beachy cottage ambience
If you're a fan of the breezy, cottage feel of Coastal Living magazine, you may want to check out a new line from Stanley Furniture, inspired by the CL look.
The line, available locally at Matter Brothers stores, offers items for every room of the house, organized into three palettes: "Sea Glass" with pale blues and greens, "Pastel," with pale yellows and pinks (perfect if you're going for the South Beach look) and "Americana," with the reds, medium blues and whites of a New England seaside town. Shown here is a dining room set that is classically styled but given a playful cottage twist by pairing a white table with pale blue chairs and, in the background, a soft green sideboard.
Many pieces are designed to serve multiple purposes, offer generous storage and are available in smaller-scale options, ideal for condos and small houses. We like the fact that you can get pieces with a handcrafted look that also have hidden power strips, sliding panels and cutouts for electronics.
The art of the swap
Here's a last-minute gift for your favorite artistic child, one that will show off her creativity somewhere other than the already-cluttered fridge door. The My Art Place Hanging Art Gallery lets you slide five masterpieces into the prefitted openings (one 11 x 14, four 8 x 10). Swapping out pieces is fast and easy. Constructed of sturdy paperboard and acetate, appropriate for ages 3 and up. The whole thing measures 44 by 22 1/2 inches when open. It's a budget-sparing $12.98 at www.hearthsong.com, where you'll find lots of gift ideas to encourage young artists.
Charlotte Sutton, Arts and Homes editor