Design Diary: Fat Orange Cat Studio’s Moody Den by Wolf In Sheep Design

The last time we looked at the genius of Boston interior designer Alina Wolhardt, principal of Wolf In Sheep Design, it was to spotlight Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery in Harvard Square.

Last year in the Boston Globe column “Room to Love,” I wrote about this moody den that Wolhardt designed for Li Ward, the Boston pet and wedding photographer behind Fat Orange Cat Studio, and her husband Dan, photographed by Joyelle West.

Ward first met Wolhardt when she photographed Wolhardt’s rescue dog for the book Rescue Pets of Boston. Then, she photographed Wolhardt’s other dog at her house, where she had created a cozy man cave in a windowless room. Ward hired Wolhardt to do the same for her—a dark little sanctuary where she and her husband could hang out for  cocktails and an afternoon read. They dubbed it the opium den.

Wolhardt says, “It took a year to complete this small room but we didn’t want to just force pieces purchased online from various mass-merchandise stores. I really wanted each piece was curated very carefully and that most pieces had history. When trying to create an Old World feel, you can’t force it.”

Moody Den by Alina Wolhardt of Wolf In Sheep Design Boston

The dark wall paint color is Benjamin Moore Gray 2121-10. Wolhardt says, “We designed their bedroom to be very light and airy so we wanted to create a ying yang type of thing where one side of this floor is white and the other side to be the opposite.”

Wolhardt went monochrome on the ceiling too, but in a wallpaper, ROMO Rocks in Metallic Eggplant, which has some sparkle to it. “It’s dark gray with some gold undertone sheen, so when the surface light is on, it creates a nice glow,” Wolhardt says.

That fabulous  light is the Soleil pendant by Suzanne Kasler forCirca lighting in antique brass, chosen to create a night sky-like feeling. The gold plays off the ornate gilt frames around the space.

“The idea for this room was to create an Old World, almost Victorian feeling with mixed styles, like the room had been curated over years,” Wolhardt says. The blue velvet settee is a Hollywood Regency style, sourced from an Etsy shop. Wolhardt directed the shop owner to refinish the frame in high gloss black. The cat’s name is Bingley.

The coffee table is made from the top of Ward’s childhood desk, trimmed with church railings salvaged by local Boston-based woodworker Nick Doriss of Doriss Design Workshoppe. Doriss also helped them hang a massive live-edge wood headboard that was originally a dining tabletop from Mohr McPherson. They repurposed that table base for the coffee table base here.

The heavy, carved dresser, from Ward’s parents, had been in their bedroom, but when Wolhardt spotted it she immediately asked to move it into the cave. She says, “We didn’t need to do anything to it. Even the mirror on this piece had an antiqued finish to it, which was perfect.”

Moody Den by Alina Wolhardt of Wolf In Sheep Design Boston

The artwork is a mix of pieces Ward already owned (antiquing is a hobby), coupled with pieces they found together at Brimfield. Wolhardt says, “We wanted to arrange the pieces like a gallery wall so that she can continue to add artwork as she finds more pieces down the road.”

The floor lamp base is a vintage piece with a new lacey lampshade made by Vintage Shades.

Moody Den by Alina Wolhardt of Wolf In Sheep Design Boston

They found the marble top of the  side table at Brimfield and purchased the legs from another antique store. “Each piece has a nice little history to it,” Wolhardt says.

To make the room feel nice and cozy brought in many layers and textures. The jewel tone velvets on the upholstered pieces make it feel luxurious. The Cisco chair is custom upholstered in emerald green velvet, a nice contrast to the dark gray walls. Wolhardt says, ”

Wolhardt says, “Our mood board had jewel images as well as mussels. Mussels have dark gray shells in nice blue/green shades. I am always inspired by nature, and try to incorporate that into my designs.”

Layering the rugs adds to the overall womb-like effect. The rug on the bottom is a gold, distressed dyed antique rug and the top is a red and blue antique rug.

A distressed blue and coral vintage rug from Seed to Stem in Worcester is layered atop a large Oriental style rug from Anthropologie.

Moody Den by Alina Wolhardt of Wolf In Sheep Design Boston

The black and white photograph is from homeowner Li Ward’s “Ghost Bride” series. “She did a whole series of this woman in a wedding gown, photographed in a cemetery. When I saw the series on her website, I knew it would be perfect for this room.”

Photos by Joyelle West Photography

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ARTmonday: Fraction Holiday Print Sale

I first learned about the photography magazine Fraction last year, when a local photographer alerted me she was participating in the Fraction Holiday Print Sale. I purchased two prints that I just recently had framed at StyleCarrot partner Framebridge (I love this framing service for simple black, white, and pale wood frames; it’s so quick and simple).

This year’s Fraction Holiday Print Sale features over 125 affordable photographs ranging in price from $30 to $600. I would say most cost $100. Each print ships directly from the artist, within five days of purchase, and he or she gets paid within 48 hours.  It’s a great way to support the arts, give a gift, or add another visual layer to your own home.

The sale ends at 8pm MST on December 31, 2017.

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Kelli Pennington

Kelli Pennington

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Aaron Blum

Aaron Blum

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Audra Osborne

Audra Osborne

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Charley Star

Charley Star

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Michael Barolet

Michael Barolet

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Briana Cerezo

Briana CerezoFracture Holiday Sale Photographer Rebecca Sittler

Rebecca Sittler

Fracture Holiday Sale Photographer Gloria Baker Feinstein

Gloria Baker Feinstein

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ARTmonday: Montserrat College of Art Small Works Sale

The Montserrat College of Art Small Works Sale  was this weekend. A friend and I drove up to Beverly to check it out yesterday, and I loved what I saw. I went home with a few pieces, which is no surprise given my inability to resist small artworks.

The money helps fund this small local college, where many of the students receive financial assistance. I was also happy to support Paul Kotakis, who used to run the SMFA Art Sale, and is now Director of Development at Montserrat College of Art. The works were really appealing, and given everything was under $500, it was fun to shop too.

Here’s a sampling of small works from the Montserrat Art Sale 2017. The sale is over, but if you see something you’re interested in, I’m happy to inquire about availability for you.

Boston Artist Sarah Pollman Abstract Landscape

Sarah Pollman

Boston Artist Karen Hosking B&W Photography

Karen Hosking

Boston Artist Stacey Durand Landscape

Stacey Durand

Boston Artist Laura Fischman Abstract Landscape Painting

Laura Fischman

Boston Artist Fran Forman Encaustic

Fran Forman

Boston Artist Lisa Houck Woodcut

Lisa Houck

Boston Artist Deb Schmill Landscape Photo

Deb Schmill

Boston Artist Greg Lookerse Abstract Collage

Greg Lookerse

Boston Artist Leslie Graff Book Painting

Leslie Graff

Boston Artist Brenda Roswess Abstract Drawing

Brenda Roswess

Boston Artist Jennifer Dunning Encaustic

Jennifer Dunning

Boston Artist Dean Nimmer Abstract Painting

Dean Nimmer

Boston Artist Dorothea Van Camp Abstract Painting

Dorothea Van Camp

Boston Artist Maria Malatesta Abstract Landscape Painting

Maria Malatesta

Boston Artist David Tang Olsen Marine Inspired Abstract Painting

David Tang Olsen

Boston Artist Marsha Goldberg Abstract On Wood

Marsha Goldberg

Boston Artist Loren Doucette Abstract Painting

Loren Doucette

Boston Artist Judith Brassard Brown

Judith Brassard Brown

Boston Artist Casswang Fraley Flower Drawing

Casswang Fraley

Boston Artist Antoinette Winters Abstract Artwork

Antoinette Winters

Boston Artist Pamela Rajpal Abstract Art

Pamela Rajpal

Boston Artist Alexa Fleisher B&W Abstract Painting

Alexa Fleisher

Boston Artist Jemeel Radcliffe Abstract Artwork

Jemeel Radcliffe

Montserrat College of Art Small Works Sale Beverly Massachusetts

Montserrat Art Sale 2017, Beverly, Mass.

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ARTmonday: SMFA at Tufts Art Sale 2017 Is This Week

The SMFA at Tufts Art Sale is this Thu., Nov. 16 to Sun., Nov. 19;  to School of the Museum of Fine Arts, 230 Fenway in Boston, on the side street right next to the MFA and its parking lot.

The SMFA Art Sale is  my favorite art event of the year. There are nearly 4,000 works from established, emerging, and student artists, from top names including Jim Dine and James Turrell to student and faculty pieces. Prices vary too, with much of it reasonably affordable. There are the occasional pieces for tens of thousands of dollars, many in the thousand or several thousand range, and tons under $1,000 and some even under $100. (Once I found a piece for $8!)

Much of the artwork in our home is from the SMFA Art Sale. (I currently spot seven in my living room.) We have photographs, paintings, and mixed media works we have purchased at the Sale throughout the years, and I still think about a couple of video art pieces I wish we had snapped up.

I hope you check it out, it is well worth it. New artworks are constantly displayed as pieces are sold, and there are tons of shrinkwrapped pieces in bins that are fun to browse. I stopped by the SFMA yesterday morning to get a jump start, and I’ll head back there tomorrow for Medici Night. (To become a Medici supporter click here.)

If you’d like help choosing art for your home or office, let me know. I’ll be scouting the sale for clients and interior designers as well as myself. Here are 20 works that caught my eye so far.

You can see more from the sale on my IG feed @StyleCarrotCurates.

SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Photography

Alicia Rodriguez Alvisa, $800
Archival inkjet print
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Painting

Teddy Benfield, $2,000
Mixed media on canvas
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Artwork

Orna Feldman,$285
Monotype
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Artwork

Susan Swinand, $500
Watercolor
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Mike and Doug Starn
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Painting

Kiki Smith, $10,000
Digital acid-based inkjet dyes on silk charmeuse
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Painting

Carlos J. Santiago, $500
Lithography 9 layers of color
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Photography

Cassandra Kos, $950
Archival inkjet print
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Mike and Doug Starn, $60,000
Inkjet prints on Zerkal paper glued to LP album covers, vinyl lettering, & magnets
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Art

Chuck Holtzman, $17,000
Conte on paper
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Art

Coco Berkman, $1400
10 color, 12 plate reductive linoleum print
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary Art

unidentified
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

John Guthrie, $6,000
Acrylic on canvas
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Joel Shapiro, $4,000
10 color screenprint/lithograph
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Jo Ann Rothschild, $2,350
Mixed media on paper
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Helen Ingrid Scheibler, $3,800
Acrylic/mixed media
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Abstract Art at SMFA Sale

 Judy Riola
cut paper, gouache, pencil on panel
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Abstract Art

Teruko Kushi
Oil on canvas
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Photgraphy

SMFA staff shows work by Soojin J. Kim
Conte crayon on paper
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SMFA Art Sale 2017 Contemporary B&W Photography

Right: Judith Larsen

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Saturday Say It: Ugly Underwear Means A Lot

I Like You, I Love You By Carissa Potter

 I Like You, I Love You by Carissa Potter 

$12.95 at ICA Store

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