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Foodie Friday: Didriks Dinner Series

The lovely Alexandra Boeri from Didriks just sent over the official photos from last Saturday night’s dinner put on by Didriks at Austin Architects in Cambridge. These images are a lot more clear and well composed than the Instagram photos I posted yesterday. Enjoy the gorgeousness of the flowers by Laura Jean Floral & Design, decor by Nicole Rueda-Watts of Observatory, and table settings and food by Taryn Collins for Didriks.




Roasted Tomato and Cipollini Onion Crostini with Ricotta
Preserved Lemon Hummus


Shaved Fennel and Grapefruit



Seared Scallops over Saffron Risotto with Asparagus



Upside-Down Blood Orange Cake




Laura Jean


Nicole Rueda-Watts


Photography by  Nathan Brescia

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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.






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Peek inside the portfolio of Laurel Jean Floral and Design:










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Design Diary: Boston Magazine’s Design Home 2013

Over the summer I worked on a big project that is now up and running— Boston magazine’s Design Home 2013. No, I didn’t decorate any rooms; I wrote the copy for the accompanying brochure, describing the furnishings and decor throughout the space. This year’s home is an expansive condo in The Concordia, a newly developed building right on the water on the North Shore, in Swampscott, Mass.

Design Home is open through Oct. 7. I hope those of you who are local will consider taking drive to see it, since all ticket proceeds ($25/person) benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. (Click here to purchase tickets. 

The 3,600+ square foot unit, done in ocean hues, is furnished with pieces from local businesses, including Landry & Arcari, Lucia Lighting, Didrik’s, Surroundings, Zimman’s, and others. Here’s a taste of what you’ll see, photographed by the ever present (and talented!) Michael J. Lee.


Custom bench by 60nobscot; crystal fixture from Lucia Lighting.


Wood Mode cabinetry by Family Kitchens; backsplash by Tile by Design.


Dining Room
Place setting from Didriks.


Barlow Tyrie outdoor furniture from Didriks.


Master Bedroom
Barley twist bed and custom paisley bedding from Zimman’s.
Hand-knotted Turkmen rug from Landry & Arcari.


Sitting Area


Ladies Dressing Room
Cabinetry by California Closets; clothing from Irresistibles.


Sleeping Nook
Trundle bed by Family Kitchens.


Guest Suite
Furnishings, bedding, and accessories from Surroundings.


Coastal View

All photographs by  Michael J. Lee

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

I don’t actually celebrate Valentine’s Day, as it just seems silly to me, but I’m all for love and all for friendship and all for helping you shop for pretty tokens of appreciation. Here are 28 perfect presents to get and give this Valentine’s Day, from $16 to $3,000. (Don’t hesitate to buy for yourself!) xoxo


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1 Rose Gold Lips Necklace, $85 at Samantha Faye.

2 Raw Pink Tourmaline Earrings, $98 at Leif.

3 Polly Wales Large Ruby Band, $2,940 at Clay Pot.

4 Limited Edition iPhone Case, $33.60 at Tory Burch.

5 UrbanEars Plattan Headphones, $65 at ICA Store.

6 Giambattista Valli Dress, $1,860 at Moda Operandi.

7 Archer Earrings, $22 at Need Supply Co.

8 Color Fest Tea Towel by Mae Engelgeer, $25 at Leif.

9 Hera Heart with Gold Studs, € 55 at Denz Herz.

10 Y’A Pas Le Feu Au Lac PIK Vase, $95 at Horne.

11 L’Oiseau by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, $195 at ICA Store.

12 Y’a Pas Le Feu Au Lac Les Perles Candlestick, $75 at MoMA.

13 We’re Young at Heart Sweater, $42.99 at ModCloth.

14 This Love Print, $28 at Lekker.

15 Shanghai Vase by Pols Potten, €123,75 at Bijzondermooi.

16 Paloma Picasso Love Band Ring, $150 at Tiffany & Co.

17 Miu Miu Cat Eye Sunglasses, $390 at Net-a-Porter.

18 Heartbreaker Sweater, $79.99 at J.Crew.

19 Shaesby Noir Cocktail Moonstone Ring, $735 at Clay Pot.

20 Loop Leather Keychain, $16 at Leif.

21 Lanvin Suede/Snakeskin Ribbon-Lac Sneakers, $640 at Ssense.

22 Lonely Grape Cut Out Bra, $64 at Bonadrag.

23 Comme des Garçons Play Heart T-Shirt, $135 at Ssense.

24 Powder-Coated Brass Necklace, $70 by Iacoli & McAllister.

25 Bario Neal Reticulated Band w/Diamond, $524 at Bario Neal.

26 Iitala Small Vitriini Box, $79 at Didriks.

27 Paris Jumper, $68 at Miss Selfridge.

28 Red Dawn Bracelet by Holst + Lee, $145 at Holst + Lee.





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Get the Look: 41 Geo / Polyhedron Furnishings

Today I am the guest blogger for New England Home. The magazine, based here in Boston, has a robust blog, with daily posts from the publication’s editors and contributors, along with guest bloggers like myself. My post is “Geometry Lesson,” with photos of the geo trend I took around Boston, plus interior design finds from Pinterest. Below is the shopping segment so you can incorporate a piece into your own rooms. The prices range from totally do-able (West Elm Polyhedron Pendant) to high concept (Max Lipsey’s storage units at Matter). You’ll see I snuck in a classic from the 60s too.


1 Faceture Lightshades by Phil Cuttance at Phil Cuttance.

2 Indian Summer Wallpaper by Juju Papers, $200/roll at Juju Papers.

3 Lauren Ralph Lauren Dustin Dodecahedron Pendant, $440 at Circa Lighting.

4 Trivetz Trivets by M-T Studio, $11 each at Didriks.

5 Crio Pendant Light by Fabbian, $1,539.52 at YLighting.

6 Rhombins by Pfeiffer Lab, $35 at Abodeon.

7 Closely Separated Vase by Muuto, $129 at Finnish Design Shop.

8 Prime Candle Stand by Aaron Silverstein at Hedge, 1st Dibs.

9 Grid Wall by Gagnon Studio at Module R.

10 Magis Stacking Chair, $1,968/set of four at AllModern.

11 Hicks Hexagon Wallpaper by Cole and Son, $188/roll at Walnut Wallpaper.

12 Crushed Bowl by Muuto, $110 at Design Within Reach.

13 Diamond Cube Object, $173 at DwellStudio.

14 Chromed Steel Pyramid Base Coffee Table, $2,750 at Assemblage, 1st Dibs.

15 Pac Console by Arktura, $990 at 2Modern.

16 Ceramic Jug by Piet Hein Eek, $1,659 at The Future Perfect.

17 Polyhedron Indoor/Outdoor Pendant, $149 at West Elm.

18 Acciaio Stage 2 Medium Cabinet by Max Lipsey, $14,250 at Matter.

19 Themis Mobile, $29 at Poketo.

20 Sage Pyramid by Iacoli & McAllister, $165 at Iacoli & McAllister.

21 Kaleido Tray by Hay Market, from €19 at Design Delicatessen.

22 Acciaio Stage 2 Low Cabinet by Max Lipsey, $11,600 at Matter.

23 Polyhedron Candlesticks by Revisions Design Studio at Supermarket.

24 QuaDror Wall by Studio Dror, price upon request at Studio Dror.

25 Cinque Copper Pendant by Iacoli & McAllister, $795 at Iacoli & McAllister.

26 Polyhedron Necklace, £45 at Victoria & Albert Museum Shop.

27 The Zoid Table by Meier/Ferrer, price upon request at Matter.

28 Honeycomb Light by Luceplan at Luceplan.

29 Special Edition Clock by Nick Johnson for Fab.com

30 Méo Shelf by Olivier Desrochers.

31 Pedrera Coffee Table by Gubi, $815 at Finnish Design Shop.

32 Dom Table Lamp at Holly’s House.

33 Perrette Container, $168 at Woonwinkle.

34 ny.11.#42 Print by Jennifer Sanchez, $60 at 20×200.

35 Colour Platter Sand by Scholten & Baijings, €550 at Scholten & Baijings.

36 Large Spica Light by Iacoli & McAllister, $950 at Iacoli & McAllister.

37 Marbleized Polyhedron Weight, $300 at Gris,1st Dibs.

38 Quartz No. 2 Terrarium by Score + Solder, $340 at Score + Solder.

39 Ravello Flatweave Runner, $125—$212.50 at DWR.

40 Facet Rug by DwellStudio, $495 at Zinc Door.

41 George Side Table by Oly Studio at Candelabra.

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