July’s Theme: A Summer Cocktail

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FlowerBe’s July flowers are a beautiful blend of summer hues that cannot help but brighten any table or mantelpiece this month.

Mixing flavours, fun and friends is what summer is all about so our interiors stories for July focus on exquisite summer enjoyment made easy. Whether you’re setting up your home or garden for a big summer party or simply enjoying a glass of wine in the last rays of evening sun, here are our top tips on making the most of the long, languid evenings and being bold with colour while the temperature rises.

The fantastically-named ‘Karma Sangria’ Dahlia and ‘Cool Water’ Rose in this month’s Short selection inspired us to find the perfect cocktail to honour both of these beautiful flowers. We think we have found just the ticket with this Rose Petal Sangria recipe: Here’s how to make your own:

Rose Petal Sangria

Cocktail making is a serious business so here’s our formula for a winning drinks trolley: something living, such as FlowerBe flowers!; something quirky, such as this pineapple ice bucket; interesting bottles or decanters, pretty glassware and a tray for bottles – we like metal ones as they reflect light and add a touch of luxury.

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01. Barwell Cut Crystal Martini Shaker
£85, from Soho Home from Mr Porter

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03. Copper Pineapple Ice Bucket
£40, from Oliver Bonas

04. LSA Paddle Cocktail Set & Oak Paddle – Assorted Colours
£42.50, from Amara

05. Tom Dixon Brass Orbit Tray – Gold – Large
£178.50, from Amara

Dahlias are the national flower of Mexico so what better summer party to throw than one with a Mexican theme? Combine your Dahlias into a rainbow of South American fun, flavour and flair with these wonderful accessories. 

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02. Gone Rural Mexicana Tweed Placemat
£8.00, from John Lewis

03. Ceramic Miracielo Chillies Wall Hanging
£30.00, from Casita Bonita

04. 100% Recycled Glass Bud Vases
£5.50, each from Mia Bella Casa

05. Pack of 4 hand woven cream and multicoloured striped napkins/placemats
£38.00, from Montes & Clark

Note: We love absolutely everything from Montes and Clark, an online store selling inspiring contemporary pieces for the home from handcrafted Mexican textiles. Working directly with women-led cooperatives, this brilliant company ensures the makers are paid a good wage and supports women’s rights issues.

Styling tip: Feeling Fruity? Adding fruit to your table setting or shelf displays is an easy and economical way to include colour and interest. Lay them out as a long table centrepiece with foliage and flower heads, or mix them up among single stems in bud vases or bottles and small potted succulents. Or simply pile some in a glass or bowl. Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, pomegranates and pineapples work best for summery tropical zest. 

The perfect clash of colours in July’s flower selections has inspired us to source effective blends of pinks, tangerines, yellows and blues, whether they be in daring paint choices and pairings, a vivid colour pop against a contrasting background, or mismatched textiles. We think the above fusions work brilliantly. Bring some colour into your home with tableware such as Heals’ hippy ceramics or embrace the geometric trend with soft furnishings such as Habitat’s cushion and Anthropologie’s rug, or even bold paint combinations such as Conran Paint’s Terracotta Pot, October Squash and Dandelion Puff, used here in a retro style. Finally, you can use pattern and colour confidently in a small space such as a downstairs loo with Cole and Son’s Nautilus wallpaper which uses orange and blue to great effect.

01. Hippy Dinnerware by Pols Potten
Starting at £16, from Heals

02. Bex Cotton and Linen Cushion
£24, from Habitat

03. Hand-Tufted Trellis Rug in ‘Rose’
£198 – £498, from Anthropologie

04. Paint by Conran
£38.50 for 2.5Ltr from Conran

05. Cole & Son Whimsical Nautilus Wallpaper
£78 a roll, from Jane Clayton

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One of the best things about the English summer is daylight saving, so make the most of the prolonged balmy evenings with these great garden buys, which will keep you well-lit, warm and cosy well past dusk.

01. Festoon Lights
£45, from Cox and Cox

02. Foscot Fire pit in Raw Metal, Large
£185, from Garden Trading

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05. Picnic Stix Wine Bottle & Glasses Holder
£14.95, from Vibrant Home

06. Herringbone Stripe Seat Pad, Red
£15, from John Lewis

 
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