On a recent tile showroom visit selecting bathroom tile for a couple of projects, we came across some interesting options. There is some GORGEOUS tile out thereRead More
A quick errand downtown had us stopping in for a whirl through the Market Stalls at The Boston Design Center today. The Market Stalls, on the second floor of the BDC, contain an ever changing display of unique finds and antiques from a handful of dealers and are always worth a visit!Read More
Father’s Day is fast approaching…if you want to honor and celebrate a father that you know in a tangible way that doesn’t involve another necktie, it’s time to start thinking about your options! Here are some great ideas ranging in price from $50 to $500+ for gifts he might really use!.Read More
I’m always drawn to textural things….embroidered fabrics, or plush soft velvets and chenilles, or nubby grasscloth immediately grab my attention like a squirrel spotting an acorn! And on our recent shopping trip to the Boston Design Center,, natural textures abounded!Read More
Seen Around Town: Blanche Field Bespoke Lampshades and more…If you want something truly special, and uniquely yours, this is the place to get it!
As I was at the Boston Design Center this week sourcing fabrics for a project, I stopped into the Blanche Field showroom toRead More
I love all things that are beautifully designed, and I have a particular fondness for stationary products. In this age of email and text and FB chat and imessaging, it’s refreshingly civilized to send a message that is thoughtful and beautiful using tangible paper! I discovered some new (to me) beauties this weekend while out and about and I had to write a quick post to share!Read More
Just a quick post to introduce the new and improved Fitzgerald Tile showroom! The huge warehouse and showroom recently movedRead More
Well, we’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the gift shopping season is just beginning in earnest. Here is our list of 10 favorite gift ideas:Read More
Vanity stools, Counter stools, bar stools…which one do I need?
Stools are a great small way to change and upgrade the look of your room. These seats can go a long ways toward furthering the design details of the room – they are an opportunity for a splash of color in a monochromatic sea of cabinetry, or a place to add some softness and texture with a fabric and upholstery details. There are many choices – fabric, leather or wicker, wood or metal, swivel or not, legs or pedestal, casters or not, backs or not and if so how tall…but by far the most important thing to get right for functionality is the seat height. Too low and your chin will be resting on the counter and too high and your legs will be wedged uncomfortably beneath it!Read More
On a recent visit to the Boston Design Center looking for fabrics for a couple of current projects, we came across these fabulous finds! I am a total sucker for anything embroidered...embroidered linen or silk makes me swoon. The textures we spied included embroidery, appliqué, and some unusual embellishments.Read More
No outdoor room is complete without some planters! As a right of spring (and an indication that the snow has left the vicinity for at least the next few months...), I look forward to planting the pots on my deck each year with flowers and ivy and herbs. A recent visit to my favoriteRead More
Area rugs. They are the foundation for almost any room design. We recently went in search of the perfect area rug to complete a sophisticated, warm, neutral living room design. One of our favorite haunts for area rugs isRead More
Recently, we have been investigating living room tables...that backbone of creating a functional living space...a place to put your drink, or book, or remote control, or table lamp, or whatever makes the room work for you!
We have come across an interesting variety of cocktail, end, wine, and console tables. Many have a mix of finishes that make them not only interesting pieces, but a nice opportunity to tie in other elements in the room for a more cohesive feel without the boredom of 'matched to death' suites of furniture.Read More
For many of our design projects, we need to specify new lighting. Recently, we have been on the hunt for chandeliers and lanterns and wanted to share some of our finds!
Trying to avoid another fussy crystal or ubiquitous barrel stave chandelier we found these classic alternatives to be a refreshing change.Read More
Wandering about the seaside town of Swampscott on the North Shore on a beautiful summer afternoon recently, we happened upon the charming Maison de Mer shop a stones throw from the ocean!
Vintage and new tableware, furnishings and accent pieces are interspersed with imported French lotions, creams, and soaps. Alongside a few Swampscott stamped tote bags and pillows are a smattering of miscellaneous other treats from French-themed books, to paper goods and baby bibs .
Several rooms reveal treasures around every corner...Read More
It's almost summer, which seems like the right time of year to show a little leg...
In the world of design, I am in favor of a mix of leggy and skirted pieces in any room. Legs give pieces a lighter, less bulky feel. That said, the choice of styles available is vast! So, without further ado, here is a round up of some of the options spotted recently at the Boston Design Center.Read More
FINALLY! After years of poring over the Ballard Designs catalog and absorbing the pretty vignettes, the catalog has come to life right here in New England! A new Ballard Designs retail store has opened at the Natick Mall. It is a breath of fresh design air after years of proliferating Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware stores. While the quality level and prices are all similar, the ingredients are a bit more classical than Pottery Barn and a bit more varied than Restoration Hardware.Read More
I love going to Brimfield, and the fried dough is not the only reason! The HUGE Massachusetts outdoor antique and flea market takes place three times each year and September is usually my favorite one. This year, we managed to go on a 90-plus degree day with humidity somewhere in the stratosphere so it was less crowded than usual.
As always, it was a mix of new, antique, reclaimed, vintage, and unique finds - some of which defied description! Luckily, we snapped some photo's so here are some of the highlights from our visit...
This vendor had a terrific assortment of marine salvage with a LOT of light fixtures. We thought some of these pendants would be fabulous over a kitchen island!
If you are in the market for unusual tables, there were a fair number of options to be had.
Turned leg farmhouse, reclaimed wood on metal sawhorse brackets, and REALLY long in case you have a very large family...
And then there was this really unique metal table made from a vintage metal door - it even still has the keyhole!
Or this very funky dinette set...it would certainly make a statement, although I'm not entirely sure what that statement is...
This table with the top covered entirely in vintage hotel matchbook covers would be an interesting conversation piece in a game room
Or add a statement piece to the library with this elaborately carved walnut claw foot table
Being a complete sucker for things with lots of drawers or cubbies, I loved these vintage storage chests
This one has 124 drawers!
And we saw two of these hexagonal beauties that spin and sport triangular drawers, and a crank-rotating hardware display piece full of cubbies
Vintage signs, architectural salvage - some of which was upcycled into other things like mirrors, and painted furniture abounded...you could even buy the paint - both Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Milk Paint displays were seen.
And there were beds...from iron beds and metal beds....
to this pair of beautiful French carved and book-matched burlwood beds
If you have just the place for it...maybe a fun pool cabana house...this vintage ice cream fountain out of an old store in southern Massachusetts would be SO fun!
There were the usual suspects...tin letters (still?), metal embellishments for the Pinterest project crowd, or these fun paper flower accessories made from maps or music and buttons for those who want their craft projects already done
And this vendor with vintage dishes...he always has a fabulous assortment
And then there was this dealer who had some gorgeous hand painted Hungarian porcelain by Anna Weatherly...but alas, even at half the retail price it was still out of reach
Not old, and not particularly a bargain, but still a great look - these lamps with architectural bases and these unusual rustic cage pendants were a nice find
And finally, a couple of seats in the category of "WHY?" ...or maybe "WOW." I guess there really IS something for everyone!
Brimfield. Always entertaining, one way or another!
The 2017 show dates are: May 9-14, July 11-16, and September 5-10
I can't get enough of the continuing trend toward embellished textured fabrics! A recent visit to the Boston Design Center turned up some beautiful, quirky, and creative choices...seeing them in person is ideal, but pictures are the next best thing ...
The unique fabric above features squares of appliqued velvet scattered like shimmering confetti, while the ones shown below show some embroidered geometric patterns.
And here are some colorful embroidered florals ...
This gorgeous grey toned embroidered Jacobean floral quietly embodies elegance.
Embroidery on black linen is rich and dramatic.
Fun thematic embroidered fabrics like these feathers or sea fans can enliven a whole room.
This pretty embroidered branch pattern comes in several colorways.
Soutache trim creates a stunning geometric pattern and a dramatic texture.
This soutache applique has a whimsical feel.
And this embroidered 'damask' pattern on a herringbone base cloth is an elegant contemporary take on a traditional pattern motif.
So many choices!
Textured fabrics add so much personality and elegance to a room in any style of decorating. Need help choosing exactly the right combination for your space? We would be happy to assist!
Is wallpaper making a comeback? I would argue a resounding yes.
I know, I know, I can HEAR you rolling your eyes … I too have spent agonizing days with a steamer and a scraper removing old ‘cute’ floral stripes from endless bedroom walls with no wish to repeat this torturous exercise. Ever.
Until fairly recently, there has been a definite push toward paint for walls. Oh, the occasional special paint finish appeared…some finishes exquisite, like a beautiful combed strie, or a Venetian plaster, and some, not so much … we’re looking at you, sponge painting … which the do-it-yourself crowd embraced, often with the enthusiasm and skill of a 4 year old. And let’s not forget stenciling - okay yes, maybe we should try to forget that. But even decorative paint finishes gave way to clean smooth painted walls in the recent decade.
But are plain walls and simple lines starting to look ubiquitous? Are we beginning to long for ways to inject a little more PERSONALity into our spaces?
Now, new technology, and a new era have arrived on our doorstep and with it – new wallpaper options. Re-invented archived historic patterns, faux finishes, murals, textures, metallic accents, trompe l’oeil and more.
Even if you think you hate wallpaper, the new choices may just surprise you. They offer pattern, elegance, warmth, and a variety of textures.
Ready to dip a toe into the wallpaper pool? Here are some places you might consider using wallpaper without feeling overwhelmed by it:
1. Powder room
a low commitment space since it is small and used only in short intervals.
2. Dining room
often there are chair rails or wainscoting, so only a portion of the wall gets papered – and this is a great application for murals or soft patterns
again, a low commitment space, since it is a relatively small pass- through room, but wallpaper can give it a big impact and set the tome for the whole house
4. Accent wall
this is especially effective with more modern styles like mid century modern or industrial chic, or with trompe l’oeil papers.
5. Back of a bookcase or china cabinet
this can add texture and color to a room without committing to a huge amount of it, and it can provide a beautiful backdrop for the objects displayed on the shelves
In addition to real wallpaper, there are now temporary wallpapers that just peel off without leaving any mark…a perfect solution for rental property…or really swank dorm rooms...or just for the terminally indecisive!
Ready to take the plunge? We would love to help you choose a paper that is just right for you! Contact us at JRLInteriors.