We ended last year with a peek of a California home that included a giant pool swan. All through the dark days of winter, thoughts of that pool swan stayed with me. This summer, I bought my own (and discovered a whole new world of inflatable animals), and it was even better than I had imagined. Two people could (and did!) fit comfortably on that swan. I read books on the swan while floating in a lake. The swan even took a ride behind a motorboat (with the rider using a ski rope). I can’t believe it’s finally time to sing a swan’s song to summer, but I’m not quite ready to let go of the swan. It may have to come home with me. — Amy Azzarito
Image above, clockwise from left: Swan Watering Can, $17.44; John Derian Paperweight Dome, $60; Swan Necklace, $120 (on sale!); Hansa Black Swan, $43.99; Swan Flight Lampshade, $88; Wall Swan, $695; Swan Door Knocker, $45; Vintage Swan Paperweights, $14 (There are a number of these on Etsy; just search for “brass swan.”); Swan Tray, $185
Image above: The New Antiquitarian Wallpaper designed by Hollister and Porter Hovey was inspired by the objects found in their own home. If you look closely, you can see a swan.
Image above: I love the abstract feel of the birds in this carpet. I’m feeling a little less warm toward the price (swan rug, $2498).