absolutely VERELLEN

verellen

designing + creating objects of desire since 2000

happy 15th birthday

the verellen story started in antwerp – an old world city famous for modern design – “a centuries old city…the spiritual capital of just about everything that makes life more beautiful” (well said, Elle Decor).  tom + sabine verellen took the best of the place – its vaunted style, its confident, natural blending of the old + the new (think rubens + van dyck; dries van noten + axel vervoodt), its reverance for the planet earth – and emigrated their concept, their “edgy yet sophisticated belgian style” + their family to high point, north carolina…..read more http://artefacthome.com/verellen/

 

 

celebrating spring – new at the shop

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clematis + moss with birch twigs in aged terra cotta french urn (check out the Belmont Foundation for Education - Bid for Good - this urn is 'up for bid')

clematis + moss with birch twigs in aged terra cotta french urn (check out the Belmont Foundation for Education – Bid for Good – this urn is ‘up for bid’)

 it seems that new things…and replenishments are arriving everyday!

though the wintery weather persists we are celebrating spring with bright greens (ferns + frittilaria), arranging cut flowers in what will soon be an outdoor planter laden with succulents (why not enjoy now as a beautiful island or table centerpiece?)

hyacinth - both the color + scent are pure spring - cut + arranged in a small modern bowl with mood moss + ferns...check out the wall hall urn in the background

hyacinth – both the color + scent are pure spring – cut + arranged in a small modern bowl with mood moss + ferns…check out the wall hall urn in the background

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PILLOWS!  we are delighted to offer these wonderful pillows in 100% cotton + blends – made right here in MASSACHUSETTS! (that includes the fabric)…lumbar + square, cool zippers – especially fond of the sophisticated stripes + porcelaine cotton.

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love the heavier cotton lumbar pillow in porcelaine mixed with the cockatoo on linen….hoping to have more ‘birds in house’ by april!

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luxury linen throws...or try a cotton weave throws in natural....feeling ready for summer on deck

luxury linen throws…or try a cotton weave throws in natural….feeling ready for summer on deck

BACK IN STOCK – the all natural woven hemp pouf is an artefact classic piece – firm enough for a small tray, perfect for extra seating – and just right to ‘rest your feet on’

just in time for 'the season' - perfect for a beach or mountain house

just in time for ‘the season’ – perfect for a beach or mountain house

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japanese ranunculus...how cool are these...just 5 in vase

japanese ranunculus…how cool are these…just 5 in vase

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cut flower arrangements….your vase or ours -

bowl - need we say more?

bowl – need we say more? – glaze + shape are stunning

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100% linen tea towels (make fantastic oversized dinner napkins)

100% linen tea towels (make fantastic oversized dinner napkins)

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heritage techniques - modern edge - czech blown glass pendants...each piece is unique

heritage techniques – modern edge – czech blown glass pendants…each piece is unique

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casual luxury...cotton throws in ivory + navyblack and a bit of white; hefty weave...gorgeous on a linen sofa, the back of an adirondack chair...perfect for chilly spring + summer evenings

casual luxury…cotton throws in ivory + navyblack and a bit of white; hefty weave…gorgeous on a linen sofa, the back of an adirondack chair…perfect for chilly spring + summer evenings

perfect for indoors now....on the porch or deck later this summer...hose off, will not fade...vibrant!

perfect for indoors now….on the porch or deck later this summer…hose off, will not fade…vibrant!

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fancy bowls are back...platinum rings

fancy bowls are back…platinum rings

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stunning pitcher from alison evans – i picture bloody marys…to go with some oysters…linen tea towels walnut bench

also in this week – turkish towels in bath + hand sizes, linen runners in a favorite client weave, mobiles, wonderful light weight linen throws

little luxuries

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LUXURIES – FOR YOU + YOUR FRIENDS

stunning pashmina scarves  - soft + sumptuous - treat yourself or a friend

stunning pashmina scarves – soft + sumptuous – treat yourself or a friend

italian leather - american design + craftsmanship - can it get any better?  beautiful bags made in chelsea mass by sophia troung

italian leather – american design + craftsmanship – can it get any better? beautiful bags made in chelsea mass by sophia troung

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bronze - once a jewelry maker, michele now designs and casts in bronze - special pieces for someone who appreciates the art

bronze – once a jewelry maker, michele now designs and casts in bronze – special pieces for someone who appreciates the art

baby alpaca with a bit of cotton - delicately soft yet substantial - made in maine

baby alpaca with a bit of cotton – delicately soft yet substantial – made in maine

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under the influence, “the asian influence”

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“under the influence, the asian influence”

there’s something intoxicating about our newest items from japan, indonesia + china

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essence of life bowls - japanese style + craftsmanship - wonderful feel - great shapes $22 to $48 nice to pair with a special ramen recipe

essence of life bowls – japanese style + craftsmanship – wonderful feel – great shapes

sake - vodka - wine - what's your pleasure?  great shapes - mix it up - made in japan $ 12 each. set of 4 makes a fun gift

sake – vodka – wine – what’s your pleasure? great shapes – mix it up – made in japan

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originally from japan yuko uchida makes fine porcelain bisque small plates + bowls in the usa – linen + burlap

pomme knives - french styling - japanese craftsmanship 24 carat gold-plated stainless steel - handcrafted - each piece has a unique brushed texture + serrated edge petty knife, bread knife, cheese knife

pomme knives – french styling – japanese craftsmanship
24 carat gold-plated stainless steel – handcrafted – each piece has a unique brushed texture + serrated edge
petty knife, bread knife, cheese knife

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100% cotton guest towels – woven + looped, soft, sophisticated – wonderful gift

wood rice bowls - in natural or black - the only descriptive we have come up with is PERFECT

wood rice bowls – in natural or black – the only descriptive we have come up with is PERFECT

 

china

when chinese artist Bo Jia came to the usa he was crushed by what the term “made in china” meant.  he returned to china and purchased the kilns in Jingdezhen where the imperial china was once made.  celebrating the traditions of chinese porcelain and paying homage to past lifestyle’s master potters create these beautiful, simple pieces based on Bo’s designs – the result are these new wares imbued with the luster of eternity

cold mountain bowls + mugs - matte on the outside, smooth glaze on the interior - casual yet elegant shapes -

cold mountain bowls + mugs – matte on the outside, smooth glaze on the interior

footed bowl - cold mountain collection -$24

footed bowl – cold mountain collection

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the hermit bowls + cups in charcoal $ 18 - $ 22

the hermit bowls + cups in charcoal

Blue Henan Vase

 

blue vessel from henan province

indonesia

from carved limestone vessels to teak root bowls – birds nest lights – mango wood bowls – floor mirrors – a unique selection of items from indonesia

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we love to cook, we love to entertain -

we launched into fall with a golden menu + a ‘hearty mix’ of plates, bowls + servers from the shop: roasted chicken with balsalmic onion jam, sauteed swiss chard and smoked eggplant risotto

sunday's table - warm, simple fare - mixed serving warm in charcoal, cream, brass, bronze + gold

sunday’s table – warm, simple fare – mixed serving warm in charcoal, cream, brass, bronze + gold

northwoods gourmet girl balsalmic onion jam added just the right amount of richness to the thyme + butter basted chicken…and brought back memories of our most recent trip to Five Islands Farm in Georgetown Maine

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IMG_7280surely not quite as delicious as anything from Hugo’s in Portland Maine (afterall we are just home chefs….) – but doesn’t the stone plate from Alison Evan’s Hugo Line look spectacular with the orange + green?

green + red of the chard - silky sautee in metallic glazed stoneware bowl

green + red of the chard – silky sautee in metallic glazed stoneware bowl

brass servers, natural linen napkins, stunning leaf runner in black on natural

brass servers, natural linen napkins, stunning leaf runner in black on natural

eggplant + lemon risotto in a charcoal bowl from alison evans

eggplant + lemon risotto in a charcoal bowl from alison evans

the star of the evening – the smoked eggplant risotto – recipe from yotam ottolenghi’s plenty – our new favorite

 

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mabel swivel chair in a sage velvet

mabel swivel chair in a sage velvet

SWIVEL CHAIRS are great for media + reading rooms – Verellen has a range of swivel styles – all them them chic and comfortable

stunning artisan crafted table - our newest piece is in black walnut, sultry misty finish and black iron 'trestle' legs - custom size for grand family gatherings or sleek desk or library table

stunning artisan crafted table – our newest piece is in black walnut, sultry misty finish and black iron ‘trestle’ legs – custom size for grand family gatherings or sleek desk or library table

porcelain bisque cup - sake, tea or vase - wonderful matte exterior with glazed interior

porcelain bisque cup – sake, tea or vase – wonderful matte exterior with glazed interior

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30" pouf from verellen in washable cotton-linen blend - this is the amazing color CROCUS - dramatic with charcoal, edgy with flax + natural  also on the floor - 30" pouf in a medium brindles hide and a buttery charcoal leather

30″ pouf from verellen in washable cotton-linen blend – this is the amazing color CROCUS – dramatic with charcoal, edgy with flax + natural
also on the floor – 30″ pouf in a medium brindles hide and a buttery charcoal leather

due soon: blown glass pendant lights, tabletop from all of our favorite artisans (it’s the harvest season – time to entertain), stone vessels from indonesdia, personal accessories and gifts

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mid summer – hot new items

great GRATE tables – reclaimed grills, balustrades + grates with artisan made iron bases

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LION PLANTER, matte black in situ Riveted Rectangle 052414 Florentine Squares 5 @ Artefact 080514the plush, uber sophisticated yet ultimately approachable marie louise ottoman from verellen – quadrant detailing, 100% cotton full frised textile

custom sizes available- dramatic – as glorious in cotton as it is in hide

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we are segueing into a ‘the grey area’ – loving the addition of more grey in the mix with natural, flax, ebony and the bronzy and copper metallics

new style from Verellen - The Seymour in casual linen with a raw walnut finish....mmmm....

new style from Verellen – The Seymour in casual linen with a raw walnut finish….mmmm….

Decanters on cement + reclaimed elm table

blown glass decanters on charcoal cement + reclaimed elm table

dahlia pillow - organic hemp + cotton - graphically lovely

dahlia pillow – organic hemp + cotton – graphically lovely

wire balls....need we say more

wire balls….need we say more

one can never have enough succulents (or green)....we love the light frosty green + chartreusey green combination with 'the greys'

one can never have enough succulents (or green)….we love the light frosty green + chartreusey green combination with ‘the greys’

 

a little orange, a lot of gray - embrace it

a little orange, a lot of gray – embrace it

 

henan cream vases

henan cream vases

they are back...amazing clay bisque wall hangings by wellesley's own elizabeth cohen

they are back…amazing clay bisque wall hangings by wellesley’s own elizabeth cohen