12 of the Best Nostalgic Summer Movies (And a TV Stand to Match)

There’s no better way to welcome in the warm weather than with your favorite summer movie. This list of tried-and-true classics will take you back to a sun-soaked youth full of summer camps and high adventure. Grab a fruity drink and add these favorites to your binge list so you can immerse yourself in summer vibes all year long. 

 

Sandlot 


It’s the summer of 1962, and new kid Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry) is looking to make some friends after a big move to a new town. Though his father is far too busy to teach him how to throw a ball, Scotty decides he wants to learn baseball so that he can hang with the local boys who play at the sandlot nearby. Under the wing of baseball guru Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez (Mike Vitar), Scotty joins the sandlot team. But when he hits his dad’s baseball—"signed by some lady named Babe Ruth”—across the fence and into a junkyard guarded by a terrifying beast, the horror-stricken group realizes they must face their fears and rescue the autographed ball.  

The vast array of shelves on our Brandon TV Stand provides plenty of room to display your prized possessions, whether that be signed baseballs or the trophies from your winning games. 

 

Parent Trap 

 

An updated take on the classic 1961 film, Parent Trap, starring Lindsay Lohan, is the ultimate summer comedy. Separated at birth, twins Hailie and Annie had no idea each other existed until coincidence brings them to the same summer camp. Amazed by their discovery and determined to reunite their separated parents, the two decide to swap identities and spend the rest of the summer experiencing each other’s lives. If their plan succeeds, they might just knit their family back together.  

You’ll be seeing double (shelving) with this 3-Piece Ladder Storage Entertainment Wall. It’s the perfect blend of metal and wood, proof that two worlds can become one! 

 

Mamma Mia! 

Love is in the air on the fictional Greek island of Kalokairi. As told through the lively glam-pop music of ABBA, bride-to-be Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) discovers—by stealing her mother’s (Meryl Streep) diary—that there are three men who could possibly be her father. Convinced that she’ll recognize her dad on sight, and desperate for someone to walk her down the aisle, Sophie conspires to bring all three men to the island. Will she succeed in her happily ever after or simply bring chaos to her mother’s coastal retreat? 

Create your very own beach getaway with the Hampton Asymmetrical Buffet Stand. With its chic, coastal aesthetic, you can almost hear the ocean waves…  

 

High School Musical 2 


What time is it? It’s summertime! It’s summer break for the Wildcats, but there’s just one problem: they all need a job. With just as many catchy songs and energetic dance moves as the original film, the crew takes up employment at Ryan (Lucas Grabeel) and Sharpay’s (Ashley Tisdale) family country club. Sharpay soon comes up with a brand new plan to win Troy (Zac Efron) over. Will Troy stay true to Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens), or will this be the summer that tears them apart? Either way, as always, we’re all in this together.  

With its showstopping design, the Gemma Modern TV Stand is so stylish it’ll have you ready to break out into song. 

 

Dirty Dancing 


Much to her chagrin, the studious Frances “Baby” Houseman (Jennifer Grey) has to spend her last summer at a country club with her parents and ditzy sister before joining the Peace Corps. Unexpectedly, Baby finds herself tangled up in the life of Johnny (Patrick Swayze), a handsome dance instructor with a rough-and-tumble background very different from her own. Though her father forbids her from seeing Johnny, Baby becomes Johnny’s dance partner, (accompanied by a soundtrack of incredible 80’s hits) and the two fall in love. She decides she must help him perform one last big dance at the end of the summer because, after all, nobody puts Baby in a corner.   

Baby might not belong in the corner, but this Fluted Corner TV Stand certainly does. Its stylish, transitional design needs no spotlight to shine.  

 

Aquamarine 

 

It’s almost the end of summer vacation, and best friends Claire (Emma Roberts) and Hailey (JoJo) are trying to enjoy their last few days together before Hailey moves to Australia. Desperate to stay in Florida, Hailey goes to the beach and prays to the ocean gods for a miracle. In a turn no one could have expected, her miracle arrives in the form of Aquamarine (Sarah Paxton), a mermaid who ran away from home to escape an arranged marriage. The three soon become inseparable and combine forces to prove to their parents that love and friendship conquer all. 

Find your own ocean miracle with our Simple Groove-Door Console. Almost as magical as a mermaid, it’ll give your home the perfect coastal vibe. 

 

Austenland 

30-something Jane (Keri Russell) has a secret: this seemingly normal woman has a deep obsession with the works of Jane Austen, and it’s ruining her love life. After all, who could possibly live up to Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy? But when her friend convinces her to spend her life’s savings on a summer trip to a picturesque, Austen-inspired theme park, Jane comes to realize that her dreams of the perfect man may not be that far out of reach. 

The quaint Carver Transitional TV Stand would look right at home in a classically styled space. Use the windowpane-style doors to discreetly display your embarrassingly large collection of Austen novels, we won’t judge! 

 

I Know What You Did Last Summer  

It’s the 4th of July, and a group of friends are celebrating graduation beachside. But their party takes a turn for the worst when an inebriated Ray, played by Freddie Prinze Jr., hits a fisherman on their way back from the beach. The crew dumps the body in the sea and convinces themselves that they’ll never be discovered… until one year later, Julie (Jennifer Love Hewittt) receives a terrifying note in the mail: I know what you did last summer. Secrets are never what they seem in this classic summer slasher. 

The Urban Blend TV Stand boasts plenty of closed storage, perfect for tucking away all your summer secrets (or just your tech, dark mystery not required). 

 

Friday the 13th 

 

Camp Crystal Lake should never have been reopened. Marred by the drowning of a young Jason Vorhees and the subsequent death of two camp counsellors, it was thought that this lakeside camp would be closed forever. Unfortunately, camp counsellor Steve (Peter Brouwer) ignores the warnings and the camp’s dark history and sets forth to establish a sparkly new summer haven. But a dark force stalks the camp, and the deaths are far from over. What sinister motive could possibly drive this string of horrific murders?  

The Roth Fireplace Console will mimic the flickering flames of a campfire as you cozy up with this classic slasher. With warm summer weather ahead, you can turn the heat setting off and enjoy the flames on their own!  

 

My Neighbor Totoro  

A whimsical story told through lush, vibrant animation, Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro follows a schoolgirl named Satsuke and her younger sister Mei (voiced by the Fanning sisters in the English dub) as they acclimate to a new home in the Japanese countryside. Though their house seems strange and scary at first, they soon discover a hidden world of playful nature spirits that bring adventure and joy to the sisters’ new surroundings.   

We paired this magical movie with the environmentally friendly, solid wood Flint TV Stand. Sourced from renewable forests, this sustainable stand is perfect for nature lovers and outdoor afficionados. 

 

Moonrise Kingdom 

 

12-year-old Khaki Scout Sam Shakusky (Jared Gilman) meets Suzy (Kara Hayward) at a church event. She’s shy and strange like him, so the two decide to become pen pals, and their missives quickly become romantic. The two introverts make a pact to run away together and soon their plan comes to fruition; Sam escapes Camp Ivanhoe and Suzy flees Summer’s End. But when a violent storm brews off the coast of New Penzance, the island breaks into a frenzied search for the two. Will Sam and Suzy evade their captors and survive the hurricane?     

Moonrise Kingdom pairs perfectly with the natural simplicity of our Rustic Solid Wood TV Stand. Dress it up with eclectic décor and travel souvenirs to complete the look. 

 

The Way Way Back 

Not the best at fitting in, Duncan (Liam James) is forced to spend the summer at a beach house with his mom (Toni Collette) and her terrible boyfriend Trent (Steve Carrell). To escape Trent’s badgering, Duncan steals away to the local waterpark and gets himself a job. It’s there that he finds a family that teaches him it’s ok to be himself. Even the odd ones out can find a place to fit in with this classic coming-of-age film. 

The charismatic Solid Wood Prism Sideboard boasts a distinctive design that encourages you to embrace what makes you unique. Let your true self shine with this gorgeous stand! 


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