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Montage: 24 Bathrooms With Trough Sinks

For one of last summer’s Boston Globe Magazine home issues, I wrote about a family friendly house in Scraggy Neck on the Cape with all sorts of fun, beachy features, including a bunk room and a kids bathroom with an oversize trough sink. In addition to its extra large size (I think there are five kids, plus plenty of cousins) and cobalt color, the mom loved that the trough sink hasn’t any counters to muss up.

Trough sinks have an industrial feel often associated with schools or art studios. They’re heavy duty, normally mounted to the wall, though some have legs. I think they’re historically made of cast iron, but I’m sure modern models are also fabricated in other materials. Trough sinks are deep and can be extra-long, accommodating two or even three faucet sets, which make them especially good for kids bathrooms. Of course trough sinks make great utility sinks in a laundry room or mud room too.

Here are 24 bathrooms with trough sinks in all a variety of colors (a red trough sink, a chartreuse trough sink, trough sinks in various shades of blue) as well as  an abundance of black trough sinks. Some are indeed in kids’ bathrooms, others are in bathrooms with old time-y, industrial chic, Brooklyn-y vibe.


Godrich Interiors

trough-sink- Elizabeth Roberts-brooklyn-remodelista

Interior designer Elizabeth Roberts own Brooklyn brownstone  •  Remodelista


Hannotte Interiors


Aaron Hojman  •  Casa Zinc


Better Homes & Gardens


Boston Globe Magazine


HGTV Magazine


Kimberly Renner






House Beautiful

trough-sink-ouse in Floreat by Craig Sheiles Homes and Mick Rule

Floreat by Craig Sheiles Homes and Mick Rule OR Esplanade Residence by Emilie Bédard and Maria Rosa Di Ioia

trough-sink-Melbourne home of Simone Haag, via thedesignfiles.net. Photos by Sean Fennessy.

Melbourne home of  interior stylist Simone Haag
The Design Files  •  Photo by Sean Fennessy


Carla Lane Interiors




Scavullo Design


Upscale Construction








Country Living


Terracotta Design Build


Hecker Guthrie



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Montage: 14 Bohemian Style Patios

Everyone seems to be making more effort in turning outdoor spaces (they’re not longer just called backyards) into full-on, functional outdoor rooms.  While minimalist outdoor furniture alongside a sleek infinity edge pool is sublime, bohemian style patios are easier (cheaper) to create.

Gather color saturated accessories—an indoor/outdoor rug, modern patio chairs, Moroccan side tables, suzani and kilim cushions—plenty of plants (ferns, succulents, and cacti), and a fire pit, and you’ve just curated everything you need to create an outdoor space with a bohemian vibe.

It needn’t read total gypsy. Some of these boho backyards are pretty pulled together, with modern and contemporary elements, like wood-slat fencing and black walls. But overall, these bohemian style patios are laid back and romantic. Start dreaming up your own. (More boho decor posts with product suggestions to come.)

boho-backyard-jen-atkin photo by Phil Sanchez

Consort Design  •  Photo by Phil Sanchez   •  Domaine
Wood slat walls are hung with various outdoor plants on the bohemian style terrace of celebrity hair stylist and blogger Jen Atkin. There’s a potted cactus too, along with woven wicker seating, Moroccan coffee table, and Oriental carpet. The boho vibe was inspired by the homeowners’ travels to Morocco and Greece.


Consort Design •  Photo by Phil Sanchez   •  Domaine
A copper side table contrasts nicely with earthy turquoise pottery planter and weathered wood bench. An oversize juju hat wall hanging adds a healthy dose of color and even more texture.


Design Sponge At Home
From Design Sponge blogger Grace Bonney’s book, a bohemian style patio with black brick walls, suzani covered bench and plenty of plants.


Better Homes & Gardens
An otherwise classic porch gets a preppy-meets-gypsy treatment with hot pink accents, suzani pillows, and oversize rice paper pendant light.


The Design Files  •  Photo by Angelita Bonetti
Styling by Anna Flanders
Homeowners in Washington repurposed a vintage 1970s Austin bus as a hangout space in their backyard.


Justina Blakeney  •  Home Depot blog
Justina Blakeney transformed her patio into a bohemian style haven with a riot of color and pattern including a Moroccan style side table, lanterns, and planters.


El Mueble
Bamboo thatching provides cover for this deck overlooking a river. The magenta and red accessories and modern patio chairs pop against the worn wood.


Earthy toned kilim cushions on a built in bench add color and warmth to this pea gravel patio thatched roof cover. (image source unknown)

Justina Blakeney's Bohemian Style Patio

Justina Blakeney  •  The Jungalow
A suzani tablecloth, Panton chairs, and a colorful kilim runner turn blogger Justina Blakeney’s brick patio into a festive space for outdoor entertaining.


Design Vidal Interior Design
L.A. designers Karen and Guy Vidal created this boho style bluestone patio with built-in concrete furniture and fire pit by adding plenty of patterned cushions, pillows, and serape.


Casa Diez
A covered patio with boho vibes thanks to a lacey round jute rug over the terra cotta tiles, wicker patio furniture, suzani throw and pillows, capiz wind chime, and colorful modern patio chairs.


Decorate With Flowers
Decor8 blogger Holly Becker showcases beautiful spaces adorned with flowers, like this bohemian style patio with tented awning and bamboo fencing.


Stephen Shubel  •  House Beautiful
Al fresco dining in a California backyard made easy with a wooden bench draped with turquoise and violet bohemian style textiles.


Casa Bohemia: The Spanish Style House
This new book published by Rizzoli details laid back lifestyles filled with sophisticated bohemian interiors and exteriors.

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Montage: 18 Rooms with Lacey Round Jute Rugs

Earlier this year I met Boston-based prop stylist Kara Butterfield for hot chocolate at Burdick’s off Newbury Street. (Best hot chocolate ever. Like sludge.) It had been a while since Kara and I connected at any events. I always enjoy Kara’s company, but this meeting was extra excellent because we took a little excursion right across Clarendon street to H&M.

I hadn’t realized that as part of the H&M store remodel last summer that they added home goods. I’ve been admiring H&M Home items online for a while now, so I was really excited. Sure enough, I went crazy, snapping up several hundred dollars worth of pink and grey and copper accessories for the model apartment I’m decorating at Troy Boston this spring.

Kara, who has impeccable taste, admired lacey round jute floor mats, musing that one could easily sew them together to create a larger area rug. Indeed. I wasn’t far along in the design process so left them behind, and of course now they are gone.

On the Cape we  have two celadon green jute bouclé rugs from West Elm, which are great for the subtle wash of color, added texture, and durability. Normally I’m not one to lust after natural fiber rugs, although I know many designers consider sisal rugs a must-have for beach house decor.

Since our jaunt to H&M, I’ve been noticing round jute rugs in interiors all over the place online, and have come to appreciate them more, especially the flower-like ones. After tracking down the first few, I’ve noticed that many lacey, round hemp rugs by Armadillo & Co., which makes the most divine flower-inspired styles. You’ll see many examples of them below.

Browse these 18 rooms with lacey round jute rugs, and tomorrow check back for a round jute rug buying guide.


Armadillo & Co. Marigold jute rug in the Melbourne, Australia home
of stylist Simone Haag, decorated with help from Hecker Guthrie
Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files


Rylo Interiors


Round hemp rug with border from home furnishings company HK Living.


Melbourne-based lifestyle brand Hunting for George.


Entry hall with round jute Dandelion rug by Armadillo & Co.
in the home of  Melbourne-based Canvas Home designer Sarah Quin.
Photo by Brooke Holm  •  The Design Files


Woody Wood Rug by FEST Amsterdam designed by Yvette Laduk.


Armadillo & Co. Marigold Flower jute rug in Brisbane, Australia home of
prop stylist and interiors photographer Kara Rosenlund.
Inside Out Magazine


Armadillo & Co. Daisy Flower Rug


Round hemp rug with pink border from HK Living.


Round grey jute rug at San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos.


Jute rug with  FEST Amsterdam Avenue sofa and Myato side table.


Lacey natural jute rug as a wall hanging above the bed.
Robert Plum Project

Armadillo & Co Junior Collection Photo; James Knowler Styling- Deni Jones

Daisy Flower natural jute rug from Armadillo & Co. Junior Collection.

Armadillo&Co | Junior Collection Flower Weave 'Daisy'

Daisy Flower jute rug with pastels from Armadillo & Co. Junior Collection.


DIY Sisal Rope Wall Hanging Project  •  Design Sponge


Armadillo & Co. Geranium jute rug in home on Formentera, Spain
belonging to stylist Daniela Cavestany + photographer Jordi Canosa.


Armadillo & Co. Geranium jute rug in home on Formentera, Spain
belonging to stylist Daniela Cavestany + photographer Jordi Canosa.

The stylish home of Kate Sparks with a lovely kids room featuring our Cloud pillows, Fine Little Day blanket and Pear poster. via Adore

 Lacey flower jute rug in Sydney, Australia home belonging to
Little Dwellings interior designer Kate Sparks.
Photo by Hannah Blackmore  •  Adore Home

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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.


Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia


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


Home of stylist/photographer Anne Millet  •  Handmade Charlotte


Beldi Rugs


Photo by Wichmann + Bendtsen  •  Bolig Magasinet


Milk Magazine


Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia


Browns Focus by Studio Toogood


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


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


Matchbook Magazine

boucherouite-rug-dusen-dusen-photo-Maxwell Tielman-design-sponge

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


The Beetle Shack


El Ramla Hamra


Ideat Magazine




Pink Rug Co., Etsy


San Francisco Girl By the Bay


The Apartment


The Apartment


The Apartment


The Socialite Family


Photographer Julie Ansiau  •  Secret Berbere  •  Miluccia


BCN Locations




HK Living


The Design Files Open House  •  Photo by Brooke Holm

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Montage: 16 Modern Bathrooms With Floating Vanities

I know I’ve been posting an abundance of bathroom images lately (contrasting tile bathroom floors, tiled bathroom vanities, swatches of bathroom floor tiles), the thinking being a solution for the pink laminate bathroom counter and pink tile floor in the Florida condo bathroom will suddenly present itself.

It seems as though tiling over the counter would be most cost-effective, but I wonder what it would cost to demo the whole darn blocky vanity and put in a simple slab, which would really open up the space, or find a modestly priced floating bathroom vanity, like one of the glossy white sink cabinets from IKEA, or maybe even this Caro vanity that resembles plywood (I had obsessed over a plywood floor for the condo before settling on the cork floor). A floating vanity rather than a simple slab, would be a better for storage, obviously.

It’s true that the bathroom is fairly traditional, certainly basic, with (now) white tile and white grout, and basic white porcelain tub with glass shower doors, but I don’t think it’s a matter of choosing traditional versus contemporary bathroom style, but rather mixing the elements for a simple, clean, with maybe even a hint of Scandinavian style.

Here are 16 modern bathrooms with floating vanities.

floating-vanity-- images by I. Foord | via HomeLife | project by Doherty Design Studio.

Doherty Design Studio  •  Photo by I. Foord  •  HomeLife


Julia Green of Greenhouse Interiors  •  Photo by Armelle Habib • HomeLife




Hearth Studio  •  Photo by Lauren Bamford



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Mikayla Rose Design  •  Photo by Eve Wilson   •  The Design Files

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Home of designer Suzanne Gorman  •  Photo by Sean Fennessy  •  The Design Files


Bolig Magasinet


Smitten Studio


 Stine Langvad  •  Photo by Joachim Wichmann  •  The Style Files

floating-vanity-marble-bathroom-Laplace & Co.

Laplace & Co.


 Taverne Agency


New York Times


Elle Espana

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Katty Schiebeck

floating-vanity-pale-wood-2B Group

2B Group

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