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Get the Look: 18 Woven Wall Hangings

I showed these woven wall hanging collages to my husband knowing exactly what he would say. He didn’t disappoint. “Is it 1969? 1971? #7 looks like something my mother used to weave.” To which I responded, “If you read my blog you’d know I already talked about hitting up your mom for a weaving.”

If you were inspired by last week’s decor post “18 Rooms with Woven Wall Hangings,” you might find a woven wall hanging here. These 18 woven wall hangings are all for sale, both at Etsy and mainstream shops. Anthropologie commissioned Robert Dougherty and Janelle Pietrzak of Los Angeles studio All Roads Design to create a few one-of-a-kind handwoven tapestries. Urban Outfitters has a an array of about 20 wall hangings, in macrame, hemp, and wool, with metal and wood accents. Interior designer Nate Berkus even created a woven wall hanging for his Nate Berkus x Target collection.

My favorite woven wall hanging here is #1 by All Roads Design, which would look fantastic in the Florida condo. But it’s pricey, so I ordered #10 by Rainie Williams in Newcastle Australia. It should look perfect with the coral and pink pillows and artwork. (You can see a photo of the Florida living room in the cork floors post). There’s something quite cool about #11 too; I think I may try something similar in the model apartment I am decorating.

Would you hang one of these in your home? Or are you afraid it would seem misplaced in time? Or too trendy? Or ugly? I think some are quite elegant. When you click through to some of these handmade woven wall hangings on Etsy, you’ll be able to see other designs too. Let me know if you buy one and send a photo of your tapestry in situ.

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S H O P P I N G

1 All Roads Design Handwoven Arrow Tapestry, $750  

2 Wallflower Weavings Striped Handwoven Wall Hanging, $37.67

3 Wild Columbine Textile Slate Weaving, $245

4 Naativ Studios x UO Woven Wall Hanging, $129 

5 Hazel & Hunter Black Triangle Wall Hanging, $300  

6 All Roads Design Handwoven Arrow Tapestry, $950

7 Jujujust Furry Landscape Handwoven Tapestry, $640

8 Magical Thinking Woven Wall Hanging, $129  

9 The Unusual Pear Woven Wall Hanging, $24.02

10  The Unusual Pear Woven Wall Hanging, $39.24

11 Sonadora Southwest Fiber Wall Hanging, $88 

12 Magical Thinking Yves Woven Wall Hanging, $99  

13 Charlie Woven Wall Hanging, $89 

14 Nate Berkus Fringed Wall Art, $34.99

15 Wall and Woven Fringed Woven Wall Hanging, $100

16 Willow and Pine Woven Wall Hanging, $100

17 Rachel Miller Woven Wall Art, $74 

18 All Roads x Covet + Lou Wall Hanging, $245 

 

 

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Get the Look: The Perfect Black Skinny Pants

We’re on our second snow day in a row here today, making this a four-day weekend. Two and a half more days until Florida. In the meantime though, I’m here. Since I don’t work in an office (unless my sofa counts), I don’t actually have to dress particularly professionally that often. When I do, it’s really just about stepping up my casual look, which often consists of the perfect black skinny pants or in more casual situations, a pull-on legging. (Not the workout variety, mind you.)

This fall and winter I’ve been wearing a larger variety of non-perfect and perfect black skinny pants than usual, as a few companies  sent me pieces to try out. Here are my perfect black skinny pants findings.

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1 Pull-On Moto Pant, $99 at A Ruby.
2 The Skinny Black-on-Black Denim, $165 at AYR.
3 Elettra Leggings, $250 at Rag & Bone.

A Ruby is a local Boston area startup led by Avra Myers who believes that less is more and that a wardrobe revolves around five essential basics: a knit pant that works anywhere, a white shirt that can be casual or dressy, a tank that can be layered or worn solo, a fun and flattering graphic tee, and a comfortable, feminine V-neck sweater. Sizing goes from 1-5 and fits sizes 0-18. No muss no fuss. Myers sent me a pair of A Ruby Pull-On Moto Pants, which I’ve been wearing a lot. They’re made from a mid-weight synthetic (but soft) fabric that doesn’t stretch out, sag at the crotch, or bump out at the knee. The waist band is wide, which I like, and twists a little bit, as they tend to do, but not too much. The proportions and fit are excellent. I really like them.

The folks behind the men’s brand Bonobos has recently launched AYR, a line of sleek essentials for women. The company invited me to the Bonobos Guide Shop in Boston for an AYR pop-up shop and a fitting for the perfect pair of skinny jeans. The publicists were so lovely and the clothing is amazing. Very well cut from gorgeous fabrics. In addition to my complimentary skinny jeans, which are made from a great stretchy fabric (denim is their specialty; the founder worked in denim at Madewell), I ordered an amazing jacket I wore all fall. I will be shopping here again.

Several years ago I purchased a pair of Rag & Bone cargo leggings that I loved so much I ordered another pair. I wear them incessantly. They’re lined wool so they’re quite warm and not itchy (an issue for me). Rag & Bone don’t make this style anymore, of course, but their Elettra leggings are probably worth trying out (and they’re on sale). I love Rag & Bone, and there’s a boutique in Boston that I assiduously avoid for just this reason.

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4 Minnie Stretch Twill Pant, $89.50 at J.Crew.
5 Ponte Leggings, $49.50 at Lou & Grey.
6 Essential Modern Skinny Pant, $69 at SlimSation.

J.Crew is of course a standby, though I don’t normally do well with their tailored pants or jeans, I think it’s the rise that is never quite right for me. I do sometimes have luck with tighter fitting legging-like styles. (As for the Dreamy Cotton Pant,  I live in them. Like seriously all day every day.). The Minnie Stretch Twill Pant look to be similar to a style I purchased last year that work well with blazers and booties.

If you read StyleCarrot regularly you might remember when I partnered with Lou & Grey to profile the new Lou & Grey store in the Natick Mall this past October. Owned by the same parent company as Ann Taylor, Lou & Grey is a cross between Madewell and Eileen Fisher — loungey with a touch of edginess. The stores are gorgeous , the looks well styled and comfortable, and the prices excellent. On my visit, I purchased a pair of leggings that I’ve worn quite a bit, made from a tech-like fabric and accented with slanted zippers. They’re no longer available but the current Ponte Leggings are surely worth a try.

As I said, autumn brought a windfall of offers to try what each company touted as the perfect black skinny pants. When a publicist for SlimSation, a womenswear brand launched in 2012 offered to send me a pair of perfect black skinny pants to try, I sent her my address. The line, which focuses on basics pant styles that is supposed to be a kind of relaxed fit shapewear, almost, and includes extended sizing. The contoured waistband is meant to help present a slimmer silhouette, smoothing the lower tummy and shaping the hips. I’ve worn the SlimSation skinny pant a few times, and while I like the stretchy fabric, I feel like the cut is more of a casual, almost activewear piece. It may be because I ordered a size too large. I enjoy them on my brisk exercise walks around the Charles River.

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7 High Riser Skinny Skinny Sateen Jean, $128 at Madewell.
8 Women’s Scuba Pant, $27.99 at Target.
9 Satin Side Strapping Ponte Legging, $275 at Vince.

I live for Madewell denim. When I purchase jeans, I always buy Madewell, and have for several years. The fabric, the cut, the color, the style are all perfect. My current rotation includes lightweight dark rinse jeans, thicker hi-rise gray denim, and new this fall, black denim with holes and an unfinished hem. I have not tried the sateen style I recommend here, but I’m confident they’re excellent, as I am a devotee of Madewell High Riser Skinny Skinny styles.

At the risk of losing my fashion cred, I am going to admit I own very many pairs of perfect black skinny pants from Target. Yes, it’s true, under the Mossimo label there are stretchy nylon/spandex leggings cut in a five-pocket jean style that come in black and heathered charcoal, and I unabashedly adore them. They shrink like nobody’s business, and the consistently comes loose and pops off, unable to be repaired, but I keep buying them and wearing them. They’re inexpensive, fit perfectly, and look good (until you wash and dry them one too many times).

Finally, Vince. I think of Vince as the big name brand that does a stellar job with the whole wardrobe essentials concept. Admittedly, I have not yet tried a legging by Vince, but I love the look of the Vince Satin Side Strapping Ponte Legging and imagine that it could indeed be a pair of perfect black skinny pants, with its high waist and sexy satin tuxedo stripe panel.

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Gift Guide: 25 Last Minute Gifts You Can Get At the Mall

It’s two days before Christmas. Are you panicking over last minute holiday gifts? We celebrate Chanukah in our home, so not only am I finished buying, we’re just about through with our eight nights of giving. If you do the whole Christmas celebration thing, you’re probably required to come up with a whole slew of presents for friends and family. It’s now officially too late to order online unless you’re willing to pay exorbitant overnight shipping costs, and even then, it’s risky. So, off to the mall it is. Here are 25 last minute holiday gifts you can pick up at the mall and/or the free-standing chain stores in town.

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S H O P P I N G
1 Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker, $129.99 at Target.
2 Brass Love Object Paperweight, $29 at West Elm.
3 Back-Zip Pullover Sweater, $69.50 at Madewell.
4 Pagoda Salt & Pepper Shakers, $34.99 at Jonathan Adler.
5 Downing Embossed Leather Clutch, $88 at J.Crew.
6 Nate Berkus Faux Fur Stripe Pillow, $29.99 at Target.
7 Magical Thinking T-Bar Jewelry Stand, $34 at Urban Outfitters.
8 Gilded-Edge Agate Coasters,$98/set at Anthropologie.
9 Buttery Leather Satchel Crossbody Bag, $100. at Gap.
10 Oh Joy! Acacia Serving Board, $19.99 at Target.
11 Pascale Monvoisin Georgia Ring, $125 at Club Monaco.
12 Pop Art Dry Erase Calendar, $19.99 each at The Container Store.
13 Tom Dixon Eclectic Mini Candle Gift Set, $120 at Anthropologie.
14 Ribbed Cashmere Hat, $78 at J.Crew.
15 Fuse Sweatshirt, $71.99 at Athleta.
16 Space Age Floral Crystal Studs, $58 at Kate Spade. 
17 Printed Tablet Case, $33.99 at Gap.
18 Glass Bud Vases, $14 each at West Elm.
19 Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl , $28 at Sephora.
20 Fujifilm INSTAX Instant Smartphone Printer, $199 at Urban Outfitters.
21 Ray-Ban Sunglasses, $104.95 at Sunglass Hut.
22 Selvedge Japanese Chambray Utility Shirt, $98 at J.Crew.
23 Chemex Classic Drip Coffee Maker, $34.95 at Sur La Table.
24 Dipped Leather Bill Holder, $128 at Jack Spade.
25 Mauviel Copper Butter Warmer, $90 at Williams-Sonoma

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Just In: 50+ Home Decor Sales

If you’ve spent all day yesterday shopping the Black Friday 2014 clothing & accessories sales, move on today to furnishings and decor. Here are the best deals on furniture, lighting, home accessories, rugs, vintage decor, holiday cards, and lots of gifts from over 50 retailers. Many of the sales end Monday and some today. Get busy improving your design life.

2 Modern Huge selection and great prices all the time

All Modern  Up to 60% off Sat; up to 75% off Mon; 15 % off Herman Miller

Aha Life 26% off gifts with code SPREADTHECHEER 

Amazon Tons of deals on furniture, home decor, more

Anthropologie 20% off everything with code HOLIDAY20

A+R Lots of great gifts on sale

Barneys New York up to 40% off select merchandise

Bed, Bath & Beyond  Some crazy prices on vacuum cleaner and such

Bloomingdale’s up to 50% off +$25 off every $200+free shipping

Burke Decor 25% off orders under $250; 35% off over $250 with code BLACKOUT25

CanvasPop 40% off with code BLACKFRIDAY

Casa Up to 70% off; 20% off all full-priced items on Monday with code HAPPYHOME

Chairish Shop pre-owned modern furniture and decor with free shipping

Classic Hostess Up to 25% off

Cococozy 25% off entire order with code COCO25

C.Wonder 40% off every little think and free shipping over $100

Design Within Reach The Herman Miller sale: 15 % off modern masters+free shipping

eBay  Art and vintage furniture and decor.

Food52 Free shipping

Furbish Studio 20% off orders of $75+ with code HOLLADAY

Graham & Brown Savings on wallpaper, art, and home accessories

Homeclick Up to 15% off sitewide; 25% off with newsletter signup, free shipping

Home Depot 25% to 40% off select appliances, and more

Horchow 20% to 40% off select items

Horne Free shipping all the time on modern decor & furnshings

Jonathan Adler 20% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY 

Land of Nod 15% off + free shipping with code SAVE15

Lulu & Georgia 20% off $250+, 25% off $500+, 30% off $1,000+ 

Macy’s extra 15% off

ModCloth 50% off 100s of new items including quirky gifts

Modern Nursery & Pokkadots Free shipping over $99 & 150% price match

Of A Kind 25% off home items with code HOMESLICE

Kelly Wearstler Up to 30% off and 20% off on Monday with code KWMONDAY

LoomDecor 30% off sitewide

Lumens Up to 70% off on furniture, lighting, more

Minted 15% to 20% off holiday cards + photo art

Pier 1 Pretty much everything on sale with free shipping over $75

Pottery Barn Kids Up to 60% off  

Pure Home Up to 70% off select brands plus 50 gifts under $50

Serena & Lily $50 off every $200 with code GETSTARTED

Society6 Shop affordable art prints and art printed furnishings

Sur la Table Huge savings on select items

Terrain Various outdoor & garden items on sale

The Well Appointed House 25% off over $200 with code BlackFriday2014C

Tuckernuck 15% to 30% off sitewide with various codes

Waiting on Martha 20% off orders of $200+ with code CYBER20 on Monday

Wayfair Low prices and special sales

West Elm From 10% off  $100 up to 25% off $1000 with code SUPERSALE

Williams Sonoma Deals on All-Clad, Wustof, etc. + free shipping with code FREESHIP  

World Market 50% off 100s of items; additional 10% on $100 with code savebig10

YLighting Up to 25% off top lighting brands

YLiving 15 % off Herman Miller, 20% off Alessi, 20% off Iittala, and more

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Scheming: Perfect Turquoise Table Lamps

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 valid today 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.

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Meredith’s master bedroom in NYC, designed by StyleCarrot.

T U R Q U O I S E T A B L E L A M P S

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S H O P P I N G

1 Isis Table Lamp by Robert Abbey, $200.20

2 Duncombe Park Table Lamp by Stein World, $230.98

3 Capri Table Lamp by Jonathan Adler, $298.10

4 Holmby Table Lamp by Couture, Inc., $258.75

5 Josie Table Lamp by Aspire, $160.66

6 Jayne Three Sphere Table Lamp by Safavieh, $161.34

E X C L U S I V E  O F F E R  for  S T Y L E  C A R R O T  R E A D E R S

Get 15% off all lamps at Wayfair today (11-06-14) through Monday(11-10-14) with promo code WFLAMPS15. Shop lamps here.

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