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Westchester Home Designers Talk Favorite Summer Styles and Products

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“I’m particularly fond of large planters. They are the perfect finishing touch to a patio or when flanking an entry, and I like to fill them with classic boxwoods or topiaries. One of my favorites is the Azimuth Cross Planter available through JANUS et Cie. Not only is this planter incredibly durable, since it’s made from powder-coated aluminum, but the classic x-pattern makes it timeless, too.”

—Anelle Gandelman, A-List Interiors

One of my favorite things to place outside are string lights. I have them on my magnolia tree and absolutely love this look. Not only do they give more light once the sun is down, it’s probably one of the easiest ways to make your outdoor area more charming and inviting.”

—Julia Oddo, TC Interiors

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“My favorite outdoor product is something I recently purchased on Etsy: a personalized S’mores platter, with compartments for the marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers. We had small, round wood, stump stools made to be placed right in front of [our firepit], with our initials put on them. It is the perfect setup.”

—Wendy Strauss, Strauss House Designs

“One of my favorite outdoor items is nature. Utilizing plants and flowers is a fantastic way to create a blanketed backdrop of beauty that surrounds you during the summer months, as well as the rest of the year. So here’s my tip: Go to your local garden center and speak with their staff; your neighborhood landscapers have knowledge of their medium. Create beauty around you, and find the best combination of foliage for your backyard, front yard, patio, or balcony, so you, too, can enjoy the wonder of nature year-round.”

—Alexandra Amirian, M&P Design Group 

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