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Sunday Bouquet: Succulent in Taylor Ceramics at Remodelista Market This Weekend

Taylor Ceramics Planter At Remodelista Market Boston

Instagram photo by Marni Elyse Katz/StyleCarrot

Succulent in Taylor Ceramics planter
 Remodelista Market New England
Lekker Home, 1313 Washington Street, Boston
Nov. 14 – 15, 2015

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Shopping Trip: 1630 A Colonial Chic PopUp by Visual Dialogue

If you live in Boston and haven’t stopped by the colonial Boston-themed pop-up shoppe 1630, you must. This week. The pop-up, which I wrote about for the Boston Globe is open through Sunday, November 15th. 

Developed and executed by Susan Battista and Fritz  Klaetke, the wife and husband duo behind South End-based design and branding agency Visual Dialogue, the shop and its contents are an exercise in thoughtful, clever, and refined design. Battista and Klaetke are incredibly talented designers with razor sharp skills for curating talent to support their vision. Plus, they took turns working the till every day, adding shopkeeper to their resumes.

The goods, both vintage and locally made, celebrate Boston’s colonial history, elegantly. In a sense, it’s a gift shop for both visitors and absolute natives)= who wouldn’t dream of buying tacky T-shirts and such. In addition to vintage finds, there are a number of items from local artisans that make perfect holiday presents, including chunks of herb encrusted soaps, re-imagined vintage pendants, hand-dyed tote bags, oxford cloth aprons, pressed seaweed prints, handmade metal pens, leather keychains, felt pennants, appealing T-shirts, and the cutest onesie in the city.

The props are covet-worthy too. Artist & builder Doug Weathersby created wooden colonial dudes that populate the shoppe, and also  made an ingenious bar for opening night, out of wood scraps from the said figures. The wall paint color, which you will certainly ask about, is Benjamin Moore HC-156 Van Eeussen Blue.

1630 occupies the former Nanette Lepore boutique on the second floor of 119 Newbury Street between Clarendon and Dartmouth. Stop in and take a selfie with Ben Franklin.


Founding fathers don T-shirts with clever sayings that include “The Original New England Patriot.”


A plate wall of blue and white transferware from Brimfield hang above a little antique chest painted a rusty red.


Fritz at the wrap desk, getting the hang of being a shopkeeper.


Vintage wooden bowl and wooden letters.


Tote bags by local textile designer Fiona Stoltze who went to MassArt.


Artisanal soaps and balms by local maker Red Langler Apothecary in Lowell.


They created pendant necklaces using vintage Monopoly-like charms.


Postcards with Boston landmarks.


Vintage trinkets.


Handmade aluminum & brass pens by local maker Ian Schon.


Felt pennant s by Somerville-based Loyal Supply Co.


Fritz & Susan designed the adorable onesies.


Vintage toy blocks.


Antiques, T-shirts, vintage engravings, and contemporary seaweed prints by Mary Chatowsky Jameson.


Framed map of Boston print by Italian-born, Boston-raised typographer Matteo Gulla.
Notice the oyster shucking kit by Jan Moscovitz in the lower right.


Vintage brass clipper ships.


Handmade leather  key holsters by Loyal Supply Co.


Wooden bowls and spoons look great with the autumn harvest.
Aprons by Jamaica-Plain based artisan Natalie Pangaro.


Vintage cocktail napkins.


Pewter candlestick against the blue/grey walls.


Plywood bar with relief of United States cut into it, made for opening night event by Doug Weathersby.


American flag, vintage trunk, and cheeky T-shirts.


Vintage glass bottles with glass and metal stoppers.


Hancock building weather alert.


Homemade caramel apples.


Susan Battista in floral bow tie blouse and vintage vest.


C’mon by.
1630 is open through this Sunday, Nov. 15.
119 Newbury Street (bet. Clarendon & Dartmouth), 2nd floor, Boston

Upcoming events:
Tues., Nov. 10th 6-7:30pm:
Talk by Beth Carroll-Horrocks, Head of Special Collections at the State Library of Massachusetts.
Sat., Nov 14th 11am-6pm:
Pop-in by Julie Vician of Fairbanks Fancy Goods.
Sun., Nov 15th 11am-6pm:
Pop-in by MassArt illustration students, featuring unique products designed exclusively for 1630.

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Shopping Trip: Folly 101 in Portland, Maine

In June I visited Portland, Maine and stayed at The Press Hotel, former home to The Portland Herald Press in the city’s Old Port District. I had plenty of time to wander the streets and browse the shops, which of course I did. I picked up some adorable little items for myself and for gifts. First stop, Folly 101.

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Folly 101 was the first shop I happened upon on my walk to the wharfs downtown. It is very cute, expertly merchandised with items grouped by color. Lots of little tabletop stuff plus soft goods including totes, pillows, and scarves. (Next store is Holly Stone, a superb clothing store with laid back but ultra sophisticated pieces from Europe.) 


Dipped and dotted turquoise pitchers, turquoise pear shaped candles, turquoise cocktail napkins, and creamy white wares in the background.


Stripy totes and gauzy summer scarves.


Into the blue with cobalt pitchers, tea towels, and ceramic spoons.


More stripey scarves and natural  neutral cotton totes, linen napkins, and leather handled straw storage baskets.


Wood and ceramic spoons and teeny tiny dishes. (I have a weakness for these.)


Honey pots, teak appetizer plates, salt and pepper shakers, and tiny creamers.


Grey, grey, grey. I bought the tote and love it.


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Shopping Trip: Paying It Forward From TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods

I’m a longtime fan of off price retailers like T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods. I suppose it’s the thrill of the hunt and satisfaction of a bargain. While I adore a perfectly curated selection, as a shopper I also think that scavenging racks and bins is fun. So when a marketing exec from these stores asked if I’d participate in its Holiday Blogger Challenge I said sure.

My mission was to shop for presents (using the gift card they sent me) for people who weren’t necessarily on my holiday list. Friends and acquaintances that need extra lift this season; a pay it forward concept. Yesterday I hit the strip malls with the off price retailers, to see what I could find.


First stop, Marshalls. The home section had a some really cute mirrored jewelry boxes, but ultimately I went with these fab faux fur throws. There are lots of different styles, some are gift-boxed already, and most are silky soft. I have a friend who just had a medical procedure and is recuperating at home. When I visit, I’m going to bring one to her as an early Christmas-cum-get-well-soon treat.


Second stop, T.J.Maxx, where I headed to the men’s section to shop for a cousin who just broke up with his girlfriend and is planning a rugged guys adventure. The brightly colored, lightweight nylon toiletry cases caught my eye. To it I added a sports watch (love the yellow), protective iPhone case, and an orange rain poncho, because really, what guy would ever buy a rain poncho?


Last stop, HomeGoods. I was immediately lured by the enameled, cast-iron French cooking pots, but alas, they were just a bit out of my budget. (I may go back and get a cobalt blue one for my mother-in-law though.) I was shopping for a neighbor who recently lost her husband. I remember she had mentioned she was baking a lot. I’ve definitely heard baking can be therapeutic. I often find fun kitchen tools for myself here so I scanned the shelves and spotted this colorful, nested mixing bowl set. They’re even microwave safe and are cute enough to use on the table. Bingo.

Done, done, and done. If you shop at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, share your holiday gift finds on social using #bestgiftever. One winner will receive a $100 gift card.

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Shopping Trip: Lou & Grey

Today I’m partnering with Lou & Grey, an offshoot of Ann Taylor LOFT that elevates loungewear by using textural fabrics and on trend silhouettes to create a collection of easy living pieces with a bit of edge. There are nubby oversize popovers, drawstring pants tailored enough to wear outdoors, stripey knit moto jackets, worn denim, a multitude of leggings, and soft drapey tees.

Interspersed with the Lou & Grey clothing, which is done in a palette of grey and oatmeal, with chambray, indigo, and shots of burgundy, is delicate, on-trend jewelry (lots of triangles) by makers that include Zoe Comings from Austin and New Refined Basics from Portland. There are also colorblock canvas pouches by Bittle & Burley and amazing candles in scents of storm, charcoal, and bone in handmade ceramic pots; both makers are out of Brooklyn. In addition, there are organic beauty products, matte ceramic canisters with cork tops, herringbone throws, stacks of Kinfolk magazines, and a carefully edited selection of books. 

The decor is perfect, with white wood plank floors, copper pipe clothes rails, table bases, and pendants, marble slabs, oak shelving, linen fitting room curtains, and leather hooks. It actually looks a lot like a gorgeous South End condo that I wrote about in the Boston Globe Magazine last Sunday. Lou & Grey is pretty much Pinterest come alive.

I visited the new Lou & Grey retail space at the Natick Mall outside Boston. (There’s a store open in Westport, CT too. I’ll definitely stop by when I’m there for Thanksgiving.) Let’s take the tour.



























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1 Treadstripe Moto Jacket + White Signature Tee

2 Specklestripe Popover + Spacedye Maxi Skirt

3 Burgundy Zippy Tunic + Grey Skinny Jean

4 Pebbled Crepe Popover + Chambray Jogger Pant

5 Mixup Tee + Twill Drawstring Pant

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