When I was eighteen I spent a summer in Nice. I was ostensibly there to study French, and I did indeed return home with a remarkable command of how to order gelato in the language. However, what I remember most about my time in that coastal town was the positively addictive quality of the sunlight—the way it sparkled off the Meditteranean and heightened the colors of everything in its wake. The sky radiated an impossible blue, the clay roofs a hot burnished orange, the palms that lined the rocky shore a vital, effervescent green. It was no wonder that Picasso, Chagall, and Matisse had settled there to spend their lives in pursuit of that light.
So I hold a special place in my heart for summer decor that harks back to that sundrenched time in my life, and the latest from Serena & Lily tugs hard at my nostalgia strings. The patterns and hues on these pillows would look as perfect in a café on the Place Masséna as they would on a bistro chair in our own backyards. That rattan mirror and brass sconce could easily have been swiped from the crumbling 19th century estate that hosted my school group those many years ago.
The brilliant thing about pieces like this? They aren't an all-or-nothing proposition. A dash of poppy goes a long way amongst neutrals you already have, and these prints tell a classic story that you won't tire of over time. As for that pom pom throw, my teenage self may have purchased a beach bag with identical trim. You know, to carry my bikini school books. Ah, memories!
Shopping Guide: 1. Navy and Poppy All-Weather Throw Pillow 2. Celtic Knot All-Weather Throw Pillow 3. Mocha and Cobalt All-Weather Throw Pillow 4. Round Rattan Mirror 5. Pom-Pom Throw 6. Brass Wall Sconce Images: Jose Villa Instagram.