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ARTmonday: 21 Popsicle & Ice Cream Artworks

Somehow I managed the impossible over the holidays: I didn’t eat sugar for almost a month. I love chocolate. I love ice cream. I love chocolate ice cream, chocolate covered pretzels (thanks Matouk for the holiday gift!), Oreos (on special occasions only, like when a publicist sends out a package so I can sample a new flavor #redvelvetoreo),  chocolate cupcakes (preferably with vanilla buttercream frosting), Dancing Deer chocolate brownies snagged off the assembly line, M&Ms (especially in popcorn), Hershey bars smeared in peanut butter (breakfast of champions), and in desperation, when I’ve purposefully neglected to buy anything chocolate, lest I eat it, semi-sweet chocolate chips from the baking shelf in the pantry.

Don’t be alarmed. It’s not like there’s chocolate encrusted between my computer keys and dripping down my J.Crew tees (not usually). I don’t partake every hour, or even every day. But I’d love to. So, it was a REALLY BIG DEAL when I cut out sugar for weeks. My mother-in-law had told me she lost 25 pounds from eliminating sugary sweets from her diet. That was enough motivation for me.

Did I lose any weight, you wonder? Yes. One pound. One measly f*&%$ing pound. And no, I wasn’t making up for the loss of dessert by gorging on carbs or even adding extra calories. So the weekend of my son’s 13th birthday party (32 boys and girls dancing in our living room), I decided to go ahead and eat a Georgetown cupcake. And another. There were many left over. So that weekend, I polished off multiple frosting tops. And you know what? I lost another pound.

So I am continuing to exercise and I am continuing to eat chocolate. In moderation of course.

All that as a really long, mostly irrelevant introduction to today’s ARTmonday post—21 Popsicle & Ice Cream Artworks. Because if you can’t have all the ice cream you want in the world, you may as well at least look at it. And also because hands holding out ice cream cones have been trending on Instagram for, like, ever.

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Irresistible Flavors    Bruce Burt    Saatchi Art

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Ice Cream  •  A+Y Paper Goods    Society6

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Nau Clothing/Field Office

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Ice Cream Cone    Andy Warhol    Artsy

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Long Beach, New York  •  Bldg 25 (Free People blog)

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Paper Ice Cream    Mr. Printables

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Summer of Popsicles    Heritage and Joy    Minted

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Mi Piace Gelato    Anek    Etsy

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Popsicle Poster    HelloTinge  •  Etsy

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Chocolate Eclair Ice Cream    JJ Galloway    UGallery

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Ice Cream In Vermont •  Instagram/laurenswells

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Floating Ice Cream (Purple  Soshiro Matsubara  •  Artsy

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 Take Out Flowers in Waffle Cones
Jiseon Park and Eunho Kim  •  SDesign Unit

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Brittni Mehlhoff    Paper & Stitch

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Brittni Mehlhoff    Paper & Stitch

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Ice Cream    Celine Descamps    Society6

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Sprinkle Me This!    Instagram/karyzmmah

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Lemon Lime Ice Bar  •  Peter Anton  •  Artsy

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Popsicles    Kelly Ventura  •  Minted  

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Get the Look: 18 Woven Wall Hangings

I showed these woven wall hanging collages to my husband knowing exactly what he would say. He didn’t disappoint. “Is it 1969? 1971? #7 looks like something my mother used to weave.” To which I responded, “If you read my blog you’d know I already talked about hitting up your mom for a weaving.”

If you were inspired by last week’s decor post “18 Rooms with Woven Wall Hangings,” you might find a woven wall hanging here. These 18 woven wall hangings are all for sale, both at Etsy and mainstream shops. Anthropologie commissioned Robert Dougherty and Janelle Pietrzak of Los Angeles studio All Roads Design to create a few one-of-a-kind handwoven tapestries. Urban Outfitters has a an array of about 20 wall hangings, in macrame, hemp, and wool, with metal and wood accents. Interior designer Nate Berkus even created a woven wall hanging for his Nate Berkus x Target collection.

My favorite woven wall hanging here is #1 by All Roads Design, which would look fantastic in the Florida condo. But it’s pricey, so I ordered #10 by Rainie Williams in Newcastle Australia. It should look perfect with the coral and pink pillows and artwork. (You can see a photo of the Florida living room in the cork floors post). There’s something quite cool about #11 too; I think I may try something similar in the model apartment I am decorating.

Would you hang one of these in your home? Or are you afraid it would seem misplaced in time? Or too trendy? Or ugly? I think some are quite elegant. When you click through to some of these handmade woven wall hangings on Etsy, you’ll be able to see other designs too. Let me know if you buy one and send a photo of your tapestry in situ.

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S H O P P I N G

1 All Roads Design Handwoven Arrow Tapestry, $750  

2 Wallflower Weavings Striped Handwoven Wall Hanging, $37.67

3 Wild Columbine Textile Slate Weaving, $245

4 Naativ Studios x UO Woven Wall Hanging, $129 

5 Hazel & Hunter Black Triangle Wall Hanging, $300  

6 All Roads Design Handwoven Arrow Tapestry, $950

7 Jujujust Furry Landscape Handwoven Tapestry, $640

8 Magical Thinking Woven Wall Hanging, $129  

9 The Unusual Pear Woven Wall Hanging, $24.02

10  The Unusual Pear Woven Wall Hanging, $39.24

11 Sonadora Southwest Fiber Wall Hanging, $88 

12 Magical Thinking Yves Woven Wall Hanging, $99  

13 Charlie Woven Wall Hanging, $89 

14 Nate Berkus Fringed Wall Art, $34.99

15 Wall and Woven Fringed Woven Wall Hanging, $100

16 Willow and Pine Woven Wall Hanging, $100

17 Rachel Miller Woven Wall Art, $74 

18 All Roads x Covet + Lou Wall Hanging, $245 

 

 

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Montage: 27 Rooms with Boucherouite Rugs

What is a boucherouite rug you ask? Boucherouite rugs (pronounced boo-shay-REET) have been a thing for a while, infesting design blogs and Pinterest for well over a year.  They’re the colorful Moroccan rugs that seem to have replaced the now ubiquitous Moroccan Ben Ourain rugs that are ivory with sparse black diamond-shape markings.

 The New York Times published a piece about boucherouite rugs in 2010, though it was an art review of the show  “Rags to Richesse: Rugs From Morocco”  at the Cavin-Morris Gallery, not a decor story. According to the NYT article, “boucherouite” means torn and reused clothing. Boucherouite rugs, the author points out, are really just a variation on the “humble rag rug” made by semi-nomadic Berbers. (Berbers, by the way, are an indigenous people of North Africa.)

Apparently, the style is relatively new, growing out of the collision of global interest in Berber culture and design and a scarcity of wool, given that Berbers have become increasingly less nomadic, herding fewer sheep, and producing reduced quantities of wool. In a resourceful turn, weavers began adding recycled fabric and less expensive, un-naturally dyed, brightly colored synthetic fibers into the mix. The results are celebratory. 

Here are 27 rooms with boucherouite rugs (and boucherouite style rugs), and a little shopping widget at the end, for those who must have one now.

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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Home of Tina Seidenfaden Busk
Photo by Louise Desrosiers  •   Milk Magazine

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Home of stylist/photographer Anne Millet  •  Handmade Charlotte

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Beldi Rugs

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Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen  •  Bolig Magasinet

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Milk Magazine

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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Browns Focus by Studio Toogood

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Stylist Sander van Eyck  •  Photographer Pam Kat  •  Carpet of Life

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Stylist Sander van Eyck  •  Photographer Pam Kat  •  Carpet of Life

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Matchbook Magazine

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Home of Dusen Dusen designer Ellen Van Dusen
Photo Maxwell Tielman  •  Design Sponge

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The Beetle Shack

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El Ramla Hamra

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Ideat Magazine

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Pink Rug Co., Etsy

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San Francisco Girl By the Bay

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The Apartment

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The Apartment

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The Apartment

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The Socialite Family

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Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia

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BCN Locations

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Fossik

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HK Living

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The Design Files Open House  •  Photo by Brooke Holm

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shop  B O U C H E R O U I T E   R U G S  at  C H A I R I S H

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ARTmonday: 20 Original Affordable Artworks Under $500

I have a tendency to buy smaller works of art, because they are more affordable artwork and they’re easier to take in, and now, because we are running out of wall space. I’d love to get an oversize piece of statement art, particularly a photograph, or maybe an abstract, but it’s hard to devote thousands of dollars on a single luxury purchase (for me, anyway).

That said, money is no reason to live with bare walls or posters left over from college. There is so much affordable original artwork available online. You can buy small pieces whenever you find a bit of extra cash, or happen upon one you like, and over time, build up an impressive and eclectic gallery wall of art.

Here are 20 original affordable artworks available to buy at Saatchi Art, Etsy, UGallery, and Serena & Lily. They’re paintings, watercolors, and mixed media works; none are prints. It’s nice to be able to live with art on which you can see the artist’s hands; the texture, color varieties, and depth. Not that there is anything wrong with prints, mix those in too (there’s a shopping strip at the bottom of the post for prints under $150).

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“Perspective Drawing,” Clement Tsang  •  $300 at Saatchi Art

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“Relaxed Nude From Behind,” Rip Matteson  •  $395 at Serena & Lily

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“The Blue Parasol,” Steve Mitchell  •  $251.30 at Etsy

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“Breath In,” Alina Cristina Martin  •  $180 at Saatchi Art

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“White on White 3,” Justin Simcik  •  $300 at UGallery

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“When your face doesn’t fit,” Fabienne Jenny Jacquet  •  $500 at Saatchi Art

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“DD 4.4.2013,” Astrid Oudheusden  • $225 at Saatchi Art

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“Quartz,” Ferm Living  •  $148 at Burke Decor

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“Untitled,”  Jim Harris  •  $350 at Saatchi Art

Woman Painting Pops Of Color Affordable Artwork

“The Sun Is Shining,” Robin Hiers  •  $250 at Saatchi Art

Interiors In Art Bench And Light Affordable Artwork

“My Personal Space 3,” Lucie Jirku  •  $270 at Saatchi Art

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Little 007,” Jenny Prinn  •  $100

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“Deep Green -The identity and relation of 12 complexion,” Tomomi Maruyama
$300 at Saatchi Art

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“3475,” Hang Nguyen  •  $300 at UGallery

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Thevysherbarium  •  $60 at Etsy

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“Untitled 0022,” Katia Borges  •  $200 at Saatchi Art

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“Urine Hell,” Chad Kouri   •  $500 (framed) at Uprise Art

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“At Sea,” Julia Rymer  •  $225 at Serena & Lily

Abstract Affordable Artwork Oil Painting Serena & Lily

“Stained Glass Window #11,” Marc Ellen Hamel  •  $250 at Serena & Lily

Mixed Media Abstract Affordable Artwork Serena & Lily

“Mid Century Ink & Tape Hard Edge Study,” Dellar Cassity
$385 at Serena & Lily

Shop art prints under $125 >

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Design Diary: Sunshine-y House on the Bass River

I was very excited when photographer Dan Cutrona sent my photos of this Cape Cod cottage in South Yarmouth, which was featured in Boston Globe Magazine earlier this month.. It’s one of my favorites, and it has a swing. The all white space, punctuated with pops of yellow, is home to Newburyport-based landscape designer Trent Lloyd, and was decorated by her sister, North Carolina-based Alys S. Protzman of Alys Design. The decorating was done on a budget, which wasn’t too much of a challenge given that Lloyd favors on rustic simplicity.

Originally built for a sea captain in town and relocated to the banks of the Bass River in about 1899, the house was dark and cramped. Sticking to a white palette accented with yellow (Benjamin Moore “Bright Yellow,” to be exact), along with a few new upholstered pieces and plenty of secondhand finds, Protzman transformed the cottage into a happy summer retreat. The view is incredible; they can see the kids, who take sailing lessons, breeze by in the afternoons. The sliders open to a wide stair and brick patio.

Cape Cottage WIth Living Room Swing

Protzman’s sister and brother-in-law have three daughters, ages 9, 7 , and 4. The kid on the swing is the only boy cousin out of ten grandchildren. “There’s a lot of female energy around here,” she says. As for taking turns, each kid gets 20 swings before having to pass it on to the next. She adds, “It’s a fun way to keep the kids entertained during cocktail hour.” Protzman’s husband, who’s a woodworker, built the swing, and she painted it.

A cotton rag rug from a store in the Florida Panhandle covers the pickled white floors. The original floors were painted black with splatters of white paint. Seriously. They stripped them, and had to patch certain areas because the wood got so worn down. They stained the floorboards white rather than painting them. Protzman says, “The stain goes into the wood, so you’re less likely to see scratches; it’s more durable. Also rather than a monolithic white, it’s very beachy and driftwood-y, with a bit of warmth.”

The Restoration Hardware sofas are upholstered in an outdoor fabric by Perennials Outdoors, that feels like washed linen. Protzman commissioned an Etsy maker in France to create linen pillows with painted yellow circles. A carpenter for the contractor, LaBarge Homes, built the coffee table from reclaimed barn wood, and the tiny chairs came from the local swap shop. The table in the corner is a primitive, folk art style. Their mom jokes that it looks like it fell off a boat a hundred years ago.

A plain bulb fixture from Schoolhouse Electric dangles low, just above the side table, It’s an orangey yellow. Protzman says, “The yellows didn’t match perfectly in places, which Lloyd was a little concerned about it, but I think it adds depth; you don’t want to be too matchy matchy.”

White Living Room WIth Yellow Accents

Protzman arranged four swivel chairs around an old telephone cable spool used as a coffee table. She says, “It’s been a hit. You can swivel to the kitchen, or watch the sunset with your feet up; the setup allows for total flexibility, and the kids like to spin on them.” The idea grew out of not wanting a sofa backing up to the either the dining room or the kitchen.. She adds, “It might become my calling card. I’m so sick of pushing furniture against walls.”

Country Style All White Kitchen WIth Pops Of Yellow

In the kitchen, unfinished stools, $30 each from Amazon, got the same Benjamin Moore “Bright Yellow” paint as the lower bank of cabinetry (they kept the existing but swapped the hardware). The laminate counters were replaced with Silestone. Open shelving replaced upper cabinetry, hung against whitewashed shiplap, a material also used in the upstairs hallway. The carpenter built the freestanding Parsons-style island with IKEA butcher-block top. “It requires maintenance to avoid stains and cut marks,” says Protzman, “but my sister is fine with what she calls ‘texture’ in a summer house.” The vintage warehouse pendant is from Etsy.

Mixed Dining Room Seating In Cape Cottage

Protzman says that in trying to figure out what to do with this long and skinny space, they realized they could make it work as a dining room that would function as a multi-use space, for puzzles and projects too.

Lloyd wanted mix-and match-chair look. Protzman says, “It’s an arty collection of odd chairs.” Some are weighty; some minimal. There’s painted metal, chrome, and white leather, plus slipcovered pieces. The slipcovered bench from Serena & Lily is on casters, and seats two. Protzman found three painted blue ,metal chairs for $45 each at Scott’s, an antique mall  in Atlanta. The blue is the only other color introduced in the house.

Jeff Soderbergh, a Wellfleet-based woodworker, designed the 17-foot long dining table. It’s made out of board called “king’s wood” found in the home’s attic. (“King’s wood” boards were wide, choice planks saved to send back to the King, way back when.) Soderbergh didn’t sand the 15-inch wide boards, which were originally hand-planed, so the top is not perfectly flat. The natural curvature of the boards, the knots, and somebody’s hand-carved initials, were all left intact.

Since it’s just two-inches thick, he added an apron front for the illusion of heft. Lloyd loved the idea of doing an industrial leg, so Soderbergh sourced old, cast iron factory legs that say “Boston “on them, powder coated in white. The table was assembled on site; it took seven guys to carry the three sets of legs.

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Yellow And White Striped Tile Bathroom

This was originally a powder room with dead space, so they made it into an indoor beach shower. Lloyd and her husband are tri-athletes, so they made it into a steam shower. It’s large enough for the whole family and has a bench in there. As for the yellow and white striped tile design, Protzman says, “I thought we would put in a tiny touch of the nautical,; it reminds me of a sail.”

Yellow & White Living Room WIth Swing

During the renovation they added three sets of sliders to the exterior wall, really opening it to the outdoors. They replaced the windows over the sofa, but stuck to the traditional six-over-six configuration.

Capde Cod Cottage On The Bass River

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