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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

domino magazine's "Green Issue"

Interior design and decorating mag domino has released its first ever "Green Issue". With the help of TreeHugger.com founder Graham Hill, domino has researched, tested and picked 125 people and companies that bring "irresistible style to the brave new world of green design."

I've read the issue front to bank, and have to say, it is quite thorough. Beyond the buying list of green home decorating, renovating, entertaining, and fashion options, they have interviews with Hill, model and actress Shalom Harlow, and others who have adopted and/or influenced the idea of an earth friendly lifestyle. I particularly like the tour of Colette Brooks' Malibu home.

The March 2007 issue of domino is on store shelves now.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Paper Cloud

Ariana Broerman, owner of Paper Cloud, said it best in her email to me: "My husband and I have been busy adding fun new products to Paper Cloud-- journals, pillows, and art, plus all new designs. We'd love for you to check it out!"

Each pillow, journal, and art piece is hand made, one at a time. All orders are custom made after you order them, so you know you are getting pieces that are truly made for you.

Sugarman Loft

Dan Sugarman, a local architect and owner of Sugarman Design Boston, emailed me to let me know about his newly redone loft.

A converted Brownstone in the South End, the space feels incredibly modern, with warm wood tones mixing with white brick and plaster walls and stainless steel appliances. Built in storage in the living room and kitchen show his attention to the storage constraints that often haunt smaller spaces.

Rightfully so, the loft will be featured in Small Space, Big Style this spring, and the Boston Globe will do a feature on it.

Also, you can contact Daniel Sugarman for your design needs.

Daniel Sugarman Design

Barnes & Noble to house Filene's Basement?

Last week, the Boston Globe reported that Filene's Basement is in talks to lease the former Barnes & Noble building in Downtown Crossing.

According to the article, the main sticking point of the deal between Filene's Basement and the owner of 399 Washington St, Robert Posner, is that Mr. Posner is looking for "a 15-year lease at $3.2 million each year for the first five years."

I learned through a source that is close to the negotiations that there are also many other prospects for that space. Filene's Basement would need to be in the space for only 2 years, so another, more permanent tenant may be a more favorable alternative.

Filene's Basement is looking for a new home because the building it is in now, the former Filene's building that was bought by Vornado Realty Trust, is due to be renovated into a 495 ft. tall residential and retail tower.

Long time, no hear

Wow, who knew a little impromptu hiatus would last so long? I took some time for this life that is sometimes too busy with just work and, well, life, let alone blogging. But don't worry, I have several things that I would love to share with you over the next day or two!