It’s true that most of us have stone countertops that can withstand heat, but I think (preferably) modern trivets still have a place in the kitchen.
Not long ago I put a Pyrex baking dish straight from the oven onto our granite countertop. It was wet. The entire dish, salmon included, exploded. Seriously. Exploded.
Many kitchens, including mine, mix countertops, using a different material for the island than for the rest of the workspaces. The ship-like cherry wood countertops on either side of our stove are scorched from the tea kettle. (Not my doing.) I leave a cork trivet nearby now.
And unless you have have a marble-topped Saarinen tulip table you don’t want to be putting hot dishes on your dining table.
Ever wonder where to buy those Nordic style throw pillows you see in those beautifully sparse Scandinavian rooms posted all over Pinterest and Instagram? Try Australian (and New Zealand) shopping site, StyleCarrot partner) Simply Cushions.
Taking a break for the angst ridden events of the day, I perused Simply Cushions, which offers over 300 different modern throw pillows made from 100 percent cotton linen. I particularly love the geometric designs with restrained palettes.
If you like to be kinda coordinated, the site offers them in groupings of four and six. This is a selection of my favorite modern throw pillow styles from Simply Cushions:
Simply Cushions also offers kid-friendly throw pillow designs. I have always loved British illustrator Ashley Percival’s owl characters. So cute. (And I didn’t realize Ashley is a guy til I went to his site just now.) I don’t have little kids anymore but I think many of these cushions could work elsewhere.
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
Last month a local publicist asked me if I’d be interested in decorating a model apartment in one of the new big and shiny buildings that are popping up in Boston like mad. I was incredibly flattered, of course, especially since I’m not actually an interior designers. In fact, that’s why she asked. The budgets are smaller and the directive more creative. Rather than perfectly turned out, pristine showcases, these units, since they’re rentals rather than condos, are to be on the funkier side. In addition to my non-decorator self, there will be an art gallery owner, a visual merchandiser, and another writer. We will create color schemes for furniture and accessories, but not actually alter any finishes.
I think I will get down and dirty with some DIY projects, and will likely enlist my handy husband to help (especially given his urging that I take this on). Although we live in a condo in the city, he has a few well-equipped tool boxes stuffed with a vast range of hand tools, from hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers, to power drills, soldering irons, and saws. Can we build a bed? Put up shelving? Create inventive wall decorations? We shall see.
We visited the building yesterday, which is still very much a construction site. We got a peek at a few finished units on lower floors and they have a great look, with light oak floors, white walls, floor-to-ceiling windows that actually open, and two kitchen styles—one with cerused oak lower cabinets and glossy grey uppers, and the other with textured white wood lower cabinets and glossy white uppers. They are both great looks and have me thinking about the best color palette for studio apartments.
I prefer to work with white on white color schemes, since I love all white rooms. I have in mind the whole pure white with pastel or bright color pops and a smattering of plywood. That seems easiest given my abilities and budget, and the fun style would match up with a portion of the target demographic. However, I may be assigned a unit with the grey/cerused oak kitchen. The finishes are beautiful, but I’ll definitely have to re-think my design/color scheme. It will need to present as a little bit more sophisticated. I perused many of my Pinterest boards last night in search of inspiration, starting with searching for a color palette for studio apartments.
If I am to decorate a unit in which the centerpiece is cerused oak cabinetry, I am leaning towards a color palette of pale wood, charcoals, and blush with touches of copper.
The number of emails I’ve been getting lately about Kickstarter campaigns has increased. They’re oftentimes pretty interesting. This morning I got one about a winter coat made out of 50 recycled water bottles. Yesterday, Justin Johnsen of Bronsen, a new Brooklyn-based collaborative design firm that he launched with Pilar Romero Bruno, emailed me about Bronsen’s Kickstarter campaign,Project Safari.
Project Safari a ceramic geo, animal bust forms made in stoneware finished in satin-white or satin-black glazes that are hand-made in Portland, Oregon. The collection includes: Gerard the Giraffe, Grayson the Gorilla, Hamilton the Hippo, Calvin the Crocodile, and Lewis the Lion.
Bronsen is looking to raise $15,000 in order to produce Project Safari. They’ve got under $3K left to raise and 9 days (until Halloween) in which to do it. If produced, each bust will retail for $100. If you donate at least $1 to the campaign, you can buy one for $90. There are discounts and little gifts for larger pledges. I’ve got no special interest here. I just think the geo animal head sculptures are cute.