Designers Max Humphrey, Kam Davies, and Ohara Davies-Gaetano turn up the décor heat in these easy-to-follow tips for adding a beachy vibe in your home.

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Max Humphrey

www.maxhumphrey.com

What is your go-to design item to bring a beachy or summery feel to a space?
Anything rope or rattan, especially when it’s applied in an unexpected or modern way.

What do you think is hot this summer? (fabric, silhouette, or anything that comes to mind!)
I’m bored of white and blue, so I’m predicting unexpected coastal color palettes like pale pink and olive green.

Any tips for those who love a white (or beige) linen upholstered sofa but have small children?
Performance fabric technology has come a long way. There’s outdoor linen fabric that looks and feels like the real stuff.

What is the one investment piece you always tell your clients to go for?
I think people know by now that you get what you pay for. I wouldn’t tell a client to invest in one thing over another, but I would tell them to go with their gut if they see a piece of furniture or art that they can’t get their mind off of.

What are you looking forward to this summer?
I’m indoors-y, so I’m looking forward to watching a lot of soccer on my couch.

Tell us about your most memorable summer trip/destination that included some design shopping.
I have a couple of projects on the Oregon Coast, and I like taking the scenic route when I drive out for site visits, stopping at all the vintage stores and estate sales I come across.

Kam Davies

www.daviesdesigngroup.com

What is your go-to design item to bring a beachy or summery feel to a space?
Wicker chairs. They are timeless. Both classic or contemporary styles instantly give a feeling of casual, chic relaxation. Plus, I think you can find beautiful options to fit a variety of price points. When I pull out my weathered gray wicker chairs each summer, I know that the season of alfresco dining has begun and summer is here.

What do you think is hot this summer? (fabric, silhouette, or anything that comes to mind!)
Summer is such a refreshing time for style and design. I love it. I just got back from LA and two standouts are the new fabric collection from Schuyler Samperton and the clean lines of the new Abernathy chair from Rose Tarlow. I think it is an exquisite example of a fresh, modern take on a mid-century style. Looking back in order to design forward is a lovely approach that is always hot and in style. In addition, I am very much having a green moment in both paint and fabrics. We are currently installing a fabulous bar in Farrow and Ball’s Green Smoke, and I’m dreaming of a kitchen in Farrow and Ball’s Vert de Terre; with fresh cut peonies on the counter and French doors opening to the outside—it’s a perfect summer space.

Any tips for those who love a white (or beige) linen upholstered sofa but have small children?
I would fall into this category. I love a white linen couch and use them often in my design. Living in a mountain location, like many of my clients do, often means kids, dogs, entertaining, and an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. I almost exclusively use a performance fabric linen to allow for the beauty, style, and tailoring that you want coupled with a stress-free life.

What is the one investment piece you always tell your clients to go for?
I think that the flooring, in particular the hardwood selections, is so crucial as it really influences the color and light in a space, and can make the rest of your selections in textiles and furniture really shine or fall flat. With furniture pieces, I am a proponent of getting the best you can afford and building a collection of quality. A beautiful, well-made, classic linen couch is always a good investment, as you can take it with you through life and reupholster as your mood or the season suits.

What are you looking forward to this summer?
Aspen in the summer is amazing, and after the gorgeous snowy winter we had this year, we have earned some hot sunny days. Hiking to American Lake with girlfriends, followed by an amazing lunch in town, sitting outside with good food, wine, and lots of laughter is always a summer highlight.

Tell us about your most memorable summer trip/destination that included some design shopping.
A favorite summer destination for me and my family is always the South of France. We are spending August there this year, and I will be shopping for clients and projects at a variety of brocantes, ateliers, and galleries. I think it is so important for a home to have layers and a mix of old and new. In addition, I am excited to explore the village of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, which has been known for its faience pottery for centuries. I don’t plan to leave empty-handed. I am also really looking forward to visiting both the Matisse and Chagall museums while we are there. I always make a point of including museum and gallery visits on all my trips to gather inspiration and to learn.

Ohara Davies-Gaetano

www.odg-interiors.com

What is your go-to design item to bring a beachy or summery feel to a space?
For me, fresh flowers are always a go-to, especially flowers from my garden or wildflowers. I collect antique, vintage, and local handmade pottery, so I love placing fresh flowers arranged very simply inside beautiful pottery.

What do you think is hot this summer? (fabric, silhouette, or anything that comes to mind!)
Creating outdoor living spaces that are truly an extension of how we live within our homes — comfortable, livable, layered, and inviting.

Any tips for those who love a white (or beige) linen upholstered sofa but have small children?
My entire home in California is shades of white — I use a lot of linen and have had great success cleaning linen over the years. I also use high-performance fabrics or indoor/outdoor fabrics for some pieces that are going to be really “lived on” whenever possible, though I personally prefer using natural fibers like linen or wool.

What is the one investment piece you always tell your clients to go for?
I truly believe in collecting pieces that speak to your soul — whether it be art, an object, an antique, or an artisanal-made piece — finding pieces that evoke an emotional response are worth investing in.

What are you looking forward to this summer?
Spending a lot of time at our home in Montana — gardening, cooking outside, lounging by the lake, and enjoying the long summer days with my family.

Tell us about your most memorable summer trip/destination that included some design shopping.
I go to Europe every few months to source and shop — I always love shopping in the summer as the weather is usually lovely and everything feels so alive. A favorite trip was a few years ago — I was shopping in Milan, and on a whim decided to drive to Spain to meet an antiques dealer whom I had never met before. He invited us for an amazing lunch and true to the Spanish way of eating, it turned into a very long lunch with a few bottles of wine and incredible food. When we finished lunch, we realized we would need to spend the night in his town and he invited us to stay at his home, a 16th-century convent that he had just renovated. The property was absolutely incredible, a property of my dreams. We were invited to stay in his guest house and he cooked the most incredible dinner — mostly food from his garden and farm. It was truly spectacular!

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