Sponsor Love: Welcome, Terrys Fabrics!

I want to welcome new ::Surroundings:: sponsor Terrys Fabric in the UK to my little corner of blogland. Among their many offerings, Terrys Fabrics carrys a wide range of window coverings including shades, wooden blinds, and venetian blinds.A window treatment can effectively be used to improve proportions and balance in a room. It is sometimes … Read more

Travel Tuesday: The Milestone, London

On a hot tip from my pal Ms. Place, I present the spectacular Milestone Hotel in London. Swoon! The Milestone. 1, Kensington Court. Two gracious 19th century townhouses. Photo © The Milestone Hotel and Apartments, London. The Milestone Hotel and Apartments are situated at 1, Kensington Court, just opposite the park and palace where Lady … Read more

Fine Art in Interiors

I attended an interesting lecture today given by Susan Lanoue of Lanoue Fine Art and Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group on the use of fine art in interiors. The luncheon/lecture was for interior designers and how we can best work with our clients. I’ve previously blogged about Lanoue Fine Art. It was so nice … Read more

Words of Wisdom

My bfffff (that’s a lot of forevers!) Beth MacLeod is a mezzo soprano and all around pretty remarkable person. She lost her husband last fall (you may remember my blog post and subsequent blog dedicated to her husband and my friend Med) and yet always keeps her eye on the future. She was just profiled … Read more

New England Design Hall of Fame

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2nd annual New England Design Hall of Fame, sponsored by my friends at New England Home Magazine. The deadline to submit your nomination is August 1st! ps – and no, this isn’t a ploy to be nominated!

Top Design: A new gig!

I’m very excited to share that I am going to be joining the Blogging Top Design team covering all things on Season 2 of BravoTV’s Top Design. I’ll be working with The Scarlett, Laura K and Tbone, who also bring us the wildly successful fan blogs Blogging Project Runway and Blogging Shear Genius. I’ll still … Read more

Sarah Jessica Parker on BravoTV

I just read the following interesting tidbit on The Hollywood Reporter.com Sarah Jessica Parker’s art competition reality show has found a home at Bravo. The network has picked up “American Artist,” from Parker’s Pretty Matches production company and wunderkin producers Magical Elves, as part of its development slate. Bravo is expected to announce the deal … Read more

Ball in the House

I went to a fantastic outdoor concert this evening! Boston based a cappella band Ball in the House really rocked the South Shore Conservatory’s outdoor amphitheater. As a member of the board of overseers of the Conservatory, I attend a lot of performances, and this one was one of the most fun I’ve attended. The … Read more

Top Design – Season 2 Cast revealed

Today, BravoTV FINALLY announced that the premier of Top Design Season 2 is scheduled for September 3rd. They also revealed the thirteen contestants – which is interesting since they also revealed the Project Runway contestants this week – and that show premiered tonight! Back are judges Jonathan Adler, Margaret Russell and Kelly Wearstler. Todd Oldham … Read more

Madeline Weinrib Ikats

Madeline Weinrib fabrics – Black Mu (upper left), Luce Blue, (upper right), Daphne Blue (lower left) and Rasberry Mu (lower right) I was pricing out these Madeline Weinrib Ikat fabrics today for a client. When I grouped the images together, I was thinking how well they complimented each other. Handmade in Uzbekistan on traditional 14″ … Read more

Color Boards

I was looking for something in my big storage closet (always a scary thing!) when I came across this stash of color boards I’d made up a couple of years ago for a talk I was giving on the use of color in interiors. I’d put them away and totally forgot all about them!! But … Read more