Design Diary: Stylish Office by Realm Interiors

A separate office is probably the most coveted space of 2020. I wrote about this office in the Boston Globe Magazine in the fall. Realm Interiors designed the office for a mom when they re-thought the open layout on the first floor of the family’s Winchester, Massachusetts. home. With three kids and a puppy, she really cherishes this chic space.

Office For a Woman With Writing DeskPhoto by Joyelle West  / Styling by Kaylei McGaw

The small room off the entry had been an eyesore of a playroom before Liza Kugeler and Laura Ogden of Realm Interiors made it over as  a stylish office with dark, saturated walls painted Farrow & Ball Studio Green.

A sculptural, wire-brushed, bleached oak desk from CB2 sits center stage atop a graphic black and white rug, and Serena & Lily’s capiz honeycomb chandelier hangs above. The Serena & Lily woven rattan armchair adds an element of breezy while  tongue-in-cheek Kate Moss poster, “Life Is a Joke” by photographer Craig McDean reflects the homeowner’s interest in fashion. She loves that it feels so much like her.

Get the look of this stylish office by Realm Interiors:
Stylish Home Office For Women

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Saturday Shelfie: Pale Pink Candleholders

Hawkins New York Blush Candleholder

Photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

I’ve been piling on the pink to lighten the dark days.

Abstract painting by artist Sarah Lutz from Schoolhouse Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Blush candleholders by Hawkins New York from Salt in Wellfleet, Massachusetts (sold out, but also available at here).  Tapered candlesticks from Danica Design Candles in Rockport, Maine. Ridged porcelain vase available here and pink glass vase available here. The Issey Miyake book is a recent gift and available here.

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Design Diary: Bookshelf Styling Tips from Designer Valerie Darden

Designer Valerie Darden of Brexton Cole Interiors solved two issues in her Northern Virginia home with one bank of bookshelves. She and her husband  loved every feature in their new home, save for a diagonal wall near the entry, just around the corner from the stairs. Not only was it dead space, the wall had an ugly air vent, a thermostat, and outlet, and light switches. (Scroll down for the before photo.) An investment in custom cabinetry and masterful shelf styling hid the jumble and created a functional and beautiful feature wall. 

How To Style Bookshelves

Darden balanced old and new to create an chic mix of art and objects among her collection of design books. “As much as I enjoy new and shiny items, I love to venture to Loudoun County to search for vintage art, books, and decorative objects,” she says. One of her favorite sources is Lucketts Market and Antique Center. 

 As for new books, Darden tends toward  fashion, travel, photography, history, and architecture titles by Assouline. For contrast she adds older books from her thrifting adventures. Here’s a fun pairing: “I’ll place a Chanel book next to a 1950s book about ladies etiquette,” she says.

Here’s a pulled back view for context:

And a before photo from the same perspective:

Careful configuration allowed them to hide the ugly grate behind a cabinet door.

Cabinets That Hide An Air Vent

Then the fun part: Styling the bookshelves.

How to Style Bookshelves

Valerie Darden’s Tips for Perfectly Styled Bookshelves

• For a not-trying-too-hard-to-be-perfect vibe, arrange some books vertically and others horizontally. Also, place larger books with smaller ones.  

• Incorporate your favorite candle. Dardens’s favorite candle is Diptyque BAIES. “I love to burn the candle wax to the end, then use the glass as a vase for roses,” she says.

•  Pair high and low.  Along with that pricey Diptych candle, Darden’s shelves hold a H&M vase and a  gold-framed vintage painting scored at a local yard sale for $10.

• Pay attention to scale. A small sculpture in front of a large book draws the eye in. And use mostly odd numbers  of things.

• Metallics are a must. “When I began decorating my shelves, they looked bland,” Darden says. “Then I placed a  decorative brass paper weight on top of three books and it immediately came  to life! “

• Plants too. “Small succulents have done wonders by adding color and a peaceful feeling,” Darden says.

Photos by Valerie Darden

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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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