Category Archives: Designer Spotlight

Just In: TRADHhome Early Spring 2014

The digital edition of Traditional Home, called TRADhome came out last week. This is an online only version of the magazinef that features less established and up-and-coming designers. In 2012’s TRADhome, I wrote about a home designed by Palmer Weiss—my blog post here—and in the 2013 “Great Kitchens” edition, I wrote about designer Liz Caan’s color-filled dining room, blogged here.

TRADhome 2014 extensively showcases homes designed by these four designers: Tamara Kaye-Honey, Charles de Lisle, and Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat of Lucas Studio, and Taylor Borsari. The theme is color, and as you’ll see, there’s plenty of it.

TAMARA KAYE-HONEY
Photos by Michael Garland

tamara-kaye-honey-trad-home-banquette

tamara-kaye-honey-trad-home-bedroom

tamara-kaye-honey-trad-home-dining-table

– – – – – – – – – – – –

CHARLES DE LISLE
Photo by David Duncan Livingston

charles-de-lisle-trad-home-lr

charles-de-lisle-trad-home-br

charles-de-lisle-dr

– – – – – – – – – – – –

JOE LUCAS & PARRISH CHILCOAT
Photos by Karyn Millet

lucas-chilcoat-trad-home-vanity

lucas-parrish-trad-home-lucas-parrish-aqua-bathroom

lucas-parrish-trad-home-guest-bedroom

lucas-parrish-trad-home-girls-bedroom

– – – – – – – – – – – –

TAYLOR BORSARI
Photos by Karyn Millet

taylor-borsari-playroom

taylor-borsari-trad-home-2

 

I blogged the best photos of
TRADhome 2013
Part I & Part II

 *              *            *

Shop classic and colorful home decor at Serena & Lily >

ad-serena-lily-products-yellow-pinkj

1 Comment

Filed under . REGULAR FEATURES, Designer Spotlight, Just In

Designer Spotlight: Laura Jean Floral and Design

Saturday night Didriks and Local Root owner  Jonathan Henke and his team invited me to a dinner where we talked about business and design. It was held in the Observatory Hill neighborhood of Cambridge, near his shops, at Austin Architects.

Didrik’s visual merchandiser, Alexandra Boeri, organized the nuts and bolts of the event and was the force behind its creative vision. She picked out all the tableware, and worked very closely with Laura Jean of Laura Jean Floral and Design, who did the flowers, and jewelry designer Nicole Rueda-Watts,  who provided some beautifully styled decorative vignettes.  Nicole is Laura Jean’s business partner in the new shop Observatory. (Check out Nicole’s old loft here.) Taryn Collins, who works at the shop, cooked the delicious meal. It was a such a nice evening, filled with good food, good flowers, and good company.

Here are some of my Instagram photos of the room, table, and meal, as well as some images from Laura Jean’s floral design portfolio.

IMG_0540

IMG_0551

IMG_0542

IMG_0585

IMG_0544

IMG_0563 IMG_0565

IMG_0597

IMG_0588

IMG_0579

IMG_0569

IMG_0553

 

Peek inside the portfolio of Laurel Jean Floral and Design:

laurajean_12

laurajean_08

laurajean_13

laurajean_07

1-laura-jean-pink-flowers

laurajean_03

laurajean_06

laurajean_05

laurajean_01

  *           *           *

Shop wines & spirits at Fortnum & Mason >

2 Comments

Filed under . REGULAR FEATURES, Designer Spotlight

Just In: Jessica Biales Signet Rings

I’ve long considered my friend Jessica Biales to have impeccable taste. I learned to cultivate the art of minimalism from her, back in college. She had almost nothing in her closet, yet she always had everything she needed. On the walls hung posters of architectural renderings by Frank Gehry and Phillip Johnson, mounted on foam core rather than taped to the walls. And her duvet was plain black.

Hardly the stuff of college dreams. When I need to cull, I channel that dorm room, which only one year before was laden with images of Monet’s Giverny, an inspiration board laden with Calvin Klein’s ponytailed models and Christy and Linda in Chanel, and a double mattress topped with a floral comforter; home to moi. Jessica was the New York City sophisticate incarnate. And now, reigning queen bee of the style world, Jenna Lyons, has confirmed what I always knew—Jessica Biales has style. 

J.Crew, which has been experimenting with collaborations with all sorts of cool kids—including CFDA winners and other under-the-radar labels—has picked up two rings by Jessica Biales. It’s the company’s first offerings in fine jewelry. They are carrying a limited run of two solid 18-carat gold signet styles—one yellow gold, and the other rose gold bedecked with pavé emeralds.

I gave the collab a shout-out in Sunday’s Boston Globe, as “The One Thing” in the  paper’s new “Enthusiast” section. Jessica’s work has gotten a ton of press over the past six months. Let’s have a look.

Jeassica Biales Candy Signet Ring J.CrewJessica Biales “Candy” Signet Rings
Available at Hu’s Wear in D.C.,  Good in Boston, and online at  J.Crew
All pieces also available at JessicaBiales.com

Jeassica Biales Candy Signet Ring J.Crew

 The Boston Globe, June 16, 2013

*  *  * 

signet-ring-feb-vogue

jessica-biales-candy-ring-vogue

 Vogue, February 2013

*  *  * 

Jessica Biales Rose Gold Slice Rings

Jessica Biales “Slice” Rings
available in white gold, rose gold, and yellow gold
plain or with pavé white or black diamonds 

IMG_4757 IMG_4759

Harper’s Bazaar, February, 2013

*  *  *

jessica-biales-slice-rings-rubies-emeralds-sapphires

Jessica Biales “Slice” Rings
in rose gold with tsavorites,rubies, sapphires


[I have the slice ring with tsavorites. I wear it between two rose gold rings by Melissa Joy Manning that my husband gave me for my birthday a few years ago; also from Good.]

 

Jessica Biales Sterling Signet Ring

 

Jessica Biales Block Signet Rings
in sterling silver at Good and 18-carat yellow gold at J.Crew

Jessica Biales Gold Wave Rings

Jessica Biales Wave Rings
small and large in rose, white, and yellow gold

 *   *   * 

J E S S I C A  B I A L E S  J E W E L R Y
a v a i l a b l e  a t
Hu’s Wear in D.C.   |    Good in Boston
online at  J.Crew |   and 
at JessicaBiales.com

See my Instagram photos of Jessica’s rings here:
Shopping Trip: Good Boutique 


1 Comment

Filed under . REGULAR FEATURES, Designer Spotlight, Just In

Designer Spotlight: Snowbound Pottery by Anna Kasabian

Anna Kasabian, a local artist on the North Shore of Massachusetts working under the name Snowbound Pottery, emailed me in January with photos of her work. I was instantly taken with the delicate shapes and natural feel. The pieces are sweet but not precious or cloying. The white vases and and bowls themselves resemble flowers, with uneven scalloped edges and petal-like feet. I was unsurprised to learn that she makes everything by hand, without a wheel. When I responded to her mail saying I loved her work, she graciously sent me a tiny dish so I could see it and feel it. Her work is even more lovely in person.

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Vases With Purple Flowers

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Gold Rim Bowl

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Tiny Bowls

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Vases Bowls

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Vases On Windowsill

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Strawberry Bowls

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian In Progress

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian In Progress

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Plate

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Lotus Bowl

Snowbound Pottery Anna Kasabian Outdoors

Style Carrot Snowbound Pottery* * * mine * * *

 

Leave a Comment

Filed under . REGULAR FEATURES, Designer Spotlight

Designer Spotlight: Samantha Faye Jewelry

Samantha Freedman, a Newton girl whose family is in the  jewelry business (Downtown Crossing Boston diamond shop Freedman Jewelers is her dad’s), actually started out as a corporate lawyer before pursuing design. And even then, she did it on her lunch hour. I profiled Samantha (“Sweetest Charms”) in the Boston Globe Magazine earlier this month.

SAMANTHA FAYE FREEDMAN JEWELRY DESIGNER BOSTON

Samantha’s first charm was a clothing hanger. After people bought them right off her neck, she designed five more fashion-inspired pieces which comprise the Closet Collection: a button, a zipper, a key, a knot, a pair of lips, and a bow. All seven are still in production, and the bow has since become one of her biggest sellers. She does all her pieces in sterling silver, gold plate, and rose gold plate.

samantha-faye-shamrock-lips-knot

Samantha-Faye-in-Globe-Mag

Boston Globe Magazine January 6, 2013
photos in the magazine by Dan Watkins

 After the closet came the Menagerie Collection, which today includes 20 different adorable animal charms, all available in large and small sizes. She started making the animals and matching mini mes when her friends started having kids, thinking they’d be cute mommy/daughter accessories. (She makes charm bracelets too.) They were a hit, but with an even broader audience. Sorority sisters, and all sorts of ladies loved them.

samantha-faye-elephant-giraffe-charms

samantha-faye-monkey-pendants

Samantha-Faye-Owl-Pendants

If the large and small lobsters aren’t telltale signs, the Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket island charms, plus the anchor, making up the Islands Collection, gives Samantha away as a New England girl.

samantha-faye-massachusetts-map-charm

Samantha’s newest collection Modern Classic, includes nature-inspired shapes, good luck charms, and other whimsical silhouettes. Again, all available big and small in three finishes.

Samantha-Faye-jewelry-Boston-Globe

samantha-faye-scissors-pendants

samantha-faye-putting-on-necklace

Samantha behind-the-scenes at the Globe shoot at Succara on Beacon Hill, the showroom that represents her line.

samantha-faye-photo-shoot

BOSTON GLOBE MAGAZINE COVER JAN 6 2013

Leave a Comment

Filed under . REGULAR FEATURES, Designer Spotlight