Effortless Entertaining: Fourth of July

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Hi there! Devon Liedtke here again with another installment of Effortless Entertaining! Now that summer has officially been here since Monday, Fourth of July is just around the corner. In fact, it is just over a week away! When I think of the Fourth of July, Gingham picnic blankets, wicker baskets filled with summer’s bounty, fireworks, fireflies, and of course, all things red, white and blue come to mind. To me, Fourth of July and Outdoor Entertaining are one and the same. Think Melamine, acrylic, Rattan, Enamelware, Galvanized metal, Paper plates the list goes on.

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I love mixing and layering red, white and blue on the table with different patterns and textures. None of these items really screams “USA” individually, but once you mix the various pieces together,  you end up with a patriotic fête. Here is an idea of what you will be seeing on my table this Independence Day along with some suggestions for great summer pieces that you can mix and match for a Fourth of July tablescape of your very own.


{Tablescape: 1. Buffalo Plaid Tablecloth | 2. Set of 4 Bunny Williams Woven Round Placemats | 3. Beaded Acrylic Tumblers | 4. Fairfax Dinner Plates | 5. Set of 4 Embroidered Stripe Napkins | 6. Cambridge Silversmiths 20 Piece Bamboo-Style Flatware Service}


{Entertaining: 1. Vintage Red Cooler | 2. Hayden Beverage Tub | 3. Resin Party Bucket | 4. Marin Marbled Enamelware Platter}


{Napkins: 1. American Flag Napkin Set | 2. Wheaton Stripe Napkin Set | 3. Lobster Napkin Set | 4. Edie Block Print Napkins}



{Placemats: 1. Set of 4 Cabo Woven Placemats | 2. Round Rattan Placemat | 3. Border Scallop Placemat | 4. Set of 4 La Rochelle Placemats}



{Tablecloths: 1. Perdido Watercolor Tablecloth 2. Ikat Print Tablecloth}



{Melamine Plates: 1. Scallop Plates | 2. Set of 4 Shibori Plates | 3. Set of 4 Bowls with Red Rim}

{Photography in Images 1 and 2 by Carolyne Roehm}

Jet Set: The Mark Hotel

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Hello LDV readers! Brendan here of In/Spree. For today’s Jet Set post, I’m taking us to The Mark Hotel located on the Upper East Side in New York City! The Mark Hotel is known for its fashionable interiors and glamorous appeal, making it a great place to stay in NYC. It’s a block away from Central Park and a 3 minute drive to the Guggenheim Museum. (ABOVE) How cute is this illustration? I think it captures the glamour of the hotel perfectly!

The front entrance of The Mark Hotel. Despite occupying a historic 1927 building, the hotel has such a current and playful interior.

The entrance to The Mark Restaurant. I’m a huge fan of the black and white stripe floors, aren’t they divine?

The interior of The Mark Restaurant. I love the retro furniture and playful carpeting. Such a fun space with unique touches.

After a long day around the city, come and unwind in the funky bar!

The Madison King Suite has a view of Madison Ave. The space is both calm and relaxing.

Mark-hotel-suites-2If you’d like to splurge on a suite you can stay in the penthouse. The penthouse features many sitting and dining spaces in addition to a kitchen. Isn’t wonderful?

Seventy-Seven-Junior-Suite-Master-Bathroom2-2000x1333I love the bathrooms, the stone work is incredible!

I could spend a lot of time on the rooftop terrace, what a beautiful view of Central Park!



1. Dress: Catherine Deane | 2. Sunglasses: Le Specs | 3. Bag: Loeffler Randall | 4. Necklace: House of Harlow 1960 | 5. Sandals: Schutz | 6. Top: Iris and Ink | 7. Ring: Marc Jacobs | 8. Bag: Milly | 9. Skirt: Nina Ricci | 10. Watch: Kate Spade NY | 11. Sunnies: Grey Ant | 12. Espadrilles: Loeffler Randall


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Boys Club

Melanie Turner Kitchen

When a newly single Atlanta man approached Melanie Turner and her team to design a house that represented a fresh start for he and his young song, she and associate Jill Tompkins rose to the challenge. Because her client already admired her aesthetic, he trusted her to have free reign with the design of the house. Turner and Tompkins agreed that the house shouldn’t feel like a typical bachelor pad, but more like a well-rounded, lively home. She and her client bonded over an appreciation of bold fabrics, including the tribal print by Raoul in the baby’s nursery which pays homage to his maternal South Africa. A relaxed approach includes an open living/dining concept, pops of color, and great art, including a few prized Picassos throughout.

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{The Open Concept Living/Dining Room}

Melanie Turner Study

{The Study features Draperies in a Bold, Geometric Print}
Melanie Turner Study Bath

{An Antiqued Mirror and Orange Vanity Liven Up the Guest Bathroom off the Study}

Melanie Turner Master

{The Master Bedroom was Designed around a Custom Iron Canopy Bed}

Melanie Turner Schumacher

{The Master Bedroom includes an Eclectic Mix of Styles}

Melanie Turner Nursery

{The Baby’s Sweet Nursery}

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{A Lillian August Dresser in the Nursery}

Melanie Turner Bedroom

{After years and years of living with chocolate walls in my own house, I have yet to tire of the look, so naturally, I love this guest bedroom!}

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{Photography by Emily Followill for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles}

Lust List: June 2016

Now that summer is officially here, I have pretty dresses, off-the-shoulder silhouettes, tan leather sandals, and chic straw bags on my mind. Mix in some pops of color and carefully-chosen accessories, and I’d say that the summer season is off to a very stylish start!

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