Just In: My Top 16 Picks from the Serena & Lily Summer Sale

We’re heading into the second half of summer, and yes that’s reason to lament. However. . . there’s an upside, and not just a proverbial silver lining. Something (or rather somethings) really, really, good. S A L E S pretty much everywhere, including some top StyleCarrot partners. From the half-yearly Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (my 25 must-haves here — just five days left by the way; prices go back up on Monday) to a Stockroom Sale at West Elm, it’s a good time for online shopping for new clothes and home stuff.

One of my favorite online sources for bedding (baby, kids, and grownups), bar stools, beds and headboards, and artwork (I love their pretty abstracts)  is Serena & Lily. Right now Serena & Lily is having a “Private Sale” (meaning you just have to pop in an email address) with discounts up to 60 percent.

There are some pieces that you have been probably meaning to purchase—new sheets to refresh your bed, wallpaper for the powder room.  a cozy throw as a hostess gift, more bar stools for your beach house, brightly colored baskets for your kids toys. I did some preliminary scouting for you. Here are my top 16 home furnishings finds from the Serena & Lily sale.

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S H O P P I N G 

1 Gobi Embroidered Sheet Set 

2  Feather Wallpaper 

3  Gobi Bath Towel 

4  Schoolhouse Letter Pillow

5  Cambridge Bed 

6  Brahms Mount Windowpane Baby Blanket 

7  Brasserie Stools  

8  Broad Stripe Dhurrie

9  Brahms Mount Banded Herringbone Throw 

10  Buchanan Clip Rings

11  Border Frame Duvet Cover

12  Cabin Quilt

13  Mercado Baskets

14  Parisian Bar Cart 

15  Skylake Toile Euro Sham  

16  Chevron Riviera Backless Stools

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Montage: 24 Kitchens with Built-In + Hidden Microwaves

Lately I’ve been receiving a rash of press releases from appliance companies, like GE and Miele, as well as stores that deal in appliances, such as Home Depot and Tesco. Although I’m a fan of a great appliance (I love my Bosch dishwashers, for example),  I haven’t ever really covered that segment of the home market here. I probably won’t be doing thorough cross-comparisons of stainless steel refrigerators or ultra-quiet dishwashers any time soon, I can certainly showcase well-designed kitchens that display such appliances to perfection.

So let’s start with microwaves. The design of these 24 kitchens thoughtfully incorporate its microwave ovens. The microwaves are built-in beautifully, whether tucked into an island or stacked with a traditional oven, flush with the cabinetry. Other microwaves are hidden behind doors in dedicated appliance pantries, perhaps combined with a coffee station. I’m not sure I’d want to have to open a cabinet door every time I used my microwave.

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J.A.S. Design-Build

I expected to spot the microwave behind the frosted glass barn door, but the microwave in this kitchen is in the island, just under the black countertop. That desk behind the barn door is nifty though.

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IKEA

This sleek IKEA kitchen lines the appliances on a  wall of walnut cabinetry that is oddly perpendicular to the island. Maybe it’s just for show.

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Kitchen Architecture

This glossy white Bulthaup kitchen features an appliance garage and two wall ovens; I think one’s a microwave.

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Sliding Door Company

Another kitchen in which the appliance wall is perpendicular to the  island. Check out the fridge? drawer at the bottom of the island too.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Jade green kitchen cabinets with a microwave in a cabinet with a slide in door, as though it’s an armoire hiding a television. It’s the exact size of the microwave. What happens if it needs to be replaced and that model’s been discontinued?

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Photo by Sarah Sherman Samuel for Smitten Studio

I love the brass pulls and expanse of marble, and the larger size of this built-in microwave oven.

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Brayer Design    Photo by Nick Smith

Mini microwave in a tall black wood pantry cabinet, along with a toaster, and coffee maker.

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Minosa Design    Photo by Simon Kenny

A thoroughly contemporary kitchen that hides everything, microwave included.

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Project M+  •  Photo by Mimi Giboin

A compact plan, but the handle on the door of the microwave seems like it would impede usability at the counter.

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Divine Design + Build

I like the look of all the compartments in this contemporary wood kitchen, but hide-and-seek comes with a price. Doesn’t it take that much more time to remember where the appliances are, and open and shut the cabinets?

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The microwave in this kitchen, which is at once classic and a touch glam, is in a tall cabinet off to the side. I like how the appliances all sport a monochromatic brushed chrome finish.

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Modern House Architects

A hard-working appliance wall. Seems efficient to me.

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Alison Davin of Jute  •  Photo by Drew Kelly

Another microwave in a cabinet. The mixer display is lovely, but one can’t possibly create a batch of muffins in there.

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The microwave in this classic white kitchen is on the front side of the island. Seems inconvenient.

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I love this pantry. But I think you’d have to get down on your knees to access that built-in microwave.

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Jenna Sue Design

I like how this built-in microwave is completely flush with the island.

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Design Dump

Apparently this built-in microwave is not a custom feature, but a DIY solution.

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The Sky is the Limit Design

I love how large this cabinet is, and that the microwave has room to breathe.

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Photo by Julian Wass for This Old House

Pretty blue cabinets and a convenient service area off to the side of the fridge.

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Better Homes & Gardens

Microwave slotted into a tall cabinet. Doesn’t it get hot in there?

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Wendy Johnson of Designs for Living    New England Home

Ah, this coffee station pulls out for ease of use.

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Yvonne Eijkenduijn  

The microwave in this charming Nordic style kitchen is behind a clear glass door.

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SHED Architecture & Design

The microwave is hidden, but it looks hard to use. That gray brick is cool though.

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Photo by David Fenton for This Old House

Doesn’t the microwave get more use than the oven. Nobody pulls a door over that.

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Get the Look: Industrial Luxe Workspaces in Grey & Purple

Continuing my partnership with home furnishings site World Market, this month I pulled together pieces in a grey and purple palette to create a workspace with an rustic/luxe industrial feel.

The eight workspaces below the collage are decorated in grey and dusty purple tones, many furnished  with rustic wood desks and file drawers mixed with sleek white desk chairs. Purple accents, including rugs, mood boards, graphic wall treatments, and a velvet lounge chair, add a posh richness to the otherwise industrial and rustic feel of the metal and wood.

Here are ten pieces from World Market that will help you put together a similar home office look. Plus, there are some great sales going on right now through August 24th on home office furniture, living room furniture, and wall art and decor.

 

Industiral And Rustic Wood Home Office Furniture From World Market

S H O P P I N G

1  Gray Round Bone Mirror

2  Jute Rope Light Kit

3  “Deer Departed” by Vivian Canbelle

4  Gray Velvet Office Chair

5  Wooden Campaign Desk

6  Round Wood & Metal Wall Storage Shelf

7  Metal 5-Drawer Rolling File Cabinet

8  Purple Velvet Wingback Chair

9  Purple & Ivory Nesting Side Tables

10  Purple Waffle Throw

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I N S P I R A T I O N 

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Girls Purple Bedroom Gray Study Designed By Erin Gates

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Photo by Sarah Winchester for Boston Globe Magazine

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Ann Pyne of McMillen Interior Design & Decoration
Photo by Johnny Valiant •  House Beautiful

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Photog by Tia Borgsmidt

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Studio of illustrator Sara N Bergman
Photo by Kristofer Johnsson for Residence

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Designer Spotlight: Erin Sullivan Objects

An email about Erin Sullivan Objects, a design line I had never heard of, popped into my in box a week or two ago. I scrolled through the images and immediately clicked for more. The pieces are stunning.

Erin Sullivan is a New York-based artist-designer who works primarily in bronze, creating objets d’art and accent furniture. The allure of bronze transpired through her interest in sculpture and intaglio printmaking while attending Sarah Lawrence College. She found herself more drawn to plate textures created through the acid process than the final printed paper. Sullivan first created  jewelry. Then her pieces grew in scale, to jewel-like objects and furniture.

Formally trained in classic sculpture, painting and drawing, Sullivan approaches her work as an artist more than as an industrial designer. Once her idea is on paper, Sullivan either sculpts a model using wax reproductions created from a natural object, or creates a three-dimensional rendering and rapid prototype. A mold of the final model follows, from which a duplicate wax positive is produced.

Once this wax is “chased” or reworked, with great attention paid to detail, “gates” or wax rods are attached to create channels for the molten bronze to travel through. The whole structure is then dipped, poured, devested, sand-blasted, welded, chased, re-detailed, polished and patinated. Depending on the size of the piece, the process can take three months from start to finish.

The Erin Sullivan Objects collection debuted about a year ago and includes 15 home furnishings and decor objects that are a cross between beautiful sculpture and functional interior furnishings. Each piece is a study of natural, beauty, sensual, spiritual and absolutely original. Sullivan is inspired by her world travels and interactions with indigenous cultures and rituals.

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Cornutas

The design of these hooks is rooted in the ancient belief that an animal’s strength was concentrated in his horns. Such horns were once were used on the headdresses of kings as a symbol of power. Available in five sizes in steel, brass, and bronze.

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Hex Table

Twenty-six white-lacquered hexagonal cells with polished brass honeycombs collide at three levels to form this coffee table.

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Detail of Hex Table

Materials: Lacquer, polished brass, quartz crystal, and lucite.

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Mushroom Shelves

A linear interpretation of natural organisms, these decorative bronze mushroom shelves evoke themes of nourishment, virility, and immortality.

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Turtle Skull

As a collector, Sullivan’s inspiration can be traced to her many personal finds, including barnacles, feathers, and beetles. This sterling silver and bronze turtle, the scarab, and feather is a unique piece that reflects feminine strength and creativity.

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Crystal Charm Malas

This latest collection of large scale wall hanging Malas, are strung with twenty-four white-lacquered beads. They symbolizes the double harmony of the sky and the earth. Each is adorned with a transparent-crystal charm that captures luminosity and reflects purity.

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Detail of Rhomb Mala

Materials: Lacquer beads, crystal charms, and hand spun bamboo rope.

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Feather, Scarab, and Snake Malas

The feather reflects the doctrine of animism, reinforcing the belief that everything is alive. The scarab (beetle) is an ancient Egyptian symbol that speaks to transformation, rebirth, and regeneration. The snake charm evokes yogic tradition, symbolizing the life energy of root to spine to crown.

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Scarab Mala

Materials: Bronze, South American mahogany, and leather cord.

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Alligator Table/Stool

This bronze stool is sensual and tactile in its approach to the varied patterns and fabric-like quality of natural skins, and balances function and organic form.

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Center: Snake Table/Stool

Cast in one piece, the bronze serpent stool is symbolic of bodily awareness, death and rebirth, and the spinal column.

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Artist & designer Erin Sullivan seated next to her Bubble Side Table design.

This spring, the Sullivan debuted a collection of cast bronze and plated stainless steel hardware and is currently creating a new collection of sconces that will incorporate new-to-her materials, including crystal and brass.

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Get the Look: 30 Cute Cosmetic Cases

Last week I pulled together a collection of cute cosmetic cases, “Kiss & Make Up” in the Boston Globe. I generally like to do a travel-related roundup in the summer, and I had already done weekend bags last year.

Mostly, though, I was inspired by a particularly cute cosmetic case by Deux Luxe, that the publicist had sent me back in the winter—the Anguilla cosmetic case in jade green emblazoned with exotic birds. I love the look. Unfortunately it didn’t make it into the Globe, but I’ve included it here (#17), along with 29 other cute cosmetic case finds.

Bostonians, pay attention to #1, #9, and #18 by ultra preppy, Brookline-based design label Ame & Lulu. I’m kind of attached to #2 from Catseye London. Adorable, though maybe channels too much of a crazy cat lady vibe? There’s a doggie one as well (#21). And if you’re more of a boho girl, Target has a couple of great Coachella-worthy makeup bags (#5 and #8).

Browse through for a new one; you know yours is smeared with gunk. Me? I still use the iconic brown & white striped cosmetic bags and toiletry case from Henri Bendel, a long-ago gift from an ex boyfriend’s mom. And yeah, it’s a bit worn.

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S H O P P I N G

1 Mercer Floppy Cosmetic Bag, $38 at Ame & Lulu.

2 Catseye London “Kitten” Cosmetics Case, $25 at Nordstrom.

3 Trina These Are the Days Clutch, $24 at Ulta.

4 LeSportsac Striped Cosmetic Case, $42 at Macy’s.

5 Geometric Print Toiletry Bag, $9.95 at Target.

6 Renny Drive Annabella Cosmetic Case, $68 at Kate Spade.

7 Rebecca Minkoff Floral Izzie, $85 at Bloomingdale’s.

8 Striped Coral Toiletry Bag $9.99 at Target.

9 Cosmetic Bag with Mesh, $56 at Ame & Lulu.

10 Adidas by Stella McCartney Transparent Case at Farfetch.

11 Catseye London Lips Cosmetic Case, $44.56 on eBay.

12 Trina Soak of the Rays Clutch, $24 at Ulta.

13 Rip Curl Aloha Spirit Clutch, $29.50 at Nordstrom.

14 Ted Baker Floral Cosmetic Case, $50 at Bloomingdale’s.

15 Lee Coren Ciclo Flat Clutch, $54 at Pod.

16 Steph & Co. Tahiti Viveca, $22.50 at Nordstrom.

17 Deux Lux Anguilla Cosmetic Case, $38  at Nordstrom.

18 Ranger Floppy Cosmetic Bag, $38 at Ame & Lulu.

19 Tropicana Cosmetic Case, $9.99 at Nine West.

20 Let’s Makeup Lil Zip Bag by Dogeared, $24 at Zappos.  

21 Jack Russel by Catseye London Cosmetic Case, $15 at Nordstrom.  

22 Hudson+Bleecker Marrakech Avion Cosmetic Case, $66 at Bluefly.

23 Fendi Roma print make-up bag, $250 at Farfetch.

 24 Rockstar Cosmetic Case, $28 at Saks

25 Izzie Snake Cosmetic Case, $85 at Rebecca Minkoff

26 Chanel Preowned Cosmetic Case, $399 at Luxe Designer Handbag.

27 Marc Jacobs Smiley Face Cosmetic Case, $98 at Shopbop.

28 LeSportsac Tuileries Cosmetic Case, $31.50 at 6pm

29 Charlotte Tilbury Canvas Cosmetics Case, $20 at Net-a-Porter. 

30 Vera Bradley Luggage Lighten Up Travel Cosmetic Case, $34 at Zappos.

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