ARTmonday: Art + Cocktails Truro (Paintings, Collage, Mixed Media)

Last weekend I held a pop-up art gallery event on the Cape. My husband hung 96 works of art on our very bare white walls. It was so much work, but it looked fantastic, and ultimately everyone had fun. We even sold some pieces.

We hung oil paintings, acrylic on board, ink and pastels on rice paper, collage, acrylic on canvas, encaustic, and others. Styles included graphic abstracts, abstracted landscapes, portraits, marine-inspired abstracts, and more. We also had a lot of photography, which I will post next Monday.

Here is a sampling of work we displayed from 18 different artists. You can check out some installation photos on my StyleCarrot and StyleCarrotCurates Instagram accounts, as well as some artist’s feeds; we used #artandcocktailstruro. If you’re interested in learning more about or purchasing any of these pieces, email me at

Kristi Kohut Striped Rice Paper Painting

Kristi Kohut, Chromatic Harmony #12
Acrylic, ink and pastels on Mulberry rice paper, 11.5×16.5 inches, $840

Abstract Painting By Maine Artist Jenny Prinn

Jenny Prinn, Sun on the Shore
Acrylic on canvas, 24×24 inches, $1,100

Abstract Landscape By Boston Artist Carolyn T Burns

Carolyn T. Burns, Can We Get a Puppy? 
Acrylic on canvas on panel, 10×8 inches, $400

Kishore Kumar Abstract Forest Contemporary Indian Art

Kishore Kumar, Exuberance 1
Acrylic on canvas, 12×12 inches, $250

Venetian Lantern Paintings By Boston Artist Lee Essex Doyle

Lee Essex DoylePrada I Palazzo Papadopoli Turquoise, Venice
Mixed media, 12×12 inches, $2,000

Portland Maine Artist Amanda Hawkins Abstract Landscape Painting

Amanda Hawkins, Untitled 2015
Acrylic on canvas, 14×14 inches, $375

Striped Abstract Painting Taffy By Boston Artist Maureen Holub

Maureen Holub, Taffy
Acrylic and mixed media, 24×18 inches, $850

Collage By Portland Maine Artist Darek Bittner

Darek Bittner, Leaky Boots
Collage, 10×8 inches, $400

Marine Inspired Mixed Media Artwork By Providence Artist Jenny Brown

Jenny Brown, Sea Fairy
Pen, ink, & collage material on card paper, 11×8.5, $275

Abstract Art Affordable Art Jaime Derringer

Jaime Derringer#140821-1
Acrylic, marker, and pencil on paper, 12×9 inches, $350

Landscape Painting By Cape Cod Artist Judyth Katz

Judyth KatzCottonwood, Abiquiu Inn
Acrylic on Arches paper, 30×22 inches, $3,500

Marine Inspired Abstract Painting By NYC Artist Sarah Lutz

Sarah Lutz, Rapture
Oil, resin, spray paint and paper on linen, 48×36 inches, $7,500

Marine Inspired Abstract Painting By Patricia Spergler

Patricia Spergel, Enthralled
Oil on canvas, 20×20 inches, $1,500

Abstract On Wood Panel By Boston Artist Hilary Tait Norod

Hilary Tait NorodOn the Horizon
Oil and mixed media on panel, 40×30 inches, $2,000

Small Portrait on Wood By Boston Artist Stephanie Todhunter

Stephanie Todhunter, Pamela
Photo transfer, metal leaf, oil marker, 6×4 inches, $40 (sold)

Abstract Painting By SF Artist Ellen Levine Dodd

Ellen Levine Dodd, Within Grasp
Mixed media on canvas, 60×48, $4,800

Small Abstract Painting By Portland Maine Artist MP Landis

MP Landis, 16.20
Mixed media on canvas, 10×10 inches, $700

Abstract Encaustic By Boston Artist Linda Cordnor

Linda Cordner, Ocean Morning
Encaustic on board, 12×12 inches, $600

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Sunday Bouquet: Pink Flowers, Basil, and Thyme

Pink Flowers Basis And Thyme

Pink flowers, plus Queen Anne’s lace, basil, and thyme from our Cape Cod garden.

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Sunday Bouquet: Yellow Roses with iPod

Yellow Roses And Blue Hydrangea

Crisp yellow roses and deep blue hydrangea from our garden on Cape Cod, on my desk in a glass next to leafy folders and green iPod mini.

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Montage: 12 Kitchens With Quartz Countertops

When my husband first traveled to Boston to check out at the condo we now live in he basically said, “You’ll love it, except for the kitchen island. You’ll hate the countertop.” He was right. (Do you hear that?  Ha ha, he rarely reads my post, so he’ll never know he’s getting credit.)

Anyway, 13 years later we still have that granite countertop. While granite countertops are certainly durable, I have never liked the look. Luckily, after this many years, I barely notice it. Except in the fall, when I come home from Cape Cod, where everything is a glorious white. Our kitchen on the Cape has a sparkly, speckled white quartz countertop.

I really love our quartz counters. My only complaint, and it’s recent, is that it doesn’t Instagram as well as a solid white surface. But in real life, I love the silver and glass flecks. Quartz is an engineered stone, which means that the manufacturer combines several grades and sizes of crystals, blending them with resin and pigment in a ratio of about 93 percent quartz to seven percent resin. However, quartz is still considered to be a natural stone.

Quartz counters are non-porous and thus don’t need sealants like marble. They are very strong, withstanding heat without issue and highly stain resistant, though we’ve had a bit of issue around our faucet in one spot. I put pots and pans taken right from the flame of the gas range directly onto our quartz counter. No problem.

I may have mentioned that we are finally, finally remodeling our master bathroom. (Which is actually much worse than the granite counter.) We’ve also decided to swap out our kitchen countertops, both the granite island and the wood counters on either side of the range, as well as the backsplash. It will all be one material.

I’m not sure yet exactly what we’ll use, but I am pretty certain it will be some type of quartzite material. Ther are so many different styles now, many of which mimic marble and high end granite slabs.

Here are a dozen kitchens with gorgeous quartz countertops.

Blue Cabinetry And White Quartz Countertop And Floating Wood Shelves

This kitchen by Studio Surface mixes classic materials with clean lines for a modern effect. Blue kitchen cabinetry with brass pulls, quartz countertops that resemble marble, extra long subway tile, floating wood shelves.

Caesartone Countertop in Cinder Floating Wood SHelves

Rustic wood shelves infuse warmth to this otherwise sleek white kitchen with light grey quartz countertops (Caesarstone in Blue Cinder). The schoolhouse globe pendants add a nostalgic touch.

Contemporary Whte Kitchen With White Quartz Countertops

This contemporary kitchen spotted in Dwell magazine features thin white quartz countertops by Caesarstone. Note how the cooktop is perfectly flush. The wood trim around the pantry cabinets keeps the space from seeming too cold.

Bianco Macaubas Quartz Kitchen Counters

Quartz  now has names like marble. This kitchen is sheathed in Bianco Macaubas, characterized by grey/taupe striations. The copper (or rose gold?) cage light picks up on its slightly rosy undertones.

Aquias Blue Quartzite Island With Waterfall Edge And Brass Hardware

Another waterfall style island, this one with Aquias Blue Quartzite. Brass hardware plays off its gold accents.

Kitchen With Slate Blue Island And WHite Cabinets By Coastal Living

This kitchen in the Coastal Living Showhouse has a contrasting blue island with white quartz countertop. Subway tile with black ground and caged pendants lend a subtle industrial vibe.

Cerused Oak Kitchen Cabinetry In Contemporary Kitchen

This contemporary kitchen by the Meshberg Group features rustic style pale wood plank floors, and grey (cerused?) wood cabinetry. The countertops are done in a very grey quartzite with lots of pattern and movement, reminiscent of granite.

Super White Quartz Counters In Contemporary White Kitchen

The blogger behind WithHeart used Super White quartz in her kitchen remodel. She chose a slab with lots of swirling grey patterning to resemble marble, which she knew was too impractical to use. On trend brass lighting keeps the look up-to-date.

Misty Carrera Caesarstone Quartzite Countertop In Classic White Kitchen

This clean and classic kitchen has subway tile backsplash with black grout, farm style sink, and a Caesarstone Misty Carrara quartz countertop.

Quartz Countertops Grey Kitchen Cabinets Kelly Wearstler Roman SHade

Traditional kitchen cabinets are updated with charcoal paint and brass pulls by Feasby and Bleeks. The Kelly Wearstler Roman shade adds a zing, while the marble tile chevron backsplash keeps the movement going at eye level. Black quartz countertops ground the look and are much more practical than soapstone.

White Macaubas Quartzite Countertops Glass Pendant Lights

This white kitchen by Foster Hill Design has a subtle marble chevron tile backsplash and kitchen island topped with White Macaubas quartzite. I love the pale grey striations. This might be in the running for my own kitchen.

Calacutta Marble-Like Quartz Countertops

For die-hard marble fans that just can’t do it, be it for maintenance purposes or price, there’s a Calacutta quartz option that seems just about perfect. You certainly can’t go wrong with such a classic look with such practical functionality.


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Just In: 12 Shoe Picks From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

As promised I’ve sifted through every shoe in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale . Here are my 12 picks, including summer slip-ons, rain boots, winter must-haves, heels, sandals, and running shoes from Tory Burch, Rag & Bone, Hunter, Toms and other designers.

By the way, did you know that Toms makes real shoes now? I tried a few pairs on when I was on Martha’s Vineyard two weeks ago and they were so comfortable I bought a pair of block heel peep toe mules.  I love them. They look especially great with white jeans.

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