The Lemieux et Cie Rouen Sofa from Anthropologie.

Houstonians are used to summer’s daunting humidity, but this early-in-the-season, oppressive heat is making us want turn our backs to the outside world and make our own summertime magic at home.

But after more than a year at home with our mismatched clutter of quarantine projects, it’s time for an interior-design update. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your living room or patio, here are nine minimalistic, luxury staples sure to turn your haven into an Architectural Digest cover feature. 

The Portside Outdoor Lounge Chair & Ottoman Set from West Elm. 

Chairs and Couches 

Portside Outdoor Lounge Chair & Ottoman Set, West Elm, $349–799

This weathered-finish ensemble was specifically crafted to be an outdoor staple. If you’re looking to host a post-quarantine barbecue, this chair (sold separately) has a beachy, minimalistic feel and its moisture-resistant wood will forgive a spill or two. The lounge set comes in two cool-toned colors (grey and driftwood tan), so for a a zest of color, try a mustard yellow throw from Modani.

Las Palmas Outdoor Hanging Chair, High Fashion Home, $790

Have you ever imagined sipping on a glass of lemonade in a floating egg? No? Add this to your summer bucket list. Hanging chairs are a nostalgic reminder that at any age, swinging in the brisk wind is a calm way to spend your afternoon. Suspended by a tube frame, this neutral, indoor-outdoor chair sports a comfy cushion and boho-chic net design that screams Coachella.

Lemieux et Cie Rouen Sofa, Anthropologie, $3,998

This eye-catching sofa is a brilliant example of avant-garde meets Japandi (a hybrid of Japanese and Scandinavian design that’s recently been conquering the interior-design world) with a hint of French Riviera—and we love it. Those who love a more minimalist lifestyle, like clean lines, slim profiles, muted tones and textures, will adore this sofa, and it’s a perfect summer piece to throw in the living room.

The Amani Rope And Glass Coffee Table from High Fashion Home. 

Tables

Amani Rope And Glass Coffee Table, High Fashion Home, $2,549

Like the Lemieux et Cie Rouen sofa from Anthropologie, this interesting coffee table rides a similar wave of minimalism we’re embracing this summer. With the brown rope serving as the only color, decorating this sleek table with a couple tropical essentials should be easy. Set a eucalyptus flower from High Fashion Home in the middle and a white cased candle from Noël Home to add some depth.

Fidji Outdoor Side Table, Modani, $190

Every outdoor chair needs a sturdy table to hold beverages, music speakers, or even a citronella candle (mosquitos, folks) during your small, al-fresco dinner party. This side table pairs perfectly with a luxury-resort inspired outdoor lounger from Modani and this wide umbrella, which will help protect you from the blazing sun. It is summer in Houston, after all.

The Vitruvi Black Stone Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser from CB2. 

Accessories

CB2 Sandalwood Rose Room Spray, CB2, $17.95

Refreshing, woodsy and citrusy scents are must-haves indoors. Sure, you can light a candle, but for something soft, brief, and effortless, CB2’s dreamy sandalwood mist is ideal. Room sprays are perfect sheens of fragrance that can temporarily boost your space, so a couple spritzes of this fine scent will have you bathing in cashmere rose and oud.

Vitruvi Black Stone Porcelain Essential Oil Diffuser, CB2, $119

Or, you can try this dark-stone diffuser. Unlike typical room sprays, diffusers usually have several modes to evenly spread essential oils throughout your home over long periods of time. This brand has a bundle of earthy diffuser fragrances, such as peppermint and rosemary, but you can always customize your own on Vitruvi’s website.

Nerine Sculptures, Cantoni, $289

Need a mysterious touch for your home? Try these ivory sculptures. By the quality, your guests will probably think you brought these at an expensive auction or picked them up when you were vacationing in the islands. Let their imagination roam. Style these on a bookshelf—they make fabulous bookends—or on your dresser as a decorative piece. 

Mid-Century Asymmetrical Wood-Framed Floor Mirror, West Elm, $499

This asymmetrical arrangement is a reminder that everything doesn’t have to be formal in your space. If you place this in a room where every item is perfectly silhouetted, this piece will easily stand out. 

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