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Get the Look: 20 Modern Outdoor Planters

We have two bluestone patios right outside our house on the Cape; one in the front, and a smaller one in the back. The back one faces a little rose garden, meant to echo the larger rose garden “up the hill,” as we say, at my in laws house. Theirs was planted in honor of my husband’s grandmother, Florine. Unlike the front garden, in which I only allow white and blue/purple flowers (yes, the guy who plants the flowers and helps weed thinks I’m crazy), the back garden has yellow roses, coral roses, and violet roses. (I had the pink ones replanted at my in laws because the color was annoying me.)

I had always planned to do low long planters on the perimeter of the bluestone patio in the back, which is outside the guest rooms. Instead, that patio is sad and deserted (except for the roses, of course). My brother-in-law is getting married in Provincetown this summer (to a woman, just in case you’re wondering, given the locale), and much of the bride’s family will be staying at the house. This has motivated me to once again start thinking about enhancing the patios with planters.

While the funky, colorful ones are fun, they’re not really right. We’ll need minimalist planters with clean lines, planted with architectural forms, I think. No floppy pink pansies in terracotta troughs allowed. I’m thinking succulents and spiky grasses. I already grow some herbs in a vegetable garden (with our lone vegetable—or fruit rather—cherry tomatoes).

As for the front patio, given the lounge chairs and the view, we’re all set. Maybe the entry porch could use a pair of medium-sized planters as a welcome. Maybe brightly colored, planters could work there. Of course I’ll have to order all of this online; local garden shops only carry the usual traditional style planters. Yawn.

Here are 20 modern outdoor planters, most of which will work indoors too.

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S H O P P I N G

1. Greenbo Fiorina Planter Case

2. Arteriors Home Huntley Round Cachepot Planter

3. Barnacle Cube Pot

4. Case Study Cylinder Planter with Stand

5. Boskke Cube Planter

6. Capital Garden Products Geo Cube Planter

7. Raised Teak Trough Planter

8. Bloem Modica Planter

9. Pad Outdoor POD Aluminum Planter Ver 1.0

10. Planterworx Home Element Planter

11. Modernica Case Study 3 Bowl Plant Stand

12. Greenbo XL Designer Rail Planter

13. Wooly Pocket Planter

14. Hip Haven Retro Bullet Planter

15. Round Brushed Stainless Steel Burgdorf Planter

16. Cyan Design Box Woody Planter

17. Sunscape Cedar Square Planter

18. Steel Life Matchstick Planter Stand

19. Planterworx Home Element Rectangular Planter

20. Wallter Wall Planter

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Get the Look: 30 Colorful Dining Chairs

Oddly, in all these years, I’ve yet to pull together a roundup of modern dining chairs. I’ve done Get the Look posts for modern patio chairs, modern desk chairs, and modern dining tables, and plenty of other furnishings, but alas, no modern dining chairs. Until now. There’s quite a variety here. There all modern silhouettes, but some are wooden, others acrylic or plastic; only a couple have upholstered seats.

All of these modern dining chairs sport fun colors. There’s a dining room photo by Petra Bindel that I’ve been kind of obsessed with, featuring three Muuto Nerd chairs in pastels around a pale wood table in a white room. When I decorated the dining room in my friend Meredith’s NYC condo, we used Eames chairs in three different colors around a Saarinen pedestal table.

There are more brightly colored modern dining chairs around than you may think. Made.com has several chairs in fun colors, including a hot pink that’d make Barbie blush. Home furnishings site Lulu & Georgia is full of color, with a couple of great purple dining chairs, among others. Crate & Barrel and West Elm sometimes have amazing colors too, but you have to get them quick because they tend to only stock them for a season; and of course, Ikea is worth checking too.

Here are my 30 colorful, modern dining chair picks.

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S H O P P I N G 

1. Stacking Chair by  Lucian Randolph Ercolani 

3. Globus Chair by Jesús Gasca for Stua

4. Yeva Side Chair 

5. Edge Chair by Novague 

6. Cornell Chair

7. Pushpin Chair

8. L’eau Chairs

9. Ruby Chair

10. Dwight Chair 

11. Butterfly Chair by Lucian Randolph Ercolani

12. Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck

13. Isabella Leather Wrapped Side Chair 

14. Nerd Chair by David Geckeler for Muuto

15. About A Chair AAC22 by Hee Welling for Hay

16. Tucker Chair

17. Bleecker Chair by Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler

18. Modern Dining Chair

19. About A Chair AAC12 by Hee Welling for Hay

20. 111 Navy Chair by Emeco

21. Maui Armless Chair  by  Vico Magistretti 

22. Veda Chair 

23. Vintner Side Chair

24. Era Chair by Michael Thonet 

25. Alchemia Side Chair 

26. Eiffel Dining Chair

27. Nadia Side Chair

28. Wishbone Chair by Hans J. Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn

29. Kitsch Dining Chairs 

30. J110 Chair by Poul M. Volther for Hay Denmark

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Get the Look: 16 Capiz Shell Chandeliers

Following up on yesterdays 18 Rooms with Capiz Chandeliers, you might be thinking of buying one for yourself. Did any of the applications change your mind about how you think of the look? Not so kitschy, correct?

Here are 16 different capiz shell chandelier and pendant lights to consider hanging in your home, above the dining table, bathtub, or stairwell. I love the gray. And of course, I’d never turn down a piece designed by Verner Panton. Most of these capiz lights are quite affordable, hailing from Horchow, West Elm, and similar stores. 

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S H O P P I N G

1. Capiz Shell Chandelier

2. Dolce Capiz Shell Chandelier

3. Arteriors Home Southampton Shell Chandelier

4. Rectangular Bronze Capiz Chandelier

5. Round Grey Capiz Pendant

6. Oly Studio Serena Chandelier

7. Large Rectangular Gold Capiz Pendant

8. Alessandra Capiz Shell Chandelier

9. Handcrafted Capiz Light in Tide Pool

10. Verner Panton Fun 11 Pendant 

11. Verner Panton Fun 1 Pendant

12. Dripping Capiz Chandelier

13. Capiz Round Golc Pendant

14. Worlds Away Capiz Shell Chandelier

15. Island Paradise Capiz and Topaz Pendant

16. Aurora Capiz Shell Chandelier

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Get the Look: 40 Modern Copper Home Accessories

At this rate I may tire of copper before I acquire a single piece. (Although I already own copper wastebasket I bought from the Martha Stewart catalog and have been using for years in our powder room.) A month ago I featured 24 rooms with copper pendants here on StyleCarrot, followed up by a dozen rooms with copper pendants on Design Milk, and a dozen copper accessories. Expanding on the copper accessories roundup, here are 40 modern copper home furnishings finds. And be sure to see my 20 copper picks on Houzz later this month too. Told you.

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S H O P P I N G

1. Copper Pencil Holder by Ferm Living

2. Cyclope Mirror by Ionna Vautrin

3. Plumen Drop Cap Pendant Bulb

4. Vogeli Bird Feeder by  Vasse and Peg Vaught

5. Perforated Copper Bowl by Cappellini

6. Copper Wire Storage Basket

7. Copper Candelabra by Progetto Oggetto for Cappellini

8. Tangle Vase by Halskov & Dalsgaard for Stelton

9. Copper Plated Hex Table

10. Copper Bicycle by Van Heesch Design

11. Fire Hurricane Lamp by Norm.Architects for Menu

12. Copper Wire Storage Baskets

13. Copper and Marble Desk Lamp

14. Copper Metallic Linen Cushion Cover

15. Wrap Copper Napkin Ring

16. Champagne Pop Scented Candle by Jonathan Adler

17. Copper Candle Holder

18. Algedi Table by Iacoli & McAllister

19. Scamp Coffee Table by BluDot

20. Mepra Copper Cutlery

21. Copper Candelabra by Hay

22. Moscow Copper Mule Glass

23. Etch Copper Tealight Holder by Tom Dixon

24. Orb Copper Shaker by Aaron Probyn

25. Copper Box

26. Penelope Copper Accent Table

27. Mirror Mirror by Hay

28. EM77 Vacuum Jug by Erik Magnussen for Stelton

29. Chunk of Marble Candleholder by Andreas Engesvik for Menu

30. X3 Watering Can by Kontextür

31. Monocle Copper Speaker by Native Union

32. Channels Wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler

33. Orb Copper Jigger by Aaron Probyn

34. Architectural Copper Tubing Chair

35. Il Tempo della Festa, Kugelhof by Alessi

36. Mistic Vase by Gaia & Gino

37. Kubus 4 Candleholder by Mogens Lassen

38. London Crocus and Brick Scented Candle by Tom Dixon

39. Cast Copper-Plated Brogue Doorstop

40. Lift Fruit Bowl by Ferrone

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Get the Look: Boston Condo by Ana Donohue

I put together furniture and accessories so you can re-create the living room, dining room, and desk area of a the condo I featured as yesterday’s blog post: “Design Diary: Boston Pied-a-Terre by Ana Donohue.” Interior designer Ana Donohue decorated the two bedroom in Boston’s Back Bay for clients who live full time in Bermuda. Of the pieces here, some are exactly what Ana used, others are more affordable options. (Interior photos by Michael J. Lee)

S H O P   t h e  L I V I N G  R O O M

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1. Armen Living Halston Sofa

2. Striped Column by Jack Bush Reproduction

3. Missoni Maseko Pillow

4. Missoni Ozan Pillow

5. Missoni Markusy Pillow

6. Perforated Porcelain Bowl

7. Jonathan Adler Tall Buenos Aires Table

8. Jonathan Adler Short Buenos Aires Table

9. Cassina LC2 Petite Modele Armchair

10. Starfire Cocktail Table

11. Linear Oval Rug

S H O P   t h e  D I N I N G  R O O M

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1. Kurt Seidle Chevron Screenprint

2. Foscarini Caboche Suspension Lamp

3. Noir Curved Walnut Bookcase

4.  Saarinen Executive Dining Chair

5. Saarinen Round Dining Table

6. Juno Bamboo Gourd Vase

S H O P   t h e  W O R K S P A C E 

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1. Silk Phalaenopsis Orchid

2. Kartell Mademoiselle Chair

3. Ceramic Mushroom Sculptures

4. Nadour Zigzag Velvet Pouf

5. Jonathan Adler Bond Desk

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Design Diary: Boston Pied-a-Terre by Ana Donohue

I wrote about this the 1,600-square-foot, contemporary Back Bay condo, decorated by Boston area interior designer Ana Donohue, for New England Home in the article “Urban Oasis.”  Boston photographer Michael J. Lee took all the photos.

The homeowners, who live in Bermuda, purchased the two-bedroom as a pied-a-terre so they’d have somewhere to stay while visiting their two daughters, who attend boarding school in New England. Ana was recommended by a friend, and worked with the wife to create a contemporary home-away-from-home that has a similar feel to the family’s Bermuda residence.

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The walls were already this deep charcoal, and since there’s tons of light, they decided to leave it. Plus, dark walls would provide a dramatic backdrop for the light-colored B&B Italia Charles sofa by Antonio Citterio and Cassina LC2 armchairs, purchased at Montage.  The mirrored cocktail table is from The Morson Collection. Newton-based art consultant Jacqueline Becker chose artwork throughout.

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The floors, however, were a different story. Stained a rich walnut, the homeowner wanted them lightened. The contractor thought they were crazy, but embarked on a long bleaching process that left the floors a lovely, creamy shade of white. Everyone loves them.

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Donohue chose a silvery rug from nearby Landry & Arcari to keep to a uniform palette. The homeowner told me, ““I didn’t want a Persian rug, or a busy print; it would make too much of a statement.” She also preferred to leave the windows bare. Donohue added color and pattern with Missoni throw pillows. Donohue chose a pair of alabaster-topped turned walnut  Jonathan Adler Buenos Aires side tables in different sizes.

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In the dining area, Donohue used a classic white marble Saarinen dining table and Saarinen Executive dining chairs. A Foscarini Caboche Suspension Lamp designed by Patricia Urquiola hangs above, casting an amber glow.

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A Jonathan Adler Bond desk is in front of a window; the Lucite legs makes the burled mappa wood top appear to float. Behind it, barely visible, is an Kartell Mademoiselle chair, also with Lucite legs.

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The upholstered bed in the master bedroom is from DWR and the sleek dresser from Italian Design in Brookline. Bedding from Bloomingdale’s.

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Stacked horizontal tile in robin’s egg blue is from Ann Sacks, and the contemporary walnut vanity and faucet from Billie Brenner in the Boston Design Center.

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The girls wanted fun colors in their bedroom. Ana found a brightly colored wire side table and bedding at Home Goods. The Jonathan Adler zebra rug in orange adds pattern.

Photography by Michael J. Lee

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Get the Look: 28 Leather Sofas in Cognac, Tobacco & Caramel

Did yesterday’s post, Montage: Cognac Colored Leather Sofas convince you that leather sofas, especially those in natural shades, can look truly fantastic in a living room with a more modern aesthetic? I would never have paired leather and sheepskin, or leather and bright pops of color, but the look works, right? If you’re looking for living room furniture, would you consider a leather sofa? Or would you just use yesterday’s rooms as inspiration for styling a leather sofa you may already have? Just in case you are contemplating a purchase, here are 28 leather sofas in modern silhouettes and cognac, tobacco, and caramel hues. My favorites are 3, 13, and 23. I was not familiar with DeSede, but I’m loving what I see!

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S H O P P I N G 

1. Gaston Leather Sofa

2. Karre Leather Sofa

3. Leather and Rosewood Sofa by Fredrik Kayser for Vatne

4. T.H. Robsjohn Gibbings Sofa

5. ‘60s Borge Mogensen Coupe Sofa 

6. Lesley Series Leather Sofa

7. Ubald Klug Two Piece Terrazza Sofa

8. ‘60s Danish Leather & Chrome Sofa

9. Battersea Sofette

10. Como Leather Sofa

11. Vintage ‘80s Italian Leather Settee

12. Milo Baughman Rosewood & Leather Sofa 

13. De Sede DS-80 Day Bed

14. Bungalow 5 Cassini Sofa

15. The Rock Sofa by Gerard van den Berg for Monti

16. Brooklyn Leather Sofa

17. DeSede Leather Love Seat

18. Darrin Leather Sofa

19. Brooks Leather Sofa

20. Percival Lafer Sofa

21. Grant XL Leather Sofa

22. Chester Leather Sofa

23. 70s DeSede Three-Seat Sofa

24. Extremely Long Karl Erik Ekselius Leather Sofa 

25. Nixon Leather Sofa

26. Modway Loft Leather Sofa

27. Topeka Leather Chesterfield Sofa

28. Wing Deluxe Convertible Sofa 

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Get the Look: 30 Bedroom Sconces

Following on yesterday’s Montage: Bedroom Sconces post, I’ve spent the snowy evening pulling together 30 modern and industrial bedroom sconces for you. They vary in style, but they’re each appealing in their own way, and would look beautiful on either side of a bed. If you’re into the Serge Mouille style and long articulating sconces, look back to last year’s Get the Look: 22 Scones That Stretch.

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S H O P P I N G

1. Lindsey Adelman Agnes Sconce

2. Quoizel Laurie Smith Millennium Gallery Sconce

3. Eyeball Sconce

4. Roll & Hill Superordinate Antler Sconce

5. Brendan Ravenhill Bare Ring Sconce

6. Kirch OAJ Wall Lamp

7. Original BTC London Wall Light

8. Garrison Sconce

9. Devoe Sconce

10. Cerno Cubo Wall Sconce + Task Light

11. Regina Andrew Globe Sconce

12. Serge Mouille 2-Arm Rotating Sconce

13. Gooseneck Barn Lamp

14. Jielde Wall Sconce

15. Dino Sanchez Bracket Wall Sconce

16. Bestlite BL5 Wall Sconce

17. Hinkley Splendor Sconce

18. Michele de Lucchi Perseo Sconce

19. Worlds Away Randolph Sconce

20. Currey & Company Zeta Wall Sconce

21. Factory Wall Sconce

22. Workstead Wall Sconce

23. Serena & Lily Everett Sconce

24. Industrial Sconce

25. Original BTC Stirrup Wall Sconce

26. Modernica Nelson Ball Wall Sconce

27. Rich Brilliant Willing Excel Double Sconce

28. Mid-Century Overarching Wall Sconce

29. Jonathan Adler Havana Wall Sconce

30. Jonathan Adler Pendant Scone

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Get the Look: 31 Modern Menorahs

Today is the start of the holiday/present season at my house. It is my oldest son’s birthday—he’s 13. Not sure how that happened. But so begins the onslaught of material consumption. Chanukah is in three days. Before I go to bed I’m going to pull out our menorahs so I can start chipping away at last year’s wax drippings (unless by some miracle—’tis the season after all—I cleaned them before returning to the velvet boxes last December.)

We have a few menorahs: the electric one all Jews grew up with, that goes in the window; beautiful modular ones from MoMA that my mother-in-law gave us; a traditional “Tree of LIfe”; a more contemporary version of the tree, from a friend as a wedding gift; a cute metal train I purchased for the boys when they were little; and an artisan-made wrought iron menorah, also from my mother-in-law (who’s not even Jewish by the way, but loves to participate).

There are a number of modern menorahs available, some by Israeli artists, others by contemporary Jewish architects and designers (Jonathan Adler, he’s a Jew). Here are 31 of my best modern menorah finds.

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Copper Rainbow Cord Contemporary Menorahs

Mid Century Menorah Areaware Industrial Menorah

Karim Rashid Contemporary Menorah Flexus Puzzle

Brass Stone Walnut Copper Marble Menorahs

Sterling Silver Menorah Christofle Nambe Brass

Blooming Menorah By Melanie Dankowicz

S H O P P I N G

1 Moooi Menorah, $417

2 Stanley Saitowitz Menorah, $395

3 LED Motherboard Menorah, $14.75

4 Jonathan Adler Skyline Menorah, $165

5 Concrete Menorah, $295

6 Slide Magnet Menorah, $225

7 Industrial Style Copper Menorah, $128

8 Cork Menorah, $75

9 Modern Menorah, $69.99

10 Kinetic Menorah, $199

11 Mid-Century Style Menorah, $14.95

12 Crystal, $32.25

13 Puzzle Menorah, $185

14 Simon Pearce Menorah, $295

15 Areaware Menorah, $150

16 Flexus Menorah, $135

17 Three Part Menorah, $109.95

18 Karim Rashid Menoramorph, $49.95

19 Glass Menorah, $24

20 Lili Menorah, $180

21 Stone Menorah, $158

22 Origami Menorah, $130

23 Ascalon Menorah, $275

24 Pea Menorah, $131.12

25 Walnut & Copper Menorah, $159

26 Sabra Menorah, $149

27 Christofle Menorah, $1,050

28 Nambé Menorah, $160

29 Mariposa Menorah, $157

30  Ian Milne Menorah, $310

31 Blooming Menorah, $245

For more, check out my “Modern Menorahs” collection on Keep.com.

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Get the Look: 20 Modern Sleeper Sofas

I’ve done a number of sofa roundups of a variety of sofas from gray sofas to blue velvet sofas—but I have yet to pull together a collection of sleeper sofas for you. With summer guests on the horizon, I think it’s a good idea to examine some sofa bed options.

Choosing sofa beds can be tricky, since the sofas need to be deep enough to accommodate some type of mattress wide enough to pose as a bed. This means they can be bulky; hardly the contemporary look I favour. There are a number of options that go beyond the futon, but stay simple and sleek. Even the more comfortable upholstered sofa beds for sale these days have a streamlined silhouette.

I wrote a post on daybeds a while back, so I haven’t included any here save for one sectional piece that’s admittedly more of a daybed than traditional sleeper. On the Cape I have DWR’s Twilight in green which I love, but as for my old sleeper-sofa with the thin mattress and metal bar that pops out of the sofa – not so much.

Sleeper sofa design has improved, but still, if you’re shopping for a traditional sleeper, look for constructions that solve that issue. Mitchell Gold sofas tend to be great compromises for a plush upholstered sofa with a bed inside.

 

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S H O P P I N G

1 Elliot Sofa Bed, $169-$199 at Target.

2 SOLSTA Sofa Bed, $149 at IKEA.

3 Bay Sleeper Sofa by Busk & Hertzog, $2,200 at DWR.

4 Elke Convertible Sofa, $1,299 at Room & Board.

5 Henry Sleeper, $1,099–$1,899 at West Elm.

6 Twilight Sleeper Sofa by Flemming Busk for Softline. $2,100 at DWR.

7 Gus* James Sleeper Lounge, $1,850 at 2Modern.

8 Mexico Futon Sofa Bed at Homebase.

9 Blu Dot Paramount Daybed, $1,799 at Addo Novo.

10 Sleepy Twin Sleeper Sofa, $1,595 at JC Penney.

11 Alex III Sleeper at Mitchell Gold Bob Williams.

12 Pattern Chevron Futon, $169 at Target.

13 Sliding Sleeper Sofa by Pietro Arosio, $3,500 at DWR.

14 LifeStyle Solutions Convertible Sleeper Sofa, $560.98 at All Modern.

15 KIVIK Sofa Bed with Footstool, $958 at IKEA.

16 Eden Convertible Sofa, $999 at Room & Board.

17 Blu Dot One Night Stand Sleeper Sofa, $1,799 at Addo Novo.

18 New Patti Foam Sofa Bed at Homebase.

19 Artek Seating Fabric Sleeper Sofa, $5,290 at Wayfair.

20 Niels Bendtsen sleeper sofa with 2 cushions, $2,927 at Hive.

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Target has a ton of cute sleeper sofas online.

Sleeper Sofas at Target

 

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