Winter. Ugh.

February 18, 2015

By Stacy Kunstel

My heart goes out to my Boston area friends. The photos on Instagram and Facebook have been nothing less than shocking. I particularly feel for New England retailers and builders. What a blow. I’ve particularly enjoyed seeing photos on Instagram posted by @robertcouturier58, @urbancottageblog, @vineyardgazett, @jillrosenwald, @lekkerhome and @mkdoovah. Tag me at @dunesandduchess if you want me to see your snow pics!

martha's vineyard snow

Photo from Vineyard Gazette by Tim Johnson

Last week New England Home hosted a designer luncheon at the new café inside Lillian August in Norwalk. Not only did I have the best kale salad I’ve ever tasted, but I got to hear about a number of exciting projects that Connecticut designers are working on. I hope we’ll be able to do another get together like this so let us know if you’d like to be part of it.

lillian august cafe

Photo by Stacy Kunstel

I think we’re all dreaming of warmer weather and big part of that will be entertaining. I’m thrilled to find these trays by Connecticut-based Starboard Planks. The only challenge will be deciding between the original holly and teak or the new lacquered pieces.

starboard planks

starboard planks

Photos courtesy of Starboard Planks

While on a shoot with interior designer Victoria Vandamm I had couldn’t help but notice a stunning dining table she had made by artisan Greg Clark from Wilton, Connecticut. Lacey, cutout metal forms the base of the wood table, allowing light to come through.

greg clark