ARTmonday: Sarah Lutz’s Marine Inspired Artwork

My mother-in-law introduced me to the fanciful marine-inspired art of New York City artist Sarah Lutz when over Thanksgiving 2012 she brought me to the the Miranda Arts Project Space to see the installation Interplay, a collaborative work by Beth Dary and Sarah Lutz. This marine-inspired art installation mapped out the sea levels of Port Chester, New York waterways—past, present, and future—using sculpture, painting, drawing, and collage. I loved it; the overall concept and look, and the close-in details. (You can see my blog post about it here.)

I’ve since met Sarah Lutz on the Cape, where she spends summers, and have been tempted by her pieces at Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill. Her current exhibition Tales from the Garden . . . And Other Mythologies is currently on display the Mercy Gallery at the Loomis Chaffee School, where Lutz is an alum. The scale of the pieces is much larger, thanks to the freedom she found in her new, larger studio. 

Here is a mix of work Sarah Lutz’s show at Loomis Chaffee, as well as the marine-inspired art of hers displayed in my living room.

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Urchin, 2013

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Inlet, 2013

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Boardwalk, 2014

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Fissure (Mint Balls), 2014

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Aegean Cluster, 2012

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Sidewalk Series No. 2

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 County Fair, 2012

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Coyaba, 2012

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Hanging Garden Series X, 2013

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Cenote Series No. 6

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Pan’s Reverie No. 1

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Surge Series 2
in collaboration with Beth Dary

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Surge Series 10
Sarah Lutz + Beth Dary

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Surge Series 1o on the shelf in my living room.

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Mercy Gallery at Loomis Chaffee School

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Sunday Bouquet: Ranunculus In Vintage Tin

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Floral design by Lace & Lilies for Vintage Whites

Pretty peachy ranunculus in a vintage tin on a garden chair.

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Giveaway: $50 Gift Card to T.J.Maxx

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve partnered with T.J.Maxx to give away one $50 gift card. I also received $50 gift card for myself to stock up on must-have items that help make my complicated life a little bit easier. Yesterday I headed to the T.J.Maxx at Fresh Pond in Cambridge for a few kitchen essentials.

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With the amount of fruit and vegetables we go through here (two fast-sprouting teenagers!), we are always short on knives and mini colanders. Plus, now that these guys are old enough to fend for themselves, they’ve been doing quite a bit of cooking on their own. One has mastered the art of the chocolate chip cookie. The other is angling for his own set of knives and a knife roll, after having successfully completed a number of complicated chicken dishes as well as French onion soup.

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Teaching the boys to cook means I can spend more time working (or watching Friday Night Lights). Plus, they’ll be able to impress chicks, and hopefully keep up healthy eating habits too. #MaxxMoms

TO ENTER my $50 T.J.Maxx Gift Card Giveaway, share a #MaxxMoms moment of your own in the comment section of this blog post or my Instagram feed, along with hashtag #MaxxMoms (If you share here on the blog AND on social media, I’ll enter you twice.)

Deadline to enter is Saturday, May 9th at midnight E.T.  I’ll notify the winner on Mother’s Day.

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Get the Look: 25 Bar Cabinets, Classic and Contemporary

A million years ago, we offloaded our television in the living room, leaving an extra roomy could-be bar cabinet free and clear. It soon became a convenient space, given its boxy shape, to store art we weren’t displaying, extra picture frames, and overflow throw pillows. A television has since taken up residence again with a new DVD player, specifically for me to watch movies (since I don’t know how to work the main TV with its fifty-buttoned five remotes), or currently, Friday Night Lights (OMG, Tim Riggins).

I had the best intentions; I imagined transforming the newly vacant slot, complete with pull-out shelf, into a stylish home bar cabinet for my husband. I thought about it a lot, knowing it would make a much appreciated birthday gift. But no follow through from me. Instead, liquor bottles remain relegated to the upper cabinet of the pantry, with some of the more attractive specimens on display atop the would-be bar cabinet in a teal lacquer bar tray, provided by the lovely ladies at an agency for Absolut. (You can see my bar tray styling post here.)

So, woe is my husband’s home bar situation. Jon Draper he shall never be. But if you have room in your living room, you could set up a stylish home bar in one of these 25 bar cabinets chosen from a dozen of my favorite sources for modern and classic furnishings, including some partner sites. Imagine tucking one of these bar cabinets into an unused corner, complete with a shiny cocktail shaker, sleek drinkware, and stripey paper straws.

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1 Italian Bar Cabinet, $7,450 at 1st Dibs.

2 Miranda Cabinet by Bellini Modern Living, $1,616 at AllModern

3 Mid-Century Modern Wood & Brass Bar Cabinet, $750 at Chairish.

4 Anna Green Lacquer Bar Cabinet, $3,598 at ShopTen25

5 Elixir Mini Bar, $299 at CB2.

6 Solomon Acacia Bar Cabinet by Arteriors, $3,792 at AllModern.  

7 Victuals Cherry Bar Cabinet, $2,499 at Crate & Barrel. 

8 Ayers Bar Cabinet, $1,546.77 at AllModern

9 Soft Modern Bar Cabinet, $135 at AllModern.

10 Orient Express Bar, $1,449.95 at Wayfair.

11 Claude Walnut Bar, $2,095 at Jonathan Adler

12 Peralta Wine Bar Cabinet, $454.51 at Wayfair.

13 One Fifth Trunk Bar by Ralph Lauren, $14,385 at Bloomingdale’s. 

14 Green Lacquered Mid-Century Modern Bar, $1,455 at Chairish

15 Ino Bar Cabinet by Giorgetti at Switch Modern.

16 Delphine Mirrored Bar, $2,995 at Jonathan Adler

17 Crawford Hollywood Regency Bar Cabinet, $4,950 at ShopTen25.  

18 Lawson Bar, $2,470.50 at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

19 Cosmopolitan Mirrored Strips Bar Cabinet, $577.48 at AllModern.

20 Rutherford Demilune Bar Cabinet by Safavieh,$257.86 at AllModern.

21 Zoe Hospitality Cabinet, $724 at AllModern.

22 Swig Mini Bar, $429 at CB2.

23 Clive Bar Cabinet, $2,499 at Crate & Barrel.

24 Baron Deco Bar Cabinet, $799 at West Elm.

25 Edvard and Tove Kindt-Larsen Walnut Bar Cabinet, $20,000 at 1st Dibs. 

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Design Diary: Colorful Cambridge Home Makeover by Heidi Pribell

Cambridge-based interior designer Heidi Pribell breathed a new and colorful life into a dated, dilapidated, and absolutely dreary multi-family home, transforming it into a thoroughly fantastic single family residence for a family that re-located from out-of-state. I wrote about this colorful makeover in the Boston Globe Magazine “Makeovers” issue in February 2014, shot by one of my favorite local interior photographers (and the first one I worked with in Boston) Eric Roth.

Pribell got her hands on the 3,600 square foot interior once  Oldenburg Architecture and contractors Dattilo & Reidy completed the structural work, which included opening up the main living space and improving the flow. Since the family preferred to stick to a tighter budget when it came to furnishings, Pribell knew most of the wow factor would come from color. Pribell says, “I am so passionate about color, I can nearly taste and hear it.”

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Pribell’s rich and rosy palette was inspired by a trip she had recently taken to Mexico, most specifically by wildly blooming bougainvillea in its yellow, orange, red, and magenta glory. The trim in the living room is painted in a color Pribell describes as “a hot, cardinal red,” then toned down with an uneven application of glaze. Pribell transformed a closet into a light-filled home office with built-in desk, accessed by French doors.

For furniture, Pribell paired a gray sectional sofa from Crate & Barrel (scattered with store bought pink and orange pillows) with yellow hexagonal side tables from West Elm. A stylized floral black rug grounds the space. All the furniture in the house was newly purchased, with the exception of the two armchairs, which the wife inherited from her great grandmother. Made from dark, polished wood with mustard upholstery, they hardly blended, so Pribell had them painted with several coats of that same hot red paint and glaze, and covered with a fun fabric by Romo.

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The columns dividing the living and dining room were original to the house.

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For the dining room wall Pribell used sorbet shades of butterscotch and salmon, again inspired by bougainvillia. Pribell says, “As bougainvillia grows and ages, the petals transform from yellow orange to magenta.”

The indoor/outdoor striped rug is perfect for family living. The white dining extension table with curvy legs—the Regency by Calligaris—was purchased at local furniture store City Schemes. Pribell says, “I love the rococo nature of it.” Swirly orange chairs from Indonesia have ikat print cushions about which Pribell says, “I think they’re kind of soulful; and they relate to the Arts & Crafts nature of the home.”

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Pribell clustered six mirrors from Global Views above the Asian style sideboard to help bounce light around the room.

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Walls were removed for an open layout.  The orange Kartell barstools were a splurge, but they loved the color and flexibility they provided, since the kids were different sizes and growing.

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The white kitchen was already designed when Pribell came on board. She added funky red lacquer hardware.

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The master bedroom was originally two rooms, so they broke down the wall to enlarge it. The vintage light pendant, made from clear fishing line on Lucite, purchased at local modern design shop Abodeon, adds character. A persimmon door leads to a balcony.

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The master bathroom walls are covered in large format marble tiles from floor-to-ceiling, thanks to a major sale at Tile Showcase. They added a custom Silestone countertop to a store bought vanity. The floor is done in cotton candy-colored penny tile. Pribell says, “It’s extremely small for a master bathroom, but it has the graciousness of a 5-star hotel.”

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On, the first floor, which has essentially the same layout, the color scheme is repeated, providing a perfect atmosphere for the kids who use the space to watch television, do art projects, and practice piano.

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The downstairs living room provides the family with another, slightly more casual, hangout spot. The swirly vine rug is by Dash & Albert and the coffee table on casters is the Strind from Ikea. “The downstairs space really caters to the kids,” Pribell says.

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The exterior entry doors are persimmon and the porch ceiling is lilac.

Pribell says, “I wanted the home to seem fresh and crisp and have a modernism about it, but not be devoid of character. The homeowner is very theatrical and energetic; this house became an expression of her personality, and I think that’s what delights her most.”

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Recreate the style of this colorful makeover by Heidi Pribell with pieces from StyleCarrot partners.

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