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Create your own paper flowers.
I’ve been so focused on Florida (though not nearly enough, as I’ve yet to order rugs, shades, or decide on the pink problem in the bathroom), that I’ve neglected organizing and upgrading in Boston. Coming back in the fall from the Cape, I’m always bothered by the amount of stuff we have. Too. Much. Stuff. It’s particularly striking because not only is the place on the Cape a lot bigger, being a house instead of an apartment, it’s white and virtually empty.
Here, in addition to crown moldings and bookshelves lined with coffee table books (one of the best perks of being a blogger), there’s , well, everything. The piles of dishes still not put away from the bar mitzvah in February (because, after all, we’re having another one this coming February), our bicycles in the living room until it gets too cold to ride and we store them, etc.
I’ve been promising my younger son that I would work on his bedroom. Meaning, I would clear out all the outgrown clothing and extra bedding I’ve been keeping in there. Done! He has the upholstered armchair that I used to nurse them on when they were babies. It’s taking up a ton of space that would be better used for a desk. He’s starting to get a fair amount of homework, plus, like me, he’s very organized, so I think he’d love to have drawers where he can store supplies.
Our other son has a little desk from IKEA, which when it’s cleared, he actually likes to use (not for homework, though). When he was away at a boarding school program this summer he lived in student housing, with a room furnished in typical dorm style (by a company like Peelmount) that outfits dorm rooms with sturdy wood beds, desks, and dressers. It’s kind of incredible that those designs haven’t changed, in like, ever. Blocky oak stands the test of time, I suppose. In any case, I’m not looking for anything as practical as all that. A small, affordable, modern desk is all we need.
Here are 42 modern desks, almost all of them well-priced (and one very extravagant example).
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1 Soft Modern Writing Desk by Sauder, $210 at All Modern.
2 MICKE desk, $49.99 at IKEA.
3 at All Modern.
4 Phillip Desk by Arteriors Home, $2,520 at All Modern.
5 Finch Desk by Gus Modern, $1,044.75 at Burke Decor.
6 Half Pipe Writing Desk by Offi, $899 at All Modern.
7 Ayers Writing Desk by Reual James, $1,338 at All Modern.
8 Jacques Desk, $3,495 at Jonathan Adler.
9 Homework Desk by Niels Bendtsen, $1,595 at DWR.
10 Reef Writing Desk by Tema, $720 at All Modern.
11 Paul McCobb Style Birch Desk, $2700 at Chairish.
12 Pilson Paprika Desk, $199 at Crate & Barrel.
13 Eames Desk Unit (EDU) by Herman Miller, $1,419 at Room & Board.
14 Rustic Storage Oak Desk, $499 at West Elm.
15 Radford Adjustable Desk in White design by Safavieh, $495 at Burke Decor.
16 Offi Wave Writing Desk, $999 at All Modern.
17 Royal Blue Vintage Campaign Desk, $795 at Chairish.
18 Executive Desk with Cabinet by Jesper Office, $2,374 at Bluefly.
19 Shutter Hall Desk, $1,350 at Furniturea.
20 Marco Desk, $799 at Crate & Barrel.
21 Delphine Desk, $1,950 at Jonathan Adler.
22 Hanh Left Desk by Euro Style, $552 at Burke Decor.
23 Eames Desk Unit (EDU) by Herman Miller, $1,419 at DWR.
24 Contrast Drawer Desk by Assembly Home, $369 at Urban Outfitters.
25 Slim Desk in Orange, $449 at Room & Board.
26 Nelson Swag Leg Desk by George Nelson for Herman Miller, $2,149 at DWR.
27 Mid-Century Desk in Thai Blue, $399 at West Elm.
28 Cant Writing Desk by Blu Dot, $599 at All Modern.
29 Poltrona Frau Fred Desk, $ stat Switch Modern.
30 Format Desk by BDI USA, $1,299 at All Modern.
31 Green Josephine Desk by Cost Plus, $199 at World Market.
32 Reclaimed Pine Cross Base Desk, $499 at West Elm.
33 Manon Desk by Italian Modern, $539.99 at All Modern.
34 Reale Desk by Moe’s Home Collection, $781.76 at Bellacor.
35 Junction Desk by Gus Modern, $1,255 at Burke Decor.
36 Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Storage Desk, $1,299 at West Elm.
37 Scrub Desk by Autobahn for De La Espada, $5,185 at Matter.
38 Fairfax Desk, $495 at Serena & Lily.
39 Companions Writing Desk by StudioIlse, $3,145 at The Future Perfect.
40 Lark Desk, $695 at Serena & Lily.
41 Pontus Desk by Pinch, $11,257 at The Future Perfect.
42 Remix Desk by Gesa Hansen , $3,065 at Matter.
I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done a furniture roundup, and since I’ve been thinking about mattresses, namely going up to a king on Cape Cod, where we have a platform bed, I settled on pulling together modern platform beds. We have a gorgeous white oak contemporary platform bed that we purchased before the house was done. We used the wood sample as inspiration for the white oak floors. We’re always bumping into its sharp corners though.
Everybody seems to be obsessed with upholstered headboards these days (I have one of those too, a white slipcovered upholstered bed from Pottery Barn), but I prefer the clean lines of a platform bed. As stylish furniture goes, a platform bed is clean, simple, and functional. Plus there are a number of styles, from low-to-the-ground upholstered beds, like the Nook Platform Bed by Blu Dot, which comes in a bunch of fun colors, to inexpensive platform beds with storage drawers that are good for kids’ rooms, to platform beds with integrated nightstands like the Skyline Modern Platform Bed and the Contour Walnut Platform Bed with Wood Slat Headboard.
Here are 28 modern platform beds in a variety of materials and silhouettes. (The prices are for queen size, unless indicated, but many come in other sizes too.)
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1 Boerum Natural Light Wood Platform Bed, $998
2 Newbury Platform Bed by South Shore, $140.42
3 Case Study Alpine Platform Bed by Modernica, $3,495
4 Nook Platform Bed by Blu Dot, $1,499.99
5 Abstract Fretwork Light Wood Platform Bed, $749.99
6 Andes Concrete Platform Bed with Nightstands, $849
7 Chevron Platform Bed, $999
8 Red Powder-Coated Steel Platform Bed, $399
9 Companions Bed by Studioilse, $4,695
10 Case Study V Leg Platform Bed by Modernica, $1,029
11 Madison Tufted Leather Platform Bed, $6,839
12 FJELLSE Platform Bed, $49.99 (full size)
13 MALM Birch Platform Bed with Storage Drawers, $399
14 Nook Platform Bed by Blu Dot, $1,499.99
15 Platform bed with Storage Drawers, $319.99
16 Osborn Four-Poster Platform Bed, $1,499
17 Supra Platform Bed With Cane Headboard, $1,099
18 Reve Upholstered Platform Bed, $2,434.40
19 Fifties Platform Bed, $999
20 Templeton Upholstered Bed by Jonathan Adler, $3,595
21 Avery Bed, $895 (full size)
22 DUKEN Platform Bed, $199
23 Zack Platform Bed, $1,607
24 Harbour Cane Bed, $1,395
25 Astrid Platform Bed, $2,620
26 Waste Bed in Scrapwood by Piet Hein Eek, $13,226
27 Mod Upholstered Platform Bed, $599
28 Copenhagen Reclaimed Wood Platform Bed, $1,899
Shop crisp bed linens in all the best colors at Serena & Lily >
Continuing with yesterday’s theme of reclaimed wood furniture, specifically, beds made from reclaimed wood, today, we’re rounding out the bedroom with reclaimed wood dressers, stools, nightstands, chests, bookshelves, and benches Again, the look is inspired by Monday’s Design Diary post, “Hutker Architects Goes Graphic On Martha’s Vineyard,”
Reclaimed and/or rustic pieces can add texture to a crisply modern white space, blend into a well-patina’d industrial loft, or mix easily with early colonial and naif folk styles. Of course reclaimed wood furnishings are also at home among vintage finds. Don’t use too much of it. One piece in a room, or a few sprinkled throughout the house, does the trick.
Here are 20 pieces of reclaimed wood bedroom furniture.
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1 Alexa Reclaimed Wood 7-Drawer Dresser, $1,499 at West Elm.
2 Faceted Salvaged Woodblock Side Table, $298 at Anthropologie.
3 Bleeker Reclaimed / Recycled Bookcase, $2,290 at Hayneedle.
4 Anders Recycled Boat Wood Nightstand, $239.20 at Horchow.
5 Reclaimed Wood Slate Top Side Table, $298 at Anthropologie.
6 Reclaimed Sheesham Wood Four-Drawer Chest, at Trade Furniture.
7 Reclaimed Ipé Bench by Zanini de Zanine at 1st Dibs.
8 Reclaimed Wood Atwood Chest, $1,699 at Crate & Barrel.
9 James Reclaimed Wood Square Mirror, $258 at Bellacor.
10 Rustic Reclaimed Wood Butcher Serving Table, $931.99 at Hayneedle.
11 Sebastian Reclaimed Wood & Steel Industrial Side Table, $479.40 at Horchow.
12 Kintamani Rainbow Palette Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table, $502.99 at Novica.
13 Reclaimed Wood & Steel Hendrix Desk, $1,499 at Crate & Barrel.
14 Marpole Reclaimed Pine Dresser, $1,298at Anthropologie.
15 Dora Asam Wood Side Table by Safavieh, $347.60 at Burke Decor.
16 Minadoka Reclaimed Teak Stool by Safavieh, $446 at Burke Decor.
17 Reclaimed Pine Cross X-Base Desk, $594 at West Elm.
18 Copenhagen 3-Drawer Reclaimed Wood Dresser, $1,499 at West Elm.
19 Reclaimed Wood Dipped Log Stool/Table, $298 at Anthropologie.
20 Trompe l’oeil Rustic Wood Mural, $170 at Burke Decor.
Yesterday’s Design Diary, “Hutker Architects Goes Graphic On Martha’s Vineyard,” featured an airy, pale blue master bedroom with a cathedral ceiling that the homeowners furnished with a simple reclaimed wood platform bed and plank-front reclaimed pine nightstands that they ordered from the Sundance Catalog.
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.
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1 Copenhagen Reclaimed Wood Bed on Iron Base, $1,799 at
2 Pendleton Reclaimed Barnwood Bed, $1,925
3 Austen Reclaimed Wood Bed, $599
4 Oh My Wood! Geo Headboard, $698
5 Sierra Repurposed Teak Platform Bed, $1,599
6 Richardson Reeves Reclaimed Wood Bed, $1,995
7 Stria Reclaimed Wood Bed, $899
8 Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Day Bed, $1,299
9 Tioga Pass Platform Bed, $2,495
10 Woodland Slumber Canopy Bed, $2,698
12 Oh My Wood! Pyramid Headboard, $698
13 Blu Dot Woodrow Panel Bed, $1,399
14 Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Bed, $1,199
15 Mason Wax Pine Headboard, $799
16 Reclaimed Wood Queen Headboard, $425
17 Devonshire Tarka Pine Bed, £289
18 Pacifica Reclaimed Barnwood Platform Bed, $2,295
19 Magnussen River Ridge Storage Panel Bed, $1,039.99
20 Plank Stocks Bed, £999
Hutker Architects coined a term for the style of home they’ve been busily building on Martha’s Vineyard for the past 25 years: “new regional vernacular.” Peter Cappuccino, lead architect on this project explains it as using traditional forms and familiar materials but applying them in new ways, while designing to suit a modern lifestyle.
Anne and Peter’s Vineyard home is a perfect example. I wrote about it in an article called “Vineyard Dreams” for the Cape & Islands issue of The Boston Globe Magazine on Sunday, July 20. I hope you will click through to read the story, as well as scroll down here for additional photos and notes.
There are both water and wooded views from the steeply sloping site. Here, the deck, which connects the public spaces of the living room, kitchen, and screened porch, looks north. Here, the master bedroom deck has an amazing view towards Nantucket Sound. From the corner, one can see the steamship ferry come and go from Wood’s Hole.
All the rooms enjoy what Cappuccino called “single width volumes,” meaning every room has at least three exposures. One ascends the stairs, enters through a single story space with a standing seam metal roof. To the right a two story space houses the kids rooms downstairs and guest suite, with a private stair. The two-story volume in the middle towards the back holds the master suite upstairs, also with private stair, and kitchen below. There’s also a family room behind that. The long room jutting into the foreground on the left is a double living room and dining room with cathedral ceiling. Decks and a screened porch run along the other side.
Courtney Fadness, who recently moved on from Hutker, designed the home’s interiors using a high/low approach, using fun graphic pieces. The Standishes, who have three college aged kids, wanted the home to feel cozy, but with plenty of pattern and splashes of color. Fadness says, “Since it’s nestled in the trees, rather than on the beach, we could play with a more saturated palette than if we had been tied to ocean hues.”
A custom diamond pattern sisal by Merida is the base layer that runs the length of the huge room. A Moroccan-inspired dhurrie by Madeline Weinrib defines the seating area above. The sofa is a custom piece by Vioski, upholstered in a linen blend by Romo. It has a notch cut out on the back for a console table, so when you approach from dining room, you see shelves on that side. Fadnes says, “It feels more inviting, and its sculptural silhouette looks beautiful from all angles.”
Martini side tables in red by West Elm provide pops of color and the Madison & Grow “Elizabeth” wallpaper in “Peacock on Shimmer” adds an additional graphic element and a subtle touch of teal. The Danish modern chairs with blue velvet upholstery are from 1st Dibs. The colorful glass lamp is by Tracy Glover.
The dining room, which precedes the double living room space, is dominated by a live edge wood table with a steel insert and base that the couple found on 1st Dibs, along with a statement chandelier. The wood slat and metal chairs are outdoor pieces from Terrain, and the upholstered chairs add heft and height.
The Currey & Company “Bayside” chandelier is wrought iron hand-wrapped in abaca rope; a nod to the beach. She says, “The not too serious interpretation of a traditional form adds feminine curves; it’s a nice juxtaposition to the more modern and masculine table. It also helps fill the volume of the space, without feeling heavy or obstructing views.”
The wall on either side of the fireplace is painted teal, a color pulled from the Madison & Grow wallpaper across the room. The chairs have a nice back, so can be oriented towards the first or the second seating areas. Metallic gold dot pillow from Anthropologie.
Deeper into the space, pushing out towards the view, is the living room’s second seating area. The sofa and armchairs are Baker Furniture, upholstered in linen by Romo and a nubby brown fabric. and The assortment of reclaimed wood coffee tables are from Anthropologie, and the arc lamp from CB2.
The screened porch has sturdy teak sofas with indoor/outdoor cushions.
The kitchen is on smaller side, with a focus on the more practical aspects, The countertop is Caesarstone and the the backsplash of stove is a river rock –painted cabinetry, tom Dixon pendants, the backsplash over the stove is a river rock, bringing outside elements in. The cabinetry have painted frames with frosted resin insets and the light pendants are Tom Dixon. The palette reflects the monochromatic contrast of white on dark found in several other places in the house. The flooring in the entry and kitchen is budget- and user-friendly cork.
“Ribbed” by Ferm Living wallpaper in the powder room again shows the play of light and dark, and also brings in organic shapes. The sink looks like hammered metal but is actually porcelain. The homeowners found the mirror. A limestone counter sits atop a bamboo vanity that’s the same color as the bamboo floor. The Kohler single handle faucet is brushed nickel.
The kids hang in the casual family room, located behind the kitchen, to watch television.
Anne likens the experience of her airy master bedroom to sleeping in a treehouse. All the walls, as well as the cathedral ceiling, are painted pale blue, as it were a continuation of the horizon. Graphic rug by Dwell Studio.
The upper deck outside the master bedroom is perched above the screened porch.
The girls bedroom has bedding by John Robshaw.
Photography by Ken Richardson
Following up on yesterdays 18 Rooms with Capiz Chandeliers, you might be thinking of buying one for yourself. Did any of the applications change your mind about how you think of the look? Not so kitschy, correct?
Here are 16 different capiz shell chandelier and pendant lights to consider hanging in your home, above the dining table, bathtub, or stairwell. I love the gray. And of course, I’d never turn down a piece designed by Verner Panton. Most of these capiz lights are quite affordable, hailing from Horchow, West Elm, and similar stores.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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.
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.
Shanman Clay Co.
Mud slinger Shannon Wallack makes playful ceramic geo-shaped planters adorned with colorful, multidimensional glazes.
This Plum Island company hand-crafts concrete kitchenware with eco-friendly materials, like concrete, recycled marble dust, rubber, and cork.
Boston-based interior designer Jessica Harrington makes art prints depicting bold images of iconic Boston landmarks and geography are created with typography.
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.
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.
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.
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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