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.
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!
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:
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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I have long frequented Hudson, my most favorite home shop in Boston, not only for myself and my clients. Jill Goldberg, the shop’s owner and interior designer, has THE most impeccable taste. Her store installations, changed seasonally, are always so perfectly spot on I end up leaving a visit to the shop with lots of ideas and desires for my own space. So when they asked to become an EOS sponsor I was super thrilled, a more natural fit than this I cannot think of! Here are some shot of the store’s spring look…
And here are some of my current favorites in the shop (you can shop online as well, but if and when you are in Boston’s South End you NEED to go!)
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I also saw these new pillows on their Instagram and LOOOOOOOVE them. The gold zipper detail is perfection, no?
As many of you know, I am a recovered anorexic and have tried to use my successful recovery to help others struggling with the devastating disease. On April 6th I will be speaking (and walking) at the second annual National Eating Disorder Awareness Walk in Newton, MA. If you are free please register here and come join me in supporting this great cause.
When I quickly perused the new House Beautiful I stopped when I saw one particular spread. I looked closer and found out that the home I was admiring was not only in Boston’s Beacon Hill but the designer was too! Nina Farmer’s own home is a really interesting mix of modern, traditional and personal. And when I went on her site to peruse her portfolio I found many, many more examples of her amazing work!
Parts of the HB spread (isn’t this first image arresting?)
Ahh, the amazing interior architecture of historic Boston brownstones- such an fabulous canvas on which to work! How I crave high ceilings like this!
I ADORE ADORE this office space in her kitchen- particularly that rug and those coral peonies! Oh my!
I mean…this kitchen. With those windows. And that stove? Can you even?
BAM- yup, that’s a skylight with a vintage sputnik light fixture hanging from it.
A closer look. My my my.
Her dramatic and moody bedroom swathed in grasscloth with a Room & Board four poster bed.
See more of her portfolio after the jump!
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Yep, the craze that’s probably consumed your New York City and California friends is making it’s way to Beantown- actually, my neck of the woods, in Chestnut Hill Square come March! And they have asked me to host an opening weekend class to give a bunch of you the chance to try it out for free! We’ll be riding Saturday March 8th at 9:30 a.m. so if you want to come and watch me pant (and perhaps pass out) on a bike, leave a comment below (please input your email address where it asks) and the first 30 of you to post will join me for a FREE Soul Cycle class!
Here’s a little spin class outfit and beauty board inspired by SoulCycle:
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