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Get the Look: Workspaces in Grey & Purple with Industrial Luxe and Rustic Elements

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 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.

Scroll down beyond the inspiration images for 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.

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Girls Purple Bedroom Gray Study Designed By Erin Gates

Erin Gates 
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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G E T  the L O O K
from W O R L D   M A R K E T

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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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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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ARTmonday: 12 Orphaned Artworks from OODE

Two years ago I did an interview with Marleen Kurvers, stylist and proprietor of Dutch Design Year, a design shop in Amsterdam.  Her most recent venture is GALERIE OODE, also in Amsterdam. Kurvers offers a curated selection of orphaned artworksartwork that was left in storage because the museums that owned it closed. Kurvers says, “We want to bring them back to the public so people can adopt them!”

This OODE  is exhibiting the work of Jan de Mug, a Dutch graphic designer and painter from Den Bosch. His work from the Foundation of Disinherited Goods/ Onterfd Goed are abstract, minimalistic paintings and drawings. I know a lot of people who are visiting Amsterdam this summer, so make a point to stop by Galerie Oode to see the orphaned artworks and say hi to Kurvers.

I’ve included one here along with other pieces of orphaned artworks from OODE.

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Nel van Dijkhuizen, 1982
Painting/collage on paper

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A. De Jonge. 1982
Lithograph 6/16

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J. van Maarschalkerwaard
Painting on canvas in wooden frame

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Wil Klaassen
Silkscreen in aluminium frame

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Jan de Mug, 1979
Painting on canvas in wooden frame

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A. De Jonge, 1979
Signed lithograph 6/18

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Peter Kampehl

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D. Putman
Aquarel on paper

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Ori ben Zeev, no title. 1984
Painting on paper

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Joop Stolk, 1989
Painting in wooden frame

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Ton Kraayeveld, 1988
Oil and acrylic paint on canvas in wooden frame

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Jelis van Dolderen, 1982

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Sunday Bouquet: Succulents Against Concrete

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A mound of succulents against a concrete backdrop.

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