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Oftentimes windows are overlooked when it comes to adding flavor to a design. It’s almost always white windows on the exterior, and usually the window trim is painted white inside too. Sure, sometimes they’re stained, and black window trim can be incredibly striking, but one doesn’t usually see an eye-popping orange.
Cedar shingle homes in wooded areas, like the Vineyard, might sometimes have forest green windows, meant to add interest, but blend with the surroundings. When we designed the house on the Cape, we specified Benjamin Moore “Baby Boy Blue” as our exterior window color. I knew I wanted turquoise, although I picked that specific shade in kind of a rush. It’s probably a tad too light and Caribbean-esque, but I love it anyway. (There’s a photo at the end of this post.)
When the construction crew put them in, the guys on the job, including the plumber, had something to say. Skeptics! Ok, the windows don’t necessarily blend, but I love them. Even though windows seem like an unsatisfying expenditure, I’ve learned that deciding between various window types can really make an impact on not just the design, but the whole feel.
I’m a proponent of true divided light windows — that means there are individual panes of glass between the mullions. There’s nothing worse than cheap plastic mullions shoddily attached to the glass. Awful. There’s a compromise you can get away with, called full divided light, if need be.
Inside, our window trim is painted white. (Actually, everything’s painted white, except for the ceilings in the boys rooms and guest rooms.) It’s possible to get an amazing look with a contrasting trim, though I haven’t figured out how to do it myself. (I tried in my very first apartment in New York, and let’s just say it was an epic fail.)
Below are gorgeous examples of brightly colored exterior window trims, along with some very zingy interior window trims.
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I N T E R I O R S
Photographs by Tami Christiansen • Casa Vogue Barasil
Photographs by Tami Christiansen • Casa Vogue Brasil
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Pella windows in Benjamin Moore “Baby Boy Blue“
Portland, Oregon-based photographer Holly Andres was born in Missoula, Montana in 1977. She earned her BFA in painting at the University of Montana and her MFA from Portland State University.
Andres had her first solo exhibition Sparrow Lane in Portland, Oregon in 2008, which continued on to shows in San Francisco, New York and Istanbul. The Sparrow Lane images depict four young women and explore the female transition into adolescence and the loss of innocence, with allusions to Nancy Drew, Alice in Wonderland, 1970s horror films and Alfred Hitchcock.
Stories From a Short Street is a suite of eight photographs inspired by Andres’ experience growing up in rural Montana, the youngest of ten children. She posed groups of kids based on her own siblings to enact a specific moment in her memory.
The Golden Pillow, Holly Andres
Amber, Holly Andres
Stories From a Short Street
Outside the Forbidden Bedroom, Holly Andres
Fiona II, Holly Andres
Stories From a Short Street
The Caterpillar, Holly Andres
The Lost Mitten, Holly Andres
Picture Perfect, Holly Andres
Portrait for Portland Monthly
Carli Davidson, Holly Andres
The Magic Elixir, Holly Andres
The Missing Bird, Holly Andres
The Red Purse, Holly Andres
The Heart-Shaped Locket, Holly Andres
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“Take a Hike” • CD Ryan • Serena & Lily
Created by artist Christopher David Ryan in Portland, Maine
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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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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.
Camping • Jack Addis • Rise Art
Camper & Mountains • Amy Lighthall • Etsy
Camper Trailer RV • Cece & Coco • Etsy
Camp Hawk • J. Austin Ryan • Etsy
Campfire Retro American Landscape • Jazzberry Blue • Etsy
Camper • Tom Hammick • Art.sy
Happy Camper • Susanna Jarian • Etsy
Vintage Camper • Paper and Canvas • Etsy
Vintage Camper • Just Print It
VW Camper • Wyatt Design • Society 6
Wallowa • Rachel Austin • Etsy
Boler Camper • O’Reilly Ink • Etsy
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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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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.)
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:
At the tree spa—a birch log on the top of the railing and a swoop of branches on the building.
At the gym—a bark sculpture that resembles a skull.
At Earth restaurant—a real branch chandelier and log installation.
A branch as decoration on the exterior of a building, above a birch rail.
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
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.
Abby Ruettgers of Farm & Fable
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.
All photos by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot
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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.
Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot
Styled by Emily Rudda • Tou Jours
Chelsea Fuss for Project Wedding
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