Friday Favorites 4/15/2011

April 15, 2011

Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor
I’ve got a serious jones lately for earth tones. I don’t mean the browns and beiges that the term usually conjures, but the robust terracotta of the Southwest’s hills, the coral blush of a seashell, the sensuous softness of a rose or the brilliant orange-pink of a sunset.

I think my craving began when I saw the cover of the spring issue of New England Home’s Connecticut. I’m just crazy about how Nancy Serafini, of Homeworks Interior Design mingled patterns and textures in shades of dusty rose in this New Canaan house.

Photograph by Michael Partenio

This vivid pillow from Company C would punch up the neutral-toned sofa in my den.

Photo courtesy of Company C

Or maybe I’ll paint the whole room one of these Sherwin Williams coral shades.

Constant Coral, Youthful Coral and Mellow Coral by Sherwin Williams

I love these hand-painted distressed terra cotta tiles from Ann Sacks’s Tiempo line.

Photo courtesy of Ann Sacks

Dainty embellished towels from Matouk celebrate spring.

Photo courtesy of Matouk

Pallucco’s coral lights look just like their namesake but are made of injection-molded polycarbonate. Table lights, pendants and floor lamps come in black and white with hints of coral-pink.

Photo courtesy of Pallucco

Cheryl Katz, Contributing Editor
If you have a soft spot for the kind of dishes your mother (or grandmother) displayed on her mid-century coffee table in the living room, then the work of the influential ceramic artist Waylande Gregory is sure to please. Recently reissued by Gregory’s nephew, the pieces, often inspired by nature, are boldly graphic and quite elegant. A collection of Waylande Gregory ceramics are available at Patch NYC, 46 Waltham Street, Boston.


Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief
Check out this playful Colonial kitty:

Photo © Tim Street-Porter from Litchfield Style, Rizzoli New York, 2011

And this gorgeous all-white living room with handmade chandelier:

Photo © Tim Street-Porter from Litchfield Style, Rizzoli New York, 2011

You’ll find them both, and much more, in a new book out this month from Rizzoli. Litchfield Style: Classic Country Houses of Connecticut, by design writer Annie Kelly and her gifted photographer husband, Tim Street-Porter, documents the more casual, rustic side of American eighteenth-century style as practiced by the generally well off and sometimes famous residents of western Connecticut’s verdant hills. $45. Available through or at area bookstores.

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