Kate Moss for TopShop Hits Nordstrom

The second Kate Moss for Topshop collection is now available at Nordstrom. The edgy yet sophisticated collection includes pieces in both dark and light colors, as well as bold and subtle prints. Embellishments and bohemian details add just the right touch, without seeming overdone.

Here are 8 standout pieces from Kate Moss for Topshop:

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1. Woven Leather Vest

2. Suede Runner Shorts

3. Lamé Bias Cut Maxi Dress

4. Studded Denim Shorts

5. Folk Smocked Blouse

6. One-Shoulder Chiffon Dress

7. Lace Swing Camisole

8. Floral Pajama Top Bottom

If you plan to shop the Kate Moss for Topshop collection in store, customers who spend $150 will get a Topshop tote. The first 50 totes are filled with Topshop Lip Paint and a copy of April’s British Vogue. Here’s the StyleCarrot Instagram of the tote and mag. The Lip Paint’s headed out to my new intern, Liza Howard, who assembled this post.

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Jonathan Adler Opens in Chestnut Hill

I drove out to Chestnut Hill (for the second time that day) to attend the opening party of Jonathan Adler at The Street Chestnut Hill. I’d met Jonathan (who was charming) at the Newbury store opening. This time I wanted to meet his publicist extraordinaire Ryan Dziadul, who always right on top of my requests. (You may have read about Ryan Dziadul in the New Yorker last year.)

Unlike the Newbury Street opening, which was relatively sedate, Chestnut Hill was mobbed. I caught up with tons of friends—interior designer Jill Litner Kaplan, ceramicist Jill Rosenwald, Elements of Style blogger Erin Gates and her handsome husband, Daniela Corte creative director & realtor Ricardo Rodriguez and his very cute husband Michael Kelley, Langford & Lewis home accessories curator Emily Webster, The Urban Grape proprietor Hadley Douglas, the lovelier by the minute anchorwoman Sara Underwood, Sweet Cupcakes proprietor Courtney Forester, publicist (and BFF) Wendy Pierce, style journalist Jill Radsken, and big name party planner Bryan Rafanelli. Seriously, talk about getting it done in a night.

The Jonathan Adler Chestnut Hill store is bold and beautiful, with room vignettes and shelves of Jonathan Adler gifts and goodies, including his new men’s and women’s fashion accessories. Here are some shots, if you haven’t already seen them on the StyleCarrot Instagram feed.

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Backgammon anyone?

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Bow ties with one print on the front, another on the reverse.

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Clutches and pouches.

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Totally love this eye pattern needlepoint pillow.

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Another inspirational (aspirational) room.

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Jonathan schmoozing with staff.

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Heart needlepoint and classic vases.
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Nautical themed fashion accessories.

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Rex Ray artwork.

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Detail of another Rex Ray piece.

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Armchair with rope detailing.
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Plenty of presents.

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Hey, we’re cute together!

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Design Diary: Rockledge House by Larson Shores Architects

I have many Design Diary posts for you—looks at homes I’ve written about for Boston print publications, but have yet to feature. This home, designed by Carrie Shores of Larson Shores Architects is an eco-friendly project we featured (on the cover) of the Boston Globe Magazine in December 2009.  The article, called  “Living A Vision” was photographed by James R. Salomon.

I flew up to Rockland, Maine to see the house, interview homeowner Rhonda Nordstrom, and isit her spa, which I blogged about here: Beauty Break: Rheal Day Spa. But before you click over, scroll through to see Rhonda Nordstrom’s green home in coastal Maine.

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Photo by James R. Salomon

The two-story house, which replaced a small cottage that had no heat or running water in winter, is 1,400-square-feet, and sited on two-tenths of an acre with a very New England view. They didn’t cut down any trees, but had to do a lot of excavation and grading. The house is sited so passersby can enjoy the view of the harbor.

The exterior is shingled, to blend with the Maine vernacular, though the trim is painted black. The arrangement of windows and the overhang of the back porch lend a modern feel. They left the metal chimney pipe exposed, to echo the sensibility of the working waterfront.

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Photo by James R. Salomon

Eco-friendly finishes are mixed with a contemporary and Scandinavian aesthetic. (Rhonda’s husband’s parents are from Sweden.) The kitchen cabinetry is Ikea, which fit the look and budget.

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Photo by James R. Salomon

There’s no basement, just a concrete slab. Instead of covering over it, Shores incorporated it into the design. The first floor is stained, polished concrete, with radiant heat. The countertop is Corian. Beyond the eating area, sliders open into the grassy yard, which leads to the water.

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Take a close look—under the artwork, there’s a niche for the dog crate.
Table and chairs from Ikea.

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Photo by James R. Salomon

The raised fireplace is easy to access. Rhonda insisted on window seats.

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Photo by James R. Salomon

The stairs and second floor are done in bamboo, also with radiant heat.

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Photo by James R. Salomon

Built-ins make the most of the space. Rhonda got a window seat here too.

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A fan keeps the air moving. Notice the cathedral ceilings.

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Photo by James R. Salomon

The bathroom floor is lined with ipe leftover from the deck.
The tiles are recycled glass mosaics.

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Photo by James R. Salomon

The bedroom opens onto the back porch.
You can see the boats out the window.

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The railing is industrial steel and wire.

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Photo by James R. Salomon

The harbor, which you can see from every room in the house,
is one of the largest lobster shipping ports in the country.

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Sneak Peek: BHLDN Bridal Boutique

Anthropologie’s bridal concept BHLDN (pronounced “beholden”) opens today as a permanent store-in-store, BHLDN at Anthropologie, Chestnut Hill. (It’s in the shopping plaza across Route 9 from the Chestnut Hill Mall. The center is very nondescript from the front, with little signage leading you in through a narrow turn, but once you get in, you’ll see the new Wegmans and Soul Cycle too. And, if you’ve abandoned Lululemon, there’s also an Athleta, right next to Anthropologie.)

I drove over yesterday to meet Director of Marketing & Communications, Callie Canfield Worthington, (thank you Ashley Fossile for setting it up), who gave me a preview of the new space.  The company is on a tear, opening BHLDN shop-in-shops in NYC, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and other cities; 10 in all. The price points are excellent and in addition to bridal gowns (none of them Disney poufy), there are bridesmaid dresses, and even a couple that would work for the mother-of-the-bride. In addition, there is crystal jewelry, exquisite rhinestone belts (major trend), and  (subtly) princess-worthy hairpieces.

The fabrications of the dresses are lovely, with  satisfyingly tactile pleats, sequins, petals, tulle, and crystals.  There are a range of styles, all within the Anthropologie aesthetic. They’re sourced from various labels (with most of the styles being exclusive to Anthropologie), including Badgley Mischka, Theia Bridal, Catherine Deane, Rachel Gilbert, Sue Wong, and more. My favorite is the Snowflake gown by Amanda Garrett.

Of course, I snapped plenty of Instagrams. Here are some closeup highlights of the vintage-inspired wedding dresses at BHLDN.

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Designer Spotlight: Laura Jean Floral & Design

Last Saturday night I met Laura Jean of Laura Jean Floral and Design, who did the flowers for a dinner series I attended. I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of her before—she is seriously talented, and sweet too. She and jewelry designer Nicole Rueda-Watts, who I met years ago  (check out Nicole’s old loft here) is Laura Jean’s business partner in the shop Observatory in the Observatory Hill neighborhood of Cambridge (next to Nicole’s mom’s furniture shop, Reside). I still need to make a field trip there. In the meantime, if you need a floral designer in the Boston area, for a dinner party, wedding, or any other special event, I highly recommend contacting Laura Jean. (And if you hire her, send me some photos to post!)

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the lovely Laura Jean

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Design Diary: Jr. League Show House Boston

The 35th  Jr. League of Boston Show House in the Potter Estate in Newton took place in November 2012. I was able to round up a bunch of gorgeous photos and sketches. Many of the rooms were done by designers I’ve often collaborated with on stories for local publications. Each room is more beautiful than the next.

BATH  RETREAT

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Design by Ana Donohue

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Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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GUEST BATH

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Design by Janet Marena, JTM Interiors

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Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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THE BATHING ROOM

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Design by Stephanie Rossi, Spazio Rosso

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Photographs by Greg Premru

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LADY’S ROOM 

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Design by Elizabeth Benedict

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Photographs by Michael J. Lee

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MASTER BEDROOM SUITE

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Design by Kristen Rivoli

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Photographs by Greg Premru

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KID’S ROOM

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Design by Andra Birkerts

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GIRL’S BEDROOM

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Design by Mally Skok

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Photographs by Eric Roth

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THE FOYER

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Design by Dianne Ramponi Interiors +  Susan Welsh Design

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Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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GUEST ROOM

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Design by Hilary Bovey, Bovey Steers Design Group
Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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POTTER’S ROOM

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Design by Marilyn Macleod, Lee Design
Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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LIBRARY

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Design by Theo & Isabella
Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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CONSERVATORY

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Design by Gerald Pomeroy
Photograph by Michael J. Lee

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According to Wicked Local here are some details from two other Boston designer friends from whom I didn’t have the chance to get photos:

Paula and Kate McCusker of Theodore & Company converted the home’s former chapel into a blue and cream formal but relaxed living. They removed the old altar to expose a bay window for extra light. Artwork included a graphic black and white work by Picasso.

Kate Maloney Albiani designed an adorable nursery with tiny painted fairies on striped lavender walls. Details include double glass pulls on the built-ins, a poem made from old-fashioned reading cards, and a closet filled with tiny clothing.

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The Potter Estate, Newton, Mass.

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Target Restocks Missoni in Watertown

A week after the fact, Target Watertown restocked some Missoni x Target items. Walking into the store, I spotted swimwear front and center. Round back in housewares, I snapped up four media storage bins in ocean colors. There were also some black & white floral square plates, and less than appealing plastic cups, plus a box or two of stationary.

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