ARTmonday: Three New Additions in Shades of Black, White & Grey at Webster & Company

We’ve added seven more pieces to the installation I curated with Mr. Webster for his showroom, Webster & Company, at the Boston Design Center. All abstracts in shades of black, white, and grey, by artists with distinct styles.

The first four are by Betty Carroll Fuller, whose work I first saw on the Outer Cape.  An art professor at Cape Cod Community College, Fuller’s work presents abstract forms, lines, and layers of color that are simple and spare, but not spartan. The next abstract painting is by Jen Kelly, a Hingham-based artist who studied art at Boston College and has a master’s in social work. Kelly paints abstracts and landscapes while combining the arts with social causes. The third is Jen Bradley, who my friend Stephanie Walker of Waitsfield, Vermont gallery Walker Contemporary brought to the mix. Bradley is a Boston-born artist who earned a B.F.A at MassArt and teaches at South Shore Art Center, paint, screen-printing, glazes, and drawing in her abstract works.

Webster & Company is hosting an opening this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 6pm-8pm at the showroom at the Boston Design Center. Please let me know if you’d like to attend.

Betty Carroll Fuller Black & White Artwork at Webster & Co

Betty Carroll Fuller, Family Reunion, 2012


Betty Carroll Fuller, Mean Girls, 2013

Betty Carroll Fuller Black & White Artwork at Webster & Co

Betty Carroll Fuller, Summer, 2011


Betty Carroll Fuller, When Grey Clouds Turn Black, 2014


Jen Kelly, Music to My Ears


Jen Bradley, Paradise V


Jen Bradley, Paradise III


Works by all 21 artists now installed
at Webster & Company, Boston Design Center

See a sampling here.

Next week I’ll post some installation shots in the Webster & Company showroom.

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Sunday Bouquet: Fall Floral Arrangement on Marlborough

Fall Floral Arrangement Outdoors In Boston

This vibrant fall floral arrangement is outdoors in front of a building on Marlborough Street in my neighborhood in Boston. It’s simple but gorgeous, with typical fall flowers, great greens, and a trio of pumpkins.

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Saturday Say It: Avoiding the Negative

Positive Quotes From Oprah Winfrey

Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.
 –Oprah Winfrey

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Get the Look: 20 Pops of Pink

Last time I embraced true pink was in the early years of high school, in the throes of the era of John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink movie and Madonna’s Like a Virgin album. (Yeah, album. that was 1984). I saved up for the most darling pink ballet flats by Gloria Vanderbilt. The leather was like buttah. I wore them with lace ankle socks. (I always wanted lace anklets but my mother insisted those and black patent Mary Janes were for little girls who went to church.) At this point, despite the whole Madonna thing, I was probably too old to be wearing them.

Flash forward a zillion years to Fall 2015, where pink pieces overtook runways. Prada, Gucci,Alexander McQueen, Lela Rose, Dolce & Gabanna, Ralph Lauren, and Chanel all showed versions of pink, from the palest blush to the most obnoxious bubble gum. Since Barbie is so not my thing, if I were going to play with pink, I’d gravitate toward blush tones, and pinks colored with a touch of melon.

I did a small roundup of ladylike pink styles in the Boston Globe on Sunday (In the Pink), which I’m following up here with 20 pops of pink, including pink fur outerwear, pink shoes and handbags (just use one pink accent, you can still get the effect), and some accessories and makeup. (I actually enjoy a rosy pink lip stain.)




1 Kiesza Rabbit Fur Vest at Calypso.

2 Danielle Earrings in Rose Quartz by Kendra Scott at Cusp.

3 Folded Leather Cardholder at Cos.

4 Lip2cheek in Demure by RMS Beauty  at Net-A-Porter.

5 Rockstud Ballerina Flats by Valentino at Nordstrom.

6 Tweed Print Wool Sweater by Escada at Nordstrom.

7 Pillow Pie Nail Polish by Smith & Cult at Blue Mercury.

8 Leatherstripe Square Satchel at Tory Burch.

Stella Suede Pump at J.Crew.

9 Alba Faux Fur Coat at Reiss.

10 Izzy Cardigan With Detachable Fur Collar at Alice & Olivia.

11 Piani Flower Stick Pin at Reiss.

13 Pink Shearling Bootie by Fendi at Nordstrom.

14 Sofia Lace Underwire Bra by Heidi Klume at Net-A-Porter.

15 Lillie High Collar Lace Dress at Reiss.

16 Soho Suede & Rose Gold Watch by RumbaTime at Shopbop.

17 Dayna Ruched Dress by DVF at Cusp.

18 Cheek To Chic Swish & Pop Blush by Charlotte Tilbury at Net-A-Porter.

19 Debbie Suede Platform Pump by Charlotte Olympia at Saks.

20 Shearling Popoche Pouch by Jerome Dreyfuss at Shopbop.

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ARTmonday: Photography from Tappan Collective

Yesterday morning I was catching up on my Pinterest boards when I came across this crisp bedroom designed by L.A. based designer Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors. I love the sapare design and mix of white, charcoal and wood, but what really caught my eye was the misty landscape photo (affordable artwork I suspected/hoped) tinged in pink. (Clearly I’m still stuck on my blush and charcoal color palette.)  The photo was handily captioned, crediting this statement photo to Brian Merriam.

Brian Merriam is a self-taught, Brooklyn-based photographer whose prints are sold though Tappan Collective. Founded by two young Los Angeles natives, Chelsea Neman and Jordan Klein who met at the University of Michigan, Tappan Collective is yet another great source for affordable artwork. I explored the photography section and came up with these 14 images that are thoroughly appealing. Eight of them are photographic portraits of partially obscured women. A pretty good match for my taste I’d say.


Amber Interiors  •  Photo by Tessa Neustadt


Brian Merriam, Mist Six


Brian Merriam, Mist One


Dafy Hagai, Xenn


Amanda Charchian, Nobody Quite Knows What To Make Of The Moon Anymore 2


Hughes Laurent, Truus


Hughes Laurent, Vogue


Gia Coppola, Gabbi


Lani Trock, Once, We Danced


Shay Spaniola, Costa Rica 1


Ward Roberts, Court 16


Annelie Vandendael, Sois Belle 3


David Kitz, Color Portrait #4


Matin Zad, Still Life With Dirt

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