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Upscale Thrift by Boomerangs

Boston area thrift store chain, Boomerangs,  opened a new boutique concept in Boston's South End. At Boomerangs Special Edition, a collection of gently used high end items are sold at low prices. The store idea came from the success of a booth this summer at the antiques market in the South End, where employees selected designer pieces to sell.   Soon, consigned pieces from local artists will be carried but they are not planning to sell furniture or home accessories at this time. So Boston readers, stop by Boomerangs Special Edition located at 1407 Washington St. For more info, click here to check out their website.

Image from BostonGlobe



D Scale, Boston

showroom Last summer,  designer Dennis Duffy opened D Scale, a furniture store which certainly fits the contemporary style of his design firm, Duffy Design Group.  For those living in Massachusetts, I highly recommend stopping in to check out the beautiful showroom located  on Harrison Ave in the in SoWa area of Boston's South End.  I happened to click on the site and loved several items.  Here are a few things that caught my eye.


Dirk B. Wing Chair


Renna Buffet


Studio Alto Drawer


Todi Dresser


Tortunga Dining Table And there are more great pieces on the D Scale website or stop by the store.

IMAGE CREDITS: D Scale showroom from D Scale Blog, other images from D Scale

Mr. Etemadi

Now this is precisely why I didn't want your friends knowing about the interview.  Stan now thinks that I would work for $9 an hour on the sales floor at Room and Board.  It is nice that he thought of me but it would be nicer if he was thinking of me for a potential project.  Aggh...I am just playing with you but SERIOUSLY!  I don't even know how to respond to this.  Although, might be a good way to meet potential clients.


Cruise, Diaz Flick Filming in Boston

Knigh Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, among other actors are being spotted all over Massachusetts filming a new comedy/romantic thriller titled Knight and Day.  Yesterday, I saw the filming of a scene with Diaz on Union Park St in Boston's South End.  Chic boutique Looc was transformed into a bridal shop for the day.  The above image is of the scene where Cameron runs out of the bridal shot.  Where is she? You can sort of see the yellow dress as she is going back into Looc.  Well, let's just say, I will not be becoming a paparazzi anytime soon.  But, I must say that I found myself star struck for the first time on set, waiting for a glimpse of the actress.  Was it all worth it?  Not sure, but Cameron is stunningly gorgeous in person.

What was cool was getting to hear "rolling" and "cut" on set.   However, the glamour of the movie was replaced with the reality of an orchestrated recreation of everyday life.  A child crying was a reason for "cut" to be yelled.   I was absolutely amazed by how fragmented the process was and by the sheer number of people and equipment needed to make one short scene happen.  I realized that over the course of that day, less than 5 minutes of the movie was captured.  Academics often debate the architecture of film...the director's desire to be an architect/designer and vice versa.  I left thinking, I love that I can create an experience for my clients but they are the ones that make it real.

IMAGE CREDITS: Photograph by Kibwe Daisy

Goodbye Banq, Hello Ginger Park

BanqbyJohn_Horner photographs by John Horner

An inside source at Banq informed me that the restaurant is undergoing some changes.  Banq will become Ginger Park at the end of this month.  The stunning restaurant is located at 1375 Washington St in Boston's South End.  Earlier this year, Banq which is designed by Office dA won Wallpaper's best new restaurant.  According to the Boston Globe, new chef, Patricia Yeo is revamping their menu and taking the cuisine from Indian/Asian fusion to Modern Asian.   I welcome the change after being underwhelmed by the food earlier in the summer.  A commenter on the article was not exactly raving about Yeo or her reputation in New York, but we will see.  Check out the article from the Globe.


Plans to renovate the space are also in the works.  I gasped at the thought of anything happening to the interior architecture, the Banyan tree inspired birch wood canopy or the bamboo tables or the bambo walls and floors, which I believe are Neopolitan by Plyboo.  Ok, you get it - I am in love with the design.   And I was pleased to know that these design elements will remain.  The plan is to move the bar in an effort to make a more direct connection between the bar/lounge and the main dining room.   This change will make people aware that there is more to the space and invite them to dine there.

New chef, Yeo has her work cut out for her as expectations will be high, especially since Meyers and Chang offers similar cuisine down the street.  Honestly I would love to see improvements to the menu, but I am mainly happy that the original design remains intact and hopefully the drink menu will be as well.