York based interior designers, Marlaina Teich and Andrew Suvalsky have some great easy tips that can make the biggest of differences for any home as well as some great summer color combo inspirations.

Summer Style Tip #1: Dare to be Bare!

Summer Style Tips and Tricks


Clear out the clutter, roll up the rugs, and switch out the curtains to lighter sheers or remove all together. This automatically makes the space feel more open, airy, and brighter. – Marlaina


For new and fresh looking windows, try having curtains made out of parachute material. It comes by the yard and budget friendly. – Andrew

Summer Style Tip #2: Bring the Outdoor Indoors.


Summer Style Tips and Tricks


A great indoor plant brings the feeling of greenery and freshness inside. Try a Terrarium – an easy to maintain plant that is also great for small spaces. Fill a glass jar with rocks, soil and some small plants. Bring the beach in by collecting pastel colored beach glass and put in a clear vase, maybe even a stalk of bamboo. – Marlaina


Summer Style Tips and Tricks

Create a beautiful indoor herb garden to freshen up your kitchen and add to your summer cooking and entertaining dishes. – Andrew

Summer Style Tip #3: Jazz up outdoor spaces by layering.

Summer Style Tips and Tricks


Layer the seating area with fun a fun colored rug, pillows, an outdoor throw blanket for chilly nights, and some lanterns and candles around the table and floor. Add some fun drapery panels around the seating area to define and give almost a great cabana feel. – Marlaina


Summer Style Tips and Tricks


If you have a bigger budget, invest in an outdoor fireplace, and if there’s enough space, set up an outdoor movie screen to project movies from a projector and throw fun colored rugs, blankets and pillows on the grass, with outdoor lights around, to create a pop up outdoor movie theater for friends. – Andrew

Summer Style Tip #4: Bring the Outdoors Indoors. 

Summer Style Tips and Tricks


Fun summer outdoor rugs look great inside as well and are very durable. It also brings a fresh feel and a real change to the space for summer. – Andrew


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Garden colors set the tone for your Indoor/outdoor rooms – Andrew

Summer Style Tip #5: Summer Colors, patterns and textures. 

Summer Style Tips and Tricks

Play with new color combos. Even just a few new accessories, such as throw pillows in coral and navy or aqua and cobalt blue can change the entire feel and mood. Also throwing in natural colors, neutral wood toned accents and patterns can balance and help to create a light and laid back mood to an outdoor space. – Marlaina


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Indoor trees, and blues and greens bring the tropics look and feel inside your home. – Andrew

More About Marlaina Teich 

Summer Style Tips and TricksAs one of New York’s most coveted designers, Marlaina Teich has created inviting and effortlessly chic spaces for many exceptional homes and properties throughout the United States. Drawing upon inspiration from her everyday surroundings and travels around the world, Marlaina uses her keen eye and collaborative spirit to turn her client’s design dreams into timeless spaces that exude a real essence of “livable luxury.” Over the years, her work has been featured in the homes of many top athletes, as well as in publications such as: Traditional Home, California Home, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens. She has also been featured on WNBC-TV, WPIX-TV, Better TV, “George to the Rescue” and Martha Stewart Living Radio, allowing her to share her design tips and modern design aesthetic nationally. Most recently, Marlaina has widened her reach and talents to create exciting new product lines for consumers ranging from fabric to lighting, and beyond. As a philanthropist and a loyal and proud member of her industry, and community, Marlaina is active in several designer-related organizations, including: the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the Interior Design Society (IDS). Her latest passion and endeavor, is serving as Vice President of the Designers and Builders Alliance of Long Island (D+BA of LI) – a coalition of top designers and builders that raises funds for local charities.


With offices in both Long Island and Manhattan, Marlaina Teich Designs is a full-service residential and commercial interior design firm specializing in space planning, renovations and custom home builds, furnishings, and project management.

More About Andrew Suvalsky

Summer Style Tips and TricksOriginally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Andrew was born with a love for design, architecture and music. In 1998 his passions propelled his move to New York City where he began working for the iconic designer Benjamin Noriega Ortiz. In 2005, Andrew established ASD. His firm offers full interior architectural and design services and has produced projects in New York, the Hamptons, New England, Chicago, Palm Beach, Miami and Puerto Rico.


When asked, clients say their favorite aspect of the project, aside from loving the final outcome of the design, is the process of working with Andrew and his staff.


Andrew’s work has been celebrated internationally and published in The New York Times, The New York Observer, Architectural Digest Online, San Juan’s Por Dentro, The Robb Report, and as a participant in the 2013 Kips Bay Show House in New York. He was named “One of the Top Hot Designer’s to Watch” by New York Spaces Magazine, and was chosen “Best of Houzz” in 2013. His television work includes appearances on HGTV, Oxygen, Better TV, Fox and NBC.

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