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Just In: West Elm Debuts Boston Designers

West Elm has launched a new local assortment at the Fenway store in Boston, showcasing a small selection of stand-out Boston-area artisans. Boston is one of six markets for which West Elm chose to do this. Introducing local is part of West Elm’s larger commitment to its stores’ communities. The goal is to grow each store’s local offerings significantly; they are actively sourcing potential partners. (You can even send suggestions to welocal@wsgc.com.)

The eight Massachusetts makers are Jennifer Hill of J.Hill Design, Shannon Wallack of Shanman Clay Co., Culinarium Kitchenware, Jessica Harrington of Re-Studios, Cara Taylor of Taylor Ceramics, Whitney Elizabeth of Whitney Somerville, Alice Saunders of Forest Bound, and Brian Johnson of The Uncommon Green.

The Fenway store is hosting a launch party from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 1. In the meantime, here’s a sampling of their work.

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J. Hill Design
Jennifer Hill’s modern travel posters highlight Boston pride and celebrate local sports teams. And she doesn’t just sit and her studio and design, she actually goes places. Choose from ready-made prints or commission one.

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Shanman Clay Co.
Mud slinger Shannon Wallack makes playful ceramic geo-shaped planters adorned with colorful, multidimensional glazes.

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Culinarium Kitchenware
This Plum Island company hand-crafts concrete kitchenware with eco-friendly materials, like concrete, recycled marble dust, rubber, and cork. 

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Re-studios
Boston-based interior designer Jessica Harrington makes art prints depicting bold images of iconic Boston landmarks and geography are created with typography.

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Taylor Ceramics
Functional wares combine a love of gardening and floral design in a line of hand-built and wheel-thrown vessels for plants and flowers.  Handmade by Cara Taylor at Celadon Studio in downtown Northampton.

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Whitney Somerville
Boston-based surface designer Whitney Elizabeth creates textiles for home, fashion, and baby, made from natural fibers including cotton, linen, silk, and water-based inks.

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Forest Bound
Alice Saunders, a Boston-based designer, puts great effort into hunting for well-worn historic fabrics and hardware throughout New England. She uses exclusively found and salvaged textiles for her utilitarian tote bags.

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The Uncommon Green
Street maps glassware meld artistry with functionality, practicality with wit, and style with sustainability. They do custom pieces too.

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Sunday Bouquet: Succulents at West Elm

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I just got back from West Elm, where I purchased a new desk chair.
They sell live plants now—succulents—along with green & blue clay pots.
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Get the Look: 30 Bedroom Sconces

Following on yesterday’s Montage: Bedroom Sconces post, I’ve spent the snowy evening pulling together 30 modern and industrial bedroom sconces for you. They vary in style, but they’re each appealing in their own way, and would look beautiful on either side of a bed. If you’re into the Serge Mouille style and long articulating sconces, look back to last year’s Get the Look: 22 Scones That Stretch.

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S H O P P I N G

1. Lindsey Adelman Agnes Sconce

2. Quoizel Laurie Smith Millennium Gallery Sconce

3. Eyeball Sconce

4. Roll & Hill Superordinate Antler Sconce

5. Brendan Ravenhill Bare Ring Sconce

6. Kirch OAJ Wall Lamp

7. Original BTC London Wall Light

8. Garrison Sconce

9. Devoe Sconce

10. Cerno Cubo Wall Sconce + Task Light

11. Regina Andrew Globe Sconce

12. Serge Mouille 2-Arm Rotating Sconce

13. Gooseneck Barn Lamp

14. Jielde Wall Sconce

15. Dino Sanchez Bracket Wall Sconce

16. Bestlite BL5 Wall Sconce

17. Hinkley Splendor Sconce

18. Michele de Lucchi Perseo Sconce

19. Worlds Away Randolph Sconce

20. Currey & Company Zeta Wall Sconce

21. Factory Wall Sconce

22. Workstead Wall Sconce

23. Serena & Lily Everett Sconce

24. Industrial Sconce

25. Original BTC Stirrup Wall Sconce

26. Modernica Nelson Ball Wall Sconce

27. Rich Brilliant Willing Excel Double Sconce

28. Mid-Century Overarching Wall Sconce

29. Jonathan Adler Havana Wall Sconce

30. Jonathan Adler Pendant Scone

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Get the Look: 27 Black Home Furnishings

Since black is *the* color for decor, and I’ve done plenty of posts focusing on black decor, including black kitchen pendant lights and rooms with black walls for LampsPlus and black bedrooms for the Matouk Bedding blog, I thought it was time to do a roundup of black home furnishings and accessories. From black flatware to black seating, there are 27 choices, all with distinctive details or in interesting silhouettes. (Come to think of it, though, I may never have done a roundup of rooms with black walls here. . .  perhaps I owe you one!)

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Black Home Furnishings Decor Accessories

 

S H O P P I N G

1 Kelly Wearstler Tracery Mug, $49

2 Verner Panton Pantop Pendant, $350

3 Artek Baby Rocket Stool, $300

4 Geometric Wall Decal, $59

5 Mesh Bowl, $38

6 Black+Blum Loop Hall Wardrobe Stand, $495

7 Hand Jewelry Stand, $15

8 Jonathan Adler Menagerie Camel, $98

9 Rio Desk Lamp, $32

10 French Bulldog Figurine, $34

11 Mid-Century Desk, $599

12  One45 Wall Clock, $139

13 Animal Shot Glasses, $28

14 Ensign Woven Stacking Chair, $610

15 Kubus Candle Holder, $165

16 Sääpäiväkirja Mug, $20

17 Faceted Vase, $15

18 Cutlery Set, $100

19 Tucker Chair, $158

20 Petersen Leather Sofa, $2,499

21 Loop Candle Holder, $38

22 Pizza Peel, $34.95

23 Noir Ferret Hand-Rubbed Bed, $2,304

24 Revolver Acrylic Side Table, $6,900

25 Piper Brass & Wood Box, $180

26 Faux Sheepskin Rug, $114-$199

27 Diva Watering Can, $50

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Get the Look: 40 Neutral Taupey Gray Rugs

I kinda want to redecorate my living room. (Husband, if you’re by some off chance reading this, don’t freak out.) But, I’m not going to. I love my pale green walls, and blue accessories, but, I don’t know, I’m just kind of over the patterned rug and bold statements in general. I’m feeling more like cozy neutrals, and installing a gas fireplace. But, like I said, probably I won’t. At least now at this point. I mean, when would I even find the time? I have enough time, however, to do some window shopping for taupey, gray rugs. We actually do need to replace the rug in the family room (again), and that’s the existing color scheme. (I would, however, like to tweak the paint color.) I really love some of these rugs, especially the ones with the muted, blown-out patterns. And that jellyfish is kind of awesome.

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S H O P P I N G

1 Dama Vintage Rug

Texture Dove Rug

3 Jellyfish Rug

4 Flame Stitch Rug

5 Windsor Collection Rug

6 Chevron Rug

7 Eden Squares Rug

8 Offset Stripe Dhurrie

9 Leslie Doris Blau Vintage Swedish Rug

10 Turkish Kilim Rug

11 Lash Rug

12 Macrame Rug

13 Anemone Rug 

14 Bentink Furniture Keep Calm Rug

15 Thomas Paul Iconic Rug

16 Natural Hide Patchwork Rug

17 Safi Rug

18 Martha Stewart Faux Bois Rug

19 Snow Peak Rug

20 Magical Thinking Rug

21 Cadiz Patchwork Rug

22 Texturas Rug

23 Hedy Rug

24 Sasha Rug

25 Stacked Symmetry Rug

26 Lavali Rug

27 Tangier Rug

28 Gandia Blascoe Championes Rug

29 Pencil Stripe Rug

30 Harbor Rug

31 Waverly Rug

32 Fonda Rug

33 Agave Rug

34 Cococozy Blossom Rug

35 Masinissa Rug

36 Assembly Home Wave-Stripe Rug

37 Bentink Furniture Nordic Cariboo Rug

38 Giraffe Rug

39 Madeline Weinrib Tessa Carpet

40 Partridge Rug


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Montage: 20 Modern Patios and Decks

For outdoor inspiration, in case you are contemplating making a purchase after seeing yesterday’s post, Get the Look: 18 Modern Patio Chairs, here are 20 outdoor spaces with a range of patio furniture. Most of the patios and decks have a modern sensibility, but some are charmingly rustic.

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Fashion designer Jenni Kayne’s home
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Hufft Projects

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Jonas Wagell   -   Sommarnöjen

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 Jeremy Levine Design

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Estrella Salietti Decoración  -  Photo by Adriana Bufi

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Thom Filicia

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Renato D’Ettorre Architects   -    Canberra Times

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 Photo by James Merrell for House to Home

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Oscar Properties

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Sett Studio

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Home of artist Torlarp Larpjaroensook
Photo by Owen Raggett

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West Elm

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Hecker Guthrie Architecture
Photo by Derek Swalwell for The Design Files

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Wolterinck

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Curb Architecture
Photo by Hollis Bennett for Dwell

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Maison Estate

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Architex  -  Photo by Simon Devitt

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Get the Look: 18 Modern Patio Chairs

Summer’s only half over. There’s still time to get your patio, deck, or balcony in order with a colorful, modern, outdoor chair or two.

Modern Outdoor Patio Chairs

Modern Outdoor Patio Chairs

S H O P P I N G 

1 Vegetal Chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec

2 PS 2012 Easy Chair by Wiebke Braasch

3 Edge Stacking Chair by Novague

4 Hot Mesh Chair by Blu Dot

5 Acapulco Chair by Innit Designs

6 ROXÖ Armchair by Ola Wihlborg

7 Transparent Acrylic Dining Chair by Anime

8 Jardine Chair

9 Hee Lounge Chair by Hay & Hee Welling

10 Chair One by Konstantin Grcic for Magis

11 Broom Stacking Chair by Emeco

12 Luxembourg Arm Chair by Fermob

13 Emin Dining Chair by Loll Designs

14 Nicollet Patio Staking Chair

15 Ring Outdoor Mini Chair by La Fuma

16 Aluminum Ghost Chair

17 Farmhouse Chair by Bend Seating

18 Redsmith Dining Chair

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Design Diary: Color Theory Brings a Suburban House to Life

Boston-based interior designers Brad Dufton and Kendra Amin-Dufton, the husband and wife duo behind Color Theory (of Apartment Therapy Small Small Cool fame), recently finished a top-to-bottom project on a house in Winchester, which I wrote about for the Boston Globe Magazine. The story, “Against the Gray,” details the process of and relationship between the designers and clients on their journey in creating a color-filled home. Note that Color Theory did it entirely from retail sources, so if you’re interested, re-creating the look is within easy reach.

Living Room Designed By Color Theory

 Photo by Michael J. Lee

Funnily enough, although the clients wanted color, Brad went with gray paint throughout the house. It makes a great backdrop for the saturated furnishings. Above, in the formal living room, he used a relatively dark shade, Benjamin Moore “Rock Gray.”  Brad says, “Formal spaces benefit from darker colors; it decompresses your energy, makes you want to stay longer for conversation.” This is one of three rooms in the house that he tags as moody.

Indian rug from Mohr & McPherson in Boston;  ”Fillmore” sofa from Thrive; barley twist chairs from Zimman’s near Boston, upholstered in “Prospect” ikat by Thom Filicia for Kravet; starburst mirror from Zimman’s; coffee table from Horchow.

Farmily Room Designed By Color Theory

The family room, above and below, is huge. The walls are a lighter gray, Benjamin Moore “Wales Gray.” (By the way, Brad started out as a professional painter; he swears by and only uses Benjamin Moore, preferring its Regal Select line with a matte finish.) They used a three-dimensional, dried black lava stone tile for the fireplace surround. He calls the handmade, Brazilian chevron cowhide rug, from PureRugs, a “god-like” material, saying, “Everything and anything washes out of it.” Chairs from Circle Furniture; trio of acrylic tables from Wayfair.

Farmily Room Designed By Color Theory

A 14-foot-long Flexform sofa from Showroom in Boston dominates the main portion of the family room. Thomas H. Little Upholstery in Southboro, MA crafted the round ottomans and throw pillows. As for the juju hat installation, the client, who is from Congo, had the orange one. Brad and Kendra asked her to bring back “as many as she could carry” went she went to Africa to visit her mom. They admit they had no idea what they’d do with them all, but in a fit of inspiration, they clustered them on the wall

Sunroom Designed By Color Theory

Photo by Michael J. Lee

The sunroom boasts an amazing collection of indoor/outdoor pieces by Paolo Lenti from Montage in Boston. The sofa is actually three individual chairs that can be moved around (or dragged out to the deck). They originally purchased the ensemble for the basement playroom, but in an Aha! moment, Kendra realized they’d be perfect for the sunroom. The indoor/outdoor rug was a steal for $150 at RugsUSA, a welcome addition after the splurge on furniture. Continuing the high/low mix, there’s also a “Martini” side table from West Elm and a trio of cage pendants from CB2.

Lighting Designed by Color Theory

In the stairwell, nine brass and stainless steel pendants with rope cords and Thomas Edison filament bulbs by Lunabella, purchased at Zimman’s. We hear the electrician was none too pleased to have to hang them all.

Lighting Designed by Color Theory

Bedroom Designed by Color Theory
Photo by Michael J. Lee

The master bedroom is done in a glamorous scheme of black and magenta, with Benjamin Moore “Rock Gray” on the walls. The bed, which the clients first saw in an apartment they rented in Paris, is B&B Italia by Max Aalto, purchased from  Montage in Boston. It’s black-stained wood, with a gray tweed upholstered headboard and platform. The ottoman is West Elm and the ikat rug from Wayfair.  The Horchow fainting chaise came in gray velvet, but Brad and Kendra had it reupholstered in a magenta fabric by Iman for Kravet that they’d had their eyes on for years.

Boudoir Designed By Color Theory
 Photo by Michael J. Lee

The client was hot for a vanity. Brad and Kendra couldn’t find one they loved, so they pieced together its components using the Jonathan Adler “Channing” console, an inexpensive acrylic chair, curvy “Cattaneo” mirror from Horchow, and chrome sconces with black shades from Lamps Plus. I love the Senegalese storage basket from Serena & Lily, presumably used as a hamper.

Bathroom Designed By Color Theory

The master bath is done with a 3D tile on the floor, inspired by Manhattan bathrooms of the 1920s, and staggered oversize marble tiles on the wall. The egg-shaped tub was a splurge, and caused a bit of a ruckus with the plumber, but they finally got it right.

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 Photo by Michael J. Lee

The client, pictured here, is expecting a baby. Luckily, they were able to use all the pieces from her now two-year-old’s nursery from their prior home to create a new gender-neutral nursery. The walls are a grayish blue, Benjamin Moore “Sterling.”  The chartreuse lacquer dresser is the “Latitude” from CB2, the sleeper sofa from Room & Board, and the crib is Stokke. The stuffed animals are from Africa and the animal photographs purchased online from The Animal Print Shop, finished in frames by Room & Board. The chevron rug was created from FLOR carpet tiles. The cuckoo clocks over the crib were Brad & Kendra’s (you may recognize them from their living room), purchased a while back for 99 cents each at Urban Outfitters.

Guest Room Designed By Color Theory

The guest room, above and below, is done in the punchy black and white “Feather Fan” wallpaper by Cole & Son. “Wood Tiled” whitewashed dresser from West Elm; assorted carpet tiles by FLOR.

Guest Room Designed By Color Theory

“Window” headboard from West Elm and “English Garden” comforter set from Target.

Color Theory Girls Bedroom Boho

Finally, the daughter’s bedroom is done with a hippie chic, boho bibe, in a slight departure from the rest of the house. Brad says, “I want her to feel like she is carried to a far away land when she steps in.”

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Get the Look: 23 Pastel Home Furnishings

Did yesterday’s post Montage: 30 Pretty Pastel Interiors convince you to go soft? Some of those rooms weren’t sickeningly sorbet, there was a richness to them, I thought. Still, I understand if you have qualms. You could easily add a touch of pastel home furnishings here and there however. A sky blue chaise, peachy table linens, a mint fridge. Kidding on the mint fridge part; unless you’re going for a retro diner look. I wonder how many people have purchased that Smeg mint refrigerator from West Elm? I’m more inclined to go for a World’s Away turquoise bar cart myself. And I’m definitely eyeing the woven hamper. At least splurge on a fouta and some bamboo cutlery for a pastel picnic. Ok my pretties, here are your pastel picks for the day!

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Pastel Furniture Home Accessories Decor

S H O P P I N G

1 Wave Chaise by Adrian Pearsall, $5,500 at Modern Drama, 1st Dibs.

2 Globe Paper Lantern, $29 at Urban Oufitters.

3 Fouta Beach Towel in Tangerine, $48 at Serena & Lily.

4 Ellen Levine Dodd “Blue Heron & Dancing Deer,” $675 at Serena & Lily.

5 Feast In the House of Simon Chair by Fiftytwothousand, $498 at Aha Life.

6 Handwoven Hamper, $119.99 at Dot & Bo.

7 Hillary Thomas I Am A Rock Lamp Finial, $65 at Layla Grayce.

8 Kaki Side Table by Kenyon Yeh.

9 Serena & Lily Signature Low VOC Paint in Sunshine, $45 at Serena & Lily.

10 World’s Away Hampton Bar Cart, $963 at Zinc Door.

11 Pastel Vintage Kilim, $800 at Furbish Studio.

12 Smeg Refrigerator in Mint, $1,999 at West Elm.

13 Overdyed Teri Chair, $198 at Anthropologie.

14 John Robshaw table linens, $100 & $45/set of 4 at Neiman Marcus.

15 Striped Taper Candles, $24 at Leifshop.

16 Cactus Verde Boho Candle, $33.50 at Illume Candles.

17 Bamboo Wood Cutlery by Core Bamboo, $36 at Aha Life.

18 Ashley Goldberg “The Castle” Oil Painting, $480 at Serena & Lily.

19 Linen Beach Towels by Frescobol Carioca, $160 at Aha Life.

20 Jonathan Adler Mrs. Godfrey Chair, $1,695.00 at Layla Grace.

21 Chevron Cocktail Napkins, $24/set of 4 at Furbish Studio.

22 Urbancase Alvo Stool, $375 at 2Modern.

23 Serena & Lily Signature Low VOC Paint in Juice, $45 at Serena & Lily.

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Tons of great pastels at Shopbop.

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Design Diary: Stephanie Sabbe’s (Big) Small Style

I’ve been acquainted with Boston interior designer Stephanie Sabbe for a while, but just recently got the chance to formally collaborate with her. (I did run into her outside my apartment one day—we recognized each other from our blogs!)  I wrote  “Made To Measure” about one of her projects, a 1,000-square-foot South End condo, in the newest issue of Boston Home magazine. Doesn’t she look great? Can you believe she was really, really pregnant in this photo? Stephanie had her baby last week. Congrats!

700 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA; Stephanie Sabbe Interiors

Stephanie Sabbe

Doctors Christine Liang and Andrew Bond, who purchased a1,000-square-foot South End condo in the summer of 2011 after considering a larger house in Jamaica Plain, knew that in order to make their urban choice work, they’d need to be efficient. That they’d also be frugal was a given. Interior designer Stephanie Sabbe, who spent seven years designing commercial office space, immediately understood the couple’s mindset. Sabbe points out, “Corporations pay rent by the square-foot, so efficient space planning is key. Similarly, city apartments are too expensive for people to not be utilizing every square foot to its maximum potential.” Working with a few pieces they already owned, including the living room sofa, Sabbe balanced thrifty buys and cost-saving, crafty solutions with custom designs and a few well-placed splurges to create a space with an effective floor plan and a look that’s anything but big box.

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The main challenge was to create a formal dining area without overwhelming the space. After “a lot of studying with masking tape on the floor,” says Sabbe, they realized they’d need a dining table that was narrower than standard ones, but not as skinny (or high) as a console. Striking out on the retail front, Sabbe convinced the clients to spend a little more for a custom piece. Sabbe commissioned Jim Sears to weld a metal base and Cambridge-based Harvard Glass to cut a 30-inch wide by six-foot long glass top.

The couple requested a reclaimed barn wood table, but Sabbe convinced them that glass was the smarter choice, being less of a “visual space eater.” Bond says, “She was firm about the table, and totally right. We love its airiness.” Sabbe assembled an eclectic mix of seating options around the piece that all but disappear when not in use. A pair of chairs from IKEA stand at either end, while two ottomans, also from IKEA, and a handmade bench by Providence-based Darn Good Barn Wood, spotted at the SoWa Open Market, tuck under the long ends of the table. The low profiles keep the line of vision towards the city view free and clear.

In the kitchen,  Sabbe recommended just a few enhancements. She used magnetic blackboard paint on the side wall so things could be tacked up there rather than the fridge, which faces the main space. They added a pair of  Vintage Farmhouse Caged Pendants by  Junkyard Lighting, doing the work themselves. Also, a new industrial style faucet scored on Overstock.com. At the kitchen counter are machinist stools, which swivel down from bar to table height, and allow two more people to squeeze in when needed. The copper wall clock is from Pier 1.

Stephanie Sabbe Boston Interior Designer

Sabbe created semi-custom hybrid slipcovers for the IKEA armchairs in the dining area by attaching the long skirt from the company’s HENRIKSDAL slipcovers to its NILS seat covers. Excess fabric became lumbar pillows for each chair. The ottomans are SOLSTA PÄLLBO footstools (only $15!), with leg extensions added on, and slipcovered with IKEA curtain panels.

Stephanie Sabbe Boston Interior Designer

 

You’ll recognize the West Elm chevron rug, a steal on sale that Sabbe snapped up knowing the homeowners would be psyched, along with some throw pillows. They already owned the sofa, which works just fine. They added the trio of ceiling lights from Barn Light Electric, which cast pretty shadows on the ceiling. The concrete style Elements coffee table is  from CB2 and the table lamp is from local design shop Lekker.

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Bond spent a month priming and painting a vintage Dansk credenza in their garage parking spot. “The BMW owners on either side of me were definitely nervous when they saw the chartreuse paint,” he jokes. The couple, who are huge Craigslist fans, found the piece on the site for just forty bucks. The floor lamp is from IKEA, the black leather armchair they already owned, the artwork around the TV is mainly from the SoWa Open Market, and the used books are from the Brattle Book Shop in Cambridge.

Stephanie Sabbe Boston Interior Designer

Sabbe is the first to admit that she used a number of mass-market retail pieces here, but her expertise lies in her ability to pair them with other budget-friendly finds to create a space that hums with personality. “We wanted a collected look,” she explains, “so it was important to set the tone right away, in the foyer.” Luckily, the grass cloth wall covering was already there, costing the clients nothing but supplying plenty of hearty texture. In need of a super skinny table to fit the narrow space, the homeowners tapped Darn Good Barn Wood for a reclaimed wood table. Above, Sabbe hung another piece of Americana, an eagle-topped convex mirror in order to break up the linearity of the hallway. A framed painting, a sketch from an antique shop, and the “I Love This Town” print from Etsy complete the tableau.

700 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA; Stephanie Sabbe Interiors

The couple purchased a new bed, a floor model from Crate & Barrel in Cambridge, but—and Sabbe agreed—saw no need to throw out a perfectly good, if not dull, plain white duvet. Sabbe asked a seamstress jazz it up with a solid chartreuse border, and also had her make matching drapes. Custom coordinating Schumacher pillows add extra polish. The sconces, which the homeowners installed themselves, are by Visual Comfort.

The black and white photos above the bed, which make a punchy, graphic statement and pick up on the gray tones in the striped West Elm bedding, are photos that Liang and Bond took on their travels. Sabbe used Photoshop to make them look like Polaroids, then spent $30 at Kinkos to have them printed and laminated. She used wooden trouser hangers to hang them on the wall. Crafty girl!

Photos 1, 2, 5, 6, 7  by Bob O’Connor

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Does someone in your house often misplace the remotes? Think about getting extra replacement remote controls to have hand, just in case. Store them nearby in the credenza or bookshelf, with the DVD player and such.

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