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What We Loved This Week

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What We Love from Around the Web…

A tiny cottage’s incredible makeover.

Lessons in layering from a fabric designer, plus an absolutely gorgeous home tour.

Modern style and boundless luxury meet in this sleek Manhattan apartment.

Easy cookout recipes to keep in your back pocket for summer entertaining.

Your grandmother’s florals are back—and we couldn’t be more excited.

It’s unbreakable and unbelievably stylish, and it will last you season after season: We’re naming melamine one of our top summer staples. Photo by Mark Weinberg.

It’s unbreakable and unbelievably stylish, and it will last you season after season: We’re naming melamine one of our top summer staples. Photo by Mark Weinberg.

What We’ve Been Up To…

We’ve quickly gotten into the laid-back swing of summer, which means it’s time to get serious about entertaining for the season. Father’s Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, backyard barbecues: The party possibilities are endless—so while the season is still young, it’s time to stock up! From table settings in a patriotic palette (that will feel fresh all year long) to boho-chic finds for the patio to our fabulous (and durable) melamine, there’s something for everyone—and every type of gathering.

Need inspiration for recipes, decor, or party-planning? We’ve got plenty of ideas.

Photo by Douglas Friedman

Photo by Douglas Friedman

We Caught Up With…

House Beautiful editor-in-chief Sophie Donelson

Whenever a reader sends me a note telling me that they’ve found something in the magazine that resonates with them and how it helped them, that’s when I know I’ve done my job.

— Sophie Donelson

Read the rest of our chat with Sophie →

Ikat throw pillows bring a hint of global glamour to a bright and polished space. Photo by Tony Vu.

Ikat throw pillows bring a hint of global glamour to a bright and polished space. Photo by Tony Vu.

A Parting Piece of Knowledge…

Ikat, a tie-dye-like pattern that comes in an innumerable variety of colors and designs, hails from regions all over the world—from Southeast Asia to the Middle East to South America. Unlike your run-of-the-mill tie-dye, however, traditional ikats require an immense amount of skill and precision to create, as the threads are dyed before being woven into a pattern. This time-honored technique can produce patterns with either precise or blurred edges; and while the sharper designs were once considered more valuable, today the slight blurriness has become a hallmark of the ikat print.

We love the pattern for its versatility in both fashion and interiors: You’re just as likely to find its global sensibilities enlivening a rug or a throw pillow as you are a shoe or a dress.

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