Take time during the relaxed month of July to enjoy lighthearted decorating, dining, shopping, traveling and more with our whimsical list of midsummer finds.
HOME AND GARDEN
The Lola Chair
The Lola Chair has a sleek design and would add modern, elegant functionality to any outdoor space. Hand-crafted from solid cypress wood in Memphis, this innovative, contemporary piece contains no nails or screws and is easily disassembled into two parts for storage or transport. It is an original design by local artist Perry Sponseller of Sponseller & McGary Construction Inc. Contact Greg Baudoin of Ray & Baudoin Interior Design to purchase this stylish, striking piece for your garden, patio or pool area, $395. rb-id.com
Lafco candles will complement summertime throughout your home with scents such as “Amber Sea Foam” … yum! These nice-sized candles are available in many scents and soothing colors that look as great as they smell! A perfect gift or pick-me-up, $62 at Social.
This hand-carved, gold-leafed wooden fragment mounted on a crystal base makes a versatile, clever objet for an interior vignette. Found among many lovely pieces from Alice Renovich Antiques & Interiors at Palladio, $185. thepalladiogroup.com
Do you have a home for this distinctive piece? It is a vintage architectural model of a staircase from England, and it would be awesome in the right place! Found at Palladio, $645. To learn more, ask for Lee Jones, assistant manager at Palladio. thepalladiogroup.com
These modern candlesticks can be displayed individually or linked together as you see on this coffee table. They are called Eden Table Vines and would make a wonderful centerpiece container, as well. Picture candles in each candle holder and an arrangement of magnolias at the base. A fun decorative tool to work with when entertaining. Found at the Lisa Mallory Interior Design Shop, $110 each. lisamallorydesign.com
The Good Home Co. is known for all-natural products that work great and smell exceptional. What a fun gift for a housewarming, or for someone who has everything! Detergent (liter bottle), $27; vacuum beads, $23; dryer sheets, $12; sheet and clothing spray, $25. All come in wonderful scents such as “lavender,” “pure grass,” “beach days” and “summer house.” Available at Social.
These clever sparklers will light up your next celebration. Use any combination of letters, numbers or symbols in lieu of candles. They are $5 to $7 and available at Ménage Fine Stationery & Gifts. menagestationery.com
This makes total sense: a frame designed to hold your favorite greeting cards! The Reclaim Frame is handmade from reclaimed wood and is designed for displaying any 5 x 7 card. Turn your favorite cards into framed art with this fabulous find. Purchase at Ménage Fine Stationery & Gifts, $44. menagestationery.com
MoJo Cookies are made at River Oaks restaurant in honor and memory of Joseph “JoJo” DePete by Colleen and Jolene, mother and sister to JoJo. To describe the name, Colleen and Jolene explain: “The moon is an ever-constant reminder of our love for JoJo. And thus, Moon+JoJo gives us MoJo.” These delicious, dark-chocolate-chip walnut cookies are available to purchase at River Oaks restaurant. facebook.com/MoJoCookies
Paradise Seafood is known for serving the Memphis area with fresh, wild-caught seafood straight from the Atlantic, and they have a new location! You can now find them in Overton Square on the corner of Cooper and Madison, Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Look for them at area farmers markets, too, including the Agricenter’s Farmer’s Market, a regular spot for them Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays starting at 7:30 a.m. until they sell out! aparadiseseafood.com
It’s a good time to brighten your summer wardrobe with a few new pieces. You will find sales at all of your favorite boutiques!
Upbeat and Colorful
This hot pink, silk top paired with any of your summer basics will brighten up an ensemble for outdoor concerts or any casual summer outing. Available at the Sorelle boutique, $138. sorelleboutiquememphis.com
Both of these great tops will give an immediate upgrade to your summer wardrobe, and just in time for your next summer event! The orange halter top, $174, is 100% cotton, lined in the front and open in back for a light, breezy option. The green top, $75, comes in pink and yellow, too, and it is shown with shorts in a whimsical print, $86. Both available at the Lori James boutique in Regalia shopping center. facebook.com/shoplorijames
New Clothing Line
Crepe blouses, $395, and pants, $340, from the Cauliflower collection, a new line at Kittie Kyle.
We are always on the lookout for a great white shirt, the best fitting pair of jeans and a neutral bag to carry year-round, every day. We spotted all of these elusive favorites at Heather. This top is by Elie Tahari, $198; the Linea Pelle bag is $432; and the jeans are by Paige—a great fitting brand! Jean prices vary slightly according to style. This fun necklace, a tasteful nod to the tribal trend, is $118.
BTW … You did know that the Heather Cosmetic Boutique has moved and expanded, right? In addition to the custom makeup they are known for, this shop is now carrying wonderful clothing lines, and there is a full-service spa! facebook.com/pages/Heather-Boutique-and-Spa
Cinda b handbags, totes, travel bags, baby bags and accessories are designed with active lifestyles in mind. This line is stylishly timeless and versatile. Travel with specialized gear such as jewelry bags, tennis totes, garment bags and everything in between. Start your cinda b collection at Gild the Lily in the Sanderlin Center. Prices range from $17 to $179. This vertical cosmetic bag is $65. facebook.com/pages/Gild-the-Lily
Large, canvas travel tote with a colorful map design. Discovered at More Therapy, $98. facebook.com/MoreTherapy
Summer boots at Sachi, $140. If you are young enough to sport these short boots with shorts like Nicola Peltz, go for it! For a more mature nod to this trend, wear these with a long, loose-fitting, asymmetrical skirt or with a straight skirt in your most flattering length. sachimemphis.com
Cheryl Dufault incorporates vintage and found objects from all over the world to create original pieces that have earthy elegance. This collection ranges in price from $48 to $350 at Lavish.
Look great AND be safe with any of these respected self-tanning products at Joseph. Find many choices in one location and get expert advice on the one that suits your skin tone best. The tanning products at Joseph range in price from $36 to $128. josephstores.com
From Great Britain to you by way of The Stovall Collection. High-fashion nail colors by butter London are one of Stovall’s newest products. Lip gloss, $20; nail lacquer, $16; nail treatment, $20. stovallcollection.com
This Submarino porcelain vanity set from Seletti, $60, is divided into several parts that all fit together with magnets. There is a place for your toothbrush, hand lotion, cotton and more. Add this sleek accessory to any bathroom. Available in three colors at the Lisa Mallory Linen Shop. lisamallorydesign.com/linen
The Latest from Greg Iles
An American writer at the height of his creative powers, #1 New York Times best-selling novelist Greg Iles returns with his first novel in five years, Natchez Burning. The book is the first installment of a trilogy that weaves crimes, lies and secrets into a mesmerizing thriller.
Greg Iles spent his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi, so he’s a Southerner like us! BookPage calls him “William Faulkner for the Breaking Bad generation.” For more reviews, click here. To purchase Natchez Burning, $22.39, visit the Booksellers at Laurelwood. thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com
Road ID is an ID that you can wear as a bracelet, shoe tag or on your ankle. It is an “in case of emergency” ID if you are in an accident on your bike, running etc. It would be great for anyone who walks, runs or bikes alone. $19.99 to $29.99. roadid.com
Thank you for joining our July quest for summer shopping fun!