Foodie Friday: Embracing the Green Stuff – 10 Kale Recipes for Fall

Stews aren’t my thing, but I love a good autumnal meal. The trick is finding dishes that feel like fall, minus the stringy meat. This summer, in a fit of kale frenzy, I posted 12 Kale Salads. I’ve definitely taken to kale. (It may be the influence of the “Eat More Kale” bumper sticker I see every morning on a car at my son’s school. Cambridge, yup.) My mother-in-law makes a delicious Kale Portuguese Soup (a Provincetown specialty), for which she swaps out the linguica for Hebrew National hot dogs, since we don’t do pork. I’ll have to try to create a batch myself in my new beautiful cast iron cocotte sent to me by Staub, which is displayed like art (a glossy grey sculpture it is) on the range. I have yet to try any of these recipes, but they are tempting. I think my younger son would love the Smashed White Bean & Kale Quesadillas, and I’m feeling like the Quinoa + Kale Patties could be interesting. Let me know if you have a favorite kale dish, from here or your own recipe files.

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Kale, Spinach & Goat Cheese Pasta •  Fork Knife Swoon
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Smashed White Bean & Kale Quesadillas  •  Running to the Kitchen
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Savory Kale, Corn , & Feta Galette  •  White On Rice Couple
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Skinny Slow Cooker Kale & Turkey Meatball Soup  •  Foodie Crush
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Kale & Artichoke Dip  •  eHow
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 Quinoa + Kale Patties  •  Yummy Supper
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Butternut Squash Quinoa with Kale, Cranberries, Walnuts & Goat Cheese  •  Stuck on Sweet

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Spaghettini with Creamy Kale Sauce  •  Canuck Cuisine
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Crustless Kale Quiche  •  Ingredients, Inc.
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 Baked White Cheddar Mac & Cheese with Kale & Bacon  •  iVillage
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 Autumn Kale Salad with Fennel Honeycrisp & Goat Cheese  •  Cookie + Kate
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One Look: Graphic Sweater + Edgy Leather Midi

If you know me, you know my color of choice for clothing (and accessories for that matter) is grey. I dressed baby #1 in grey onesies so we were twinsies, and baby #2 (now a big boy) inherited my preferences, sporting grey heather tees so often I’m afraid the school thinks I don’t do the laundry. (He has like 4 of them. Really.)

I still haven’t used my new textured grey leather tote from Madewell. (Should I return it? I really like it though.) (By the, way, all sale items at Madewell are 30% off with code PICKMEUP, including a boxy leather trim sweatshirt and oversize gray satchel.)  My slightly fancier (and definitely more ladylike) Tory Burch grey flannel satchel has yet to arrive. I’ve been sporting my high rise skinny gray jeans whenever I leave the house, so probably that won’t mesh anyway.

What denim brand has everyone been wearing lately? I pretty much have only worn Madewell denim for the past couple of years. I learned yesterday that one of the major players in that arena is now at AYR, a women’s spinoff of the men’s label Bonobos. AYR had a popup at Bonobos yesterday and I stopped by. Rather than stocking everything in every size, the “guideshop” as the retail store is called, has one of everything in every size. You browse, try on, then order. (Ordering in store earns a 20% discount off  online prices.) I got a dark wash skinny jean (so comfortable) and a fall jacket, which looked so-so on the hanger but great on. They pieces will be delivered today via UPS. One day turnaround. The line is comprised of basic, minimalist, must-have pieces. I loved what I saw.

This Thursday’s One Look (what did you think of last week’s debut One Look?) is the ultimate black and grey outfit that is at once casual, pulled together, simple, and slightly edge. That leather midi skirt is genius (can you believe its from Reiss?), and the pebbled grey leather fringey bag so FW15. (It’s from Shopbop where everything is 25% off today. For real) And those platform oxfords. (Brings me back to the ”90s when Robert Clergerie was my shoe go to.) As for the sunglasses, while I’m not personally a fan of the animal print, I am officially in love with Illesteva. Wear it well.

Edgy & Slouchy Fall Weekend Outfit In Black Leather And Gray

S H O P P I N G

1 Leonard II Safari with Mirrored Lenses, $290 at Illesteva.

2 Sterling Silver ID Bracelet, $150 at Madewell.

3 “You Are My Cup of Tea” Sweater by Markus Lupfer, $386 at Matches

4 Ash Cross Body Bag with Fringe + Chain, $235 at Shopbop.

5 Hayden Textured Leather Skirt, $465 at Reiss.  

6 Lena Calf Hair Fingerless Gloves, $79.50 Club Monaco.

7 Robert Clergerie Iliad Platforms, $685 at Ssense.

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Montage: 27 Rooms with Boucherouite Rugs

What is a boucherouite rug you ask? Boucherouite rugs (pronounced boo-shay-REET) have been a thing for a while, infesting design blogs and Pinterest for well over a year.  They’re the colorful Moroccan rugs that seem to have replaced the now ubiquitous Moroccan Ben Ourain rugs that are ivory with sparse black diamond-shape markings.

 The New York Times published a piece about boucherouite rugs in 2010, though it was an art review of the show  “Rags to Richesse: Rugs From Morocco”  at the Cavin-Morris Gallery, not a decor story. According to the NYT article, “boucherouite” means torn and reused clothing. Boucherouite rugs, the author points out, are really just a variation on the “humble rag rug” made by semi-nomadic Berbers. (Berbers, by the way, are an indigenous people of North Africa.)

Apparently, the style is relatively new, growing out of the collision of global interest in Berber culture and design and a scarcity of wool, given that Berbers have become increasingly less nomadic, herding fewer sheep, and producing reduced quantities of wool. In a resourceful turn, weavers began adding recycled fabric and less expensive, un-naturally dyed, brightly colored synthetic fibers into the mix. The results are celebratory. 

Here are 27 rooms with boucherouite rugs (and boucherouite style rugs), and a little shopping widget at the end, for those who must have one now.

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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Home of Tina Seidenfaden Busk
Photo by Louise Desrosiers  •   Milk Magazine

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Home of stylist/photographer Anne Millet  •  Handmade Charlotte

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Beldi Rugs

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Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen  •  Bolig Magasinet

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Milk Magazine

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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Browns Focus by Studio Toogood

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Stylist Sander van Eyck  •  Photographer Pam Kat  •  Carpet of Life

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Stylist Sander van Eyck  •  Photographer Pam Kat  •  Carpet of Life

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Matchbook Magazine

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Home of Dusen Dusen designer Ellen Van Dusen
Photo Maxwell Tielman  •  Design Sponge

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The Beetle Shack

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El Ramla Hamra

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Ideat Magazine

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Pink Rug Co., Etsy

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San Francisco Girl By the Bay

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The Apartment

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The Apartment

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The Apartment

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The Socialite Family

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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BCN Locations

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Fossik

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HK Living

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The Design Files Open House  •  Photo by Brooke Holm

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Just In: Finnish Furniture Brand Vallila x Target

The designer clothing collab fetish might just be over, but I have a feeling that design partnerships between interior designers and big box stores has just begun. Having found success with home furnishings by interior design star Nate Berkus, this fall  Target launched an upholstered furniture collection with up-and-coming interiors firm Tilton Fenwick (I blogged about it here last month).

More recently (as I reported in the Boston Globe on Sunday), Target has partnered with longtime Finnish textile company Vallila. Available only online, the Vallila for Target furniture collection features an array of living room and bedroom pieces in distinctive prints, including watercolor florals, a city scheme, hearts, and black & white photo-realistic winter trees. The textile designs have the colorful, breezy quality of Marimekko, the other Finnish powerhouse, though not quite as stylized and bold.

If you’ve been thinking your bedroom is blah or your living room needs a lift, may I suggest one of the Vallila x Target floral sofas or abstract upholstered headboards? Could do wonders.

 

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Printed Upholstered Furniture By Vallila For Target

 

S H O P P I N G 

1 Vallila Settee in Anis, $559.99

2 Vallila Cocktail Ottoman in Aronia, $239.99

3 Vallila Armless Chairs in Boulevard & Aronia, $268.79

4 Vallila Wingback Headboard in Sintra, $509.99

5 Vallila Five Button Loveseat in Hearts, $639.99

6 Vallila French Seam Cocktail Ottoman in Papa, $239.99

7 Vallila Wingback Bed in Aronia, $779.99

8 barrel treesVallila Tub Chair in Treest, $279.99

9 Vallila Five Button Loveseat in Boulevard, $639.99

10 Vallila Wingback Bed in Anis, $779.99

11 Vallila Storage Bench in hearts, $187.18

12 Vallila Ottoman in Bird House, $143.99

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ARTmonday: Fort Point Open Studios

Fort Point Open Studios in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood is this coming weekend, Saturday & Sunday October 18th & 19th. It is the 35th anniversary of Fort Point Open Studios and more than 150 artists open their studio doors to visitors, thanks to the hard work of artist and organizer Gabrielle Schaffner.

You can spend the day exploring the historic waterfront warehouses (there are artists’ studios in 14 buildings, all within walking distance, though there will be a free shuttle too) that are home to painters, sculptors, ceramicists, jewelers, performance artists, printmakers, book artists, photographers, and others for a behind the scenes look at where Boston artists create their work. There are both established artists and emerging talents.

My friend and longtime Fort Point artist, photographer Stephen Sheffield whose studio I blogged about this spring, will be there, as well as graphic designer Jennifer Hill who I know from Design Salon (and Facebook), and furniture maker Quentin Kelly, whose color-edged stool I included in the Boston Globe recently. Also, textile artist Amy Nguyen who creates Japanese designs; I met her last year at the Apple Store Genius Bar. I was also very psyched to discover, just today, photographer Alicia Savage whose “Morning Light” series I plan to do a follow up post on, and the chunky scarves and mittens by A Third Piece.

Fort Point Open Studios is free, and there is free parking too in the lot at A Street and Binford Streets. (Turn onto Binford Street from A Street towards the Channel, then turn left into the parking.) Head down there next weekend, and look for me.


Boston Fine Arts Photographer Stephen Sheffield Ladder In Water

Stephen Sheffield

Boston Artist Trigger Photographer Bunny Ears Portrait

Trigger Photography

Boston Photographer Dirk Ahlgrim City Streets

Dirk Ahlgrim

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Lea St. Germain |  Blinky Dolls Boutique

Boston Photographer Alicia Savage Morning Light Series

Alicia Savage

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Brian Bishopfort-point-jessica-burko

Jessica Burko

Boston Artist Wendy Shapiro Textured Panels

Wendy Shapiro

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Jason Fiering

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Infusion Furniture

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JHill Studio

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Hilary Law Design

Boston Textile Designer Amy Nguyen Japanese Shibori

Amy Nguyen

Boston Fashion Designer Philip Sawyer Navy Dress

Philip Sawyer

Boston Accessories Designer The Third Piece Chunky Scarf

The Third Piece

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Julia Groos

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Sunday Bouquet: Brooklyn Florist Takes On Paper Flowers

West Elm Paper Flowers Styled By Brooklyn Florist Amy Merrick

Brooklyn florist Amy Merrick styled + photographed this arrangement of paper flowers from West Elm.
Check West Elm’s blog Front + Main for floral styling tips from Amy Merrick.

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Very Vignette: Textured Studio Workspace

Workspace With Wood Shelves Sheepskin Sofa Statement Art

I love this workspace belonging to Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio. There are so many textures, with the sheepskin throw on the sofa, the rattan floor pillow poufs, the indigo dyed frayed edge rug, the wicker baskets on wood shelves, and the collection of wood cutting boards. The industrial style brass chandelier from Schoolhouse Electric echoes the metal brackets of the shelving, and the unexpected contrast of the wood frame around the black & white landscape, which she took herself, pulls together all the natural elements in the space. The tall green plant and a russet kilim pillow provides the finishing touches.

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One Look: Perfect Casual Autumn Outfit

I haven’t done a lot of shopping this fall, but did get a few pieces, including a textured grey leather tote from Madewell. And this Tory Burch grey flannel satchel is on its way, as well as these black moto pants from A.Ruby. I’m thinking I need a chunky knit and a new pair of booties, preferably the Rag & Bone Newbury hair on leather bootie (though doubtful I’ll buy them). I also must go try on leather slip-ons, a total must have. I love these Irini slip-ons with shearling details by Loeffler Randall.

Yesterday I was at Club Monaco to meet their head of men’s design Aaron Levine, who has overhauled the men’s offerings (now amazing, or as he says, “tasty”) and was admiring the Oriel plaid overcoat. I also just discovered Illesteva sunglasses. The website has a build your own sunglasses tool that is inspiring me to order up a new pair for Art Basel Miami. (Yes, I made my reservations.)

We’re going to the Cape this weekend to close up the house for winter. It can be nice to go out there in the off-season, but mostly it’s just freezing and desolate. It should be perfectly crisp and gorgeous now though (I hope). I’ve pulled together the perfect casual fall outfit today, inspired by October in New England. There’s tortoiseshell, cable-knit, plaid, wood, gold, textured leather, and colorblock suede.

Shopping Fall Outifts For Columbus Day Weekend
S H O P P I N G
1  Corsica Havana sunglasses by Illesteva, $300 at Net-A-Porter.
2  Aran cable-knit sweater by McQ Alexander McQueen, $441 at Matches.
3  Gold mirrored bone bangle by Maison Martin Margiela, $695 at Ssense.
4  Wood arc cuff, $65 at J.Crew.
5  Plaid fringe cape by Dianora Salviati, $388 at Intermix.
6  Stretch-ponte leggings by DKNY t, $160 at Net-A-Porter.
7  Mayle tote, $595 at Club Monaco.
8  Chelsea booties, $89.95 at Gap.

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Just In: Novogratz x Walmart Bedding Collaboration

Husband and wife design duo Bob and Cortney Novogratz are at it again. There latest effort is the 9 by Novogratz bedding and bath collection at Walmart. The line includes bedding, beds, and bath accessories in their signature bright, geometric pops of color. The pieces are great for kids—the couple have seven of their own—and extra vibrant grownups.

Bob and Cortney Novogratz masterfully layer pattern and color, but of course the throw pillows, shams, duvets, towels, and shower curtains work perfectly as accents . The collection also includes furniture—painted metal beds, upholstered beds and headboards in stripes and solids, tufted storage ottomans, solid color sofas, and chevron armchairs.

In addition to the 9 by Novogratz bedding and bath collection at Walmart, there’s the Novogratz dinnerware collection at Macy’s with brightly patterned dishes, and the Novogratz collection at CB2 with more eclectic home furnishings.  They even have a television show, “Home by Novogratz” on HGTV. Yeah, they are pretty busy and creative energy abounds.

I’ve deconstructed two rooms below (and included images of several others), so you can put the look together yourself.

DREAM IN COLOR by 9 by NOVOGRATZ

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9 By Novogratz Dream In Color Bedding Collection For Walmart

SHOPPING

1 Jaymee Srp “Green Ombre” Framed Print, $119 at Serena & Lily.

2 Jaymee Srp “Pink Ombre” Framed Print, $119 at Serena & Lily.

3 Thatch Wallpaper by Cavern Home, $155/roll at Burke Decor.

4 9 by Novogratz Chevron Pillow, $19.97 at Walmart.

5 Aqua Ceramic Table Lamps, $149.99/pair at World Market.

6 BB1 Aluminum Pendant by Original BTC, $395 at Horne.

7 9 by Novogratz Dream In Color Shams, $19.97/pair at Walmart.

8 9 by Novogratz Preppy Upholstered Bed, $289 at Walmart.

9 Afteroom Side Table by Menu, $199.95 at Burke Decor.

10 9 by Novogratz Pillow from Rise & Shine Set, $89.09 at Walmart.

11 Feather Rug, $495 at Serena & Lily.

12 9 by Novogratz Dream In Color Duvet, $49.97/set at Walmart.

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SWEET DREAMS by 9 by NOVOGRATZ

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9 By Novogratz Sweet Dreams Collection For Walmart

SHOPPING

1 Nicole Phillips “Geo O in Black” Framed Print $195 at Serena & Lily.

2 Erin Flett “Sun” Silk Screened Canvas Print, $175 at Serena & Lily.

3 Zebra Petal Papier-Mâché Head by DwellStudio, $63 at Wayfair.

4 Watch Me Clock by Normann Copenhagen, $50 at A+R.

5 Amy Gourd Glass Lamp by Safavieh, $303.60/pair at Burke Decor.

6 9 by Novogratz Shams from Barcode Duvet Set, $49.97 at Walmart.

7 9 by Novogratz Bright Pop Metal Bed, $149 at Walmart.

8 Mid-Century Side Table Dresser, $399 at West Elm.

9 Round Tufted Storage Ottoman, $69 at Walmart.

10 Lollygagger Round Side Table by Loll Designs, $129 at Lumens.

11 9 by Novogratz Sheets from Sweet Dreams Set, $89 at Walmart.

12 9 by Novogratz Shams from Sweet Dreams Set, $89 at Walmart.

13 9 by Novogratz Pillow from Sweet Dreams Set, $89 at Walmart.

14 9 by Novogratz Sheets from Sweet Dreams Set, $89 at Walmart.

15 9 by Novogratz Comforter from Sweet Dreams Set, $89 at Walmart.

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M O R E   from  9 B Y  N O V O G R A T Z  for W A L M A R T

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The Novogratz Family

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Fine Print: Erin Gates’ Elements of Style Book

Erin Gates sent me an advance copy of her new, very first design book, Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life. I’ve been browsing through it for the last couple of weeks, thoroughly enjoying the photos of the rooms she decorated for herself and clients, studying her style charts, and catching up on her life. The tone is easy, breezy, much like her blog, with plenty of personal tidbits interwoven through her design adventures and accomplishments.

Erin’s come a long way since I first met her, on assignment for Boston Globe Magazine in early 2009 after she sent me scouting shots of  the place she and Andrew rented in J.P. It landed her on the cover, and it’s still one of my favorite stories, not just because Erin and her house looked amazing (thanks Eric Roth for the excellent photos), but because Erin was full of enthusiasm and money saving tips.

Her blog and business have exploded and her design skills honed, while her excellent attitude and work ethic prevail. Congratulations Erin Gates!

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Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life by Erin Gates
Available October 7, 2014 (Simon & Schuster) $22.14

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Photo by Michael Parteni

Erin’s used this buffet over and again. She bought it for $75 at an estate sale and painted the inside turquoise (you can see that iteration in Erin’s place in Jamaica Plain, which I wrote about for Boston Globe Magazine, March 2009.) She went orange for the South End. Now it’s lined with malachite wallpaper.

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Photo by Michael J. Lee

This is my favorite room. I’ve long been a sucker for a library dining room with Saarinen table and a fireplace. The sheepskin rugs nesle perfectly into those acrylic chairs from IKEA. The client stuffed the fireplace with little logs, which add some rustic texture; plus the circles are an excellent contrast to the stripes on the rug.

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Photo by Michael Partenio

A sunroom with violet ikat cushions on barley twist chairs and Buddha on custom made brass base.

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Photo by Michael J. Lee

Love this cerulean blue wall behind the banquette upholstered in the ever popular Chiang Mai print by Schumacher. Those Cherner chairs work well with the fabric’s twisting design and earthy colors.

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Erin provides some charts with formulas for achieving different styles.

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Erin’s favorite paint colors. You’ll have to buy the book to get the exact names. Ok, I’ll give you one: Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue.

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Photo by Michael Partenio

I love how despite the graphic black & white rug and bedding, Erin’s guest room is totally feminine. Pale pink walls (Benjamin Moore Blanched Coral), a starburst mirror, and mirrored side tables will do that. Swiss dots + a boho throw + Nordic rug + Hollywood Regency glam. And somehow it all works.

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Photo by Michael J. Lee

This bedroom is interesting too, with its tufted headboard, chocolate brown linens, Asian-themed toile wallpaper and fretwork bookshelves, plus a leopard print bench.

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Photo by Sean Litchfield

Nursery with a black accent wall went viral on Pinterest.

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Photo by Michael J. Lee

Oh, this Madeline Weinrib rug again, this time in brown. It seems to work everywhere! (Tip: IKEA makes a black & white version.) I generally don’t like tan stone (only contractors do!) but Erin makes it work in this space where they’re stuck with it.

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 Photo by Sarah Winchester

Erin’s parents Connecticut home. I wrote all about her mom’s garden for Boston Globe Magazine, April 2013.

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Photo by Michael J. Lee

Erin and Andrew Gates with the doggies.

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