A Virtual First Nite for New Years!

Are you going to an outdoor First Nite celebration? We have an exceptional one here in Boston which is a lot of fun. But, I think tomorrow, I’m going to spend the evening with friends, eating Chinese and watching Mamma Mia. Here’s a little virtual First Nite celebration that I hope you’ll enjoy. Wishing you … Read more

Titian’s pale and fleshy beauties on the market

Diana and Actaeon (1556 – 1559) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) Diana and Callisto (1556 – 1559) by Titian (Tiziano Vecellio) Based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, these paintings are part of a group of six that Titian produced for Philip II of Spain between 1556 and 1559. Revered for their dramatic energy and Titian’s striking palette, they … Read more

A Christmas Gift to you

Here’s a little Christmas slide show I put together – mostly of photos I’ve shot over the last couple of years of images that felt festive or meaningful to the season. Some are images I’ve shown on the blog and I’ve credited elsewhere. The accompanying music is a flute piece I played in a First … Read more

Christmas Chez Moi

Welcome to Christmas at my house! I was slow to get decorated this year and am very late to Julia’s Hooked on Houses Holiday House Tour, but at last, just in the nick of time, I finally decked my halls. We had a big storm in here New England this weekend (so, lot’s of time … Read more

Dining By Design Boston, 2008

I’ve finally had time to post all the rest of my Dining By Design pics. There were a lot and it was hard to choose only one or two per display. Dining By Design is a national event which raises funds for AIDS related charities. The Community Research Initiative of New England is the local … Read more

Tour the Paris Fleas

Contributed by Susan Schultz When I first began traveling to Paris I was urged by both friends and the guidebooks to visit the famous French flea market, the Puces Saint-Ouen with its huge variety, multiple markets and permanent halls. My first visit to Saint-Ouen was just about learning to navigate the sometimes intimidating route from … Read more

Another victim of the economic downturn

I was at a designer event recently and chatting with some colleagues when the conversation, as it invariably does these days, turned to the economy and “what little business there is”. One of my friends – a sophisticated and successful professional – told us that he had just had a client postpone a project because … Read more

Color is Everything

Contributed by Lori Dolnick Color is everything. From high-end sinks to contract wallcoverings – the trend spotters work hard to stay on top. I’m just getting back from Germany where I visited the Blanco SILGRANIT factory. Blanco is an 85-year old family-owned company that makes some of the world’s finest and most innovative sink and … Read more

Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg

What better way to get inspiration for a natural, homespun kind of Christmas than a quick trip to Colonial Williamsburg. With no Target or Christmas Tree Shops to head off to, how did our forebearers celebrate the season? By heading towards the woods and garden, of course! (OK, historically speaking, they often did not actually … Read more

Festival of Wreaths

I wrote last week about the Festival of Wreaths designer showhouse sponsored by Van Millwork in Needham, MA. I ended up going to the black tie Gala finale party on Saturday and took some of my own pics of all the very beautiful rooms and thought I’d share them. Some pretty great decorating inspiration – … Read more

Christmas Inspirations via Avolli

My friend, and fellow IFDA member, Tricia Mitchell of Avolli Scandinavian Antique Furnishings has put together a nice little grouping of American and Swedish inspired Christmas decorating ideas and I wanted to share them with you all: Swedish style American style Thanks Tricia! You can visit Tricia’s website here.

Festival of Wreaths at Van Millwork

Van Millwork Showroom in Needham is the setting for the third annual Festival of Wreaths Holiday Showhouse – which benefits the Room to Dream Foundation.The mission of the Room to Dream Foundation is to create healing environments in hospitals, communities, and homes for children and adolescents who are facing chronic illnesses. As they recuperate and … Read more

Holiday Designer Sale in Brooklyn

Wishing I was in New York! Participating designers:www.hableconstruction.com, www.areaware.com, www.oeufnyc.com, www.deadlysquire.com,www.judyrosstextiles.com, www.mastbrotherschocolate.com, www.berin-design.com, www.byboe.com, www.sesameletterpress.com, www.eyespybaby.com, www.stewartandstand.com, www.pip-squeakchapeau.com, www.jansdotter.com, www.tracywatts.com, www.whimsyandspice.com, www.amhdesignonline.com, www.perchdesign.net Things you’ll find:pillows, stationery, fragrances, jewelry, ceramics, chocolates, baby clothing, apparel, trays, bird houses, wallets,coasters, totes, stuffed animals, vases, books, cardamom marshmallows, and piggy banks, + MORE. directions:F or R TRAIN9th Street … Read more

IMM Cologne 2009 Trend Report

Contributed by Susan Schultz In September 2008, IMM Cologne unveiled its 2009 trend forecast. Developed by a team of five international design notables in conjunction with support from IMM Cologne staffers, the four trends for 2009 address some familiar design themes—recycling, vintage, technology, green, etc.—but mix them up in some surprising ways. Following are some … Read more