On Trend: Adding Texture & Style With a Round Jute Rug

StyleCarrot partner Serena & Lily recently sent me a round jute rug to try out.  I’m using the rug in my workspace in Cape Cod. It’s light and airy and the ample floor space was begging for adornment and texture. The Scandinavian meets beachy Cape vibe works perfectly.

I layered the jute rug over a stripey cotton dhurrie. (Serena & Lily has similar rug styles.) I like it over a larger floor covering, but you can also use it solo. It would look especially gorgeous over white painted floorboards I think.

I love how the concentric circles echo those of the painted targets on the tree trunk slices of my art installation above the sofa. They also pick up on the pattern of the pillow.

The  abstract painting happens to be from Serena & Lily artist Ellen Levine Dodd. She’s based in the San Francisco area, but grew up in New England. I met her in Truro when she visited a couple of years ago, and have since had the pleasure of working with her. Her painting fills this big wall gorgeously.

Adding the Serena & Lily jute rug turned my workspace/lounge from purely functional to cozy. The natural fibers feel great underfoot.

Follow the links to buy your own Serena & Lily round jute rug or other rugsValid for one week only, Serena and Lily is offering 15 percent off with code RUGLOVE-SC.

Photos by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Just In: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Fall Collection

One of my favorite Boston furniture stores and StyleCarrot partner is Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and not just because I’m friendly with Andrew Terrat, the company’s talented regional visual director. The pieces are simultaneously tailored and feminine, classic and glam.

Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams fall collection is replete with the season’s most sumptuous home decor trends. Luscious velvets in blues and autumnal hues, burnished brass, matte blacks, and cool marble all make pointed appearances. And of course, they all work perfectly when layered with its sleek case goods and shaggy rugs.

Fall always makes me want to redecorate, and of course that’s best done well before the holidays, given ordering times and such. I’m contemplating a new living room sofa, though that will have to wait until after our master bath renovation, which is finally happening early next year.

However, there is a very tempting sale. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams extended its Fall Sale Event. The entire collection is 20 percent off through October 23. It includes pretty much everything not on clearance, even special order upholstery.

They’ve also debuted a drapery collection with three styles in seven different fabric options including Belgian linen, velvet, and semi-sheer linen. Hardware comes in three finishes (polished chrome, brass, and black nickel) and there are five finial styles.

While you’re contemplating which room needs sprucing up, have a look at my favorite on trend pieces from theMitchell Gold + Bob Williams fall collection

Blue Velvet Sofas + Marble Topped Coffee Tables

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Matte Black Finishes + Brass Details

Fall Decor Trends Matte Black Finishes + Brass Details

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Autumnal Hues

Fall Decor Trends Autumnal Hue Furnishings

Get the Look: 22 Pieces of (Really Great) 3D-Printed Jewelry

I’ve been working on a number of stories about or relating in some way to jewelry, and pieces created with 3D printing technology is a repeated theme. Probably the most well-known, certainly in Boston, is Nervous System. (You can peek into their office here).  Another I really like (especially their “diamond” rings), is a new line out of Italy, MYBF, which I discovered when I wrote about the design shop Maison 203 (look inside here).

There are many more out there. And there seems to be some tension in the design world between metalworkers who have honed their skills for many years, and those who pop out jewelry using the new #D printing technology. Recently, an established Boston jewelry maker said to me, “3D jewelry can work as a thing, but it can be a terrible failure. Some people thinks it makes them a designer. I rarely see work that sees as nice as handmade.”

In some respects, as in any industry, its true. I’ve see plenty of  (sorry to say) ugly, clown-like creations. However, there are many that are well-designed. True, they’re not handmade. But they also don’t have the handmade price. There’s room for both, I think. Here are 22 pieces that work.


3D Printed Jewelry Modern Designs

Jewelry Made With 3D Printer


1 Bamboo Pendant Necklace by Meshu (3D printed bamboo), $68 at Meshu.

2 Soliton Pendant by Bathsheba (3D printed metal with gold plated matte finish), $34.14 at Shapeways.

3 Vessel Pendant by Nervous System (3D printed nylon with UV protective coating hung from sterling silver chain), $40 at Room 68.

4 Spinal Cuff by Fathom and Form (3D printed stainless steel), $270 at Shapeways.

5 Cat Skull Ring by The Rogue And The Wolf (3D printed in stainless steel, bronze infused, gold plated), $60 at TheRogueAndTheWolf, Etsy.

6 Convolution Steel Bangle by Nervous System (3D printed stainless steel, infused with bronze), $400 at Nervous System.

7 Shift Rings by Silva/Bradshaw (3D printed nylon), $27 each at Silva/Bradshaw.

8 Gold Shark Fin Ring (3D printed in stainless steel, bronze infused, gold plated), $55 at TheRogueAndTheWolf, Etsy.

9 Geo Raw Faceted Ring by Timothy James (3D printed and cast in gold-plated stainless steel), $95 at Butterscotch of Brooklyn, Etsy.

10 Spiky ring by 3DPrintImagination (3D printed stainless steel with gold plate), $53 at 3DPrintImagination, Etsy.

11 MYBF Modern Geometric Necklace by Orlando Fernandez Flores for Maison 203 (3D printed nylon) 98€, at Maison 203.

12 Stratigraphia Collection Peaque Necklace by Hot Pop Factory (3D-printed polymer pendant on bronze-plated stainless steel chain), $59 at Hot Pop Factory.

13 DNA Teardrop Pendant by GADesign (3D printed metal with gold plated matte finish), $84.80 at Shapeways.

14 Constructionist Bracelet by MCode (3D printed metal with gold plated matte finish), $152.67 at Shapeways.

15 MegaBlingBling 2009 in silver, gold plated or stainless steel by Mendel Heit, from $77 at Shapeways.

16 Prosoma Necklace by Kimberly Ovitz (3D printed stainless steel), $495 at Shapeways.

17 Jointed Jewels Cut Beauty Necklace by Alissia Melka-Teichroew for byAMT Studio (3D printed nylon) at ByAMT.

18 3-Stocks-Bracelet by Paul Baut (3D printed metal in coral red polished finish), $12.18 at Shapeways.

19 MYBF Diamond Emerald Ring by Orlando Fernandez Flores for Maison 203 (3D printed nylon), 25€ at Maison 203.

20 Sterling Silver Circle Ring by Melanie Lynn Design (printed into wax with a 3D printer; waxes then cast and finished), special order at Melanielynndesign, Etsy.

21 Metal Logo Cufflinks by Shapeways (3D printed in glossy silver), $154.90 at Shapeways.

22 Sparkling Colier2 by Dario Scapitta Design (3D printed in black nylon), $63.36 at Shapeways.

Get the Look: 24 Fox Furnishings & Fashions

There’s been a proliferation of fox fashions and furnishings over the last year, and the little orange guy is slowly moving into the mainstream. While West Elm and CB2 haven’t embraced the sly guy just yet (the owl is still the favored creature at most larger chains), Tory Burch plastered fox heads on flats, iPhone cases, and pouches, Jonathan Adler has a white one in his porcelain menagerie, and various foxy home accessories can be found at Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie. Here’s a mix of the best from big names, indie brands, and artisans.

S H O P P I N G 

1 Steel Fox Head by Bongo Designs.

2 Alkemie Fox Pack Cuff, $209 at Alkemie.

3  “You’re a Fox” Card, $4 at Rifle Paper Co.

4 Wildwood Square Linen Pillow, $42 at Gretel Home.

5 Donna Wilson Cyril Squirrel Fox, $81 at The Future Perfect.

6 Fox on Bicycle Plate, $18 at kokokoshop, Etsy.

7 Mrs. Fox Necklace by Polli, $40 at Greener Grass Design.

8 Jonathan Adler Ceramic Fox at Jonathan Adler.

9 Tory Burch Fox Ballet Flats, $250 at Tory Burch.

10 Orla Kiely The Fox of Life Bag, $345.99 at Modcloth.

11 Sly Fox Knocker, $24 at Anthropologie.

12 3 Spouts Fox Storage Bin, $31.99 at AllModern.

13 Aubin+Wills Fox Intarsia Sweater, $215 at Net-a-Porter.

14 Fox Pillow by Fauna for Areaware, $28 at Design Public.

15 Patch NYC Fox Dessert Plate, $19/set, $19.99 at Target.

16 The Rise & Fall Sleeping Fox Pillow $29 at Urban Outfitters.

17 Burberry Fox Bracelet, $650 at Net-a-Porter.

18 Foxes Graphic Knit Blanket, $58 at DwellStudio.

19 Hidden Fox Mug, $21 at Uncommon Goods.

20 Bone China Fox Plate, £22 at Donna Wilson.

21 Mr. Frank Fox Pillow by Ferm Living, $45 at Yliving.

22 Saddle Leather Fox Mask, £295 at Fleet Ilya.

23 Bronze Fox Head Bookends at Antiques Du Monde.

24 Fox Tray by Lush Designs for Ary Trays, $43 at Gretel.

Site Spotlight: The Inside Source

Last week, eBay launched a new lifestyle site, The Inside Source. It’s genius really. A blog-style  format with interviews on the latest pop culture, art, fashion, beauty, décor, “green” chic, and hi-tech gadgets, all concluding with links to similar finds currently available for sale on eBay. My friend, and Store Adore co-founder, Meredith Barnett is the editor, so it’s a sure thing. I’ll be contributing two articles each week, so I hope you’ll check it out. Here’s a run-down of my contribution – what’s live now, and a preview of what’s to come:


Interview with Boston  chef Barbara Lynch on her new cookbook Stir.


Boston interior designer Kristine Mullaney creates a glam boudoir.


London-based antiques expert Judith Miller enthuses on her favorite chairs.

stack-laminated plywood chair by Julia Krantz



An interview with Jonathan Adler.

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Mod Green Pod designer Nancy Mims finds vintage pieces to reupholster.


Kelly Wearstler, Gossip Girl (maybe), and others . . .

See you at The Inside Source!