IFDA New England Designer’s Showcase 2012 Winners

As I posted yesterday, IFDA New England just announced the winner’s of this year’s Designer Showcase & Recognition Awards and my bachelor pad project was selected as the winner in the Living Spaces category. This is a semi-annual design competition where submissions are adjudicated via a blind judging process overseen by Design New England magazine … Read more

My Award Winning Design!

Above, L-R: Donna Vanegas, Rob Henry, Kathie Chrisicos, Linda Merrill, Michael Kim, Jacqueline Becker and Gail Ravgiala I’m thrilled and honored to share that last evening, I won the IFDA New England Designer 2012 Showcase Award for Best Living Space! My award winning design was a crisp and clean penthouse condo that overlooked the Charles River on Beacon … Read more

Tile of Spain: Designs With Designs

By ::Surroundings:: Guest Blogger Lori Dolnick According to Tile expert, Ryan Fasan the tile industry – especially the Tile of Spain manufacturers – are in a renaissance period. Spanish technology is driving innovation from every facet. For instance, ink jet printing is providing limitless opportunity for design customization and to reinvent organic themes such as wood … Read more

Seen at Ellis Boston Antiques Show – this weekend!

I always love attending the Ellis Boston Antiques show, going on this weekend, and this year feels like the best yet. There are 40 dealers and galleries participating in this year’s show. The furniture, art and jewelry (oh, the jewelry!) were inspiring. I didn’t take photos of jewelry – too heart breaking to have to … Read more

Happy Chic at Lee Jofa

Jonathan Adler’s brand of “happy chic” which embodies a bright and optimistic lifestyle, is now a beautiful new collection at Lee Lofa. While perhaps a bit “colorful” for my New England design style aesthetic, it’s clear there are hints of more traditional design within the zippy colors and patterns. For instance, I love the slipper … Read more

No- Carve Pumpkin Decorating

As autumn sets in, the nights are cooler and days are shorter, and pumpkins are waiting in the pumpkin patch. Our fall tradition of decorating our homes with the autumnal colors of orange, yellow and brown is in full swing. Pumpkin carving is a time-honored tradition, but it’s time consuming, takes a certain bit of … Read more

Book Shelf: Henrietta Spencer-Churchill’s “The Life of the House”

The Life of the House by Henrietta Spencer-Churchill (published 2012 by Rizzoli) is sub-titled “How Rooms Evolve” and showcases gorgeous historic homes in both the UK and US. As a descendent of both the Churchill’s and the Vanderbilt’s, Lady Henrietta has been in a unique position to have experienced some of the most famous homes … Read more

Must see: Jr. League of Boston Designer Showhouse

I was happy to have the chance yesterday to visit the Junior League of Boston Designer Show House during press hours. This is the 35th showhouse since 1971 and the first in the last few years. I’d seen the house during the designer’s preview, aka “The Before”, and the “After” is really fantastic. Over 30 … Read more

Meet the Artist: Jill Flynne

I was at a friend’s house the other day and she’d just bought a lovely shower curtain from local watercolor artist Jill Flynne and I thought I should share her work. I met Jill several year’s ago when we were both members of the South Shore Women’s Business Network. Her work enjoys great local popularity … Read more