OK, St. Louisans. It’s time to get your prep on: We’ve curated a cheerful selection of furniture and accessories guaranteed to make your home smile this summer. Lovely pinks and dynamic oranges combine with the perfect shade of green to create a colorful, happy interior.


If you were surprised when orange began popping up all over the fashion world, you might be doubly surprised to learn that it’s also the top color in the home category. Pantone’s 2012 color of the year, Tangerine Tango, is showing up everywhere and just in time for summer decorating. A spirited reddish-orange, it’s a surprisingly sophisticated color with a lot of depth and drama. It lends the perfect vibe to summertime interiors, although it surely will carry through fall as a lively alternative to more traditional autumnal hues. Pantone has a pretty good track record with its ‘color of the year’ picks. For more than a decade now, the color resource has had a major infl uence on product development and purchasing decisions in fashion and home decor.


Do you love the Rough Luxe look of Restoration Hardware’s European vintage-style furniture but simply can’t imagine how it might fi t in your home? Well, you’re not alone. Apparently many of the retailer’s design clients feel the same way. The company’s response to customer feedback was direct and to the point: “OK, we heard you. The world is getting smaller, and so are we. One size just doesn’t fi t all.” The result: Restoration Hardware’s new Big Style/Small Spaces, a curated assortment of timeless furniture styles in a scaled-down form for more intimate spaces. Same design aesthetic, same quality, same craftsmanship, only smaller, because–and it’s now offi cial–size matters.


English interior designer and author Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill now has a St. Louis connection. She’s designed a new licensed home collection for Maitland-Smith, which is owned by St. Louis-based Furniture Brands International. The daughter of the 11th Duke of Marlborough, whose family home is Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, Lady Spencer-Churchill knows a thing or two about fine furniture and how to decorate a comfortable house. She’s the founder of Woodstock Designs, which specializes in renovating country house properties the world over, and she’s written nine books on the subject of classic interiors (the 10th, The Life of the House: How Rooms Evolve from Rizzoli, debuts this October). One of her earlier publications, Blenheim and the Churchill Family: A Personal Portrait, provides a fascinating historical and anecdotal account of her family home. While the houses Lady Spencer-Churchill designs and renovates today look right out of Downton Abbey, her fabulous and functional interiors are tailored to her very current 21st-century clientele. That same sense and sensibility shine through in her 62-piece furniture collection for Maitland Smith: Quality is king and practicality reigns. You can see it in person at The Designing Block.


You know you love it! MacKenzie-Childs, that is. And now, you can get more of what you love. Neiman Marcus in St. Louis recently celebrated the grand opening of a MacKenzie-Childs boutique. That’s right: all M-C, all the time and with a much larger assortment of the company’s artisan furniture, accessories and dinnerware than the previous merchandising space allowed. NM St Louis has one of the largest selections and displays of MacKenzie-Childs in the region thanks to its devoted customer base, says NM spokeswoman Cheresse Pentella, public relations manager for NM St. Louis. “Neiman Marcus is extremely private about its clientele, which is one of the many reasons our clients like to shop with us. So, we can’t divulge any personal information about the collectors except to say there are those who design their entire homes around MacKenzie-Childs!” Now, that’s what we call true love!