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Impressions: Creating a Color Palette of Charcoal & Dusty Rose

Last month a local publicist asked me if I’d be interested in decorating a model apartment in one of the new big and shiny buildings that are popping up in Boston like mad. I was incredibly flattered, of course, especially since I’m not actually an interior designers. In fact, that’s why she asked. The budgets are smaller and the directive more creative. Rather than perfectly turned out, pristine showcases, these units, since they’re rentals rather than condos, are to be on the funkier side. In addition to my non-decorator self, there will be an art gallery owner, a visual merchandiser, and another writer. We will create color schemes for furniture and accessories, but not actually alter any finishes.

I think I will get down and dirty with some DIY projects, and will likely enlist my handy husband to help (especially given his urging that I take this on). Although we live in a condo in the city, he has a few well-equipped tool boxes stuffed with a vast range of hand tools, from hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers, to power drills, soldering irons, and saws. Can we build a bed? Put up shelving? Create inventive wall decorations? We shall see.

We visited the building yesterday, which is still very much a construction site. We got a peek at a few finished units on lower floors and they have a great look, with light oak floors, white walls, floor-to-ceiling windows that actually open, and two kitchen styles—one with cerused oak lower cabinets and glossy grey uppers, and the other with textured white wood lower cabinets and glossy white uppers. They are both great looks and have me thinking about the best color palette for studio apartments.

I prefer to work with white on white color schemes, since I love all white rooms. I have in mind the whole pure white with pastel or bright color pops and a smattering of plywood. That seems easiest given my abilities and budget, and the fun style would match up with a portion of the target demographic. However, I may be assigned a unit with the grey/cerused oak kitchen. The finishes are beautiful, but I’ll definitely have to re-think my design/color scheme. It will need to present as a little bit more sophisticated. I perused many of my Pinterest boards last night in search of inspiration, starting with searching for a color palette for studio apartments.

If I am to decorate a unit in which the centerpiece is cerused oak cabinetry, I am leaning towards a color palette of pale wood, charcoals, and blush with touches of copper. Here are inspiration photos for the color, look, and feel I am thinking, with light wood, grey, pink tones, and copper accents.


Ceramics by Kirstie Van Noort


Penny Farthing Design House  •  Photo by Tim Pascoe


Lou & Grey  •  Photo by Marni Elyse Katz for StyleCarrot


Weekday Carnival


Landon Metz


Gardenias Vases by Jaime Hayon for BD Barcelona Design


Geometric Copper Foil Print •  Leif




Milton & Hyde Fine Linens


The Sartorialist


Photo by Frederikke Heiberg •  Inside Out


Ceramics by Amaï Saigon


DIY painted bread boards  •  Maya’s Loft


“Ditch Plains House” •  T.W. Ryan Architecture


Clement Pascal


Mega Bulb pendant by Sofie Refer for &tradition




Coppper flatware  •  Anthropologie


Colored Tumblers  •  Anthropologie




Wind Chime by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio  •  Sight Unseen




Pure & Original Paints








White Peach Maple Soda  •  Quitokeeto


Styling by Hannah Wessman  •  Photo by Malin Cropper  •  Hanna’s Room


Fiess tea bowls  •  Leif


Sanne Tulp Photography




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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

I don’t actually celebrate Valentine’s Day, as it just seems silly to me, but I’m all for love and all for friendship and all for helping you shop for pretty tokens of appreciation. Here are 28 perfect presents to get and give this Valentine’s Day, from $16 to $3,000. (Don’t hesitate to buy for yourself!) xoxo


Valentine's Day Gifts Jewelry Heart Sweater

Valentine's Day Presents Love Ring Pink Red



1 Rose Gold Lips Necklace, $85 at Samantha Faye.

2 Raw Pink Tourmaline Earrings, $98 at Leif.

3 Polly Wales Large Ruby Band, $2,940 at Clay Pot.

4 Limited Edition iPhone Case, $33.60 at Tory Burch.

5 UrbanEars Plattan Headphones, $65 at ICA Store.

6 Giambattista Valli Dress, $1,860 at Moda Operandi.

7 Archer Earrings, $22 at Need Supply Co.

8 Color Fest Tea Towel by Mae Engelgeer, $25 at Leif.

9 Hera Heart with Gold Studs, € 55 at Denz Herz.

10 Y’A Pas Le Feu Au Lac PIK Vase, $95 at Horne.

11 L’Oiseau by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, $195 at ICA Store.

12 Y’a Pas Le Feu Au Lac Les Perles Candlestick, $75 at MoMA.

13 We’re Young at Heart Sweater, $42.99 at ModCloth.

14 This Love Print, $28 at Lekker.

15 Shanghai Vase by Pols Potten, €123,75 at Bijzondermooi.

16 Paloma Picasso Love Band Ring, $150 at Tiffany & Co.

17 Miu Miu Cat Eye Sunglasses, $390 at Net-a-Porter.

18 Heartbreaker Sweater, $79.99 at J.Crew.

19 Shaesby Noir Cocktail Moonstone Ring, $735 at Clay Pot.

20 Loop Leather Keychain, $16 at Leif.

21 Lanvin Suede/Snakeskin Ribbon-Lac Sneakers, $640 at Ssense.

22 Lonely Grape Cut Out Bra, $64 at Bonadrag.

23 Comme des Garçons Play Heart T-Shirt, $135 at Ssense.

24 Powder-Coated Brass Necklace, $70 by Iacoli & McAllister.

25 Bario Neal Reticulated Band w/Diamond, $524 at Bario Neal.

26 Iitala Small Vitriini Box, $79 at Didriks.

27 Paris Jumper, $68 at Miss Selfridge.

28 Red Dawn Bracelet by Holst + Lee, $145 at Holst + Lee.





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Get the Look: 30 Guest Room Goodies

Today is my debut as a LampsPlus blogger! The topic is seasonal—”14 Guest Room Essentials“—in anticipation of holiday house guests. (Not that I have to deal with this, as we go to Connecticut most Thanksgivings.) I do, however, love the idea of creating the perfect space for guests. In my younger (misguided) years, I thought having a B&B in Vermont would be fun. Yikes.  Instead I try to make our guest rooms on the Cape light, airy, and all around perfect. I suppose one could run into the problem of visitors overstaying their welcome, but since I don’t tend to cook and dance any jigs for them, I haven’t had this issue. : )

Anyway, addition to perusing the pretty guest room worthy offerings below, click over to Lamps Plus’ blog Style Illuminated for a look. In addition to a product roundup, I featured interiors designed by Palmer Weiss, Nicole Hollis, Maria Lladro, and others.

One last thing . . . I just want to mention that I’m in super good company. My co-bloggers include Anne Sage of The City Sage, KariAnn Wood of  Thistlewood Farm, Erin Hiemstra of Apartment 34, designer Rob Levine, Allison Rosenberg of Deco on the Road, Meg Biriam, and my editor, the lovely Lesley Myrick.



S H O P P I N G 

1 Stripe Throw.

2 AERIN Pink Climbing Rose Candle, $58 at Neiman Marcus.

3 Tivoli Model One AM/FM Radio, $149.99 at Tivoli Audio.

4 Coatrack Dots by Tveit&Tornøe for Muuto, $149 at DWR.

5 Glittered Geometry Garland, $38 at Leif.

6 Lean Floor Lamp by Workroom, $1,160 at Douglas + Bec.

7 Conical Copper & Glass Vase, £175 at Minimalux.

8 Natural Wood Valet Stand, $353 at The Bath Outlet.

9 Alyson Fox Triangle Pillow Covet, $34 at West Elm.

10 Cordula Kehrer Wastebasket, $45 at Areaware.

11 Born in Sweden Magazine Rack, $64.90 at YLiving.

12 Worlds Away Lacquer Bar Cart, $1,713 at Zinc Door.

13 Glass Carafe with Cork Stopper, $48 at Serena & Lily.

14 Oak Tray by Broberg Ridderstråle, $220 at Finnish Design Shop.

15 Gandia Blasco Catania Wool Kilim Rug, $650-$1,260 at Horne.

16 Beech Torch by Jonas Damon, $48 at Areaware.

17 Joan Alara Berry Bench, $149.99 at Lamps Plus.

18 Svenskt Tenn Hawaii Pillow, 840 SEK at Svenskt Tenn.

19 Oak Mirror by Rebecca Snelling, $620 at Douglas+Bec.

20 Extra Large Wire Basket, $29.95 at Crate & Barrel.

21 Bird House Bath Tissue Holder, $12.99 at The Container Store.

22 Ribbon Stripe Storage Jar, $58 at Leif.

23 Ferm Living Small Candleholder, $29.95 at House & Hold.

24 Design House Stockholm Family Chair, $650 at House&Hold.

25 Chrome Folding Luggage Rack, $29.99 at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

26 Felt Bin by Mika Tolvanen for Muuto, 79€ at Maison 203.

27 LUDDE Sheepskin Rug, £20 at IKEA.

28 Studio Afroart Coussin Ruperta Pillow, 52€ at La Maison d’Anna G.

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