Local Press: Boston Style Bloggers

On Sunday the Boston Globe Magazine included a special Spring Style edition. There’s a spread featuring seven of Boston’s best style bloggers, along with some fun facts about each, including fashion obsessions, favorite places to shop, and style philosophies. The ladies were good sports at the shoot, as we lined them up and posed them this way and that, referencing the iconic Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue covers for ideas on groupings and stances. I think the whole package came out great, and I hope they love it. (Thank you all for your participation, and sorry we had to cut off your shoes!) Below, their names and blogs, plus tidbits we didn’t have room for in the article.

Photo: Mitch Weiss

Martini SeverinBeyond Boston Chic
Marissa BerensonThe Well Appointed Catwalk
Emily GeamonSo Anthro
Courtney MirenziThose Graces
Liana KruppNew Brahmin
Zoe MalliarosFashion is Freedom
Erin GatesElements of Style

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Martini Severin: Look she’s over: Leggings. “They’re a cop out.”
Marissa: Personal style bloggers: “Good looking girls who dress well, but are usually boring.”
Emily: Covets: Burberry rain boots
Courtney: First job: Volunteer for Americorp
Liana: Look she cultivates: Japanese girl working in Paris
Zoe: Good luck charm: Alex & Ani bangles
Erin: Look she’s over: Hipsters wearing fake glasses.

Martini Severin: Naomi Sims, Shala Monroque, her sister Jenny Severin
Marissa: Her mom, a former buyer at Bonwit Teller
Emily: Audrey Hepburn, Kate and Pippa Middleton
Courtney: Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Conrad
Liana: Loulou de la Falaise, Leith Clark, Marilyn Riseman
Zoe: Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Olivia Palermo, Diane von Furstenberg
Erin: Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Gwyneth Paltrow

Martini: Blue Hour, Marian Kihogo, Bella Duafe, Garance Dore, Man Repeller
Marissa: New Brahmin, A Stylized Hysteria, Covetous Creatures
Emily: Cupcakes and Cashmere, Atlantic-Pacific, The Daybook
Courtney: Barbro Andersen, The Beheld, Rookie, Nouveau Cheap
: N’East Style, The Cut
Zoe: Style Activist, Fashion Toast, Fabulous K, Beyond Boston Chic
Erin: Garance Dore, Atlantic-Pacific, The Glamourai, Into the Gloss

Shopping Trip: SoWa Market

I’ve lived in Boston for over six years, and have never visited the SoWa Market. Until last weekend, that is. It was a beautiful day, so I dragged my family out to explore. While the boys feasted on delicious, super chocolatey homemade brownies (sorry, I didn’t get the vendor), I whisked myself through the stalls at record speed, camera in hand. Here’s what I turned up:

sowa1Tot tees from Pinecone + Chickadee and re-purposed gift cards from Albertine Press.

sowa2Handmade soaps by Urban Kitchen and infused honey from The Herb Lyceum Kitchen.

sowa3Monster incense burner and pottery vases by Steve Murphy.

sowa4Local veggies.

sowa6Grain sack pillows from The Textile Trunk.

sowa8Macaroons from Klara’s Gourmet Cookies and tea towels by Moth Written Dialogue.

sowa9Vintage home furnishings from Studio Twenty Two.

Site Spotlight: Abodeon

If you’re design-oriented in Boston, you know Abodeon, a home furnishings shop on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge. It’s filled with treasures, with a mid-century modern and of-the-moment bent, all mixed together. Owner Terri Anderson emailed me last week to say that they’ve finally (finally, finally) got their website up and running, and it’s even ecommerce enabled. Yay! (Not that I plan on buying anything; it’s convenient for sourcing stuff for articles. Really.) She says, “There’s still much more for me to photograph and add, but we’re happy with the initial look and feel.” Here’s a screen shot of the home page, and a sampling of supremely covetable stuff.

abodeon site


Eva Solo Knife Stand, $135

nobuho_1Nobuho Miya Birds, $98

aaltogreen_2lgAlvar Aalto Green Vase, $95

loop_1Loop Candelabra, $30

chernerchairs_1Cherner Chairs, $475/pair

Late 1950s to early 60s black walnut chairs with black vinyl pads designed in 1958 by Norman Cherner for Plycraft.

AE9051_2lgMassive Spring Coils, $285 each

Late 19th to early 20th century enormous steel spring coils with hand forged ends and a dark patina. Each stands 31″ high and weighs 40 lbs. Exceptional pieces of industrial sculpture.

glovemoldsbrass_1Brass Glove Molds, $85 each

Early 20th century four-fingered glove molds in brass and copper (the skirt on the left glove is steel). In untouched, weathered condition. Graphic examples of American industrial history.

At Home: Do You Bamboo? Clearly We Do Not.

dresserforsale1 If you’ve read my wallpaper post, you know I am working on re-doing our bedroom. Wallpaper behind the bed, green paint for the walls, and a new dresser.

Erin Gates, a talented and sweet interior designer, is helping me put things together, make decisions, etc. I’m good at some of this, but not all. One of the things I need help with is mixing different styles of furniture. Erin suggested a vintage dresser in faux bamboo style. It’s not only stylish – once it gets a new paint job anyway – but you can find them on ebay for cheap, cheap, cheap.

I discovered the specimen above on Craig’s List. It was holed up in a not so cute secondhand shop in Brighton. Two hours and $40 delivery charge later it was in my bedroom. Not so fast.

My husband, whose taste and judgement is quite good, though he may lack vision, laughed when he saw it. Okay, the scale was off compared to our other pieces. Okay, it was rickety. (Actually, what he said was, “Let’s take it out to the alley, where it belongs.”) Okay, it wasn’t made out of real wood, though for that price what do you expect? Although he would have happily indulged me, I had to agree it just wasn’t right, at least for our room.

Erin generously posted it on her blog, “Elements of Style” (which you MUST bookmark), and by noon it was sold. There was lots of interest. So there.

P.S. The lucky buyer was Audra Boyle, the co-owner of Looc boutique in the South End, who has impeccable taste.

Design Diary: Erin Gates At Home

By New York City standards, the 1,400-square foot condo in JP that interior stylist and blogger Erin Gates shares with her husband Andrew and their two little dogs isn’t all that small. Or so points out our dear friend Jen, who lives in a tiny studio in the Village with her husband Luke, just upstairs from her in-laws. However, as my husband constantly reminds me, we’re not in New York. Really?

Erin’s place is quite the showpiece, in a very accessible, Domino magazine sort of way. And, she did everything totally on a budget, with the exception of a little splurge here and there. She did it herself too – painting walls, painting actual paintings, refinishing furniture inherited from Andrew’s grandparents, and scouring estate sales and design-conscious chains.

I loved the trendy but sophisticated hi/low sensibility so much, I hired her to help me with our condo. The piece I wrote about her home, “Small Is the New Black,” is on the cover of today’s Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. Both Erin and the interiors look fabulous.

Here are the photos, shot by everyone’s favorite photographer, Eric Roth.


Above left: The cover shot – Erin and Baxter in the entry. The painting is an Erin Gates original – she was a studio art major at, coincidentally, Connecticut College (I went there too, but graduated sooo much earlier).

Above right: Erin sitting in her brand new, wanted it so badly, Louis Ghost Armchair designed by Philippe Starck. The Kelly green walls were inspired by a page in Domino. The zebra print rug is from West Elm. The blue artwork in the background is a framed piece of wallpaper.


Above: Erin has inspiration boards hanging in her office, filled with all sorts of fun images. (I took these photos, not Eric.)


Above: Standing in the living room, looking into the dining room. I can’t even tell you how many inquiries Erin and I received about the bookcases. Listen up people, they’re the Sapien Bookcases from Design Within Reach. They’re actually on sale right now, $168.30 – $253.30. West Elm makes two similar models, the Cadman Spine and Spine Wood bookcases, and CB2 has the Array (in grey and orange). They’re less expensive, but not quite as sturdy.


Above: A full view of the living room. The sofas and chairs are from Boston Interiors. Who knew they had such clean-lined pieces? The rustic coffee table was a splurge from Crate & Barrel. The white pedestal side table is a Saarienen copy, called the Trumpet from Target, just $24.99. The white vase on it is a Jonathan Adler knock-off – IKEA’s Färm vase, just $1.99. The starburst mirror above the fireplace is from Pier 1. The curtains are from JC Penney – apparently a great source for custom drapery. The luscious Oriental rug was on loan for the shoot from Landry & Arcari, with the expected hefty price tag. Erin’s mom bought it afterwards!


Above: The dining room table and chairs were hand-me-downs from Erin’s husband’s grandparents, who relocated from Chestnut Hill to Sea Island, Georgia. Erin painted the pretty chairs white, and recovered them in an $8/yard zebra print fabric. When they bought the condo, the paneling in the room was a dark stained wood. Against the advice of their realtor, Erin painted them white. In the background is a glimpse of the glass-fronted pantry, which is what sold Erin on the place.


Above left: The pantry, Erin’s favorite part of the house. She papered the back in Jonathan Adler’s Bamboo Reverse wallpaper in white and metallic silver. A pricey paper, but she only needed a small amount. Notice the bamboo Roman shades on the window? From Target. Erin and Andrew built the wine storage slots and added the wine fridge – there were cabinets there originally. I love the vintage French opaline glasses as much as Erin does. “I’m literally mad for them,” she told me.

Above right: The bedroom. I adore this room. It’s so pretty and peaceful, and I love the grey accents. The funky grey ikat pillows are from Fabricadabra (did you see them in Daily Candy? Thanks for the tip Erin!) The double prints over the bed are framed pieces of vintage Schumacher wallpaper. (A wallpaper designer left loads of vintage samples to Erin’s dad.) She has French Provincial style dressers that are equally romantic, plucked from the grandparents. The Venetian crystal chandelier is from Great Chandeliers. It was only $100, but a real pain to put together. Here’s a funny little tidbit: When I visited the bedroom was yellow. Erin made her husband paint it blue the weekend before the shoot. What a guy!


Above left: Here’s Erin and Baxter in the entry again, this time we’re seeing the wall across from the bench. Erin scored the buffet for just $75 at an estate sale in JP that she happened to stumbled across. The interior was originally a sunny yellow, but she repainted the two end interiors turquoise. Atop sits her cherished Fu Dogs, found on Ebay. The arrangement of framed photos and artwork on the wall above includes all sorts of fun memories, like their wedding, the store her grandparents founded when they came here from Ireland, and a fun silhouette of Baxter, that Erin made herself. (See closeup below.)

Above right: The kitchen cabinetry and appliances are not so snazzy, but Erin made the seating area plenty spicy, with the black and white scheme and saffron runner. She loves her plate wall, with $1.99 plates from Home Goods. The blackboard is from Home Goods too; the frame was gold, but she painted it white. This seems to be one of Erin’s favorite pastimes! When I visited the Mandarin orange branches were on the mantle, but they look perfect here.


Above left: Erin’s handiwork, a silhouette of Baxter on a grassy background. (She sent me this image the weekend before the shoot. I think she made it to give the picture wall some punch.)

Above right: Erin’s brother, Sean Tubridy, who is a graphic designer and photographer, sets up and shoots these very clever Polaroid portraits, using LEGO figures. This one is a bride and groom, posed in the same way as Erin and Andrew’s favorite wedding picture of themselves. Sean also started the artsy and clever website Save Polaroid.

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