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    Why Frette in Bed? | Design Times

    Swatches by Louis Postel, Editor in Chief, Design Times Volume 9, Number 1 This Bedroom Issue of Design Times reminds us of a designer we knew who did a lot of fretting with his now ex-wife under their damask Frette sheets. He slept “neat,” with his feet snug and the sheets all tucked-in, while she had to be messily unencumbered with…

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      “NON!” from Design Times

    It took Solomon+Bauer Architects to wake up This 9,000-square-foot French beauty in Chestnut Hill. By LAURA  J. MACKAY Photographs by Bruce Martin The house— very French in temperament as well as design –had spoken. There would be no blue hallway, among other things. “I wanted to have a blue hallway,” recalls the owner. “I saw a picture in a magazine,…

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    Whiting’s Whereabouts

    by Louis Postel for New England Home | July 2015 Read here in New England Home Allen Whiting recalls the rhetorical questin his painting buddy Bill McLane would ask as they wound their way through the Martha’s Vineyard dunescape on their way to work. “Don’t you just love Mondays?”

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    Where is the Lid for This Thing? | Notebook

    Plastic coffee cup lids may soon become extinct.   By Louis Postel  400 billion world-wide. 300 billion in the US alone. 300 billion per year. What would one do without disposable coffee cups? Trouble is: they’re not that disposable. If you really want to be righteous the plastic lid has to go into the plastic bin for recycling while the…

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    Will We Know It When We See It? | NE HOME

    Trade Secrets by Louis Postel | Published in New England Home Magazine November 2014 You don’t have to be an Episcopalian. You don’t even have to be an architect, designer, or builder to experience the beauty of Trinity Church in Boston this yuletide season… Nor do you have to be a Catholic to experience the beauty of the Basilica of…

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    Your Venice is Now

    by Louis Postel The Boston Design Center once felt like Venice on a May morning — mostly still does, minus the pigeon splatter —  rich in pageantry and promise — a car-free, close knit city projecting into the harbor, high-ceilings, its quiet broken only by human sounds. How pleasant to recall that early era when General Manager Laura Crosby, PR…

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    With Mario Buatta | DX at Home

    By Louis Postel Photography by Deirdre Matthews Originally published in DX at Home Here is the scene. (When you’re with Mario Buatta, there’s almost always a scene.) We’re at the Sherry Netherlands Hotel, shooting photos of a pied-à-terre belonging to clients of Mario Buatta, the aristocratic “Prince of Chintz.”

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    Frankly Fitzgerald | Design Times

     A Design Times Interview by Louis Postel What is it that puts Richard Fitzgerald on everybody’s “short list” of New England’s best interior designers? Is it his talent with antiques and classical forms? Is it his roster high-end clients who stay with him for generations? · Perhaps it is his integrity. Here is a man who will buy back something…