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.
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.
Photo 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:
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.
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.
Ann Arbor-based painter Mia Risberg got in touch with me earlier this summer about a project she did with Los Angeles-based photographer Jessica Chappe. The artists met through this project, organized by Shoebox PR, a support network for artists in Los Angeles. The work was completed between April 16,2020 and May 31,2020.
During the pandemic, they met remotely to collaborate on a series of responses to each other’s work. The creations reflect their life experiences while in lockdown. Risberg and Chappe created a series called “Inside World” consisting of 12 photographs and 12 paintings, each a reflection, reaction, interpretation, iteration of the other.
Mia Risberg shares a bit about her experience: I found the quick turnaround (24 hours) helpful because it encouraged spontaneity and an intuitive approach to painting. At first my paintings seemed to be responses to colors or patterns in Jessica’s photographs. Quickly though, they evolved . . . Although the figures appear introspective and isolated they also seem to merge with the natural world.
If you know me/follow me, you can see this is very in line with my taste in art. I like to call this genre, of which I have many in my personal collection, obscured females. You can see hundreds of images in line with these on my Female Figures in Art Pinterest board.
Here are four pairs of art from “Inside World” by Jessica Chape (photos) and Mia Risberg (paintings).
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