The rustic style wood pieces work particularly well in this bedroom in that they help bridge the outdoor space of the deck with the interior. The bold graphic rug reiterates the clean, modern design, providing a satisfying juxtaposition of texture and style.
Today I’ve pulled together a collection of 20 beds with a rustic feel, most created from actual reclaimed wood (though a few are just executed in a reclaimed woods style.) The sources range from well-known favorites that include West Elm and Crate & Barrel, some popular e-retailers, such as Burke Decor, a great site that sells amazing consignment pieces, called Chairish, and a couple of well-priced English sites, like FurniturePlus, for those abroad.
Like most things in my house, I tend towards simple with clean lines. While it’s true that in my living room in Boston, I have a bold Angela Adams rug and smattering of patterned pillows by Jonathan Adler, Kelly Wearstler, Hable Construction, and Judy Ross Textiles, the sofa and upholstered cushions on the vintage Scandinavian chairs from eBay are slightly textured solids
In the bedroom, I always keep colors and textures more subdued. When we lived in a bungalow in Chevy Chase, we had the loveliest bedroom, with pale lilac walls, a creamy wrought iron bed, and a beautiful quilt that my mother-in-law made for us as a wedding gift. The windows looked out on a magnolia tree in the backyard.
Our Boston bedroom, by contrast, is a dungeon. To lighten things up, we have a tall tailored headboard from Pottery Barn, upholstered in white cotton duck. The sheets and duvet are pure white. Not exciting, but the best we can do as everything else seems to have taken priority for the last dozen years. Happily the all white bedroom on the Cape is bliss.
The condo in Delray Beach is currently being painted white. White, white, and more white. The cork floor should go in later this month(!!!). If you’ve been following, you’ll know it’s decorated with white and pale wood furniture from Ikea (sofa, chairs), CB2 (nightstands, dining table), West Elm (bed), etc. and punctuated with pops of color.
The boys’ beds, of which i did a staged makeover, are back to its original style. While the bold graphic bedding looked better, it wasn’t the aesthetic I was going for. So they once again have the Ikea duvet covers in teal and grass green with organic patterns. While the fabric is slightly rough, I love the quality of the duvet inserts, pillows, mattress pads, and other bedding basics.
BeddingStyle.com was in touch recently about doing some sort of makeover using my choice of bedding from its site. There are a few great modern bedding brands, including Marimekko, so I’ve been contemplating whether to try one out in the Florida master bedroom. I had planned on using a sea glass colored Matouk coverlet I bought at the Matouk Factory Store in Fall River, Mass.
In trying to determine whether to go with a subtly colored solid duvet or comforter, or one with a pattern, I thought it best to pull together some examples. (The sheets will remain white; always white.) Here are 25 bedrooms with patterned duvets, comforters, or quilts.
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!
By now you know we have a lot of artwork. We’ve been diligent about hanging, but there are plenty of pieces propped against the wall, and worse, hiding in cabinets and behind furniture, but in some cases we’ve gotten creative. While we haven’t hung art on the fronts of our built in bookshelves, I did recently grab a hammer and nail to hang a lovely nude drawing by Chaim Gross on the frame of the bay window in the living room. I love the way it adds a touch of color and movement to an otherwise bland surface. (The blinds have got to go.)
My Back Bay living room
In related news, my second blog post for Wayfair went live today: “8 Ways to Display Art.” Today’s post is taken from tip #6: Be Brave with Bookshelves. Here are 34 rooms that do just that. Would you try it? Here’s a secret. . . we mounted our flat screen television to the bookshelves in the family room. Didn’t think the shelves would still be functional, but they’re actually fine for DVDs.
This summer Boston-based online retailer Wayfair asked me to write a guest post on its blog. The post, “Bring the Look Home: Industrial,” details ways achieving the sort Brooklyn hipster design vibe seen at West Bridge, a new(ish) restaurant/bar in Kendall Square, tech capital of Cambridge. Since I’m a research fiend, it’s no surprise that my piece for Wayfair ran long. Below I’ve provided more back story, quotes, and design details, along with additional photographs.
Restaurateur Alexis Gelburd-Kimler and chef Matthew Gaudet (both formerly of Aquitaine), tapped Williamsburg-based Crème Design, led by principal Jun Aizaki, to design the 3,600-square-foot space, located in the former Boston Woven Hose Factory (fire hose, not panty hose). Built in the early 1900s, it has a rustic loft feel—light and airy, with 18-foot ceilings, wood floors, painted brick walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Its back-to-basics, crafter sensibility is prevalent in emerging neighborhoods across the country. Gelburd-Kimler says, “Matt and I are definitely inspired by a lot of things Brooklyn.”
Gelburd-Kimler, who lives in a converted school in Somerville, aimed not just to mimic the spare, industrial chic aesthetic she cultivates at home, but take it to the next level. She says, “I got to build beyond my home; I got to build everything I would want in my home.” She especially loves the restaurant’s wood floors and the white brick walls, saying, “I have a partial brick wall at home, but I wish it were white.” The restaurant’s amber-colored boards are reclaimed, and purposefully set at a 45-degree angle, a traditional design element often seen in old factory buildings.
Gelburd-Kimler’s main directive for Aizaki was the adage “less is more.” She says, “That was the number one rule.” She adds, “You’re not going to see a bunch of framed photos on my fireplace mantel at home. Same here.” Indeed. Artwork was kept to a minimum, with just two large-scale pieces in the upstairs space. The original artwork by Boston-based Thomas Tietjen of ASIZ Industries provides the lone slash of color in the main dining room. As for the black-and-white photo of a woman sitting on rubber hoses, Gelburd-Kimler reveals, “We found it in a magazine from 1827. It’s of the original factory. It was one-third of a page; we had it blown up to six-feet-tall and transferred to canvas.”
For the long dining tables, the team turned to Boston craftsperson Jamie Cumming of Loki Custom Furnitureto create the tops out of recycled bowling alley floors. Cummings credits Aizaki with the idea, and admits that although he’s used reclaimed lumber in the past, re-working bowling alley wood was a challenge. The custom-designed braided rope chandelier is by Toronto-based studio Atelier 688.
The bar is fashioned from reclaimed barn wood and topped with slate and the white x-back chairs are by Brooklyn-based Chair Factory. The guy in the picture is Bar Manager, Josh Taylor (formerly of Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks). Believe it or not, the stools paired with the cafe tables in the bar area are from Pottery Barn.
Don’t just sit there—start drinking. Or at least stock your bar. You don’t have one . . . Don’t you think you should? Here is a selection of 40 bar carts, bars, trolley, consoles, and tray tables for setting up the perfect home bar. Bar cart styles include contemporary, mid-century modern, art deco, and traditional bar carts in brass, powder-coated steel, walnut, acrylic, bent plywood and more.
Row 1 French Art Deco Bar Cart, $2,100 at Decorum. Italian 1940s Parchment Cart, $1,600 at Dora Caza. Ernest Bar Cart in Pool by Mash Studios, $149 at CB2.
Row 2 Bungalow 5 Normandy Faux Bamboo Oval Cart from Bungalow 5. Vladimir Kagan for Grosfield House Black Cart, $3,500 at Vermillion.
Row 3 Formosa Clover Green Tray Table, $49.95 at CB2. 1950s Collapsible Molded Wood Bar Cart, $179 on eBay. Transit Folding Cart by David Mellor for Magis, $728 at Unica Home.
Row 5 Italian 1960s Walnut Bar Cart with Brass Handle, $ 2,700 at Flavor. CR20 Teak Cart by Franco Albini & Franca Helg for Poggi at Donzella.
Row 6 Adesso Cosmopolitian Round Bar Cart, $111.37 at Wayfair. Dorothy Draper Serpentine Cabinet, $14,000 at Century Design. Madison Mixer Aqua Cane/Iron Bar Cart, $439 at Society Social. Mathieu Mategot Yellow Perforated Steel Cart, $2,950 at Thomas Brillet.
Row 7 Ralph Lauren Modern Metropolis Trolley, $4,645 from Ralph Lauren. Alvar Aalto Tea Trolley 901, $2,230 at Horne. Ralph Lauren One Fifth Trunk Bar, $11,985 from Ralph Lauren.
Row 8 Bar Cart in Orange with Scroll Detail, $2,400 at Mecox Gardens. Double Faux Bamboo Brass Finish Cart, $295 at Society Social. Bygel 3-Tier Utility Cart with Tray Top, $29.99 at IKEA.
Row 9 Drylund Mid-Century Danish Teak Bar Cart, $900 on eBay. Kartell Gastone Trolley in Blue by Antonio Citterio, $902 at Stardust.
I have a definite thing for maps, though I never really considered going all out with them to decorate. I had a stamp collection when I was little. I wasn’t geeky, I just loved matching up the stamps to the right countries in my stamp book. And I loved looking at the world map on the back cover to figure out where all these places were. Randomly, my first job out of college was as the maps editor at a travel magazine, assigning illustrators to execute various styles of maps to accompany the articles. Later my sister worked as a mapmaker. And, most recently, my children bring me home numerous watercolors of maps they painstakingly create at their Montessori school. They’re actually lovely – perhaps I’ll dig some out.
S0, I’ve been collecting images of rooms incorporating maps for a while. By now, lots of blogs have done a round-up of rooms, and even Pottery Barn has plastered them on the walls for their newest catalog. I recently visited a friend with an old map of the Cape executed in an interesting way – the previous homeowners had cut out the landform and mounted it. The guy who owned the original home on our Cape house site also left one of these maps. I had previously deemed it too dingy for display (TDD), but clearly I need to rethink. You can see a picture of my friend’s below. Enjoy the others too. Hopefully there are a few you haven’t seen yet!
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