Saturday Say It: Take a Hike

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“Take a Hike” •  CD Ryan •  Serena & Lily 

Created by artist Christopher David Ryan in Portland, Maine

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Shopping Trip: Follain Beauty Boutique

Follain is a tiny beauty boutique in Boston’s South End that carries over 30 independent brands of healthy, high performance skincare, hair care, and cosmetics, all made in the U.S.A. The shop is owned by the lovely (natural beauty) Tara Foley, who personally vets every offering. 

Foley spent a summer working on an organic lavender farm in France followed by working with a private label skincare manufacturer in Maine. Armed with an MBA from Babson College, Foley opened Follain last summer.

In April she added a second Follain store on Nantucket. Last month the Follain webshop launched. If you can’t make it into the Remodelista-worthy shop (subway tiles, pale wood, farmhouse sink, marble counters, succulents), try the website, which has the same aesthetic and offers the same products as the Follain brick & mortar boutique.

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S H O P   F O L L A I N

 

Natural Organic Beauty Products Skin Care

 

Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray

Drunk Elephant Sunscreen

Herbivore Botanicals After Sun Soothing Mist

Skin Can Do Combat-Ready Bug Repellant 

Baudelaire Wash Cloth

Herbivore Botanicals Detox Bath Salts

Shamanuti Activated Charcoal Cleanser

Tammy Fender Cleansing Milk

Stewart + Claire Mint Lip Balm

10  Lurk AS01 Fragrance Oil

 

 

 

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ARTmonday: 12 Retro Style Campers

Everywhere you turn there’s a vintage retro camper, or glamping scene. Granted the two are totally different, but still, two sides of the same coin. While I could be convinced to glamp, you won’t catch me in a camper, ’50s style chic or otherwise. I am, however, charmed by some of the images. I also kinda love the idealization of the old-fashioned camping trip, in artwork mind you, not in real life, thank you very much.

A few months ago Rise Art asked me to curate a summer-themed art collection—”Summer Is Coming“—which features some camp and road trip inspired artwork. One of my favorites from that collection is this first piece, a technicolor blur of a family camp scene.

I searched for other similar images, but wound up finding illustrations mostly vintage campers, so I figured I’d just go with it.

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Camping  •  Jack Addis  •  Rise Art

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Camper & Mountains  •  Amy Lighthall  •  Etsy

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Camper Trailer RV  •  Cece & Coco  •  Etsy

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Camp Hawk  •  J. Austin Ryan  •  Etsy

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Campfire Retro American Landscape  •  Jazzberry Blue  •  Etsy

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Camper  •  Tom Hammick  •  Art.sy

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Happy Camper  •  Susanna Jarian  •  Etsy

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Vintage Camper  •  Paper and Canvas  •  Etsy

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Vintage Camper •  Just Print It

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VW Camper  •  Wyatt Design  •  Society 6

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Wallowa  •  Rachel Austin  •  Etsy

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Boler Camper  •  O’Reilly Ink  •  Etsy

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Sunday Bouquet: Multicolor Bunch from Hidden Pond

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Photo by Marni  Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot

One of the best parts of the Hidden Pond resort in Kennebunkport, Maine is the flower and herb garden, where guests can help themselves to shears from the little garden sheds and snip, snip, snip. I was pure joy to put together this little bouquet for myself, and one for my friend Deb too. We spotted the garden just as we were leaving, so we stuck the blooms in water and brought them home to Boston.

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Design Diary: Branch Art at Hidden Pond

This is my little mantlepiece installation of found branches. The large stick (a beach find) has been propped up there for a while now. I recently added the other three specimens, plucked from my handy plate of natural objets. What do you think? I was inspired by the many examples of branch art incorporated into the decor and outdoor living environments at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine. (Yes, I am a bit obsessed with Hidden Pond.)

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The mantle in our house on Cape Cod.

Trees, branches, twigs, bark, logs, and natural wood slabs are used all over the grounds of Hidden Pond, in many different ways, both decorative and functional, from decorative applications, to partitions to furniture.  I’ve included some decorative applications here.

Krista Stokes, Kennebunkport Resort Company’s interior designer (the company owns Hidden Pond a handful of other equally charming properties in town), commissioned the work in 2011. She and artist Tim Coppinger gathered most of the pieces that are scattered throughout Hidden Pond from the surrounding woods. For the outdoor showers and exterior accents, they spent two weeks collecting and strategizing and another two weeks playing with all of their foraged materials in the cabins and bungalows.

When Stokes met Coppinger, he was living in a yurt in the woods not that far away from there. She says, “He’s an amazing creative thinker and he has been making sculpture from found objects for years. He’s the real deal” Coppinger also installed an oyster shell wall and built the slate and rock headboard in the “Lazy Days” bungalow at Hidden Pond.

 Some branch art at Hidden Pond:

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At the tree spa—a birch log on the top of the railing and a swoop of branches on the building.

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At the gym—a bark sculpture that resembles a skull.

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At Earth restaurant—a real branch chandelier and log installation.

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A branch as decoration on the exterior of a building, above a birch rail.

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The  shower outside the room I stayed in—a a plaque of short sticks on the far wall, a tree trunk in the corner, and a branch attached to the top of the near wall.

All photos by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot

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Shopping Trip: Brimfield Antiques Market With Abby Ruettgers of Farm & Fable

Back in May 2009, I went to Brimfield for the first time after reading about it for years in Martha Stewart Living. That it took me six years after moving to Boston to get there is kind of ridiculous, but finally, prompted by an assignment for Boston Globe Magazine, I trailed interior designer and shop owner Jill Goldberg of Hudson. You can see Jill Goldberg’s top ten Brimfield vendor picks here.

This year, Boston’s most darling publicist Nicole Kanner suggested I trail Abby Ruettgers, who owns the new South End boutique Farm & Fable, where she sells culinary antiques, vintage cookbooks, and new tabletop items. (She also hosts cooking & drinking classes in the basement and has two enormous friendly dogs.) The Boston Globe’s Food & Dining section editor thought it was a great idea, so I went with Abby and Nicole’s sweet assistant Liz Greene to Brimfield in May.

Today, the article In Brimfield, Hunt is on for Culinary Collectibles appeared in the Boston Globe. Be sure to click through to read it to learn her strategies and tips for successful hunting. Here are my photos from the day.


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V E N D O R S

For: Wooden crates, lockers, scales, and lanterns.
Shop: Bill Ziobro, Found Again Treasures, Sturtevants North.

For: Jadeite, Fiesta ware, cocktail glasses and shakers.
Shop: Joe Keller and David Ross, Keller & Ross, Quaker Acres, Booth L3.

For: Vintage advertising pamphlets, magazines, and books.
Shop: Joseph Prior, Quaker Acres, Booths 25 and 26.

For: Culinary antiques including Pyrex and kitchen tools.
Shop Nancy and Richard Lucier, The Good Home, Quaker Acres, Booth 82.

For: Wooden bobbins, spools, and such from textile factories.
Shop: Dennis and Judy Perry, The Meadows, Booth 50.

If you’re in Boston, stop by Abby’s boutique Farm & Fable,
located at Shawmut & Milford in the South End.

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All photos by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot

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Montage: Red, White & Blue Tablescapes

Every Fourth of July since I’ve been with my husband, we’ve celebrated with a beach picnic on the Cape., almost always at Corn Hill. He’s been doing it with his family and their friends and families for pretty much his whole life. We’ve brought a few of our friends in on it, who’ve brought their friends. It’s a really nice evening, and has a very small town, Americana kind of feel, which is of course fitting seeing how it’s July 4th and all.

It’s one of my kids’ favorite times of year, and not just because that’s the one day other than their birthdays that we let them have a soda. They love running around the beach as the sun goes down, and hiding behind the dunes with summer friends. I always bring tons of S’mores makings and dole them out once the kids have roasted marshmallows on giant sticks. And then there’s the fireworks.

Over the years I’ve collected some festive Fourth of July accoutrements, including a bandana beach blanket that I got my sister to make. We always seem to have an abundance of little American flags on wooden dowels too (maybe my father-in-law buys them at the hardware store… not sure). The newest addition to the Fourth of July decorations is a red and white striped tablecloth by LinenMe.

LinenMe is a third generation family business that makes towels, bed sheets, towels, scarves, and throws from high quality Lithuanian linen, which is natural and hypoallergenic. The company’s publicist sent me a linen tablecloth to try tout. It’s strong but soft, and has a really nice feel. I will be bringing it to Corn Hill with me on Friday for our Fourth of July celebration.

I played around with the LinenMe tablecloth last week before I came back to Boston for a few days. It would look great draped over a wood table too. Here are a few photos of the linen tablecloth with some nautical-themed letterpress coasters I picked up at the Kennebunkport Festival last month, plus one of these American flags, some dishware, and wine. (You may have already seen them on my Instagram feed.)

In addition to my mini tablescapes, I’ve pulled together a dozen other red, white, and blue tabletop schemes for Fourth of July entertaining inspiration.

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Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot

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Styled by Emily Rudda   •  Tou Jours

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Tori Spelling/EdiTORIal  •  David Tsay Photography  •  Redbook

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Jenny Steffens Hobick for Taste: Williams-Sonoma blog

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Charles Schiller Photography  •  Martha Stewart

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Johnny Miller Photography  •  Martha Stewart

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Beverly Farrington  •  Laurey W. Genn Photography  •  Southern Living

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 Taylor Made Weddings  •  Photo Love Stories  •  The Frosted Petticoat

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Chelsea Fuss for Project Wedding

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A Thoughtful Place

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Sunday Bouquet: Yellow Against the Dunes

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Yellow coreopsis at my in-laws house, dunes + ocean in the distance.
Photo by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot

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Saturday Say It: Jacques Cousteau on the Sea

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The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its nest forever.”
—Jacques Cousteau

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Foodie Friday: Kennebunkport Food Festival

Earlier this month I was invited on a very fun and fabulous two day press trip to Kennebunkport, Maine, where I stayed at Hidden Pond. (You must go, but more about that in future posts). One of the highlights of the trip was attending the Grand Tapas Party, part of the Kennebunkport Food Wine Art Festival.

In a white tent along the Kennebunk River in downtown Kennebunkport. over 25 chefs offered up inventive and beautiful bites of food, each paired with specific wines. It’s a one price ($65) ticket, and once you get in, it’s all you can eat and drink. Everything I tried was absolutely delicious.

I think my favorites were the Nordic-inspired smoked salmon and blue potato dish (sorry I have no idea which restaurant provided them), and the vanilla buttercream frosting on the East End cupcakes. I am hoping to return for the Kennebunkport Festival next year. It was that good.

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Photos by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot via Instagram

 

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