Pod is a charming home furnishings and gift shop in Brookline Village, that I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never visited IRL until last week. It’s got a great feel—sort of Brooklyn meets Japan with old wooden floors and festive Asian lanterns. A lot of the items, like the gold leaf lotus bowl, porcelain feather ornaments, Kinfolk Magazine, metallic zip pouches, and brass coffee spoons are for sale online, so if you’re not in Boston, you can still (and should) shop.
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S H O P A N T H R O P O L O G I E fo r H O L I D A Y p r e s e n t s
I stopped off at Hudson yesterday to pick up a Lynzarium (that’d be a terrarium by local lovely Lyndsay Maver) for a magazine holiday gift guide. Unbelievably, it was the first time I had been into the new space. (Hudson moved around the corner last year into the former photo studio space most recently occupied by clothing boutique Looc.) Owner/designer Jill Goldberg happened to be there, so we had a nice visit catching up on things. And, in the interest of efficiency and multi-tasking, I took lots of Instagram shots for a blog post. If you’re in Boston, Hudson’s got many wonderful gifts, plus plenty of wonderful furniture and home accessories. Definitely stop in.
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Yesterday I headed over to Boston’s South End to meet Seema Krish at her studio (and then The Buttery for a carrot cupcake—the best, best, best carrot cupcakes). Then I popped an extra quarter into the meter (yeah, I drove; lame) and ducked into Lekker, one of Boston’s best design shops. Lines include David Trubridge, Eleanor Pritchard, Marie’s Corner, Blomus, Menu, Oak Pure, John Derian Furniture, Mud Australia, MEPRA, and tons more. I had a nice chat with Natalie, who owns the shop, and took plenty of photos. I will certainly post a peek at what’s Seema’s been up to (her newest collection debuts in April), but in the meantime, here’s what’s in store at Lekker.
Twelve Chairs, a superb home decor shop in Boston’s artsy Fort Point neighborhood has just launched online shopping. I blogged about the brick & mortar two years ago; today I offer up 20 picks from the website. (If anyone wants to send a gift, I like #3.)
S H O P P I N G
1 Pharmacy Cabinet, $1,875.
2 Plimpton Lamp, $490
3 Ships Pillow Cover, $68
4 Straw Basket with Lid, $78
5 French Pear Soy Candle, $30
6 Pink Union Jack Throw, $300
7 Wooden Pie Server, $20
8 The Perfectly Imperfect Home, $30
9 Whale Bin, $56
10 Champagne Sheepskin Rug, $98
11 Blossom Chandelier, $2,550
12 Gold Glow Bowl, $68
13 Ikat Bee Bowl, $220
14 Glass Jug Lamp, $425
15 Chalk Piggy Bank, $85
16 Cardboard Deer Head, $14
17 Boston Neighborhoods Print, $30
18 Wood + Leather Counter Stool, $475
19 Pollen Medium Box, $14
20 Love Bird Figurine, $45
There are a few really wonderful home decor boutiques here in Boston, many in the artsy SoWa district of the South End. Diseño is one of my favorites. Frank Campanale was inspired to open the boutique after an extended trip to South America back in 2001, during which he stayed for a week each in Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Chile. Moved by the contrast of daily life in Third World countries and the richness of the culture, he travels there often to source treasures for the shop.
His most recent expedition was to Guatemala just two weeks ago. Intrigued by my recent spurt of Instagram photos (glad to know somebody out there loves them!), he invited me over, curious to see how his products, which range from delicious blankets to earthy pots to cowhide rugs in cutting edge colors, would translate with the app. Here are the results. I like them; he did too. What do you think?
Today, one of the few days I’ve had any time recently, I ventured down to Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood to stop in at the new home furnishings shop and design studio, Twelve Chairs. The business is a collaborative effort from two 27-year-old interior designers who met at Cornell, Roisin and Miggy. Roisin, who’s from the area, worked at a commercial architecture firm and did a stint at Koo de Kir in Beacon Hill two learn the retail side of things. Miggy, who’s from New York, worked in operations for the Anthropologie in Rockefeller Center in New York City. The pair stock the sun-filled loft space with pieces from small artisans, with a focus on sustainable methods and materials. They also offer design services.
Twelve Chairs, 319 A Street, Boston
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Patch NYC is having a party tonight to celebrate the opening of its new Boston shop. In addition to the pair’s fabulous home furnishings, scarves, jewelry, and objets d’art, they’re featuring the ceramic wares of Klein Reid, whose creators, David and James, will be there too.
Klein Reid bowl and Patch NYC ikat scarves
more Klein Reid
Friday, October 22, 6pm to 9pm
The Courtyard at 46 Waltham Street (@Washington Street), Boston
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What: Thakoon Trunk Show Fall/Winter 2010
When: Thursday, May 13th 11am to 3pm
Where: Serenella , 134 Newbury St., Boston
Serenella • 134 Newbury Street • Boston
Thakoon. You may remember his from The September Issue?
Jill Goldberg, owner of Hudson (and brand new mommy to baby Dylan) is offering a rare treat – 20% off all in-stock items at both boutiques, through Sunday, May 16th. A Mother’s Day treat indeed. I happened to be over there a couple of weeks ago, snapping plenty of pictures. What’s catching your eye? I’m loving the bumblebee pillow.
Hudson • 312 Shawmut Ave • Boston and 61A Central St • Wellesley
Diane von Furstenberg has not only been busy designing groovy patterned wrap dresses; she’s been opening up boutiques worldwide; 28 internationally to be exact, though only five in the U.S. But business is booming and open she will. Although she’s got a flagship is in the Meatpacking District, and she’s secured a lease for a 2,000 square foot Soho outpost, which, according to WWD, Furstenberg says, will be “a lab to funnel ideas through all our stores and our wholesale business.”
More importantly, DVF is coming to Boston!! WWD reports that a DVF boutique will open in Boston in July. Must do some recon to find out where. I’m guessing Newbury; there are plenty of storefronts from which to choose. Any thoughts?
My favorite DVF looks for fall: