This and That from the mailbox

New England Home, the leading design and architecture publication serving all of New England, today announced plans for the Second Annual New England Design Hall of Fame Awards and Gala.

“The New England Design Hall of Fame honors individuals whose careers have made a significant impact-a lifetime impact-on design in New England,” explains David O’Hara, publisher of New England Home. “Building off an extremely successful first year, we are pleased to plan for our second awards ceremony and gala. We received immense positive feedback from inductees and attendees, who all attested to the fact that an event uniting the entire design community was long overdue. It is an honor to host such an event.”

Inductees into the New England Design Hall of Fame are selected by an advisory committee comprised of representatives from the Boston Design Center, Boston Architectural College, the magazine’s editorial staff and other members of the design community. Individual nominations are invited from the design community via a dedicated Web site,, through August 1. Inductees will be announced at a special ceremony at the Boston Design Center during Design Boston on Tuesday, September 23. I attended last years gala and it was fantastic!


The Rug Company, known world-wide for its hand crafted, high design rugs and tapestries, has joined RugMark to ensure children go to school instead of work. The Rug Company is now a licensee of the US based RugMark, an independent inspection and monitoring program that confirms rugs are manufactured without the use of child labor and provides educational opportunities for children in India and Nepal. Great work, Rug Company!!


The Sky Factory has created some very cool wall and ceiling mounted “windows” which go a long way to bring the outside in. Check out their website for images in both commercial and residential applications. You have to wonder tho – how much work is getting done in this space?


Affordable Housing Associates makes available 20 residential units in its newly opened Madison @ 14th Apartments for some of the more than 600 Bay Area teenagers discharged each year from foster care upon turning 18 years old. Affordable Housing Associate’s latest housing achievement provides shelter and support services for emancipated foster care youth who are suddenly without housing, a source of income, adult encouragement or community support.

Through a groundbreaking partnership with First Place For Youth, Madison @ 14th provides support programming to transitioning foster care youth that includes employment and education counseling, physical and mental health workshops, economic literacy classes, transition groups, self-sufficiency skills development, and community building events. The colorful and lively exterior design expresses the building’s mixture of uses (retail, community, parking and residential spaces) while taking advantage of abundant natural light and views in and out. Great project for kids who really need a break!


AvaLiving – a social networking site for all things interior design – has launched a webinar series which started this week with a webinar entitled “Grow your business without growing pains”. Click here to check it out and for future updates.

xoxo Linda

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