Sunday Bouquet: Little Buds Long Branch

Little White Flowers On a Branch In Cape Cod

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Cape Cod in June can be quite sparse. Two weeks ago there were actually more blooms in our yard than there are now. I cut this branch from a flowering tree (bush)? I’m not sure what it’s called. The flowers lasted over a week, but now the tree has only green leaves. Maybe I’ll find something else out there tomorrow morning after all the weekend rain.

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Sale Alert: 42 Summer Shoes from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

It’s that time again. The (StyleCarrot partner) Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale during which thousands of items, including over 3,500 pairs of shoes, are discounted up to 40 percent through Sunday, June 4, 2017. That means you have 10 shopping days left, but don’t wait til the last minute because sizes sell out fast.

To make it easier for you, and well, because I like to shop for shoes, I sifted through most of the 3,500 plus sale shoes and distilled the many amazing choices down to just 42 goodies. I tried to include a mix of colors and styles, focusing on  neutrals, though I did through in a few brights. Most are casual daytime looks, but a few heels can play dress up.

While most of my Nordstrom sale shoe picks are summer styles—open toe sandals and plenty of espadrilles, plus a slip on sneaker or two—I also included a smattering of boots, including #7 and #22 Hunter rain boots (because it’s raining today and I desperately need some) and two winter staples—#13 Rachel Comey Mars bootie and #31 Rag & Bone Ashby bootie. Take your pick, but buy one. You will thank me come fall.

I need to make a few other shout-outs. I’m seriously considering the Joie studded bootie for a some fall/winter whimsy. I already own the Dolce Vita Loki Slide, which I actually didn’t include below, but is on sale. It runs seriously wide (go a half size down), but it works fine enough and is super comfortable.

Last year on a press trip to the Vineyard I bought #8 Toms Majorca Perforated Mule which has a chunky, not too high heel. I thought the under $100 price was a bargain, but now at under $55 it’s a no brainer.

I ordered #14 Opening Ceremony Elena Sandal yesterday as a stylish every day sandal when I’m not wearing my incredibly comfortable (but kinda middle aged lady) Skechers slip on sneakers. I also ordered #30 Vince Thalia Sandal thinking it will elevate pretty much any outfit I throw on. I got a pair of distressed marine blue Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Low Tops too.

I was a bit indulgent yesterday. But when you see these and start browsing I think you may just have a hard time restraining yourself too. Let me know what you picked!

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots
Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Summer Shoes & Boots

S H O P P I N G

1 Kork-Ease Pearl Sandal, $94.90 

2 Tory Burch Shaw Fringe Espadrille, $117.25  

3 Joie Lacole Studded Bootie, $226.80 

4 Loeffler Randall Mara Espadrille Flat, $134.98  

5 Alexander Wang Devon Espadrille Flat, $243.75 

6 Bill Blass Calf Hair Niki Mule, $134.9840 

7 Hunter Original Refined Rain Boot, $110.55 

8 Toms Majorca Perforated Mule, $58.77 

9 Tory Burch Sonoma Embroidered Ghillie Flat, $177.55 6

10 Ugg Adley Slip-On Sneaker, $71.96 

11 Botkier Pilar Ankle Strap Sandal, $77 

12 Marc Fisher Vally Lace-Up Platform Espadrille, $89.90 

13 Rachel Comey Mars Bootie, $255.60 

14 Opening Ceremony Elena Sandal, $116.98 

15 Kork-Ease Amboy Slide Sandal, $99.90 

16 Rebecca Minkoff Erika Pompom Tassel Sandal, $65.96 

17 Tory Burch Patos Sandal, $130.65 

18 Splendid Julie Platform Sandal, $89.60 

19 Sam Edelman Patti Ankle Strap Sandal, $69.96 

20 Dolce Vita Casta Sandal, $59.96 

21 Kate Spade Daisy Wedge Sandal, $118.80 

22 Hunter Original Short Adjustable Rain Boot, $110.55 

23 Sam Edelman Lynda Espadrille Slide Sandal, $69.96 

24 Steve Madden Getdown Sandal, $40.16 

25 Loeffler Randall Suze Wraparound Sandal, $176.98 

26 Jack Rogers Whipstitched Thong Sandal, $79.95 

27 Birkenstock Arizona Shearling Lined Sandal, $115.96 

28 Frye Chrissy Sandal, $208.50 

29 Tod’s Platform Derby, $374.98 

30 Vince Thalia Sandal, $176.98  

31 Rag & Bone Ashby Bootie, $314.98 

32 Sam Edelman Verona Espadrille, $31.46 

33 Vince Blake Sandal, $194.98  

34 Steve Madden Fara-S Sandal, $77.96 

35 Sam Edelman Patsy Wraparound Wedge, $79.90 

36 Botkier Anna Sandal, $71 

37 Aquatalia Zaira Oxford, $296.98

38 Charles David Birch Block Heel, $202.46 

39 Rebecca Minkoff Susie Studded Slide, $74.96 

40 Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker, $60  

41 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Shoreline Low Top, $35.98 

42 Soludos Banana Espadrille Slip-On, $52.99 

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Get the Look: 25 Modern Lounge Chairs

The one piece of furniture I’ve longed for, lusted after, craved, dreamed of is a very specific modern lounge chair—the Herman Miller Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, preferably in creamy white leather, and I think, a white ash shell, though I also love the palisander and walnut finishes. I suppose it would depend on where it lived. At $6,000, it is definitely a dream.

(If you’re in the market, the 15% off Herman Miller sale just started at StyleCarrot partner sites DWR and YLiving. In addition to the modern lounge, you can stock up on Eames fiberglass side chairs and swag leg desk; George Nelson slatted bench, bubble lamps, and that Marshmallow sofa; the Aeron desk chair; and more.)

When I searched for side chairs for our living room, we didn’t have the luxury of considering elongated or flamboyant modern lounge chairs, like the iconic creations of the mid-century masters, such as Arne Jacobsen’s Egg chair or Harry Bertoia’s Bird chair. Instead, I needed much smaller pieces, and actually found a pair of small scale, mid-century modern Danish lounge chairs on eBay.

Still, I can’t help imagining life with an Eames lounge. I love the Jens Risom too, which is much more reasonably scaled. Here are 25 modern lounge chairs from StyleCarrot partners in all sorts of colors, shapes, and sizes, as well as a variety of price points.

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs Modern Living Room Furniture

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs Modern Living Room Furniture

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs Modern Living Room Furniture

Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs Modern Living Room Furniture

S H O P P I N G

1 Eames® Lounge Chair + Ottoman at DWR.

2 Bertoia Bird Lounge Chair by Knoll at 2modern.

3 Egg™ Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen at DWR. 

4 Platner Easy Chair by Knoll at 2modern

5 Petra Mustard Fabric Armchair at Interior Secrets.

6 Risom Lounge Chair by Jens Risom for Knoll® at DWR.

7 URBN Romi Lounge Chair by Modloft at 2modern

8 Gala Gold Lounge Chair at CB2.

9 Blue Velvet Lounge Chair at Chairish

10 Toro Lounge Chair by Blu Dot at Lumens.  

11 Organic Chair (Eames/Saarinen replica) at Interior Secrets.

12 Maxime Lounge Chair at Jonathan Adler.

13 Yellow Lounge Chair by Design Tree Home at Wayfair

14 Tuulla Chair from Vioski at YLiving

15 Terrano Leather Lounge Chair at CB2.

16 Contour Lounge + Ottoman at Interior Secrets

17 Grey Teak Lounge Chair at Chairish

18 PK20 Wicker Lounge Chair from Fritz Hansen at Switch Modern. 

19 Westwood Lounge Chair at Apt2B.

20 CH445 Wing Lounge Chair by Carl Hansen at Lumens

21 Origami Leather Lounge Chair at West Elm

22 Stern Modern Classic Blue Velvet Lounge Chair at Kathy Kuo Home

23 Barcelona Chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from Knoll at YLiving. 

24 Hans Andersen Home Bishop Cream Leather Lounge Chair by Stilnovo at Overstock.

25 Bower Lounge Chair at West Elm.

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Sunday Bouquet: Purple Against Concrete

Purple Flowers Against Concrete Wall in Tokyo Japan By StyleCarrot

Marni Elyse Katz / StyleCarrot

I took this photo in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago. I love the purple flowers against the contemporary concrete facade.

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ARTmonday: Miniatures at the Cambridge Art Association (A Juried Show by StyleCarrot)

I really hope you can make it to see the “Miniatures” show at the Cambridge Art Association before it closes on Saturday. Not just because there are many wonderful (and very affordable) little works, but because I juried it!

I was thrilled when artist Cory Shea, who is Cambridge Art Association‘s associate director, asked me to be a jury of one for the small works show this spring. I first met Cory over coffee to a ask her about showing her photos at the Art + Cocktails pop-up gallery I put together in Truro last summer. (I had seen Cory’s work at the MassArt auction earlier that year and fell in love.)

I had such a good time choosing the pieces. When I came in, Erin Becker, CAA’s esteemed director and Cory had the 150 pieces laid out and waiting. The process was blind, so I didn’t know the artists’ names, though I admittedly recognized a few. I chose about 60 or so, and later that week Cory hung them. Beautifully. It was a really fun process, and I hope I’ll have the opportunity to do something like this again.

Many of the pieces I’d love to bring home. (As Cory knew when she asked me to jury the show, I have a weakness for small works.) I purchased Hilary Tait Norod’s triptych that morning, and yesterday when my husband went to see the show he bought Giacometti’s Giraffe.

Please stop in if you have a few minutes and let me know what you think. You can follow CAA on Instagram @cambridgeart and my art feed @stylecarrotcurates.

“Miniatures” through Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Cambridge Art Association (25R Lowell Street just off Mount Auburn Street across from the hospital, Cambridge, Mass.)

Day of the Dead Sculpture By Cowboy Keith

Keith MacLelland, Angel Cowboy, Recycled Mixed Media, $450

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Far left: Bonnie Lerner, Deep in the Forest, Monoprint on Board, $150
Left top: Susan Siefer, Coming and Going, Acrylic, Resin, Wax, Thread, $350
Left bottom: Margaret Sheldon, Landgrove Field, Oil, $225
Right top: Diane Nelson, By the Sea, Acrylic on Paper, $100
Right bottom: Phil Young, Winter Series, Acrylic, $125
Far Right: Roz Sommer, Other Side, Oil on Board, $350

Stephanie Todhunter's Creepy Kid Portraits

Top: Lorraine Agri, Fantasy, Mixed Media Ink and Wax, $75
Bottom: Stephanie Todhunter, Best Friends, Mixed Media, $120 each

Trio of Black & White Artwork at Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association

Top: Susan Wood, The Rhinoceros and the Bird
Indirect Drawing on Mulberry Paper, $500
Bottom left: Anne-Marie Delaunay-Danizio, Chameleon
Ink Markers on Paper, $175
Bottom right: Bob Hesse, Sunflower
iPhone photo on Dyseub on Aluminum, $80

Wood & Metal Sculpture At Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Peter Cohen, Shrine No. 2, Welded Steel and Wood, $2,800

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz WIth Giacometti's Giraffe

Left: Mirela Kulovic, ObjectCandlewax, Ink and Pencil on Paper, $900
Right: David Covert, Giacometti’s Giraffe, monoprint (sold)

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Far left: Kathe Gregory, Twist of Fate, Relief, Found Object, $750
Middle top: Janet Smith, Plum Island, Photography, $75
Middle bottom: Deborah Peeples, Psychedelic Crop Circles, Encaustic, $400
Far right: Steve, LeBlanc, Red Door: North Cambridge
Toy Camera Photography, $95, Juror’s Choice

Hilary Tait Norod Triptych At Cambridge Art Associatino

Hilary Tait Norod, My Beautiful Mess
Oil and Mixed Media on Panel, $300 each (sold), Juror’s Choice

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Denis Wogan, Blue and Ambition
Oil on Birch Squares Mounted on Panel, $125 each

Dr Suess Sculpture At Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Rachel Hammerman, The Very Thirsty Caterpillar and After Hour Tales
Polymer Clay, $250

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Left: Conny Goelz Schmitt, Am Zebrastreifen, 2013 and Overview/Weist (diptych)
Vintage Book Pages, $450 and $900
Right: Andrea Oseas, Mono No Aware, Glass, $800

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Top: Anne Beinecke, Pink Boat, Mixed Media, $360
Bottom: Amantha Tsaros, Tropical Sunrise, Acrylic on Panel, $119

Still Life Paintings at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Upper left: Lorraine Agri, Fantasy, Mixed Media Ink and Wax, $75
Bottom left: Ant Oraloglu, Levitate, Photograph, $300
Right: Fay Lamson Hannon, Garlic, Oil on Canvas, $325

Sculpture At Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Gregory Barry, Billowed Isle with Tendrils
Mixed Media, $90, Juror’s Choice Prize

Sculpture At Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

David Hochbaum, Sleepwalker Tower, Mixed Media, $1,200

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Top left: Lorraine Sullivan, Three Breasted Woman, Mixed Media, $250
Bottom left: Jeanine Sobell Pastore, Leaning, Oil on Panel, $500
Top right: Paul Weiner, Good Angel, Digital Photo Print, $600
Bottom Right: Ronni Komarowj, Desires, Mixed Media, $200

Black & White Photo at Cambridge Art Association

Rebecca Skinner, Stair Detail, Photography, $185

Susan Emersonn's Medical Inspired Mixed Media Artworks

Susan Emmerson
Top: Beneath #2, Ink and Gouache on Paper Canvas and Melded Tyvek, $300
Bottom: Tear off the Skin, Ink and Acrylic on Cut and Melded Tyvek, $250

Miniatures Exhibit at Cambridge Art Association By Marni Katz

Left: Brenda Steinberg, He Dropped the Ball, Mixed Media, $450
Right: Sirapi Heghinian Walzer, Mood Indigo
Mixed Media Encaustic and Collage, $450

 

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