With summer almost upon us, you’ll soon be accepting (or at least discreetly angling for) invitations to getaways at your favorite friends’ oceanfront retreats, mountain cabins, and lakeside spreads. Before you start packing your weekender, consider these five tips, which are sure to get you invited back next season.
1. Go a little over the top.
Minimalism is so 20th century—and a little bit of ancien régime opulence goes a long way. A pattern derived from one of Marie Antoinette’s upholstered armchairs enlivens even the simplest kitchen.
2. Don’t be afraid to make waves.
This stylized pattern, derived from a Japanese stencil, cools down any home environment. Whether their home is rustic or mid-century modern—or even if it’s a beach house—this is one wave they’ll be happy to have crest in their living room.
3. Pour. Sip. Repeat.
They say liquor goes down easier when it’s poured from a decanter. And even if that’s an old host’s tale, this striking piece, adorned with etched strapwork found on a 16th-century German helmet, will make quite the conversation piece for anyone’s bar cart.
4. Give them the royal treatment.
While their property may not be 2,000 acres, the gardens of Versailles provide inspiration to anyone with a lawn to mow and flowerbeds to tend. This tray depicts the entrance to Versailles’s celebrated hedge maze—a portal to daydreams of grounds fit for a king.
5. Make it spring—all year long.
When blossoming branches are this beautiful, spring lasts all year. A Japanese fan design provides the color palette and motifs for this ceramic serving bowl—which is maybe just too lovely to use.