier
to get inspired if you set a
special place that is relaxed yet
well-equipped with cushy seats,
wipe-clean work surfaces and
storage for art supplies. The
more open it is to the breeze,
the more you—and your creative
compadres—will want to be there.
laminate sides and glass tops
make these Ikea square tables
ideal for customizing. Originally
white, they’re a snap to spraypaint
in a custom hue that’s all
you. For an extra dash of pizzazz,
we slipped yellow tissue paper
(cut to fit) beneath the glass, so
the playful pattern looks like part
of the design.
Bold box cushions
are not only comfortable but a
cinch to add and move around
as your crafting session expands. Once it ends, they pile up nicely
in a corner till next time.
A woven crate is a
handy place to stow projects, and
its standout stripes contrast with
patterned pillows while picking
up on color themes.
Think of summer
blooms, bird feathers, the madcap
colors at the beach: This is the
season to cast off rules and take
risks. You're free to go caliente,
sparking green with red, blue
with orange—with pink and
If you have several
outdoor spaces, repeated details
add coherence and make these
areas seem related. Carpets are
easy unifiers, particularly ones
like these outdoor mats with
simple graphic patterns.
captures summer’s carefree mood
like rock posters from the 1960s.
They'll fire up your color palette,
raise the hip quotient and turn a
plain wall on its head.
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