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GET OUT AND ABOUT

Now that warmer weather is here, it’s time to get out and find design inspiration at some of the dozens of events for the interior design-minded happening this summer, from craft fairs to home tours. Here are just a few worth checking out: Kick off summer at Stone Harbor’s annual Tour of Homes and Gardens in Cape May County. Hosted by the town’s Garden Club on June 1 from 12:30 to 4 p.m., the walk features a tour of six stunning Stone Arbor homes, as well as the Garden of Kindness, which is maintained by both professional gardeners and students at a local elementary school. For more information, call Mantura Gallagher at 609.961.3069 or go to stoneharborNJ.org. Grab the kids and those gardening tools on June 23 for a family-friendly day at the annual Garden Show and Garden Festival at the Whitall House and Red Bank Battlefield in Gloucester County’s National Park. Tour the Whitall gardens, learn how to keep your own garden blossoming and enjoy food vendors and kids’ activities from 12 to 4 p.m. Facebook. com/whitallhouse has more details. Scour through a wide variety of furniture, kitchenware, collectibles and more at The Seawife Antique

IN FULL BLOOM

In the words of The Devil Wears Prada’s Miranda Priestly, florals for spring and summer are hardly “groundbreaking.” But there’s a reason flowers have been a trend in home décor (and fashion) forever: These light and airy pieces just brighten up your space.

Store’s Antique & Collectible Show in Barnegat Light on Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. You’ll find unique pieces no matter your style, from shabby chic to nautical to more traditional. Learn more at theseawife.com. And finally, on Aug. 25, find unique tchotchkes and accessories for your home at the Antiques in the Park event at Veterans Park in Westwood, where artists will be selling paintings, sculptures and more crafts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out westwoodnj.gov for the scoop.

From top: Soup cup and saucer by Good Earth, magic carpet by Patterson Flynn Martin, Floret petite accent chair by Anthropologie, colorful flowers table lamp by Uttermost, small flower market canister by MacKenzieChilds.

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HOME (DÉCOR) FOR RENT

The future of home décor is now, ladies and gentlemen. Thanks to a new partnership between West Elm and New York City-based Rent The Runway (RTR), which rents designer clothing and accessories, subscribers can now rent “soft” home décor items—quilts, blankets, shams and decorative pillows—too. “We are making it easier than ever for customers to discover great design for their spaces,” Alex Bellos, president of West Elm, says of the partnership. The items will be available to RTR subscribers in 26 “bundles” ranging in retail value from $150 to $450, and each bundle is either for the bedroom or living room.

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