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New England

finery M AGA Z IN E Summer 2011

New England

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Summer 2011

TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 In this Issue: Editor’s Letter 65

5 Contributors 6–7 Editor’s Picks: Summer Inspired Design Delights 8–9 Local Hot Spots by Nicole Salamone


12–13 Sea Glass Serenity by Katherine Hawkins 14 – 16 Through the Looking Glass: Chihuly Exhibit at the MFA by Pamela N. Simoneau 18–19 New England Style by Rachel Barthelmes


21– 42 Show House Style: North Shore Design Show at the Wenham Museum 44 – 50 Design Across America: Kristin Drohan Collection


52–59 Antiques at Elm Bank a photo story by Rosanne Palazola and Yvonne Blacker 60–61 Blogging about Antiques: by Maria Wheeler 62 SoWa Vintage Market by Stephanie Pernice 63–69 IRL: Brimfield Tweetup with Gretchen Aubuchon 70–77 New Engand Fine Living: What’s New for Summer 78–82 Road Trip to Napa by Linda Smith

On our cover ... Amy models a custom headpiece by Seams Couture, Wenham, MA photographed by Elizabeth Wertz photo opposite page: Rosanne Palazola

Holly Lane Antiques as displayed at the Antiques at Elm Bank show in Wellesley, MA

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In this issue ...

Yvonne Blacker editor/creative director of New England Finery


Summer time is all about relaxation, quality time with friends and family, and getting the most out of our days off. In putting together this third issue of New England Finery, we have gathered ideas for summer outings, seasonal decorating and warm weather style. Now that we are half way through July, it is time to get serious about enjoying all that summer in New England has to offer! Whether you choose to shop for antiques, dine al fresco, check out some local art exhibits, or spend time by the water, there are a lot of great New England based happenings highlighted on the pages to follow. And for some visual inspiration, discover the talents of over a dozen interior design personalities in our feature story on the North Shore Design Show: Favorite Spaces. As a three time participant in this local design show that benefits the Wenham Museum, I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of great designers there over the years. This time around, I posed a number of questions to each of them and have shared their answers starting on page 21. A couple participants will be setting up new spaces at the Annual Decorator Showhouse in York, Maine (opening July 16th through August 13) so if you stop in, be sure to say you saw them featured in New England Finery. With the change of seasons, there has also been some changes at New England Fine Living, the retail store that was behind the launch of this magazine. Check out what Linda has planned (see page 70) and be sure to visit the store when you are traveling through Middleton – perhaps to get a cold treat at Richardson’s Ice Cream or after a round at the Middleton Golf Course. May the rest of your summer be filled with all that you enjoy most –

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Elizabeth Wertz Photography

Eric Roth Photography

Nicole Salamone 8–9

Maria Wheeler 60 –61

Michael J. Lee Photography

Danielle Hatfield and Brandon Pierce Photography

Katherine Hawkins 12 –13

Stephanie Pernice 62

Rosanne Palazola Photography

Jessica Gordon Ryan Photography

Pamela N. Simoneau 14 –16

Gretchen Aubuchon 63 – 69

Greg Premru Photography

Our contributors make New England Finery what it is! Please click on their photos to be directed to each of their websites/blogs where you can learn more about these talented photographers and gifted writers.

Rachael Barthelmes 18 –19

Linda Smith 70, 78– 82

At New Leaf flores we strive to create eclectic and innovative designs that use the botanical world’s endless palette of colors and textures, shapes and scents to inspire us. We pair our passion for our vocation with a commitment to the highest quality service. We invite you to visit our website and our shop in Jamaica Plain. Let us share our passion and talents with you. 601 Centre Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Phone 617.522.1101

Handheld Summer Bouquet This informal summery bouquet combines field flowers such as white flox, echinops, lisianthus and cornflower. Fresh mint and freesia add delightful herbal and sweet fragrances. Loose, fragrant and relaxed … it’s perfect for your beach or garden ceremony.


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$6 per cookie Pretty sweet ... custom designed sugar cookies by Paige Reese Designer Bakeshop Boston, MA

$1,830.00 The Amanda Pendant Light by LZF Lighting is available through Chimera Lighting in Boston, MA. $20.00 Even a baseball can be beautiful, especially the handmade City Map Baseball from Bergino.

Fashioned out of colored ribbons of eco-friendly poplar, this large scale, dramatic beauty is quite the show-off.

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< photo courtesy Smolack Farms

Local hot spots ... If you’re craving delicious food after a hot summer day, 62 Restaurant in Salem, Massachusetts is the perfect destination for you! 62 Restaurant’s head chef, Tony Bettencourt, creates masterpiece meals all from locally grown all-natural ingredients while tucked away in the heart of Salem. If you are looking for a culinary thrill, head to China Blossom Restaurant in Andover, Massachusetts and give their “World’s Hottest Eggroll”a whirl. If heats not for you, step right up to their authentic Chinese buffet ... it has been a local favorite for over 50 years and is sure to please. Despite the stringent and confusing alcohol tax in Massachusetts, the locals have a secret: Wine ConneXtion. Located in North Andover, Massachusetts this specialty wine store wins over casual wine drinkers and sommeliers alike by providing some of the finest wines available in a no-fuss environment. The best part? Despite being only a hop, skip and a jump away from New Hampshire, Wine ConneXtion’s prices are still billfolds below their out-of-state competitors.


If you do happen to find yourself in New Hampshire, be sure to stop by Tuscan Kitchen. Located just over the Massachusetts border in Salem, New Hampshire, this authentic Italian restaurant is becoming an icon. Take a stay-cation, while you transport yourself to the regions of Italy with scrumptious pasta dishes — all house-made using equipment that is imported right from Italy. Summer secret: their Tuscan Lemonade cocktail is perfect for a summer’s eve.

written by Nicole Salamone If there is one thing that most Bostonians have in common, it is our love of summer. Not only does the snow finally disappear, but when people emerge out of their winter caves, the city is actually bustling. Throughout Massachusetts there are many summer activities that are deemed “not-to-miss,” but here are a few outings that are worthy of the most discerning tourists and will surprise even the locals.

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Summer means no school; however, the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) makes any type of learning cool! The BCAE offers creative and stimulating classes such as “Dreams and Dreaming,” discussing the theory and creation of dreams, or learn to make your own honey with “Urban

Beekeeping,” or take a “Farm-to-Glass: Herbal Cocktails” class. Bring a friend, a date, or go alone — whatever you choose, you’ll discover that this is the fun edition of school in summer. Take full advantage of the weather with a stroll around the city. Make sure you find your way into the Boston Common just so you have an excuse to stop for lunch at the historic Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. This intimate, 12-room hotel is loved by locals and tourists alike, and the upscale bistro serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 365 days a year. Set on the most picturesque street in the city, the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro is a true neighborhood gem. When the city gets too stuffy, venture off to Smolak Farms in North Andover, Massachusetts for fresh air, open space and a guaranteed nature filled day. Hayrides, games, fresh fruits and vegetables, plus a stroll around the farm eating a delicious fresh baked doughnut from their bakery is the perfect solution to getting away from the city. Be sure to book a ticket to their newest creation, Whim Restaurant, and have the chance to dine al fresco with cuisine from celebrity chefs including Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, Evan Mallett of Black Trumpet Bistro and Jason Bond of Bondir. Don’t be gone for too long or else you’ll miss out on the nightlife. On your way back from Smolak, stop at Naz Kupelian Salon in Lexington, Massachusetts to freshen up and get ready for your night out. Rusk Celebrity Hair Stylist Naz Kupelian will work wonders! Catch him while he’s in town as he frequently travels the world, educating hair professionals on the newest coloring and cutting techniques. Once you look like a star, it’s time to live like one at The Beehive, Boston’s hottest hotspot. Even if you’re not seated next to Mila Kunis, Ciara, or one of the other celebrities passing through town, you’ll be wined and dined like one. Located in the heart of the South End, The Beehive’s patio, impeccable food and drink, and nightly live music will keep you coming back for more. If you’re looking for a place to see and be seen in the ‘burbs, head over to Blue on Highland, the upscale, hip restaurant in Needham, Massachusetts. Whether you’re looking to sip cocktails with friends or settle business over lunch, Blue’s retracting windows and open-air

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seating makes it the perfect destination for any occasion. Don’t miss their live jazz brunch on Sundays or their noteworthy steak frites. Craving a sweet? Butter Café & Bakery in Walpole, Massachusetts is home to the area’s most diverse and scrumptious cupcakes. Baker extraordinaire, Chef Steve Butters, is constantly churning out eclectic favorites such as the “Elvis” and “Gubble Bum.” In the mood for a picnic? Ask for the chef’s “Backyard Bites,” a grab-and-go picnic that comes with everything including a disposable grill and a s’more kit. Looking for a fun night out? Local hot-spot Tryst Restaurant is just what the name implies and more. Sit down to a romantic meal, but do not skimp on the flavor, because everything on Chef Paul Turano’s menu is an inspiration. Not afraid to have a little fun, Chef Paul is bringing back a summer staple, root beer, at a specially paired dinner with Tower Root Beer on July 17th. Cool, huh? m

Sea Glass Serenity Designing a room with colors from the waterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s edge. Text, illustration and photography by Katherine Hawkins

The search for sea glass is a tranquil endeavor. While a beachcomber enjoys a relaxing walk along the shore, they also feel a sense of anticipation about what luminescent treasures will be discovered on their journey. Living with a sea glass inspired interior offers a similar feeling … a combination of tranquility and delight. Sea glass at the water’s edge can actually be found in almost every hue, depending on the pieces’ origins … a medicine bottle from the 1800’s, a Coca Cola bottle from the 1960’s, and so on. But the hues most often affiliated with sea glass are beautiful, watery blues and greens. The beauty of sea glass lies not only in its color, but also in its softness … the glass shards that were originally shiny and bright become weathered by exposure to salty water and the tumbling of the seas, which leave them gently frosted. The blue and green color palette combined with the soft textures, and of course, the allure of the sea, come together to create an irresistible, spa-like interior space. I have created a relaxing, fantasy living space with a lovely ocean view inspired by the beauty of sea glass. The sectional is upholstered in a comfortable, sandy color fabric that invites you to take in the seaside vista, or to curl up under the chunky cable throw and get cozy with a down-filled pillow adorned with embroidered seahorse and shell. Next to the chaise is a unique textured raffia side table featuring a nail head design that reminds me of kelp or seaweed. In the corner is a skirted table covered in a cloth with a spa green top with a wide natural linen border, which complements the natural theme. The cocktail table with its wave design feels right at home near the beach, and since it is made of reclaimed wood, captures the feel of driftwood. Another feature in the space that is “green” is the area rug, which is woven with recycled denim and jute, making it comfortable under foot as well as beautiful.

Katherine Hawkins, Allied Member ASID is an interior designer specializing in residential design, with an emphasis on coastal interiors and seasonal design. Katherine is an avid sea glass hunter and beachcomber.

No space with a sea glass theme would be complete without glass! The collection of bottles on the skirted table has been tumbled to resemble real specimens rescued from the sea, and the shiny floats on the cocktail would have originally assisted fishermen with their daily catch. Glass glows and shines anywhere there is light, so being placed by the large window is one step toward making the glass accessories stand out. But the lighting fixtures take the look to the next level. The lamp on the raffia side table is ceramic with a glazed wave pattern and seahorse handles. The gorgeous chandelier in the corner has a soft bluish-green shade and abalone shells gently cascading from it … an eye-catcher itself, it also puts a spotlight on the bottle collection. One more element necessary to create a glimmering room is the inclusion of a mirror. The mirror here is framed in a luminescent metallic turquoise that is stunning on its own, but is a perfect complement to the lighting and glass. Whether you create an entire room with a coastal theme, or simply embrace the color palette or elements of sea glass, you are sure to feel as invigorated as when you return from a walk on the beach. m finery 13

Dale Chihuly, Ikebana Boat (2011)

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS Take a dip in Dale Chihuly’s shimmering exhibit of glass sculpture at the MFA in Boston Text by Pamela N. Simoneau Photography provided by the Museum of Fine Arts

Be prepared to hold your breath upon entering Dale Chihuly’s latest installation “Through the Looking Glass” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston now through August 7, 2011. This extraordinary artist captures the essence of glass and water, and celebrates the solid that was – at least at one time – a liquid. The MFA expertly presents this installation on the very bottom floor of the museum in the Gund gallery. After descending a flight of stairs into an underground cave-like string of rooms, you’ll float through a sea of brilliant colors and unpredictable swirls. Sparing but purposeful light reflects in frozen figures of liquid sand, sharp stalagmites and blooming tubers.

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With nature as his muse, Dale Chihuly draws inspiration from flowers, mostly, stemming from his memories of growing up alongside his mother’s abundant garden. Today, some of his floral pieces are arranged in striking combination, twisted around vases or floating in a pond. Elsewhere, sea anemones and reef-like ornaments suspended in the ceiling spill supposed sunlight through the colorful glass in pools of vivid orange, tropical pink and royal blue. In 1996, Chihuly burst onto the international art scene following his landmark exhibit “Chihuly over Venice” in which he hung fourteen chandeliers over the piazzas and canals of the floating city. Now at the MFA, one tall room showcases several Chihuly chandeliers. Though not lit from within, they sparkle and fracture the light that radiates through the mini explosions, oceanic octopi and sunbursts. In the late 1960’s, Chihuly received a degree in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. Shortly thereafter, he was asked to help establish a glass department at the school. According to the Museum of Art at RISD, the artist then co-founded the Pilchuck Glass School, outside Seattle in 1971. Under Chihuly’s leadership, Pilchuck rapidly became a world center for and proponent of glass as fine art. As the result of a car accident in 1976, the West Coast resident suffers from blindness in one eye. Following a shoulder injury a few years later, Chihuly decided to put his visions on paper rather than hand sculpt the molten substance. Now he leads an elite team of glass blowers in transforming his drawings into art, working out of his Seattle studio nicknamed “The Boathouse.” One of my favorite displays at the MFA is the large garden planted in the gallery’s middle room.“Mille Fiori” or “1000 Flowers” is 58 feet long and includes small grasses, tall reeds, colossal blooms and rotund bulbs. If I could live in a coral reef in the Caribbean Sea, this is what my underwater garden would look like. n

“Chihuly, Through the Looking Glass” by Gerald W. R. Ward is available at the Museum of Fine Arts bookstore Dale Chihuly, Lime Green Icicle Tower (2011)

Dale Chihuly, Persian Ceiling and Mille Fiori (2011) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Shealagh and Carolyn Coughlin of Marblehead, Massachusetts

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Rachael Barthelmes interviews Carolyn and Shealagh Coughlin for New England Finery

When I arrived at the Coughlin’s ocean front Marblehead home on a particularly warm Monday night, I was ushered into their kitchen where mother, Carolyn, and daughter, Shealagh, were cleaning up after what smelled like a delicious summer barbeque. Right away, I could see striking similarities between Carolyn and Shealagh. Both have dirty blonde hair, tall slender figures, and share a sense of classic New England style. Shealagh, planning to watch the fourth of July fireworks from her friend’s boat in Marblehead Harbor, was dressed in a nautical red and white striped tank top, structured J.Crew shorts in navy, and every New Englander’s must-have footwear — white Jack Rogers. Carolyn wore her July fourth colors in a more sophisticated version. Rather than shorts, she sported a pair of white capris, and paired them with a bold red short-sleeve top. Both Shealagh and Carolyn demonstrate that it is not necessary to dress in the current trend of overwhelming patterns to make a fashion statement. In fact, what makes their outfits so appealing is how clean, refined, and simple they are. When I sat down with these two born and raised New Englanders, they shared some of their local style secrets with me. New England Finery: What are your favorite places to shop on the North Shore?

Shealagh Coughlin: I really enjoy shopping at Wish in Boston and She in Marblehead. I like the variety these stores offer – you can buy anything from cute tops to boating wear to more formal dresses for a night out in Boston. NEF: What do you believe are a New Englander’s must-have summer pieces? CC: White jeans, white capri pants and some fun sandals. SC: A nice beach bag and Jack Rogers. NEF: With such unpredictable New England weather, even in the summer, how do you balance practicality and style? CC: I make sure I always have a sweater or a jacket with me – just in case. SC: I always layer my outfits, usually with a cardigan or light blazer. I also always keep a raincoat in my car. Especially if you’re on the ocean, you always want to have a rain jacket with you just in case. I got a really cute one from Vineyard Vines. NEF: Do you have any style advice for staying cool in the summer heat? SC: I would say a light sundress is your best option which is bound to be cooler than shorts, plus a Red Sox hat to protect your face from the sun. m

Carolyn Coughlin: I love Nordstrom at the North Shore Mall and French Lessons in Hamilton.

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What happens behind the scenes of a design show? How do designers find their inspiration? I checked in with a group of North Shore designers and asked what their secrets were to achieving

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Favorite Spaces at the North Shore Design Show held at the Wenham Museum in May of 2011

Designer interviews by Yvonne Blacker

About the show ... In the past, the Wenham Museum Council traditionally organized an antiques show for the museum’s benefit. Looking for a new concept in 2009, the Council wanted to create an event that continued the design theme while highlighting the Museum’s mission: to protect, preserve and interpret the history and culture of Boston’s North Shore, domestic life and the artifacts of childhood. And thus the North Shore Design Show began. The Council and Museum staff worked together to invite the region’s finest designers to create design vignettes inspired by the Museum’s artifacts of childhood including antique toys, costume and textile collections as well as the 17th-century house sharing the Museum’s campus. The designers were each limited to working within an 8-by-8-foot space, which did not limit their imaginations. For our inaugural year, Patricia Finn of Finn-Martens Design drew inspiration from the model train gallery and transformed the Museum’s coat closet into a dinning car on the Orient Express, Kathy Marshall and Gracyn Whitman of Marshall/ Whitman Designs framed a reclaimed barn structure creating a tribal fusion inspired kitchen, and artist Elissa Della-Piana’s favorite space was an artist studio reflecting the beauty of the town’s Audubon Reserve.

} “We are grateful to have the participation of the region’s finest interior designers in the annual North Shore Design Show. The museum’s historic Claflin Richards House exhibits North Shore domestic life over three centuries. These talented designers bring history up to the present day by creating beautiful vignettes of North Shore home life in the 21st century. Our visitors are always amazed at the creative vision displayed and have been known to hire designers from the show to do work in their own homes.” – Lindsay Diehl, Executive Director

The North Shore Design Show continues to raise funds which directly benefit the Museum’s educational exhibitions and events designed to educate, entertain and inspire over 4,500 school children and 35,000 annual visitors. In 2012 the Museum is looking forward to a grand celebration of their 90th anniversary. – Mary Barthelmes, Marketing Director yvonne blacker

Wilson Kelsey Design We have several antiques in our vignette. The 18th century marble fireplace from Trianon and the Art Deco Dutch bar cart from Gurari Collections. While the overall effect/look of the vignette was contemporary, we wanted to experiment a little by adding a few elements from earlier periods and to answer a few questions for ourselves. For example, could an 18th Century mantel find happiness in a contemporary setting? Or could the bar cart with its very feminine shape, sustain itself in tension with the very masculine architecture of the vignette? Overall, the broader question we wanted to explore was how does one successfully juxtapose elements from different periods and styles in a contemporary setting? finery 22

Sally Wilson

NS DS Antiques/heirlooms can be used to great effect in very modern spaces in two ways. One is to make a statement around which the rest of the room is built. Here, the heirloom plays the role of first violin, and is front and center. Equally effective, is the use of antique as counterpoint or foil. The very presence of the antique in the room is the very reason the room works so well in its modernity. In either case, the period of the piece, its finish, placement, scale and proportion in relation to the rest of the furniture in the room and the room itself play critical roles in successfully integrating the antique(s) in a modern room. We are often asked to mix different periods of furniture, one with the other. The challenge is in making a home/room look/feel natural as opposed to just purchased (and new). As designers, we have to understand and visualize how a particular piece of furniture from one period will interact with another particular piece of furniture from another period. The process becomes a series of very critical and calculated decisions. To do this artfully is very hard. Yet an artful room is beautiful, natural and looks at ease with itself. It invites you to come in, sit down and enjoy it. In the past year, Sally and I have been involved in the design/renovation of three antique/historic properties – an 1804 Federal home with attributions to Samuel McIntyre, a 1680 antique colonial and a historic property in Salem. While we may face similar design challenges house to house, each home and client is very special and very different one from the other. There are no formulas. Client, designer and contractor have to enter into these projects with the understanding that we are all stewards of these wonderful homes. Each home has its own unique story to tell and we are but another chapter in its life. We will come and go. The house will remain. Sally’s and my job as designers is to help our clients make the home theirs and make it better than it was before while respecting the home’s history.

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– John Kelsey

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Custom designed mural by Zoë Design

“Rooms should have touches of old and new, antiques combined with contemporary pieces creating a room with MICHAEL J. LEE PHOTOGRAPHY

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I come from a family of designers. My mother, sister and godmother are all in the business of design. My mother and her two best friends also owned an antiques store together. I played shop in the antiques store with my best friend Emily as well as playing hide and seek in Brunschwig and Fils in the fabrics. I feel most comfortable in spaces that incorporate antiques. They give a sense of history, texture, and personality to a room. My design influences were also modern ... they always combined the old with the new to create a highly layered space which was far from one dimensional.

Honey Collins Interior Design I think the design world has changed dramatically in the last few years. The general public has access to so much these days â&#x20AC;&#x201C; which is wonderful. But as designers, we hope that people will recognize that even though they have access to so many great design resources, that there is still an art to designing a space. One of the benefits of hiring an interior designer is the established relationships that we have with other talented artisans. For example, I have a wonderful working and personal relationship with Lena, Doug and Brooke from ZoĂŤ Design. There is a comfort level there that is not easily replicated. I know when I describe something to Lena and Brooke, that they are visualizing the same end result that I am trying to create, so we always come up with, in my opinion, a magnificent product! â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Honey Collins


White Feather Lamp by Grace & Blake

Yvonne Blacker Interiors There is something magical about an old New England farmhouse. Perhaps its draw is the notion of independence, living off the land and making do. My family and I currently live in a 100-plus year old foursquare Colonial complete with a farmer’s porch, barn, and my favorite part – an expansive backyard that at one time was home to a small herd of grazing sheep. For this year’s design show, I imported part of our home (the front foyer) to represent my “favorite space.” When we purchased our house, we were charmed by the fact that it was within walking distance to the center of town, but upon stepping into the green and rustic backyard, with its rambling fence and full days worth of sun, we felt like we had traveled to an old-fashioned time and place. We thus dubbed our home “Town & Country,” although considering that it is an authentic fixer-upper, it is sometimes still lovingly referred to as “Cinderella before the ball.” In coming up with my design plan, I wanted to demonstrate what is often called “farmhouse chic” so I combined rough textured fabrics, like ivory burlap and cornsilk-colored linen with more glamorous patterns

and finishes that add a touch of designer polish. The legs of the stools are brushed with gold, the table is set with both traditional china and everyday pottery, sturdy milk glasses await (one for each of our four boys), and gracious flowers – that look as if they could have been freshly picked in my country garden – decorate the large round tabletop. Dramatically elegant topiaries of barn-red roses in glazed ceramic pots – provided by my design show neighbor, Northeast Nursery – bring the outdoors in, and a richly-colored carpet from First Oriental Rugs grounds the space with a bit of spice. A window with a view in the form of a framed print of “Brandon Barn” by Vermont artist Warren Kimball is used to set a country scene. The main attraction of my space was without a doubt the tall, glossy bright orange candelabra designed by Dunes & Duchess (read more about this talented pair on page 30). This large-scaled piece stood as a nod to nostalgic romance, and reminds me of the simple pleasure of falling in love with an old country farmhouse. – Yvonne Blacker


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X Stool 19 "H x 22 "D 24" W Lucite base with linen-burlap tufted cushion with nail heads { To the trade }

“Grace & Blake was founded in 2010 by Gillan Abercrombie and Jamie Dietrich. Named for each of their daughters, Grace & Blake combines the vision of both women into an exciting line of furniture and accessories. Gillan’s clean, modern aesthetic blends seamlessly with Jamie’s appreciation of vintage textiles, woods and metals. Their united styles are evident in their pieces, be it a Lucite ottoman topped with tufted antique truck tarps from Brazil or cast resin deer antlers mounted on reclaimed wood. Grace & Blake promises to redefine how we look at and utilize materials in furniture and design.”

NS DS Fall Rose & Gardenia Bouquet Fall colors for any season – this timeless bouquet of roses and gardenias adds elegance to any space. 15" diameter x 15" tall Boxwood Ball Topiary Worthy of a provincial French chateau, this evergreen boxwood topiary can be lined along the floor or on a stone mantle. 12" wide and 15" tall

“Diane James Home is a luxury resource for limited-edition decorative floral arrangements and orchids, and botanically-inspired gifts. In 1997, the company launched its first collection at Bergdorf Goodman. Diane James’ designs are now sold at fine retailers and have graced many interiors, from country homes and modern lofts to chic hotels and fashion retailers. Made of the finest materials, with an artist’s attention to color and form, each seasonal collection encompasses a garden of possibilities.”

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My interview with the Du Q & A’s with Stacy Kunstel, homes editor of New England Home magazine, stylist extraordinaire, and the designer behind the showstopping Dunes and Duchess orange candelabra

Interview by Yvonne Blacker Photography by Michael Partenio

How did you and Michael first come up with the design for the lacquered candelabra? The design was inspired by an antique we spied on a photo shoot. We love the idea of taking something old and bringing it into the present. Dunes (Michael) modernized the look of the candelabra, but we still love that it has a look and feel that can appear timeless or modern. How has your career as a stylist influenced the design process, and how has Dune’s photographic eye influenced the pieces in the line? We look at everything so differently than most people because we’re constantly composing images for magazines. Dunes has an amazing eye for scale and proportion and I love infusing color and texture into all we do. We work with a lot of interior designers in our primary jobs and it has been amazing to work with them to develop new product and custom pieces through Dunes and Duchess. The most fun though is walking into someone’s home and unexpectedly seeing one of our pieces and how they use it.

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uchess What can we expect to see from Dunes and Duchess in the future? We have so many new pieces we’re working on for the August New York International Gift Fair, which is August 13 -17. We’re hoping to show our new table, sconce, floor lamps and possibly a chandelier. We have a few new colors to share as well. What we really hope more than anything is that people will relate to the romance of lighting candles in the evening, connecting with one another, and just slowing down for a few minutes at the end of the day. It’s hard for us to even do that with our busy schedules, but it’s so worth it when we do.

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Camille Garro Interiors This year at the at the North Shore Design Show, Boston-based interior designer Camille Garro launched Camille Couture, a new line of one-of-a-kind handbags created out of vintage silk kimonos. Embellished with beads, rosettes and vintage broaches, these custom designs are fashionable works of art that make a designer impression.


Interior design and fashion work in tandem. I use the main principles of fashion in my interior design work and treat a room as if I am dressing a figure. Throughout my entire career as an interior designer I have used examples in fashion metaphorically when explaining my vision to clients. For instance, I would often tell a client that when designing a drapery for a window you want the fabric and cut to flatter the shape of the window, just as you would want a garment of clothing to flatter your figure. The idea to create handbags out of vintage kimonos really began with my desire to be original. When I stumbled upon the kimonos and realized their unique beauty, I wanted a way to showcase them. The colors of the kimonos are

amazing, they are hand-dyed and some even have hand-painted designs. It would be a shame to waste such beautiful silk fabric. When buying the kimonos, I only receive a very limited amount of each garment – a square here, a sleeve there – so using the kimonos in the construction of the handbags makes each one-of-a-kind. During a time period when everyone is “going green,” it is great to have the opportunity to recycle and reinvent an item that someone once wore into something that will be worn again. – Camille Garro

Find Camille Couture at: Zazou’s in Wenham, MA and online

All Camille Couture handbags possess an interior hidden heart to represent the care, creativity, passion and design that goes into each of these USA-made masterpieces.

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New Englanders, in general, may hesitate to embrace modern and contemporary design because they are not familiar with it and do not understand the design language. I believe that it is important to put it out there so that a dialogue can begin, and then perhaps, more people will begin to appreciate modern design to the point where they feel comforatable incorporating it into their homes and work spaces.

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Sebastian Carpenter Design Wenham, Massachusetts Studio visits by appointment Please telephone 617.470.6060 or email

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We like to participate in the show each year because it is local, and all about promoting local businesses. Best of all, it supports a wonderfully special museum. This year, we decided to do something a little “outside the box” for us. The whimsical teenage girl’s bedroom was a fun way of showing a not so serious side of Timeless Interiors for a change. – Sheila Whalen, Timeless Interiors

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FinnMartens Design I like to blend man-made objects and structures with natural textures. At the same time, I ask myself the questions that a good design must answer. Does the space meet its design objective? Does it fulfill its function properly? Is it comfortable? And most importantly, does it reflect and contribute to the harmony of the people who will occupy the space? â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Patricia Finn finery 36


We decided to re-use our barn structure from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s show. The structure is a symbol representing over 25 years in renovation and new construction. Our firm has a depth of knowledge in the areas of kitchen and bath renovation and interiors that is second to none.

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Marshall Whitman Design Your space combines many unique design elements. How do you get it all to work together so beautifully? MWD: We each bring different tactile strengths to the table, as well as to our team approach. This permits us a certain level of expressive freedom, which in the end, is really fun to see come together in its conceptual totality. What did you start with for inspiration for this seaside inspired lounge? MWD: Seaglass, for the tile and stone; and for the fabrics, the bold colors found at beaches and farmstands locally. Can you tell me a little about the fantastic large scale photos and the artist who created them? MWD: The two, large-scale sepia prints are the work of Pam Moxley, a fine artist who lives down in Marietta, Georgia. I first encountered her work about two years ago, and fell in love with it immediately. The bold contrast of her images, presented in the mixed media format, are truly capitvating. They are simple in composition, yet incredibly complex in theme. These prints are available for purchase by contacting us at How does working as a design team help your business and your clients? MWD: It exposes us to a larger client base, while at the same time, continually expands our combined resource pool and install streams.



Landry& Arcari

Historically, the importance of a hand-knotted rug as the foundation of the room endures. In honor of Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting Affiliates presentation and acceptance of a hand-knotted rug as a wedding gift to Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton, our design concept,“The Gentleman’s Quarters,” illustrates the regality of the rug. The rug not only grounds the room but enhances the finest of English antiques as personally selected by Marlene Pippins and TK Armstrong from David Nelligan Antiques of Essex, Massachusetts and private collections. Please note that on display was the acceptance letter from Prince William and Miss Catherine which can still be viewed at Landry & Arcari’s Salem, Massachusetts location. In addition, it is my personal philosophy to use textiles in non-traditional ways as well – a fabulous cowhide fingertips away in a George III chest of drawers, a Suzani artfully draped against an old English leather chair, a 17th century tapestry enveloping a wall – to not only tell a story of an era long ago but to elegantly showcase the simplest of heirlooms from an antique inkwell to the bronze huntsman figurine. If only the rug could whisper stories of past and present ... – Marlene Pippins, Design/Event Consultant

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Mary O’Neill Interior Design My “favorite space” at this year’s North Shore Design Show represents one of my family traditions,“Afternoon Tea.” I have even incorporated my mother’s very first tea cart, which dates back to around 1930, into the design. The tabletop is set with an antique mirror and the burled maple chairs are from the 1920’s. Highly detailed graphite sketches by Maine artist Janvier Rollande are scattered throughout this elegant sitting room. I really enjoyed participating in the North Shore Design Show. I enjoy design shows in general because the show houses are a wonderful opportunity to create a space that I love. The room is mine – I get to do exactly what I want. It is so creative, and so much fun! The other real pleasure is meeting other designers. My experience has been that designers – as a group – are lovely, generous and encouraging. When I’m preparing for a show house, I’m working side-by-side with other designers for weeks at a time. It’s great! I have just designed a home office for the 22nd Annual York Decorator Show House which will open in York, Maine on July 15th. I have tried to demonstrate that a home office can be functional, comfortable and beautiful. Most of the furniture pieces are hand-crafted cherry by a furniture maker in Kennebunkport, Maine. I will feature the works of three Maine artists and a Massachusetts photographer. There will be two very comfortable upholstered chairs from the Schumacher showroom at the Boston Design Center. Finally, the Schumacher linen window treatments have been custom-made by Acorn Interiors in Andover, Massachusetts. – Mary O’Neill, North Andover, Massachusetts

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Gallery Della-Piana

Artist and gallery owner, Elissa Della-Piana included objets d’art from her own private collections throughout this colorfully spirited space titled “Faux Luncheon in the The Roman Folly Garden at Castle Hill.” A gray, felted stone carpet from Landry & Arcari is a soft counterpoint to the highly saturated ceramics and classic black and white Fornasetti plates that grace a sleek table set for two.

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Margolis, Inc. is an architecture firm specializing in intimately scaled projects of all kinds. Founded in 1994, John P. Margolis, AIA opened the practice to serve his growing repertoire of exclusive residential designs and renovations. Trained as an architect, Johnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest in classical planning is an integral part of his design aesthetic. At Margolis, Inc., the firm is committed to offering client sensitive design solutions that marry the built-form and the landscape as a unity. Currently, John serves as President of the New England Chapter of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America whose mission is to advance the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts through education, publications, awards and advocacy.

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A tabletop display designed by John Margolis to present the New England Chapter of the Institue of Classical Architecture & Art at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North Shore Design Show


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Northeast Nursery

This gracious outdoor living area, designed by Pennie Boyle for the North Shore Design Show, is just a glimpse at the lush possibilities of landscape design offered by Northeast Nursery, expert providers of top quality nursery stock, natural stone, and garden accessories from around the world. n finery 42

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DESIGN ACROSS AMERICA Interview by Yvonne Blacker Photography by Michael J. Lee

Meet designer Kristin Drohan. As the wife of a United States Air Force Commander, she has moved at least eight times in seventeen years of marriage, and has lived in Iowa, Ohio, Texas, Alabama, Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts and is now relocating to Atlanta, Georgia. And she has two kids. And she runs a successful design business. And she has created her own line of furniture. I had to find out more about this high-spirited designer with the “can do” attitude ...

Yvonne: What did you enjoy most about living in New England? Kristin: The thing I enjoyed most about New England is the rich history. It is the birthplace of our country and I loved experiencing it first hand. I think I will miss the proximity to the water, fabulous food scene, and people’s willingness to embrace eco-friendly design options. Recently we went to a restaurant on the water in the city and dined on the patio while the boats sailed by. It was magical. I think living here elevated my design aesthetic to a new level. The availability of antiques, and vintage finds are so numerous and it is something I like to subtly work into my projects. I have always loved classic design with a relevant fashion-forward interpretation. Being surrounded by classic New England style has been very beneficial.

Designer Kristin Drohan with her husband Air Force Colonel Jack Drohan, son Jack, and daughter Allie, on the porch of their Dutch Colonial home where they lived while stationed for two years in Concord, MA.

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Kathryn Bar/Counter Stool: The Kathyrn was named after my mother, but it is also my nieceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name. It is a modern take on a Greek Klismos chair, which is a personal favorite. I have it shown in the French print linen. You have your choice of three different French emblems and five colors. Charcoal, Black, Scarlet, Chocolate, Sienna, and Blue.

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Yvonne: How have you managed to balance a growing business, a busy family life and numerous military relocations with such ease? Any tips for homeowners planning a cross-country relocation?

Kristin: I would not say I have mastered balance while relocating, building businesses and dealing with a busy family life. It is a constant work in progress to balance everything. Ultimately, the kids and my husband come first, then the business, then me. Fortunately, I love the business, so it is a part of me that gets fulfilled. Some of the best tips I can give a relocating family are: • Get involved in school organizations (if you have kids), community events or fund raising, or sports clubs. • Get your house unpacked as quickly as you can. There is nothing more depressing than looking at an unpacked box several months after you have moved.

• Always wear a smile and introduce yourself to anyone and everyone. You may feel like a temporary politician, but no one wants to be friends with a grumpy face. Don’t expect others to approach you first. Just assume you need to take the initiative, but take special note of someone who comes to you first. That shows thoughtfulness and may be someone you want to engage further. I’m not going to lie, being the new “girl” or family is exhausting. It takes about seven months to start feeling comfortable. You can’t expect someone else to do the work for you. You have to take the bull by the horns. Push the anxiety aside and host a housewarming party or neighborhood potluck. They will show up, I promise, if for no other reason than to satisfy their curiosity.


• Go to all the functions you are invited to (school teas, PTA meetings, cocktail parties, neighborhood potlucks, etc.) and get there first. There is nothing more intimidating than walking into a crowded room where you don’t know a soul. It makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it, and I’m outgoing! Getting there early allows you to connect with the host, and many times they will take you under their wing and introduce you around.You never know what function will be the one you find someone you connect with. It will most likely be the one you forced yourself to attend.

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Yvonne: What are your hopes for the future of your furniture line and design business? Kristin: I hope to continue to grow the furniture line and design business. We have several new pieces launching this summer that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited about. Showrooms in Chicago are doing really well with the line. I hope to have it in showrooms around the country in the near future, especially on the West Coast. I am currently doing a lot of business there. I am also working on fabric and rug designs to complement the furniture and should have them out late summer/early fall.

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Jack Host Chair: This cleaned up version of a wing chair was named after my husband and son. I designed this arm chair so that the arm is low enough to fit under desks and dining tables. It is the perfect captain, executive desk, or occasional chair.

Devon Bench: Dubbed the Devon, after my nephew, this simple bench was designed to be an economical addition to the end of a bed, an entryway, or even a mudroom. Shown in a distressed finish it is very traditional, but add a high gloss low VOC paint finish and a geometric fabric and you can have a very transitional item. The possibilities are endless.

Anthony Ottoman: This piece is named after the patron saint of lost things, a theme in our hectic household. The ottoman has fun cut outs, a firm pin tuck top, and nail head trim. All are popular themes in furniture styles today.

Would you like to have Kristin Drohan Interiors design a room in your home? Well, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to wait until she moves to your neighborhood ... she actually offers an eDecorating service for anyone looking to make design changes to their interior spaces. A few weeks after filling out a design questionnaire, you will receive a linen box with fabric swatches, paint choices, a list of design resources, and a space plan with renderings done by Kristin herself. It is almost as good as having her right next door. Click on the photo above for more details. m






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Why do we love antiques? Perhaps it is because they are works of art with a past, or because they remind us of years gone by, or maybe it is the way they surprise and charm us? On a recent field trip to the Elm Bank antique show, we discovered a wealth of New England antique dealers who were displaying their wares on the lush grounds of this historic property.

I love incorporating antiques into my design work. It gives a new design some history – some “ghosts!” With each piece, I try to imagine what life was like when it was first brought into a home – how the owners lived, how the piece was used. And now it gets a chance at rebirth, bringing its past into the present. Antiques also fit into my ethic of “Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose!” Antiques are the ultimate in green design.

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Holly Lane Antiques, Little Compton, Rhode Island

Charming The Big Red Chair in Weezieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden for Children stands around 8 feet tall

Click on each antique vignette for dealer information. The Massachusetts Horticultural Society is located on 36-acres in the historic Elm Bank Reservation. They offer hands-on opportunities for adults and children to experience, enjoy, and learn about plants and the environment. Each summer they host the annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Antiques on Elm Bankâ&#x20AC;? show which features vendors from all over New England.

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Begun in 1905 by Isaac J. Collins and named after the Hocking River in Lancaster, Ohio, Hocking Glass started out with an initial investment of $25,000. In the first year alone, over $20,000 of hand blown glassware was sold. Production steadily increased with the invention of machine-made glass despite the set back of a devastating fire to the plant in 1924. Through the years, the company aggressively purchased Lancaster Glass Co., Standard Glass Co., and Anchor Cap Corp. in 1937 to become Anchor Hocking Glass. It remained competitive through the depression with advances in machinery and production that manufactured 90 glasses per minute at half the cost. Anchor Hocking Glass produced more designs during the Depression era than any other glass company including pressed glass, acid-etched and mold-etched patterns.

Although the name Bristol Glass refers to the town in England that originally produced this type of glassware during the mid 1700’s, it became known as a form of 19th C Art Glass which was replicated across England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the United States. It is mold blown, semi-opaque opaline (white), relatively thin glass. Bristol Opaque White Glass has a satin-like powdery feel to it, is rather soft to the touch and light weight often with a visible pontil (nip on bottom from the blower’s tube). The world witnessed an explosion of this elegant type of glass during the Victorian era, from the 1840’s through the 1930’s or so. The glass is always hand blown, hand decorated and quite fragile. Due to its popularity and the abundance with which it was produced, Bristol Glass can be had today at fairly moderate prices. It affords a beautiful way to bring vintage art glass from long ago into your home.


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Simplycoolstuff offers timeless vintage home goods from pattern and milk glass to eclectic metal works and kitchen wares. All items are hand selected to highlight the ultimate in fresh chic style with eco-savvy sustainability. is your online resource for: n Depression and Elegant Glass n Art Pottery n Hand Painted Nippon n One-of-a-kind Vintage Jewelry n Original Oil Paintings > On Etsy: Click here to visit

C IS FOR CHINA China in this context refers to a type of fine pottery/ tableware made from kaolin clay heralding from the Kao-ling area of China. This region set a standard for its exceptionally fine translucent porcelain that was unsurpassed until the late 18th C. Porcelain China can be one of three types based on the minerals which are added into the kaolin base: Hard Paste (from China for centuries, grey/blue color, easily chipped), Soft Paste (from Europe to simulate Chinese porcelain, creamy color, fragile), and Bone China (Stokeon-Trent, England by Josiah Spode, 1770, white color, translucent, durable). Wedgwood, founded by Josiah Wedgwood in 1765, imitated hard paste porcelain and joined the ranks of Staffordshire manufacturers in producing fine china. In 1771 the Limoges region of France became noted for its beautiful, soft paste porcelain known to this day as Limoges.


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We never know where we’re going to find things. Here in New England, we are fortunate and blessed to have the Brimfield Antiques Show three times yearly: which is one of the BEST reasons to shop for antiques in New England. Brimfield happens a little over an hour West of Boston on Route 20 in Brimfield, Massachusetts. The usually quiet rural town swells to over 100,000 residents for the Brimfield weeks. It’s all outdoors, under tents, rain or shine. It’s the equivalent of walking 20 football fields hunting for treasure. For dealers, decorators, event planners and anyone who has a great eye, Brimfield is an antiques, vintage, industrial and retro mecca.

“We hunt for antiques and vintage decor everywhere we go.”

Brimfield is also a place to see and meet the design cognoscenti: Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Rachel Ashwell, Barbara Steisand, and buyers for Anthropologie have all been spotted on the fields. And, since Brimfield starts on a Tuesday and runs through Sunday, most experienced shoppers shop Brimfield during the week and visit SoWa Vintage Market on the Sundays surrounding Brimfield. The next Brimfield Show takes place July 12 through July 17. We like The New England Motel field for decorator finds. New England Motel opens on Wednesday of Brimfield week.

photo credits this page: Stephanie Pernice

******************** Stephanie Pernice + John Warren co-creators SoWa Vintage Market Boston, Massachusetts 617-921-4773

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Social media tweeps connect IRL (in real life) @Brimfield. Read on ...

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Picnic on the grassâ&#x20AC;? left to right ... Kelly Ryan Kegan, Senior Editor, House & Garden Gloria Batista Collins, Designer, GBC Style Leslie Carothers, The Kaleidescope Partnership Mindy Lockard, Etiquette Consultant

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Gretchen Aubuchon How long have you been shopping Brimfield for antiques? What do you like most about it? When my husband and I were gearing up to purchase our 100 year old home, I had rooms to fill! The Brimfield Antique Market is noted as being the world’s largest antique market and is near where I live, so I thought it would be the perfect place to shop. Every year for the past five years, without fail, I go to Brimfield in both May and September. Brimfield is heaven to me! My adrenaline goes crazy as I pull into the main drag every time I go. I drive to Brimfield with a very large pick up truck. And I always return home with it filled – not with gas – but with antiques! I just LOVE finding a piece of antique furniture, like a chair, that is inexpensive and then transforming the piece into something beautiful. Almost every chair in my home is from Brimfield. Some came as inexpensively as $15! I take them home, give them lots of love with paint and fabric, and then they become showcase pieces.

Above: Gretchen Aubuchon at Brimfield with several repurposed finds > Click here to watch videos featuring #brimfield design transformations

What is a tweetup? An event designed to meet online friends in real life.

Photo credits this page: silverware, kitchenware, antique fire truck toy, oars (courtesy Gimlet Mom); pin cushions (courtesy Melissa Byrne); purse/scarves, antique chairs, textiles, table (courtesy Experience Farm)

Interior designer Julie Browning Bova with Pandora De Balthazarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s linens

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How did you come up with the idea to gather twitter friends to meet at Brimfield? It all started from conversations on twitter, and it seemed everyone I was chatting with was either going to Brimfield or talking about wanting to go to Brimfield. Then I hooked up with Cynthia Bogart of The Daily Basics who told me she had been talking about Brimfield with tweeters down in NYC. The tweetup was then quickly born. My husband Will Aubuchon came up with the idea of giving out canvas bags and making this tweetup more of an event. Well, canvas bags led to a tent venue, sponsors, celebrities, and even YouTube videos. I could go on and on! What started out as a small tweetup quickly grew into a large gathering with many of the most talented people in the interior decor business. A total of 88 people attended, including interior decorators, interior designers, design bloggers, media/press, and social media experts. On purpose, we tried not to schedule too much for the attendees. The main focus of this event was to shop! We did, however, schedule a tweet chat one afternoon when attendees were given an opportunity to showcase their Brimfield finds. We also held a dinner for all tweetup attendees and sponsors, courtesy of one of our donors! What was your favorite part of the weekend?

Left to right: Gretchen Aubuchon, Kelley L. Moore, Brian Kelsey and Cynthia Bogart at Brimfield tweetup

“Meeting all of our twitter friends in real life,” says The Daily Basics, Cynthia Bogart. “You become very close to people when you tweet with them, especially since we all share the same interests in antiques and design. To meet them is like having instant friends! It felt like we were a sorority!” And I would have to agree! Meeting all of our friends on twitter for the first time in real life was AMAZING! I loved that our guests would go out and shop and then come back to the tent and show us the treasures they found. This was too much fun! Tell me about the businesses who sponsored this tweetup event ... We had a pretty impressive list of sponsors and are so thankful to all of them! Aubuchon Hardware, Benjamin Moore Paints, Company C ... what was so interesting and wonderful about our sponsors was that ALL of them had products that were useful during our Brimfield event. Our sponsors at Brimfield really put on quite the show, along with our celebrity guests. Design celebrities including Kelley L. Moore, a regular contributor to The Nate Berkus Show, and Brian Kelsey of Martha Stewart Radio, repurposed their vintage finds while at the tweetup. Benjamin Moore provided paint, Aubuchon Hardware provided screws, hammers, paint brushes, etc. – all the supplies you could possibly need when repairing antiques. Fabrics were provided by Company C.

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Much of the fun of a do-it-yourself flea market or antique store find is in the hunt. Combing through aisles and aisle of “stuff” until you find just the right gem. It may not look like a gem when you first come across your new wonderful piece, but with a little elbow grease you can easily transform it into a thing of beauty. First, make sure your piece is in fairly good physical shape. Perhaps you want to sand and paint it, or take your new find apart and make separate pieces. The bottom line, think out of the box, use your imagination, negotiate the price, and above all – have fun!

The Brimfield experience was truly an inspiration. To have over 6,000 vendors filled with treasures to buy, it was like a dream for someone like me that loves to mix vintage pieces in with modern elements to create something with warmth that makes an impact. The experience of meeting bloggers that I had been tweeting with for months was like seeing an old friend after being separated for years. I not only left inspired, but I left with friendships that have become part of my daily life and people that I am now collaborating on projects with ... that makes the experience priceless. – Kelley L. Moore

– Brian Kelsey

#brimfield tweetup sponsors:

> Click here for a DIY demo by Brian Kelsey

> Visit Antique & Collectibles Shows July 12 –17 and Sept. 6 –11

All photos these two pages courtesy of Danielle Hatfield and Brandon Pierce of Experience Farm

“Brimfield to me was about connecting and bonding with friends that share the same interests and passions, and learning a thing or two along the way. I am so very excited to return in September to see all the wonderful treasures (friends and finds) that await!” – Jessica Gordon Ryan (Gimlet Mom)

Jessica Gordon Ryan with Benjamin Moore rep (Experience Farm), green glass (Gretchen Aubuchon), attendees at dinner (Experience Farm), pink glass (Gimlet Mom), tweet chat (Experience Farm), vintage typewriter (Experience Farm)

When can we expect the next #brimfield tweetup? Because over 6.2 million twitter impressions occurred over the two days of our May event, we have scheduled a second tweetup in September on Thursday, September 8th and Friday, September 9th. Those interested can sign up at m

> Visit these links to learn more about the contributors to this story: Gretchen Aubuchon Cynthia Bogart Jessica Gordon Ryan Danielle Hatfield and Brandon Pierce Melissa Byrne Brian Kelsey Kelley L. Moore

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New England Fine Living 10 6 S o u t h M a i n S t r e e t , M i d d l e t o n , M a s s a c h u s e t t s

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What’s new at New England Fine Living? The rebirth of New England Fine Living’s website, retail boutique, and interior design studio has been a miraculous, amazing, adventurous, rewarding and challenging journey to say the least. And you know what? I say “Bring it on AND bring on more!”

The Fine Living Muse

Over the course of nine months, a lot has changed in my personal and business life giving me the desire, opportunity, and need to focus on some changes. One change came when I realized my time and ability to give 110% to New England Finery, while also giving 110% to New England Fine Living, was mathematically and physically impossible. So with that said, I recently handed over the reins of this wonderful publication to Yvonne, who is the creator and driving force. Does this mean you won’t see my musings on the pages of New England Finery? No way! I will still be sharing ideas, reviews, and stories with you. As always, New England Fine Living’s retail store will showcase preferred vendors and offer new and pre-loved treasures for the home. My interior design studio has been slowly creeping its way back into full view, and you will see a lot more hand-crafted and embellished items from yours truly. Fabric, wallpaper, and fancy trims from my library of books are available to flip through and place a custom order. Come see some of our custom window treatments and upholstery samples, or simply enjoy the idea books (three ring binders full of magazine “inspiration” pages) that I have scattered in the retail showroom. Not close to our brick and mortar store or away from home? While on vacation, at work (please look over your shoulder to make sure your boss is not there!), or during down time at home, you can visit us 24/7 for home and garden decorating ideas, entertaining tips, wedding topics, recipes, travel information, and so much more on and Happy decorating and entertaining!


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Architectural Arch Wall Plaque $65

Boy with Kite Toile in Linen Frame $20 yvonne b. designs

Lobster Invitations The Write Expression

Boy with Flowers Toile in Linen Frame $20 yvonne b. designs

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If you are planning a big event or an intimate summer soiree, stop by The Write Expression and they will customize the invitation of your choice and have it ready for you in no time! With so many styles to choose from, getting the word out will be a piece of cake.

New England Fine Living “Will Work for Shoes & Wine” Tee $24.95 Available in-store and online

Set of Wedding Goblets $45 Paintin’ Place Ceramics • Personalization available

Faux Flower Window Box $40

Pewter 4-piece Bath Set $38 Savannah Gardens Votive Candle Set $19.99 Set of 4

Silvertone Shell $12 Ceramic Magic Fish $25

Neptune 1 Studios Decoupaged Plate $148 8 in. x 12 in.“Homebound Schooner” from J.O.J. Frost Collection

Our most colorful and whimsical collection, J.O.J. Frost’s images and written notes combine to present a picture of nineteenth century life in a small New England coastal town. Images of fishing schooners and their catch reflect Frost’s fascination with the sea and the lives of fishermen.

Cocktail Napkins with Melamine Plate Gift Set $13 The Write Expression

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Polka-Dot Seashell Bolster $65 yvonne b. designs

Goldtone Mirror $32

Polka-Dot Pillow with Brush Fringe $65 yvonne b. designs

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On the shelves 1. Green & White Plate $15 2. Ceramic Rabbit with Pizza $28 3. Small White Ceramic Pitcher $15 4. Ceramic Rabbit with Vase $28 5. Mini Faux Florals $14


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Embroidered Leaf Pillow $40 Embroidered Floral Pillow $40 Yellow Sequined Pillow $30

Pakistan Carpet $525 First Oriental Rugs, 3 ft. x 4 ft. 6 in.

Lion Wall Plaque $19.99

Road trip to Napa D AY O N E I N W I N E C O U N T R Y

Text and photos by Linda Smith of New England Fine Living

Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery My first visit to wine country started at Ferrari - Carano vineyards, in Dry Creek Valley located in Healdsburg, California. After parking the rental Mustang convertible that screamed “tourist,” we made our way to the main house, Villa Fiore, which means “House of Flowers” in Italian.

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As you might imagine, it was a colorful and visual treat for the eyes. I was told by our host that just a few weeks before our arrival, 12,000 tulips were in full bloom on the grounds, but had just been removed for the next display of flowers. Each year, Rhonda Carano, owner of FerrariCarano, along with her husband, Don, selects new bulbs and colors for her guests to enjoy. This self-guided garden tour is free to the public, and includes a beautiful 5-acre garden with meandering paths that offer secluded spots to sit, relax, and enjoy the sound of waterfalls and chirping birds.

Along the path to Villa Fiore, there are two bronze statues, one being that of a very large boar. It is said that if you rub the boar’s snout, you will have good luck. And yes ... I rubbed, and rubbed, and rubbed that snout! You can actually see that the oxidation has been kept off of his nose – I mean snout – from many others hoping for good luck. Directly behind Villa Fiore are the Malbec vines which have been placed and planted in the proper location to catch the full rays of the sun. Leaves are purposely removed on one side of the vine to help the growing process. In addition, Baby Doll sheep graze and clear the grass around the base of the vines.

R O A D T R I P T O N A PA From August through November, during peak conditions, grapes are harvested at night. The night time harvesting process is not only important to keep their employees out of the hot sun, but it is also better for the grapes. All of their white wines are made next door to Villa Fiore along with a few Pinot Noirs. All of their red wines are created at their other facility. During my private tour, I was brought into a large warehouse where my olfactory senses were put into full gear. 1,500 French oak barrels, full of Chardonnay, were stacked on shelves in front of me. The aroma in the room was amazing. What amazed me even more was hearing that every two weeks, the 1,500 bungs (the plugs) are removed from each and every barrel, and the wine is stirred by hand until the Chardonnay is ready. Now for the fun part ... Inside the Villa Fiore Wine Shop which is located on the first floor, there is a large mahogany and granite tasting bar with a backdrop which includes a view of the vineyard, the stunning water fountain, and the mountains in the distance. Instead of

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doing my tasting there, I was whisked away down a flight of limestone stairs to Enoteca, a special tasting bar (Enoteca means â&#x20AC;&#x153;wine libraryâ&#x20AC;? in Italian). This tasting room offers limited release and reserve wines which are poured from behind an amazing 37-foot long barrel-shaped tasting bar which is custom fitted with a black Galaxy granite top. Within this room, there are also tasting tables with chairs for guests to relax while they are tasting their FerrariCarano wines. My favorite, from the flight of wines we tasted, was Tresor, which means treasure. It is a Bordeaux-style blend from Alexander Valley which consists of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petite Verdot, 4% Malbec, 4% Merlot, and 2% Cabernet. After our tasting, we headed back up to the gift shop, to have our wines properly packed in a bag. At this time, I was forced to buy a package of chocolate-covered blueberries. Okay, not really, I had a couple of these delicious treats during the tasting, and they were to-die-for. No coaxing required ... I needed that tiny package of chocolate to give me the energy to unpack my clothes and shoes (lots and lots of shoes) back in my room at Vintners Inn.

Photo courtesy of Ferrari-Carano

Vintners Inn, also owned by Don and Rhonda Carano, is located in Santa Rosa, California and offers 44 luxurious rooms surrounded by 92 acres of vineyards, flower gardens, olive trees, water fountains, and walkways that connect all of the buildings. The room where we stayed â&#x20AC;&#x201C; along with my shoes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; had a fireplace, king-sized bed with down comforter, and a patio overlooking the vineyards and courtyard. A complimentary bottle of wine, from Ferrari-Carano, was in the room waiting for us. It did not take me long to grab the wine glasses, the bottle, and head out to the balcony to relax before our dinner at John Ash & Co.

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R O A D T R I P T O N A PA John Ash & Co. Restaurant Fast forward a few hours – I was now looking forward to dressing up a bit and heading out to our 7:00 pm dinner reservation at John Ash & Co., which is on the grounds of Vintners Inn. Even though there were 600 wines to choose from at the restaurant, we decided to bring one of the wines from our tasting earlier that day. We walked over a little early so that we could enjoy a glass of wine in their Front Room Bar & Lounge. We were seated on the sun porch and enjoyed a William Knuttle 2007 Pinot Noir before being escorted to our table for dinner. The dinner was delightful, the staff was very attentive to our needs, and I never once had to pour my own wine. Dining at John Ash & Co. was the perfect ending to a perfect “day one” in wine country. > Visit Linda’s blog for more stories from her travels – in and beyond – New England.

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Fill me with wonder

You maker of dreams,

Designers with schemes

That cause me to wander Till far’s near at hand,

And near? Why, up yonder.

Let me not know quite where I go. Let me seem lost;

Stuff my eyes with texture on texture At any cost.

Confuse me with where I might maunder And yet arrive;

And the final end of my journey?

New England

So that each jigsaw scrimshaw


Let me be yang, or yet again yin,

In our next issue ...

I’m alive!

Let each twist and turn be target and goal Turnabout patch


Is part to the whole.

Let me not sense just where I’ve just been. And whether it’s northwest turned south Or southwest gone east

Brim my gaze, yeast my soul with a rampant feast. So each part of the plan, every feature and phase

Is a chart where I’m lost and yet found in amaze, Where you go to be spun

Like a weathercock wheel

In directions of sight, or mere touching to feel.

Let the scent of fine foods fetched to sharpen the air,

Move my moveable feast toward an impulse to share. But this above all, you but need name the cost,

Let me find a new soul, where I dared to be lost.

– Ray Bradbury

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