Colors of Summer: Watermelon & Lemon

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I love to change up the look of my interior spaces with each new season, tweaking my bedding, furnishings and displays just a bit to give them a fresh new feel. If you want to join me by embracing the glory of summer in your home, look to your favorite things about summer for inspiration. You don’t have to go farther than your fruit bowl for a decorating muse that will give your home extra zip this season:


Watermelon: Indulgent & Fun

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There is nothing like biting into a slice of that first ripe watermelon of the season, drip-down-your-hand juicy, exploding with sunny flavor.  It’s easy to pull the warm, wonderful color of watermelon into your home this season, whether it’s through some accent pillows on your patio furniture, perky summer linens for your table or fun seasonal dishes. At Nell Hill’s,  we captured our full-hearted love for the queen of melons by zipping up a bedding ensemble with slices of watermelon magic.

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Because navy and white is one of my all-time fave go-with-everything color combos, we started with this popular striped duvet as our base. When creating a bedding ensemble, we really like to use duvets that can transition easily from one season to another, whether that means the fabric is really versatile or the duvet is two sided, with a lightweight fabric on one side and a winter weight fabric on the other side (you can flip them as the weather changes for an entirely new look on your bed).

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We’re crazy about pillows and firmly believe in their power to take a bed from ho-hum to amazing, so we layered up four rows, with watermelon euro shams in back, a fun medallion pattern in the center, and in front, a solid navy finished in a watermelon trim. Neck rolls are a great accent pillow to put in front of your big pillow stack, the focal point of the bed. This cutie pulls in our navy, white and watermelon, with a playful polka dot finish.


Lemon: Zesty & Exciting

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I am a huge fan of using neutral furnishings in your living room so you can transform the look of your space at the drop of a hat. Here, we took a perfect-for-all-seasons linen sofa and gave it a sun-soaked summer remake by using a squeeze of lemon.

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Navy and yellow is a classic combo, and I’m over the moon about it. Depending upon the fabrics and accents you pick, you can take your blue and yellow palette from timeless to trendy. Since the Nell Hill’s style is New Traditional, we paired this lovely classic Chesterfield sofa with some contemporary fabrics used as pillows.

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A lot of our customers want to add a dash of pattern to their rooms to give the spaces new life. One great way to do so is to pull in a chair or two upholstered in a bolder print. This chair, one of our biggest sellers because it is so incredibly comfortable and features an updated traditional silhouette, is a great option. We love it covered in this sensational navy and white pattern. June 15-July 15, we have our huge upholstered furniture sale, when all our sofas, upholstered chairs and ottomans are 20 percent off, even custom orders. But if new furniture isn’t an option right now, you can still easily trick up your space with just a few seasonal accents. This lovely lamp, cozied up to a glass bowl full of lemons, does just the trick.


Next week … Celebrate Independence Day with us through this special Welcome to Innisfree blog post!