photo taken thru a gallery window on Bond St., London
It was gloriously hot in Santa Barbara yesterday and it appears we’ve broken through the “June Gloom” and woken to sunshine again this morning-Hurrah!
Definitely time to start pulling out the summer slipcovers and accessories, storing winter’s garb and, yes, addressing the bathing suit drawer. Ugh. The horror. Forget that. Let’s go back to accessories.
Something I spotted in a magazine recently reminded me of this great vintage wicker “picnic basket” bag I bought years ago. I can’t even remember where, that’s how long I’ve had it.
I love the way it hinges open, the tiny pearls, the hand painted variegated leaves and the rich golden hue of the old wicker.
Raffia top hat, French, circa 1820
The growing collection of wicker and hats in my home is an ever changing tableau…just never the right one, and never where I left it!
Baseball hats (all 5,000 of them) are kept in a less visible area.
The tripod-y thing you see to the left in the wicker basket is a folding wicker seat with handles and a sharp metal end to stick in the grass.
May also be used to perch your Pimms in a pinch.
I believe they were made for cricket, or perhaps polo matches. Someone chime in if you know for sure, but let’s not wicker about it
Can you believe I didn’t have any girls???
Not sure if that’s how you spell her last name, but whatever…like she needs to care.
It’s nice to gather hats for guests in a big wicker basket in your front hall for summer.
I think I used this image once before, but it bears repeating. So charming if not that easily accessible.
I like the random nature and hanging of this collection. One of the best things about wicker is that it is absolutely affordable for everyone.
You can make Pier One stuff look great with the right touch. If your wicker looks too new, set it outside for a few weeks-presto, instant old wicker.
At the other end of the spectrum, Dolce & Gabbana did some pretty artful things with wicker this season, including these madcap shoes
and wicker corset.
Talk about pride feeling no pain…
But really, who needs to sit down when you’ve invested this much into your look
I really loved the playfulness and Carmen Miranda vibe of this collection.
Snapped at the Marches aux Puces, Paris
and don’t even get me started on how much I love these. They’re like Campaign furniture made into shoes.
So, basically, two of my favourite things.
photo Cote Sud
and these. I’m fashion-dextrous don’t you know.
Kate Spade proffered a wicker armadillo
Ralph Lauren did a “Picnic basket-come-IT bag” last summer, but may I say that I like my vintage one much better
Yes, it’s lost a couple of pearls and a leaf or two but as it’s big enough to fit a bottle of wine, it could double as a picnic basket too!
it’s easy to pull just one piece of wicker into your abode for summer
Or you could opt for a total blast of it
like Anoushka Hempel did on her boat. SO “Indochine”. In fact, time to watch that movie again. by myself. The menfolk not at gunpoint.
How pretty are the shadows cast by the “roof” in this room?
“Jellyfish” wicker fixture. Sorry, lost the credit
Vintage fishing baskets repurposed as outdoor lights, Vogue.
If I’d had the focus, time and the energy to organise a container at the Marches aux Puces in Paris last summer…
Oh, the damage I could have wrought. I mean how cool is this chair?!
And this turn of the century, pristine wicker conservatory seating? Also at the Marches aux Puces
I fear we just spent too many evenings keeping the wicker chairs at Hotel Costes warm.
That’s some good people watching there.
I did manage to ship a couple of Toureg “wicker” rugs home from Marrakech though.
More on those when the room is finished. Metal drum table from Pottery Barn.
And gathered a beautiful big ole wicker basket of loquats from my tree to make…jam? jelly? puree? The loquat remains an enigma. I washed them to make a puree and they started turning brown and rotten as fast as a peeled banana.
So, how about you? Do you have any great summer wicker design tips to share?
I’d love to hear.
Header photo from Dedon Outdoor Furniture