Now that summer is in full swing, it’s got us thinking about light and bright interiors – and spending time outdoors. So for this week’s bookmarks, we’re sharing spaces, places, and products to get you in a summer state-of-mind.
Today, we’re sharing the best of the week, from a sleek and simple kitchen in San Francisco to shoppable products to update your summer wardrobe, and get you outdoors in style. We’re also highlighting a website aimed at bringing diversity to design and sharing the history behind Juneteenth.
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Highlighting Diversity In Design
Interior photographer David A. Land is used to shooting lots of high-end design projects. But as one half of a biracial, same-sex couple raising two black sons, he noticed that his work wasn’t showcasing people and families that looked like his. So he decided to start Corner & Compass, a project aimed at increasing representation in the design world. So far, he has photographed 13 black designers, artists, makers and their families, showcasing the spaces they call home and proving good design comes in many different colors.
Today marks Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, a Union General road to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed. Though the Emancipation Proclamation became law in January 1863, it could not be enforced in places still under confederate control. Thus it took over 2 years for approximately 250,000 Texan slaves to learn their freedom had been secured by the government. Today, Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in 48 states.
CLICK HERE to learn even more about Juneteenth.
A Smart & Simple San Francisco Kitchen
Designer Amy Kwok created an inspired (and smartly designed) kitchen for her own family’s San Francisco home. Inspired by Japanese minimalism and the work of Donal Judd, Kwok used clean and simple materials, like white oak for the island and pre-made white cabinet doors, to create an open kitchen and dining area that’s perfect for a young family. And special touches like built-in shelving at the ends of the island make the space not just stylish, but also smart.
This Week’s Style Staples
Need some new additions to your summer wardrobe (that are sure to become wardrobe staples)? Go for this simple and versatile sleeveless dress (available in 3 classic colors) that you can dress up or down. Pair them with these woven leather sandals for an easy summer look that’s totally pulled together. And for a day at the pool (even if it’s just a blow-up version in your backyard) try this easy ribbed swimsuit.
How To Get Outdoors In Style
Want to look good this summer while spending time camping, at the beach, or just in your own backyard? Pick up some pieces from the REI Co-Op x West Elm collaboration. The outdoor brand has teamed up with West Elm for a collection of stylish and durable pieces, from blankets to sun shades to coolers. We’re particularly fond of the Outward Low Lawn Chair in a buttery yellow and the handy Park Picnic Tote. While you’re shopping, pick up some melamine dinnerware (in one of 5 fun shades) and some fluted acrylic glasses for outdoor meals in style.
Recapping Ways To Learn & Support The Black Community
Over the past two weeks, we’ve shared a number of posts highlighting how you can support Black Lives Matter and be an ally for the black community. Click the links below to see all the details.
Be The Change: Organizations & Resources To Fight Racial Injustice – A list of resources to help you get started in pushing for change.
Ways To Educate Yourself (And Others) On Racial Issues – Books, movies, articles, and podcasts to help you gain understanding.
24 Ways To Support Black-Owned Businesses – Shoppable fashion, home decor and wellness products from black-owned businesses and brands.
Pride Began With A Protest: How Gay Rights Are Connected To Black Lives Matter – The history of Pride and the black trans activists that helped lead the fight for equality.
Highlighting Black Interior Designers And Their Work – A visual round-up of the work of prominent black interior designers.
24 Pieces of Art From Black Artists (That You Can Buy Now) – Colorful and neutral prints, illustrations, and photography you can shop from black artists.
5 Ways You Can Help Support The Black Lives Matter Protestors From Home – Suggestions for offering you support to the protestors marching for justice.