“Summerizing” is a year-round pursuit for top San Francisco designer Darren Brown, and it makes a lot of sense, right now in particular: “Our lives have become increasingly informal as we continue to shelter in place,” he says. For Brown, the term “summerize” calls to mind warm-weather tactics used by the Victorians, who slipcovered dark, heavy upholstery with crisp cottons every year as the seasons changed. Brown’s summery approach involves working with your current surroundings to make them more comfortably and even luxuriously casual. His tips—along with a few from goop food director Caitlin O’Malley—focus on making time spent at home easier, more relaxing, and above all, delightful.
In lieu of our annual goopcation, we’re taking summer Fridays for the next month or so. These three-day blocks can be a time to rest, unplug, and do meaningful non-goop work. They’re also a great opportunity to perfect the art of the at-home happy hour. Two staffers, known for their skills in the good-times department, share what they’re doing to make 5 o’clock cocktails feel (way) more festive.