January is a very good month to be out and about. If all you wanted for Christmas wasn’t found underneath the Christmas tree, a little “To Me … From Me, With Love” may be in order. Those happy little tags with 20%, 30%, 40% off and sometimes more should fill you with post-holiday euphoria. I know they put my heart aflutter. Alas, I am on restriction, and am imploring you to allow me to live vicariously through you most esteemed reader.
Let it be known that I can find reserves of energy most commonly associated with professional athletes and Olympians – for shopping that is. On foot, by car, I’ll fly, I can go a good 10 – 12 hour stint with barley a sip of water, sometimes a necessary fortifying glass of of wine. This morning’s expedition took me to Hudson, one of my very favorite stores, owned by Proprietor Jill Goldberg.
Hudson . 12 Union Park . Boston 02118 . 617.292.0900 . www.hudsonboston.com
Jill has what I refer to as a “great eye”. Some of my most adored designers I was introduced to through her store displays. Among those that I have a deep reverence for:
- Oly Studio
- Bungalow Five
- Shine by S.H.O.
I admire her conviction in the face of a City that is not design forward, her ability to sift through sometimes conflicting information and direction, and help bring you over the finish line with cohesive elements that make a space memorable. Jill is patient, and bright – as in cheery, and is having her INCREDIBLE SEMI-ANNUAL Sale. Which simply is not to be missed. Starting Monday 19 January 2015. Be there or be without that hip Artichoke Lamp,
those gorgeous custom made pillows, those Bunaglow 5 kelly green lacquered bed side tables, obviously I could go on.
Two more noteworthy stops today include:
marc hall objekt . 531 albany street . boston . ma 617.391.6236 . www.marchallobjekt.com
A failed mission at the flower mart led to a totally new discovery for me. Marc Hall, a brilliant flower designer formerly of Winston Flowers was found out back creating a stunning arrangement for a wedding anniversary party today – lucky them.
In addition to floral design he has some noteworthy pieces of “art” and furnishings, and designs rooftop decks or terraces. Aside from meeting and being inspired by Marc, I found these:
Finally I swung by Home Goods, Assembly Square . 105 Middlesex Avenue . Somerville . MA
Home Goods is the Filene’s Basement (I still have feelings for you and deep gratitude for teaching me the thrill of the hunt) of furnishings. I love it. Spend a month or two scrutinizing the pages of design magazines – then visit a Home Goods. If you’ve done your home work, you will find brilliant knock-offs. If time and/or inclination toward the effort don’t arise, I will have your back. Visit regularly for Eye Spy Segments or else – would you seriously entertain letting someone else go home with that that thing…whatever is…which was really perfect for you? You are on notification.