Famous Palaces depicted at Neiman Marcus’ “Home for the Holidays” showrooms

Three of my favorite Boston designers were tapped to create holiday spaces based on famous castles for Neiman Marcus’ “Home for the Holidays” event which kicks off their holiday season. Feels a little early, but that’s the way of things these days! The event is done in conjunction with the Over My Shoulder Foundation which … Read more

Target House at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – a happy place during a stressful time

Some time in the 1930’s or so, a young American performer of Lebonese/Syrian descent was struggling and appealed for divine intervention. He made what was likely this common Catholic prayer to St. Jude Thaddeus: “Most holy apostle, Saint Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron … Read more

Tricia’s Smile: Remembering Tricia LeVangie

Last summer, I wrote about my friend Tricia who had been diagnosed with metastatic bone cancer. The Boston area design community was coming together for a “fun” raiser to help Tricia and her husband with the loss of income and expenses incurred when dealing with such a devastating diagnosis. Unfortunately, I couldn’t attend the event, … Read more

Lessons and Carols

Thinking of the little children and the heroes among us. (apologies for the inevitable ad)   All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten~by Robert Fulgham~ Most of what I really need to know about how to live, and what to do, and how to be, I learned in Kindergarten. Wisdom was … Read more

There’s always “Room to Dream” for kids in need

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 recover, the hope is that their renovated spaces will improve their quality of life, promote strength, imagination, self-worth, and aid in their recovery processes. … Read more

Why my Kitchen is my favorite space and lessons learned from my Dad

I lived with this kitchen for nine years. I look back and wonder what I was thinking. Really, I wasn’t. I was switching careers, building a business, dealing with aging parents, and basically trying to have a life. So, my kitchen kind of languished. And I was embarrassed about it. Decorator’s are expected to live … Read more

Gratitude: The Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

Flanders Poppy tile – Verdant Tile Company Courtesy of Bee MacGuire Obtained From TheMcCrae Museum of The Guelph Museum  tweetmeme_url = ‘http://yoururl.com’; tweetmeme_service = ‘bit.ly’; My Boy Jack ~ Rudyard Kipling “Have you news of my boy Jack?” Not this tide. “When d’you think that he’ll come back?” Not with this wind blowing, and this … Read more

In Gratitude: Mary Travers

For a voice that was deep and clear, a message that was always uplifting and a lifelong partnership that carried the first two on the simple chords strummed on a couple of guitars.  Subscribe to ::Surroundings:: tweetmeme_url = ‘http://yoururl.com’; tweetmeme_service = ‘bit.ly’;

Veteran’s Day: Gary Sinise Foundation – R.I.S.E. – Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment

One of my favorite celebrities is Gary Sinise. I’ve long had a crush on him (love me a cute red head!) but beyond that, he’s dedicate his life to helping our active military service members, veterans and most especially those who have sacrificed so much so the rest of us can go about our daily … Read more