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Sunday Bouquet: Moody Dahlias Against Reclaimed Wood

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Floret Flowers  •  The Seasonal Bouquet

Dahlias, crabapples, rosehips, forsythia foliage, viburnum foliage, yarrow, ‘persian carpet’ zinnias, and solidago

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Saturday Say It: This Is Home

Quote About Home And Technology

Print by Sara Eshak at Society6

Home is where your WiFi connects automatically.

I finally conquered Comcast & got WiFi in Florida. Life is good.

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Design Diary: Contemporary Beach House on Plum Island

This contemporary beach house on Plum Island in Newburyport, Mass., designed by Boston-based CBT Architects, belongs to woodworker Mark Richey and his wife Teresa Richey. I wrote about it for Boston Globe Magazine in “Taking it to the Beach” back in July 2013. With the gorgeous weather we’ve had this week in Boston, I thought it was a good chance to finally post it, with photography by Trent Bell.

The Richeys purchased the cottage shortly after having relocated their business, Mark Richey Woodworking, enjoying it for short spurts while commuting from their home in Essex. A few years later, when they were ready to downsize, the couple hired Richard Bertman of CBT Architects to transform the cottage from a casual short term retreat to a full time residence.

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Following extensive research to address coastal conservation concerns, they built a new structure on driven steel pilings atop the existing basement, which allows water and sand to move freely under and around the structure. The result is a 1,962-square foot, three-story contemporary beach house with Alaskan yellow cedar shingle siding.

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The third floor lookout tower offers a 360-degree view of the water and island. The entire room is clad in fir to resemble a ship captain’s quarters, and is Mark’s own handiwork.

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The second floor master bedroom and bath both face the ocean—this was a must-have for them.

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The main level has an open floor plan. They didn’t want it to feel like a big sterile glass and plaster box, so Bertman used a warm palette of earthy materials that echo the colors of sand and beach grass. The fireplace surround is done in a textural green stone from Iran, which is also used in the kitchen. The walls and cabinetry are a mix of quarter white oak and zebrawood veneer. The floors are porcelain tile with a wood-like texture.

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The extensive deck, which follows the natural contour of the landscape, was built around an existing dune, and is constructed of a dense tropical hardwood similar to ipe,which will weather to grey. Check out the recessed cedar hot tub on the right. The couple often enjoy soaks on cold winter mornings. (Must get one of those.)

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Mark designed and fabricated the beautiful curved bench from South American mahogany. 

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Photography by Trent Bell

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Designer Spotlight: Lauren Wells

The Most Stylish Bostonians 2015 issue of The Boston Globe Magazine hit newsstands on Sunday. This year I interviewed two very stylish Bostonians, Philip Saul of men’s lifestyle boutique Sault New England in the South End, and event planner/stylist/gorgeous girl Lauren Wells.

Lauren, who started out in advertising following graduating from UMASS, launched Lauren Wells Events via Facebook in 2013, after planning her own wedding the year before. She grew up in a creative household with a party planner mom and handy dad, so it comes naturally to her. She is incredibly talented, with a fresh, modern aesthetic that mixes an earthy and boho vibe, infused with fun.

I’ve included a smattering of images from her events portfolio below. You should also check out Lauren Wells on Instagram (laurenswells), which is where I discovered her last summer. I’m more than a little obsessed. I kind of want to be her in my next life.
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ARTmonday: Alicia Savage’s Self-Portraits

I am totally smitten with the work of Boston-based artist Alicia Savage, who specializes in self-portraits. A graduate of Northeastern University, Savage returned to school at Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts for training in photography. Savage describes her self-portraits, which are atmospheric, imaginative, and at times surreal, as “an organic exploration and evolving documentation of her present and past.”

Gabrielle Schaffner, who organizes Fort Point Open Studios (the next one is May 15-17) here in Boston, first pointed out Alicia Savage’s work to me, correctly guessing I’d love it. I love it so much that I’ve reached out to her and I am excited to say that I will be hanging one of Alicia Savage’s self-portraits in the model apartment I am decorating at the new Troy Boston building in the South End.

I am deciding between the first and the second one below for the space. I’d also love to purchase one. For all the images of women in fields and levitating women in post here, I only own one similar photograph. That must change. If you happen to be in Bogota next month, Alicia Savage’s self-portraits will be exhibited in the International Bienniel Photo Bogota 2015. From the looks of it, I am about to discover a whole bunch of new artists to showcase here. You can find other, similar images on my Female Figures in Art board on Pinterest too.

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