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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ARTmonday: 10 Runners For Marathon Monday

It’s Marathon Monday here in Boston. The weather is gorgeous. There are tons of people out and about. It looks like it will be a very happy day. Here are ten artworks featuring runners in honor of The Boston Marathon. Enjoy your day off! (Yep, most of us get the day off on Marathon Monday.) Cheers.

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Runner at Rest, 2015    Katherine Bradford
Fred Giampietro Gallery    Artsy

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Pyongyang City Marathon, 2012    Ari Hatsuzawa
Museum of Contemporary Photography    Artsy

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Track and Field   Nigel Parkinson, Jr.    Vango Art

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Runners    Nicole McHugh    Society6

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

number 94 Black and White Marathon    Heather Blanton     Saatchi Art

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Marathon    Luke O’Bray  •  Society6

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Champion Girl    Alexandra Moskalenko    Saatchi Art

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Wheelchair Marathoner    Sabino Caputo    Saatchi Art

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

I went running out into your yard    Christy Powers    Saatchi Art

Marathon Related Artwork Runners

Running boy    Pedro Abreu    Saatchi Art

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ARTmonday: Hilary Tait Norod

I first learned about Boston-based artist Hilary Tait Norod through her dad, an architect at Elkus Manfredi when I was working on a story for the Boston Globe about transforming old buildings into home.

Since then I’ve had the pleasure of working with her on the  Webster Art Project at Boston Design Center. There are currently three of her paintings in the Webster & Company showroom (one sold!)

Hilary Tait Norod’s solos show “Are You Crazy With Me?” opens this weekend, Saturday, April 16th, 5pm – 9pm at Jerome Street Studios in Medford, Mass. Hilary’s new body of work is inspired by studies of the human mind. The series focuses  specifically on the theories behind the correlation between insanity and creativity.

Norod presents a series of mixed media paintings that evolved from portraiture studies of brilliant minds who have walked the line of insanity into more abstract pieces of her own theories, experiences, and explorations.

Here is a preview of her new paintings:

Come and Rest Your Bones with Me

Come and Rest Your Bones with Me
Oil, Charcoal, Graphite, Pastel, Mica and Gold Leaf on Panel  •  48″ x 72″

Something Beautiful Painting By Boston Artist Hilary Tait Norod

Something Beautiful

Painting of David Bowie By Hilary Tait Norod


Painting of Edgar Allen Poe By Hilary Tait Norod


Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence– whether much that is glorious– whether all that is profound– does not spring from disease of thought– from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. —Edgar Allen Poe

Boston Artist Hilary Tait Norod In Her Studio

Hilary Tait Norod at work in her studio.


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Scheming: Neon Bedroom Decor

A friend, fixated on a khaki linen pillow with neon trim that she saw a while back, has been searching for neon accents to decorate a bedroom in a summer house. (No, neon decor isn’t dead.)

She enlisted me on a hunt for said pillows. In my guilt of being unable to produce (they’re no longer made), I assembled an alternative scheme. Here is an array of neon accents for the bedroom from StyleCarrot partners and others that are bright, fresh, and cheery.

Neon Accents For The Bedroom Decorating A Summer House

S H O P P I N G 

1 Neon Heart Print by Mareike Boomer Graphics, starting at $20.

2 Safavieh Love Knots Pillows, $71.99/pair.

3 Safavieh Boho Chic Neon Tangerine Pillows, $93.94/pair.

4 Marrakech Geo Neon Basket, $68.

5 Textured Duvet Cover, $169.95.

6 Gold Metallic Dot Sheet Set, starting at $79.

7 Fluoro Fringe Throw, $75.

8 Vasteron Outdoor Bench, $24.99.

9 Heart by Ieva Baklane, starting at $68.

10 Neon Geometric Area Rug, starting at $87.60.

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ARTmonday: 15 Pieces from the MassArt Auction 2016

On Saturday night I went to Montserrat College of Art Artageous30! auction. Of course we came home with two pieces, but more importantly we had a really great time, and hopefully the school raised a lot of scholarship money.

The venue and food were terrific, as were the artists who worked throughout the space during the evening. We’re definitely going back next year, despite the schlep up to Gloucester. I’m hoping we can round up a whole Boston contingent. Perhaps a party bus?

In the meantime, I’m gearing up for the MassArt Auction this Saturday, April 9th, 2016. It will also be my first time attending this one. I can tell already it is going to be nearly impossible to come home empty handed, though I hear the prices can get steep. Tickets to the event are sold out, but you can easily bid online at Paddle8. I certainly already started.

Here are 15 of my top picks at the MassArt Auction this year. Online bidding ends Friday, April 8th; bids transfer to live event unless you choose the Buy It Now option.

Female Figure in the Landscape Photo By Cory Munro Shea MassArt Auction

Cory Munro Shea, Explosion I, 2015
Archival inkjet print    1 of 2
16 x 20 in , Framed
Courtesy of artist

Text Art By Joe Wardwell At MassArt Auction

Joe Wardwell, Well intentioned but bad advice, 2013
Oil on canvas    18 x 24 in
Courtesy of artist

Blurry Photograph Of Palm Trees By Joan Pamboukes At MassArt Auction

Joan, Pamboukes
Morning from the video game Grand Theft Auto, San Andreas
, 2013
Digital C-print mounted behind plexiglass
17 x 22 in    4 of 5
Courtesy of artist

Painting Of Airstream Trailer By Leah Giberson At MassArt Auction

Leah Giberson, Trailer Flash, 2016
Acrylic on photographic print on panel    24 x 36 in
Courtesy of artist

Portrait of A Girl By Rania Matar At MassArt Auction

Rania Matar, Souraya 18, Jounieh Lebanon, 2015, 2015
Archival pigment print on Baryta paper    1 of 10
19.2 x 24 in, Framed
Courtesy of artist and Carroll and Sons

Geometric Abstract Painting With Bird By Julie Levesque At MassArt Auction

Julie Levesque, Artifice , 2014
Watercolor, paper, eggshells, ultracal, and wood  •  16 x 20 x 3 in
Courtesy of artist and Rice Polak Gallery

Abstract Seascape Photo By John Steck Jr At MassArt Auction

John Steck Jr., Creating Horizons, 2012
Two digital inkjet prints    2 of 10  •  11 x 14 in each, Framed
Courtesy of artist

Abstracted Landscape Mixed Media Photo by Matthew King At MassArt Auction

Matthew King, 2015.2.267 & 2015.2.66, 2015
Acrylic, lacquer, and cut paper on aluminum
12 x 24 x 1 in – Diptych; dimensions for both
Courtesy of artist and GRIN

Still Life Of Ducks Painting by Maureen O'Connor At MassArt Auction

 Maureen O’Connor, Ducks with Marimekko, 2013
Oil on canvas    18 x 18 x 1 in, Framed
Courtesy of artist

Interior Painting of Room By Ashley Bowersox At MassArt Auction

Ashley Bowersox, Market-Back door at noon, 2015
Oil on gessoed paper    20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.64 cm)
Courtesy of artist

Still Life of Chanel Perfume Bottle By Betsy Powers At MassArt Auction

Betsy Powers, Chanel #5 in aqua!, 2015
Oil on canvas    14 x 11 x 1 in, Framed
Courtesy of artist and Falmouth Artist Guild

Abstract Painting By Eric Aho At MassArt Auction

Eric Aho, Spanish Road, 2013
Oil on linen    36 x 30
Courtesy of artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York

Pointillism Abstract By Masako Kamiya At MassArt Auction

Masako Kamily, Heart Ache, 2010
Gouache on panel    23.5 x 22
Courtesy of artist and Gallery NAGA

Lesbian Prom Photo By Zoe Perry-Wood At MassArt Auction

Zoe Perry-Wood, Elizabeth & Jessica, from the BAGLY Prom Series, 2015
Archival inkjet print    1 of 7  •  27 x 17 x 1 in, Framed
Courtesy of artist and Gallery Kayafas

Geometric Abstract Painting On Wood Slice By John Guthrie At MassArt Auction

John Guthrie, Situation, 2014
Oil and acrylic on wood    15 x 9.5 x 0.75 in
Courtesy of artist

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