Montage: 16 Modern Bathrooms With Floating Vanities

I know I’ve been posting an abundance of bathroom images lately (contrasting tile bathroom floors, tiled bathroom vanities, swatches of bathroom floor tiles), the thinking being a solution for the pink laminate bathroom counter and pink tile floor in the Florida condo bathroom will suddenly present itself.

It seems as though tiling over the counter would be most cost-effective, but I wonder what it would cost to demo the whole darn blocky vanity and put in a simple slab, which would really open up the space, or find a modestly priced floating bathroom vanity, like one of the glossy white sink cabinets from IKEA, or maybe even this Caro vanity that resembles plywood (I had obsessed over a plywood floor for the condo before settling on the cork floor). A floating vanity rather than a simple slab, would be a better for storage, obviously.

It’s true that the bathroom is fairly traditional, certainly basic, with (now) white tile and white grout, and basic white porcelain tub with glass shower doors, but I don’t think it’s a matter of choosing traditional versus contemporary bathroom style, but rather mixing the elements for a simple, clean, with maybe even a hint of Scandinavian style.

Here are 16 modern bathrooms with floating vanities.

floating-vanity-- images by I. Foord | via HomeLife | project by Doherty Design Studio.

Doherty Design Studio  •  Photo by I. Foord  •  HomeLife


Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors  •  Photo by Armelle Habib • HomeLife




Hearth Studio  •  Photo by Lauren Bamford



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Mikayla Rose Design  •  Photo by Eve Wilson   •  The Design Files

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Home of designer Suzanne Gorman  •  Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files


Bolig Magasinet


Smitten Studio


 Stine Langvad  •  Photo by Joachim Wichmann  •  The Style Files

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Laplace & Co.


 Taverne Agency


New York Times


Elle Espana

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Katty Schiebeck

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2B Group

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Style Right Now: 21 Patterned Coats, Street Style

The weather has been perfect in Boston—sunny, slightly breezy, just a tinge of crisp. Not that I’d really know; I pretty much haven’t left the house in almost a week I have so much work. But the living rooms windows are wide open. All too soon it will be jacket time and then we’ll be pulling on serious down puffers and shearling lined boots. But right now, we’re in the throes of autumn.

Here’s what the street style stars are wearing atop their casually studied outfits. Lots of patterned toppers, from boxy checks to graffiti print along with a floral or too. There are also animal skin prints, plaids, and marled tweedy coats. Here are 21 patterned coats, street style.


Stylist Angela Scanlon   •  London Fashion Week  •  Photo by Amar Daved  •  Elle


London Fashion Week  •  Photo by Diego Zuko  •   Harper’s Bazaar

floral-coat-Giovanna Battaglia - Rochas coat.

Giovanna Battaglia in Rochas  •   Carolines Mode


Coat + bag by Emerson Fry


Fashion editor Christine Centenera in Celine coat  •  London Fashion Week


Pop art topper  •  Milan Fashion Week  •  Photo: Imaxtree


Carven coat  •  Photo by Diego Zuko  •  Harper’s Bazaar


Caroline de Maigret in Fendi  •  Photo by Diego Zuko  •  Harper’s Bazaar


Giovanna Battaglia  •  Harper’s Bazaar


Chiarra Ferragni of The Blonde Salad in Milly coat.


Photo by Silvia Olsen


Perforated topper.


Viviana Valpolicella  •  Photo by Diego Zuko  •   Harper’s Bazaar


Photo by Michela Biasibetti  •  Fashion Vibe

kylie jenner. plaid overcoat.

Kylie Jenner


Georgia Hardinge coat and Celine Edge bag  •  A Shah’s Life


Stylist Elisa Nalin




Christine Centenera


Olivia Palermo  •  London Fashion Week  •  Photo by Diego Zuko  •  Harper’s Bazaar

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Covet: Drip Vases by Brian Giniewski

Dipped Earthenware Vases At Gretel Home


Photo by Claudia Uribe Touri   for   Gretel Home

These earthenware Drip vases are hand-made in Syracuse, New York by Brian Giniewski.  Glossy glaze, formulated in such a way that allows the artist to suspend it’s drip,  is juxtaposed against a grainy, matte finish of the vase’s body. Alluring pastel colors and earthy textures in sophisticated but not too serious silhouettes. 

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Get the Look: 28 Modern Platform Beds

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done a furniture roundup, and since I’ve been thinking about mattresses, namely going up to a king on Cape Cod, where we have a platform bed, I settled on pulling together modern platform beds. We have a gorgeous white oak contemporary platform bed that we purchased before the house was done. We used the wood sample as inspiration for the white oak floors. We’re always bumping into its sharp corners though.

Everybody seems to be obsessed with upholstered headboards these days (I have one of those too, a white slipcovered upholstered bed from Pottery Barn), but I prefer the clean lines of a platform bed. As stylish furniture goes, a platform bed is clean, simple, and functional. Plus there are a number of styles, from low-to-the-ground upholstered beds, like the Nook Platform Bed by Blu Dot, which comes in a bunch of fun colors, to inexpensive platform beds with storage drawers that are good for kids’ rooms, to platform beds with integrated nightstands like the Skyline Modern Platform Bed and the Contour Walnut Platform Bed with Wood Slat Headboard.

Here are 28 modern platform beds in a variety of materials and silhouettes. (The prices are for queen size, unless indicated, but many come in other sizes too.)




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1 Boerum Natural Light Wood Platform Bed, $998

2 Newbury Platform Bed by South Shore, $140.42

3 Case Study Alpine Platform Bed by Modernica, $3,495

4 Nook Platform Bed by Blu Dot, $1,499.99

5 Abstract Fretwork Light Wood Platform Bed, $749.99

6 Andes Concrete Platform Bed with  Nightstands, $849  

7 Chevron Platform Bed, $999

8 Red Powder-Coated Steel Platform Bed, $399

9 Companions Bed by Studioilse, $4,695

10 Case Study V Leg Platform Bed by Modernica, $1,029

11 Madison Tufted Leather Platform Bed, $6,839

12 FJELLSE Platform Bed, $49.99 (full size)

13 MALM Birch Platform Bed with Storage Drawers, $399

14 Nook Platform Bed by Blu Dot, $1,499.99

15 Platform bed with Storage Drawers, $319.99

16 Osborn Four-Poster Platform Bed, $1,499

17 Supra Platform Bed With Cane Headboard, $1,099

18 Reve Upholstered Platform Bed, $2,434.40

19 Fifties Platform Bed, $999

20 Templeton Upholstered Bed by Jonathan Adler, $3,595

21 Avery Bed, $895 (full size)

22 DUKEN Platform Bed, $199

23 Zack Platform Bed, $1,607

24 Harbour Cane Bed, $1,395

25 Astrid Platform Bed, $2,620

26 Waste Bed in Scrapwood by Piet Hein Eek, $13,226

27 Mod Upholstered Platform Bed, $599

28 Copenhagen Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed, $1,899

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Montage: 16 Rooms with Asian Cabinets

Little known fact (if you haven’t known me forever): I was an Asian Studies/Chinese Language & Literature major in college. This otherwise rich course of study included just one Asian art history course. Said course included nothing as pedestrian as Asian furniture. I took a Chinese Art course later on, and that too was highbrow. We roamed the ceramics galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but never ventured near the furniture. (I actually don’t even know what kind of Asian furniture collection the Met has.)

Years later, here in Boston, I took a History of Furniture class at the BAC, but I don’t recall covering East or South Asian furniture in that either. Chairs from ancient Greece and Rome, yes. Louis this and that, Chippendale, of course, but nothing non-Occidental. Accidental?

That said, while I have a strong academic interest in various aspects of Asian culture, I can’t say I’ve been drawn to Asian furnishings for my house. (Perhaps if I knew the background, I’d be more included to integrate Asian pieces into the decor.) I’ve noticed lately, especially in British decor magazines, Asian furniture incorporated into Scandinavian-influenced spaces. It’s quite a modern look.

The  Chinese wedding cabinets (otherwise known as an armoire with Asian-style hardware), look quite good in black or a pop of color in all white spaces. There’s one instance below in which an unpainted, rustic wood Asian cabinet pairs perfectly with an Eames chair. And I’m intrigued by this Dynasty cabinet with lattice design. Here are 16 rooms that feature Asian cabinets in fresh ways.


Photo by Peter Carlsson  •  Hus o Hem




Photo by Kirsten Hinder  •  House & Home

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Jacques Grange Interior Design


Angel At My Table


Living Etc.


Tessa Chrisp  •  NZ House & Garden


Black Balloon Photography


Home of Tine Kjeldsen, owner/designer of  Tine K Home  •  Photo by Birgitta Wolfgang Drejer




Abaton Architecture  •  Photo by Bethlehem Imaz


House to Home






Skona Hem

Chinese vintage bridal locker-baazar



Peter Wilds Design  •  Photo by Janis of Pinecone Camp  •  Anthology

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ARTmonday: 24 Black & White Abstract Artworks

That just a few strokes of black paint on a white canvas can have such impact, provokes a sense of wonder.  It could be bold colorblocking, some simple swirls, or seemingly carefree scratches. Well executed black & white abstract artworks use so little (but really so much), to present themselves as elegant and evocative.

I always admire black & white abstract artworks when I see them, most often in highly designed spaces in interior design magazines. A bit over two years ago I posted “Montage: 64 Rooms with Black and White Art,” showing room after room featuring black & white abstract artworks.

As I mentioned then, I find myself hesitating when confronted with purchasing such simple work, but really the payback is huge. You might think you could make that yourself, but you didn’t, and really, you couldn’t. Sure, you might be able to copy the piece, if you know which mediums to use and how to manipulate the materials, but as with fashion, it’s the most simple designs that are the most genius.

Here are 24 black & white abstract artworks, from masters that include Jean Arp, Josef Albers, and Jasper Johns, as well as less (or little) known contemporary artists.


Antoine Puisais


Brice Marden


David Band


Alan Johnston  •  Bartha Contemporary


Jaume Pinya


Jean Arp


Josef Albers


Mark Handforth


Matthew Feyld


Richard Serra


Victor Pasmore  •  Laing Art Gallery


Bernar Venet


Alexander Calder


Guy Vandenbranden


Jason Karolak


Jasper Johns  •  Matthew Marks Gallery


Jim Lee  •  Edward Thorp Gallery


Lisa Hochstein


Mark Rothko


Markus Amm  •  David Kordansky Gallery


Richard Diebenkorn


Teresita Fernandez  •  Lehmann Maupin Gallery


 Vivienne Griffin  •  Bureau Gallery


Maria Dukers

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Sunday Bouquet: Thistle

Thistle From Wildflowers Florist In Provincetown Cape Cod

Thistle  •  Wildflower of Provincetown
Photo by StyleCarrot/Instagram

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Saturday Say It: Make An Appointment. Like, Now.

Quote About The Worth Of A Good Haircut

You’re only as good as your last haircut. 

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Foodie Friday: 15 Fruity Breakfast Smoothies

I’ve finally started an exercise routine. Every fall when I return to Boston, I vow I will not be deterred by the overabundance of work. I make plans with friends to walk on the Esplanade around the Charles River, lift my pretty chartreuse weights every afternoon, and stretch out diligently at night. I even joined a gym before I left for the summer—David Barton—but it’s not opening until January. Spurred by the need to eat better too, I’ve pulled together over a dozen recipes of gorgeous fruity breakfast smoothies for today’s Foodie Friday post.

A few weeks ago on Facebook, I spotted a childhood friend of my husband’s, Sarah John, touting her exercise program for long, feminine muscles. Commenting that yes, I definitely wanted those, she encouraged me to sign up for her workout sessions via Skype, SarahJohnFitness. I took her up on it. We set a time, I downloaded the newest version of Skype, added SarahJohnFitness to the address book, bought a yoga mat, cleared a spot in the living room, and yes, I worked out. (You can find Sarah, of the long, lean muscles, on FB at Sarah John Fitness/virutalates —you won’t believe she just had her 3rd baby!)

I have my fourth session this morning. It’s getting easier. While I generally detest exercise, I like the core-centric, floor barre exercises, which are reminiscent of my dance class days in college, but way harder. I did Core Fusion at Exhale regularly, about five years ago, but didn’t keep it up. This is similar and takes a lot less time, seeing how I don’t have to leave my house. Plus, the sessions are only 30 minutes and private. Sarah says I’ll be able to join the longer group sessions soon; we shall see. My tummy is feeling a bit tighter.

I need to stop my morning chocolate habit. And afternoon chocolate habit. I’ve been attempting a more disciplined approach to eating, though that leads me to eat more somehow. Since I love smoothies, and like yogurt in the morning, I thought I’d consider concocting smoothies. Seems like a lot of effort, but they look delicious. Here are recipes for 15 fruity breakfast smoothies.


Cranberry Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie  •  Something the Wiser


Peach Recovery Smoothie  •  Healthy Seasonal Recipes


Strawberry Banana Smoothie  •  Dashing Dish


Peach Mango Smoothie  •  Andrea’s Recipes


Orange Creamsicle Smoothie  •  Averie Cooks


Pomegranate Yogurt Smoothie  •  Diethood


Raspberry Banana Smoothie  •  Vega


Apple Pie Smoothie  •  Ginger Snaps


Vegan Raspberry Coconut Smoothie  •  Creme de la Crumb


Dragon Fruit Smoothie  •  Jennifer Chong


Blueberry Muffin Smoothie  •  Teaspoon Of Spice


Blueberry Muffin Smoothie  •  Yeah…Immaeatthat


Vegan Peach Oat Smoothie  •  Minimalist Baker


Tropical Fruit Breakfast Smoothie  •  Half Baked Harvest


Tropical Sunshine Smoothie  •  Lovely Little Kitchen

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Very Vignette: Skateboard Art Over A Cot

Bench WIth Kilim Pillows And Statement Photo Of Skateboarder

Domino, Spring 2014

This is a corner of an art-filled house owned by Leanne Citrone, hair stylist and co-owner of Andy Lecompte Salon in L.A. Citrone and her husband, who began their art collection with a beach scene by Massimo Vitali, hired interior designer Lauren Soloff to help integrate their artwork with their decor.

A cot, with what I suspect is a spray painted base, is topped with a ticking covered cushion and stripey kilim pillows in pinks and oranges. Hanging above is a print of a skateboarder by photographer Hugh Holland, just one of three the couple owns. (The others hangs in their son’s room.)

Hugh Holland, who is represented by M+B Photo, documented the skateboarder scene in Los Angeles starting in 1975.

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