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mid-April / May 2011


Since we released the first issue of New England Finery back in mid-February, both Linda and I have been extra busy with creative projects. While Linda has been tending to design clients and fine tuning the store, New England Fine Living, I have been collecting features for this second issue and taking care of my own design business (check out our design blogs for details). Even with all our creative juggling, we are just as excited to present this spring issue of New England Finery as we were to launch the first.

Yvonne Blacker co-founder/creative director of New England Finery

Now that spring has returned to New England, there is a distinct feeling of renewal and possibility in the air. With that in mind, this issue focuses on the environment around us and ways to sustain its beauty through design. Whether shopping vintage, building green, growing gardens or requesting eco-friendly furnishings and products, there is an increasing awareness of how easy – and satisfying – it is to incorporate green practices into our everyday routines. And with all this talk about the rebirth of spring, renewal and reinvention, we are including a bit of inspiration with an article written by life coach, Ginny Williams (p. 78). If we can have such great results repurposing the objects around us, we can surely benefit from changing things up in our personal lives every now and then, too.

Linda Smith owner New England Fine Living co-founder New England Finery

Just as we did in issue one, we will continue to highlight the talented individuals who are part of the New England Fine Living team, along with sharing a glimpse at the offerings in Linda’s brick and mortar store. Much like a personal shopper (with a designer’s eye) Linda has gathered a collection of must-haves and put them all under one roof. See what’s “new” starting on page 56. Finally, as our gift to you, we hope you enjoy our round-up of trend reports from recent industry shows. Those of us “in the trade” rely on these design events to assist our clients in creating the living spaces of their dreams.


Persian Fine Gabbeh at First Oriental Rugs, Danvers with arrangement by Tory Stamm Now & Then Interiors, Acton, MA

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mid-April / May 2011 TABLE OF CONTENTS


4 In this Issue: Editor’s Letter

56/57 New England Fine Living: What’s New

5 Contributors

58/59 The Write Expression at New England Fine Living

6/9 The New Botanicals: Vinette Varvaro 10/23 Boston Flower & Garden Show 24/25 Scaasi Couture: Museum of Fine Arts


26/27 The View from High Point Market 28/31 Architectural Digest Home Design Show 34/35 The Boston Gift Show 36/43 Shopping Vintage: The Velvet Fly

60/61 Vintage Appeal at New England Fine Living 62/64 On the Shelves at New England Fine Living 65/69 Style Pic by Jennifer Scala: Spring Fashions at NEFL 70/73 Photography by Corinna: NEFL Featured Talent 76/77 Featured Blogger: KariBaskets of Connecticut 78/83 New Englander in New Mexico: Ginny Williams

On our cover ... 61

45 Propagating Green: Online Eco-links 46/47 Buying Green: Circle Furniture 48/54 Building Green: Hob Knob Properties


Courtney models vintage from The Velvet Fly in Boston, Massachusetts photographed by Elizabeth Wertz

photo opposite page: Yvonne Blacker

Feature Photographers

Feature Contributors

Vinette Varvaro 6/9

Elizabeth Wertz cover, 36/43

Pamela N. Simoneau 24/25

Corinna Spinale Cole 6/9, 70/ 73

Barbara Segal 26/27

Leslie Fine 28/31 Greg Premru 48/54

Quoted in this Issue Sally Wilson & John Kelsey ... 15 Laura Thomson ... 18 Nancy Goldstein ... 21 Lorrinda Cerrutti ... 37 Nicole Nachezel ... 46 Kari Lonning ... 76

Jennifer Scala 65/69

Ginny Williams 78/83

The New Botanicals

Text, art, interiors: Vinette Varvaro Photography: Corinna Spinale Cole Opposite: Vinette at home with a vibrant wall collage of her New Botanicals Above: Original art from Vinette’s Angel Collection and Coral Rose giclée print from The New Botanicals Table setting and interior design: Vinette Vavaro, Newburyport, MA

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May is approaching and to me that means “Lilac Sunday” at the Arnold Arboretum and I am very excited. Not because I am a grower or a horticulturist or even a gardener, but because I’m an artist and I will be exhibiting my lilac prints in the Arboretum’s Hunnewell Building.

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Canna Stems

THE NEW BOTANICALS: LILACS Exhibited April 30 – June 5, 2011 Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall at The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University 125 Arbor Way, Boston, MA Wednesday, May 4, 2011 Reception with the artist 6pm – 8pm Sunday, May 8, 2011: Lilac Sunday Meet the artist in the Lecture Hall plus enjoy a day long celebration including tours of the lilacs, dance performances, picnicking and family activities. Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Artist presentation from 6:30pm – 8pm The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world’s leading centers for the study of plants. They provide and support world-class research, horticulture, and education programs that foster the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of trees. Athelinew Wilbur Lilac

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The flower has been a reoccurring inspiration throughout my decades of diversified artistic endeavor. Vivid childhood memories of my mother Merrianne’s gardens resurface again and again in my art work. In the seventies, I created large scale abstract canvases that flowed with the vibrant saturated color of the garden. In the eighties, as a fashion designer, my designs were decorated with delicate watercolor images of hand painted tulips, iris and chrysanthemum. In the nineties, I painted murals filled with fields of impressionistic flowers of all kinds. Today, the botanical prints I create are life-like recreations of the subject I have so long admired. Currently my career is in interior design. As a designer I choose furnishings, fabrics and art for my clients. I had often used traditional botanical prints in interiors because they are beautiful and because everyone loves a flower, but there were some interiors they were not appropriate for and I felt the need for something new. I decided to make it myself. Having drawn and painted flowers in one form or another my whole life, it was time for something different, more current and alive.“Alive” became the key. How could I isolate the drama of a live flower and capture its true color and spirit?

digital ink jet printer and range in size from 7 inches x 10 inches to 12 inches x 18 inches. When framed, the largest size is 18 in. x 24 in. Until April of 2010, all my flower subjects came from my own or friend’s and neighbor’s gardens. When April came I saw a notation on my calendar that read “get lilacs.” I had missed the previous season and wanted to add lilacs to my “Cottage Floral Collection.” Cleaning off my desk, with lilacs on my mind, I randomly opened a Newburyport Magazine to an article about a lilac nursery in West Newbury called Syringa Plus. What an odd name, I thought, but maybe they would like to trade some lilacs for prints? That is how my amazingly fortuitous collaboration and friendship with Evelyn King and Roger Coggeshell of Syringa Plus Lilac Nursery began. I called, and Evie invited me to come to the Nursery. I showed her and Roger my Dogwood print and they treated me to a tour of their breathtaking lilacs. A mutual admiration society was formed from the first, and our work together has flourished ever since.

Evelyn would walk me up to the field of lilacs and we would share what aspects of the plants we were after and gather them This is the part where I don’t tell accordingly. Between us, the exactly how I developed the horticulturist and the artist, we process to create my prints – it has Fish by Vinette Vavaro have created a body of work become my little trade secret. that is unique, artful and accurate. No camera is used and they are not The truth of the matter is that I am the photographs. My prints are light transfer recipient of the greater reward from my images and all my subjects are freshly cut live collaboration with Evelyn and Roger. Because flowers. I spend hours twisting and bending of their expertise and generosity, many doors stems, snapping flower heads off or adding into the horticultural world have been opened leaves here and there to achieve the perfect to me and I have met so many friendly and composition. I hate breaking them apart and knowledgeable people. Among them, Jack I do flinch each time but I have to believe the Alexander, plant propagator at the Arnold final results are worth it. The finished product is Arboretum, whose enthusiasm for my work has a digital archival print also known as a giclée resulted in my upcoming exhibition. Upon print recognized by the art world as a fine Jack’s suggestion, I was able to show my art print. The New Botanicals are printed on work to Marc Devokaitis, the organizer of art archival museum quality watercolor paper exhibitions, and consequently be invited to and are fade resistant for up to 125 years. exhibit my lilac prints during Lilac Sunday. n They are printed by me on an Epson 2880

show time Boston Flower & Garden Show

When you combine large groups of creative professionals to produce an exhibition of their best ideas the result is magical! Over the past couple of months there have been many

Seaport World Trade Center held March 16 – 20, 2011

opportunities to admire the visual presentations

Photographed by Yvonne Blacker with quotes from show attendees

design. The shows ranged from floral and

of the best and the brightest in the fields of garden design at the Boston Flower & Garden Show, to furniture design at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York, to gift ideas at the Boston Gift Show, and couture fashions taking center stage at the Scaasi exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art. North Carolina’s High Point Market recently presented new designer furniture collections, while the handmade-crowd gathered in Boston for CraftBoston. What all these events have in common is the sharing of ideas, resources and an overwhelming enthusiasm for creating. Take a stroll through this issue of New England Finery and you will discover feature stories highlighting these best of shows. Be prepared to get inspired by what is infinitely possible with a bit of imagination!

Michael C. Jardin Fine Gardens Lakeville, Massachusetts www. with Katsura Gardens, Plymouth, Massachusetts

Village Arts and Flowers Walpole, Massachusetts

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Vertical gardening by Harding Botanicals, Southborough, Massachusetts

Peter R. Sadek, Inc. Gardens of Distinction Lakeville, Massachusetts

Trend Report: WHAT GARDENING LOOKS LIKE IN 2011 1. Gardening with the intention to protect the environment and conserve resources 2. Using low maintenance, native plants 3. Growing edible ornamentals like vegetables, herbs, berries and fruits 4. Container gardens that focus on perennials and ever-blooming shrubs 5. Vertical gardening with climbing plants to utilize small spaces and create privacy 6. Succulents: easy to grow, drought tolerant plants that store water in thick, fleshy foliage 7. Indoor gardening: bringing the outdoors in with plants like orchids, palms and ferns 8. Urban farming: reinvigorating communities by sharing vegetable gardens with others 9. New urbanism: designing community green spaces with less turf and more plants to provide outdoor areas to connect with others while enjoying nature

> For more on current gardening trends, visit

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Ti Leaves and Flamingo Flower >

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Visiting the Flower Show – smelling flowers, seeing spring’s soft greens, freshly opened buds and koi ponds – was a fantastic and definitive way to declare the end of winter for the two of us. When we got home, I immediately went out in our yard to see if any of our spring flowers had poked their heads up out of the ground, and was greeted by the sight of little bright pink flowers of our hardy cyclamens! Sally and I have been fortunate enough to work on a number of projects where we first had to consider the land and the relationship of the home’s interior to the land.

Sally Wilson & John Kelsey Salem, Massachusetts

Look for Wilson Kelsey Design at the North Shore Design Show May 14 to May 22nd at the Wenham Museum, Wenham, MA

There’s an interesting sequence that occurs – the land, sitting the house on the land, the architecture of the house, and then the interior of the house – and how all these interconnected parts relate to the land. For example, there was the house overlooking Singing Beach, where the interior was all about the view. There can only be one first violin. The interior design of the house supports and enhances the view. A project we are working on right now is another good example. It is an historic Federal Period home with a south facing walled-in formal garden. Our challenge has been to design a small informal garden room addition that is compatible with the style of the home, yet does not loom over and dominate the terrace and garden – a very delicate balance. In the summer, they become as one, yet each must retain its own integrity. In the winter, the garden becomes a Japanese landscape, to be appreciated from the warmth of the Garden Room.

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The challenge: Create a butterfly using all dried plant material

Butterflies always seem to show up in my designed spaces. I guess I like how they symbolize transformation, possibility and natural beauty. Creating a butterfly out of a handful of fallen leaves is the ultimate metamorphosis. I was impressed!

Yvonne Blacker Lynnfield, Massachusetts

Look for Yvonne Blacker Interiors at the North Shore Design Show May 14 to May 22nd at the Wenham Museum, Wenham, MA

The challenge: Recreate nature Mountain Laurel and Palmetto Fan Palm by Ans Vaatstra, Sogetsu School

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I love the rustic and charming nature of hypertufa pots. Created with a simple mixture of perlite, peat and cement, they add interest, weight and dimension to any garden. I have had the pleasure of making a few myself.

Laura Thomson Lynnfield, Massachusetts

Snug Harbor Farm, Kennebunkport, Maine

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New England Land Artisan Stratham, New Hampshire

Liquid Landscape Designs Carlisle, Massachusetts

Ikebana: The Japanese Art of Flower Arranging Joanne Caccavale Sogetsu School

This arrangement is dedicated to the victims of the earthquake/ tsunami in Japan.

Spider Mum Singapore Orchid Green Bamboo Calla Lily Tree Ivy

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Jameson Landscape & Irrigation Mansfield, Massachusetts

A Blade of Grass LLC Wayland, Massachusetts

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Lighting designer for the 2011 Boston Flower & Garden Show


Nancy Goldstein Marblehead, Massachusetts

Liquid Landscape Designs Carlisle, Massachusetts


Quick growing bamboo makes a natural privacy screen. A tall textured pot adds vertical interest.


Nancy Goldstein Design, LLC is dedicated to the integration of interior and exterior space through effective lighting design. At NGD, we understand that focus is determined by illumination, and our design approach combines a sense of drama with respect for function. We offer well-considered, complete lighting solutions for maximum benefit to the client.

Blue Ribbon Award Winner: Fine Garden Art Lee, New Hampshire


It’s About Time • The more you look, the more you see. • Outside is magic. • We are all just passing through.

Statement of Intent: The containers in this exhibit have lent themselves to you for your viewing delight. They are all on a journey of transformation. Years ago, the beautiful stumps hanging on the wall were a part of sturdy pine trees, years from now they will be dark, rich, sweet humus. Some, not long ago housed an Emu chick, a lotus flower, milkweed seeds. Some kept sheep warm. Even the sturdy bones are just passing through on their way to becoming dust. We are grateful they could make an appearance at this show and we hope you enjoy them and the company they keep. n

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Text by Pamela N. Simoneau Photos provided by the Museum of Fine Arts

A Bright Spot in Boston “Scaasi: American Couturier” at the Museum of Fine Art

At the MFA ... Now through January 8, 2012 Global Patterns Dress & Textiles in Africa: Arts of Asia, Oceana and Africa Gallery April 30 – May 2 Art in Bloom will feature 50 floral arrangements throughout the Museum, inspired by masterpieces. Opening July 19th the MFA will feature an exhibition of Jewels, Gems, and Treasures in a newly created gallery specifically for the display of jewelry. >

After one of the whitest winter seasons on record, I can’t wait for April’s gray showers to regale us with May flowers. But while we wait – impatiently – for nature to repaint the landscape, we can savor the vivid colors and luxurious textures that reside in a one-room special exhibition at the MFA in Boston. From now through June 19th, the “Scaasi: American Couturier” exhibit may well serve as a panacea for sun-starved New Englanders. A site for sore eyes, Arnold Scaasi’s gowns, cocktail dresses and pantsuits glitter to life as you enter the Loring Gallery. Mere mortals may bask in the brilliant colors of Scaasi’s creations worn by the social elite for more than four decades. Set eyes upon the silks and satins and furs he artfully crafted into stunning ensembles for New York socialites and celebs au courante.

Beginning in the late 1950’s, Scaasi became known for creating couture fashions in lavish sculptural shapes, often using unusual materials such as fused metallic polyester paillettes. He was a genius with made-to-order styles designed for specific women to suit their individual figures, personalities, and social affairs. Deep in the museum, this intimate gallery is tucked away like the walk-in closet in an elaborate mansion.

In a short video presentation, listen as Scaasi himself describes his earliest made-to-order creations for 1960’s megastar Arlene Francis. According to the video, Francis was Scaasi’s first major celebrity for whom he designed various outfits for her television shows, stage performances, and myriad social engagements. Don’t miss Francis’ sweeping, full length, red satin opera coat or her polka dot, balloon bottom cocktail dress. One of my favorite Scaasi creations was prepared for Natalie Wood in 1966 for her appearance on “What’s My Line.” Wood described the dress as the world’s sexiest, with its backless drape under a filmy lace of tiny bows. It is a must see! This master designer’s infinite imagination allowed him to envision and create countless garments from hand crafted fabrics. Thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts, we waxen New Englanders may sun ourselves amid the sequins and crystals of Scaasi’s artistry. n

Spanning forty years of fashion, the stunning collection revolves around Barbra Streisand’s Academy Award attire from the 1960s and ’70s. Look up-close at the eyebrow-raising, translucent pantsuit Scaasi designed for her to wear when she accepted the best actress prize for her role in Funny Girl. By contrast, also on display is Scaasi’s sweet pink pantsuit that Streisand wore as an award presenter with what became her signature pillbox hat. finery 25


2 3 1. Selected works of Tony Duquette for Baker Furniture 2. The American Garden collection from Guild Master 3. Collecting estate jewelry is making a come back and is being credited to the legacy of Elizabeth Taylor 4. Barclay Butera Lifestyle Bedding from Eastern Accents 5. Seat belt furnishings from Phillips Collection 6. Nautical themes from Guild Master


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The View from High Point Barbara Segal, a Rhode Island designer and founder of Interior Designer Chat on Twitter, returned from HIgh Point Market week with these observations ...

Barbara Segal Noir Blanc Interiors

n The resurgence of “made in America” was a continuous theme throughout High Point Market

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n The nautical trend was strong, with lots of coral and sea reef accessories in many furniture showrooms n Mixing artisan-made modern pieces with high quality antiques is a fashionable trend in today’s luxury market n Pink was everywhere


High Point Market hosts a twice annual to the trade event that showcases the latest and greatest


in home furnishings.

Leslie Fine of Leslie Fine Interiors, Inc. in Boston is an award-winning interior designer involved in residential projects for the luxury market all over New England and beyond.











The New Traditionalists One of my favorite exhibitors was an amazing custom furniture company called The New Traditionalists. Designed in their SoHo New York studios, the pieces are crafted and produced in their Torrington, Connecticut facilities. The New Traditionalists have taken classic silhouettes and designs and use old world techniques to create contemporized, unique pieces that will last through generations. Their finishes are numerous; their selections are varied and exciting. My favorite chair is a traditional style but with a fun twist: a luxurious, soft orange leather wing back lounge chair with a coordinating leather welting. The chair is not only heavenly to sit in, but also like butter to the touch.

Eitz Hadar with Artaic

Another source with New England ties is Eitz Hadar. While craftsman Yitz Finch creates all of his custom wood pieces in a Brooklyn, New York shop, many of the pieces are adorned with mosaic tile designs that are fabricated right near the Boston Design Center at Artaic – a company that creates custom mosaic designs with a robotic manufacturing process. The result is an unusual art form – a combination of sculptural, handmade wooden pieces with machine created mosaic patterns.

Kochman Reidt & Haigh Highly respected Kochman Reidt + Haigh of Stoughton, Massachusetts had a beautiful exhibit at the show: a slice of a wonderfully crafted kitchen (as they are known for). This eating peninsula gracefully glides open to expose built-in cutlery storage. The cabinet finishes are exquisite, and the workmanship is extraordinary.


Sebastian Carpenter Design One of a kind bespoke pieces as well as a well conceived furniture line are created in a studio in Wenham, Massachusetts by Sebastian Carpenter Design. Inspired by the aesthetic of the Mid-Century Modern and Art Deco movements, Mr. Carpenter’s pieces are not only clean lined but are created with a sense of environmental responsibility by using local (or East Coast) lumber and aluminum material that has at least 50% recycled content. One of my favorite pieces at the show was a beautiful screen with cowskin inserts. Look for Sebastian Carpenter at the North Shore Design Show May 14 to May 22nd at the Wenham Museum, Wenham, MA

> click here for a related design post

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Shiplights A very “New Englandy” source at the show was Shiplights, a manufacturer of residential and commercial lighting in Marblehead, Massachusetts of nautical inspired designs. Great for use in both interior and exterior spaces, Shiplights’ pieces are available in many standard and custom finishes.

Jia Moderne Jia Moderne, a gorgeous showroom in the Boston Design Center, had a spectacular showing of their amazing SEAT for T. collection from the GREEN Tea House (Beijing) and Jin R. The acrylic glass pieces are extraordinary. My favorite piece is the Quan Red Chair, a classical Ming piece recreated with modern materials. > at the Boston Design Center


> Text and photos: Yvonne Blacker

THE BOSTON GIFT SHOW took place in March. I was on the lookout for “Made in New England” and items with sustainable materials. It wasn’t difficult to spot either. The general theme these days is to repurpose materials to create something new. The vendors that I saw at the show who I thought did this beautifully were: • MY MOTHER’S BUTTONS Crafted in Edmonds, Washington, this eye-catching line of antique horse bridle rosette jewelry was my absolute favorite item from the show (and I don’t even ride horses!) • REVY FAIR TRADE PRODUCTS From El Salvador: necklaces featuring water hyacinth strands, purses made from feed bags and even tires (visit their website to see them for yourself).

• CONTINENTAL HOME Based out of Nashua, New Hampshire, this company stood out with its colorful and highly textured lighting options. {to the trade}

• WHITE BIRCH GIFTS This company was founded in Maine in 1998 after an ice storm severely damaged a forest of birch. The toppled tops of the broken trees were then turned into a unique line of handcrafted gifts. Today, the trees are selectively pruned to promote stronger growth patterns. The removed white wood is then used to create new products. Raw wood is also available to purchase (which I often recommend to to decorate a fireplace). • BOW WOW HOME DECOR How cute are these metal boards featuring birds and puppies combined with vintage postcards? Although they come with magnets, I would hesitate to cover up these mini works of art with anything! • PROJECT HAVE HOPE A fair trade federation member based out of Malden, Massachusetts,“Project Have Hope works with a group of 100 women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda and helps them transform their lives and the lives of their families. Through the sale of their beautiful, handmade paper bead jewelry, the women can feed their families, send their children to school, and look forward to a richer future.” Their motto is: Feed a family, educate a child, empower a village!

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Lorrinda Cerrutti interviewed by Yvonne Blacker Photography: Elizabeth Wertz

< Lorrinda Cerrutti

BethAnn Hoyos >

Beth and I met when we were working a second job at Temple Bar in Cambridge. We became fast friends and most people think that we have been friends since we were kids. She is from New Jersey and I am from New York so we are both transplants to the state of Massachusetts.

Shopping vintage: The Velvet Fly Finding the perfect outfit to wear to a special event only to discover someone else at the party found it, too, is one of those classic “I wish I chose something different” moments. For women who want to make a unique fashion statement, a good (and green) choice is to shop vintage. The owners of The Velvet Fly in Boston’s North End have curated a collection of colorful vintage wardrobe choices which they sell alongside modern boutique-favorite lines, creating the ultimate“shop your mother’s/grandmother’s/ aunt’s/cool cousin’s closet” experience. Also on hand is a selection of vintage (and new) handbags, shoes, and jewelry to complete any retro-inspired look. Trying on vintage pieces is like a mash up of “remember when” and “lets play dress up.” And when you do find that one-of-a-kind garment that fits like a glove, you can walk out confidently knowing that you won’t see the same outfit on someone else – no matter where you go!

We both have a love for vintage and would shop together for vintage in and around the city of Boston. Being from NY and NJ we were both used to NYC vintage shopping and were greatly disappointed in the vintage shopping selection in Boston. That is how we decided to open a shop of our own. – Lorrinda Cerrutti, co-owner, The Velvet Fly

28 Parmenter Street Boston, Massachusetts 617.557.4359

Your boutique is decorated with a modern-meetsvintage vibe. Where do you shop for display pieces? What are some of your favorite finds? We have shopped for all of our main display pieces at flea markets and yard sales. Our favorite place to shop is at the Brimfield fair. It is one of the largest flea markets in the United States and it is literally an hour and a half away. Our favorite finds are the iron rose mirror in our dressing room and our turquoise loveseat. We like to think that these pieces found us (not the other way around!)

> The next Brimfield Antiques and Collectible Show is May 10 -15, 2011.

We love helping people find something that looks really great for them AND expresses who they are. Fashion is such an important part of self-expression. There is nothing like finding the perfect outfit that flatters you and tells people a little bit of who you are. When you look great, you feel great. Having someone walk out of the shop smiling and excited to put on what they just bought is such a great feeling!

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Why did you decide to include modern trend-setting pieces with your eclectic vintage mix? We wanted to offer modern clothing along with our vintage clothing because that is how you need to wear vintage to make it look current. While so many of our vintage garments are classics and will never go out of style on their own, they need to be updated with a belt, shoes or jacket.

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I heard you have special event nights at the Velvet Fly. Do tell! We do an event once a month at The Velvet Fly. It is a night where we offer our customers a discount on our new inventory as well as bring in a special offer. Often times we do a trunk show, have a guest speaker or a make-up artist and even offer a service like shoulder massages or hair consultation. We provide wine from our friends at The Wine Bottega on Hanover Street and bring in apps from one of the local restaurants. When we can, we offer door prizes and give-a-ways. Beth and I love it because all of our regular customers are such great people! We get them all together for one night and make connections with one another. Many of our customers have become friends through shopping at our store.

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On Julie: hot pink vintage shift dress from the early 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by Malihini (a Hawaiian designer collection) $120. On Courtney: orange sweater dress by Angie $84. On Nicole: pink and black floral sweater dress by Angie $54.

The North End is such a contrast of old world charm and present-day convenience. What is it like to be a modern shop keeper working in an area with such rich cultural traditions? Beth and I chose the North End because it is such a great mix of the old and the new. It is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city and it still functions that way, like a neighborhood. All the people here actually look out for you and your business. When we opened our shop nearly four years ago, they welcomed us like long lost family. We see the same people every day and we love it. Recycled rice bag totes by Malia designs ... $24 each Above right: Lace trimmed slip “dresses” bring to mind the look Madonna made famous in the ’80s and are big this season. We recommend wearing them layered – one on top of another – but some are so pretty they can be worn alone with the proper undergarments.

What are some of your favorite local spots to grab lunch, coffee or dinner? We love to grab our lunch at Volle Nolle. They make the BEST gourmet sandwiches and the brownies and cookies are a total addiction. My favorite is a Lobster Tail at Mike’s Pastry, and for old world charm grab an espresso at Caffe dello Sport. Can’t forget a red velvet cupcake at Lulu’s on Salem Street – that would just be a sin. n


Did you know that New England is at the top of the list when it comes to being green? Vermont earned the #1 spot while New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine are ranked in the top ten.

green expo 365 the virtual home of the green building community webinars â&#x20AC;˘ virtual exhibitors online discussions


GreenHouse with Wendy Koch A place to learn and share ideas about greening your home

The Concord Green Healthy Home Blog

elegantly green wedding showcase

designed by Lisa Kauffman Tharp Concord, Massachusetts

Sunday, May 15, 2011 Renaissance Waterfront Hotel Boston, MA 1pm to 5pm

good with style blog by Emily Anderson Natt Author of Eco Chic Home, Eco Chic Weddings, and When Changing a Lightbulb Just Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Enough

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“The use of soy-based BiOH ® polyols offer consumers environmentally responsible product choices. BiOH ® ingredients are contained in many of the foam based furniture and mattress products sold every day. This means you get quality products that meet your needs while leaving a smaller environmental footprint.” – NICOLE NACHAZEL, CARGILL BIOBASED POLYURETHANES

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Buying green Circle Furniture is proud to be a founding member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, a non-profit coalition of industry players created to promote sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers and consumers. We carefully research every new manufacturer before we put the Circle stamp on it. The environment, our local economy, it matters to us. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our world and we have to take care of it. A healthy home starts with a healthy environment. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why at Circle Furniture we look for manufacturers that share our commitment to the environment. The woods used to make our wood products come from forests that are managed according to strict environmental, social and economic standards. Additionally, most of our wood products are made by craftspeople in New England. These are folks who truly care about the quality of the product that lands in your home. Gorgeous woods, thoughtfully made. Preservation and conservation are values that are important to us.

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The Berkeley Bedroom collection from Copeland Made in Vermont, Copeland is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified, meaning the woods used come from forests which are not threatened and do not contain genetically modified trees. At Circle Furniture we are proud to offer Copeland because they create durable furniture, with timeless designs that will last generations. This means that this heirloom-quality furniture has less environmental impact than a piece that will not stand the test of time.

Tilton House on Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard designed by Hob Knob Construction, Edgartown, MA

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Tips on building green from Martha Vineyard’s Maggie White of Hob Knob Properties Photography: Greg Premru Text:

“Building green doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality of design. With thoughtful planning, embracing environmentally sound materials and systems can provide texture, history, and quality design elements to any space. “Incorporating green materials into your home can mean many things; old materials reused in a new way, or new materials made by environmentally sound means. Refinish existing flooring, or use flooring and beams from old structures for visual interest. Vintage fixtures used in bathrooms and kitchens are both earth friendly and design savvy options. Or, for those who prefer new materials to old, sustainably harvested woods and recycled glass tiles are available in all styles, from classically elegant to cutting edge modern.”

â&#x20AC;&#x153;At Hob Knob Construction we intimately understand the subtle nuances and exacting hand required to restore historic homes to their original grandeur. In doing so, we feel we are not only respecting and enhancing the home itself, but also the environment and experience of our friends and neighbors.â&#x20AC;?

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“When building a luxury home on Martha’s Vineyard island it’s important to create outdoor living spaces that are as thoughtful and inviting as those inside. Carefully designed landscaping can give an in-town home superior privacy, and details such as a well designed pool, outdoor fireplace or permanent grill station can turn a quality custom home into something exceptional.”

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“Incorporating green technology into a home can lessen the home’s impact on the earth, and improve interior environmental quality, without conflicting with the home’s look and feel. Environmentally sound non-toxic paints and materials provide the same look and feel as their standard counterparts, but keep the home free from unwanted chemicals. Air filtration and circulation systems improve air quality; and changes like updating household heating systems and insulation, and switching to fluorescent bulbs will bring down utility costs without any noticeable change to the home’s design. “Hob Knob’s founder and project manager, Maggie White, is well versed in the design possibilities available when building or retrofitting a home to environmentally sound standards. As the owner and builder of her own artistically designed, LEED Certified home, Maggie is uniquely adept at marrying sophisticated design with green elements and technology.”

Tilton House was built with many salvaged materials including 200 year old pine floors throughout. There are easy to follow recycle and composting programs for guests, eco-friendly cleaning products are used, Aveda organic room amenities are provided, and energy/water conservation programs are in place. The Hob Knob Hotel prides itself on itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s green design: natural fiber carpets, low VOC paint, CFL lighting throughout, state of the art air-to-air handlers along with environmentally conscious water conservation initiatives. There is also an on-site gift shop that offers eco/organic sustainable items for guests of the hotel and the nearby village rental homes like Tilton House.

ORGANIC FIELD TRIP: A weekly scheduled bike ride to a nearby farm to perform morning chores is rewarded with a farm fresh breakfast in the company of resident chickens, pigs, sheep and cows.

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> To schedule an eco-friendly get-away to Marthaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vineyard, visit

New England Fine Living 106 South Main Street, Middleton, Massachusetts 978-539-8270

Built before 1714, the Jacob Fuller House, a beautiful seven room colonial, is now home to a unique lifestyle boutique called New England Fine Living. Linda Smith, designer and lifestyle consultant, has brought together a group of likeminded entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services under one roof. Along with Lindaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design and event planning services, the historical rooms showcase an ever-changing mix of inventory from a variety of home decor, fashion and gift vendors. The items shown on these pages, are just a small sample of what New England Fine Living has to offer. See an item you like, but live too far to visit? Contact us to inquire about our shipping services. Linda Smith, owner of New England Fine Living with Jen Scala of Style Pic and Yvonne Blacker of Yvonne Blacker Interiors and New England Finery

Top left: First Oriental Rugs Spring Floral Splash Event; Bottom left: Lorna Bird Hood of Paintinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Place Ceramics, Dave and Rosanne Palazola of Focus on Design; Bottom right: New England Fine Living welcomes The Write Expression

What’s new at New England Fine Living? We have some beautiful items and ideas for Mother's Day, along with decorative touches for your home or office. • If your mom has a green thumb (anything like mine) she will love our faux flowers. They are so realistic that I have had clients tell me theirs got watered every now and then by accident. We have “faux-fresh” roses, inpatients, geraniums, petunias, and so much more.

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas from the Fine Living Muse

• Pillows and throws ... there are still some chilly nights ahead of us: a soft pillow and cozy throw would be a great gift. Include a magazine or good book, some tea (check out our tea columns on page 64), and you have just given the gift of relaxation. • We have some yummy scented bath and skin care products, beautiful jewelry, and warm weather clothing. • Looking for a really unique gift? We have gift certificates for our interior design services starting at $99.00. Mom will be able to pick and choose from our a la carte list of services.

Seaside Gardens at the House of the Seven Gables, Salem, Massachusetts

Pssst! If you are a mom and your children are too young to come in and buy your gift ... send in the hubby or come on in yourself. You deserve a little something!

Photo credit: Linda Smith

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The Write Expression has joined the New England Fine Living family as of April 1, 2011. Owners, Linda Villiotte and Michelle Walker (a mother-daughter team) offer custom printing services, fashionable stationery and even gifts. They pride themselves on providing fast, friendly, and courteous service along with a fresh variety of current designs. Stop by the store to get a closer look at their pretty papers!

Open Wednesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm Saturday from 10am to 2pm

The Write Expression offers ... wedding suites {engagement party invitations, save the dates, shower, rehearsal dinner and wedding invitations, reception cards, reply cards, programs, place cards and menus} gift items {note pads, journals} cocktail napkins, personal photo courtesy of The Write Expression

stationery, everyday invitations

Inventory includes designs from William Arthur, Birchcraft, Checkerboard, Whitney English, San Lori, Bonnie Marcus, Prentiss Douthit and many more

Custom window treatments Designed by Linda Smith; workroom “Curtains by Paula”


First Oriental Rugs Pakistan 2 ft. 9 in. x 4 ft. 2 in. $450

Framed Dragonfly on Burlap $25 yvonne b. designs

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5 in. Metal Urn $10

New England Fine Living Ceiling mural by Zoë Design Based on the “Studiolo” wood-inlaid ceiling at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Contact artist to commission.

“Over the last few years we have produced several murals digitally. With these graphic designs, the repeating pattern allows us to paint only a 4 foot square and the ceiling paper design is created with the help of a computer while retaining the look and feel of a hand painted mural. This saves the clients money and allows them the freedom to take the paper, should they move, or replace damaged panels.” Photograph by Doug Garrabrants

“For this collection, I combined cut velvet and silky brush fringe to give a modern look to vintage bark cloth.”

Vintage Trellis Pillow Collection $50 – $65 yvonne b. designs

“Ashley Bowen was the first American mariner to recount the story of his life. Watercolors and the descriptions from his journals are the basis for this handsome collection. These illustrations depict events and life at sea for the average sailor of his time.”

Neptune 1 Decoupaged Plates $134 10 in. square “Ship at Quebec” from Ashley Bowen Collection

1. Green Glass Bottle $18


2. Gold Tone Link Necklace $44 3. Green Chantal Teapot $10 4. Home Town Plate $25 Paintinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Place Ceramics

5. Green Floral Plate $12 6. Origami Earrings $19 Ang Dynasty Arts

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New England Fine Living

Skin Renewal Creme $38 2 oz. Full Circle Day Spa

Mineral Sheer Tint $24 1.10 oz. Full Circle Day Spa

Clinical Advanced Lightening Cream w/Hydroquinone $30 2 oz. Full Circle Day Spa

Lemon Myrtle Soap $4.99 3.5 oz.

Refreshing Towelettes $4.99 6 total Green Tea Goods

All Natural Hand Cut Soap $4 From Sweet Grass Farm Green Tea & Seaweed New England Woods • Baked Apples & Cream • Vanilla Oatmeal • •

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1. Artichoke Gift Set $38.95 Bella Cucina, 6 oz. jar of Artichoke-Lemon Pesto plus wooden spoon and serving dish

2. Ceylon Tea Column $2.95 Two columns per package

3. Green Mug $15 (per set) Sold with a coordinating dinner plate

4. Olivada Olive Pesto $11.95 Bella Cucina, 6 oz. jar

5. Fabric Headbands $7 ea. 6. Fabric Pin $9 Designed by Linda Smith

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Spring bags are in! 1


1. JPK Bucket Bag $90 (sale price) 2. JPK Love Sac $70 3. Big Buddha “Mission” $55

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Jennifer Scala, Style Pic


With over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry, Jennifer Scala of Style Pic has an eye for design. As the resident fashion stylist at New England Fine Living, she has chosen some of her favorite pics for spring and summer, including a new line of eco-chic clothing: Threads 4 Thought.



1. Big Buddha “Chloe” $76 2. Threads 4 Thought Tank $28 3. Threads 4 Thought Tank $60

Pretty organic “At Threads for Thought we use sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and polyester recycled from plastic water bottles to create clothing that is comfortable, beautiful, and socially conscious; then we donate a portion of our proceeds to charity.”

New England Fine Living Style Pic by Jennifer Scala

Big Buddha “Layla” $64 Clutch with strap

Waters for Waters Cover Up $28

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“Pair a big, chunky, colorful necklace like this one (from Anthropologie) with this casual white sundress for fab summer style. Add a straw clutch to complete the look.”

Elan Dress $70

Big Buddha “Malibu” $40 Clutch with attachable shoulder strap

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New England Fine Living Style Pic by Jennifer Scala

Cool and casual

Elan Tunic $30

Big Buddha “Jamie” $68

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Interview by Yvonne Blacker • Photography by Corinna

New England Fine Living Featured Talent Corinna Spinale Cole has many professional capabilities – photography, graphic design, art direction, and is even a registered Certified Evidence Photographer (one of less than 75 are recognized in the world). Her pet portraits, however, tug at the heart strings of pet owners, animal lovers and anyone who can’t resist puppy dog eyes. Corinna recently photographed our feature story on botanical artist Vinette Varvaro at home with her two adorable Boston terriers, Frank and Beans (see page 7). While chatting in Corinna’s Lynnfield studio afterwards, I posed a few questions about her creative career path. Yvonne: You photograph people, products and pets. What sets you apart as a professional pet photographer? Corinna: My pet portraits have developed a real “style.” I treat pets as people. When I set up for a portrait session, I try to choose backgrounds and or props that compliment the subject in the same way that I would for a portrait of a person. I have had countless clients mention that my pet portraits resemble fine paintings. Yvonne: You used to work as an art director for Filenes’ department store. How does your art directing background influence your photography work? Corinna: An art director background is a real benefit when working on commercial assignments. I am able to easily visualize the clients needs during the session making the graphic placement a breeze. My background in art direction also strengthens my eye for detail. I try to correct any imperfections before taking the shot. I am a firm believer in “fix it in the camera” and not in Photoshop.

Photography by Corinna

“I treat pets as people.” – Corinna Spinale Cole

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Photography by Corinna

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Photography by Corinna

Yvonne: Tell me what you love most about your subjects (the animals, that is!) Corinna: The best part is the challenge each session brings. You never know what you will get for shots or what type of pet will come through the door! n

NORTH SHORE DESIGN SHOW Saturday May 14 to Sunday May 22

to benefit the Wenham Museum


10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Closed Monday | $10 in advance; $15 at the door

Featuring Finn-Martens Design • Wilson Kelsey Design • Honey Collins Interiors • Marshall Whitman Design • Gallery Della Piana • Camille Garro Interiors • Yvonne Blacker Interiors • Sebastian Carpenter Design • Landry & Arcari • Mary O’Neill Interior Design & more Visit for information


Be inspired by three galleries of fabulous room vignettes created by the North Shore’s finest interior designers

Gala Benefit Preview Party Friday, May 13, 6:30-9:30 $75, by reservation Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham MA 978-468-2377 •



Honorary Chair Jenny Johnson, Host of NECN’s New England Dream House

2008 North Shore Design Show

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New England basket maker, gardener, and artist Kari Lonning recently showcased her design work at CRAFTBOSTON. On her blog, Karibaskets, she provides insight to the thoughts behind her creative process.

So ... why this blog? Although I don’t post often, I’m constantly trying to find words so I can share what goes into how and why I weave.

A few days ago I came across this birch tree. The bark’s natural beauty and complexity exceeds human design. It made me think about working in textured papers and fabric, but it also made me feel humble about calling myself an artist. Being able to appreciate the textures in this bark reminds me I am but a small part of something greater. As an artist and naturalist, I will try to share and preserve the beauty of what I see around me. { All photos and text from }

Seemingly out of nowhere, ideas for new work have been flooding me. It’s almost as if spring has loosened creative seeds and I can’t work fast enough.

What does this scarf have to do with my baskets? It’s an example of how everything I look at feeds into the collected information I use for inspiration. I’ll begin with saying that I’m drawn to stripes, from wallpaper to textiles. As I was working on my new striped basket I realized that it reminded me of something. I went upstairs and found this scarf. I’d bought it in Norway two summers ago.

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New Englander in New Mexico ...

Rediscovering and Reinventing Yourself Snapshots of New Mexico taken by Jim Davis and Ginny Williams



Ginny Williams is a professional life coach who, until 2010, was a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. Her most recent life transition has been relocating to New Mexico. Coach Ginny has helped her clients to start and manage their own successful businesses, transition into rewarding careers, and make positive changes towards more fulfilling lives.

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Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch, grow and reach new heights. ~Pauline R. Kezer

Do you sometimes feel like your life is speeding by and you are simply a bewildered bystander, instead of the creator of your own destiny? Is an inner voice telling you that your current path is no longer the right one for you and that you need to shift your life in a different direction? Maybe you have checked off some of the traditional milestones for having a fulfilled life: college, career, marriage, house, and children. And yet you might find yourself feeling restless and frustrated, but not able to pinpoint why.

The questions often come with no easy answers: Why am I unfulfilled? Did I take a wrong turn? Why don’t I know what I want? All you know is that your comfortable life is beginning to feel uncomfortable and confining. It’s time for a change. It’s time to rediscover and reinvent yourself! Listening to Your Inner Voice You are designed to grow and evolve as a result of everything you experience in life … your roles and relationships, your choices and decisions, your observations and actions. Feeling restless or disconnected is a normal outcome of taking time to evaluate your life. It only becomes a problem if you don’t do anything about it. I endured this frustrating limbo for years after becoming fully entrenched in a career that I had long ago stopped enjoying. Having invested years of education and experience in the corporate world, I felt an almost unconscious nudge that something in my life was not lining up. My core values, the things I felt most passionately about, were neither being reflected nor expressed through my work. It took several years of looking inward, reading countless books about changing careers and researching many professions before I found my niche as a life and career transition coach. Getting laid off from my last corporate position not only confirmed my choice, but accelerated my career change by giving me permission to explore new horizons.

Over the past decade I have worked with countless clients who have also wrestled with conflicting feelings about their professional paths. For example, I was able to coach the following clients towards continued success as they transitioned their lives in different directions: Jeff, who spent thirty years building a profitable real estate business, but then didn’t know how to transition himself out of the business when he was ready to retire. Susan, who had years of education and professional experience as a social worker, but whose passion was really in fashion. Lori, who thought her career path was in Washington D.C. working for a non-profit, but whose heart was calling her to a career researching and teaching geology. How Did You Get Here? There are a multitude of reasons why so many people seek a career change years or even decades after being in a profession. Very often, the career choice may have been wrong to begin with. Careers are often chosen based on earning potential or job availability, which are important, but should not be the primary factors. Well meaning parents, guidance counselors and friends can influence career choices based on their own values and needs, or the goals they themselves were not able to attain.

There is also tremendous pressure to choose a career direction the moment you graduate high school. The problem is that most of us donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really discover what we love or loathe about our jobs until weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced the world for awhile. Our culture has also brainwashed us into believing college is the only path to a viable career, when there are many other options including entrepreneurship, apprenticeships, learning a trade and more. Finally, many people are just not wired to be confined to a single job, career or business for life. They thrive on learning and being exposed to a variety of new ideas. Choosing one career that requires them to devote decades of their life would be too confining for them.

Top: Yucca plants in Gila National Forest Bottom: Cottonwood ready to bud Opposite: Mule Deer Buck

• Create a “Don’t Want” list. Sometimes it’s easier to begin by identifying what you don’t want from your future career. When I worked in a corporate cubicle under fluorescent lighting, I dreamed of being able to work where I had easy access to windows, natural light, and a peaceful atmosphere. Working from a home office now offers me all those benefits, and more.

Finding Your True North No matter what the catalyst is for your professional rediscovery, how you respond is critical to your ultimate success. You may feel uncertain about how to move forward. Of all the fears that come with a major life change, especially a professional transition, fear of the unknown can be the most paralyzing. It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling like it’s too late, you’ve invested too much time where you are, or that you’re too old to start over. Don’t believe any of it. There is sometimes embarrassment and shame that comes with feeling like you’ve made the wrong decisions about your life or career. You may be reluctant to go through the time and energy necessary to change careers if you’re not confident with the direction in which you are heading. However, you owe it to yourself to uncover your unique gifts and express them through the work you choose to do. You’re not doing anyone any favors by staying miserable. If you truly don’t know what you want, or what steps to take next, then the upside is that anything is possible. Allow yourself the time to discover your preferences and passions. You don’t need to figure out how to make the leap just yet. Focus on what you want, what you love and what’s important to you first.

• Do an inventory of your strengths and gifts. What do others tell you that you are naturally good at? What skills and abilities do you find come easy to you? What environment allows you to be your best? What kind of people do you enjoy being with? Do you prefer to work with your hands, with ideas or with people? What are your favorite books and magazines? All of these are clues to your natural talents. • Take assessments. There are many career assessments available online, in books, or from traditional career counseling services. These tests can reveal deeper insights into the way you tick and help you narrow down your career choices. The downside is that they can’t tell you what your ideal career is. Only you know what unique combination of people, environment and tasks would light up your soul. • Be selective when you choose to share your plans and dreams. There may be people in your life who have a vested interest in you staying exactly where you are. The idea of you changing may make them uneasy. There are also people who are naturally risk averse and will try to talk you out of taking any new endeavor. Confide only in those friends or family members who will rally behind your transition with love and support, not criticism or judgment.

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You Owe it to Yourself The most important step you can take during the early stages of any transition process is to get out of your head and into your heart. Your heart usually intuitively knows what is best for you, but your head will debate you at every turn. Even though any change can be unsettling, when you empower yourself to initiate your own transition the end result can be very rewarding. Allow the process to be an enlightening and exciting time as you shape your life on your own terms. Change is not linear and continues throughout our lifetime. My own life continues to evolve personally and professionally. During the times when I feel uncertain, or when the future seems as murky as mud, I recall the wise words of a coaching colleague who suggested this mantra,“I have faith in a future I cannot see.” Now go create your future, even if you can’t see it yet. Rediscover and reinvent yourself!

Above: Two-tailed Swallowtail Opposite: Coach Ginny with Agave plant

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Ginny in New Mexico ... We relocated to southwestern New Mexico because it is known for its four gentle seasons. The climate has been very pleasant, with an average of 300 sunny, warm and dry days a year. The mild weather allows us to take full advantage of the natural beauty of the area, which is so dramatically different than New England. I love that I can be outdoors almost every day without battling the elements. I have always coached by phone and my clients come from all over the country, so the move did not adversely impact my business, other than getting used to a new time zone! My clients have been very supportive of my transition and many have said that it has inspired them to reach for their dreams as well. I believe it’s important to keep growing beyond your comfort zone, no matter what profession you are in. Relocating to a unique and visually beautiful environment has reignited my sense of purpose and passion. I’m looking forward to what lies ahead with a growing sense of adventure. Ginny can be reached by email

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In our next issue ... • Summer in New England • Design Show Style • Celebrating Antiques • View from the Coast Thank you to our contributors and sponsors for being a part of New England Finery, Issue Two! – Yvonne & Linda

New England Finery April/May 2011  

Going green in New England: featuring eco-conscious tips, green living inspiration, and New England artisans.