When I’m scouting a house for one of the various magazines I work for it’s always disheartening to see a beautiful room with wide, gaping windows devoid of any decoration. Sometimes a house doesn’t get chosen for this very reason. On the New England Home blog today I gather some of my favorite drapery moments that I’ve styled. You can check it out here.
It was definitely an #instagood week! Here’s a snapshot of what was going on.
I did some scouting with Connecticut-based interior designer Susan Glick. In her master bedroom was this fantastic mirrored chest, which started out as a painted floral bureau she bought a dozen years ago when her style was in a different phase. She had it repainted and added the mirrors—#instaupdate!
One night I helped Michael recreate an advertising image from the 1970s for a middle school film class. It was interesting to see how he set it up. Because we don’t own a gun Michael cut one out of cardboard. Because we don’t smoke, we chopped up a white pencil and wrapped the tip with brown paper. Turned out pretty smokin’.
Now to the big stuff. I was asked to help Merida Meridian, an amazing New England-based rug company that makes all of their rugs in Massachusetts, to help with an event honoring interior designer Amanda Nisbet. The beautiful event was held at The Taj, an historic hotel on Newbury Street in Boston.
Here is Amanda at their factory.
Here is a custom tufted rug being made.
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Last week I was writing a feature for New England Home magazine. It almost killed me. Here’s the full complaint on the New England Home blog.
I used to do a 5 Best Things column on Fridays, but when when I realized all those great moments were captured on my iPhone each week and shared through Instagram I thought I might as well call it was it is. So welcome to #Instagood Friday, a recap of a fantastic week!
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I confess, I sometimes use books for the covers. Trust me, it’s hard to style a coffee table or bookshelf with Kindles and iPads so in styling photo shoots I go old school paper. Read more about it on the New England Home blog where you’ll see my post.
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Perhaps it’s comparing apples to oranges, but on today’s New England Home blog I match the Best of Group dogs from Westminster Kennel Club’s annual competition with the work of certain interior designers.
Did Nate Berkus fall in with the herding group or toys? Are Tobi Fairley and Amanda Nisbet non-sporting or working? You’ll have to click here to find out.