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6 Designers Share Their Must-Haves for Summer


What’s the one thing you can’t live without come summer?

“We recently built a firepit in our backyard. It is our family’s favorite gathering place as the sun sets on a warm summer night. My must haves: s’mores, a chilled glass of Whispering Angel rosé, and a fun Turkish throw blanket I recently ­purchased on terrain.com to keep us warm.”
— Wendy Strauss, Strauss House Designs, Chappaqua


“I just love melamine. It’s a must for entertaining outdoors during the summer.
— Karen Tolchin, co-owner of Current Home, Scarsdale


“I can’t live without my outdoor dining room and my fresh vegetable garden! In the summer, we eat almost every meal outside with fresh lettuce, Swiss chard, strawberries, beans, and tomatoes from the garden. The covered dining area keeps us in the shade after long days at the beach, and at night we turn on the string lights to create a magical outdoor dining room.”
— Tiffany Costanzo, C Studio Design, Greenwich, Connecticut


“St. George Botanivore gin and Fever-Tree tonic with a squeeze of lime over ice, on my chaise by the pool, with Tycho playing in the background, is the experience that I need during the summer.”
— Sharon Rembaum, Sharon Rembaum Interiors, Scarsdale


“I’ve built my collection of vintage Heller melamine dinnerware, designed by the legendary Massimo Vignelli, for more than 30 years and have enough for more than 60 people! Collecting is part of the fun. I primarily collect the pure white, though I own many accent pieces in fun colors, such as bright-orange bowls. The pieces are lightweight, stackable, and great for outdoor barbecues. Food looks great on them. Easy cleanup. Very green, no wasteful paper products. Perfect for casual summer gatherings.”
— Carol Kurth, FAIA, ASID Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors, Bedford


“I love a lightweight blanket for sitting on the couch outside in the evening and keeping warm while having a glass of wine.”
— Alyson Lane, co-owner of Current Home, Scarsdale


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