To keep even the most useful objects and accessories entertaining, designer Judy Kameon finds unique ways to combine contrasting textures and colors as well as contemporary and old-fashioned aesthetics.
1. Fire Pit: A movable spun-steel fireplace from Plain Air—the furniture and accessories company Kameon started with her husband—“warms up cool evenings, extending your guests’ time in the garden,” she says. ($1,200; Plain Air)
2. Terra Cotta Wine Cooler: “Perfect for keeping a bottle of rosé chilled outside on a warm summer day,” says Kameon, this piece from Design Within Reach uses terra cotta’s thermal properties to make sure your cold vino remains crisp. A notched cork lid ensures the bottle stays in place. ($94; Design Within Reach)
3. Enamel Dinner Plates: These classic Americana red-marbled dishes from Mast General Store “are fun, inexpensive, easy to clean, and waste-free,” says Kameon. Artisans hand-apply the porcelain enameling on every steel plate, making each one unique. ($6 each; Mast General Store)
4. Striped Napkins: Available in more than 20 colorways (those shown are Vert), Kameon says these 20-inch-square multihued cotton napkins from the French textile company Les Toiles du Soleil “are as durable as they are colorful.” ($16 each; Les Toiles Du Soleil NYC)
5. Lacquer Tray: Kameon likes Jonathan Adler’s version because “it’s as shiny as a new pedicure, wonderful for loading up to move things outside from in and inside from out.” The trays, each given 12 coats of lacquer, come in six sunny shades, including the tangerine-tinged one shown here. ($150; Jonathan Adler)