Now that the days are getting shorter and the air is getting cooler, a lot of us are contemplating how to make our homes warm and inviting since we will be spending more time indoors. Recently I took a tour of the Suburban Boston Fall Home Show at the Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington to pick up some Fall home improvement ideas. There were many local vendors in attendance, promoting the newest additions to their product lines. Visiting a home show is a great way to compare the offerings of a wide variety of industries without having to travel to each individual retail location. Here are a handful of the booths that caught my eye ...
Decorative painter, Donna Flecchia of Classic Fauxs & Finishes had a beautiful display of her artistry at the show. I particularly liked the large scale patterns that looked almost like wallpaper, which is a popular design trend once again. She can create looks from traditional to contemporary and will provide a free project estimate upon viewing your space.
Decorating the outside with harvest colored plantings is the easiest way to welcome autumn in New England. Northeast Nursery in Peabody has a bountiful selection of pumpkins, chrysanthemums, corn stalks, hay bales and more, plus now is a great time to plant evergreens in your landscape to ensure healthy root growth before the winter months.
Designer Bath/Salem Plumbing Supply had shiny spa-like fixtures on display along with a number of environmentally-friendly bath products. If you are in need of a bathroom upgrade or even just a new kitchen faucet before the holiday season, now is a good time to stop by their Beverly showroom on River Street (across from Moynihan Lumber) to see what's new.
A well organized closet is one way to get off to a good start each morning. Closet Factory offers customized solutions to not only clothing storage but other areas of the home as well. Whether you want to outfit your dressing room, home office, laundry room or garage with efficient storage, Closet Factory can create a plan to suit your needs.
There were plenty of kitchen design companies at this year's home show with a variety of granite and quartz counter top samples, however, Atlantic Soapstone Creations stood out to me as it appealed to my New England farmhouse sensibility. Sharing their space were some handcrafted butcher block pieces from Maplehurst Woodworking, also of Vermont. Together, the finishes looked like a good direction to go in if you are interested in building or renovating with high-quality, authentic New England-based materials.
The Restored Homestead had a unique set up beneath a reclaimed barn structure. This very "green" company makes it their business to salvage materials from 18th century homes that would have likely been demolished, then they rebuild those homes and incorporate the original glass panes, hardware, flooring, etc. to create a new property with authentic patina.
The Boston Antiques & Design Show & Sale will be at the Shriner's the weekend of October 15-16. The auditorium will be filled with antique shopping opportunities, a book signing by author Maureen Stanton of "Killer Stuff and Tons of Money: Seeking History and Hidden Gems in Flea-Market America" and a curated dining space gallery set up by New England Finery Magazine. If you are interested in attending, I have complimentary tickets so send me an email if you'd like to receive a pair.