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How To: Setting Your Summer Table

It’s that time of year to pour yourself a cold drink and invite guests for delectable summer dining experience. We all love to host, but often times it's difficult to come up with a clever (and simple) way to set your table. Whether it be an indoor or outdoor gathering, the following designer tips will help you throw your best soirée of the season!

Choose a Color Scheme

A great place to begin is deciding the color scheme you'd like to showcase. Our designers chose a vibrant yellow paired with cool blue and lush, natural greens with wooden pieces. They'd added color by including accent pillows and colorful chairs to complement the table setting.

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Mix & Match 

One way to spice up your table setting is to mix textures and patterns to achieve a setting that is as casual or elegant as you’d like. Our designers used rattan placemats to contrast with a smooth white ceramic plates. They also included blue & white Chinoiserie plates with yellow gingham napkins to for a sophisticated, yet fun take on pattern mixing.

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Add Fresh Flowers

Flowers are a delightful addition to any table setting. The arrangement can be as simple or as complex as you would like. Place single tulips into glass vases for a minimalistic feel, or go above and beyond with a colorful mixture of hydrangeas, gerber daisies, and garden roses. (If your table setting is lacking vibrancy, flowers are a great and simple way to add pops of color.)

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Select Chic Storage

Another great tip to limit the clutter on your summer table is to have a bar cart or console set up nearby for easy access to additional dining needs. Place your colorful glasses with your favorite beverages on rattan trays and add in fresh flowers to set up the perfect spot to grab a quick drink without having to escape to the kitchen.

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#WisteriaXAkola: A Giveaway for Good

Want a chance to win items featured in our Akola Home photoshoot? The sweepstakes lasts through Tuesday, June 12. You can learn more about how to win HERE.

Since the days when Wisteria was merely an idea that Andrew and Shannon Newsom were dreaming of, they had a desire to share the unique treasures they found around the globe with others. At the same time, they also wanted to find a way to help make the world a better place—Wisteria reflects their aspirations to be good people and do good work. Early on they recognized they needed to surround themselves with creative minds to help them develop the best products and unique designs that couldn’t be found anywhere else.

This passion for bringing together philanthropic efforts and beautiful, unique treasures is what inspired the collaboration with the Akola Project. Akola was founded by Wisteria's friend, Brittany Merrell Underwood, who was moved to compassion after traveling to Uganda for a mission trip and meeting a Ugandan woman named Sarah who cared for 24 street children in her home. Compassion escalated to action as Brittany founded a nonprofit to construct an orphanage home to house children who slept on Sarah’s floor. Upon graduating college, Brittany moved to Uganda to begin the construction of the orphanage and the drilling of over 20 water wells throughout the country.

Today, Akola, through partnerships with Wisteria, Neiman Marcus and others, is a thriving, growing, 100% impact business. Wisteria is a proud supporter and partner of Akola, and we are excited to launch a new and exclusive collection: Akola Home. We're celebrating this launch with a giveaway of products from the Akola Home photoshoot valued over $1,800! Here are some of the items you could win:

Rajasthani Pergola Tent

This is an authentic outdoor tent and serves as a perfect place to host your next intimate gathering. Set the scene for an afternoon picnic, a magical birthday party, or a romantic dinner for two by stringing white lights around the exterior, or hanging a dramatic chandelier in the center. The interior is white cotton, with a stunning blue design on the ceiling that has been hand block-printed.

Striped Pillows Covers

Akola's pillows are not only cushy and comfortable, but also unique and luxurious. Each is completely handmade, from weaving and dying the cotton to applying each little detail, even down to the signature, bronze Akola logo.

Ivory Napkins

Handcrafted from sturdy, 100% cotton, these handsome dinner napkins are understated, yet elegant.

Placemats with Tassels

Hand-woven from raffia and cotton, these placemats stand out among the other place-settings as an extraordinary and space-changing treasure.

Horn Vase & Coasters

Made from the found horns of the Ankole longhorn cattle, these vases and coasters create a sculptural element in your space.

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Akola Collar Hex Necklace

Signature hand-rolled Karatasi paper beads with an exclusive Akola gold hexagon pendant create this beautiful statement piece.

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Mae & Nico Earrings

For this collection, Akola trained and employed women in Uganda to dye and braid raffia, which is then used to wrap beads and create tassels, such as the ones used in these playful earrings.

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Zoya Bracelet

Hand-rolled Karatasi paper beads and gold discs form each piece. Every bracelet purchased allows a family a day of rent and utilities in Uganda.

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5 Summer Styles to Update Your Entryway

Though one of the last rooms in the home one thinks of, the entryway or foyer is one of the most important in terms of design and style. It’s the first impression when a guest enters, the first space you might see before a day at the office, and one of the most trafficked areas in your home, so it’s worth putting extra thought and consideration into your entryway. One of the wonderful things about this space is the great potential there is to do fun and unique things—you can even make a few quick updates every season to keep it fresh.

With the summer season just on the horizon (and our new summer collection in full swing), we’re introducing five of our favorite entryway looks from the summer catalog. We think there’s a style for just about everyone, each with a twist of summer elements to make it updated for the season. Try getting one of these looks in your home or, if you’re really daring, go for different ones to see which suit your style best.

1. Natural Coastal

Coastal gets an unexpected look in this space. Instead of tonal blues and watery sleekness, think neutral naturals and raw textures. This Teak Root Console has the look of washed driftwood and the textural, photographic art lends a dramatic element.

Get the Look: Natural elements, sandy neutrals, beachy finds

2. Island Eclectic

This look is rich with our Indonesian Summer inspiration. The pairing of this Hand-Carved Bone Mirror and Vintage Dowry Chest is a match made in heaven with interest and charm for days. To provide harmony in the space, simple white tones and dark woods form the palette.

Get the Look: Exotic silhouettes, lush greenery, harmonious palette

3. Exotic Travels

The initial feel of this one is a wild summer safari, but take it all in and you see the elegance behind the bold patterns. Our Kuba Cloth Panel makes a beautiful backdrop for the Moroccan-inspired mirror and these exotic Indonesian necklaces add a bit of fun and interest.

Get the Look: Bold textures, traveled accents, weathered materials

4. Airy Modern

Minimalism goes a long way in this handsome combination of modern art and sleek polish. The wall art—a Wisteria favorite for years—presides over our grand Alton Media Console to create a look that’s simple, refined, and extraordinary.

Get the Look: Modern fixtures, colorful art, minimal accents

5. Tropical Vibrance

The brilliance of color in exotic flora and metallic shine give the illusion of a tropical getaway. The acrylic and glass console is nice and clear, so the look isn’t too weighted, and the natural wood accents ground the space with organic subtlety.

Get the Look: Vibrant pops, metallic shine, organic elements

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Designer Picks: Chic Summer Seating

Chair design is categorically one of the most challenging feats of engineering in interior design. In fact, there are dozens of competitions internationally that put designers to the test, sometimes encouraging them to use innovative materials and creative methods of structure. But even with all this out-of-the-box concepting, chair designs have remained relatively the same since the dawn of time.

In our new summer collection, we celebrate the history of chair design with styles and silhouettes that can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece. Here, we’re highlighting our designers' top picks for chic seating this season, but you can browse our entire selection here.

Neoclassical Iron Chair

This over-sized chair is inspired by thrones and seats used in early civilizations. It features a deep seat and lovely curves that make anyone sitting in it feel like a king or queen. We updated the look with a solid iron frame, neutral linen cushion, and two brilliant finish options: Deep black or shining brass.

 

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Acrylic Klismos Chair

The original klismos chair was invented in Ancient Greece and it had three defining features: Four legs curved outwards, two parallel, curving rails for the back, and a narrow, horizontal, concave backrest. All of these curves were made to contour the human form as well as give the seat an elegant and shapely image. While it has four straight legs (for the contemporary home), the back of this seat fits the klismos description perfectly. Plus, this chair gets a whole new image in chic acrylic!

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Acrylic Armchair

Acrylic is a relatively new material for furniture as it was only created in the 1930s, and its clear, modern style is generally associated with Hollywood Regency glamour. One of the earliest and most famous commissions of acrylic furniture was for entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein's New York City apartment, and it was quite ostentatious and ornate. Our armchair follows a more minimalist approach, designed to blend seamlessly with almost any style.

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Abaca Dining Chair

Woven for both textiles and furniture, the abaca plant, commonly called "Manila hemp," is the image of breezy and tropical dining in our Abaca Dining Chair. Abaca plants are native to the Philippines and are mostly harvested for their strong, resilient fibers. Woven tightly over an iron frame, these chairs give a dining room an understated, natural, easy-going appeal.

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Modern White Slipper Chair

Mid-century designs are recognizable by their sleek lines, simple curves, and contemporary profile. This Modern White Slipper Chair sports all the trademarks of mid-century modern decor with its uncomplicated profile and plush, yet understated, appeal. This chair features chic oak legs and handsome studded detailing on the back. No doubt about it—this seat will set a sophisticated scene in any space.

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Modern Barrel-back Chair

Though relatively hard to trace, original designs for barrel-back chairs is thought to have been introduced in Europe in the 19th century. They rose to extreme popularity during the boom of mid-century design and became a favored seat for dining. The handcrafted Modern Barrel-Back Chair exemplifies this popular, mid-century style with its simple, yet sophisticated, profile and sleek wooden body.

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Introducing: Indonesian Summer

Our newest collection, Indonesian Summer, has left us wanting nothing more than to dig our feet into the sand and watch the waves roll in on our own little slice of paradise. Known for its desired beaches, volcanic terrain, and diverse wildlife, Indonesia was the inspiration behind our collection. We were inspired by natural materials, vibrant colors, and one-of-a-kind pieces that evoke the sultry spirit that reigns over this expansive landscape.

ONE-OF-A-KIND PIECES

Since its inception, Wisteria has always had a love for one-of-a-kind pieces. From hand-picked seashells that form a cascading necklace to hand-carved teak wood mirrors to colorful cloths, we strive to find unique items from around the world that speak to your individuality. With natural materials and vibrant hues that come together to create one-of-a-kind pieces, this collection captures the essence of a true Indonesian Summer with our Vintage Chinese Trunk, Antique Butcher's Table, and Vintage Chinese Rice Cabinet.

VIBRANT ISLAND COLORS

Drawn to the vivacity of the Indonesian Islands, we’ve found the vibrancy of orange, deep red, and pink hues reminds us of the rich culture and spirited life that are unique to Southeast Asia. These brilliant shades breathe life into spaces through beautiful handcrafted ceramics and intricately hand-painted works of art.

ALLURING AGATE

We find the captivating colors and meandering patterns of the semi-precious gemstones known as agates intriguing. Paired with sleek metals, these quartz stones create visual texture and provide a pop of color and interest.

FARMHOUSE TENTS

We love to host get-togethers almost as much as we love to partake in the festivities. With summer on its way, we’ve found farmhouse tents create the perfect space to host any outdoor event from your own backyard with style and ease. Canvas drapes can be drawn and tied to showcase your soirée’s setup, delivering a modern twist to the beachy Boho look and creating an inviting environment that recalls the warmth and vitality of Indonesian summers.

DEBUTING: AKOLA HOME

Akola Project has one mission: To empower women in disadvantaged communities across the globe. Since 2006, Akola Project has done just that by creating jobs for those in impoverished areas. Over the last decade, they have focused on transforming communities by creating handcrafted jewelry. We are excited to announce the launch of their first home decor line: Akola Home. Each of the textiles is made entirely by hand, from hand-weaving and dyeing the cloth to all the finishing touches. The Akola Pink Stripe Table Runner is a great piece to help create a warm and vibrant summer tablescape.

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