Sneak Peek: Living Room Project

I’m very excited. For the last year, I’ve been working on a very fun project in Boston – a late 1800’s Victorian town house. The photo below is the living room as it was on Day 1. The building had been apartments for a long time before being condo-ized by a developer. Layers of paint … Read more

Wüd Furniture Sample Sale

Wüd Furniture in Brooklyn is holding its annual sample sale this coming weekend.Saturday 9/29 and Sunday 9/30 – 11:00-6:00. 10/1-10/5 – by appointment.They open this annual event with cocktails on Friday the 28th, 7-9PM Sample sales are great opportunities to get one of a kind pieces and well priced floor samples. I wish I could … Read more

Tuf(ting) it out

It feels like everywhere I look, I’m seeing a lot of tufted furniture – from the traditional sofas, to upholstered headboards (another big current trend) to Brocade Home products to bathroom stall doors. It’s such a traditional look and can span the gamut from opulent and sexy to tailored and (literally) buttoned up. Maybe that’s … Read more

Pierre Frey: The Fench Invasion

On Wednesday, I’ll be attending a talk “French Style, Global Influence” by Patrick Frey, of Pierre Frey, the famed French décor company, at the Boston Design Center. Sponsored by the French Embassy Trade Commission, this event is open to the public. Here’s some more information:Visit La Créativité site here. I’m hoping to have a tete-a-tete … Read more

Sponsor Love: Littman Brothers Lighting

My very first sponsor – Littman Brothers Lighting – has renewed their sponsorship for the next six months. I can’t thank them enough for their continued support of ::Surroundings:: and I encourage you to check out their site. Below are some examples the variety of their products.

The Peacock Room: Seeing is Believing

The Peacock Room by James McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903). 1876–1877.Freer Gallery of ArtF1904.61 The ‘”other” Linda Merrill (aka art historian and former curator of the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian; aka the really smart Linda Merrill) wrote an excellent piece in yesterdays Wall Street Journal about the amazingly beautiful Peaocock Room that is part of … Read more

Architectural Digest Emmy Green Room

The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards broadcast is Sunday night,September 16th.Architectural Digest has selected AD 100 designerTimothy Corrigan to create the signature ArchitecturalDigest Greenroom. This tremendously successful partnership,now in its sixth year, launched the concept of a high-designbackstage haven for celebrity talent, befitting one of thebiggest nights in Hollywood. The room is built from scratch,transforming an … Read more

Kravet Fabrics goes Green

Kravet has launched a new website dedicated to its environmentally friendly line of fabrics made from all natural sustainable yarns or recycled materials.While there is a lot of work to do in this area, and we all need a lot of education on exactly what makes for the most environmentally friendly products, it’s nice to … Read more

Where have I seen that?

I saw these beautiful Tommi Parzinger Club Chairs, circa 1950s, at Todd Merrill Antiques, via 1st Dibs, and thought they looked very familiar. And I remembered the Aiden Chair at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. I used a pair of these chairs, upholstered in a lush brown velvet, in a clients’ living room recently and … Read more