The best sale of the year is here for a favorite StyleCarrot partner. It’s the Serena & Lily Thank You Event. If you’ve been eyeing Serena & Lily’s new striped grasscloth wallcovering or furnishings in rust, ochre, and historical blue, now is the time.
Everything at Serena Lily is 25% off with code GRATITUDE through Wednesday, November 30, 2022. Discount excludes items in the Sale section of the website, gift certificates, art, and the C7 Bike.
You can explore the sale here, or scroll down to see my picks. I think I might need that beaded sconce—just one for a funky, asymmetrical touch. I’m also really loving the lines of the ochre sofa with that pleated detail at the bottom.
When Ariel Roth’s clients,a young family of five in a suburb of Boston, asked her to dress down their formal dining room, she went right for the wallpaper.
“They wanted the rooms in their early 1900s Colonial to be fun and comfortable,” says Roth, an interior designer with Helios Design Group in the Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. They enthusiastically embraced her suggestion to cover all four walls of the formal dining room with whimsical wallpaper. “We used the word ‘happy’ a lot,” the Boston designer says.
The wallcovering she chose? Flat Vernacular Swallowtail, an organic, stone-like pattern in a mix of sweet and earthy colors. She pulled out the pink with simple drapes, and grounded the room by painting the millwork in Benjamin Moore Old Navy.
Photo by Michael J. Lee
I wrote about this space last year in the Boston Globe Magazine, a year ago. Here, I pulled similar pieces so you can pull the look together on your own. (Or call the designer, I’m sure she’d love to hear from you!)
Coastal style pendant lights made from rattan, wicker, seagrass, and more.
These days, it seems, a room is not complete with a pendant light made from natural fibers. Even if you’re not celebrating coastal decor, somehow, rattan makes its way into a room.
Natural fiber pendant lights made from rattan, wicker, seagrass, jute, hemp, rope, and the like, is certainly an effective way to add texture into a room. And you can supersize your light fixture and go with a dramatic silhouette without being too too, because the earthy material tempers the glam effect.
There is a never ending array of rattan pendant lights and rattan chandeliers on the market. I’ve curated the best ones, from simple wicker globe pendants to distinctive statement chandeliers to artsy, natural fiber pendant lights that almost look like handwoven works of art.
Which would I chose? I like the tailored shape of #2, the playful boutique hotel vibe of #4, the simplicity of #10, and the nostalgia of #38, which looks like the light pendant that hung in my childhood bedroom.
Coastal California has been rebranded as Coastal Grandmother style. Why now? Nancy Meyers films (Something’s Gotta Give, It’s Complicated, etc.) spawned the term; talk about a delayed reaction. The Coastal Grandmother trend has been ubiquitous for, like, ever.
It’s not just in California; New England is inundated with breezy coastal decor. So is much of the rest of the country; one look at Instagram confirms it. Why so popular? It’s fresh, pretty, and accessible.
Serena & Lily nailed the look years ago and the brand’s social media presence has helped perpetuate the look. Call it Coastal California style or the Coastal Grandma trend, either way, the look lives on.
EVERYTHING atSerena & Lily is 20% off until May 31, 2022, even new arrivals and sale items. (Excludes art.) USE CODE: GOFORIT. There’s now a flat delivery rate making shopping & shipping more efficient.
These pieces from Serena & Lily are easy to integrate into any space:
West Coast interior designer Nina Freudenberger is such a talent. I loved meeting her years ago when designer David Stark took over Haus, her old shop in New York City, with a very cool exhibition. I wrote about it for Design Milk.