Design Diary: Boston Design Home at Turner Hill

It’s the last weekend to see the Boston Design Home 2015, located at Turner Hill in Ipswich. The Design Home benefits the Boston Children’s Hospital Children’s Fund, which supports the hospital’s areas of greatest needs that are not covered by insurance or grants, such as research, therapy, and community health, making it well worth the drive to this 300-acre bucolic setting on the North Shore.


The Turner Hill community centers around the property’s Elizabethan style mansion, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1898, Charles Goodnough Rice and his wife Ann Proctor Rice commissioned prominent North Shore-born architect and Harvard graduate William Rantoul, who designed the Salem Athenaeum and the original Shreve, Crump, & Low building in Boston’s Back Bay, to design their home, inspired by European chateaus and manors.

Today the 50,000-square-foot brick mansion, which was renovated in 2008, is the private clubhouse of the Golf Club at Turner Hill.  Just 20 acres at Turner Hill are dedicated to real estate, planned by Somerville-based architecture firm KAO Design Group, Inc., Waltham-based landscape architecture and planning firm Ryan Associates, and Beverly-based Windover Construction.


The Design Home is a 2,500-square-foot clapboard villa in The Gardens section of Turner Hill.

Chelsi Christensen of Design East Interiors, who worked with Windover Construction to choose the interior details in all the newly built residences, was also the design coordinator of this year’s Design Home, working with Boston Magazine sponsors to outfit the townhouse.

The formal mahogany Craftsman style front entry door is by Pella Windows and Doors and the live edge bench crafted from ambrosia maple and steel is by local woodworker Ray Bachand of 60nobscot.


“This year’s look is a little more eclectic,” says Christensen. “The idea is that it’s home to an affluent couple who has traveled around the world.” Pieces, like the Asian-inspired chest in the entryway from 60nobscot transmit a collected vibe right from the start. The African mahogany piece features round Chinese surface hinges and a traditional brass faceplate that symbolizes  “Blessings for a Long Life.” The top is embellished with a colorful peacock feather—a symbol of immortality—painted by Terri MacKay. The colorful artwork is by contemporary Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s from Martin Lawrence Galleries.


The main floor has an open layout.  Circle Furniture decorated the living room in a neutral palette with accent upholstery fabrics that reflect the a taste for world travel. A sofa with nailhead trim anchors the space along with a soft blue patterned hand-woven Khotan rug from Landry & Arcari, which provided the rugs for the entire home. A mirrored bar cabinet with lattice detailing bridges the living room and dining room.


Darby Road Home decorated the dining space in rustic French country style.. A rectangular cerused oak dining table with fluted, urn-shaped legs is the centerpiece around which sit four mahogany and rattan chairs. A glass-front display cabinet with semi circular mullions echoes the kitchen cabinetry on the other side of the room. The polished nickel and crystal orb chandelier from Wolfers Lighting, which provided the lighting throughout, adds sparkle and a  silver and ecru “Armenian Dragon” rug provides subtle pattern.


Hand-blown Simon Pearce glassware graces the table along with hand-glazed porcelain dishes, all from the artisan’s Cavendish collection.


A natural stone-topped kitchen island illuminated by a trio of textured glass pendants runs parallel to the living and dining spaces. A chevron backsplash by The Tile Source comprised of skinny horizontal glass tiles in a variety of faux stone finishes mixed with metallic foil tiles is a dramatic backdrop for the white wood Omega cabinetry.


A deck off the back overlooks the golf course and pond. There’s also an adjacent screened porch for dining.


The clean, crisp master suite, located on the main floor was furnished by Circle Furniture. A platform bed with wood slat headboard has simple linens dressed up with gray and yellow solid and chevron print shams. Light bounces off the polished chrome bases of feminine sheepskin stools and the sleek polished steel bench.


An abstract painting from Martin Lawrence Galleries hangs over a contemporary eight-drawer wood dresser.


The fitness room upstairs has a LifeCycle and WaterRower.


Chelsi Christensen decorated the second floor guest room, which has an accent wall painted “New York State of Mind” by Benjamin Moore.


Darby Road made this small room into the perfect home office with an accent wall painted in Benjamin Moore “Black Raspberry.” A sleek, nickel-topped writing desk with cerused wood base that provides plenty of workspace. Artwork by René Lalonde.


Kerry Vaughn of Newburyport home furnishings showroom Red Bird Trading transformed the lower level, painted in Benjamin Moore “Black Jack”  into the ultimate hangout space. Ceramic floor tiles with a driftwood effect from The Tile Source run throughout.


The wine cellar’s mahogany shelving is stocked with fine French wines by Barton & Guestier.


An 11-foot custom wood shuffleboard table with metal legs and leather top is the centerpiece of the room. The Beni Ouraine hand-knotted wool Moroccan rug is from Landry & Arcari.


A leather sling chair on a wooden frame is positioned next to the game table.


Next to the game table, in front of a double-sided stacked slate fireplace wall, Vaughn created an  inviting sitting area outfitted with a tufted leather bench, velvet tufted ottoman, and an arresting black and white portrait by Andy Warhol from the Martin Lawrence Galleries.


An oversize wet bar has a one-of-a-kind glass backsplash reminiscent of Florentine endpapers c by local artist Connie Kolman of Kolman Artisan Glass.

On the opposite side of the stacked slate fireplace wall the space becomes bright and airy. High back swivel chairs are upholstered in gray cotton velvet. A mix of leopard, zebra, snakeskin, sheepskin, grasscloth, and tortoise accents add a sense of the wild.


The sofa, perfect for watching the flat screen TV, is slipcovered weathered linen. Sliders open to a brick patio with seating area, dining table, propane-powered fire pit, and a grill.


The terraced deck, furnished by Yankee Fireplace, overlooks Turner Hill’s original historic manicured parterres and ponds Just west of the mansion, the architectural style complements that of the mansion.


Michael J. Lee Photography

Turner Hill, 9 Stonebridge Road, Ipswich, Massachusetts
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 4PM
$25. Full ticket proceeds benefit Boston Children’s Hospital.
Tickets may be purchased with cash or by credit card at the home on online here.


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ARTmonday: Mario Rossi’s Geometrically Deconstructed Photos

Having made a quick to Manhattan over the weekend for a friend’s BIG birthday, I’m definitely in a city state-of-mind.

While all of Naples-born, Rome-based photographer Mario Rossi‘s photographs aren’t necessarily taken smack in the middle of a city, the deconstructed, cubist compositions echo the framework of a skyscraper. Rossi indeed cites geometry as integral to his photography, putting forth that his forms are repeated with an attention to mathematics and music, as though viewed through a kaleidoscope.

Here are 12 examples of Mario Rossi’s colorful, geometrically deconstructed photos.


Palaexpò     Saatchi Art


Labyrinths of Mind 4    Saatchi Art


Muse 2    Saatchi Art


Passers at Pantheon #1


Meriggiare #1


Swimming Pool 4    Saatchi Art


Expò Mirrors 1    Saatchi Art


Sunbathers    Saatchi Art


3×5    Saatchi Art


Expò Mirrors #3

Deconstructed Photos By Mario Rossi

A Day at the Museum #2

Deconstructed Photos Of Museum Goers By Mario Rossi

Italia Contemporanea #2 

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Street Style: Fashion Week Copenhagen SS16

We’re well into the Spring/Summer 2016 fashion show season, but stepping back to the start of the season, here’s a look at street style shots from Copenhagen Fashion Week. As one would expect from Scandinavia, we saw a lot of simple, long silhouettes, and plenty of bicycles.

As for specific trends, Fashion Week SS16 in Copenhagen street style exhibited velvet, leather, fringe, tie-neck blouses, minimalism, black & white, turtlenecks, Victorian detailing, fur, athleisure, and moto.


Shirt dress with an overlay apron, belted  leather blazer, and fringe poncho.


Photo by Nabile Quenum  Vogue

White puffer with a matching bike.

ph. Szymon Brzóska - STYLE STALKER Street Fashion during Copenhagen Fashion Week SS 2016

Photo by Szymon Brzoska  •  Style Stalker

Simplicity at its best with unstructured white dress + white tennis shoes. Bird optional.


Photo by Nabile Quenum  Vogue

Fur and heels on wheels.


Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Off duty models in buffalo plaid and cropped mock knit with long tailored shorts.


Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Kimono style.


Photo by Nabile Quenum  •  Teen Vogue

Sporty chic.


Asia Typek  •  High Snobiety

She manages to make high waisted, pull-on pants work.


Teen Vogue

Seventies gym shorts (with muscled 21st century legs) and leather bomber.


Teen Vogue

Victoriana and cut-offs.

ph. Szymon Brzóska - STYLE STALKER Street Fashion during Copenhagen Fashion Week SS 2016

Photo by Szymon Brzoska  •  Style Stalker

Matching everything in red; love the wood heels.


Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Dorothy-esque gingham shirtdress and slides.


Teen Vogue

Victorian blouse with pink pants, clunky sandals, and Oriental-inspired coat.


Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Minimalism, even in eyelet, with matchinging slides.


Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Practical rider in moto books.


Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Denim dress, clutching Louis Vuitton.


Photo by Søren Jepsen  •  Vogue

Voluminous culottes, textural top, and a serious link chain necklace.


Photo by Louise Damgaard  •  WWD

Splatter print maxi wrap skirt paired with minimalist camel top.

ph. Szymon Brzóska - STYLE STALKER Street Fashion during Copenhagen Fashion Week SS 2016

Photo by Szymon Brzoska  •  Style Stalker

Op art style.


Photo by Louise Damgaard  •  WWD

Bohemian in velvet and Missoni? pants, dragging.


Photo by Louise Damgaard  •  WWD

 And finally, the season’s must-have tie-neck blouse.

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ARTmonday: $100 Minted Fall Art Print Giveaway

Minted, a favorite StyleCarrot affordable art resource and partner is offering one StyleCarrot reader a code for an art print of  his/her choosing worth up to $100. For a chance to win leave a comment at the bottom of this post about which room in your home needs art. If you have a whole wall to tackle, I’m now offering art wall customization services. For $150 (up to three hours) I will help you choose, frame  and arrange affordable artwork for your empty walls.  (Email me at stylecarrot [at] gmail [dot] com.)

Here’s a look at limited edition affordable art prints from Minted in an autumnal color palette, from abstracts to landscapes to animal artworks in a variety of mediums. You can choose paper quality, multiple sizes, and ten different framing options. I almost always prefer simple frames, as you’ll see below. So scroll through, think about whether  you have a room with a blank space that needs filling, and leave a comment.

One winner will be chosen at random for the $100 Minted art print giveaway, which ends next Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at midnight ET.


Art wall inspiration board created on Minted.
Clockwise from top left:Unearthed, Dessert Diptych, LonnyEccentric LeavesRead Between The Lines, Troy Boston.


Into Hills by Lesley Smith


Red Loops by Kirsta Niemie Benedetti


Of Land And Sea No.3 by Kiana Mosley


Leaf by Stellax Creative


Natura by trbdesign


Form by Lauren Packard


Wild Fennel Study No.2 by Kamala Nahas


Eccentric Leaves by aticnomar


Family Reunion (Aunt Ada) by Betty Hatchett


Carolina by Angela Marizuki


Falling Flora by Jenni Kupelian


Fiesta Turtleneck by Moglea


Opus (Creation) by Daryn Kinney


Rusty Patina by Artsy Canvas Girl Designs


Hexagon Cluster  by  Yao Cheng


Up Down And Back Around by Christina Flowers


 by Kanika Mathur


Some Things Take Time by Monica Tuazon


Unearthed by Josh McClendon

Minted $100 Art Print Giveaway

Read Between The Lines by Cecelia Hospers

W I N  an A R T  P R I N T   from  M I N T E D 

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ARTmonday: 14 Apple Artworks

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish New Year. One of the traditions Jews observe is to dip apples into honey to signify the sweetness of a new year. In celebration of the new year, here are 14 apple artworks.

Included are self portraits by two of my favorite Boston photographers (I don’t think either is Jewish), Japanese sculpture, a young Mick Jagger (not Jewish), and more traditional apple still lifes. Shana Tovah!


Apples    Ella Moss    Society6


All of Eden’s Apples    Elle Hanley    Saatchi Art


A red apple and so on     Kaoru Ishikawa    Rise Art


Stephen Sheffield


Apple    Yulia Luchkina    Saatchi Art


Apple    Mateo Lopez    Casey Kaplan    Artsy


Apples    Abigail Moffat    Saatchi  Art


Apples    Paula Bieninicka    Society6


Mick Jagger, Paris, 1966    Jean-Marie Périer  •  Taschen    Artsy


Juicy Apple  •  Lindsay Megahed  •  Minted


Little Red Riding Sonny    Todd Squires  •  Bang And Burne    Artsy


The Apple    Gintaras Zubrys    Saatchi Art


An Apple House    Ceslovas Cesnakevicius    Saatchi Art


Destinations series  •  Alicia Savage 

And some bonus pieces.
One can’t consider of apple artwork without Rene Magritte.
I saw the Magritte retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in 1992; a total treat.


The Son of Man, 1964


The Listening Room, 1952

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