Historic homes, charming shops and a tragedy barely escaped in historic Newburyport

Sorry I’ve been so short on posts these last couple of weeks. I’ve been dealing with non-stop problems at my condo, including a broken water main and a resulting sink hole, an oil tank that needs to be moved and now an electrical problem. Every day, a new joy. So, I thought it was a … Read more

What’s Cooking in Contemporary Design: Hot Products from the 2010 Kitchen & Bath Show

Contributed by Lori Dolnick Contemporary style was well represented at this year’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago. Beyond each manufacturer’s desire to cover their bases between traditional, transitional and contemporary lines – I am seeing strong offerings in the modern arena. One theory… while our worlds are hectic and complex outside the … Read more

The Skirted Roundtable: The State of Shelter magazines and Congrats to Michael Boodro – new eic of Elle Decor

Join Megan, Joni and I as we chat about all the changes in the shelter magazines. Margaret Russell from Elle Decor to Architectural Digest; Stephen Drucker from House Beautiful to Town and Country; and Dara Caponigro from Domino to Veranda. And their replacements? Big shoes to fill. Have a listen to what we think is … Read more

Bloggers Behind the Lens, V2

Last month, I started a new feature called “Bloggers Behind the Lens” to highlight some of the amazing photography coming from the blogs. And so, I hope you enjoy this month’s installment! Gina Garner of Art and Alphalfa not only creates the most beautiful ceramic works, she takes beautiful photos as well! Vicki Archer from … Read more

Disney gets sued for a chair

Various news outlets are reporting that an LA furniture maker named Arman Mkrtchyan is suing Disney for its use of a chair he claims to have designed in the 2010 movie “Alice in Wonderland”.  Mkrtchyan is seeking a $50,000 “Decoration fee” for use of the chair without his permission. There is a set of playing … Read more

Road Trippin’: The New Hampshire Seacoast

Last week I was invited to a luncheon Jewett Farms Cabinetmakers, at a their showroom in Newburyport, MA.  Newburyport is on the north shore of Massachusetts, just south of New Hampshire, about 90 minutes (without traffic) from where I live on the South Shore.  Normally, I wouldn’t bother driving that far to visit a showroom, … Read more

Welcome New Sponsor: Donna Elle Seaside Living

I wanted to take a moment to welcome a new sponsor of ::Surroundings::. Donna Elle Seaside Living is based, fittingly, on Nantucket. Surrounded as she is with such natural beauty, its not wonder that Donna, an interior designer, was inspired to create a collection of beautiful textiles, pillows rugs and more. Life’s a Breeze™ began … Read more