The Last One!

This week holds my last book tour stop, I can not believe it! It went by SO fast, and I’ll be recapping my Chicago trip tomorrow and the whole experience soon (Andrew will also chime in with his take on this surreal experience). But for my “victory lap” party I can think of no better place than my favorite home store here in Boston, Hudson, in the South End.   They just switched the store displays over for fall (and always do such an amazing job) so I sent my assistants Lindsey and Allison to take some pictures of all the new goodies while I was traveling!  More info on the party after the jump….
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A Different Kind of CSA

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There is nothing that helps give life and color to a space then flowers.  Really, look at any interior spread and cover the flowers or greenery with your hand and see how the magic just drains out of the photos. So I love anything and everything floral related.  My project manager Lindsey alerted me to this awesome local company, Fivefork Farms, that offers a genius concept of a sustainable flower CSA.  What a lovely treat to yourself to receive a weekly bouquet or bucket of beautiful flowers (if you prefer doing your own arrangements), and BONUS,  you are supporting a small farm! LOVE. IT. Take a peek at this idyllic, wonderful farm and it’s flowers.  Check here for options and pick up locations and sign up for next spring!

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A Visit to the Matouk Factory

Last week I made a pilgrimage down to the Matouk factory in Fall River, MA. Until a couple of years ago I didn’t know that this luxury bedding company was actually based out of Massachusetts!  I have clients who have always sworn by the factory store down there for bedding and towels at a discount but had never been myself.  So I decided to change that and went down for a little tour of the store, the factory and see the plans for their expansion!

The factory store is small (for now) but CHOCK FULL of awesome finds.

Lulu DK for Matouk bedding…
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Boston Finally Has A Room & Board!

I was beyond excited to hear that Room & Board was finally opening a Boston store! I have long sourced items from them for clients but never had a place to go see the stuff in person. I got a private tour of the MASSIVE six-story Mass Ave store a couple weeks ago and thought I’d share some snaps:

The exterior fits in perfectly with the neighborhood. I love the way they re-designed this old brick building!
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We walked right into THIS navy velvet beauty!

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The space is designed so it feels like you are walking through twenty of your very stylish friends homes, complete with fireplaces.

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A dose of neutrals (this Galbraith & Paul drum shade pendant was to die for).

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A Visit To Skinner Auction House

Thinking of something to blog about every day is really hard.  And on top of a full time job it’s even harder. So I made a little goal weeks ago to do more posts about interesting places, venues and companies in Boston over the summer. I have a little more free time and really want to add some more unique content to the blog via behind the scenes tours, site visits and the like. So last week I made a date to go find out more about Boston’s famed Skinner Auction House in Back Bay. I’ve long known about it, but like you may be, assumed it was only for the fabulously wealthy in search of their next “little Monet”. But I had heard from a couple “regular folks”, that they too get some great stuff there- from furniture to art and even wine! Well, color me surprised, because I had no clue there were items in all price ranges! In an effort to become more informed I went in and learned more about the auction world… and got to try on some seriously awesome jewelry in the process.
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First of all, the Skinner catalogs that come before an auction are like coffee table books- amazing quality, fetching covers and a total guilty pleasure to peruse. I’ve been getting them for months and LOVE when they arrive!

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The team at Skinner travels the country (and world) looking at the estates and property of people all over (and also sometimes hold open call days in various cities where you can bring your things to be evaluated).  You can also reach out to them if you have an object of note you want appraised for auction. It sounds like one of the coolest jobs ever, especially when it comes to the jewelry department.  Here’s a tray of goodies that were up for auction last week:

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There is an auction preview where you can see the items in person (you can go even if you don’t plan on bidding!)  And then the day of the auction you arrive, register and get a paddle and it all happens like it does in the movies.  You raise it when you want to bid and then check out at the end with your credit card.  There IS a 23% bidders fee added on to final price of each item, so be sure to remember that and calculate it in when making your bids!

I fell HARD for these two lots- this gorgeous tassel necklace and pair of pendant charms. Love love love.

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