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Boston Lofts – Looking to Buy?

Some decor8 readers seem to be interested in Boston property lately… I’ve received emails inquiring about the real estate market here and in particular, what lofts are selling for. I thought I’d address these emails with this post, hoping it will point you loft-hunters in the right direction. One of my favorite sites for loft lust is Lofts Boston. They feature both residential sales and rentals, along with commerical loft spaces.

One new loft conversion you may be interested in, that is, if you’re lucky enough to have the pocket change to afford real estate in Boston proper, is Lofts Avana in Chinatown. Slated for completion in Spring ’07, this brick + concrete building dates back to 1899. It was built to serve the garment industry, but soon to serve the locals providing them with posh living quarters in downtown Boston. Personally, I’m thrilled to see development going on in Chinatown, it’s really a great area, but badly in need of a face lift. The building will house 32 loft-style condos, priced between $339,880 and $546,880 with selected units being pre-sold with a 10% reduction (a pre-construction special). Once the big dig is complete, there will be more green space around Chinatown with the new one acre Chinatown/Leather District park near Surface Road, set to be completed this Fall. The park will feature falling water, bamboo groves, and a funky Chinese chessboard pavement designed by May Sun, an artist from California. When I worked on a volunteer clean up project in Chinatown a few years back, we spent days trying to restore what little green space they had left. Since, those green spaces have been developed into high rise buildings. To know a park is soon to come, I’m thrilled!

With a new park going in, along with so many developers looking at the area as potential for retail growth, it’s a great time to buy in Chinatown!

(images from lofts boston)

Posted in uncategorized on May 26, 2006

Garage Sale: Consignment for the Home, Boston

While strolling the South End, I came across Garage Sale, a store I’d never wandered into until now. Located on 55 Waltham Street, Leslie Kaplan holds down a good size fort of beautiful finds from fancy chinoserie cachepots to antique Gustavian guilded mirrors, baroque style chandeliers, french antique furniture, and oh yes, even some modern finds from Eames chairs to Danish buffets. The store is quite eclectic to say the least, I’m confident that you’ll spot something worth blowing your paycheck on.

Their website isn’t much to browse (one page!), but don’t turn away based simply on their lack of a strong web presence. Having a good website isn’t everything, I’ve seen some pretty good websites only to walk into a bare, boring store. Where this shop lacks online, more than makes up for it in thier retail space. Next time you stroll the streets of the charming South End, pop into Garage Sale.

psst: Daily Candy wrote about this last year, read their blurb here.

Posted in uncategorized on May 26, 2006

Fresh Finds from Maxwell Silver NY

Maxwell Silver has so many great things on their site, I have to share some of my favorites with you. First up, these adorable pin cushions and canvas lavender filled sachets, both from Hable Construction. Next, sweeten the mood with this organic red berry coaster set, or opt for these berry napkins with holders… love these!

If faux bois is your look of choice, you can add these wood grain vinyl placemats to your table. Maxwell Silver has several nice options for dressing up your table. These cotton retro napkins or these simple, yet elegant, hand blocked printed napkins or the natural beauty of the lotus stripe napkin set. I love these roman glass napkins, too. They look like the print I found at repro depot earlier this week in my coffee + cre8tive post, don’t they? These glass coasters are another favorite in an array of happy colors.

But wait, there’s more. Striking bernardaud dessert plates, gorgeous wildlife glasses, and these very pretty skeem candles with just a hint of fragrance.

psst: Getting married? They also have an online gift registry.

(images from maxwell silver)

Posted in uncategorized on May 26, 2006

Iota Cards + Books

Cards, gift wrap, notebooks, journals, stationery… Iota has it all in the most delicious eye-popping colors ever. What creative uses do you have for gift wrap, other than the obvious?

(images from, iota)

Posted in uncategorized on May 26, 2006


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