Design Diary: Desk Refresh for Zooming

Are you still Zoom-ing? Did you re-adjust your workspace to make it easier?I know you spruced up your backgrounds (I hope so anyway), but what about the nuts and bolts of the computer and iPhone situations?

When StyleCarrot partner (and Boston-based company) Wayfair suggested we collaborate on a sponsored office envy post for a desk refresh this fall, I  realized it was time to ditch my yoga blocks and other precarious props for more stable desk accessories

I found a couple of desk accessories in Wayfair’s  that allow me to work remotely with ease (and beauty). As you’ll see from the images, I did not need a desk or desk chair, but I found some tech accoutrements in the school furniture and business furniture sections. And I certainly took up the opportunity to prettify the decor.

Here’s the setup in my workspace. When I’m recording a webinar, which I prefer to do in my dining room, I can easily bring my new laptop lift and collapsible phone stand downstairs. (And, I use it by my bedstand at night.) The faceted vase makes the trip too, looking gorgeous in my art and floral-filled background.

Desk Setup For Zoom Meetings

Collapsible Iphone Stand

Collapsible Iphone Stand

Collapsible Iphone Stand

Desk Setup With Iphone Stand For Zoom Meetings

Desk Setup For Zoom Meetings

Photos by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot, LLC

I’ve done two webinars for Boston Globe Magazine—one with Boston designer Holly Gagne detailing how to create a calm space in your chaotic home and the other with New England designers Jodi Schwartz, Tyler Karu, and Heather Alton on kitchen redesign tip. These would have come in handy. Well, I’m prepared for the next one.

Desk Tech Accessories From Wayfair

1 Origami-Inspired Ceramic Vase
2 Multipurpose Monitor Stand
3 Foldable Universal Phone Holder

Get the Look: 30 Rattan Mirrors from Bohemian to Coastal

Were you feeling inspired by the patio makeover by Robin M. Anderson I posted last time? I mean seriously, how could you not be? We didn’t use our patio as much as we might have this summer, but now that there’s a slight chill, we’re making use of the gas fire pit we added earlier this year.

I posted shopping sources for the post, but the rattan mirror is such a fun touch, and so versatile, that I wanted to elaborate. You can go total boho with a rattan mirror, or use a more tailored rattan mirror to just add a touch of texture to a more formal space. A swirly rattan mirror would look adorable in a little girl’s room and a rattan mirror with an Art Deco vibe can infuse style and function to an entry.  Perhaps your teen would like a rattan mirror in the shape of an evil eye.

I was actually surprised with just how many rattan mirror styles are available out there. Below are 30 rattan mirrors from Style Carrot partners to try. You might also want to check out my post on rattan headboards, capiz shell chandeliers, and round jute rugs.

Coastal Accessories Boho Accessories Natural Woven Mirrors

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Coastal Accessories Boho Accessories Natural Woven Mirrors

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Coastal Accessories Boho Accessories Natural Woven Mirrors

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Design Diary: Patio Makeover by Robin M. Anderson

What do you do when you have a decrepit screened porch that you just don’t need? Robin M. Anderson counseled her clients to dismantle it and transform the square footage into an outdoor room. I wrote about this  patio makeover by Boston designer Robin M. Anderson  for  Boston Globe Magazine this summer, and have been meaning to share it.

Tonight my husband and I cranked up the gas fire pit and shared wine and ginger flank steak rice bowls on our patio, thus reminding me to get this online already. I’m guessing Robin’s clients are getting cozy by the outdoor fireplace right about now. That fall chill is definitely in the New England air.

Covered Patio Outdoor Fireplace Outdoor RoomPhoto by Sabrina Cole Quinn

Collaborating with Boston architect Diane Lim of Lim Design Studio, Robin transformed uninsulated, little used indoor space to an often enjoyed outdoor haven. Removing the walls had a bonus effect too—sunlight now streams into the home’s entry.

While the brick of the patio was pre-existing, Robin filled in the area under the roof with bluestone pavers, creating an outdoor rug. The beadboard ceiling stayed in place (there’s a room above).

For furniture, Robin channeled her bohemian tendencies with the client’s traditional New England tastes for a coastal california appeal that is as stylish as it is family-friendly. A piece of salvaged wood from Fan Pier in Boston adds age to the chimney and hanging ferns make the whole tableau look lush.

Shop this outdoor room to create a patio getaway for yourself. Here are Robin’s top sources for outdoor furnishings and accessories:

Morocco Armchairs & Morocco Armless Chairs
Madura Woven Coffee Table
Renee Patio Rug
Campania Pillows
Seeded Glass Wall Lanterns
Flynn Round Rattan Mirror (similar)
Artificial Hanging Ferns (similar)

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Just In: Kara Mann x CB2 Furniture Collection

I’ve long admired interior designer Kara Mann. I was able to work on a story or two with her back when she was based in Chicago. She’s since moved to New York City, and no surprise, has become an interior superstar.

The Kara Mann x CB2 collection just dropped. Kara Mann was inspired by her 1980s childhood in designing the 74-piece collection of furniture and accessories.  The high contrast collection is simultaneously edgy and feminine, with the tiniest touch of boho. Silhouettes have some Art Deco influences and even a hint of Shabby Chic.

Here are Kara Mann x CB2 curated rooms, along with some products picks for your viewing and shopping pleasure.

Kara Mann's CB2 Furniture Collection

Interior designer Kara Mann

Kara Mann's CB2 Furniture Collection

Bowed White Lacquered Bed / Broad Sprayed Concrete Nightstand
Clutch Mauve BenchWinged Soumak Stripe Rug

Kara Mann's CB2 Furniture Collection

Straight Rolled Arm Sofa / Duet Oval Coffee Table
Bangle Dirty Rose Low Glass Bowl

Kara Mann's CB2 Furniture Collection

Flutter Slipcover Sofa / Muse Mirror Side Table 

Kara Mann's CB2 Furniture Collection

Ruffle Sprayed Concrete Credenza / Scrunch Table Lamp

Kara Mann's CB2 Furniture Collection

Bounce White Woven Dining Chair  / Pitted Dining Table

Kara Mann's CB2 Furniture Collection

Cut Coffee Table / Voir Clear Glass Vase / Feather Dot Shag Rug

 

Kara Mann's CB2 Furniture Collection

Kara Mann's CB2 Furniture Collection

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Just In: It’s the Last Day of the Serena & Lily Bedroom Sale

Is your bedroom a haven? It should be, especially if your kids will be homebound this fall.  StyleCarrot partner Serena & Lily is having a sale on pretty much everything you would want for a serene bedroom makeover.

All bedding, beds, headboards, nightstands, and dressers are on sale at Serena & Lily through the end of Tuesday, August 18, 2020. They’ve also jintroduced 150+ new arrivals across multiple categories, including bedding, sofas, outdoor furniture, wallpaper, and accessories.

Serena & Lily’s coastal Cali vibe meshes well with New England coastal sensibilities and can freshen up tired, traditional decor too.

Blue & White Bedroom With Coastal California Vibe By Serena & Lily

The above bedroom features Serena & Lily’s new Gardenside grasscloth wallcovering in Vintage Indigo and the Sunwashed Riviera backless bench in Pacific. 

Blue & White Bedroom With Canopy Bed By Serena & Lily

This dreamy bedroom features Serena & Lily’s Driftway one-drawer nightstand hand-wrapped in pretty powder blue linen, which is on sale, Pesaro wallpaper, and Avondale martini table in hand-hammered antique brass, and the Whitaker Four Poster bed in salt-washed oak, also on sale.

Here are some other favorite bedroom furniture and blue & white bedding picks from the Serena & Lily Bedroom Boutique sale:

Serena & Lily Beds Nightstands Dressers Chests

1. Balboa Bed  / 2. Tall Broderick Bed  / 3. Harbour Cane Bed /  4. Hunter Side Table / 5. Blake Raffia One-Drawer Nightstand   / 6. St. Germain Stone Side Table  / 7. Balboa Wide Dresser  / 8. Blake Wide Dresser  / 9. Pierson Tall Dresser

Serena & Lily Blue & White Bedding

1. Gingham Shams / 2. Positano Linen Shams / 3. Soho Shams / 4. Beach Club Sheet Set / 5. Positano Linen Sheet Set / 6. Soho Sheet Set / 7. Almonte Quilt / 8. Montauk Coverlet / 9. Sandpiper Quilt

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