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A Fresh Hamptons Kitchen Perfect for Summer Entertaining

A Fresh Hamptons Kitchen Perfect for Summer Entertaining

At Marlaina Teich Designs, we love entertaining in the summer! What’s better than having friends over to your house, enjoying a few cocktails, and spending the whole evening together?

For many of our clients, the kitchen becomes the heart of their home. They like to cook, entertain, and just hang out in the kitchen with their family and guests. When designing kitchens, we like to include multiple seating options – the kids can sit at the table, the ladies can perch on the counter stools, the husbands like to stand outside near the grill.

When we designed this Hamptons kitchen for the Traditional Home Hamptons Showhouse, we wanted to make it the ideal space for summer parties. With ample seating, a large island, and plenty of natural light, it’s a perfect space to entertain.

Marlaina’s Top Tips for Summer Entertaining:

  • Elevate Everything! Don’t just serve plain plastic water bottles. Use a pretty water pitcher and add fresh fruit to it – so much prettier than those regular water bottles! Skip the plastic jug of lemonade and get sparkling lemonade in an elegant glass bottle from Trader Joe’s.
  • Fresh Flowers are Key! Cut some stems from your garden. Even just a vase of simple white hydrangeas, like we used in this Hamptons kitchen, adds so much to the space. Tip: Keep them in the fridge at night so they stay fresh.
  • Use the Fancy Dishes. Even if you’re just having a burgers-and-beers BBQ, pull out the table linens, nice dishes, and napkin rings. This fun place setting that we used in a Hamptons interior design showhouse is perfect for any occasion. You don’t have that beautiful china just for it to sit in your china cabinet! Pull it out on casual occasions, and it will elevate the entire affair.
  • Outdoor Space is Key. Think of your patio or deck as an outdoor living room. On nice evenings, your guests will feel welcome in a gorgeous seating area for cocktail hour. Make sure to add a coffee table  and side tables like you would in your living room. Marlaina Teich Designs can help you design your outdoor space!
  • Don’t Bug Me! Sometimes mosquitoes are a problem even in the best-kept backyards. Citronella candles come in all sorts of shapes and containers now, so you can have a sophisticated option that fits your beautiful table. Fire pits usually keep the bugs away, too – there are many attractive ones on the market.
  • Have Fun! Don’t get stressed out and feel that you need to handcraft each hors d’oeuvre. Put a regular bag of chips in a beautiful ceramic bowl – it looks pretty, but it’s easy and you’re spending time with your guests, not hovering over the stove.

Our many years of  design experience helps us customize each entertaining space to the individual client’s needs. Some clients need a toddler-friendly space: hello, stain-proof fabrics! Others want to forego a traditional dining room and have enough space for family gatherings in the kitchen. Some of the best memories we make in our homes are from the times we share with friends and family. Marlaina Teich Designs is available to help you design your dream kitchen and entertaining spaces – email us today to start designing your dream home!

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