New England Home’s Guide to Boston Design Week

March 16, 2017

Text by Lynda Simonton

Boston Design Week Boston Design Week is back for its third year, and there are more programs than ever. Here are our editor’s picks from the very busy eleven day (yes, longer than a week!) design extravaganza.

How to Avoid the Building or Remodeling Nightmare!
​March 29, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by FBN Construction at Venegas and Company,
477 Harrison Avenue, Suite 2A, Boston
Ready to renovate your home but a bit nervous about how to get started and select a team that will make renovation as painless as possible. Panelists include Bob Ernst, owner of FBN Construction, Leslie Fine, interior designer, Duncan Hughes, interior designer, and Andrew Sidford, architect.
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Let’s Get Real: Finding an Authentic Voice in Social Media
March 29, 6 p.m – 8 p.m.
Room & Board, 375 Newbury Street, Boston
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Damien Smith, Marketing Director and Community Manager at Yelp hosts a panel of social media influences including Dana Cordova, Chief Marketing Officer at Internet startup Safr, ​ Marni Elyse Katz, design journalist, curator/art consultant and blogger behind StyleCarrot, and Holly Nichols, artist, fashion illustrator and entrepreneur. The group will discuss social media strategies focused on authenticity and connection.

Feng Shui Room by Room: Transforming Your Home into a Sanctuary
March 30, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
7 Tide, 7 Tide Street, Boston
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Want to create more harmony with your environment? Maybe a bit of Feng Shui is in order? Feng Shui expert Natalia Kaylin takes you on a feng shui tour of the home. Come prepared to enjoy savory bites and fine drink, at the stunning 7 Tide showroom. Sponsored by Cutting Edge Homes, Sub-Zero, Wolf and Marvin Windows and Doors.

The Art of Wine and Chocolate
April 3, 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Roomscapes, 40 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA
Event preregistration is required. RSVP here
What could be better than an evening dedicated to wine and chocolate? The experts from Kappy’s Fine Wine and Brix Chocolates will share great wine and chocolate pairings at this special Boston Design Week event. As an additional treat, Brenda Taylor, art consultant and curator at Liquid Art House Boston will be exhibiting several artists work throughout the beautiful Roomscapes showroom.

The Rug Company: Tim Gosling Boston Lecture & Book Signing
April 3,  4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
129 Newbury Street, Boston
Join New England Home’s editor-in-chief Kyle Hoepner at The Rug Company as he moderates a discussion with Tim Gosling, the author of “Classic Contemporary: The DNA of Furniture Design.” Hoepner and Gosling will discuss tradition, quality, and artisanal craftsmanship—values that permeate every aspect of Gosling’s newest Art Deco-inspired rug collection.

B/A/D TALKS: New Homes in Older Settings: How Should they Work?
April 4, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
North Bennet Street School, 150 North Street, Boston
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Produced by United Marble Fabricators, Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers, and New England Home
The cities and towns of New England are fortunate to have several centuries’ worth of beautiful older architecture. Yet, new dwellings for new residents are always needed, and the arts of architecture and building continue to develop. This special public B/A/D Talk will consider what our options can be for honoring the best of our region’s heritage while promoting the finest in design.

The panel will be moderated by Kyle Hoepner, editor-in-chief of New England Home magazine. Panelists include Deb Andrews, Historic Preservation Program Manager for the city of Portland, Maine, David Hacin, principal at Hacin + Associates in Boston, Ted Landsmark, board member for the Boston Planning & Development Agency and president emeritus of the Boston Architectural College, and Scott Slarsky, director at Shepley Bulfinch in Boston.

The event kicks off with food and drink and at 5:30. The panel discussion will goes from 6:15 to 7:15 with some time for socializing after the talk.

LED Applications for Kitchen and Bath
April 5, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Wolfers Lighting 1339 Main Street, Waltham, MA
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A good lighting plan is essential for both kitchen and baths. Wolfers’ own ALA Certified Lighting Designer Susan Arnold will discuss how to properly light these spaces using LED lighting. The class will discuss layering lighting, task lighting, product selection and more.

The New Custom | How to Deliver Extraordinary Value in Today’s Market
April 5, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting
333 Stuart Street, Boston
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This panel discussion with industry leaders Jeff Arcari, Lucy Dearborn and Fred Rossi, and moderated by celebrity designer Mark Brunetz focuses on how designers can bring value to their projects by creating custom solutions for their clients.

Win a Custom Bathtub
An Auction to Benefit South Shore Arts Center
April 5, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Snow & Jones, 85 Accord Park Drive, Norwell, MA
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The bathtub is elevated to art form at Snow and Jones Kitchen & Bath Showroom philanthropoic event. Snow & Jones along with Kallista will be auctioning off the Kallista Circe freestanding tub will be hand painted by local artist Ann Conte. 100% of the proceeds will go to the South Shore Arts Center. A CEU Class focused on how to incorporate color in kitchens and baths will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. with the auction at 7:00 p.m. Appetizers and cocktails will be served.

Extraordinary Sound & Spirits
April 7, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Hosted by Audio Video Design at M. Steinert & Sons at the Natick Mall, 1245 Worcester Street, Natick, MA
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Listen to Steinway Lyngdorf’s extraordinary products and enjoy libations at this event hosted by Audio Video Design.

10th Anniversary AD20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries and The 18th Annual Boston Print Fair
The Cyclorama Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street Boston
This annual show caps off Design Week with a show featuring over fifty exhibitors offering a wide range of art, furnishings, jewelry, home decor, and more.
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