The 5 Freshest Backyard and Summer Trends for 2022, According to Yelp

The 5 Freshest Backyard and Summer Trends for 2022, According to Yelp

I live for a good trend report, especially one that comes right at the beginning of summer. Halfway through the year feels like an appropriate time to take stock of what’s getting super popular and may warrant a spot in your home. That’s why when Yelp dropped their summer 2022 home and backyard trend report earlier this week in collaboration with designer and Emmy nominated TV host Bobby Berk, I had to take a look. “Nothing excites me more than the promise of warmer weather and spending more time outdoors, so I’m thrilled to partner with Yelp to share up-and-coming trends for the backyard and beyond,” Berk says of this partnership. “When it comes to design inspiration and summer decor updates, 2022 will continue to spotlight a return to aesthetics inside and out, whether that’s installing a skylight to bring more natural light in or adding solar lights to easily elevate a backyard’s ambiance.”

Some of this summer forecasting might feel similar to home trends you’re already aware of, but Berk had some extra fresh thoughts for the season up his sleeve, too. Ahead, here’s what the “Queer Eye” star has his eye on for summer 2022. 

According to the Yelp report, glass railing and partitions are just one of the many strategies people are increasingly using to help lighten and brighten their spaces. Berk’s take on this trend? Skylights, which saw a 24 percent spike in Yelp searches this past April, are also back in a big way. “Skylights have come a long way over the last 20 years,” says Berk. “Not only can they pour natural light into a room that was once dark and sad, they now are solar powered (so they don’t have to connect to electricity), have built-in shades to diffuse light, and can remotely open and close to allow air in and out.” Berk just doubled down on this trend, installing a skylight in his office. They’re also a great addition to a kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, as shown here.

Outdoor lighting inspired by indoor lighting

Standard lanterns and basic flood lights aren’t your only options for illumination outside. In fact, designers, homeowners, and renters alike are starting to treat lighting the outdoors like the indoors by curating a mix of task and ambient sources. “Whether you want to hang overhead cafe lights for ambiance or uplights to create an evening glow, it’s an investment you will not regret,” says Berk. “I’ve been using solar lights for years now and not only are they an easy installation, but they don’t require any power, which means that you can add them virtually anywhere.” 

Start your search by looking for all-weather options, and don’t let yourself be limited by strictly wired options. Consider solar-powered stake lights to line the perimeter of your patio or a portable, rechargeable LED table lamp for an outdoor table. You can keep the lantern in a covered area or take it inside at the end of the night for protection from the elements. 

“I know what you’re thinking — accent walls are a trend that has come and gone, but when it comes to creating these pops of color or design, it’s not just about paint,” says Berk. “My two favorite options are to wallpaper it with temporary wallpaper (which easily peels off if you want a change or are a renter) or using peel and stick wood veneer.”

Berk himself hired a Yelp handyman to install wood veneer on one of his guest room’s walls, which is pictured here, and this pop of texture gives the room such a warm, inviting air. On the whole, focal walls provide the perfect opportunity to try out a trendy pattern or color without the commitment, particularly if you use an easily reversible application method or material.

Searches for linoleum rose 41 percent year over year in the month of April, according to the Yelp report. That means more and more people are considering this throwback material for their flooring projects. It offers a lot of bang for the buck and can be fairly DIY friendly. The key to making linoleum feel fresh? Lean into modern color combos and but traditional patterns, as seen in this patchwork kitchen floor above.

Berk isn’t talking glass here, but instead about the actual window frames. Sure, you could upgrade to new windows, but that’s pricey. A far easier and more affordable way to update this feature involves focusing on the trim. Berk suggests painting trim in a contrast color; black is his pick, which you can see in the above kitchen, but you could choose any shade. If you have an open plan, you might want to choose something universal though for visual continuity. 

Another idea that’s a tad more involved but still doable? Adding wooden trim or a painted design around your window trim work. 

Danielle Blundell

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Danielle Blundell is AT’s Home Director and covers decorating and design. She loves homes, heels, the history of art, and hockey—but not necessarily always in that order.

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This Iconic 1970s Chair Is Finally Back in Production

This Iconic 1970s Chair Is Finally Back in Production

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Watching the new collaborations and news dribble out of the Salone del Mobile Milano furniture fair has been a pure delight for design journalists and enthusiasts everywhere. So many pieces have caught my eye (India Mahdavi’s Loop Chair for Thonet — be still, my heart!), but the launch that has me most excited is not a new design at all. 

Cult-favorite Danish brand HAY and furniture manufacturer Dietiker are teaming up to reintroduce the Rey seating collection by Swiss designer Bruno Rey. I’ve had my eyes on these curvy, circa-1971 chairs for years, and I can tell you, a full set is hard to come by! This may be design enthusiasts’ chance to finally score a complete set in a color of their choice — although, let’s be real: They are very pricey, at $595 per chair. The thing is, the demand for vintage versions is high, so there’s a decent chance your investment on these new pieces will appreciate one day, too. Even just a single one of these chairs — at a desk, for example, or as an accent in a dining table setup — would add a lot of visual interest to a space and last a lifetime, thanks to its organic, shapely lines and solid wood construction.

I first saw Bruno Rey’s chairs in a home by architect Yaiza Armbruster, and when she told me they were vintage, I immediately set up an eBay alert for them. To my dismay, the Rey Chair almost never showed up in the States (and I definitely wasn’t willing to pay shipping from Europe). I kept spotting the chair in interiors though, which only fueled my desire further. There the Rey Chairs were in a home designed by 2022 Small/Cool designer Jess Davis (as shown below from a recent Elle Decor feature), and there they were again on the cover of House & Garden U.K.! With each passing season, the prices on the vintage market crept higher and higher.

The new Rey Chairs are a slight update on the original (you can apparently adjust the height, which may make them even more functional or adaptable to their surroundings). The Rey Collection also includes a backless stool, a dining table, and a coffee table, all slightly tweaked from their earlier incarnations. HAY has also updated the color palette (which, sadly, for me means that perfect green Davis used above is still elusive). The full assortment launches in the U.S. today.

The only downside of this relaunch is that I predict the high prices of the new production pieces will also drive up the price in the vintage market for originals from the 1970s. So if you’re lucky enough to spot this iconic chair at a flea market or estate sale, scoop it up! As for me, I’ll be over here saving up for one of these pieces, new or old!

Laura Fenton


Laura Fenton is the author of The Little Book of Living Small. She writes about home design and sustainability, and is a regular contributor to Apartment Therapy. Her work has been published in Better Homes & Gardens, Eater, New York Magazine, and Real Simple.

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“Slow Deco” Just Might Be the Answer to Your Decorating Woes

“Slow Deco” Just Might Be the Answer to Your Decorating Woes

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Many a homeowner suffers from Cinderella syndrome. Who hasn’t fantasized about awakening to a whole new landscape extending from the kitchen counters to the bedroom closet, at the wave of a fairy godmother’s wand — or a professional designer’s whim? Everything new and coordinated, everything in its place.

The coziest and most comfortable homes though are often the ones that evolve organically, over time. Maybe they began with hand-me-down furniture or with a few vintage pieces picked up at a flea market. Store-bought items soon join in. In time old pieces learn to live with new finds, like a well-blended family. 

Assuming each room is periodically subject to a close edit, gradually they become greater than the sum of their various parts. Call it “Slow Deco.”

A friend with a good eye likes to improve on this scenario through a regular ritual she calls switch-swap-and-swipe. “Think wall art, throw pillows, vases, bowls, and objects,” she says.

Never content to sit still, my friend, Meredith, regularly roams around her Midtown New York apartment, moving things around. Furniture, sure, to the surprise of her nonplused husband, whose feet keep reaching for his favorite ottoman. But often it’s smaller, more mobile items, things like fruit bowls, vases, African fabrics, and artwork. 

Meredith began her life as a rearranger with two marble-topped tables gleaned from her grandmother’s Pennsylvania homestead. It was hard to tell what flattered them most: Standing together under a vintage mirror on an antique decorative carpet, or separated and set off by wildly contemporary accessories.

More recently, it was the question of a blank wall in the kitchen, visible from the front door. Leave it a calm white — most of this sky-high apartment is a crisp mix of black and white — or give it a little visual kick with a wallpaper panel featuring a tiger?

It takes time to allow such things to develop and an ability to see old haunts with a fresh eye. I’d been in my own apartment for a long time when Meredith asked if she could “try something.” Next thing I know she’s manhandling a chunky glass-front cabinet I had backed up against a living room wall, wiggling it onto a bath mat and dragging it off down the hall. Bingo: The living room opened up, along with a new sightline. As interior designer Craig Kellogg commented when once contemplating a bulky blond-wood dressing table I like to keep around, “Empty space can be a good thing.”

My style is decorating by default, to borrow a phrase from Natalie Walton, a stylist and the author of a trio of books on home decor. “By default” helps explain my husbanding of a burnished black leather sofa — purchased secondhand in Paris nearly 30 years ago and now oddly hard to let go of — when everyone, Walton especially, would be much happier if I had a low-slung sectional in bone-colored linen. 

Walton makes the case for slow and thoughtful decorating in “Still: The Slow Home,” (pictured below) a travelogue of pared-down homes with carefully chosen furnishings in a chaste mix of white, off-white, unstained birch, and unbleached muslin. (And she has four kids.) 

Walton sees slow decor as akin to the the SLOW (sustainable local organic) food movement, which shuns Big Macs in favor of a barely bubbling pot of locally raised, organic beef. “We can embrace the slow movement in our homes by being more intentional about how we live,” she says, speaking from her casual-gorgeous home in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. A slow home should be a showcase for “objects that help us connect to our spaces meaningfully,” she says. 

“I am a big proponent of having only what you really love and you really need and use,” says Walton, who unsurprisingly teaches a master class in decluttering.

So step back from speed shopping. “In our culture we are constantly adding things,” Walton notes. “It’s never been easier, with online [retailers] and sales. But things used to be added slowly to our homes, and we need to go back to that.”

Walton isn’t the only decorator who favors a leisurely pace. For one thing, “you save time and money,” says Jennifer Riley, an interior designer who specializes in blending old and new. “People can get to the crux of who they are stylistically,” she says, speaking from her home office in San Diego. You figure out what you really like, which is huge.”

Riley has been redoing her own 1909 Craftsman for nearly three years, layering in antiques with a new sofa from Roger + Chris — her one investment piece — and an end table unearthed at Wayfair. “I encourage people to get out there and see what you like and start experimenting a bit,” she says. In other words: Take your time.

Even among designers in more of a hurry, there’s talk of creating “timeless” spaces, a variation on the slow home theme that is clearly on trend. (I remember when this look was called eclectic.) In an email, Stephani Stein, who runs an interior design practice in Los Angles, defined timeless as “personal and authentic.” “We rely heavily on vintage and custom and strive to incorporate heirloom pieces [clients may] already have,” she says. 

Phew! Hope this means I can keep my grandmother’s dinged-up white-wicker sewing stand, which Meredith has been trying to walk to the curb for years. 

Then again, Meredith has a striking ability to stay tuned to her surroundings, as if in a lifelong quest to tweak them to perfection. She and her forbearing husband may have moved into their apartment four years ago, but it took until this April for her to disassemble their vintage rosewood dining table and call Goodwill. In came a sleek lacquered number — white, of course. 

The last time I dropped by I noticed the white table had already migrated to a new location, her husband’s home office: Seems it was the perfect height for his paperwork.

The rosewood table slid back into its old spot, brightened by a swath of mud cloth that happened to be on hand.

This piece is part of Go Slow Month, where we’re celebrating taking your time, taking a deep breath, and taking a step back from it all. From deliberate design ideas to tips for truly embracing rest, head over here to see it all.

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Coastal Grandmother Trend

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Coastal Grandmother Trend

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I call it my “cottage by the sea” — a dreamlike place I’ve long imagined in my mind ever since I was little. Everyone has a “someday home” that they envision. Mine just happens to be directly located next to the ocean and festooned with climbing flower vines. Seashells sit in the window ledges, and the white Adirondack chairs out front present a relaxed, breezy vibe to all who may come to visit. 

Scenes of Meryl Streep or Diane Keaton walking around their idyllic movie homes may be coming to mind for you — bright white walls, blue-and-white striped rugs, vases of freshly picked flowers — but make no mistake about it: The coastal grandmother style is beachy and rustic but warm and without an ounce of kitsch, and you certainly don’t have to be an actual grandmother to get in on this trend. To further pinpoint the look and feel of the coastal grandmother aesthetic and identify how can you bring this traditional style into your space, I spoke to some experts. Here’s everything you need to know about the coastal grandmother trend.

Coastal Grandmother By Definition 

“Coastal grandmother embraces a polished coastal aesthetic, blending classic influences with a fresh, relaxed yet refined style,” says Carla Rummo, the chief marketing officer of Serena & Lily, a brand that brims with coastal grandmother style furniture and decor. Rummo says she and her colleagues define the look as “nostalgic yet fresh.” According to her, this trend “speaks to a laid-back, luxurious, coastal way of life” that you can achieve whether you live next to the sea or not.

In other words? If you’re drawn to traditional style that’s relaxed with some seaside flair mixed in for good measure, you’re golden with this timeless trend. In fact, Rummo goes so far as to say that coastal grandmother isn’t just a design approach: It’s a way of life. “[Coastal grandmother] embodies a lifestyle that’s elegant yet comfortable and inspired by summertime nostalgia, a sense of optimism, and a connection to nature,” she says. “The style brings to mind cashmere sweaters, leisurely walks on the beach, and cocktails on the porch with family and friends.” 

While this style is perfectly suited for homes by the sea, you can absolutely embrace the look even if you live thousands of miles away from the nearest ocean. Designer Claire Zinnecker praises the aspects of the coastal grandmother motif that aren’t necessarily coastal. “My own interpretation of it is ‘comfort meets style,’” she says. “Mixing and matching is easy with coastal grandmother pieces— [think] textures, cozy, softness, warmth, and quality — not quantity.” 

Coastal Grandmother Vs. Grandmillennial

By now, you’re likely familiar with the grandmillennial trend, which caught fire in 2020 after also gaining steam on social media. While aspects of grandmillennial style sound similar to the coastal grandmother approach — descriptors like traditional, heirloom, floral could work for both — these aesthetics actually do differ in key ways. 

“Both styles are rooted in tradition with a reimagined twist,” Rummo says. “Coastal grandmother draws inspiration from natural elements like the ocean, sand, and sky to create a bright, inviting space — think soft neutrals and coastal blue color palettes, breezy linen fabrics, natural materials like rattan and jute, and classic furniture silhouettes. Grandmillenial style is more indicative of mixed patterns, floral chintz, and a bolder color palette paired with darker, heirloom furniture pieces.” 

Zinnecker herself describes grandmillennial style as “more French country sophistication” with ruffles and ornate furniture. No matter the brand of grandmillennial style you encounter out in the wild in interiors though, the coastal grandmother aesthetic is undoubtedly a breezier, lighter and brighter close cousin. Both styles have vintage charm and classic silhouettes in spades, but the materials, color palettes, and hero design features aren’t exactly the same.

How to Get the Coastal Grandmother Look

Want to life your best coastal gran life at home, as though you were on a Nancy Myers movie set? Here ‘s how to get the coastal grandmother look at home: 

Shelby Deering


Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who specializes in decor, wellness topics, and home tours. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her shopping flea markets, running on local trails, or snuggling up to her sweet corgi.

These Are the Top 5 Home Trends for 2022

These Are the Top 5 Home Trends for 2022

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If you’re at all into home trends, well, then you probably know that now’s the time brands and tastemakers really start doubling down on what they’ll be leaning into for the rest of the year. Take online marketplace and maker haven, Etsy, for example. Their in-house trend expert, Dayna Isom Johnson, just released the company’s home decor predictions for 2022, and you just might be surprised by some of trends unfolding on their search-backed list.

The 10-second overview? “Gone are the days of cookie-cutter, all-white ‘perfect’ homes; today’s shoppers are looking to decorate in ways that truly reflect their personal taste and values, leaning into all things layered, cozy, and inviting,” says Johnson. “Warm tones like camel, taupe, and chocolate brown are becoming our new naturals, while the mixing and matching of retro items with contemporary pieces — dubbed “newstalgia” — comforts us with memories of the past while grounding us in the present.”

Those of you looking for a deeper dive into the data are in luck. Here you’ll find details on the latest and greatest Etsy trends and a shoppable pick that falls under each, so you can bring these looks home, whether you’re looking for a spring refresh or just want to change things up as you ready yourself for entertaining again. 

“After so much social distancing, many of us are craving all things tactile and embracing texture in our homes,” says Johnson. Queries for bouclé are up 83 percent, with shoppers honing in on chairs, sofas, ottomans, and even ball pillows, like what you see here at the top left of this Etsy product collage.

These feels aren’t just confined to upholstery, though. Searches for “tufted art” are up 172 percent year over year, and there’s been a 38 percent increase in “ribbed and fluted glassware” searches. “Paper lanterns and lampshades” are on the rise to the tune of 23 percent. Mixing and matching all different kinds of textures will give you the most visual — and tactile — variety.

Buy: Bouclé Ball Pillow, Starts at $86.21

If you thought ombré and dip dye motifs had fallen entirely out of favor, think again. 2020’s obsession with tye-dye has evolved into a slightly more nuanced, almost watercolor-esque like blending of pigments across all kinds of home decor products for 2022, from wallpaper to candles and beyond. Another outgrowth of this evolution? The resurgence in popularity of aura photography. In fact, the vibes are strong with this one; searches for “aura art” are up 192 percent in the last three months compared to the same time frame last year. 

AT wrote about the Sottsass mirror taking over the decorating world back in 2019. Shortly thereafter, we also touched on the rise of gilded ornate picture frame style designs (I’m looking at you, Anthropologie’s Primrose Mirror), as well as the frameless, puddle-like looking glass trend happening with brands like Glare Goods and Ferm Living. According to Johnson, the Etsy data says statement mirrors are here to stay. “We’ve seen a 203 percent increase in searches for ‘funky mirrors,’ a 127 percent increase in searches for ‘asymmetrical mirrors,’ and a 107 percent increase in searches for ‘tufted or punch needle mirrors’ in the past three months, again compared to the same period in 2021.”

After the last couple of pandemic years, it’s no real surprise that joy-inducing decorative accessories and furnishings are still having their time in the sun. Serious is out, and silly is in, but you can determine exactly what that means for you, which is the beauty of this mood-boosting trend. For a lot of people though, nostalgia is what’s fueling their happy at home. To that end, searches for “retro or nostalgic 90s items” are up a staggering 729 percent, while “pastel decor” is seeing a more modest bump at 73 percent, again In the last three months compared to the same time the previous year. Rounding out this feel-good trifecta is “bright abstract art,” which is up 60 percent.

Buy: Halee Hamm Studios Radia, Orange Print, Starts at $44.00

Finally, as the world opens up again, travel is on the brain, and wanderlust-inspired items are surging in popularity on Etsy. “We’ve seen a 134 percent increase in searches for ‘push pin maps’ and a 22 percent increase for ‘atlas or map art,’” says Johnson. “Vintage globes and repurposed trunks are another popular way to incorporate this worldly aesthetic into your home.”

So which one of these trends are you all about right now? Sound off in the comments and visit Etsy for all of the items you see here and even more trends for 2022.  

Danielle Blundell

Home Editor

Danielle Blundell is AT’s Home Director and covers decorating and design. She loves homes, heels, the history of art, and hockey—but not necessarily always in that order.

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