The carefree and lazy days of summer may be almost over but Labor Day is right around the corner and a great excuse for a picnic.  Nothing sets the mood quite like gingham.  Either in big, bold, navy blue or a blend of bright pink and citrus orange checks, gingham is fresh and fun and flirty.  Kind of like Martha Stewart meets Betsy Johnson.  But don’t get too crazy.  Just remember a little goes a long way.

Sweet yellow checks and a hint of liberty flowers set the stage for a late summer picnic courtesy of eatdrinkchic.com.

J Crew’s clever Crewcuts catalogue paired a large-scale blue gingham dress with a matching lamp and chair.  Which would you buy?

Have you heard of Swedish luxury bed maker Hastens? Each bed is made to order according to the customer’s specifications and takes between 140 and 160 hours to make which is why their mattresses are super luxurious and out-of-this-world expensive and according to them, “an investment in a better quality of life.” And to boot, they’re adorable in gingham.  Nighty night.

Affordable modern sibling of Crate and Barrell, CB2 has this bright and colorful Piazza slipper chair now available.   Pink, orange and red checks make this a statement piece for any beach house living room.

A sunny, yellow check-upholstered chair blends beautifully with a bench in contrasting blue striped fabric and large patterned cushions at this Venice Beach, CA beach house.  Photo courtesy of Alexandra Angle.

This red gingham upholstered headboard adds a touch of nautical to this all white bedroom.  Photo courtesy of ariadneathome.nl.

Large pink checks create a fun reading and playing nook for one lucky little girl.

Ballard Designs makes this black and white checked pendant — a perfect accessory for the breakfast nook.

What could be better on your morning eggs than salt and pepper from these aqua checked shakers from self-described “Southern California prepster” Dabney Lee?

Check it out.  Happy end-of-summer.

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