Just In: New England Makers Holiday Gift Guide

Yesterday, Boston Globe Magazine. published my annual holiday gift guide. All the presents in this year’s gift guide hail from New England designers and makers. I also listed local, independent stores where you can buy them, whenever possible.

Shopping local has never been more important, but this year it’s practical too given the shipping delays and shortages on shelves. Many of these holiday gift guide items are crafted  in local studios. You’ll still want to order early, because handmade takes time.

Here are 18 of my 30 recommendations. I hope you will click through to the Boston Globe to see the rest of my  holiday gift guide picks.

If it prompts you to subscribe, please consider doing so. I believe the first six months only costs $1. If you live in New England, think of what it would be like not to have a local newspaper. We need your support. Thank you! And, happy holiday shopping.

Boston Globe Magazine Holiday Gift Guide 2021 Shop Local New England Makers Holiday Gift Guide 2021 Shop Local

1 Wine club subscription, from $50 at The Urban Grape, 303 Columbus Avenue, Boston, 857-250-2509, theurbangrape.com

2 Geometric knit throw, from $369 at Anna.

3 Farmhouse wreath with faux peonies, from $178 at Cranberry Customs on Etsy.

4 Adorable Angel doll, $74.99 at Fusion Dolls, Westgate Mall, Brockton, 617-291-7177, fusiondolls.com

5 French Clay soap by Dear Botanicals, $12 at Wyllo, 65 Thayer Street, Boston, 617-982-2965, shopwyllo.com

6 Weeping Oak earrings by We Dream in Colour, $100 at Gift at the Gardner, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, 617-278-5122, gift.gardnermuseum.org

7 Rover rain cape by Cleverhood, $99 at Dash Bicycle , 230 Broadway, Providence, 401-453-3274, dashbicycle.com

8 Hot sauce by Hillside Harvest, $8.99 at Savenor’s Butcher Shop and Market, 160 Charles Street, Boston, 617-723-6328, and 92 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, 617-576-6328; savenorsmarket.com

9 Bellcate School dog treats, $8.50 at Common Deer, 210 College Street, Burlington, Vermont, 802-497-0100, commondeer.com

10 The Maine House by Maura McEvoy, Basha Burwell, and Kathleen Hackett, $50 at Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, 617-566-6660, brooklinebooksmith.com

s11 Victory/Peace CandleHand, $40 at 54celsius.com

12 Cargo truck by Luke’s Toy Factory, $24 at Daytrip Jr., 9 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport, Maine, 207-967-8345, daytripsociety.com

13. Game On tennis backpack by Ame & Lulu, $98 at Leather World, 30A Langley Road, Newton Centre, 617-332-6519, shopleatherworld.com

14 Diamond Sunburst Pyrite necklace by Devon Road Jewelry, $400 at Folklorica, 61 Union Street, Newton Centre, 617-630-1815, shopfolklorica.com

15 Color Palette canvas print, $68 at Lunch City Studio, 265 Washington Street, Somerville, lunchcitystudio.com

16 Zesty Morning organic body butter by Organic Bath Co., $29 at Follain, 65 Charles Street, Boston, 857-233-5211, follain.com

17 Somerset Dopp kit, from $120 at 33byhand.com

18 Classic Man beard, head, and body oil by Mavology, $28 at The Holiday Market at Snowport

Just In: Framebridge Opens in Hingham

It’s no secret that I use StyleCarrot partner Framebridge to frame much of my art. Yes, that’s alotta frames! There are a handful of Framebridge brick and mortar stores (Chicago, D.C., Atlanta, Williamsburg, etc.). Now there is a Framebridge shop near Boston, which I plan to check out soon.

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Photo by Sean Litchfield 

Framebridge is open at the Derby Street Shops in Hingham, Massachusetts. This South Shore Framebridge store is part of a large retail expansion; Framebridge plans to open 35 stores by the end of 2022. Boston proper will get one too. Framebridge Boston Seaport will open early next year. I will continue to ship my artwork to Framebridge until they open a shop in the Back Bay, but it’s nice to be able to check out the various frame styles if need be.

Framebridge Frame Store Hingham Massachusetts

Photo by Sean Litchfield 

Framebridge, Derby Street Shops, Hingham, Mass.

I have sent a variety of types of art to Framebridge, including fine art photography and works on paper. I’ve also uploaded my own digital photos for them to print and frame. Framebridge can frame objects too, though I haven’t personally tried that.

Frame Anything At Framebridge

Photo by Sean Litchfield 

I tend to use the Irvine Slim frame, a simple white gallery frame. If I want black, I go with the Mercer Slim, a simple black gallery frame. There’s also the Irvine and Mercer with a slightly wider dimension. The pale, natural wood Marin frame is another favorite of mine. I’ve also used the champagne silver wood Lille frame, as well as the whitewashed Bleached Maple frame, though I feel like that wood might hold onto dirt in a way the others do not.

Framebridge Marin Pale Wood Gallery Frame

Marin frame on a digital photo I shot at the Cape Cod Dance Festival. I requested an extra wide white matte.

Framebridge Irvine Slim White Wood Gallery Frame

Irvine Slim frame on a photo I purchased at SMFA Art Sale.

Framebridge Pale Wood Frame

Bleached Maple frame on a mixed media piece I made during Covid. The artwork is floating (extra $25).

Framebridge has recently introduced some new frame styles. I hope to try the Monterey whitewashed gallery frame, the Gray Ash gallery frame, and maybe, maybe, maybe even the mint green (!) Positano or jade green Bangkok frames; could be cute for just the right keepsake.

Here are a few of my Framebridge endeavors in the wild:

Framebridge Marin Frame Over Fireplace

Hanging over our dyed concrete mantelpiece on Cape Cod: Gabriel Sosa text art from Montserrat College of Art auction in Marin frame. Text art on the right by Susie Nielsen from Off Main Gallery in Wellfleet, already framed. 

Framebridge Lille Frame Over Fireplace

On the fireplace mantel: Photograph by Asia Kepka from SMFA Art Sale in a Framebridge Lille frame.

Framebridge Irvine Frames On Suzanne Koett

On the living room wall in Cape Cod: Painting on the left by Hilary Tait Norod; photographs on the right by Suzanne Koett via Etsy done in Irvine Slim frames.

Gallery Wall in Boston Framebridge

Art layered on our built-ins in Boston: I used pale wood Marin frames for a photograph by Anastascia Cazabon on the left as well as for a nude watercolor by Dana Ellyn (my sister). The Anastascia Cazabon photo in the middle (the girl falling off the bed) is in a white Irvine Slim gallery frame. The two small photographs towards the right are in black Mercer Slim gallery frames by Framebridge. The other artwork, which I did not frame, includes a portrait by Gustavo Lacerda on the left, a woman swimming by Joy McKinney, and two abstract dot paintings by Kristi Kohut.

Above four photos by Marni Elyse Katz | StyleCarrot

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Just In: Serena & Lily Fall 2021 Pillows, Wallpaper, Rugs, and Upholstered Furniture (with Fringe!)

StyleCarrot partner Serena & Lily dropped its Fall 2021 collection today. New pillows, lumbar pillows, wallpaper, natural fiber rugs, and upholstered furniture with fringe included. Colorways include the ever popular coastal blues and fall-friendly, olive-y greens, along with a touch of russet. Old favorites in updated

What types of accessories will you use to update your rooms for fall? Peruse these Serena & Lily fall introductions for inspiration.

Serena & Lily Beaded Chandelier Coastal Decor Fringed Sofa

Fringed sofas paired with a sisal rug adds sophistication to coastal decor. Don’t forget your statement chandelier.

Serena & Lily Fall 2021 Wallpaper

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Serena & Lily Blue & White Wallpaper Coastal Bedroom Decor

Blue and white is pretty, but without pattern can be a little boring. How about some blue and white wallpaper? These hand-painted leafy waves from Serena & Lily’s wallpaper collection are feminine but not froufy.

Serena & Lily Fall 2021 Fringed Bed Green Wallpaper

Perhaps Serena & Lily’s most on point piece for fall is the Buchanan fringed bed in gold washed linen. The headboard’s art deco shape is simple enough to go the long haul. That Woodland wallpaper adds a tropical-meets-the-subcontinent vibe.

Serena & Lily Fall 2021 Upholstered Furniture Bed Loveseat Ottoman Bench

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Serena & Lily Fall Throw Pillows Green Decor

What’s easier than a pillow to inject the season’s juicy olive hue?

Serena & Lily Fall 2021 Pillows Lumbar Pillows

New throw pillows for fall:  1 / 2 / 3 + 3 / 4 / 5

Serena & Lily Fall 2021 Rugs

Serena & Lily’s new neutral rugs in natural fibers:  1 / 2 / 3 / 4

Serena & Lily Fall 2021 Blue Wallpaper for the Bedroom

Serena & Lily’s quintessential SoCal furniture with natural accents, like this Mercer nightstand, straddles the seasons depending on how you dress the bed.

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Just In: Seema Krish Beachcomber Textile Collection

Seema Krish is a San Francisco-based textile designer who used to have a studio in Boston. I’ve posted images of her Boston studio along with later Seema Krish textile collections  of her Boston studio and textile collections.

The newest Seema Krish block-print fabric collection was  inspired by Northeast summer havens—Chatham, Yarmouth, and Nantucket.

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

Seema Krish textiles are created using traditional Indian techniques. Preserving India’s heritage of block printing, hand embroidery, and weaving is integral to her mission of creating beautiful block-printed fabrics with a modern sensibility. The fabrics are made by artisans in Bangalore, India, who are paid fair wages in safe workshops with whom Seema Krish maintains long standing relationships.

 Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

 Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

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Chatham, a seaside town located in the elbow of Cape Cod is a botanical pattern reminiscent of the flowers found there.

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Yarmouth inspired this modern floral pattern with an Indienne twist.

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

The Nantucket island pattern by Seema Krish draws from the lyrical repetition of sand dunes.

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles

They look gorgeous on their own or layered, monochromatic or blending the various palettes. There are wallcoverings in complementary patterns too.

Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles Seema Krish Block Printed Indian Textiles Seema Krish Block Printed Indian TextilesPhotos courtesy of Seema Krish.

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