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Did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? Yep, an entire month dedicated to summer’s arguably greatest treat. Maybe you’re a FroYo fan [wildly raising my hand over here]. Maybe you prefer full-flavored gelato [mmm, still craving that Pistachio gelato I had in Italy]. Or maybe you stand by the never-fail regulars like strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla [OK, I'm hungry]. No matter your favorite, now is the time to chill out with an ice cream sundae and bring a scoop of childlike sweetness into your summer.

These cool accessories will bring fun and color to an easy desert at your next outdoor party. Just add one thing: You guessed it — ice cream!

ice cream collage

Sundae dishes | Pint holder + scoop | Shake maker | I Scream bowlsChevron spoons | Paper party set | Faux waffle cone | Ice cream maker | Striped scoop

*Originally appeared in the July/August 2013 issue of HGTV Magazine.

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Clearly, great minds think alike here at Design Happens! Last week, Allie showed us five crafty and delectable ways to use watermelon, and this week, I’m in a sea of watermelon myself. Fourth of July weekend (although rainy over here) was a beautiful summer salute. For many summer is just starting, so let’s keep the seasonal fruits, hues and landscapes coming.

Mood Board Monday: Watermelon PinkAdd a Pinch | Pearl Kinda Girl | Hemlangtan | Huffpost Taste | EclecChic | Miishka | Whale You Be My Friend | Etsy | Shades of Light

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I celebrated an early Fourth of July on Saturday night with tipsy ice cream (alcoholic ice cream + toppings) and a fireworks* display at Hannah‘s house. I’m not sure if there’s a better way to spend a summer evening. I truly forgot how much I loved fireworks until I sat there on the steps of a nearby building, far away from the festival crowd, and watched them explode into the sky. There’s something about fireworks that makes me feel reflective, sentimental and nostalgic. Will your Fourth of July festivities include a fireworks display?

Mood Board Monday: Fireworksvia Pinterest | OneWed | Spitalfields Life |  Mr. P Blog | Wedding Chicks | Coral and TuskPEG | via Pinterest | Moon to Moon | Mommy Poppins

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*Trending topic courtesy of Yahoo! Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark

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It’s finally summer, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve been racking your brain for warm-weather solutions. Sure, the heat is great for going to the lake or pool, but there comes a time when enough is enough: cue the A/C and iced lemonade. And for those of you with sliding glass doors, you may be looking for a way to cover them up and eliminate the excess heat that is so stealthily creeping in. Here are some of my favorite solutions:

Plantation Shutters:

Not only will plantation shutters bring an easy-breezy southern charm to your home, they’re also energy efficient in both the winter and summer months.

Sliding Panels:

Because they are so easily adjustable to cover any or all of the sliding glass door, these panels are the perfect solution for someone wanting to save on energy bills while also letting in some of the beautiful scenery summer has to offer.

Shoji Screens:

These Japanese screens are made of rice paper, which does allow some light in the house. However, what these panels lack in heat resistance, they make up for in delicate, oriental style.

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Next time I’m in New York to visit Lili, Briana and Alyssa, I have a few hot-spots on my list to check out: PDT (Please Don’t Tell), Milk & Honey, Little Branch and Gwynnett St. Some of these bars accept guests by reservation or referral only, or only allow members after a certain time. For some reason, that makes them so much more intriguing. I’m dying to check out the drink menu more than the atmosphere, though. Over at Milk & Honey, for example, fruit juices and extracts are all made by hand; mixing glasses are stored in the freezer to keep drinks cold; and ice is cut by hand using an ice pick to create imperfect, jagged pieces. If I know that’s the process going into my cocktail, I can certainly wait a few minutes for it.

So, are you ready for 5 p.m. to get here so you can wrap your hand around a refreshing, warm-weather concoction? I’m with you! Let’s celebrate the start of summer with four delicious drink recipes from renowned NYC mixologists (or alchemists, rather).

UP ALL NIGHT COCKTAIL:

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of Lauren Schell, Little Branch, NYC

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces Reyka Vodka
1/2 ounces rosemary-infused cognac
3/4 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce cane syrup
bar spoon
rosemary sprig, for garnish

Directions

Whip and strain into iced Collins glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with large rosemary sprig.

STEAM 75 COCKTAIL:

Summer Solstice Cocktail Recipe

Recipe courtesy of John deBary, PDT, NYC

Ingredients

1 1/2 ounces Reyka Vodka
3/4 ounce Art in the Age Rhubarb
3/4 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce strawberry puree
1 ounce Brut champagne
lavender sprigs, for garnish

Directions

Shake and strain into chilled coupe. Top with 1 ounce Brut champagne. Garnish with sprigs of lavender.

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I could seriously use one of these frozen treats right about now. For the past four days I’ve been camping on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tenn. for the 12th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. If you’ve ever been to Tennessee in the summer, then you know it’s hot, hot, HOT … especially when air-conditioning is absent. What’s your favorite summer treat? To me, there’s nothing more refreshing on a scorching day than a fruity, chill-inducing popsicle.

Mood Board Monday: PopsiclesOmbre | String Lights | Wine | Girl Eating Popsicle | Champagne + Raspberry Popsicles | Garden Bites | Popsicle Sticks | Raspberry Cheesecake | Printables

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I don’t know if you remember, but way back in January I went to the Atlanta Gift and Home Furnishings Market to spot design trends and meet with industry insiders. I mentioned the flamingo trend popping up (and not just in coastal-inspired interiors). Honestly, I forgot about this vibrant bird until just recently when warm weather and thoughts of the beach started infecting my mind. Now, I can’t help but think how cool one of these hot-pink creatures would look on a plain white canvas on my gray walls (inspiration, top-left). What do you think? Leave flamingos at the beach, or try them out indoors?

Mood Board Monday: FlamingosDining Room | Living Room | Fabric | Wall Art | Kitchen | Shirt | Dress | Sweater | Figurine | Pattern | Straws

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According to Yahoo! Web Trend Expert Carolyn Clark, the searches for hammocks are spiking this month. I’m not surprised one bit. It’s the beginning of June, many schools across the country have locked their doors, and summer vacation is on the brain. I mean, all I can think about some days is how badly I’d like to swing back in forth beneath a shady tree with my current read. Are you just as entranced as I am with these outdoor lounges?

Backyard Hammock on HGTV's Design Happens BlogFrom Green Home 2011

Backyard Hammock on HGTV's Design Happens BlogDesign by Luis Caicedo

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I’ve found myself lost in one too many summer daydreams lately. As soon as warm weather arrives, I start yearning for the sand and water. Unfortunately, I wait and take my beach vacays once the dog days of summer have subsided a bit. When are you packing up and heading to the coast? Try not to make me too jealous.

Mood Board Monday: Vintage SummerVogue | Dream to Life | Blend Fabrics | via Miss Moss | Scott Lowe |  via T Magazine | via Flickr | Etsy

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The heat of summer can be overwhelming. When temperatures soar into the 100′s, the last thing you want is a warm glass of red wine or a heavy beer. You need to cool off with a fresh, minty treat – a mojito. This simple drink screams summer and is the perfect accessory to relax with by the pool (or on the driveway, on the beach, in a fancy restaurant – it’s very versatile!).

Classic Mojito RecipeClassic Mojitos

Once you’ve made your simple syrup, mix in rum, lime juice and soda water. Head to your garden (or grocery store) for a few sprigs of mint and you have the perfect warm weather refreshment.

Happy Hour Cocktails: The Full Collection

If you prefer to cool off without alcohol, then this mocktail needs to be added to your beverage rotation. The fresh taste of grapefruit paired with mint is a taste that’s not to be missed.

Virgin Grapefruit MojitoVirgin Grapefruit Mojito

So raise your glass to summer and say cheers to mojitos!

Find more great mojito recipes on Food.com.

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