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Get the Look: 30 Cute Cosmetic Cases

Last week I pulled together a collection of cute cosmetic cases, “Kiss & Make Up” in the Boston Globe. I generally like to do a travel-related roundup in the summer, and I had already done weekend bags last year.

Mostly, though, I was inspired by a particularly cute cosmetic case by Deux Luxe, that the publicist had sent me back in the winter—the Anguilla cosmetic case in jade green emblazoned with exotic birds. I love the look. Unfortunately it didn’t make it into the Globe, but I’ve included it here (#17), along with 29 other cute cosmetic case finds.

Bostonians, pay attention to #1, #9, and #18 by ultra preppy, Brookline-based design label Ame & Lulu. I’m kind of attached to #2 from Catseye London. Adorable, though maybe channels too much of a crazy cat lady vibe? There’s a doggie one as well (#21). And if you’re more of a boho girl, Target has a couple of great Coachella-worthy makeup bags (#5 and #8).

Browse through for a new one; you know yours is smeared with gunk. Me? I still use the iconic brown & white striped cosmetic bags and toiletry case from Henri Bendel, a long-ago gift from an ex boyfriend’s mom. And yeah, it’s a bit worn.






Shop cute cosmetic cases from StyleCarrot partners and other favorites.


1 Mercer Floppy Cosmetic Bag, $38 at Ame & Lulu.

2 Catseye London “Kitten” Cosmetics Case, $25 at Nordstrom.

3 Trina These Are the Days Clutch, $24 at Ulta.

4 LeSportsac Striped Cosmetic Case, $42 at Macy’s.

5 Geometric Print Toiletry Bag, $9.95 at Target.

6 Renny Drive Annabella Cosmetic Case, $68 at Kate Spade.

7 Rebecca Minkoff Floral Izzie, $85 at Bloomingdale’s.

8 Striped Coral Toiletry Bag $9.99 at Target.

9 Cosmetic Bag with Mesh, $56 at Ame & Lulu.

10 Adidas by Stella McCartney Transparent Case at Farfetch.

11 Catseye London Lips Cosmetic Case, $44.56 on eBay.

12 Trina Soak of the Rays Clutch, $24 at Ulta.

13 Rip Curl Aloha Spirit Clutch, $29.50 at Nordstrom.

14 Ted Baker Floral Cosmetic Case, $50 at Bloomingdale’s.

15 Lee Coren Ciclo Flat Clutch, $54 at Pod.

16 Steph & Co. Tahiti Viveca, $22.50 at Nordstrom.

17 Deux Lux Anguilla Cosmetic Case, $38  at Nordstrom.

18 Ranger Floppy Cosmetic Bag, $38 at Ame & Lulu.

19 Tropicana Cosmetic Case, $9.99 at Nine West.

20 Let’s Makeup Lil Zip Bag by Dogeared, $24 at Zappos.  

21 Jack Russel by Catseye London Cosmetic Case, $15 at Nordstrom.  

22 Hudson+Bleecker Marrakech Avion Cosmetic Case, $66 at Bluefly.

23 Fendi Roma print make-up bag, $250 at Farfetch.

 24 Rockstar Cosmetic Case, $28 at Saks

25 Izzie Snake Cosmetic Case, $85 at Rebecca Minkoff

26 Chanel Preowned Cosmetic Case, $399 at Luxe Designer Handbag.

27 Marc Jacobs Smiley Face Cosmetic Case, $98 at Shopbop.

28 LeSportsac Tuileries Cosmetic Case, $31.50 at 6pm

29 Charlotte Tilbury Canvas Cosmetics Case, $20 at Net-a-Porter. 

30 Vera Bradley Luggage Lighten Up Travel Cosmetic Case, $34 at Zappos.

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Get the Look: 30 Modern Rocking Chairs

A few weeks  ago I did a small roundup of modern rockers to accompany a decor story in the Boston Globe. (Every Monday my lovely colleague Jaci Conroy writes an interior design article for the Globe and I pull together a corresponding group of furnishings & accessories.) I found so many great modern rocking chairs + contemporary rocking chairs that I figured a blog post was in order.

These all have great styling and are a far departure from traditional rockers or overstuffed gliders for the nursery. We have an Eames molded plastic rocker in sky blue on the Cape that we bought for my son, though I think it’s in our room now. Sometimes I use it on our little deck. I didn’t include that iconic example here, but there are other examples (mid-century modern furniture replicas), like the #16, the Swerve which has jaunty cut-outs and a full wooden base.

I love the look of  #5, a very spare rocker from NYC shop Matter, and of love the tall mint-upholstered one by Normann Copenhagen. And if only I could place that blush colored Artifort rocker in the model apartment I’m decorating. Probably thought, the one that makes the most sense for my lifestyle is Gus Modern’s GT rocker (#13). It is definitely a contemporary rocking chair in style, but with enough cushion to be comfy.


Contemporary & Modern Rocking Chairs

1 Comback Rocking Chair by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell, $890 at YLiving.

2 Taxed Rocking Chair by Segis, $1,309.99 at AllModern.

3 First Rocking Chair, $3,170 at Matter

4 Buttercup Rocker by Blu Dot, $899 at Lumens.

5 Era Rocking Chair by Normann Copenhagen & Simon Legald, $1,860 at A+R.  

6 Terra Rocking Chair by Antonio Forteleoni for ATIPIC, $1,172 at AllModern. 

Contemporary & Modern Rocking Chairs

7 Outback II Rocking Chair, $329 at CB2.  

8 Hand-Woven Rocker, $299 at Urban Outfitters.

9 Geneva Wood Patio Rocking Chair by Safavieh, $216 at Target

10 500 Series Rocking Chair by Artifort, $4,006 at YLiving. 

11 Stingray Rocker by Thomas Pedersen, $4,537 at Danish Design Store.

12 Luxembourg Rocking Chair by Fermob, $1,024 at Horne. 

Contemporary & Modern Rocking Chairs

13 GT Rocker by Gus Modern, $1,150 at 2modern

14 Rapson Rocker by Ralph Rapson for Loll Designs, $1,159 at YLiving.

15 Aquios Bentwood Rocking Chair by CorLiving, $102.05 at Overstock

16 Swerve Rocking Chair by Modway, $299 at IFN Modern

17 Regatta Rocking Chair, $499 at Crate & Barrel.

18 POÄNG Rocking Chair, $169 at Ikea.  

Contemporary & Modern Rocking Chairs

19 Risom Rocker, $2,470 at DWR.  

20 Version 5 Rocker by A. Jacob Marks for Skram, $5,302 at Lumens.

21 Voido Rocking Chair by Ron Arad for Magis, $985 at YLiving

22 Mod RockerBy Iglooplay, $326 at 2modern

23 Mid-Century Rocking Chair, $599 at Land of Nod. 

24 Mod Lounger by Lisa Albin for OFFI, $599 at YLiving

Contemporary & Modern Rocking Chairs

25 Rocker Chair by Guidecraft, $109.95 at AllModern.

26 Sleepytime Rocker by Nursery Works, $499 at YLiving

27 Rapson Greenbelt Rocker with Arms by Ralph Rapson, $1,695 at YLiving.

28 Wicker & Chrome Mid-Century Rocking Chair, $850 at Chairish

29 Springwood Rocking Chair, $799 at Land of Nod

30 Mademoiselle Rocking Chair by Artek, $1,538 at 2modern

Contemporary & Modern Rocking Chairs

31 Windsorrondack Single Rocker by Board by Design, $4,100 at Aha Life

32 Rocking Chair in Scrapwood by Piet Hein Eek, $921 at The Future Perfect. 

33 Rocking Chair by Adrian Pearsall,$3,000 at Azalea Modern, 1stdibs.

34 Upholstered Mid Century Rocking Chair, $281.71 at shopladder, eBay. 

35 Rocking Bent Wood Chairs, $1,875 at S.Julian, 1stdibs.

36 Do Do Rocking Chair by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poltrona Frau at Switch Modern.


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Get the Look: 16 Round Jute Rugs

Fresh off a wicker roundup in the Boston Globe (I can’t believe they didn’t go with my “Wickah Smaht” headline) and following up on yesterday’s 18 Rooms with Round Jute Rugs, I’ve pulled together a collection of round jute rugs (or hemp, or other natural fibers), most of them lacey.

These round jute rugs are intricate but rough, with a ton of tactile appeal. They’re great for entry halls and beach houses or other high traffic situations, or just to add a layer of texture in a neutral room. You can also hang a swirly jute rug on the wall, above a sofa, a bookshelf, or a bed as large, easy, and affordable adornment.

I’m kind of in love with number 3, the fantastical Heenalu jute rug (yes, I realize that one’s not a round jute rug, but I had to include it). Number 8 is fun too, though probably a bit on the boho side for me. Number 7 from Serena & Lily is neat and tidy, and Number 14 comes with a fluorescent pink border too, though I’m not sure if they ship to the States.

Temps have been above 40 in Boston, so I figure it’s time to start thinking about summer decor. I think straw, sisal, wicker, rattan, jute, hemp, and the like can have a place if used sparingly and originally. We can start by checking out round jute rugs.





1 Foldable Seagrass Matting, $26.99 at World Market.

2 Daisy Weave Hemp Rug by Armadillo & Co., $250 at Garde.

3 Heenalu Jute Rug, $299 at CB2.

4 Dandelion Weave Hemp Rug by Armadillo & Co., $595 at Garde.

5 Jute Area Rug by Acura Rugs, $124.99 at Wayfair.

6 Kennis Jute Rug, $149.95 at Pier1.

7 Round Jute Rug, starting at $125 at Serena & Lily.

8 Marigold Weave Hemp Rug by Armadillo & Co., $650 at Garde.

9 Round Seagrass Matting, $8.99 at World Market.

10 Round Natural Fiber Jute Hand Crocheted Rug, $54.99 on eBay.

11 Color Bordered Round Jute Rug, $249 at West Elm.

12 Woody Wood Rug by Yvette Laduk, €399 at FEST Amsterdam.

13 Lacey Natural Fiber Floor Mat, $24.95 at H&M.

14 Handwoven Round Hemp Rug With Colored Border by HK Living.

15 Kerala Natural Round Jute Rug by Anji Mountain, $67.99 at Wayfair.

16 Habeland Braided Crochet Rug by Hable Construction at Capel Rugs.

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Get the Look: 32 DIY Headboards

Are you feeling inspired after yesterday’s post, Montage: 52 DIY Headboards?  For today I’ve culled though sources high and low for these 32 imaginative options that can be used as a headboard. I’m going to stick to my white upholstered headboard, though, if nobody minds.  : )  Tomorrow (or maybe even later today), I’ll post a collection of fun, traditional headboards too.




1. Screen with Inset Higgins Glass Rondelays at ABC Modern.

2. 18th c, Iron Dome-Shaped Element, $4,900 at L’Antiquaire.

3. Chinese Lattice Panel, $750 at Carling Nichols.

4. Four Panel Marbleized Vellum Screen, $6,895 at Mecox Gardens.

5. Backyard X-Scapes Rolled Bamboo Fencing, $33.24 at Sears.

6. Cameroon Feather Headress, $850 at Branca.

7. Uzbek Silk Hand-Embroidered Suzani, $49.99 on eBay.

8. 19th c. French Headboards, $4,500 at Argyll & Jasper Antiques.

9. Orange 3-Panel Wooden Screen Room Divider, $159.76 at Bellacor.

10. Eastern Buddah Wall Hanging with Bamboo Rod, $160 on eBay.

11. Pegboard, Chalkboard, Whiteboard Dividers, $ 79.36 at Buy.com.

12. Verner Panton Spectrum Fabric (Stuffed), $600 at ModeModerne.

13. PREMIÄR Waves, Hawaii Canvas, $149 at IKEA.

14. Chinese Screen Wall Panels, $3,950 at Orient Living.

15. Art Deco Style Gates at Fernworks Antiques.

16. Live Natural Edge Red Flame Box Elder Slabs, $53.82 on eBay.

17. Imaginary Castle Wall Decal, $45 at Blik.

18. Reclaimed Corrugated Metal Roof Panel, $1.10/sq.ft. on eBay.

19. Amanti Art Florentine Gold Wall Mirror, $189.99 at Linens’n’Things.

20. Silk/Cotton Ikat Fabric, $24/yard at Fabricadabra.

21. Vintage 100% Silk Tie-Dey Sari Fabric, $9.97 on eBay.

22. Steel Pegboard Panels, $42-$51 at Linens’n’Things.

23. Paris Eiffel Tower Construction Poster, $24.99 at Target.

24. Mantles from a late 1800’s home, $198/pair at A Rustic Garden.

25. “Fall Foliage Festival” Americana Flag, $250 at Three Potato Four.

26. Early 1900s 5-Panel Interior Door, $175 at Olde Good Things.

27. Vintage Stlate Classroom Chalkboard, $265 at Three Potato Four.

28. 1940s Sign from Penn. Shipbuilding Co., $165 at Three Potato Four.

29. Vintage Distressed Blue Shutter from AnitaSperoDesign, Etsy.

30. Peel & Stick Cloud Mural, $149.95 at The Mural Store.

31. American Prairie Style Art Glass Window, $275 at Urban Remains Chicago.

32. Sophie Headboard Wall Decal, $45 at Blik.


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Sourcing It: 42 Bookends

Following up on yesterday’s painted bookshelves post, it seemed like a good time to run this. When I put this together a few weeks ago, I had just spent the weekend clearing off our living room bookshelves. Not clearing them of books, but the way too many paintings that are stacked three deep, and vases, and magazines that need filing, and the Swedish Lily candlesticks I keep buying on eBay, and so on. I don’t really need bookends, since I have so many books they go from one end to the next, but I’m often tempted by them design-wise. Here’s an array of bookends both functional and beautiful.


1 Sheep Bookend by Zuny, $56 each at Emmo Home.
2 Vintage Jenfred-Ware Brass Bookend by Ben Seibel, $125 at Unica Home.
3 Red Signal Magnetic Bookends, $28 at Chiasso.
4 White Maude Bookends, $39.95 at CB2.
5 Jonathan Adler Dachshund Bookends, $150 at Jonathan Adler.
6 Wood Bottle Bookends, $100 at Uncommon Goods.
7 Indice Bookends by Hiroaki Watanabe, $24 at MoMA Store.
8 Carmen Shoe Bookend by Nima Oberoi for Lunare, $100 at The W Hotels Store.
9 Zack Atlas Bookend, $49.99 at Wayfair.
10 Green/Blue Bookends by Archimede Seguso, $6,500 at BG Galleries.
11 House Bookend, $14.99 at The Container Store.
12 Balloon Dog Bookend by IMM Living, $40 at SFMOMA Museum Store.
13 Stacked Bricks Bookends by Gluekit, $20 at Supermarket.
14 Lemon Elephant Bookshelf by Dwell Studio, $124 at Dwell Studio.
15 Alessi Girotondo Bookend by King Kong, $61 at AllModern.
16 IMAX Vintage Camera Bookends, $59.99 at Wayfair.
17 Pecan and Salvaged Steel Umasi Bookends, $125 each at Umasi, Etsy.
18 Powder Coated Steel Bookends, £3 each at Jasper Morrison Shop.
19 Carl Aubock Bookend Pairs, $625 at Lawson-Fenning, 1st Dibs.
20 Architectural Pottery X/O Bookends by Vessel, $190 at YLiving.
21 Turquoise Agate Bookends, $41.06 at Crystal Age.
22 Knowledge in the Brain Bookends by Karim Rashid, $255 at LA Phil Store.
23 Turquoise Foo Dog Bookend, $119 at Kristy Lee Interiors.
24 Chrome Rollerstop Bookend by Harry Allen, $190 at Greener Grass Design.
25 Coral Bookends by Spisani, $365 at Barneys New York.
26 Petrified Wood Bookends, $148 at Anthropologie.
27 Tan Leather Hippo Bookend by Zuny, $49 at Klassik Living.
28 Patio Stainless Steel Bookends by Blomus, $44 at Gracious Home.
29 Eno Book Ends by Eno & Klaus Hackl, $120 at A+R.
30 Eric Janssen Quote/Unquote Bookends at Eric Janssen.
31 Elephant Bookend by Eve Chang, $40 at MoMA Store.
32 Leather Dinosaur Bookend by Zuny, $67 at Elemental.
33 Orb Bookends, $28 at Chiasso.
34 Vintage Yellow Jack Bookend, $315 at eBay.
35 Bird’s Foot Bookends by Tetsutaro Nakabayashi, $60 at Unica Home.
36 Fornasetti ‘Viso’ Face Bookends, $270 at Barneys New York.
37 Red Alabaster Heart Bookends by Alabastri Ducesschi, $69.95 at B&N.
38 Assorted Mid-Century Bookend Pairs, $300 at Lawson-Fenning, 1st Dibs.
39 Carl Aubock Cast Bookends $595 at Barneys New York.
40 Jonathan Adler Teal Metal Hand Bookends, $9.06 at B&N.
41 White Owl Resin Bookends by Fringe Designs, $39.95 at B&N.
42 King & Queen Chess Bookends, £92.99 at Furniture and Interior Design.


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