Friday Favorites 11/8/2013: Arteriors Home, Le Cuona, and Clyde Hogan Fine Art

November 8, 2013

Karin Lidbeck Brent, Contributing Editor

Wednesday was a great day for New England Home, sponsoring a very successful networking event in conjunction with the Wakefield Design Center in Stamford, Connecticut. Roberta Mancuso, associate publisher for New England Home‘s quarterly Connecticut issues, and Beth Dempsey of New Canaan’s Images & Details PR did a great job pulling together a fantastic lineup of speakers for an inspiring and informative afternoon.

Laura Kirar, a designer for Arteriors Home, got rave reviews from everyone attending her talk. We were all mesmerized as she took us through her design process, from her inspirational sketches to the finished products. She shared stories of her travels around the world where her inspirations begin for designs, like this glass bird chandelier, that I have fallen in love with!

Thank you, Laura, for sharing your creative energy and enthusiasm for design with us.

Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor

I’m in heaven pretty much any time I’m surrounded by beautiful fabrics, but vintage textiles make me especially happy. This fabric from de Le Cuona only looks vintage, but I’m in love with it. Monet, from de Le Cuona’s Wild Tranquility line, is 100 percent linen in soft shades of sea blue, shell pink, and grays scattered with floral embroidery. I like the contrast of the pretty floral designs against the rough texture of the cloth.

The cloth is woven, bleached, and embroidered with thread that has been bleached separately. The entire piece is then dyed using a technique in which the dye is sprayed directly onto the fabric for a sort of cloudy effect. This would make a gorgeous set of drapes or the perfect upholstery for an antique wing chair.

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief

The bucolic little town of Hingham, Massachusetts, seems to be having a bit of an aesthetic renaissance these days. Following close on the appearance of Hingham Square home boutique Delicious Designs comes, this weekend, the first open house at Clyde Hogan Fine Art. Clyde Hogan (named after two much-loved dogs who are no longer with us) is the brainchild of painter, photographer, and Hingham resident John Lawler.

(Photos of John’s house, shared with partner David Ekizian, were in one of the very earliest posts on this blog back in January 2011: click to take a peek.)

Tomorrow (Saturday, November 9) from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., you can drop by 12 Rice Road to view oil-on-canvas works by Steven Miglio and Miranda Updike. It will also be a good chance to meet John and Miranda in person and perhaps connect with similarly art-minded folk from the area. For more information, call (781) 740-4069 or visit

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