We’re midway through June and finding ourselves spending more and more time outside. Whether by the pool with a glass of rosé, running to the next social event, having dinner on the patio or playing golf with Dad, the warm weather calls for sweet treats, fresh decor and bold accessories for you and your pup. It’s also time to grab those last-minute gifts for Father’s Day. We’ve curated a list of must-haves from our go-to shops around town to help you conquer summer like a pro. We have fun prints, vibrant hues and unique materials in this lively edition of FINDS. Let’s take a look!
Nashville Hot cookies
Bring on the summer heat with Christie Cookie Co.‘s featured cookie of the month, the Nashville Hot. Light up your taste buds with a mix of cinnamon, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate chunks and a kick of chili and cayenne pepper. Trust us, you will want a side of milk to go with! This different and unique flavor will have the whole family grinning. Get one regular for $1.50, one large for $2.25 or large tins for $27.99 to $87.99.
Dragon fruit bowl
You’ve probably had an açaí bowl by now, but have you tried a dragon fruit bowl? It’s similar to an açai bowl, but just a tiny bit sweeter. Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a superfood that has multiple health benefits such as anti-aging and immune boosting properties and being a high-fiber, cholesterol-lowering food. A dragon fruit bowl from The Juice Bar in Brentwood combines the dragon fruit with apple juice and mango to create a smoothie-like texture and is topped with granola, fresh banana and strawberries and local honey. The secret ingredient to take it to the next level is a side of peanut butter on top! Find it for $9.75 per bowl.
Make summer — and your fruit, tea and oatmeal — a bit sweeter with some local honey. Brand like TruBee or Williams Honey provide a delicious, natural flavor, and some even say local honey can help with seasonal allergies. Find TruBee for $8 for a small jar and $12 for a large jar, and Williams Honey for $13 at Green Door Gourmet. Both of these are made in Franklin, Tennessee, and are raw, untreated and simple as can bee. (Sorry, we had to!)
Summer is for rosé by the pool with friends. This Sancerre rosé has a floral aroma with a hint of strawberries. Though a pretty pale color, it has a lot of depth with notes of berry and a twist of citrus and mineral. Dry and light, but lively, this rosé is best paired with a cheesy dish like a gouda souffle or classic grilled cheese sandwich. Get this Pascal et Nicolas Reverdy Terre de Maimbray 2017 pinot noir at Midtown Corkdorks Wine, Spirits & Beer for $26.99 a bottle.
In addition to vintage and antique rugs, Nashville Rug Gallery has a wide selection of flat-weaves produced in India. Three new designs and colors — blue, black and pink — have caught our eyes for summer. Durable and stylish, the rugs come in 6-by-9-foot, 8-by-10-foot, 9-by-12-foot, 10-by-14-feet and 12-by-15-feet (if you need a smaller size, just ask). The price of the rugs range from $756 (for the 6-by-9-foot rug) to $3,780 (for the 12-by-15-feet).
Perfect for a beach home or lake house, these handcrafted, textured pillows are like looking at pieces of art. The red, white and blue tones would be ideal for your Fourth of July decor, but they can easily work in any space from spring to fall. Get the Canoe on Lake pillow for $88, Nantucket pillow for $75 and Beach House pillow for $75 at Harpeth Gallery.
Colorful table runner
This sorbet painted striped table runner uses a trendy and fun color palette that can be paired with many of Hester & Cook‘s tabletop items. The cheerful print and hues will add a pop of summer that’s sure to make your tablescape a hit. Try using it with their ice cream social placemat and seafoam frame place card for your next party. Get the runner for $26.
Brighten up your outdoor living space with these solar outdoor lanterns! Not only are they cute, they are weather resistant and long-lasting. Thanks to these lights, your outdoor dinner party can last just a little bit longer! Find multiple colors and sizes at Maxi B. Home for $25.
We’d love to spend the whole day outside, reading a book under a tree, but some days, it’s way too humid for that. So we’re bringing trees indoors so we can have the best of both worlds. The Ficus Iyrata, better known as the fiddle-leaf fig, is the perfect thing to liven up your home! Find one at the Flower Mart for $75.99.
Whether you plan to showcase your growing garden or need a bit of light for late-night talks on the back porch, these lanterns will come in handy! They are elegant and practical, making them the perfect piece for summer. Add these to your collection of summer decor for $47.96 each. You can find them at English & Company.
Louis Philippe mirrors
New Louis Philippe mirrors just landed on the showroom floor at Patina + Co! With curved silhouettes and mercury glass, the mirrors would fit seamlessly in a modern space yet they hold a timeless appeal. There is a variety of sizes, as seen below, and the prices start at $285.
GIFTS FOR DAD
Gin and tonic
Stock your dad’s bar with three varieties of gin: Nolet’s Gin, Aviation Gin and Right Gin. Nolet’s ($48) is a floral and fruit-forward dry gin. Aviation ($27) is distilled from rye and flavored with juniper, lavender, anise, sarsaparilla, orange peel and cardamom. Right Gin ($29) is a bit sweeter with floral and citrus notes. Each of the gins pair perfectly with tonic — the ideal warm weather drink. Find these varieties (and more) at Harvest Wine Market.
Every dad needs a pair of fun socks! They’re even trendy to wear with suits or comfy for hanging around the house. Johnston & Murphy has the best selection in town with golf and pineapple prints or stars for the Fourth of July. Let him show his fashionable and patriotic side with these trouser socks for $16 each or 20% off when you get three or more.
Cards and keepsakes
Get Dad the gift of hand-drawn illustrations and heartfelt letters from the kiddos. These are the kind of gifts that last a lifetime and are keepsakes he will treasure forever. Pair them with a sweet or funny card, and it will be a Father’s Day for the books. Find these cards for $2.50 to $6.50, the Letters to My Dad book for $14.95, and the Dad Can Do Anything Storylines book for $12 at The Paper Place.
FOR YOUR PUP
Have your precious pup looking dapper this summer in bandanas with fun prints, patterns and colors. He’ll be the star of the dog park or the Instagram feed in these accessories. Find a variety of styles at Winston Dog for $38. Match the bandana with one of their stylish See Scout collars!
Yes, we’re still obsessed with the pom-pom craze, and thankfully, these Misha Minaudiere clutches will soon be our go-to bag for summer because they can be dressed up by using the gold chain or can act as a casual clutch. Ever Alice Studio has them in store for $80.
Fabulous jewelry doesn’t have to come with a four-figure price tag. We fell in love with these original and fun designs by Four Eyes Ceramics. These earrings are just waiting to be paired with prints, patterns and bold colors. Find them at Ceri Hoover in 12South for $55 for the white blob earrings and $65 for the pink and blue dome earrings.
Coffee tote and clutch
These rare pieces are made right here in Nashville out of coffee bags. Couture Coffeebags sources recycled bags from local roasters to create one-of-a-kind, hand cut and screen-print totes and clutches. Each design is different as it depends on the condition of the bag. They’re all about making everyday, practical items beautiful. Pick them up today at the Southernaire Market downtown for $65 (tote) and $40 (clutch).
Lucky Elephant earrings
Add interest to your ears with the help of these elegant elephants! The stud earrings can be worn with just about everything — and are cute to boot. Find these earrings, made by Deidre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage, in the SB Shop for $50.
Barrel-aged pepper sauce
Bourbon meets spice in this barrel-aged pepper sauce. A collaboration between Pappy & Co. and Midland Ghost, the hot sauce is made with ghost peppers and aged in bourbon barrels, resulting in a rich, smokey, oaky heat. Find a bottle for $11.75 at SB Shop.
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