ARTmonday: Sarah Meyers Brent’s Flower Paintings at Chase Young Gallery

I first saw Sarah Meyers Brent’s flower paintings about five years ago at an open studios. I was immediately drawn to her large pieces depicting moody florals dripping down the canvas. Her bio says she is attracted to the wilt and decay of dried flowers. I recently read an Instagram post by one of my favorite Boston area floral designers who urged her followers to embrace flowers at every stage. Sarah obviously does. I love that.

I was lucky enough to work with her when we featured a dripping flower painting at the Webster & Company showroom.  Some of her work is spare, with a background peeking through, while other paintings are so textured and layered they’re truly three-dimensional. Sarah also does  cool fiber sculptures that included upcycled kids clothing; these seem to grow out of the wall.

Sarah Meyers Brent is represented by Kate Kostopoulos at Chase Young Gallery in the SoWa Arts District in Boston. Her solo show “Curious Cultivations” runs through October 31, 2020. You can see it in real life or online. You can also tune into her Zoom talk this Thursday evening.

Zoom Live Artist Talk with Sarah Meyers Brent
Thursday October 8th – 6:00pm – 6:30pm
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79775104719?pwd=RDVDbzFlRjFQdUhra09xWlFaNWF5QT09

Dripping Flower Paintings Boston Art Gallery

Dripping Plant VI
Acrylic on Canvas • 50 x 40 inches

Dripping Flower Paintings Boston Art GalleryFalling Flowers
Acrylic on Canvas • 48.5 x 66 inches

Flower Sculptures Boston Art Gallery

Birdsong Sculpture
Found Objects & Mixed Media • 48h x 30w x 30d inches

Dripping Flower Paintings Boston Art Gallery

Floral Dance II
Acrylic on Paper • 11 x 15 inches

Lush Flower Paintings Boston Artist

Put a Bird On It
Acrylic & Graphite on Paper • 11 x 14 inches

Abstract Flower Paintings Boston Artist

Stay At Home Rainbow
Acrylic on Board • 10 x 8 inches

Textural Flower Paintings Boston Artist

Flower Vase
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Board • 11.25 x 9 inches

Dripping Flower Paintings Boston Art Gallery

Floral Explosion
Acrylic & Charcoal on Canvas • 30 x 40 inches

Dripping Flower Paintings Boston Artist

Ice Cream Scoop
Acrylic & Charcoal on Canvas • 48.5 x 66 inches

Chase Young Gallery SoWa Sarah Meyers BrentFollow @sarah_meyers_brent and @Chase Young Gallery on Instagram

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Fine Print: Novagratz Design Fix

Designers Cortney and Robert — you know, the ones with all the kids and those reality shows on Bravo and HGTV and multiple furnishing lines — have a new coffee table book. Novogratz Design Fix: Chic and Stylish Tips for Every Decorating Scenarios (Rizzoli, 2020) is the power couple’s fourth, and as fun and colorful as ever, though there are plenty of more restrained rooms as well.

Novogratz Design Fix features 11 projects big and small from all over the country, including the Berkshires, Washington state, the Hollywood Hills, San Diego, Montauk, and the West Village.

In addition to showcasing the gorgeous rooms, the book offers design tips such as navigating design decisions with your spouse who has different tastes, infusing personality into rentals, fixing up spaces to list on Airbnb, styling your bookshelves, and making an open floor plan work for you.

Here’s a peek at some of the rooms showcased in Novogratz Design Fix: Chic and Stylish Tips for Every Decorating Scenarios:

The Novogratz Design Fix Book Colorful Sofa

Lounging on a Roche Bobois sectional in Bellport, NY.

The Novogratz Design Fix Book Bookshelves By Color

The designers offer tips on how to style a wall of books.

Novogratz Design Fix Book 2020

A bedroom (and sometime Airbnb) in Seabrook, WA.

The Novogratz Design Fix Book SUnroom Ship Chandelier

The Novogratzes’ country house in the Berkshires.

The Novogratz Design Fix Book Upstairs Landing

The Novogratzes preserved the spiral staircase and some ceiling details in their Hollywood Hills home.

The Novogratz Design Fix Book Round Bathtub

A print by artist Anne Carrington hangs over a bowl-like tub.

All interior photos above:
©Design Fix by Robert and Cortney Novogratz, Rizzoli New York, 2020

New Coffee Table Books Fall 2020 Novogratz

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

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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 on Wayfair 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 discovered 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.

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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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