24 Hours in Boston

With many projects in the works, the last few months have been busy with filming, photographing and travel. I have a few favorite destinations to share, starting with the most recent. Last week, Susanna and I spent 24 hours in Boston for several events. We were incredibly lucky with the weather and took the opportunity to walk, primarily in the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood, whenever we had time.

24 hours in Boston beacon hill

I hosted a fun book signing for Susanna’s latest title, It’s the Little Things, at the beautiful Frette store on Boylston Street.

Frette Store in Boston

The elegant airy shop is the perfect setting to show off the brand’s luxurious linens,

Frette Palmette linens

including chic offerings for the upcoming season.

Frette accessories

The versatile new Cruise collection, with its crisp four lines of gradated blue embroidery would be ideal for any summer house or boat with sleeping quarters!

Frette cruise

The next morning, we walked the charming streets of Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill house

where beautiful Charles Bullfinch style homes put their best faces forward with pride of place

Beacon Hill entry

and pretty spring plantings.

flowers in Beacon Hill

The 19th century townhouses of stately Louisburg Square were looking especially spiffy for spring.

Louisburg Square BostonDistinctive architectural details

Boston architecture

included jubilant expressions at the crossroads of style and history.

Steven Score Antiques

Rooftop culture was just starting to celebrate the season.

Boston rooftopHappily, friend Cynthia Everets was in town. You may remember her Nantucket house from last summer. Her Boston residence is equally (and a bit more formally) chic.

Cynthia Everets Boston home

Homes that express the personality of their owners are always the most special and Cynthia’s does so in spades. What a fantastic idea for a coffee table with a stylish still life of meaningful mementos encased in glass. The stunning creamware plates on top are a part of Cynthia’s eclectic antique pottery collection.

Cynthia Everets coffee table

We also visited a friend of Susanna’s, Tracey Roberts, who lives in a glorious six story townhouse. Not afraid of color or pattern, the house is a fearless mix including this room painted in a rich peacock blue lacquer

Boston townhousewith a chinoiserie chic custom colored Charles Edwards lantern.

charles edwards lantern

Her rooftop terrace has amazing views and, like the house, is a great melding of antique and contemporary furnishings.

Boston rooftop terrace

That afternoon, we visited the Boston Design Center where Susanna gave a “Its the Little Things” talk followed by a book signing (with her signature gold sharpie) at the Baker showroom. It was great seeing several Boston design friends and meeting new locals.

Susanna Salk book signingall photos Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

We ended our 24 hours in Boston that evening with a talk together about our video series at the historic Somerset Club. In the splendid 19th century David Sears House, the club welcomed us with an intelligent, engaged and vivacious crowd. I’m already looking forward to a return visit!


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6 Responses to 24 Hours in Boston

  1. Addison says:

    It sounds like a great city break. I like that store, elegant and stylish.

  2. Cynthia Gallagher says:

    Stacey, sorry I missed your events! Saw you were coming to Somerset Club but we were previously committed that evening. I’m loving your blog 😍 Hope to see you on the isle!

  3. franki says:

    Cynthia Everets – the wall coverings!!! Now THIS is my kind of architecture…must put Boston on the “do” list again. franki

  4. Marcy Hammerstein says:

    Always love collections. So telling of the person. Wonderful!

  5. My beloved hometown. Still as beautiful as ever.

  6. Rachel says:

    Boston truly has a lot of hidden gems, and your photos highlight that. I love the look of the peacock blue walls. It’s so unique and eye-catching. Thanks for sharing!

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