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.
Every year we plant tomatoes in our little raised garden behind our house in Cape Cod. We’re not exactly dedicated green thumbs, so results are mixed. We did well with grape tomatoes, as we often do, but the slightly larger tomatoes we planted were ravaged by some sort of animal. Chipmunks perhaps. Most of the herbs grew gorgeously, except the dill which was completely chewed up by an unsavory little creature.
In cooperation with Wayfair, I decided to bake a tomato tart to show off my harvest. The local farmers’ market provided supplemental ingredients. Namely, heirloom tomatoes.
A tomato tart looks best with an assortment of colors. I used red and yellow.
These are the tomatoes from my own garden, along with my basil and parsley. And that’s the kitty, wondering if those leaves are good enough to eat.
Step one, brown the onions. A good use for local sea salt, another farmers’ market purchase. My husband let me use his prize possession—his cast iron skillet. It worked really well.
I used herbed goat cheese knowing it would provide maximum flavor with minimal effort. The home gown basil and parsley were mainly for show, and a bit of texture.
I whisked one egg (laid by one of my brother-in-law’s chickens) with two percent milk to make an egg wash for the crust.
After unrolling the ($15!) puff pastry and pressing it into a buttered, nonstick shallow baking pan, I crumbled in the herbed goat cheese and added thin slices of cheddar. Any kind of cheese will work; we just happened to have cheddar. But no cheese grater, hence the slices.
Next I layered the delicious caramelized onions and sprinkled on more salt and pepper.
Then I sliced the gorgeous tomatoes and spread them across the top. First the yellows, then the reds. Then I threw on the cherry tomatoes, uncut, though next time I’d halve them, and sprinkled on the chopped fresh basil and parsley, and drizzled on some olive oil. Finally, into the oven for 15 minutes.
Here it is. Beautiful and delicious. Like, really, really delicious. It tasted as good the next day reheated too.
Almost a year ago we repainted our family room in Benjamin Moore Steel Wool, which I detailed in a Family Room Makeover post. We hung different artwork as planned, but I never got around to choosing a new rug. Now that our older son, who likes to use the floor as a picnic blanket, is in boarding school, I feel a little more comfortable splurging on a new rug.
It should be an almost solid color rug, but not quite. It should have some variegated color, but not actual texture. The rug we have now is chunky and loopy, and I imagine the crumbs embedded in it could feed a family of four for a month. (Yeah, we’re gross.)
The room is a narrow rectangle with a slightly odd extension off one side and a bay window on the other. I’ve often thought about having a rug custom cut, but not sure if I can bear the expense. Here are 20 almost solid color, not quite patterned but not completely plain rugs.
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When Wayfair asked me to create a post touting spring style, the sun was streaming through the bay windows in the living room, and I had just received the new May issue of HGTV Magazine which happens to feature our Boston condo. My favorite photograph is the one of our living room. It looks so bright, cheerful, and well, spring-like. So yes, this post is about my spring inspired living room.
Our walls have always been a spring-y shade of green. We first used this color in our dining room in Chevy Chase, and the first thing we did when we moved to Boston was paint our living room a similar shade. We’ve been here 13 years and I haven’t tired of it. And given that my office is in here, I spend a lot of time in it. That it is spring inspired space is important to me. It lifts my mood, especially during the long, gray Boston winters.
Photo by Annie Schlechter | Styling by Elizabeth Demos
The plush, sculptural rug by Angela Adams grounds the space (we are blessed with high ceilings) and renders a lush, garden feel. The sofa is ivory, as is the woodwork; the pillows, books, accessories, and artwork add the color. Yes, I realize the palette is somewhat limited. Flowers and planters add an occasional jolt. I don’t really subscribe to the idea that the room needs a spot of a complementary red. It’s more of a busy monochromatic effect.
Rather than start from scratch creating a spring inspired space for this post, I decided to be (I hope not too obnoxiously) self-referential and create a scheme that echoes the look and feel of my living room. And now that I have a professionally styled and photographed image, life is grand.
Finding similar pieces on Wayfair to create this spring inspired space was simple, given its array of decor and styles. My son confirms that I did a really good job, especially with the rug. Here is my scheme that recreates our spring inspired living room using items sourced on Wayfair. (Links below or in Spring Inspired Style Idea Book on Wayfair.)
Earlier this month Paintzen (the Uber of home painting) sent over a totally adorable husband and wife team to paint our family room in Boston. Ever since our renovations a few years ago, the walls back there have been this taupe-y shade that I really didn’t like. When a press release for Paintzen popped into my overstuffed inbox I took notice.
Paintzen is a digital paint company that handles all aspects of a paint project, big or small. The simple site walks you through the process and provides a quote. If you decide to move forward they handle everything, from getting the paint (all Benjamin Moore, and they’ll even do a color consultation), to scheduling and managing the job. The money goes through them too. The painters show up, do their thing, no fuss, no muss. I was thrilled with the entire experience.
Now that the family room is grey, Benjamin Moore Steel Wool to be exact, I feel like I can motivate on sprucing up the other elements. The enormous grey velvet sofa will remain (all four of us fit to watch TV), but we desperately need a new rug, ottomans, a chair, and perhaps additional lighting. We have plenty of art, and worked on a new gallery wall arrangement last weekend (photo below).
So when Wayfair offered me the opportunity to participate in its #NewYearNewRoom campaign, obviously I opted in. The directive was to choose 20 pieces from Wayfair and its other brands, which include AllModern and DwellStudio, that would breathe new life into an old space. I’m so inspired by this scheme I worked up that I think I will use my $100 gift card to start on a refresh right away.