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Yes, they float

Inspired by yet another shallow pretty bowl filled with floating flowers on short stems, we researched which flowers work best as floaters. Gardenguides.com, for one, recommends camellias, hollyhocks, gardenias, open roses, gerbera daisies and orchids as good flowers because they’re relatively flat (not so much the tube-shaped flowers such as lilies or tulips).

It’s a natural

While summer is full of color, there’s a place for soothing neutral tones as well. Sisal carpets, linen pillows, natural fiber window shades, woven baskets, even lightweight textured blankets and throws in neutral colors are easy on the eye. And you find them everywhere.

Shown here: The Nate Berkus Water Hyacinth Basket with handles at Target. It measures about 14 high and 18 inches wide and is regularly priced at $34.99. Also on the quiet side: the His & Hers pillow from Marshalls’ spring collection, $16.99.

Pack it away

Vintage suitcases make for great tables, suggests interior designer/author Rosemary Sadez Friedmann. They often can be found at flea markets, thrift stores, antique shops and garage or estate sales.

“The hard casing ones are the best because they are sturdy and can be piled on top of each other. If you find one that is large, attach legs and you have a cocktail table,” she writes.

A few ideas: “Search for three or four of different sizes and pile them on top of each other with the largest one on the bottom and the smallest on top. Now you have a night stand or an end table – you choose. If you can find extra-large suitcases, such as trunk-sized ones, it could be used as a cocktail table, with the added advantage of storage,” she adds.

– McClatchy-Tribune News Service

And finally ...

“My summer style tends to be more feminine and, of course, a little flirty.”

Actress Olivia Munn, in People StyleWatch, June issue