saturday SALE


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saturdays are often lonely in the summer while our clients are at the shore, on the water, in the mountains…or  somewhere else fabulous – so for those of you who will ‘be around tomorrow’ (saturday, july 16th) – head over to Artefact for some delightful pricing.

if the weather allows (no rain, not too much wind) we will have tables set up outside –

50% off select pillows, ceramics, textiles, objets…and whatever else maureen decides to ‘put out’ for the day

20% off all planters – pennoyer newman, campo de fiori, carved stone and palm wood (includes special orders placed on pennoyer newman through 8/15/16)

if you get too warm shopping ‘the outside tables’ – come in, enjoy some air conditioning and check out our most wonderful linen scarf collection 20% off and see ‘what’s new’



new at the shop


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if you haven’t been by in a while…we have some very cool things to show you!

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stunning iron grate tables – above made from cast iron balustrade…kissing tables below from a large grate at a (now defunct) detroit bank vault

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stools – black iron with wool-linen cushions made from our lovely designer mariska

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blues…sophisticated, sexy, silky blues

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pretty as a peacock pillow – only 2 made!

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hand made in egypt…newly made to look old (if you watch the VELVET show on netflix) you have seen the originals in mateo’s lovely home – 3 stunning sizes

egyptian lights

beautiful ‘aged terra cotta’ planters from campo de fiori…shown with begonia ‘autumn ember’ – in the light the leaves on this plant ring rich and coppery

2016-07-15 18.03.49new style + tone japanese paper | wall art – newly made in a traditional japanese method – this new design is a rich graphite – stunning on whites, greys…or ???  we love it with greens + wood

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we are still doing summer plantings for our clients…a fun one in belmont – brilliant!

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one of a kind – we say “you can have a party on this board” – lovely serving board, artisan made in mexico (shown here with cura licor glasses, blown glass decanter and ae ceramics serving pieces in mint + tortoise)

ae + nate on wood

wandering wednesday


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the thing about having just one day per week “free for wandering” is that we’ve learned to ‘pack a lot in’ – last week we visited one of our favorite haunts – newport ri – a place we have spent a great deal of time in the past – racing in regattas – relaxing – and always, a ride on the rum runner.

started the day with a coffee (the coffee grinder on bowen’s wharf is a great spot – and very newport-y) and a nice ride to fort adams, around ocean drive and down bellevue back to town.

fort adams – home of sail newport, sail to prevail and the museum of yachting.  looks like a junior regatta, a nice day on the water….and our first sighting – INDRA, a fine speed machine from marblehead prepping for the newport to bermuda race.


hammersmith farm…you know Jackie O’s place….before she was a Kennedy or an O.

gates + glimpses

lots of renovations on the mansions – we have been to lovely soirees + rockin’ bashes at several of the mansions – and toured others – so given our limited time – we opted out of a mansion tour – maybe during the holidays?

lunch at bowen’s 22  wine bar + grille and then onto the rum runner for a harbor tour….and a bit of a splash – if you haven’t ‘ridin’ the rum runner’ then you have not had a true newport experience – great tour, awesome history, cool + breezy….and quite speedy when it’s ‘kicked up a notch or two’


a few favorite spots on the tour where we have enjoyed some good times – the ida lewis yacht club + the new york yacht club at harbor court.


back on land – a little bit of shopping!  may we recommend:

the laura jean denim shop, farmaesthetics, marc allen (for the men) …our favorite cheese + wine shop is no more…but the shop that took its place has these cool seats.

quick stop to check the grass at the tennis hall of fame – billie jean king rocks!

“a room with a view” – love it!  the bar at the top of the vanderbilt grace has a cool selection of bubbly including really delicious sparkling roses – uber dry!

ww-talullah-on-thames-newport-artefacthomedinner at talullah’s on thames – quirky, fun + interesting menu + food (something we find to be a rarity in newport – despite all its grandeur…great dining spots can be a challenge – especially ones that take reservations).

may we recommend:

the attwater hotel (interiors by rachel reider interiors)

the vanderbilt grace  – great location, a bit of glam – the wonderful jonathan cartwright restaurant muse and the rooftop bar  (especially rose mondays!)

the rum runner 

the cliff walk

brenton point state park – best kite flying spot ever

talullah’s – quirky decor, fun menu beautifully prepared

scales – one of my favorite spots (downstairs only – upstairs is too hot! – so unfortunately, no reservations…)

bowen’s 22 wine bar – sit outside along the dock, good drinks – great spot to watch the town happenings

laura jean denim shop on bellevue

the mansions – some of our favorites: Chateau-sur-mer, Marble House (don’t miss the Tea House!), Rosecliff, The Breakers, The Elms…immerse yourself in ‘the gilded age’

an hour or two on the lawn at Castle Hill – adirondack chairs, great drinks + the perfect place to see every yacht coming + going

great drinks, casual atmosphere, lots of yachtsmen + women – cafe zelda

thinking about checking out jamestown – great idea – take the jamestown ferry – nice ride + nice destination!

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i think i must get this book – she is wearing that lipstick with great authority!





terra cotta – plain + simple


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it’s amazing how terra cotta pots accumulate over the years.  right now at artefact home|garden we are (almost) giving away our collection of small to medium terra cotta pots that have seemed to ‘procreate’ on the shelves…some have the vintage white look, others show a bit of character (imperfection) but all are ‘plantable’.  the smalls are just right for ‘starters’ – especially for seeds, or small pieces of broken succulents or alpine plants.

now available:

these are all either 50 cents, 2 dollars or 8 dollars!  as is!

looking for something a bit larger or detailed?  our latest shipment from campo de fiori is GLORIOUS – handsome double rimmed italian planters, cool dimitri cubes + rectangles and lots of the campo classics!


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designed in sheffield, ma – hand made in mexico – truly handsome pieces – from small to extra large the shapes, textures + styles of campo de fiori shine!

visit us tomorrow, sunday june 26th to get your 50 cent pot or your 326 dollar pot – or something ‘just right’ that’s somewhere in between.


wandering wednesday


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ww-19-060816we had a slightly delayed start to the day but we made the most of the hours we had…after a stop at barismo in east arlington (latte for the road) we hit the open road – off to tiverton, ri to ‘check it out’.

lunch at the boat house – outside, sunny, waterview – no birds, no bees, no flies – 70 degrees – just the perfect time of year for dining al fresco.  a brisk warm breeze, Wesport Rivers RJR Brut Cuvee 2006, caesar salads + lobster fritters….it was almost like we were “ladies who lunch”.

a quick drive brought us to tiverton four corners (i wish i had done some more investigatory work before the day as we passed through adamsville – it seems like it may have been an interesting spot to poke around – there are also great walking paths + beaches to explore….next time).

the four corners has ‘lots of good stuff’ – especially the general store PROVENDER.

Provender has a full glass case of old-school home made delights, lots of interesting “boutique” sauces, condiments + mixers – and yes, great coffee.  We purchased this delightful, and previously unknown syrup – a total hit on Thursday evening with kraken rum, a splash of club soda and ice – “shaken not stirred” – definitely going back for more!

we wandered around the four corners – and made some fun purchases – one of the shops carries a good selection of the ever elusive cp shades…some fun summer purchases

we visited the shop of jeweler tiffany peay (who is also showing in newport this summer) – we were intrigued by the crystal water wands

it seems that there are crystal solutions for whatever ails you…i probably should have purchased the one that helps with memory (short term) because i then forgot to do something i have never ever ever done….i forgot to visit the cheese shop!  next trip milk and honey will be a priority stop.


a quick summer downpour had us temporarily sitting in the car…staring out at the verdant landscape…green green green.  the drive on main street through little compton (with a few ‘sneak peaks’ down a lane or two) – grapes, corn, christmas tree farms….and one beautiful property after another.  we snaked our way down to horseneck beach (being north shore girls we admit – we have never been) but after a look, even in the grey, cold weather – we think we will be back (maybe in the fall).

our last stop was perennial favorite the back eddy.  we enjoyed the local bubbly from Westport  along with some delightful cloumage from shy brothers farm.  if you don’t know about shy brothers farm – you should!  owned + run by 2 sets of shy fraternal twins, Arthur, Norman, Kevin + Karl they produce wonderful cheeses.  the hannahbells are an artefact favorite – especially the ones with shallot.  the cloumage is creamy + tangy and tastes of the salt air at the farm in westport point.

to end the day we shared the local scallops + headed back home….thinking ‘next time i will visit milk + honey, check out marisol’s ‘chippi’ – “a super charged and super sexy iced coffee” and i will probably visit the back eddy on a sunny day – stand out on the pier, and enjoy some ice cold bubbly + oysters and stare out at those crazy eddies’.



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the little compton garden tour is saturday, june 18th.  make a day of it !


celebrating “THE DUKE”

the-duke-john-wayne-american-iconwe are celebrating John Wayne’s birthday – born in 1907 as Marion Morrison, the Duke would be 109 years old today.  a box office superstar + american cinema icon – the DUKE really rocked!

have you seen the DUKE by Verellen…already iconic, an every day of the year superstar.


duke sofa – cotton – cool


the duke – slipcovered with skip stitch detail


rest your guns on this 2 arm duke chaise!

no man is an island…that’s why we need barstools


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kitchen islands + the need for barstools!

we recently learned from a friend that realtors are none too keen on kitchens without an island….apparently no matter how beautiful a kitchen is, the market demands an island (or ‘breakfast bar’)

here are some beautiful barstools + counterstools from verellen – something for every island!  worried about spills? – these are available in vinyl – (super soft sophisticated vinyl), leather, indoor-outdoor fabric and COM.

melvin barstool verellen

verellen’s melvin barstool in a luxurious vinyl

melvin double barstool verellen

friends? the double barstool is a great seat for chatting the time away

had something more classic in mind?

charlotte counter stool verellen

charlotte counter stools…like goldilocks once said….”this barstool is just right”

thibaut double barstool, no arms, verellen


365 days of verellen – ‘the tax man cometh’!


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gregory sectional – sumptuous, substantial, sustainable – simply sensational!

hard work, big returns…..a large luxury for your leisure time is well deserved!  meet GREGORY

extreme comfort, cool style, highly customizable

gregory modular sectional sofa verellen ottoman

gregory sectional sofa with 4 components

gregory sectional sofa verellen modular 1

gregory sectional sofa from verellen – the scale is amazing – the permutations endless

spring things…an update

new @ the shop

gentle spring colors rule!  stunning linen + summer weight cashmere scarves have arrived – get your wrap on today!


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due this month : campo de fiori terra cotta planters, jade green glazed vessels, xl fancy bowls, another round of bird + floral linen pillows from australia (this time including a collection of orange with a ‘smattering’ of red)


sunday afternoon at augusta national….not merely great golf but glorious greens + brilliant azaleas – what a course!  we start the day with 2 of the youngest players in the lead position….and a 58 year old (awesome) in 3rd.

not only are we obsessed with this annual event …we are enamoured with verellen’s new velvet offering: OBSESSION

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