her home: Summer accessories spruce up your living space

Kmccarthy@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 1, 2012 

Whether your home needs a summer touch indoors or out, local boutiques have plenty of trendy summer accessories that can brighten up any area.

At Fletcher's Gifts, 3615 South Railroad St., Phenix City, owner Nancy Bunton has plenty of items to suit anyone's style. For the outdoors, Bunton said that door hangers, garden flags and garden statues are popular this year.

For indoor decor, the decorative Happy Everything platters, which have a variety of attachments (sold separately) for any occasion that affix to the top of the platter with heavy-duty Velcro, are hot sellers because they are "whimsical," said Bunton. The Happy Everything collection includes large and small platters, cookie jars, a cookbook and candle holders. Bunton said the Roman Lights ceramic night lights are a year-round best-seller and add a nice touch to hallways or bedrooms.

Laurie Gibson, co-owner of The Cherry Zebra, 1701 Rollins Way, Columbus, said that bright colors, especially pink and orange, are popular for summer home accessories this year. She said they sell a lot of recipe boxes with matching conversion charts in these colors, as well as monogrammed items such as coasters and ice buckets. They've also been selling a lot of picture frames, notably from local business M&Co. which are customizable.

Cork cages, which are decorative cages where wine drinkers can display their cork collections, are another hot seller, as well as their candles, which come in a variety of scents including Tiramani, which is blood orange scented, and Suede Blanc, which Gibson said is popular because "it smells like a man's cologne."

Over at By Invitation, they concur that neon colors are hot this summer, as well as the chevron design on things such as platters and acrylic glasses. In fact, they have plastic wine glasses that come equipped with a lid and straw that they can't seem to keep on the shelf (which is why we don't have one pictured!). Also popular is anything designed by Lilly Pulitzer. "Anything Lilly just flies off the shelf," said owner Julie Brown.

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