I’ve been so busy finishing up the book that I feel I’ve not had a second to just take time to explore what’s happening in the city these days. I think next weekend I’ll spend a day wandering downtown and seeing what’s up. What reminded me of this was the discovery of two new South End boutiques, Evolve Residential and Farm & Fable and one new bridal boutique on Beacon Hill, Ceremony.
Evolve’s retail shop is drop dead gorgeous and I cannot wait to pop in and see it soon- the grey walls and trim make me swoon pretty hard.
Farm & Fable is a vintage cookbook and kitchenwares shop with such a great look, no? Plus, check out the space they’ll be using for cooking classes! How fun!
Ceremony in Beacon Hill looks like the best place to spend a day trying on gorgeous gowns, no? And now there will be someone carrying my favorite bridal designer, Lela Rose, in our fair city! (Where were these guys 8 years ago when I was getting married?)
If you know me at all, in “real life” or via this blog and my many social media accounts, you know I am obsessed with my dogs. And not just in a “aren’t my dogs great” kinda way, but in a “we bought our house mainly so our dogs would have a yard and be happier” kinda way. Baxter, the black pure bred Havanese, happens to be very smart, handsome and insane and Oliver, a Petfinder rescue and apparently a Havanese/ Bichon mix, is the sweetest, most chill guy on the planet. I love them so much it scares me, because I know this isn’t forever. I’ve never experienced losing a dog as my parent’s first dog, Tucker the Schnoodle, is 13 and still kickin’ (although deaf, half blind and quite lumpy now.) I would have 10 dogs if I could, I’d rescue every sweet little soul in a shelter if humanely possible. I donate to animal causes as often as I can for this reason (another one of my favorites is The Gentle Barn). My heart just overflows for these furry little ones.
Soooo….. Baxter and Oliver got on board. Andrew refuses to walk them in their AMAZING fair aisle sweaters, but I AM IN LOVE. The shawl collars? The little leather button? The fact that they have leash holes in them (why do so few dog clothing companies do this?!) Just looks at my handsome boys (squeeeeeeeee!)
(Ignore Baxter’s pleading stare here. He loves his snuggly sweater. I had chicken chips in my hand that he wanted somethin’ fierce.)
Here’s an adorable behind the scenes video of the project (if you like cute puppies this is for you!!!)
And here are my favorite items that are part of the campaign (and give 10% to the ASPCA):
Another incredible project is a little closer to home and is the product of a collaboration between photographer Li Ward and rescue advocate and entrepreneur Brittany Bang- the book Rescue Pets of Boston. I have blogged about Li’s work before and I think this book is such a magnificent touchstone for those who love animals AND the city of Boston. I was going to save this for my holiday gift guide, but I couldn’t wait. So pick one up for a dog lover in your life and enjoy the animals, the scenes of our great city (and bits of some interiors too!) In addition, the proceeds from the sale of this book go to supporting a bevy of amazing animal rescue organizations. WIN WIN.
Some interior page sneak peeks!
I always say, the best accessory a home can have is a dog. They make life so much more fun. So please consider supporting your local shelter or by purchasing something from either of these projects as a gift this holiday season!
The sun is out and birds are chirping, and somehow that seems both viciously wrong and softly inspiring at the same time. I find myself unable to pull myself away from the news, I was up late into the night watching the same images circulate over and over. I know that life must goes on, but to me, it still doesn’t feel right to go back to normal posts today. My heart just wouldn’t be in it, and I don’t feel like faking it- not only for myself, but for you too. We are friends. Friends who chat everyday (I guess that makes me quite the blabbermouth pal), and the fact that so many of you reached out to me from all parts of the world in concern on Monday really did warm my heart. It’s amazing that complete strangers felt worried about someone they never have even met.
In Boston the outpouring of love and support is amazing. A friend posted on Facebook that when he went into one of my favorite coffee shops in the South End he was told someone had paid for everyone’s coffee yesterday. Isn’t that just lovely? It’s just one example of the acts of kindness spreading through the city in the wake of this horrible act. It made me think, as I was wide away at 2 a.m., that what this evil, cowardly person did had the OPPOSITE effect they were after.
It did not destroy us, it made us stronger.
It did not breed hate, it birthed MORE love.
We did not run away, we ran towards.
We were not shattered, we were united.
People are not evil, they are good.
It’s very easy to feel helpless right now, and I want to use this small platform of mine to do something but am not sure what. So for now I’ll just share the information for the One Fund Boston, set up by our governor and mayor to assist victims with medical expenses and other needs. And if you were there at the race, PLEASE send any pictures you have of the area near the blast to the FBI 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324)
I know that there are scads of people looking for whoever did this today. And while they cower and hide, I hope they realize that they failed miserably. And I hope that when they catch them, and they will, their destination is Suffolk County Jail. Because Boston takes care of it’s own.
Stephen Colbert knows this…. and put it perfectly.
** UPDATE: The Rue La La offices are a block from my studio and I couldn’t be prouder of their response to this. Including these awesome shirts with proceeds going to the Emergency Medical Fund at Mass General. I bought one for me and one for Andrew. If you love Boston as much as we do, buy one for yourself too.
I moved to this city a decade ago and I have refused to leave. Not for warmer shores, cheaper real estate or more bustling metropolises. I love this town, and anyone who knows me knows this to be true. It has always quenched my thirst for the city life, the coastal breeze and a quiet safety in it’s smaller size I found enchanting instead of boring. I always said it was the perfect mix. And then all of the sudden yesterday- the unthinkable.
We were attacked. During one of most celebrated holidays special to our little New England state. Senselessly, violently and without warning. Bombs on our sidewalks. I can’t believe it still as I type this. BOMBS ON OUR SIDEWALKS. The kind of attack I have feared since 9/11. People (including a child) killed and others maimed and fighting for their lives. Never mind the thousands of people who have made completing this marathon a life goal, something they worked so hard for for so long- stopped in their tracks; turned away and made to run the other direction, for their lives. It makes no sense to me, I feel violated on such a deep level. This just doesn’t happen in Boston.
Uneasiness pervades our lives today. Sadness grasps our hearts. I am unsure what to do. I have no idea what to say.
It makes my faith in humanity waiver. It does, I don’t deny that. But mark my words, the darkness will not win. IT WILL NOT. There are so many more good people then evil, proven yesterday by the wonderful examples of those running into the carnage to help. Those offering up rides, jackets, food and their homes to those displaced. We Bostonians will overcome this, and we will find who did it.
We spend a lot of time looking at magazines and what designer are doing right this very minute for inspiration, when sometimes it’s just as fantastic to look back in history for ideas. Case in point, the home of America’s first male decorator Henry Davis Sleeper (also called “Beauport”) in my neck of the woods- Gloucester, MA. One of my favorite decorators, Steven Gambrel, has said it’s the most inspiration house he’s ever seen. Currently it operates as a museum and it’s a total joke that I’ve never been there! As soon as it re-opens in the springtime I will be there!
You can spot some “current” trends in these rooms- like the black walls with gilt frames.
The aqua and emerald green combination is crisp and fun (and unexpected for this time period!)
Scenic wallpaper! I installed one in a bedroom recently that looks a lot like this!
The guy loved wallpapering ceilings- just like I do! :)
(and p.s. how about that great green wall color on all the paneling?)
Even the cook’s kitchen is on trend with grey cabinets and a black and white floor! (Love that sink)
This round library room is AMAZING.
This killer collection of violet glass bottles could be recreated with some quality time on eBay.
This. window. slays. me. I could sit there all day looking out.
What a crappy site, right? :) Sleeper experimented with lots of different styles of architecture too which makes the exterior a bit of a mish mash.