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Designer Keri McKay: Must-Have Summer Décor Favorites

  • by Erika Smith
  • 4 min read

In this article, Connecticut Interior Designer Keri McKay weighs in on her favorite summer design and décor items from Fine Linen and Bath.

Welcome to Summer 2024! For us, the summer season is bursting with inspiration. From soothing coastal décor to luxurious bed, bath, and table linens in bright colors, summer is truly a time for your home to shine -- both indoors and outside. And if you're not sure where to start creating your seasonal sanctuary, you've come to the right place. It is our absolute privilege to feature summer ideas and inspiration from an expert: interior designer, Keri McKay.

Based in Fairfield, CT, Keri McKay Interiors offers full-service interior design from initial concept through execution, as well as room refresh consultation for clients who prefer to manage their projects themselves. Individuality and personal style are at the heart of Keri's design aesthetic.

She describes it best, saying, "Your home is your haven; it should enhance your lifestyle and echo your personality. Rather than focusing on trends or a singular aesthetic, I pride myself on understanding your unique story and carefully curating an individualized design that is beautiful, comfortable and most importantly, functional. Whether it's a cozy living room or a dynamic office space, I strive to add a touch of the unexpected, ensuring that each design is as distinctive as the client it serves."

Interior designer Keri McKay

We couldn’t agree more! Keri was kind enough to share her thoughts with five must-have products from Fine Linen and Bath. Here are the items that captured her attention this season.

Matouk Essex Bedding: Cool Comfort for Summer Nights

Matouk Essex percale brings a smart, European hotel feel and a modern, elegant air to the bedroom, It features a classic two-line satin stitch embroidery on a base of Matouk’s popular Sierra percale sheeting (a breathable, lightweight fabric made from long-staple cotton in a 350 thread count). Essex is available with classic white embroidery or a dozen two-tone color pairings ranging from subtle shades to vibrant color. Essex is well-priced and coordinates beautifully with other Matouk styles. Matouk Essex comes in sizes from Twin to California King; the collection includes a duvet cover and pillow shams for four sizes of decorative pillows.

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Keri says, “I love the crisp cotton percale of Matouk Essex -- it’s perfect for cool summer sleeping.”

Nest New York Ocean Mist & Sea Salt: Bring the Beach Indoors

Transport yourself to a seaside escape with the Nest New York Ocean Mist & Sea Salt Reed Diffuser. This refreshing fragrance features a gentle blend of ocean mist, sea salt, white tea, and coconut for a truly invigorating experience that’s a wonderful backdrop to the summer season in any living space. Housed in a stylish glass vessel with frosted stripes, the Ocean Mist & Sea Salt Reed Diffuser is a beautiful addition to any décor; it’s pretty enough to display on a side table or mantel. The eight included reed sticks absorb the fragrance oil and diffuse it slowly and evenly for a continuous fragrance for up to 90 days to take you through the summer season. Vegan, cruelty-free, and flame-free.

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Keri says, “This is an all-time great summer fragrance, perfect to set the mood in any room in your home.”

Graccioza Bee Waffle Deck Towels: Sun-Resistant Luxury for Outdoor Adventures

Graccioza's soft and absorbent Bee Waffle Deck Towels feature the same delightful honeycomb waffle weave as their Bee Waffle bath towels. The perfect addition to your warm-weather adventures, Bee Waffle Deck towels are sun, sea, and bleach resistant so you never need to worry about color fading. Made in Portugal from 100% Superior Combed Cotton at a pleasing 550 GSM weight (perfect for a day at the beach, lake, or pool). Bee Waffle Deck Towels measure 38” x 79” and come in a color palette of Snow, Fog, Oxford, Petrol, Silver, and Sun.

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Keri says, “Lightweight cotton that is fade resistant, absorbent and comes in fun summer colors like Sun and Petrol…yes, please!”

SFERRA Beachcomber Napkins: Coastal Charm for Summer Entertaining

SFERRA’s Beachcomber cocktail napkins feature four delightful seashell embroideries (sand dollar, starfish, scallop, and whelk) in golden/beige hues, reminiscent of those you collected in childhood ocean treasure hunts. The natural textures and seaside patterns get the conversation started, ensuring your next get-together will be a day at the beach. Embroidered in Lithuania on 100% white linen; finished with hand-thread-drawn hemstitch and mitered corners. Sold in packs of four, 6”x 6”.

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Keri says, “These 100% linen, fun, beachy cocktail napkins are just the thing for summer get-togethers. They’re perfect for hostess gifts and summer entertaining”

Matouk Schumacher Apollo Stripe: Mediterranean-Inspired Table Linens

Inspired by archival Schumacher designs, Apollo Stripe tablecloth is a bold, expressive choice for the dining room table or al fresco dining in an outdoor space. Made in Matouk's signature linen, Apollo Stripe features a simple hem for a collection infused with a laid-back, Mediterranean ease. Made in the USA of 100% printed linen fabric from Portugal. All Matouk Fabrics are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified. Available in dinner napkins; placemats; table runner; tablecloths in three round sizes and five oblong sizes. Stripe pattern in White/Sky.

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Keri says, “This 100% linen tablecloth in a fun take on a classic stripe, for indoor or outdoor summer entertaining.”

Embrace Summer Style with Fine Linen and Bath

We hope this article has delivered some great summer décor ideas! As always, we would love to hear from you. Our team is available to answer questions and offer personalized suggestions and recommendations. Feel free to drop us an email or give us a call. In the meantime, happy summer from Fine Linen and Bath!

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