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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.

All White Cape Cod Cottage Stairway

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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Shopping Trip: Serena & Lily East Hampton

Serena & Lily invited me to it “Sign, Sip and See” party at its new “Beach Market” boutique in East Hampton. Domino co-hosted and their were lots of top interior designers on hand to sign their design books. Since I’m no longer a Hamptons-ite, having given it up for the Cape, I sent my friend and colleague, freelance writer/editor Meredith Barnett, her mom, news correspondent Rita Braver, and Meredith’s best friend Cristina Miller, head of North American Dealer Relations at 1st Dibs. (I met Meredith & Cristina through Craigslist when I applied to work for their previous business, Store Adore.)

The Serena & Lily Hamptons boutique, on Montauk Highway in Wainscott, is the company’s second retail store. The other is in San Francisco, and they are planning to open more stores soon. Meredith reports: “It was absolutely beautiful—very beachy and whimsical, but also very sophisticated.”  Lobster-printed beach towels were stacked amidst hand-painted trays, and colorful artwork on the walls. She (half) jokes, “They should have hosted it with a real estate company because being in that store made you want to buy a house in the Hamptons, just so you could fill it with their stuff!”

I’m jealous that they got to go and sip yummy fresh peach vodka cocktails, and thankful they took time out to snap these photos. Let’s take the tour >

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I’ve had my eye on the swirly rattan woven mirrors for a while, not to mention the rattan South Seas bar cart being used here as a side table. Serena & Lily has a ton of aqua bedding, which goes great with that coral Brahams Mount herringbone throw.

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Scandinavian inspired hanging rattan chair works indoors and out on the patio. Handcrafted basketweave wood Bamileke side table from India is modeled after ceremonial stools used by Bamileke tribal chieftains. Peek through the window to see the Riviera bench, made of sustainable rattan and woven plastic.

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Bamboo and nylon Sailing Ship kites are handmade by Balinese artisans. I love the powdercoated steel cobalt blue Avery bed for a boy’s room, and have been coveting those studio task lamps made from oak, with red cords.

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Get creative with fabric by the yard. The store also has items by other designers. Look at the bottom of the photo—Tina Frey resin ice bucket and Champagne bucket with leather handles. J’adore.

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Harbour cane bed has clean lines reminiscent of French antiques. The cheeky sun pillow by Christopher David Ryan  says, “Lovely To See Your Again My Friend.”  The pattern on the dotty pink quilt and shams are made from tiny hearts.

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Throw pillows galore—great for adding a personal touch to a summer rental. The screenprinted cotton canvas leaf pillow covers in coral are my favorite. The coral and blue botanical print pillows up top are Serena & Lily’s palm leaf pillow covers and the neutral geometric print on the bottom right is the diamond pillow cover.

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Cutting boards and trays with colored edges make great hostess gifts.

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As you know, I’m a huge fan of the original artwork curated and sold by Serena & Lily. They’ve got the best dreamy landscapes and cheerful abstracts.

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More abstract artwork.
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Serena & Lily, East Hampton

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Big thanks to Meredith Barnett & Cristina Miller for stopping by!

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ARTmonday: Ellen Levine Dodd

Earlier this summer I caught up with San Francisco Bay Area-based artis Ellen Levine Dodd, whose work I discovered at Serena & Lily. Last year, after I had featured some of Dodd’s colorful paintings, she emailed me to say she was headed to Provincetown. I wasn’t in town then, but she came back this year, and we met (in real life) at Chequessett Chocolate, a new funky coffee and chocolate cafe in Truro.

We chatted about art and the web, the growing opportunities for artists to sell work online (Serena & Lily’s gallery model has been fabulous for her), and life in general. She showed me images of her newest works on her iPad, and a delicious smoothie later, we parted,promising to catch up again next year. Of course, if I’m ever in the Bay area I’ll be sure to drop by her studio too.

Dodd’s a local Massachusetts gal. She grew up in Newton, went to Clark University on an art scholarship, studied painting at the Worcester Museum School, and photography at the Worcester Craft Center. Following a year abroad, she studied photography and printmaking at Massachusetts College of Art.

Dodd has a rich work history in the arts. She worked as a studio assistant in the paper mill at Sonoma State University, creating paper pulp for many artists including Sam Francis, has curated exhibitions, and consulted on business matters with artists.Currently she works full time as an artist, photographer, and digital fine art printer .

I’m drawn to the bold colors, textures, and shapes in Dodd’s layered pieces, on which she paints, scratches, sands, carves, and draws. Here are abstract and landscape multi media paintings by Ellen Levine Dodd.

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Dodd’s iPad with images of her new work.

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Postcard and plant at Chequessett Chocolate.

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A Loaf Of Bread A Jug Of Wine
Acrylic and mixed media on wood panel, in handmade basswood frame
12.75″ x 12.75”  •   $750

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Island In The Sky 2
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
12.75″ x 12.75”  •   $750 

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Keep Your Chin Up
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
12.75″ x 12.75”  •  $750

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Music In The Garden
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel, framed by the artist
16.75″ x 16.75”  •  $995

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Pebbles In A Pond
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel, framed by the artist
2.75″ x 12.75″  •   $750

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Striations I
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
8.75″ x 8.75”  •  $495

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Wanderings 3
Oil, oil sticks, mixed media on wood panel, framed by the artist
12.75″ x 12.75”  •  $750

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Which Way Is Up
Acrylic, mixed media on wood panel
16.75″ x 16.75”  •  $975

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Marina
Acrylic, mixed media on board
16.75″ x 16.75”  •  $975

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Headlands 1
Acrylic, mixed media on cradled wood panel
6″ x 6”  •  $275

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Breaking Ground
Casein, and mixed media on cradled wood panel   
29.5″ x 22.5″  •  $1,900

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Carmel Beach Sand
Casein, acrylic, beach sand, mixed media on cradled wood panel, framed by the artist
11″ x 7″  •  $385

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Postcard and cactus.

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More new work on Ellen Levine Dodd’s iPad.

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Saturday Say It: Take a Hike

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“Take a Hike” •  CD Ryan •  Serena & Lily 

Created by artist Christopher David Ryan in Portland, Maine

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ARTmonday: 12 Retro Style Campers

Everywhere you turn there’s a vintage retro camper, or glamping scene. Granted the two are totally different, but still, two sides of the same coin. While I could be convinced to glamp, you won’t catch me in a camper, ’50s style chic or otherwise. I am, however, charmed by some of the images. I also kinda love the idealization of the old-fashioned camping trip, in artwork mind you, not in real life, thank you very much.

A few months ago Rise Art asked me to curate a summer-themed art collection—”Summer Is Coming“—which features some camp and road trip inspired artwork. One of my favorites from that collection is this first piece, a technicolor blur of a family camp scene.

I searched for other similar images, but wound up finding illustrations mostly vintage campers, so I figured I’d just go with it.

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Camping  •  Jack Addis  •  Rise Art

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Camper & Mountains  •  Amy Lighthall  •  Etsy

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Camper Trailer RV  •  Cece & Coco  •  Etsy

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Camp Hawk  •  J. Austin Ryan  •  Etsy

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Campfire Retro American Landscape  •  Jazzberry Blue  •  Etsy

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Camper  •  Tom Hammick  •  Art.sy

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Happy Camper  •  Susanna Jarian  •  Etsy

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Vintage Camper  •  Paper and Canvas  •  Etsy

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Vintage Camper •  Just Print It

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VW Camper  •  Wyatt Design  •  Society 6

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Wallowa  •  Rachel Austin  •  Etsy

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Boler Camper  •  O’Reilly Ink  •  Etsy

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Part II

After a morning (ok, and an afternoon) cavorting along Newbury Street and enjoying a lovely lunch al fresco, I’ve gathered ten more pretty items perfect for Mother’s Day. Here’s the StyleCarrot Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Part Deux.

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S H O P P I N G

1. Stella & Dot x May Designs Patterned Notebbooks

2. Mar Y Sol Crocheted Clutch

3. Lucite Tape Dispenser

4. Woven Striped Rope Bracelet

5. Half-Dipped Mugs

6. Pomegranate Bud Vase

7. Stephanie Sherman Grand Waves Photo Print

8. Hand Carved African Bowl

9. Jennifer Meyer Diamond & Gold Circle Ring

10. Baggu Boat Tote

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Gift Guide: Mother’s Day

Nothing like waiting until (almost) the last minute to find a Mother’s Day gift, let alone put together a Mother’s Day Gift Guide. I usually order fresh flowers, which are easy, last minute proof, and a special treat (though kinda pricey.)

I was born on Mother’s Day, so I spent many years worrying that I was going to be cheated out of a holiday. Turns out we don’t make a big deal about Mother’s Day, though I do insist we honor it in some way, just in case my sons’ future wives expect a fuss. Last thing I want to do is raise boys that badmouth honoring moms. It’s actually nice that my birthday falls around that time, because it makes both occasions a lot more meaningful.

I especially didn’t want the boys to be at preschool and elementary school and spread the word that it’s a Hallmark holiday, and therefore not important, etc. I can just imagine the call I would get from the school. Believe me, there have been similar occurrences regarding the tooth fairy. I kid you not. And here I thought it was discussions of God that we told them to avoid. Who knew.

I always send my mother-in-law flowers for Mother’s Day. Winston Flowers in Boston does an amazing job finding florists in other areas that align with their aesthetic. I send my own mother flowers too, though sometimes it’s cookies or brownies from a local (very yummy) company Dancing Deer. If I were to buy them non-consumable presents, or get tokens of appreciation for friends, I’d opt for sweet, design-y things, like the ones arrayed here, and above in Mother’s Day Gift Guide Part Deux. Trinket boxes or trays, bubble bath, a breezy scarf, pretty notebooks, an art print, bud vase, canvas tote, or straw clutch. (Feel free to use this as a birthday present guide too.)

It might be too late to order some of these (though not all!), but hopefully it will at least give you ideas so you can get into a store and shop efficiently.

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S H O P  P I  N G 

1. Fresh Flowers Beautiful Mother’s Day Range 

2. Sweet Pea Vanity Tray

3. Macaron Trinket Boxes

4. Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration

5. Honeycomb Earrings

6. Library of Flowers Arboretum Bubble Bath

7. Pink & Grey Ombre Scarf

8. Palm Cover Up

9. Garden Under Glass Terrarium

10. Gold Flecked Cork Monogram Jewelry Box

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ARTmonday: Jenny Prinn

I noticed last week that Jenny Prinn, who describes herself as “mommy, artist, and stylist,” started following StyleCarrot on Instagram. (I’ve been trying to beef up my account, so I hope you’ll give me a follow too.)  When I clicked through to Jenny Prinn’s Instagram, I was thrilled to discover that she’s a Maine artist whose work I’d admired on Serena & Lily

Jenny Prinn’s abstracts are colorful and uplifting. Some are truly abstract; others are abstracted landscapes. Her statement says she is “intrigued by the fleeting moments and feelings in life that are often overlooked or forgotten.” She creates “the small pulsing, transient moments and sensations that strike deep within our core for just a moment and then are gone.” She works in acrylic and mixed media on canvas.

The artwork is beautiful, and the prices accessible. Most of these are still (at the moment) available for purchase. (I may need one for the Delray Beach condo.)

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Ladybug

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 Ebb 2

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 Sunday Morning 3

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Bayview 1

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Dusk 5

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1970

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Confections 1

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Winter’s Mix

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Confetti

Jenny Prinn Venetian Beads

Venetian Beads

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Morning Commute

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Little Footsteps 2

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I’d love to visit Jenny Prinn’s studio.

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Get the Look: 31 Bird Home Accessories

I probably mentioned that I recently started curating product Ideabooks for Houzz. Yesterday I posted my newest Houzz Ideabook “Bye Bye Birdie, Hiya Birdie,” featuring a flock of feathered friend home furnishings. Playing off that, I added to the collection, with 31 bird-themed home furnishings and accessories, because really, spring will come soon. Meanwhile, add a bird pillow, bird figurine, bird bowl, bird rug, bird wallpaper, bird artwork, or even a bird toilet brush holder, to your decor.

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S H O P P I N G 

1. “Pulcino” by Antonio Da Ros for Cenedese

2. Yellow Birds Mobile by Petit Collage

3. Gold Glazed Ceramic Bird Bowl by Jonathan Adler

4. Bird Pillow by Petit Pehr

5. Conure Rug

6. Peeking Bird Toilet Brush

7. Bird in Wonderland Candle Holder by Artecnica

8. Lily Bird Soy Sauce Container by Alessi

9. Neon Bird Pillow by Nest

10. Lovi & Anne Paso’s Birch Bird Card

11. Birdie Paper Knife by +d & Yohei Oki

12. Golden Birds Decals

13. Ostrich Vase by The King’s Subject

14. Hope Bird by Jaime Hayon & Bosa

15. Bird on Pitcher

16. Hummingbird Dresser by Iannone Design

17. Black Hawk Feet by Swallow

18. Cheese Board by Creature Comfort Foods

19. Bird Alarm Clock

20. Flights of Fancy Wallpaper by House of Hackney

21. Winter Cardinal Latte Mug Set

22. Bird Animal Bowl by Nymphenburg

23. Iron Bird Tea Light Holders

24. “Stacking Birds” By Becky Hui Chan

25. Crow Glass Bird by Toikka for Iittala

26. Bird Leaves Tea Towel by Ferm Living

27. Songbird Sunshine by Kat Bojesen for Rosendahl

28. Dr. Bird Juicer by IMM Living

29. Eames House Bird by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra

30. L’Oiseau by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Vitra

31. British Birds Wallpaper by Timorous Beasties

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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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