Five Designer Collections You Should Know About

I think most interior designers have a wish to launch their own designer collections. Many big name designers have collections through traditional industry brands including fabrics, lighting, furniture and more. The key here is that in order to gain the backing of a major brand, one needs a big name and, these days, usually a … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: A Visual History of Sitcom Sofas

HomeAdvisor recently put together this compendium of Sitcom Sofas (and chairs) that I thought would be fun to share, as part of my long-standing Silver Screen Surroundings movie and television set design series. If you click here you can see a bigger version of this. I’ll admit that I haven’t seen many of these shows, … Read more

The Do’s and Don’ts of dining banquettes & settees

Duralee Mina settee dining banaquette and settee

When this issue of House Beautiful landed in my mailbox and I was struck with how pretty and minimalist the cover was. I also noted the dining settee behind the round table and just love the elegant shape which draws the eye up along the ceiling line of the room. I just love a good dining banquette … Read more

It’s a Furniture Petting Zoo!

Linda Merrill A carved antique french sofa with guilded wood, biedermeier chair

I’ve always been enamored of the use of themes in design. I was recently doing some research on 1st Dibs and kept coming across these fantastical furnishings that use animal motifs as integrated parts of the design (not just painted or engraved on a piece). Some are whimsical, some are more traditional, but all are … Read more

Jean-Louis Deniot’s new collection for Baker Furniture

One of my favorite designers is Jean-Louis Deniot, a French interior designer and architect.His work always induces a swoon anytime I run across it in magazines or Pinterest. Check out his website for some serious inspiration!  So, I was very excited when I learned that he has a new partnership with Baker Furniture and the … Read more

Thos. Moser Furniture Rocks!

The Boston Showroom of Thos. Moser, handcrafted furniture from Maine, will hold its inaugural Rock-a-Thon June 14-16 to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital.  The event kicks off with a reception from 5:30-9 pm Friday, June 14 featuring a silent auction and woodworking demonstration and continues throughout the weekend in their Showroom at 19 Arlington St. Beginning … Read more

The unofficial start of summer!

Did you have a great weekend? The weather here in New England was spectacular! Memorial Day is often referred to as the “unofficial start” of summer. Here are a few summery items to kick start the season! Tuffets and beach umbrellas from The Tuffet Company. A little lounging and beaching it up with Hable Constructions’ … Read more

DRAWING TODAY!! May Giveaway! A handmade serving board from 60Nobscot Home

TODAY IS YOUR LAST DAY TO ENTER!!  I’m thrilled to be able to offer as a giveaway this beautiful handmade latter that would be great as a cheese tray, sushi platter or for any other food presentation. This unique, minimalist serving board is made from re-purposed remnants of domestic New England hardwoods. Ray and I … Read more

Tiny Chairs – How cute are these!

Miniature Chairs Set Dimitra & Bill of Up To You in Toronto sent word of these cute – and tiny – reproductions that they are carrying. There ar four different designer sets (9 chairs in each set,). Designers represented include: Eames, Mackintosh, Mies van der Rohe, Prouve, etc. Each set of nine chairs is $95 … Read more

Kathryn Ireland and Steve McKenzie for Grange Furniture

I’ve always loved Grange Furniture, so was interested to learn about their new North American upholstery collection featuring designs by “Million Dollar Decorator” Kathryn M. Ireland and Steve McKenzie.   Kathryn’s collection -Tapisserie – features pieces with classic lines and comfortable appeal. I particularly like the English arm sectional (hmm, maybe for my dream home?) … Read more

Events: AD2021, Boston

I attended AD2021: Art and Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries last night at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End. What a fantastic show! I spent most of the evening at the front desk greeting members of the Downtown Women’s Club, as we were invited to attend … Read more