Flip-flopping gets a bum rap (see: every presidential race in history).
But Cary Hewitt makes a beautiful case for two-faced living. The North End artist fashions brightly colored reversible rugs that let you change your decorating mind with impunity.
The former art teacher sources regional wool (both pure and hand-dyed) before sketching her designs, drawing inspiration from Rothko and Van Gogh.
Over two days, Hewitt mats and compresses the wool fibers to create a durable, water-resistant felt, tweaking her vision as she goes. The result: a thick, soft mat with a tidy graphic pattern on one side and more abstract results on the other.
Such innovative workmanship doesn’t come cheap ($450-$1,100), but then again, these accoutrements represent twice-as-savvy investment pieces.
They’ve got our vote.
Available at Room 68, 68 South Street, Jamaica Plain (617-942-7425 or room68online.com).
Photo: Courtesy of Cary Hewitt