If you’re like us at Design Your Lifestyle, the perfect glass of iced tea is the final touch to a late summer afternoon. Unsweetened iced tea (or “sun tea”) is refreshing, but sometimes you just feel like a touch of sweet goodness to end your day.
But how do you avoid all the sugar that goes into traditional Southern sweet tea? What if you are serving your sweet tea to a mixed crowd, all of whom can’t take in sugar (due to diabetes and other health concerns)? Or what if you simply want an alternative, delicious way to prepare your sweet tea?
During the summer of 2018, our favorite sweet tea recipe comes courtesy of MyRecipes.com. It combines naturally delicious ingredients that blend together to create a fresh take on sweet tea with all the “zing” of an ocean breeze.
Check out this amazing recipe for Ginger and Honey Sweet Tea (courtesy of MyRecipes.com and Southern Living):
Ginger And Honey Sweet Tea Recipe
3 cups water
2 family-size tea bags
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
7 cups cold water
Garnish: lemon slices
Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a saucepan; add tea bags. Boil 1 minute; remove from heat. Cover and steep 10 minutes.
Discard tea bags. Stir in honey and ginger. Pour into a 1-gal. container, and add 7 cups cold water. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.
(Recipe from MyRecipes.com, first published in Southern Living.)
If you live in many parts of America (especially the northeast), then you know what we’re thinking – what in the world happened to Spring 2018? The season seems to have vanished, and many of us feel like we “jumped straight from winter to summer”, as one of our colleagues put it.
With such a late jump on spring (and a mini heat wave to start May 2018), all of our “Spring Cleaning” projects feel so far behind schedule. Before you know it, Summer 2018 will be right around the corner – and how will we know that our home designs are on trend?
After looking through countless design articles, blogs, websites, magazines and consulting expert sources (like our parent company, the design wizards at Peter Salerno Inc.), we’ve cultivated a scaled-down list of our five favorite Summer 2018 home design trends you should be watching.
Why these 5 Summer 2018 home design trends? Simple – they’re all attainable. You don’t have to change all the decor in your house, or start a massive renovation, or counter your own specific tastes (that’s why we’re giving you multiple flooring trends to explore) – all you need to do is put down a new rug, some new stain, paint a wall or buy some unique plants and fruit/floral arrangements!
It’s rare that we want to do a full-blown home design overhaul – and when we do, that’s when it’s time to consult with a world-renowned, award-winning home design firm. But if you want to take on a one-day design project in your home to update things for Summer 2018, then this is a great list to peruse.
What do you like? What design trends do you question? We want to hear from you in the comments!
Five Summer 2018 Home Design Trends
1. Dark Wood Grains and Dark Wood Flooring
Dark wood grains in surfaces (counters, bars, etc.) and flooring are ‘on trend’ for homes in Summer 2018. This gorgeous bar design from Peter Salerno Inc. benefits from lush, dark-colored curtains to augment the rich grain of the flooring.
2. Pastel Accent Walls That Pop
Pastels were everywhere in the Pantone Spring 2018 color collection – and pastel accent walls are a great way to lighten up the mood and create a lively room design. Try one of the ‘major players’ in the Pantone Spring 2018 pastel collection – Spring Crocus, Pink Lavender or Blooming Dahlia!
3. Decor Plants and Unique Planters
When it comes to floral arrangements and indoor plants for Summer 2018, get unique (and when in doubt, go big!). If you’ve never seen “that particular plant” before at your local greenhouse, that’s the one to pick! Planters, succulent arrangements and plant decor in general are going to be used as statement design pieces for kitchen design and living space design this summer, so be bold and ‘go green’.
A Closer Look at Our Featured 2017 Summer Kitchen Design
At Design Your Lifestyle, we’re proud to feature an outstanding kitchen or bath design for each season. Our Summer 2017 featured design (in the header of our page) is a gorgeous transitional kitchen design by Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning North American custom kitchen and bath design of the 21st century.
“Farm Meets City Sleek” is a lustrous transitional kitchen that manages to combine rustic charm with uptown chic. One’s first glance at this transitional kitchen design is bathed in white and ambient light, a nod to the recent kitchen design trend where whites and neutrals are used as the primary focus of the overall color design scheme. From the custom Maestro Rosolino cabinetry (a trademark of Peter Salerno Inc. design) to the kitchen island base, this kitchen is adorned with white.
Notes of gray and neutral complement the design, through the custom range hood and counter to the island countertop and wood flooring. One of our favorite aspects of this kitchen design is the the 2×8 mixed metal and glass mosaic backsplash over the range, created by the team at Stratta, the Tile Boutique.
Here are some specific details about this gorgeous transitional kitchen design.
Cabinetry: Maple wood painted Tennis White
Perimeter Countertop: Caesar Stone Piatra Grey #5003 1 1/4″ by Stone Surfaces in East Rutherford, NJ
Island Countertop: 1 1/2″ Stainless Steel by EMI Industries in Boonton, NJ
Flooring: Original hardwood flooring from home, no information was given by homeowner
Backsplash over range: 2×8 mixed metal & glass mosaic by Stratta Tile Boutique in Wyckoff, NJ
Sink: Franke MHX710-30 30x21x9
Island Light Fixtures: Exter 16-Jar Pendant by Potterybarn
Refrigerator/ Freezer: 48″ Sub-Zero 648 Prog
Gas Range: Wolf #GR606F
Steam Oven: Wolf #CSO24
Wall Oven: Wolf #SO30PE/S/PH
Hood: 60″ Stainless Steel
Dishwasher: Miele Futura Dimensions #G5675SCVI
Microwave: GE #PEM31SFSS with Trim Kit #JX827SFSS
Warming Drawer: 30″ Wolf WWD30
Ice Maker: Sub-Zero UC-15IP
NOTE: All photography featured in this article is courtesy of Peter Rymwid, on behalf of the team at Peter Salerno Inc.
Peter Salerno isn’t just a master kitchen designer, he loves spending time in his own kitchen entertaining family, friends and guests. This love of cooking and creating recipes filters up and down the Salerno family for generations, and has produced some time-tested, delicious recipes.
When Peter Salerno married his wife Tracy, she brought with her a wealth of delicious recipes, cocktails and other “secret family recipes”. Tracy’s father, Mike Cavallo, was a master of many of these – but one of the family’s favorite creations from Mr. Cavallo was his famous sangria.
What makes the “Cavallo family sangria” recipe so delicious? It might be the perfect mix of ingredients, or the use of brandy and triple sec at the base. Or it may just be the special amount of love with which Mike made it.
In any event, it’s a sangria recipe that’s sure to please, and we’re sharing it with you. It’s the perfect summer sangria recipe for entertaining guests!
Mike Cavallo’s Perfect Summer Sangria Recipe
inexpensive brandy (something like Christian Bros., no need to go over the top!)
a bottle of red wine, preferably Merlot or Shiraz
oranges (you can add apples and pears as well)
Fill a *large* pitcher with whole slices of orange (leave the peels on), use a wooden spoon to press on the oranges to get a little bit of juice at the bottom.
Fill a 1/3 of the pitcher with ice
Pour even parts 7 Up/Sprite and wine (pouring both at the same time is the easiest way) until 2/3 of the way filled
Pour equal parts brandy and triple sec to taste (usually about 1/2 -2/3 a cup)
Fill remaining with the rest of the wine
Stir and let sit for 10 minutes in the refrigerator
If it comes out too strong for you, it can be diluted by adding more soda.
DON’T add sugar, citrus fruits (lime, lemon, pineapple), or bitters!
Epicurious Scores Again With Thai Green Bean Summer Salad Recipe
Epicurious, you have to stop this. We’re starting to develop real feelings for you.
Okay, maybe we’re exaggerating a little bit. But Epicurious has long been our favorite recipe blog here at Design Your Lifestyle, and no matter what our trending tastes happen to be, their staff seems to have the right recipe for us.
This time, it’s a summer take on a classic Thai salad that left us scrambling for seconds – and thirds… and fourths…
After a long 4th of July weekend of delicious burgers, ribs, hot dogs and more, we were feeling a bit overstuffed on meat dishes. But no matter how hard we tried, it was difficult to find a vegetable or salad dish that left us feeling completely satisfied.
Enter Epicurious’ Thai Green Bean Salad for Summer. This grilled green bean salad isn’t your usual “light fare” that leaves your stomach growling. Add in marinated tofu, in-season avocados and a zesty homemade papaya-salad dressing with lime and jalapenos, and you have a real winner and crowd pleaser.
We love the texture contracts between the grilled green beans and the tangy citrus of the dressing, and the tofu is surprisingly more than filling – especially when paired with the avocados!
If you’re a fan of Thai dishes and love taking adventures with your home meals, then this is a great recipe for you. All credit to Katherine Sacks at Epicurious for this tremendously inventive take on summer salad and Thai food.
For the full recipe for Epicurious’ Grilled Thai Green Bean Salad for Summer by Katherine Sacks, please click the article.
From all of us at Design Your Lifestyle (and our parent company Peter Salerno Inc.) to all of you, we wish you a happy, safe, and memorable 4th of July weekend! Whether you can get away to the beach or shore for July 4th or not, Peter Salerno proudly brings the “beach house” life to you with these photos of his award-winning beach house design on the Jersey Shore.
We love this article for two reasons – one, it’s full of gorgeous design photos and helpful suggestions; and two, it makes us look really smart! Of course, when your parent company is Peter Salerno Inc. – the most award-winning custom kitchen and bath design firm of the 21st century – it’s not hard to look intelligent. Allie and the staff at HGTV.com pointed out some trends we’ve been covering here since the spring.
Below are 4 of the 14 home design trends noted in HGTV’s article for Summer 2017. Check them out, and see what catches your eye!
“An all-white color palette is crisp, clean and refreshing,” says Allie Holcomb King. The main design theme of 2017 continues into summer, with white color design dominating the landscape. The versatility and freshness of whites (and bright neutrals) work brilliantly throughout the home and transition naturally from season to season.
Also, don’t discount your ability to mix-and-match your decor across a broad spectrum of colors as you work with a white background! Using white as the base of your design palette allows you to play with all sorts of fun, interesting color choices in your decor and home accessories. On that note…
2. White Wall + Tertiary-Colored Furniture
A developing theme among top kitchen and living space designers is designing around white walls with tertiary colors, especially in furniture. A “tertiary color” is the result of mixing a primary color with its adjacent secondary color on the color wheel.
The six tertiary colors are yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet, red-orange, and yellow-orange. This palette brings in some natural jewel tones, which pair well with brass and metallic accents and accessories.
3. Small (but Bold) Pops of Color
“Summer brings with it bold flavors, sights and sounds. This year, we’re noticing bold color is along for the ride too,” says Allie. Again, this trend rides the over-arching theme of neutral and white in your primary home design. Instead of splashing color all over your space, try using small pops of bold color around the room for an eye-catching effect.
4. Brass is Back
Brass elements in your decor are back in for the summer of 2017 – but unlike many trends, we believe brass fixtures are relatively timeless. Whether you use brass in your door handles, appliance knobs and handles, or statement accessories, brass is an engaging, warm metallic presence in your home design.
Our favorite places to utilize brass are in kitchen and bath design, where we’ve watched Peter Salerno and his team use them to dramatic effect.