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Montage: 21 Interiors With Statement Seascapes

I normally don’t go for seascapes. Especially a seascape with a sailboat, or worse, a lighthouse. That’s not to say I’m not ever attracted to seascapes. I even own a few, though they’re older purchases. One of our statement seascapes in particular holds major real estate in my living room—an Anne Packard oil painting. Packard is a prominent Provincetown artist, and while the work is hardly avant garde, it’s sedate, skilled, and looks great over the fireplace. Very grown up.

Lately I’ve been drawn to interiors that showcase statement seascapes that are photographs. Huge ocean vistas hung over a sofa, bed, or dining table that serve as the centerpiece of the room. Perhaps because the weather has been especially dismal in Boston this winter. I certainly like to keep my swimming pool photos in plain sight of my desk. But also, I’ve noticed that I’ve been appreciating the ocean more and more as I get older.

Or maybe it’s just that waves and beach art are a tad bit trendy. While a seascape (even a statement seascape at times) seems somewhat mundane in terms of subject matter, huge splashes of brilliant cerulean blue and tone-on-tone turquoise is rather appealing. It certainly meshes with my decor. I wonder if I could photograph the ocean in such a way that it could qualify as art. I think I’ll walk across the street and try it.

Until I post my own, here are 21 interiors with statement seascapes.


Home of Jeanne Chan of Shop Sweet Things  •  via Houzz


Tori Golub  •  NYC&G  •  Photo by Rick Lew




Thom Filicia


Ace Hotel London Shoreditch


William Hefner


Halyards Restaurant, St. Simons Island, GA
Photo by Sarah Winchester Studios


Timothy Whealan Interiors


Interior designer Steven Gambrel‘s Sag Harbor home
Seascape by Marine Hugonnier
Photo by Simon Upton  •  Elle Decor


The Fat Radish  •  Nicole Franzen

ocean art sfgirly by bay

Clements Design


Smitten Studio


Beach Art by Judith Gigliotti in the home of interior designer Jana Bek
Photo by Erik Melvin  •  Glitter Guide


Mega Bulb pendant by Sofie Refer for &tradition


Home of jewelry designer Meg Shackleton  •  Apartment Therapy


Steven Gambrel  •  Seascape by Marine Hugonnier


Zanotta Lama Chair by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba

ocean-art-over-bench-photo-Kara Rosenlund

Photo by Kara Rosenlund


Photo by Manolo Yllera



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Montage: 18 Rooms with Woven Wall Hangings

In November I blogged about the revival of the house plant in contemporary decor. Today, it’s about another 1970s decorating phenomenon, woven wall hangings. Woven wall hangings, be they monochromatic macrame wall hangings that look like they came from camp or more involved multicolored multi-textured fiber art extravaganzas, or even just a flat weave rug on the wall with some string pulled out (seriously, I’ve seen that), are everywhere.

Yes, you can find  funky woven wall hangings at Urban Outfitters and several beautiful hand-woven tapestries at Anthropologie, and of course Etsy has a plethora of woven wall hangings. All this weaving is actually referred to as fiber arts by serious artists, and I believe the art is thriving.

When I was visiting a friend in NYC this fall, I noticed a little place on an Upper East Side side street that offered weaving classes. I have a design-oriented friend who was so inspired by the recent spate of wall hangings in decor that she bought her own loom! I can’t wait to see the results. My mother-in-law has a huge, wonderful loom in her attic (she was a weaver before she became painter); perhaps I can get her to stage a revival and whip me something up.

The fiber wall hangings look really beautiful in isolation. I have been tempted to purchase one. But then I wonder if I could really pull off the look. Will it look too wooly? Too hippie? Too trendy? Here are 18 rooms with woven wall hangings that get it right. If you’re interested, I’ll follow up next week with a buying guide. Here’s that buying guide: Get the Look: 18 Woven Wall Hangings.


Wall hanging in L.A. home of fashion designer/boutique owner Chay Wike
Interior design by Lauren Soloff and Chay Wike
Photo by Brittany Ambridge  •  Domino


Wool fiber wall hanging by Lisa Garcia of Sonadora x Urban Outfitters


Wall hanging in California home of Erin Taylor of Bustle Events
Photo by Jessica Burke  •   The Everygirl


Fiber & feather wall hanging in restaurateur Ali Cayne’s West Village bedroom
Photo by Brittany Ambridge  •  Domino


Large macrame wall hanging in Brooklyn home  •  Apartment Therapy

Wall hanging for Room 404 in ACE Hotel, Portland, Oregon.  

Wall hanging by Sally England  in the  Ace Hotel, Portland, Oregon

wall-hanging- Smitten Studio & A Sunny Afternoon ABM

DIY Copper Wall Hanging  by  Smitten Studio


Vintage wall hanging in home of photographers Cody Cloud + Julia Galdo of JUCO
Design Sponge


Vintage wall hanging in LA home of artist Karen Kimmel
Photo by Sarah Shreves  •  Design Sponge


Wall weavings by Rachel of Smile & Wave in home of Arrow & Apple blogger
A Beautiful Mess


DIY tapestry wall hanging by Laura Gummerman  •  A Beautiful Mess


All Roads Mineral Collection


Macrame wall hanging in a room by Jenny J Norris Interiors


Wall hangings by fiber artist Julie of  Hazel & Hunter x Urban Outfitters


Wall hanging by Brooklyn-based Aussie weaver Maryanne Moodie


Sally England  •  Ace Hotel, Portland, Oregon


Platform Pop Up Shop in LA by Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow


Lena Corwin x Urban Outfitters

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Montage: 28 Rooms With Roller Shades

Yesterday I was having lunch with a friend who also happens to be an interior designer about to embark on gutting her family’s new home. “I hate roller shades,” she said, to which I gleefully replied, “I love our roller shades! They disappear at the top of the window; you can’t see them at all.”

She reasoned we must have had a good installer, rather than the cheapie versions meant for homeowners to pop in themselves. Nope. My husband put them up, and did a damn fine job. It’s pretty easy to get a great look out of a roller shade on your own, assuming you can measure (and re-measure) accurately and are semi-handy with a drill. Neither are strong points of mine, but luckily my husband is good at this sort of thing.

For the nurseries back in our bungalow in D.C., and then for the boy’s bedrooms in Boston I ordered white duck Roman shades from Smith & Noble. They worked out well; I particularly like the wooden piece on the pull cord (what’s that called anyway?).

Then I discovered The Shade Store. I ordered a zillion roller shade samples in every kind of white, from blackout to solar to papery linens, and made my picks. I used bright white blackout roller shades in the bedrooms (we face East… the sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean and is blinding). If you look at the first photo below, carefully, you can make out the shade rolled up neatly at the top of the window. Basically invisible, right? (I realize the shade on the door is hardly ideal, but I couldn’t come up with another solution.)

Ready to measure: Have a look at my post “Workbook: How to Measure Windows for Blinds


Master bedroom in our house on the Cape


White roller shades over wood framed doors  •  Champion Blinds


Laura Garner  •  GKW Working Design


Vermont Integrated Architecture


White roller shades in Portland, Maine bedroom
Whitten Architects  •  Photo by Rob Karosis


Solar shades on sun porch windows by The Shade Store


Black solar shades in contemporary Charleston, SC living room
All About Windows Inc.


Bismut + Bismut Architects  •  Photo by Francis Amiand


Black roller shade in the kitchen of Rita Hazan’s home
Photo by Brittany Ambridge for Domino


Gradient blind DIY project  •  Bambula


Mountain shade DIY project  •  Bambula


Cortinas roller shades by Hunter Douglas/Luxaflex


White roller shades and a sheepskin rug  •  Design Sponge


Solar shades in contemporary dining room in Chelsea,NYC
Brett Beyer Photography  •  Drew McGukin Interiors


Ikea Urban blind with added red trim  •  Bambula


Nursery with white shades in Amsterdam  •  Apartment Therapy


White roller shade in pastel living room in Rotterdam  •  VT Wonen


 Rattan chairs, oak flooring and white roller shades
Photo by Mia Linnman • Solid Frog


Tree roller blind in blue by Bodie and Fou


Victorian home in London  •  Air Space Locations


Eichler home  •  Apartment Therapy


 Black roller shades at American Blinds




Roller shades built into wood framed windows in Brooklyn brownstone
Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture


Large white roller shade in Grand Rapids, Michigan kitchen
Green Apple Design  •  Solomon Building Group


Roller shades in contemporary kitchen with Wishbone chairs in Toronto.
Croma Design   •  Michael Graydon Photography


Stenciled roller shade  •  Photo by Tjitske Lions  •  VT Wonen


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Montage: 25 White Rooms With Plants

Decorating with plants is a thing now. I suppose, with the emphasis on nature and bringing the outdoors in, the re-appearance of the houseplant was inevitable. But why did they go away in the first place? It’s not like a plant should be a style statement. But yeah, it was, and is.

Houseplants were very in vogue in the 1970s. Decorating with plants probably started taking hold in the ’60s, with all the hippies, potters, and peace/free love stuff happening. Chunky gold wool and macramé plant hangers and brown glazed ceramic pots were a hallmark of 1970s interior design. Growing up, our house was rife with spider plants. I also remember my mother having plants called Wandering Jews. What’s up with that?

While platforms, cork wedges, flares, and jumpsuits came ’round again much more quickly, decorating with plants, macramé plant holders, and artsy crafty textile wall hangings have just returned to the mainstream as stylish interior accents. Of course, if you’re attuned to these sorts of style matters, you well know that it’s succulents, cacti, and air plants that hold the spotlight.

I’m seeing more and more examples of people decorating with plants all over Pinterest, as well as real estate sites, as more and more sellers become savvy to staging. A well-placed indoor tree never fell out of favor with designers and stylists who needed to add life and height to interior photos. But now we’re seeing maker and style types in general decorating with plants.

I often have a succulent in my living room. I like the idea of growing an aloe plant, lest I need fresh aloe for a burn or somesuch ailment. Trader Joe’s sells succulents for rather little money. Even if I can’t keep them alive for long, succulents have a more extended lifespan than flowers. I’ve also taken to buying stalks of bamboo at Ikea. They really thrive. I tried my hand at airplants too, but it turns out that even though they don’t need dirt, airplants need to be soaked in water overnight every few weeks. All three of my airplants died within six months. I haven’t had a cactus in a while. Maybe I should get a cactus.

These 25 of-the-moment white rooms feature plenty of plants—succulents, cacti, leaves and branches in vases, and common houseplants, in corners, as centerpieces, as part of mantlepiece and credenza vignettes, hanging in kitchens, and tucked into corners in the bedroom.


Home of Happy Interiors blogger
Photo by Lina Gavénaité  •  Llamas Valley Magazine

apartment of Brechtje interior designer and stylist Jantien de Bood – Inside Out Magazine

Apartment of interior designer and stylist Jantien de Bood
 Inside Out Magazine via French By Design


Arhitektura Budjevac


Catskills home  •  Photo by Maxwell Tielman  •  Design Sponge


Australian country home  •  Photo by Tara Pearce  •  Design Sponge


Geo wall art DIY project  by  Vintage Revivals

Femina-home of photographer and stylist Line Kay iHome of photographer and stylist Line Kay in Norway  •  Femina


Copper tubing plant rod DIY project by Plan B by Morganours


L.A. apartment of graphic designer/photographer/blogger Jessica Comingore
Photo by Jennifer Young  •  The Everygirl


Design by Orlando Soria  •  Photo by Tessa Neustadt  •  via Apartment 34


Quebec apartment offered on Renter’s Pages


Austin, Texas home  •   Apartment Therapy


Catskills home  •  Photo by Maxwell Tielman  •  Design Sponge


Bedroom makeover of designlovefest blogger Bri Emery  •  Photo by Laure Joliet


Home of Fashion Toast blogger Rumi Neely
Photo by Tessa Neustadt   •  Elle


Home of Avenue Lifestyle blogger Holly Marder


Brooklyn brownstone bedroom design by Kelly Behun Studio
Photo by Douglas Friedman   •  New York Magazine 


Australian country home  •  Photo by Tara Pearce  •  Design Sponge


Home of Smitten Studio blogger Sarah Sherman Samuel


Upcycled leather sofa DIY project by Vintage Revivals


Manhattan Beach home by West Haddon Hall  •  Photo by Bethany Nauert


Apartment offered by Swedish real estate agency Stadshem


Apartment offered by Swedish real estate agency Erik Olsson


DIY plant shelf project  •  A Beautiful Mess  •  Photo by Sarah Rhodes

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Montage: 13 Bathrooms With Tiled Vanity Countertops

I still haven’t figured out what to do about the pink Formica countertop on the vanity in Florida. Buying a piece of stone is out—definitely no budget for that. And really, it’s a basic, white tiled bathroom, so it doesn’t call for a slab of luxurious stone anyway. There’s no way I am paying for an updated lamintate countertop. Blech. So I’ve been looking at tiled vanity countertops.

I think tiling the vanity countertop is the way to go. I’ve come across a number of how-to articles for installing tile over laminate;  how-to tile is a rather popular DIY project. We also need to swap out the light fixture above the mirror. The vanity lighting fixture that’s there is now  more appropriate for a C-lister’s dressing room. Maybe we can tuck some LED strip lights behind molding and add a more contemporary light fixture. This industrial-style bathroom light bar could also be an interesting look.

Perhaps my husband could get to work on some simple changes over winter break when we’re there. After all, he has all sorts of tools—step ladder, pliers, wrenches, and plenty of stuff I can’t even name. It’s nice that he’s handy : )

It’s hard to find examples of cute bathroom vanity countertops with tiles, I’m guessing because it’s a low budget solution and gorgeous, photographed homes showcase more upscale materials. I did find 13 bathrooms with tiled vanity countertops that are quite nice. I should go for it, right?


 Photo by Jonas Ingerstedt


Home of architect Lisa Breeze  •  Design Sponge


Home of designer Ana Spiro  •  Apartment Therapy


Maison Hand Design

tile-bath- ixxi-enigheid-nl

Bathroom of blogger Iris Vank of Enigheid for Ixxi


Marie Claire Maison


Tracy A. Stone Architect


Maison Hand Design



Photo by Julie Ansiau


Fired Earth via Sunset Magazine


Home of vintage furniture dealer Annabel Gueret  •  Elle Decoration South Africa