Scheming: Fresh Dining Room Redo by Tracy Parkinson

Blue and white palettes and New England interiors are inexorably entwined. Designer Tracy Parkinson of Nest + Company does a fresh interpretation of Massachusetts coastal in this Abington dining room that I wrote about for Boston Globe Magazine.

Parkinson worked with architect Caitlin Struble of Winslow Design to breathe life into this corner of the house which started out as a dark sitting room that nobody used. They took down the wall between this space and the kitchen to let in light, then set it up as a dining room painted Farrow & Ball Shaded White, a tone that’s not too warm, not too cool.

Peter Fasano Vriksa grasscloth wallpaper from Studio 534 at the Boston Design Center lines the back wall as a light and airy focal point. “Both the husband and wife instantly reacted to this paper and had to have it,” Parkinson remembers.

To meet their storage needs, Parkinson designed built-ins for the lower half of the back wall, incorporating refrigerated beverage drawers and a wine fridge. Custom quarter-sawn oak shelves with a cerused finish offer woodsy warmth that ties to the extension table.

Traditional head chairs disappear on either end while midnight blue, modern Windsor chairs from Serena & Lily  (most versatile dining chair ever from a top StyleCarrot partner), help make the room feel young and fun. Finally, an indoor/outdoor rug from Annie Selke alleviates worry about spills.

Dining Room Makeover With Floating Shelves

Photo by Tamara Flanagan | Styled by Water + Main

You can get a similar look in your own home without the pricey built-ins and custom shelves. Double buffets do the trick and there are ready made floating shelves in a variety of finishes – just be sure you anchor them securely. Check out the products I sourced, along with a couple straight out of Parkinson’s design.

Dining Room Makeover With Farm Table And Floating Shelves

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Just In: Seema Krish Beachcomber Textile Collection

Seema Krish is a San Francisco-based textile designer who used to have a studio in Boston. I’ve posted images of her Boston studio along with later Seema Krish textile collections  of her Boston studio and textile collections.

The newest Seema Krish block-print fabric collection was  inspired by Northeast summer havens—Chatham, Yarmouth, and Nantucket.

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

Seema Krish textiles are created using traditional Indian techniques. Preserving India’s heritage of block printing, hand embroidery, and weaving is integral to her mission of creating beautiful block-printed fabrics with a modern sensibility. The fabrics are made by artisans in Bangalore, India, who are paid fair wages in safe workshops with whom Seema Krish maintains long standing relationships.

 Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

 Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

 Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles  Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

Chatham, a seaside town located in the elbow of Cape Cod is a botanical pattern reminiscent of the flowers found there.

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Yarmouth inspired this modern floral pattern with an Indienne twist.

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

The Nantucket island pattern by Seema Krish draws from the lyrical repetition of sand dunes.

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

They look gorgeous on their own or layered, monochromatic or blending the various palettes. There are wallcoverings in complementary patterns too.

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles Seema Krish Block Printed Indian TextilesPhotos courtesy of Seema Krish.

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Just In: Serena & Lily Summer Design Sale!

What’s blue and white and natural all over? Serena & Lily furniture and decor, of course. StyleCarrot partner Serena & Lily just launched their great, big, summer sale. Your summer decorating  can start now. Phew.

Blue and white accessories and rattan furnishings from Serena & Lily make any house feel like a summer home. Use code DIVEIN for 20% off from May 27 through June 1, 2021. Some exclusions apply.

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Serena & Lily for patio perfection:

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Outdoor furniture in rattan-like all-weather resin and performance fabric cushions. Plus, a giant patio umbrella.

And these Serena & Lily classics:

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Riviera counter stools

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Dipped stool

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ARTmonday: Soft Powers Photographs by Joseph Desler Costa Speaks to Consumer Culture

Photographer Joseph Desler Costa’s exhibition “Soft Powers” is based on the concept of gently influencing ideas, subtly shaping human desire through appeal and attraction.

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installation view

As a political concept and strategy, soft power reached its peak in the 1980s and 1990s during the Cold War. In the U.S. companies found new ways to influence behavior through sugary branding and corporate messaging driven by Coca-Cola, Hollywood, and other vehicles of consumer culture. 

Joseph Desler Costa Exhibition at ClampArt New York

Prrrrince (2021)
Layered laser cut dye sublimation prints on aluminum

In his “Soft Powers” series, photographer Joseph Desler Costa uses the language and symbols of advertising and propaganda from those two decades to reflect on the power of persuasion.

Joseph Desler Costa Exhibition at ClampArt New York

Three Fingers (2020), detail
Layered laser cut dye sublimation prints on aluminum

Costa combines multiple exposures, appropriation, and laser-cut, layered prints, to create images that look almost mass produced or machine made—as if they were rolling off of an assembly line.

Joseph Desler Costa Exhibition at ClampArt New York

installation view

Joseph Desler Costa Exhibition at ClampArt New York

Red One Piece (2020)
Dye sublimation prints on aluminum

“I often re-photograph my own images and incorporate them into new pieces to further drive this feeling of sterile reproduction,” the Brooklyn based artist says. 

Joseph Desler Costa Exhibition at ClampArt New York

Newports (2020)
Layered laser cut dye sublimation prints on aluminum

The works are pastel-hued, product-like images that often incorporate recognizable logos, graphics, and album art laser-cut into the aluminum print surface.

Joseph Desler Costa Exhibition at ClampArt New York

Racquets (2021)
Layered laser cut dye sublimation prints on aluminum

“Soft Powers” images replicates advertising’s ability to create desire and manufacture beauty.

Joseph Desler Costa Exhibition at ClampArt New York

Order Substance (2020)
Layered laser cut dye sublimation prints on aluminum

Joseph Desler Costa Exhibition at ClampArt New York

installation view

“Soft Powers” by Joseph Desler Costa through May 29 at ClampArt, 247 W 29th St., New York City, clampart. com 

​All photos by Daniel Terna. Courtesy of the artist.

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Scheming: Cortney Bishop Does a Tropical Sitting Room on Sullivan’s Island

I love writing about homes all over New England, but sometimes it’s fun to learn about designs in other parts of the country. I rarely have the chance to write about projects in the south. I profiled this fun and sexy cocktail den on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, for Ocean Home.

Cortney Bishop of Cortney Bishop Design designed this vacation home. She notes that the clients tend toward more masculine style, but for this space she went for drama. Or rather, DRAMA.

Bishop’s choice of pink and green palm leaves on a moody background offer just the right amount of flirtatiousness. The palm wallpaper also complements the rattan lounge chairs. A tufted ottoman adds in softness while the minimalist brass pendant incorporates in an industrial element that works with the chimney. Plus it spans the circular space.

Cortney Bishop Tropical Decor Palm Leaf Wallpaper Sitting Room

Photo by Katie Charlotte Photography

I perused StyleCarrot partner sites to source pieces for your own tropical cocktail den. Get that moody-meets-the-beach vibe now.

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