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High-end shagreen in Boston
Posted May 15 at 7:40 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Shagreen, a term that typically refers to the skin of a stingray or shark, isn’t new. The exotic leather has long been prized, and may even date back to the time of the pharaohs and the Chinese Han dynasty, and appeared during the Middle Ages on the sword hilts and armor of Japanese samurai.  Europe started importing objects with a shagreen sheath in the mid-1700s, when a Parisian tanner—...
Sale on antiques and reproductions, Boston
Posted Apr 27 at 1:21 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Make haste to Plymouth! Dillon & Company, the purveyor of European Antiques & Interiors, is currently holding a Sample Sale, which means shoppers can score beautiful pieces for their interiors at a fraction of the price. Owner Gillian Dillon has just returned to Massachusetts after making her seasonal pilgrimage to the North Carolina international furniture shows, which means that the...
High-end outdoor TV
Posted Apr 24 at 2:48 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Here in New England, outdoor TVs tend to be a cost-is-no-object amenity, shares Maverick Integration’s Executive Coordinator Mark LaFave, due to the fact that homeowners pay a premium for these amazing, element-defying products, and they can only be used a few short, sweet months of the year. Séura's Storm Ultra Bright Still, more and more people are turning their landscapes into alfresco living...
Decorating tip for your deck: indoor-outdoor rug
Posted Apr 11 at 10:54 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
If you’re in the market for a fresh, new indoor/outdoor rug, head to Wayland Home & Design to peruse their Dash & Albert collection. The premier rug company features an array of knappy naturals, striped nauticals and color-rich rug patterns for spring. People adore Dash & Albert’s jutes, sisals and hooked rugs, and they’re popular in “entryways, under dining tables, in kitchens and...
High-end copper tables for outdoor living
Posted Apr 6 at 7:43 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Retailers have taken a shine to copper, as homeowners are galvanizing their indoor and outdoor spaces with the lustrous accent. It’s not hard to see copper’s appeal, the red-orange metal has a warmth and shimmer that can take on a rustic or sophisticated look, depending on how it’s used. Shop the look… Cape Cod Cupola Cape Cod Cupola's Marlin Fish weather vane Weather vanes have long been...
High-end home furnishings and accents
Posted Mar 27 at 5:59 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
The Cottage, Concord’s home furnishings, accents and interior design shop, is bursting with new lines to bring color and a breath of fresh air into your home this spring. The handcrafted Irish pottery of Nicholas Mosse is among the latest offerings, and Designer Christina Stetson tells us that the brand has quite a following. Mosse himself trains and employs locals who handcraft and hand paint...
Hand-made high-end Oriental rugs
Posted Mar 13 at 10:51 AM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
If you’re in the market for a new rug, your timing is perfect. Bahman Kimiachi, President of the Boston Rug Company, has just returned from a three-week overseas trip to source the latest designs, color combinations and styles in rugs for his Brookline-based store. Domotex exhibition  His first stop was in Hannover, Germany, for the Domotex exhibition, which, says Bahman, is the “biggest rug...
Striped outdoor pillows at Nantucket Looms
Posted Mar 9 at 4:14 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
It’s your lucky day! Since March is the time for the wearing of the green, we’ve sourced some vibrant and festive finds in retail stores throughout New England for your table, walls and favorite spaces. Nantucket Looms This jade green mohair throw, photographed in Ireland, is made by master weavers in Nantucket Looms’ Main Street studio. Downy and luxurious, the limited-edition textile is among...
Boston interior designer furniture line
Posted Mar 6 at 3:09 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
After a successful debut in Las Vegas, Dowel Furniture’s new Duncan Hughes collection is officially launched. The small but sexy line where “mid century meets art deco” pays homage to iconic American musicians, writers and celebrities of the mid century, people who, says Boston-based interior designer Duncan Hughes “made the world around them a more beautiful and interesting place.”  Interior...
Shopping for wallpaper
Posted Mar 2 at 6:46 PM in Shopping by Sandy Giardi
Nothing gives a room a lift quite like wallpaper. Wallpaper transforms a space almost immediately, casting a mood of elegance, warmth, vibrance or all of the above. It is also as forgiving as it is attractive, and can mask imperfections. Most of all, it brings a fresh look and great satisfaction. In-store design pros Sandy Krenz at Debsan The Decorating Store and Sarah Winroth and Sarah Melnick...