Best Summer Hammocks of 2009

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This weekend, as the heat really came up, I got to thinking about hammocks. While I respect the classic rope hammock (pictured above left at the house I stayed in last month in Chianti), my favorite - so far - are the Brazilian designs that come in soft white cotton and have a thick fringe that hangs down (see pic below)...

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I first found these in Costa Rica and they are cozier and more comfortable than any other I've lounged in.

Since then I've seen many more designs collected by our bloggers here, so I've got a really comprehensive roundup for you - one that hopefully will help you order today and be lying in a hammock this coming weekend. Enjoy! (got a hammock tip of your own? Email me at maxwell@apartmenttherapy.com - HAMMOCK in the subject - and I may include it in my next post)

>> Brazilian Hammocks at Hammocks.com ($99)

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>> Brazilian Cocoon at HammockHutch.com ($89) - This one holds two people and comes in some really soft, nice colors.

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• Rope hammocks at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs!

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>> Pawley's Island Hammocks ($100) - This company makes traditional rope hammocks since 1889 and that's all they still do.

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>> Brazilian Hammock design in blue/black ($85) - Spotted in the pic above (from Domino), I found a really nice version through Via Nativa.
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>> Eviro-Fiber Hammocks ($129) - Made from 100% recycled fiber derived from soda bottles and mildew resistant.

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>> Fatboy Headdemock ($399) - very modern and oversized.

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>> The Ting Sling Hammock (@$560) - Hand-woven from reclaimed seatbelts by a cool London design company.

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>> Cheap Hammock Roundup from Laure - Here's a great link if you want a stylish, super affordable solution.

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Bonus Pic:

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Here's a hammock submitted by Esther Sadowsky, who designed this porch for last Springs' Nissequogue Designer Show House. You can find more of her here: charmandwhimsy.com

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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