Fine Print: New Book By Architects Polhemus Savery DaSilva

Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects Book 2017

East Harwich, Mass.-based Polhemus Savery DaSilva is one of the region’s best-known architecture and building firm, with its coastal homes dotting the shores of Cape Cod. The new book, Living  Where Land Meets Sea: The Houses of Polhemus Savery DaSilva, celebrates 20 years of the company’s creating luxury coastal homes, not just on the ocean and bays, but rivers, lakes, and kettle ponds.

I was pretty familiar with PSDAB, though learned a lot more about it last spring when I worked on copy for Boston Magazine‘s Design Home 2016, which is perched high up at The Pinehills in Plymouth, Mass. overlooking Cape Cod. Living  Where Land Meets Sea features many more classic casual coastal beauties, including floor plans and elevations.

Here is a sampling of Cape Cod summer house architecture by Polhemus Savery DaSilva from their gorgeous new book Living Where Land Meets Sea with images by local photographer Brian Vanden Brink.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Waterside patio.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Shingle Style home on a Cape Cod river.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Paradise Cove in Chatham boasts charming starfish cutouts on the shutters, a PSDAB signature touch. (Be on the lookout for a story in Boston Globe Magazine on April 2nd on fire pits, which features the patio around back.)

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Riptide, a Colonial Revival in Chatham, Mass.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Riverfront home with long dock.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

This shingle clad, 2,000-square foot cottage has sailboat cut-outs on the shutters.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

Classic New England bungalows influences the screened porch of this lakeside house called Eagle’s Perch.

Cape Cod Summer Home By Polhemus Savery DaSilva Architects

An outdoor shower is a summer home must-have.

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ARTmonday: Justyna Przybylowska

Justyna Przybylowska is a Vancouver-based photographer with provocative, hard-edged work in both black and white and color, with many selections available on Society6.

Her art prints start at $64. Like most of the offerings at Society6, Przybylowska’s color and black & white photography prints are available in varying sizes, framed, printed on canvas or metal,  on iPhone cases, pillows, totes, greeting cards , hoodies, and other items.

You can see Justyna Przybylowska’s most recent work on her website PRZY, which she calls an online photographic exhibit of the world through her eyes. And then there’s her Instagram feed.

Here’s a sampling of her work from Society6, plus a selfie.

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Justyna Przybylowska, Trump

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Justyna Przybylowska, Untitled

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Justyna Przybylowska, Designer Drugs

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Justyna Przybylowska, Bull

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Justyna Przybylowska, Cake

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Justyna Przybylowska, Mangiare

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Justyna Przybylowska, Leg Through Void

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Justyna Przybylowska, Advice

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Justyna Przybylowska, Slasher

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Justyna Przybylowska, Legs

Justyna Przybylowska Self Portrait On Stairs

Justyna Przybylowska

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Get the Look: 21 Modern Brass Pendant Lights

Swapping out mundane hardware for more special styles is an easy upgrade that gives a big return. Opting for brass intensifies the results. Who would have thought that the design world’s sudden penchant for brass, especially brass pendant lights, on the heels of it being considered so utterly bourgeois would have such staying power? Brass accents instantly brighten and freshen a space. Doing brass in the kitchen is big.

Gone are the days of the builder’s brass chandelier over the dining table. There is so much good brass lighting on the market. My favorite lighting sites include StyleCarrot partners Lumens, Ylighting, and Destination Lighting, (all of which are having major sale events right now). Let’s look at the 21 modern brass pendant lights I picked out from there and elsewhere.

Modern Brass Pendant Lights For Kitchens & Baths

Modern Brass Pendant Lights For Kitchens & Baths

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1 Tom Dixon Bronze Copper Shade Pendant 

2 Hudson Valley Lighting Colebrook Round Pendant Light

3 Tom Dixon Brass Beat Pendant

4 Krisztian Mecs for Intueri Light Solo Pendant

5 Lee Broom Brass Fulcrum Pendant

6 Corrigan Studio Ballywillin Brass Dome Pendant 

7 Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey Rio Pendant

8 Duotone Cylinder Pendant  

9 Hoyne Brass Pendant 

10 Hudson Valley Lighting Lyons Aged Brass Pendant Light 

11 Felipe Lisboa from Viso Bolio Pendant Light 

12 Michael Anastassiades for Flos IC S Pendant Light 

13 Arteriors Sabine Pendant

14 Dee Brass Pendant Light

15 Ragtime Pendant Light 

16 Goodman Pendant Ligh

17 Pharaoh Pendant Light  

18 Rico Espinet for Robert Abbey Nova Pendant 

19 Kichler City Loft Pendant Light

20 Hudson Valley Rousseau Aged Brass Pendant Globe Light

21 Louis Poulsen Doo-Wop Pendant Light 

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Design Diary: Teen Blogger Gets a Makeover

I profiled the bedroom makeover of local teen influencer Alexa Curtis in the January 29th issue of the Boston Globe Magazine.

Curtis, who’s 19 and writes the affordable-lifestyle blog A Life in the Fashion Lane, came to her 500-square-foot North End one-bedroom apartment basically empty-handed, save for clothing and photos. Luckily she met designer Jenna-Lyn Croteau at the South End Open Market, who agreed to take on the project for a budget of less than $1,000.

Croteau, who’s 22, is a student at Boston Architectural College and the founder of the furniture restoration and design firm, Recycle Refinish Reuse. (She also assists the fabulously talented Alina Wolhardt of Wolf In Sheep Design, who just designed the new Flour Bakery.)

Jenna created Alexa’s white and gold look with a little money, lots of DIY finesse, and a handful of freebies Alexa was able to score in exchange for exposure on her blog.

Teen Blogger Alexa Curtis' Apartment Makeover - Bedroom

Photo by Samara Vise for the Boston Globe

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Alexa loves to display photos of her friends. Jenna clipped Polaroids of Alexa’s travels around Europe, including the Cannes Film Festival, to three rows of linen string above the campaign style nightstand. There are more snapshots tucked into a holder on the other wall, next to four enlarged photos in frames bought on clearance from HomeGoods that Jenna painted white. The Soho cityscape above the bed is from Minted, by Austin-based photographer Kaitlin Rebesco.

Jenna transformed aa 50-cent vase from the Salvation Army with gold spray paint. Croteau made a wall-hung headboard from plywood, foam, and quilted fabric. She even made the covered buttons. She has her own table saw, jigsaw, sander, and drill in her home workshop.

Ethan Allen supplied the bedding and throw pillows. (White bedding was a must since Alexa use the bed as a background for photographing outfits.) The diamond-pattern throw is from Walmart, and the Moroccan-style rug from Wayfair.

The tufted leatherette chair with nailhead trim was a splurge that Jenna found on Craigslist for $100; definitely their biggest purchase. Room & Board provided the black sheepskin pillow. The curtains are from Ikea; the rods were already there when Alexa moved in.

Teen Blogger Alexa Curtis' Apartment Makeover - Work Space

Photo by Samara Vise for the Boston Globe

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Jenna set up Alexa’s workspace on the other side of the bedroom. Responding to one of Alexa’s inspiration photos, Jenna made the desk by placing the top of an old trunk on the legs from two stools. A piece of found glass lets Curtis display snapshots underneath.

The Herman Miller fiberglass desk chair was a roadside find that was orange and very scratched up until Alexa primed and spray painted the seat white and the legs gold.

Jenna spotted the sparkly gold @ symbol at T.J.Maxx, which became the starting point for the art wall, which includes a print from Alexa’s dad and a pineapple print from Minted.

Alexa purchased the tall, mirrored chest from Overstock. Jenna revamped the dark metal honeycomb frame of an $8 mirror from the Salvation Army with white paint.

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Get the Look: 36 Modern Trivets

It’s true that most of us have stone countertops that can withstand heat, but I think (preferably) modern trivets still have a place in the kitchen.

Not long ago I put a Pyrex baking dish straight from the oven onto our granite countertop. It was wet. The entire dish, salmon included, exploded. Seriously. Exploded.

Many kitchens, including mine, mix countertops, using a different material for the island than for the rest of the workspaces. The ship-like cherry wood countertops on either side of our stove are scorched from the tea kettle. (Not my doing.) I leave a cork trivet nearby now.

And unless you have have a marble-topped Saarinen tulip table you don’t want to be putting hot dishes on your dining table.

Modern trivets. Marble trivets, brass trivets, bamboo trivets, silicone trivets, copper trivets, teak trivets, cork trivets. Yes, please.

Bamboo Trivets Silicone Trivets Cork Trivets Brass Trivets

Teak Trivets Alessi Trivet Modern Trivet Japanese Trivet

Agate Trivet Silicone Trivet Marble Trivet Chrome Trivet Brass Trivet

Cork Trivet Copper Trivet Modern Trivet Scandinavian Trivet

Colorful Trivet Wood Trivet Modern Trivet Finnish Trivet

1 SeaTeak Square Trivet 

2 Blomus Flex Flexible Trivet 

3 Futagami Brass Trivet  

4 Thirstystone Cork Utensils-Shaped Trivet 

5 Majamoo Trivet Set 

6 Joseph Joseph Stretch 100 Expandable Trivet 

7 Spectrum Euro Square Copper Trivet 

8 French Home Olive Fish Trivet 

9 French Home Olive Fish Trivet 

10 Hopeful Enterprise Metal Triangle Trivet 

11 Artek Siena Trivet  

12 Souda Aluminum Fin Trivet 

13 Thirstystone Rope Trivet

14 Alessi Tripod Trivet 

15 Jonathan Adler Agate Trivet 

16 Myria Expandable Trivet 

17 Menu Propeller Trivet 

18 White Marble Trivet Set  

19 Freshware ‘Living Tree’ Silicone Trivet Set 

20 Tom Dixon Brass Bone Trivet 

21 Bower Walnut Duo Server/Trivet 

22 Normann Copenhagen Rainbow Trivet 

23 Japanese Brass X Trivet  

24 Koziol Flame Trivet  

25 Nervous System Bamboo Radiolaria Trivet

26 Skagerak Folding Teak Dish Mat Trivet

27 Alessi Pescher Extensible Trivet 

28 Range Metal Trivet Set 

29 Muuto Groove Trivets 

30 Fermob Oiseaux Trivets

31 Skagerak Folding Teak Dish Mat Trivet 

32 Umbra Pulse Copper Trivet 

33 Hay Rhom Trivet

34 Ferm Living Outline Square Trivet 

35 Areaware Little Big Trivet

36 Fermob Ring Trivet 

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