When feeling overwhelmed by responsibilities, children, noise, oh… just life in general, the handsome husband and I often fantasize about buying a swath of land way north in the state and plunking an off-the-grid, tiny house on it, just for us two. I totally think that we could live in 100-150 square feet for a […]

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  • Ellen Evett

    What a wonderful Post Amy.

    I think the small house movement has a great future. First homes for those out of Collage, a good way to down-size and see you grandkids at the same time, and a way to move around the country for mobile or free-lance work like this couple.

    My fantasy of the day is to have one that I could just pull up to the side of the ocean.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Ditto! But the real estate $ might be a little high for me on that spot. 😉ReplyCancel

Much as I love many of the lamps from some of my trade vendors (Visual Comfort, Currey & Co., Bungalow 5, Robert Abbey, etc.), I have a serious fascination-bordering-on-fetish for vintage glass lamps. Were I able to indulge it more, it would be a predilection that could easily bankrupt us. Hand blown Murano lamps from makers […]

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I am on a constant search for design vendors that provide artistry, outstanding quality, good value, and fair labor practices. Let me tell you, it ain’t easy. American labor is very expensive. The price might be fair, but it can still be hard to afford! And lots of stuff that comes out of Asia is most likely made […]

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Boston designer Nina Farmer has been hot for quite a while now. Her name has become synonymous with Beacon Hill and a sleek, historically sensitive style. And while the design blogosphere has been buzzing with Bailey McCarthy’s big reveal of her home in this month’s House Beautiful (I admit, I’m pretty smitten myself. That DINING […]

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Art galleries can be a bit intimidating. Do you think I go to Boston galleries? Nope. Why? Probably some misplaced sense of inferiority — wrong clothes, wrong paycheck, wrong address. NH is just so nice and comfortable. For better or worse, people wear fleeces to funerals. Perhaps that’s why I can saunter into a gallery […]

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  • Ellen Evett

    Great Subject Amy!

    Art is becoming more important in decorating the average home. Remember when country was in in the 80’s and every house needed baskets, tulips and ducks with ribbons? Now with modern clean lines, art has become the main accessory in a room.

    The problem for stand alone art galleries, is they need to make their rent on the high priced area the are in, soooo they only carry artist that can command a high price for their work. Many artist never even get their career started because of the high threshold.

    Hopefully it is a new era for art. Go to open studio shows when the are held, and collage art shows. Thanks for the tip of on line galleries.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Totally agree with you, Ellen, on all fronts!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    Really enjoyed this article and exploring Saatchi Art! Who knew there was such a great venue for viewing original artwork online. Especially enjoyed artist Anna Kshanovska-Orlova.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Ooooo. I’ll have to check her out. So glad you enjoyed, …. Mom. 🙂ReplyCancel