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Get the Look: 12 Boho Headboards

The July/August issue of Design New England just dropped, complete with a feature I wrote about Boston area interior designer Heather Vaughan’s beach house. It’s a tall, cedar shingle structure with a huge wrap around porch fronting the ocean on an isthmus in Scituate, where families tend to keep their houses rather than flip them. Vaughan happened to be attending a wedding next door and knew her search for a summer home was over.

Vaughan used lots of bright color in her new summer home, from flea market sideboards repainted chartreuse to consignment shop armchairs re-upholstered in teal velvet, to orange drapery fabric she first used for a teenage client, to vibrant artwork purchased in both galleries and junk shops.

As a beach house should, Vaughan’s summer house has plenty of bedrooms, and she had a ton of fun decorating them. Each room has a quirky headboard, be it a chinoiserie concoction from Serena & Lily, or a vintage find from a funky shop in Palm Beach. (This summer I’m also working on a story about a home with the most fantastic Indian-inspired bed too.)

Inspired by Vaughan’s summer house headboards, here are a dozen boho headboards, with roots in Art Nouveau England, ’60s Palm Beach, and ancient Southeast Asia. Shop StyleCarrot sponsors and others for boho headboards, both vintage headboards and new styles for your bedroom.

Boho Headboards Rattan Headboards Vintage Headboards

Boho Headboards Rattan Headboards Vintage Headboards

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1 Lattice Wicker Headboard  

2 Soma Headboard

3 Jarokha Arched Carved Headboard 

4 King IronHeadboard  

5 Tulum Wood and Rattan Headboard  

6 Crafted Lattice Headboard  

7 Lulu Black Rattan Headboard 

8 Benzara Wooden Wall Plaques 

9 Boho Orani Headboard

10 Vintage White Rattan Headboard 

11 Vintage Boho Chic Bamboo Headboard 

12 1940s Chinese Carved Wall Plaque 

 

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Get the Look: Top 10 Modern Ceiling Fans

When Lumens asked me if I’d do a dedicated ceiling fan post I jumped at the chance because I had just purchased a gorgeous new birch wood modern ceiling fan to replace the mundane white ceiling fan in our Florida condo. I even found an electrician and set up an appointment, thinking it would be installed and ready to feature today. Not a chance.

I thought I had done my homework, researching the correct ceiling fan size and controller. But there were other considerations I had overlooked. Not only was the included downrod too short for my tall room, the remote control was a wall remote, not a handheld remote.

Of course, I discovered about these deficits on two separate occasions—electrician visit #1 and electrician visit #2, after having paid rush shipping for the new downrod. Hand held remote is now en route. (By the way, used the live chat function on Lumens to remedy both of these issues, and I’m not just saying that.)

So, yes, I am going to highlight my 10 top picks for modern ceiling fans from Lumens, but I am also outlining the major issues to consider when choosing a ceiling fan, so if you’re buying scroll beyond the shopping link for tips on how to choose a ceiling fan.

Top 10 Modern Ceiling Fans

Top 10 Modern Ceiling Fans With Lights

S H O P P I N G 

Riello Ceiling Fan by Casablanca Fan Company

2  Artemis Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire Fans

3  Slipstream Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire Fans

Halo Ceiling Fan by Ron Reek for Modern Fan Company

Innes Ceiling Fan by Kichler

6 Blow Ceiling Fan by Ferdi Giardini for Luceplan

Stella Ceiling Fan by Dave Ellis for Modern Fan Company

8 Zen Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire Fans

Altus Ceiling Fan by Period Arts Fan Company

10  Schoolhouse Ceiling Fan by Period Arts Fan Company

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan

Room Size. The larger the room, the larger the ceiling fan you will need. A ceiling fan is measured by its blade span, which is the diameter of the circle that you see when the fan blades are in motion.

Suggested blade span sizes:
If the room is…
Under 144-square feet >> under 42-inch blade span
144-225-square feet >> 44-50-inch blade span
225-400-square feet >> over 50-inch blade span
Over 400-square feet >> over 62-inch blade span; or more than one fan

You can also do it by wall measurement:
If the length of the longest wall in your room is…
Less than 12-feet >>  36-inch blade span (or smaller)
12-15-feet >> 40-18-inch blade span
More than 15-feet >> 54-inch blade span (or more)

Ceiling Height & Pitch. If your ceiling is high you you may need to purchase a longer downrod than what is provided so that the fan can hang lower into the room. The fan is not effective in moving the air around if it is stuck at the top of the room. If you have low ceilings, look for a very short suspension rod or even a flush mount ceiling fan. (You don’t want to behead anyone.) If the ceiling is sloped, you’ll need a sloped ceiling adaptor. You should also check the ceiling angle with which the fan is compatible.

Suggested downrod lengths:
9-foot ceiling >> 6-inch downrod
10-foot ceiling >> 12-inch downrod
12-foot ceiling >> 24-inch downrod
16-foot ceiling >> 48-inch downrod
18-foot ceiling >> 60-inch downrod

Operation Methods. A fan can be operated with a pull cord (make sure you will be able to reach it), wall switch, a wall remote control, and a handheld remote control. Find out what your ceiling fan is wired for, or if it is being newly wired, what makes the most sense for your setup.

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Beauty Break: 10 Products From Fresh

Beauty brand Fresh, known for their exquisitely wrapped oval soaps, was founded here in Boston back in 1991 by Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, who opened an apothecary store on Tremont Street. Today the Fresh shop is on Newbury Street, where I recently enjoyed a little shopping spree, compliments of Fresh.

In 1993 Fresh beauty debuted those oval soaps, triple-milled, vegetable-based soaps infused with shea butter and laced with delicate, single-note scents, which they personally hand-wrapped in ornate cotton inlaid paper tied with a delicate wire and topped with a semi-precious stone. In 1998 came the Brown Sugar Body Polish, marking the first sugar exfoliant on the market. And on they go, developing fragrances and natural skin care products.

I left the shop with half a dozen goodies. I’m saving the body scrub and bath gel for Cape Cod, where I have a bathtub, but I’ve since become addicted to the Seaberry Nourishing Hand Cream and the Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments. Color, nourishment, and SPF . .  they’re basically a dream come true. So yes, Fresh beauty is now in my daily cosmetic lineup.

Here are some Fresh beauty products I really love. Hover over the icon for name and price, then click to link over to Sephora or Nordstrom, which carries Fresh skincare and cosmetics. Coincidentally, Nordstrom has a lovely gift with Fresh purchase promotion going on now.

 

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Scheming: My Spring Inspired Living Room

Find Spring Inspired Home Furnishings At Wayfair

When Wayfair asked me to create a post touting spring style, the sun was streaming through the bay windows in the living room, and I had just received the new May issue of HGTV Magazine which happens to feature our Boston condo. My favorite photograph is the one of our living room. It looks so bright, cheerful, and well, spring-like. So yes, this post is about my spring inspired living room.

Our walls have always been a spring-y shade of green. We first used this color in our dining room in Chevy Chase, and the first thing we did when we moved to Boston was paint our living room a similar shade. We’ve been here 13 years and I haven’t tired of it. And given that my office is in here, I spend a lot of time in it. That it is spring inspired space is important to me. It lifts my mood, especially during the long, gray Boston winters.

StyleCarrot's Art Filled Living Room In HGTV MagazinePhoto by Annie Schlechter  |  Styling by Elizabeth Demos

The plush, sculptural rug by Angela Adams grounds the space (we are blessed with high ceilings) and renders a lush, garden feel. The sofa is ivory, as is the woodwork; the  pillows, books, accessories, and artwork add the color. Yes, I realize the palette is somewhat limited. Flowers and planters add an occasional jolt. I don’t really subscribe to the idea that the room needs a spot of a complementary red. It’s more of a busy monochromatic effect.

Rather than start from scratch creating a spring inspired space for this post, I decided to be (I hope not too obnoxiously) self-referential and create a scheme that echoes the look and feel of my living room. And now that I have a professionally styled and photographed image, life is grand.

Finding similar pieces on Wayfair to create this spring inspired space was simple, given its array of decor and styles. My son confirms that I did a really good job, especially with the rug. Here is my scheme that recreates our spring inspired living room using items sourced on Wayfair. (Links below or in Spring Inspired Style Idea Book on Wayfair.)

G E T  the  L O O K 

StyleCarrot's Living Room As Seen In HGTV Recreated With Wayfair Products

S H O P P I N G 

1 Parvez Taj Canvas Landscape Print

2 DwellStudio Indigo Arches Artwork

3 Gustav Klimt Female Nude Print

4 Jonathan Adler Brass Table Lamp

5 Cast Iron Modern Bird Candlestick

6 Brass Candlesticks

7 Cactus in Cement Planter

8 Blu Dot Strut Table

9 Jonathan Adler Tufted Sofa

10 Aqua Bloom Water Blends Rug

11 Pineapple Throw Pillow

12 Round Coffee Table

13 Faux Cactus Plant

14 Copper Geo Tray

15 Angela Adams Soy Candle

16 Iittala Nappula Candlestick

17 Jonathan Adler Upholstered Bench

18 Modern Sideboard

19 Copper Shaker

20 Martini Glasses

21 Serving Tray

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Get the Look: 56 Upholstered Benches

Although our master bath is the least pleasant room in our condo, we’ve ignored it for whole time we’ve lived here. Bathroom renovations, as you know, are expensive. Instead, a few years ago we opted to reconfigure our main living space, turning the open playroom into a family room with large glass French doors to block sound, creating a proper entry and huge coat closet, adding a banquette for dining, and relocating my desk to the other side for privacy and peace.

Well, now we are finally taking on the master bathroom. We don’t have proper plans yet, but the idea is to absorb some of our long, unused hallway and decrease the actual bedroom size in order to make a large bathroom with a large bathtub. Plus a decent closet for me. (My husband has the walk-in and my stuff is scattered here and there. )

Probably we will have to lose the white cotton duck sofa that currently sits at the foot of our bed. We don’t really use it much, mostly it was so our son could sneak in at night and sleep there without disturbing us by climbing into the bed. But given that he’s 14 and 5’11” that’s no longer an issue. Probably we will replace it with an upholstered bench.

Here are 56 upholstered bench styles perfect for the bedroom or entryway. Yes, I got carried away, but this should ensure that both you and I find the upholstered bench we need.

Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

1 Jonathan Alder Double X-Bench  

2 Florence Knoll Two-Seater Bench

3 Blu Dot Bank Bench 

4 Jonathan Adler Mongolian Lamb Bench 

5 Jennifer Taylor Upholstered Bench

Indo Indigo Storage Bench

7 Arteriors Rayburn Black Suede & Stainless Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

8 Noguchi Free Form Ottoman

9 Silvestre Metal Entryway Bench  

10 Double Bench

11 Jonathan Alder Chippendale Bench 

12 Moller Model 63A Bench

13 Buffalo Check Double X Bench

14 West Elm Upholstered Storage Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Living Room

15 Jonathan Alder Mongolian Lamb Bench 

16 Blue Ikat Upholstered Napier Bench

17 Jonathan Alder Mongolian Lamb Bench

18 Jonathan Alder Mongolian Lamb Bench

19 Royal Blue Tufted Splendor Storage Bench

20 Canopy Stripe Double X Bench with Nailheads

21 Lucia Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Living Room

22 Hot Pink Velvet Edlyn Bench

23 Folio Bonded Leather Bench 

24 Mid-Century Blue Linen Upholstered Bench

25 Cisco Brothers Tufted Bench

26 Cisco Brothers Grill Bench

27 Calypsa Upholstered Hairpin Bench

28 Dauphin Bobo Bench

29 DwellStudio Harper Waterfall Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

30 Mitchell Gold Mosaic Leather Bench

31 Duxbury Bench  

32 Reynolds Cheetah Bench with Pewter Nailheads

33 Jonathan Adler Jacques Bench 

34 Safavieh Champagne Velvet Bench

35 Mitchell Gold Cowhide Bench

36 Cisco Brothers Kilim Upholstered Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

37 Nala Upholstered Bench In Turquoise Print

38 Coalesse Millbrae Green Upholstered Bench

39 Tufted Linen and Metal Bench

40 Cavett Leather Bench

41 Safavieh Hampton Pillowtop Bench 

42 Serena & Lily Bruno Bench 

43 Tropical Palm Print Storage Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Entry

44 Antonia Tufted Mid-Century Bench  

45 Jasmine Storage Bench

46 Miami White Faux Leather Bench

47 Cavett Walnut Bench With Woven Upholstery

48 Ashley Goldberg Abstract Print Bench

49 Safavieh Levi Hot Pink Upholstered Bench  

50 Redford House Bench With Shelf

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Entry

51 Chloe Kilim Bench  

52 Graphite Velvet Taylor Bench with Bolsters

53 Mustard Tweed Mid-Century Modern Bench 

54 Rowan Upholstered Bench  

55 Corrado Bench 

56 Vioski Metro Bench 

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