Sunday Bouquet: Becky’s Bridesmaids’ Bouquets

Bridal Bouquet By Bee & Blossom

Instagram photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Bridesmaid’s bouquet by Louanne Colombo
Bee & Blossom  •  Hyannis, MA

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Saturday Say It: The Name Thief

Earlier this month my husband’s brother got married in Provincetown. He pursued her. She took his name. These shots by Cape Town-based wedding photographer Catherine Mac reminded me of them. I love the idea of putting up sassy signs for guests to enjoy along the approach.

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Now She's Stealing His Surname Photograph

Photography by Catherine Mac
Charmaine + HP’s wedding

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Scheming: Boys’ Bedroom in Florida

What do you think of unfinished/unpainted furniture? I’ve pretty much always hated it. But when we were faced with furnishing the condo in Florida on a tight budget, I found myself buying several pieces from Ikea’s Tarva line. Namely, a pair of twin Tarva bed frames and Tarva chests to put beside each.

In my defense, my plan was (and still is) to do the condo in glossy whites and light woods. (White + wood inspiration photos here and white + wood shopping guide here.)  So far so good. I’ve been able to stick to the white and wood scheme in terms of furnishings.

I had planned on having a contractor put in a plywood floor (plywood wall and floor inspiration here), but after several false starts, a neighbor referred me to Steve Gee at Tiffany’s Flooring, who (re)sold me on a cork floor instead. The new cork floor is amazing. Sneak peek coming Tuesday. Today, I’m trying to decide what to do in the boys’ room. So, back to the unfinished wood beds and chests. The bed frames are staying as is, that is, unfinished.

I am playing around with the idea of painting part of the little chests that are beside each bed as night stands. I don’t want to paint the drawer fronts—that seems really dated (or too DIY “see what you can do with a coat of paint”). But what about painting the top and sides? Or just the legs (or are we done with dipped)?

I realize this scheme looks a bit too plucked right from the Ikea catalog, but I’ll remedy that. I have promised them a rug, but that’s a whole other post.

B O Y S  B E D R O O M  i n F L O R I D A 

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Ikea furniture, cork flooring, and Etsy artwork in the boys’ room.

WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE CHESTS?
Leave both chests unfinished?
Paint one white, leave the other?
Paint the tops of the chests white? 
Paint the tops & sides white?
Dip the legs in white paint ? 

Here are half a dozen rooms with unfinished elements. Thoughts?

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Photo by Martin Cederblad

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Dutch houseboat on Airbnb

Girls Room With Unfinished Wood Furnishings

Children’s furniture by Bedzrus

Plywood Decorations For Kids Rooms

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Ikea hack via House & Home

Crafty Quirky Boys Room With Plywood

Photo by Sam McAdams Cooper for Home Life

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Get the Look: Reclaimed Wood Bedroom Furniture

Continuing with yesterday’s theme of reclaimed wood furniture, specifically, beds made from reclaimed wood, today, we’re rounding out the bedroom with reclaimed wood dressers, stools, nightstands, chests, bookshelves, and benches Again, the look is inspired by Monday’s Design Diary post, “Hutker Architects Goes Graphic On Martha’s Vineyard,”

Reclaimed and/or rustic pieces can add texture to a crisply modern white space, blend into a well-patina’d industrial loft, or mix easily with early colonial and naif folk styles. Of course reclaimed wood furnishings are also at home among vintage finds. Don’t use too much of it. One piece in a room, or a few sprinkled throughout the house, does the trick.

Here are 20 pieces of reclaimed wood bedroom furniture.

Reclaimed Wood Dresser Nightstand Chest Stool Bookshelf

Reclaimed Wood Dresser Desk Console Coffee Table Mirror

Reclaimed Wood Dresser Nightstand Chest Side Table

S H O P P I N G

1 Alexa Reclaimed Wood 7-Drawer Dresser, $1,499 at West Elm.

2 Faceted Salvaged Woodblock Side Table, $298 at Anthropologie.

3 Bleeker Reclaimed / Recycled Bookcase, $2,290 at Hayneedle.

4 Anders Recycled Boat Wood Nightstand, $239.20 at Horchow.

5 Reclaimed Wood Slate Top Side Table, $298 at Anthropologie.

6 Reclaimed Sheesham Wood Four-Drawer Chest,  at Trade Furniture.

7 Reclaimed Ipé Bench by Zanini de Zanine at 1st Dibs.

8 Reclaimed Wood Atwood Chest, $1,699 at Crate & Barrel.

9 James Reclaimed Wood Square Mirror, $258 at Bellacor.

10 Rustic Reclaimed Wood Butcher Serving Table, $931.99 at Hayneedle.

11 Sebastian Reclaimed Wood & Steel Industrial Side Table, $479.40 at Horchow.

12 Kintamani Rainbow Palette Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, $502.99 at Novica.

13 Reclaimed Wood & Steel Hendrix Desk, $1,499 at Crate & Barrel.

14 Marpole Reclaimed Pine Dresser, $1,298at Anthropologie.

15 Dora Asam Wood Side Table by Safavieh, $347.60 at Burke Decor.

16 Minadoka Reclaimed Teak Stool by Safavieh, $446 at Burke Decor.

17 Reclaimed Pine Cross X-Base Desk, $594 at West Elm.

18 Copenhagen 3-Drawer Reclaimed Wood Dresser, $1,499 at West Elm.

19 Reclaimed Wood Dipped Log Stool/Table, $298 at Anthropologie.

20  Trompe l’oeil Rustic Wood Mural, $170 at Burke Decor.

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Get the Look: 20 Rustic Reclaimed Wood Beds

Yesterday’s Design Diary, “Hutker Architects Goes Graphic On Martha’s Vineyard,” featured an airy, pale blue master bedroom with a cathedral ceiling that the homeowners furnished with a simple reclaimed wood platform bed and plank-front reclaimed pine nightstands that they ordered from the Sundance Catalog.

The rustic style wood pieces work particularly well in this bedroom in that they help bridge the outdoor space of the deck with the interior. The bold graphic rug reiterates the clean, modern design, providing a satisfying juxtaposition of texture and style.

Today I’ve pulled together a collection of 20 beds with a rustic feel, most created from actual reclaimed wood (though a few are just executed in a reclaimed woods style.) The sources range from well-known favorites that include West Elm and Crate & Barrel, some popular e-retailers, such as Burke Decor, a great site that sells amazing consignment pieces, called Chairish, and a couple of well-priced English sites, like FurniturePlus, for those abroad.

 

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Reclaimed Wood Beds Rustic Furniture

S H O P P I N G

1 Copenhagen Reclaimed Wood Bed on Iron Base, $1,799 at

2 Pendleton Reclaimed Barnwood Bed, $1,925

3 Austen Reclaimed Wood Bed$599 

4 Oh My Wood! Geo Headboard, $698

5 Sierra Repurposed Teak Platform Bed, $1,599

6 Richardson Reeves Reclaimed Wood Bed, $1,995 

7 Stria Reclaimed Wood Bed, $899

8 Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Day Bed, $1,299

Tioga Pass Platform Bed, $2,495 

10 Woodland Slumber Canopy Bed, $2,698

11 Magical Thinking Bohemian Platform Bed, $649

12 Oh My Wood! Pyramid Headboard, $698

13 Blu Dot Woodrow Panel Bed, $1,399

14 Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Bed, $1,199

15 Mason Wax Pine Headboard, $799

16 Reclaimed Wood Queen Headboard, $425

17 Devonshire Tarka Pine Bed£289  

18 Pacifica Reclaimed Barnwood Platform Bed, $2,295

19 Magnussen River Ridge Storage Panel Bed, $1,039.99

20 Plank Stocks Bed, £999 

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Design Diary: Hutker Architects Goes Graphic on Martha’s Vineyard

Hutker Architects coined a term for the style of home they’ve been busily building on Martha’s Vineyard for the past 25 years: “new regional vernacular.” Peter Cappuccino, lead architect on this project explains it as using traditional forms and familiar materials but applying them in new ways, while designing to suit a modern lifestyle.

Anne and Peter’s Vineyard home is a perfect example. I wrote about it in an article called “Vineyard Dreams” for the Cape & Islands issue of The Boston Globe Magazine on Sunday, July 20. I hope you will click through to read the story, as well as scroll down here for additional photos and notes.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

There are both water and wooded views from the steeply sloping site. Here, the deck, which connects the public spaces of the living room, kitchen, and screened porch, looks north. Here, the master bedroom deck has an amazing view towards Nantucket Sound. From the corner, one can see the steamship ferry come and go from Wood’s Hole.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

All the rooms enjoy what Cappuccino called “single width volumes,” meaning every room has at least three exposures. One ascends the stairs, enters through a single story space with a standing seam metal roof. To the right a two story space houses the kids rooms downstairs and guest suite, with a private stair. The two-story volume in the middle towards the back holds the master suite upstairs, also with private stair, and kitchen below. There’s also a family room behind that. The long room jutting into the foreground on the left is a double living room and dining room with cathedral ceiling. Decks and a screened porch run along the other side.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

Courtney Fadness, who recently moved on from Hutker, designed the home’s interiors using a high/low approach, using fun graphic pieces. The Standishes, who have three college aged kids, wanted the home to feel cozy, but with plenty of pattern and splashes of color. Fadness says, “Since it’s nestled in the trees, rather than on the beach, we could play with a more saturated palette than if we had been tied to ocean hues.”

A custom diamond pattern sisal by Merida is the base layer that runs the length of the huge room. A Moroccan-inspired dhurrie by Madeline Weinrib defines the seating area above. The sofa is a custom piece by Vioski, upholstered in a linen blend by Romo. It has a notch cut out on the back for a console table, so when you approach from dining room, you see shelves on that side. Fadnes says, “It feels more inviting, and its sculptural silhouette looks beautiful from all angles.”

Martini side tables in red by West Elm provide pops of color and the  Madison & Grow “Elizabeth” wallpaper in “Peacock on Shimmer” adds an additional graphic element and a subtle touch of teal. The Danish modern chairs with blue velvet upholstery are from 1st Dibs. The colorful glass lamp is by Tracy Glover.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

The dining room, which precedes the double living room space, is dominated by a live edge wood table with a steel insert and base that the couple found on 1st Dibs, along with a statement chandelier. The wood slat and metal chairs are outdoor pieces from Terrain, and the upholstered chairs add heft and height.

The Currey & Company “Bayside” chandelier is wrought iron hand-wrapped in abaca rope; a nod to the beach. She says, “The not too serious interpretation of a traditional form adds feminine curves; it’s a nice juxtaposition to the more modern and masculine table. It also helps fill the volume of the space, without feeling heavy or obstructing views.”

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

The wall on either side of the fireplace is painted teal, a color pulled from the Madison & Grow wallpaper across the room. The chairs have a nice back, so can be oriented towards the first or the second seating areas. Metallic gold dot pillow from Anthropologie.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

Deeper into the space, pushing out towards the view, is the living room’s second seating area. The sofa and armchairs are Baker Furniture, upholstered in linen by Romo and a nubby brown fabric. and The assortment of reclaimed wood coffee tables are from Anthropologie, and the arc lamp from CB2.

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The screened porch has sturdy teak sofas with indoor/outdoor cushions.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

The kitchen is on smaller side, with a focus on the more practical aspects, The countertop is Caesarstone and the  the backsplash of stove is a river rock –painted cabinetry, tom Dixon pendants, the backsplash over the stove is a river rock, bringing outside elements in. The cabinetry have painted frames with frosted resin insets and the light pendants are Tom Dixon. The palette reflects the monochromatic contrast of white on dark found in several other places in the house.  The flooring in the entry and kitchen is budget- and user-friendly cork.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

“Ribbed” by Ferm Living wallpaper in the powder room again shows the play of light and dark, and also brings in organic shapes. The sink looks like hammered metal but is actually porcelain. The homeowners found the mirror. A limestone counter sits atop a bamboo vanity that’s the same color as the bamboo floor. The Kohler single handle faucet is brushed nickel.

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The kids hang in the casual family room, located behind the kitchen, to watch television.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

Anne likens the experience of her airy master bedroom to sleeping in a treehouse. All the walls, as well as the cathedral ceiling, are painted pale blue, as it were a continuation of the horizon. Graphic rug by Dwell Studio.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

The reclaimed wood bed and the reclaimed pine plank nightstands are from the Sundance Catalog. The large table lamps from Horchow boast striations that resemble layers of sand.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

The upper deck outside the master bedroom is perched above the screened porch.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

The guest room is outfitted with a wood-tiled West Elm nightstand and Thomas Paul botanical pillows.

Martha's Vineyard Home By Hutker Architects

The girls bedroom has bedding by John Robshaw.

Photography by Ken Richardson

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ARTmonday: Natsumi Hayashi Levitation Photos

When I have time, I like to get lost inside art websites. During one such journey, I started collecting images of women floating. Last night, I was poking around for more photos to add to the collection of floating female figures, when I came across an entire such series on Artsy, by Japanese-based photographer, Natsumi Hayashi.

Natsumi Hayashi, who lives in Tokyo with two cats (that’s pretty much all she listed in her bio), documents levitating self-portraits on her website  Yowayowa Camera (“yowayowa” means “weak” or “feeble” in Japanese). She also gives a bit of explanation of how she achieves this feat, though it was too technical for me to really get it. (I’m so not mechanically inclined, which puts a damper on my own photography skills.)

These levitating self-portraits are a lot of fun. I love her cute outfits and varied settings, from urban transportation centers to verdant fields. She seemed to do them practically daily back in 2011, not sure what she’s up to now. . .

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-14-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-29-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-19-2011

 Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-21-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-23-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-22-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 01-11-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 04-27-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-03-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-15-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 06-20-2011

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Natsumi Hayashi, Today’s Levitation: 05-31-2011

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Sunday Bouquet: Pink Garden Peony

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Instagram photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

I snagged this from my mother-in-laws garden last month, before she was on the Cape for the summer. Shhh, don’t tell. I think it’s a peony. I stuck it in a milk glass bud vase on my sideboard. Love the way it looks against the white wall. 

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Saturday Say It: Sparkle This Weekend

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Keep on sparkling.

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Montage: Colorful Window Trim

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.

E X T E R I O R S

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Intrinsik Architecture   •  John Clark Photo  •  Dwell 

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Faroe Islands

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Intrinsik Architecture   •  John Clark Photo  •  Dwell 

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Lucas Buitoni Architecture  •  Evelyn Müller Photography

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I N T E R I O R S

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The Kitchn

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Maureen “Mo” Ecke  •  Lucas Allen Photo  •   Country Living

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House to Home

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Photographs by Tami Christiansen  •   Casa Vogue Barasil

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Elle Decoration Sweden

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Photographs by Tami Christiansen  •   Casa Vogue Brasil

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C A P E   H O U S E

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Pella windows in Benjamin Moore “Baby Boy Blue

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