Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Echinacea & Diy Planters

Posted on | February 24, 2010 | 2 Comments

from top left: Coconut Lime, Green Envy, Pink Poodle, and Fragrant Angel.

It’s been a cold rainy mix of snow here in New England for the past few days. I saw some daffodil bulbs poking through the ground this morning but I think they are just confused. Go back to sleep flowers, it’s not time.

For some reason I’ve been thinking a lot about Echinacea and how I would like to sneak a few into the sunny spots of my garden. I love the ruffled edges of the Pink Poodle and the unusual color combo of Green Envy. Hmm which two will I pick? I wish I could fit them all but my garden is small.

Did you happen to see that great diy hypertufa pot article in the recent Martha Stewart Living? The instructions are online too. I love the texture. I can’t wait to try making a few this summer.

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Layered Linen and Leather

Posted on | February 23, 2010 | 24 Comments

How do you combine both masculine and feminine styles? For many of us our boyfriends, husbands, or roommates don’t want to live in a world of flowers and pink.

When at my sister’s house last week I snapped a few photos to show how she successfully created a home that combines both her and her husband’s style. Her husband has always had a very vocal design opinion. He began collecting vintage posters and antique rugs obsessively in his early 20’s. They bought their home about 6 six years ago just north of New York City. The house has evolved to become a layered mix of masculine and feminine styles that’s classic and family friendly.

In their living room a handsome leather sofa from Restoration Hardware is deep enough for evening cuddling in front of the fire with the kids. Her husband’s antique rugs layered on the floor warms the space and adds patterning and texture. Vintage French posters and a large abstract painting (by me!) pop off neutral walls. Linen accented curtains, chairs, and a tufted bench infuse softer feminine detailing. Further details such as vintage ceramics, an eagle convex mirror, and brass pharmacy lights gives the room a timeless worn-in feel.


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