Just In: 2017 Best Nine Instagrams

Happy New Year to everyone. I thought I’d share my top nine most liked posts on my three Instagram accounts this year. I hope you’ll follow me if you’re not already. And have a happy and healthy celebration tonight.

I’ll start with my main Insta account @StyleCarrot. As you can see, Boston cityscapes, Globe Magazine roundups, and the Women’s March. And, obviously everyone loved the hot cocoa bar at the Ritz Carlton.

2017 Top Nine Instagrams StyleCarrot

Next up, @StyleCarrotCurates, where I post art that I see and live with.

2017 Top Nine Instagrams StyleCarrotCurates

First row: Leslie  Graff painting from MassArt Auction; Lisa Houck, Cindy Clements,Roberta Nigro Hall, Beca Piascik at the SMFA Sale; Babette Herschberger’s abstracts in “The Texture of Light” show at da Fonseca Contemporania in Ft. Lauderdale. Second row: Kristen Texeira at Room 68 in Boston; artist Joe Digg’s studio; Duncan Johnson at Kobalt Gallery in Provincetown. Third row: Linda Cordner’s encaustics and more at a  Provincetown pop up gallery by Beth Kantrowitz of BK Projects;Watercolor and embroidery by Regina Jestrow in “The Texture of Light” show at da Fonseca Contemporania in Ft. Lauderdale; prints pinned up during open studios at Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown.

Finally, this past summer I started @StyleCarrotCape to capture all my great Outer Cape finds.

2017 Top Nine Instagrams StyleCarrotCape

First row: A Truro guest house in the native mid-century modern style; The Canteen restaurant in Provincetown; works from a printmaking class at Fine Arts Work Center. Second row: Budd Hopkins painting at PAAM; wood sculpture by Damien Hoar da Galvan at Castle Hill auction; the jetty to Long Point. Third row: Boston Globe Magazine’s holiday gift guide featuring Twenty Boat rum from South Hollow Spirits; a gray day at Provincetown harbor; and back in Boston trying a smoothie at Juice Press to quell my craving for a smoothie from Chequessett Choc0late.

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Design Diary: Christmas Scheme by Marc Langlois

Boston-based interior designer Marc Langlois created this Christmas scheme for a family in Wellesley, which was published in the Boston Globe Magazine last month.

Neutral Christmas Tree Decor Marc Langlois

Photo by Michael J. Lee

Langlois runs fresh greenery throughout the house, and even coordinates the wrapping paper with the overall design scheme. The theme, starry night, is done in a tone-on-tone palette of gold, silver, and white. Langlois collects ornaments at craft fairs throughout the year, and uses twinkling white lights. The tree, a fancy fake one from Frontgate, is actually pre-strung with the lights.

Mac Langlois Living Room

Photo by Michael J. Lee

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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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