Scheming: Dining Room Drama with Kelly Wearstler’s Graffito Wallpaper

With vaccine life on the horizon, I’m thinking that dining rooms might need sprucing up. Throw the kids and their laptops back to their bedrooms and classrooms, and reclaim your entertaining space. I’m sure you practiced plenty of recipes during lockdown. It’s almost time to put them to use for friends.

I love this dining room for its fearlessness. I’ve seen other dining rooms with Kelly Wearstler Graffito wallpaper and adore them. This one by designer Martha O’Hara takes it to another level by pairing an equally busy, but geometric rather than organic, pattern on the floor. Then, O’Hara prettifies it with a floral chandelier and goes for color with green velvet head chairs.

Although Martha O’Hara Interiors is based in Minneapolis, she and her colleague Emily Anderson designed this room for O’Hara’s son in Norwell, Massachusetts. I wrote about it for the Boston Globe Magazine.

Kelly Wearstler's Graffito Wallpaper

Photo by Joyelle West 

If you’re daring, go for a patterned dining room. It’s an easy look to pull off with the pieces I sourced for you from StyleCarrot partners, based on O’Hara’s design.

Kelly Wearstler's Graffito Wallpaper

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ARTmonday: Drive-by Projects Debuts Online Art Shop

After a year of corresponding with art consultant Beth Kantrowitz, I met her in Provincetown when she did a pop-up gallery the summer before last. I was instantly attracted to her enthusiasm, not to mention her taste in art. She and Kathleen O’Hara of Watertown, Massachusetts gallery  Drive-by Projects recently introduced the Drive-by Store where you can by works from emerging and mid-career artists online. Here are some of the offerings which you can also see @drive_by_projects.

Drive-By Projects Gallery Boston Emerging And Mid-Career Artists

Rebecca Doughty

Drive-By Projects Gallery Boston Emerging And Mid-Career Artists

Jon Cowan

Drive-By Projects Gallery Boston Emerging And Mid-Career Artists

Amy Ross

Drive-By Projects Gallery Boston Emerging And Mid-Career Artists

Danica Phelps

Drive-By Projects Gallery Boston Emerging And Mid-Career Artists

James Kennedy

Drive-By Projects Gallery Boston Emerging And Mid-Career Artists

Helena Wurzel

Drive-By Projects Gallery Boston Emerging And Mid-Career Artists

Shannon Rankin

Drive-By Projects Gallery Boston Emerging And Mid-Career Artists

Crystalle LaCouture

Drive-By Projects Gallery Boston Emerging And Mid-Career Artists

Michelle Grabner

Drive-By Projects Gallery Boston Emerging And Mid-Career Artists

Jenny Brown

Drive-by Projects, 81 Spring Street, Watertown, Massachusetts, 617-835-8255, by appointment.

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Get the Look: 60 White Dressers for the Bedroom

Twelve years ago, around the time I wrote about Boston designer Erin Gates’ house in Jamaica Plain for Boston Globe Magazine,  she helped me pick out the Studly Dresser by Worlds Away (no longer available) for my bedroom. It’s a white lacquer dresser with a beveled mirrored top with six drawers that are blissfully deep and open wonderfully smoothly. White lacquer and polished silver finishes may not be the on-trend choice these days, but it still makes me happy both in looks and functionality.

White Dresser With Chrome Studs Modern Bedroom FurnitureMy bedroom dresser. 

There’s value in a white dresser — it matches almost everything and disappears against white walls if you don’t want it to be the talking point. There are many, many takes on it too, without veering into traditional styles. I found 60 clean-lined white dressers from StyleCarrot partners worth sharing.

I’m currently loving the West Elm dresser with fluted drawer fronts (#37), the minimalist white dresser with light wood surround by Normann Copenhagen (#38), and the Serena & Lily dresser with raffia drawer fronts (#43).

 

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Modern White And Wood Dressers Bedroom Furniture

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Modern White And Wood Bedroom Furniture

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Contemporary White Dressers Bedroom Furniture

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ARTmonday: Give and Take at Cambridge Art Association

Boston area artists Kathryn Geismar and Alexandra Sheldon delve into curating with a show called Give and Take, up now at the Cambridge Art Association and online. The exhibit features artwork by Geismar and Sheldon, as well as local artists Deborah Baskin, Margaret Scoppa, and Kim Triedman.

Here is an excerpt from Geismar’s thoughts behind the exhibition:
Collage is about sticking things together. It is also about taking things apart. Paint over, tear off, nail on: this is the give and the take.
We are five artists who find a fascination in the poetic energy of things: Colors, old surfaces, blocks of wood, expired books, rusty objects, painted newsprint, discarded ephemera. Stories are suggested and found in the meeting place where objects come together and find a new community and identity. There is a huge respect for the serendipitous and the synergy of meeting the materials in the middle.
Artists are often scavengers but collage artists are even more so. Old newspapers and packaging, tossed out window frames and disparate planks of wood on a curb become our treasures. They speak to us and invite us to collaborate. What is discarded and the overlooked by many is more than a fascination; for us it is rich and evocative source material.

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Kathryn Geismar, A Delicate Balance

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Deborah Baskin, You and Me

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Alexandra Sheldon, Happy Accident 5

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Kim Triedman, You Show Me Yours

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Kathryn Geismar, Night Forest

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Alexandra Sheldon, Happy Accident 7

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Margaret Choppa, Chock a Block

Give And Take At Cambridge Art Association Abstract Artists Boston

Deborah Baskin, An Evening Chat

Like all shows of the Covid era, there will be virtual opening reception on ZOOM; this Friday, April 9, 6:30-7:30 pm. Register here.

There’s also a fun interactive ZOOM workshop, Give and Take In Action: Making Collages from Scratch; this Saturday, April 10, 10-11am. Register here.

Give and Take
April 1 – 30, 2021
Kathryn Schultz Gallery, Cambridge Art Association
25 Lowell Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Also, online.

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Scheming: Canopy Bedroom Makeover by Jenn O’Brien

I wrote about this bedroom in Boxford, Massachusetts designed by Jenn O’Brien of Jenn O’Brien Interiors for Boston Globe Magazine at the end of last summer. It’s a great example of clean, transitional bedroom design that incorporates a canopy bed.

O’Brien used the Driftwood canopy bed  from StyleCarrot partner Crate & Barrel which gives the room a stately feel thanks to its architectural lines. She also used it to create symmetry in the room by centering it on the window.

Since the clients wanted the bedroom to feel soothing, O’Brien employed a subdued palette, but punched it up with hits of black and sumptuous pattern underfoot. She actually painted the abstract artwork herself; I think it really makes the room!

Wood Canopy Bed Transitional Bedroom By Designer Jenn O'Brien In MassachusettsPhoto by Jared Kuzia

You can pull together a similar look for a transitional bedroom with exact and similar matches to the ones used by the designer. I perused StyleCarrot partner sites to find them for you.

Transitional Bedroom Furniture Modern Canopy Bed

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