Resourcing in Boston

It’s that time of year when it starts getting busy with signs of the holidays right around the corner. Clients will be hosting and entertaining which for me means fine tuning spaces that need to be finished before the guests arrive. Luckily, I’m only four hours from Boston, so I headed to this charming little city to resource for clients.

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I walked passed the Period Furniture Hardware store everyday on my walk to the T. It was a gold mine for every type of vintage hardware!


RED SOX PARADE

The second day I ventured out into Boston was the day of the Red Sox parade which was insane – they had just won the World Series. Literally, millions of people crowded the streets of downtown Boston, and with the incident of the Boston Marathon back in April, security was at its all time high. There were men on horses, bomb sniffing dogs and police riding anything that had wheels. It was exciting and to witness this event but also a little nerve-wracking. I completely avoided the subway that day. the streets were covered in parade aftermath.


BOSTON DESIGN CENTER

The Boston Design Center is a great resource for designers and houses has everything from furnishings to kitchen and bath showrooms. I went to my favorite places, including Waterworks to source plumbing fixtures, lighting and tile.

Funky stone mosaic tiles…would be fabulous somewhere unexpected like trimming the top of the walls in a dining or breakfast room (left). I couldn’t get over how beautiful this shower tile installation was in the Waterworks showroom (right).


RUGS!

Looking at rugs is one of my favorite things to resource, and I was on a mission to find a handful for clients in Texas and California. Here are a few of my favorite finds.
(Below) Moroccan rug with oval patterning.

(Above) Grey hand tufted wool rug with a subtle patterning.
(Below) Large colorful flat weave striped rug.

Flat weave rug in a Kilim style with fringed ends. Love the color combos in this rug. Flat weaves are one of my favorite rug types. They can be very colorful and always seem to have interesting patterns.


FURNITURE

I’m always keeping my out for interesting, quality furniture. There are so many furniture manufacturers in this world and a lot of  it can all start looking the same and cab be made very carelessly. These pieces definitely caught my eye.
(Below) A contemporary twist on the classic Chesterfield sofa.

Along with new furnishings, I found some great looking vintage pieces.
(Below) Pair of traditional armchairs upholstered in a turquoise linen patterned fabric. I could have sat in these all day.

The shape and lines of this chair are gorgeous and the wood detail between the back and seat is so attractive. A very well designed, very comfortable lounge chair.

This little stool, newly upholstered, would make a nice foot rest or accent piece in front of a window. I wanted to put it under my arm and carry it home with me. I also loved the stenciled floor in this sweet little interior design studio in the South End.

This polished brass coffee table with smoked glass top was a show stopper. It was super sturdy too. I like how the glass is inset, so you don’t see the edge, which can make a glass topped table look cheap and wimpy sometimes.


CAMBRIDGE

In Cambridge, I hit up the vintage and mid-century furniture stores to find pieces to reupholster and refinish. Blending the old with the new keeps spaces balanced looking less stuffy and more collected.

(Below) Searching for finds in this cold cellar of a furniture shop in Cambridge.

(Below) This red leather sofa with a wood base would be beautiful for any sitting room or library.


LUNCH BREAK!

With all of the shopping and running around, it was too tempting not to enjoy the great beers and food this city had to offer.

Sipping dark beer and perusing the appetizers while waiting to meet up with a local friend at Tory Row in Harvard Square.


WHIMSICAL ACCESSORIES

You could say I’m a minimalist when it comes to accessorizing spaces, but I do enjoy some whimsical pieces placed here and there in bookshelves or on a nightstand. Here are some chotskie-approved pieces….

Of course, being from South Texas, I fell for these sterling silver Mexican sombreros!

Of course, being from South Texas, I fell for these sterling silver Mexican sombreros!

I love everything graphic designer Clara von Zwigbergk does! These modular metal trays are a must have for any coffee table. Simple, clean and functional.


This is a great way to accessorize. Just cram a bunch of old books (with the paper covers removed) into a niche to make a statement!

Painted wooden dolls designed by Alexander Girard.

Holiday ornaments are everywhere! Loved this stuffed dachshund ornament with red knitted socks.

Admiring the fun patterns of Crate and Barrel’s pre-fabricated drapery panels.
 

Having fun making words with these adorable hand towels at West Elm.

Set of wooden ducks.

 

There was something about this solid brass geode lamp by Jonathan Adler. It was quirky yet sophisticated.

Does this dinner plate make my head look weird?


A cluster of green and mercury glass vases. Items of similar shapes and colors clustered together always looks awesome. If you’re not sure how to accessorize, just cluster!

I hope you had fun reading and perusing the blog today.  If you’re interesting in anything I found on this blog, shoot me a message or leave a comment below!

Boston is a great city for finding high-end and affordable furnishings and home decor. I can’t wait to go back!