Boston ceramicist (and neighborhood mom/friend) Jill Rosenwald has studio space available for rent. She and her charming husband Lawrence McRae, who’s also a potter, would love to fill the spots with amazing creative/design people.
The airy, all white loft is located in a 10-story warehouse in Boston’s artsy Fort Point neighborhood and available right after Thanksgiving. Jill Rosenwald and her studio space are so fab, they were featured here in the popular career & design blog The Everygirl.
The vacant spaces were occupied by two of my colleagues, photographer Sarah Winchester and interior designer and Elements of Style blogger Erin Gates, both of whom have moved to suburban digs. I’ve been to the studio space and can attest to its inviting aura. But see for yourself. And yes, Jill Rosenwald is as fun and colorful as her pottery! Plus, furry friends are allowed.
Decorating with plants is a thing now. I suppose, with the emphasis on nature and bringing the outdoors in, the re-appearance of the houseplant was inevitable. But why did they go away in the first place? It’s not like a plant should be a style statement. But yeah, it was, and is.
Houseplants were very in vogue in the 1970s. Decorating with plants probably started taking hold in the ’60s, with all the hippies, potters, and peace/free love stuff happening. Chunky gold wool and macramé plant hangers and brown glazed ceramic pots were a hallmark of 1970s interior design. Growing up, our house was rife with spider plants. I also remember my mother having plants called Wandering Jews. What’s up with that?
While platforms, cork wedges, flares, and jumpsuits came ’round again much more quickly, decorating with plants, macramé plant holders, and artsy crafty textile wall hangings have just returned to the mainstream as stylish interior accents. Of course, if you’re attuned to these sorts of style matters, you well know that it’s succulents, cacti, and air plants that hold the spotlight.
I’m seeing more and more examples of people decorating with plants all over Pinterest, as well as real estate sites, as more and more sellers become savvy to staging. A well-placed indoor tree never fell out of favor with designers and stylists who needed to add life and height to interior photos. But now we’re seeing maker and style types in general decorating with plants.
I often have a succulent in my living room. I like the idea of growing an aloe plant, lest I need fresh aloe for a burn or somesuch ailment. Trader Joe’s sells succulents for rather little money. Even if I can’t keep them alive for long, succulents have a more extended lifespan than flowers. I’ve also taken to buying stalks of bamboo at Ikea. They really thrive. I tried my hand at airplants too, but it turns out that even though they don’t need dirt, airplants need to be soaked in water overnight every few weeks. All three of my airplants died within six months. I haven’t had a cactus in a while. Maybe I should get a cactus.
These 25 of-the-moment white rooms feature plenty of plants—succulents, cacti, leaves and branches in vases, and common houseplants, in corners, as centerpieces, as part of mantlepiece and credenza vignettes, hanging in kitchens, and tucked into corners in the bedroom.
The SMFA Art Sale 2014starts this Thursday. It’s also known as the Museum School Art Sale—the art sale that takes place every year at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA), the renown art school adjacent to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston that has been influential part of the Boston art scene since it’s founding in 1876.
There are thousands of pieces of art for sale, hung throughout the galleries on the first floor, and shrink wrapped in bins in the central space. (It’s always fun to flip through and discover amazing finds, whether it’s and inexpensive piece by a student (I once scored tiny abstracts for $12; I often find photos I love for around $100) or additional work by artists whose work is hung in the galleries. Once a piece is sold, it comes off the wall and is immediately replaced by another piece, so the display is in constant rotation.
The Museum School Art Sale offers art in every price range and medium, including oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolor paintings, photography, textile art, sculpture, video art (I would love to buy a piece; I still think about one we passed up), ceramics, and jewelry. Pieces are done by SMFA students, alumni, faculty, and affiliated artists. Famous SFMA alums include Cy Twombly, William Barnett, Jim Dine, Ellsworth Kelly, Nan Goldin, and Doug and Mike Starn, many of which have pieces at the sale (and most of which are way out of my price range, obviously).
Each piece at the Museum School Art Sale is priced by the artists, with a fifty/fifty split between the artists and the School. Artwork sold to benefits student scholarships at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The SMFA Art Sale 2014 takes place this Thursday to Sunday, November 20, 2014 to November 23, 2014. The hours are 10am-8pm the first three days and Sunday until five.
Here’s a sneak peek of 20 pieces for sale at this year’s Museum School Art Sale. At the end I included links to the posts I did about past years’ Museum School Art Sales. Also, if you’re interested, these are pieces that I’ve purchased at the SMFA Art Sales over the last few years.
The carrots are pretty, as are the lemons and limes, but those are not the arrangements of the day.
Look high up at the open kitchen shelving in this sleek, gray contemporary kitchen is designed by San Francisco-based interior designer Nicole Hollis. Normally, this is where one might store empty vases, which is what is happening here—with a twist.
These homeowners are displaying succulents in clear glass cylinder vases. I love layering plants and flowers and other natural elements in clear vessels, which I learned from Boston stylist Kara Butterfield (you can read my post about her styling tricks here).
In true New England fashion, the Boston is not quite sure whether it’s winter yet or now. There were a few really cold days, including a recent Sunday when my 12-year-old went to a Patriots game in the rain and snow. I don’t mind the chilliness (I’m a tights and boots girl for sure) as long as there’s sun. That day did incite me to unearth the ice scraper and transfer it to the car. Not looking forward to using it.
Since we live in an apartment, most of the slush (and there’s plenty of it), gets left in the lobby. But still, we have a good doormat outside our door, and a more decorative one inside. Come snowy times, additional rugs get spread across the foyer, so as not to completely destroy my Jill Rosenwald gray area rug.
I know this is all kind of mundane, but I live in Boston, in the city. That means messy weather and no mud room. Even if you have a house with a white picket fence in a tropical clime, you still need a doormat, right? I’ve rounded up some door mats today, mainly coir and natural coconut fiber doormats; mostly modern doormats, many colorful doormats, plus neutrals, some in adorable silhouettes.
S HO P P I N G
1 Roam Sweet Roam Mountain Range Doormat, $34.99 at ModCloth.
2 Chilewich Stripe Shag Floor Mat in Mineral $50 at Burke Décor.
3 Multicolor Leaves Coconut Fiber Doormat, $19.99 at Amazon.
4 Cape Cod Polypropylene Doormat, $69.99 at Hayneedle.
I’m in love with these limited edition vases in prettypastelswithpindots.
They are designed by ceramicist Ben Fiess for Inesse, handmade in Minnesota of cast high-fired porcelain. The vases are colored with vitreous engobes (a specific clay slip which is applied to each vase’s surface) and have glossy white interiors. Each Dot vase is produced as one of a limited edition of 25 and comes with a numbered and signed card.
I’ve already ordered three Dot vases and am eagerly awaiting their arrival. Fiess also makes these crazy cool utilitarian vessels.
The Boston International Fine Art Show is this week, Thursday, November 13, 2014 to Sunday, November 16, 2014 at The Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts in Boston’s South End. Approaching 50 exhibitors, including many local greater Boston area and New England galleries, the BIFAS showcases historic, modern, and contemporary artworks.
The Gala Preview is this Thursday, benefiting Friends of the Boston Park Rangers Mountain Unit. There’s a New Collectors Salon on Friday evening, and Peter Trippi, Editor-in-Chief of Fine Art Connoisseur will speak on Saturday afternoon.
Last year, Sunday Suppers hosted a dinner to celebrate the launch of Kinfolk Magazine’s new cookbookThe Kinfolk Table. They hung leaves from the ceiling for an autumnal atmosphere. The meal was served family style on a rustic wood table with benches using ceramic dishes by Frances Palmer (you can find a few of her pieces here).
Last week local Boston business Dancing Deer Baking Co. invited me for a behind-the-scenes tour of its cookie and brownie factory. Having been the recipient of a crazy delicious Dancing Deer gift basket last month, there was no way I was missing this press opp. I’ve eaten more than my fair share of Dancing Deer treats recently, sent Dancing Deer gifts to friends and family over the past couple of years, and seen their packages at Whole Foods, but other than that I didn’t know much about the company.
Dancing Deer started 20 years ago as a bakery that provided cakes to cafes and restaurants, quickly added packaged consumer goods, then expanded into a retail shop when neighbors demanded taste after taste. Three years in, Dancing Deer won a major industry award for its Molasses Clove Cookie. As a chocolate devotee, who doesn’t believe non-chocolate calories have any value, I can tell you it is delicious; perfect with a cup of tea.Dancing Deer cookies and brownies are scratch made in relatively small batches in an industrial park in Boston. All of the products are certified kosher, some of them are gluten-free; none of them are vegan.
A huge amount of its business is conducted this time of year, when they increase the labor force hugely, with workers returning year after year, and often coming on full-time when spots open. Dancing Deer is committed to environmentally-friendly practices as well as philanthropy, with its Sweet Home Project initiative, which helps homeless families move into stable lives and homes of their own by providing funding and support for low-income single parents to complete their college education and enter family sustaining careers.
Let’s take the behind-the-scenes factory tour. You can easily order cookies and brownies online—they are perfect presents for birthdays, holidays, sympathy, congratulations, pretty much anything, and come in adorable recycled cardboard boxes or natural baskets. Dancing Deer is offering StyleCarrot readers an exclusive 30% discount sitewide from today through Nov. 15, 2014 with promo code CARROT.
S H O P for C O O K I E S
Shop Dancing Deer here. Use promo code CARROTS for 30 percent off!
I’m not sure if you remember, but a couple of years ago I decorated my friend Meredith’s apartment in New York. I’m not a designer, but Meredith and Daniel somehow trusted me to put together the rooms in their beautiful condo in a high rise building on the Upper East Side. Meredith and I had a great time choosing wallpaper and furniture that summer, and we did it all remotely, me on the Cape and her in New York and Connecticut.
Although I posted some mock up designs, I don’t think I ever revealed the finished rooms. Here is the post with the inspiration and plan for the master bedroom: Scheming: Meredith & Daniel’s Master Bedroom, and below, a detail photo of the finished room, picturing the upholstered headboard with nailhead detailing against that the fabulous arc-patterned wallpaper, and glass-topped white nightstand with cerulean blue glazed ceramic table lamp by Robert Abbey.
The bedroom had been on my mind after yesterday’s post about the current lighting trend of using low hanging pendant lights by the bedside in place of table lamps. I know I said I prefer a sconce, but I certainly recognize the decorative value of a beautiful table lamp, especially in a classic bedside vignette such as this one. I particularly like this table lamp by Robert Abbey for its simple, slightly tapered silhouette, subtle detailing, crisp color, and plain white lampshade. Plus, it’s available in many colors.
Today, I’ve teamed up with Boston-based online furnishings behemoth Wayfair to offer you an exclusive promo code for 15 percent off any lamp featured on Wayfair. (You get a discount and I get a $100 gift certificate). Promo code WFLAMPS15 is validtoday through Monday(Nov. 6 to Nov. 10, 2104). One more time: StyleCarrot readers get 15 percent off all lamps with promo code WFLAMPS15.
Have a look at Meredith’s bedroom (I realize the table isn’t styled, but still I think it looks pretty good), check out the half dozen turquoise table lamps I chose (including Meredith’s Robert Abbey Isis lamp), and then shop for your own table lamps at Wayfair with the 15% off table lamp promo code WFLAMPS15.
Meredith’s master bedroom in NYC, designed by StyleCarrot.