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Current Obsessions: Summer Happenings

Above: Designer Robert McKinley’s second shoppable bungalow in Montauk; see below for more details. Here’s our weekly roundup of summer happenings, pop-ups, and more:One of our favorite houseware shops, Lekker Home in Boston, is opening a new, much larger space at 38 Wareham Street. Go to Lekker Home for more info. We’re admiring Ai Weiwei’s only US home in Ancram, NY, designed for an art-collecting couple (it just hit the market; see photos here). Flow Gallery in London is organizing their second site-specific exhibition at St Peters Church, Cambridge, which neighbors Kettles Yard. On view will be functional porcelain vessels,…

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Editors’ Picks: The 9 Best Striped Summer Beach Towels

Our favorite beach towels this season are all about simple graphics: bold color blocks and summery stripes in linen or Turkish cotton. And they’re often big enough to share with friends, or even to use as bedspreads or wall hangings. Here are 11 summery standouts. Have a look: Above: Serena & Lily’s Turkish cotton striped Mallorca Towel comes in five colors (including Canary (shown above); $58. Above: The Block Striped Beach Towel from Anthropologie is $37.50 (down from $50); available in five colors, including indigo (shown above). Above: Brooklinen’s Turkish cotton Hammam Towel is $65 and is available in five colors (shown…

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Tourists Welcome: The Hip Berkshires Escape Everyone’s Talking About

Sometime in the second half of last summer, we started to see photos of an intriguing new inn in the Berkshires, cheekily named Tourists, popping up on our Instagram feed. One week, a creative director we know posted snapshots of her guest room there, with its de rigueur plywood bed and alluring practical minimalism; another week, a photographer we follow on the platform was there, enticing us with shot after shot of idyllic scenery, twinkling outdoor dinners, and impossibly stylish interiors. We were enamored with what we saw, but then fall came and we turned our attention from summer escapes.…

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DIY: A Flag-Inspired Fourth of July Tablecloth by David Stark

NYC event designer David Stark is a longtime fan of American artist Jasper Johns. A while back, the team at David Stark Design took inspiration from Johns’s monochromatic White Flag—a 1955 painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York—and created a simple DIY holiday tablecloth for the Fourth of July. Below are the team’s instructions for creating a flag-inspired tablecloth or picnic blanket using a painter’s drop cloth and white paint (follow the same general steps to make a table runner, placemats, napkins, or even wall art). Photography by Corrie Hogg of David Stark Design for Remodelista. Finished Product Above: David’s Fourth of July table with a…

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Green New Deal: Just As Dangerous As Climate Denial?

Eliminating the use of fossil fuels is only one of the objectives of the Green New Deal. Job creation and security, an end to oppression, and infrastructure repairs also are part of the overly ambitious roadmap. Photo: BrotherMagneto/Flickr We seem to be caught between extremes: dangerous climate denial and Green New Deal fantasyland. Both sides are engaging in potentially perilous self-deception. The Green New Deal (GND) rightfully addresses the key issue of our era: how are we going to drastically reduce or eliminate most human-caused greenhouse gas emissions? But while the GND presents high sounding general principles, it has almost…

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Fourth of July: 10 Ideas for a Party with Patriotic Flair

With the Fourth of July looming, we’ve rounded up some ideas for the style-conscious patriots among us. Above: The classic Annin American Flag is made of 100 percent cotton in New Jersey. Above: American Skillet Co.’s USA Skillet makes pancakes and other baked goods into the shape of the continental US. The cast iron product is made in Wisconsin; $130. For more, see 6 Favorites: Traditional Cast Iron Skillets. Above: Woven in Britain from absorbent cotton and linen, Falcon Enamelware’s Apron (shown in white and blue stripes) is $51. Above: Handmade in Philadelphia with food-safe milk paint, Lostine’s patriotic-colored Baguette Boards are available…

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