Friday Favorites 12/20/2013

Cheryl Katz, Contributing Editor

Since the days when I made a beeline for the old brown suitcase stuffed with costume jewelry that my Aunt Lee kept under her bed—I never tired of hunting for this “buried treasure”—I have been unabashedly in love with all that glitters. So, it is no surprise that nothing thrills me more than this recently discovered vintage chandelier from Lobmeyr. I have to admit—it rivals anything in Aunt Lee’s magical cache.

Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor

Functional doesn’t have to mean boring when it comes to kitchenware. Providence, Rhode Island-based Taunton Green hand-crafts good-looking, gift-worthy cutting boards using exotic woods.

Photos courtesy of Taunton Woods

The perfect gift for the musician or music lover in your life, the guitar cutting board is made from black walnut, oak, Brazilian cherry, and tiger maple.

Boards come in sizes from small to extra-large. This medium-sized one is made of Peruvian black walnut, mahogany, curly maple, and yellowheart.

A large cutting board in mahogany, black walnut, cherry, lacewood, and yellowheart.

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief

Boston-based publicist and Daily Basics contributor Sandra Goroff has long promoted the work of artists, writers, and artist-writers such as Roger Tory Peterson, Maurice Sendak, and Chris Van Allsburg. Now she has entered the public creative arena herself, with the appearance from Lorimer Press of Solitary Soul, a volume of her typically quiet, reflective photographs. (This new direction may not exactly surprise some of Goroff’s acquaintances, long accustomed to receiving images as Facebook updates—and, in fact, it’s not really all that new, considering her years of practice and study with Martha’s Vineyard photographer Alison Shaw and at the Maine Media Workshops—but it’s good to see the work getting out into the world.) Goroff is also now represented by Walker Cunningham Fine Art in Sudbury, Mass. Congratulations, Sandra!

You can find more about Goroff and her work at solitarysoul.net.

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