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The Foundation

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HOME FRONT
Ahead of the Fourth of July holiday, we’re breaking out the red, white and blue all around the home. Whether you’re hosting the big neighborhood backyard barbecue or just looking to incorporate some Americana into your interior décor, the colors are a perfect complement to summer’s relaxed vibe. Inside and out, your home will be the most patriotic on the block.

Star Spangled
This indoor/outdoor rug will quickly become the focal point of any room. Made from
recycled polyester, the rug is durable, lightweight, UV-treated for fade resistance and easy to clean— everything an active family wants from a rug. The large red and ivory star pattern is versatile (we could see this making an appearance around Christmas) and it’s also reversible, meaning a quick,  updated look is just a flip away. (Available at AnnieSelke.com for $74-$912, depending on size) 

Made In The USA  
Pillows are easy seasonal swaps throughout a living space, and these are no exception. Made of natural burlap, which is full of its own characteristics, these pillows from the Americana Collection by Eastern Accents have appliquéd designs, including a strawberry basket or kite, that remind us of the simple things in life. (Available at Wayfair.com for $105, kite; $107, berries) 

Serving Up A Celebration  
If you’re hosting the barbecue for America’s birthday then you better go all in on the tablescape. Guests will love setting their (full) plates down on these Pillow Perfect Star Bright Placemats, featuring a meticulous laser-cut design of red, white and blue stars, chevrons and circles. And since no party is complete without a drink in hand, these festively hand-painted wine glasses are the perfect patriotic pairing whether you prefer red, white or rosé. (Placemats available online only at BedBathAndBeyond.com for $18.99, set of two; wine glasses available at Pier1.com for $10.50 each) 

Spinning Spirit
This Americana Wind Spinner is a whimsical visual touch to a landscape. With eight metal wind spinner blades, painted in the stars and stripes, it will hold up all summer long and bring a festive feeling to the holiday celebrations. (Available for $39 at Wayfair.com) 

COVET 
Tuuci Umbrellas 
Technology has been creeping into almost every aspect of our home life, from smart fridges to motorized blinds, and the tech is extending outdoors as well. Consider these umbrellas from Tuuci, a manufacturer of commercial-grade outdoor parasols that are durable as well as refined in design. The company has added automatic functionality, including an open-close function, eliminating the need for cranking. A soft Luna LED light points upward into the canopy for an even amount of light underneath, and for nights with a chill to them, two heaters will warm up whoever is underneath. Safety has also been taken into consideration. The heaters will automatically turn off after four hours, and there is a two-minute cooldown before the canopy can be closed.  As homeowners look toward summer and days and nights by the pool, these parasols are a smart addition for the season. (For more information, visit Tuuci.com.) 

BOOKMARK
Mark Epstein Designs by Mark Epstein
Mark Epstein Designs invites readers to experience the processes behind 13 major design projects executed by interior designer Mark Epstein. Epstein has been working in  the New York  design industry for over 40 years, which  allowed him  to create a well-known signature, classified by structured interiors and muted color palettes. Brimming with tips, ideas and philosophies,  Epstein’s book not only outlines his timeless design work, but his life as an artist. (Pointed Leaf Press, June 2018, $75, Amazon) —Kristen Treude 

EDUCATIONAL ELEMENTS
HOMES IN THE U.S. SOLD FASTER—AND FOR MORE MONEY—IN MAY, ACCORDING TO THE MONTHLY HOUSING TREND REPORT FROM REALTOR.COM. Inventory declined 6 percent from May 2017, but increased by 6 percent from April 2018, and median listing prices grew 8 percent year over year for the third month running. Homes spent an average of 55 days on the market and median listing prices hit an all-time high of $297,000, which is good for sellers, but telling for buyers that home values may not stall any time soon. Source: Realtor.com

Published (and copyrighted) in House & Home, Volume 18, Issue 12 (June 2018). 
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