Monday, August 30, 2010

The Book Mill

I used to live closer to The Book Mill in Montague and I recently stopped in to browse.

 How can you not want to visit a place whose slogan is, "Books you don't need in a place you can't find"?  It's very appropriate.  I had a terrible time finding the place the first couple of times and I surely have purchased enough novels and random books I either needed for class or totally didn't need but really wanted to read. 

As far as store design goes they put other book stores to shame.

Why? It's a pretty casual place, there's nothing fancy about it but there are comfy chairs and couches in every room inviting you to read.  The rooms are small and cozy so you feel like you have a moment to yourself to look things over, check things out, and perhaps stay a while.  The look and feeling is perfect for western Massachusetts, but it could be cleaned up a bit for other locations just as easily.  This is probably what Barnes & Noble would like to be, it's just not as easy to get there in their warehouse sized stores.

Plus, being an old mill it has a fantastic view.

You can just hang out on the balcony and listen to the water {they also have a restaurant overlooking the river}.  It's worth a trip if you can find it, I just wish they had more design books.

{photos: #2 - taygete05; #4 - P Donovan; #5 - Dancing Lemur; all others - jeanine}

Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Giant Hammock for Bostonians

The weather is going to be beautiful this weekend.  For anyone looking for something to do in Boston there is a giant hammock set up on the Greenway {I think you have to sign a waiver to sit on it}.  Set between two busy roads, it might not be the most relaxing place, but it is a fun spot for a quick visit.

When I was there, I saw the best colors in the window of a nearby building.

The colors turned from dark blue to teal to lime green and was much more impressive in person, I swear.

{photos: jeanine}

The Selby Contest

Jessica and I were tortured together through countless years of design school and now she's working harder than I have ever seen to win The Selby is in Your Place contest from CB2.

She was up against some terrible competition.  I know design is personal but I think you are supposed to vote for the best room and this one was in first place.

She even made videos!

So if you would like to help her cause, if you are bored, or if you like the videos, stop on over to the CB2 website and vote for Jessica Davis' Contemporary Urban Chalet.  You can do it if you have a Facebook account or a CB2 account.

{photos & videos: jessica davis}

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Addition

Recently this old dresser was liberated from it's consignment store home and taken to a new one...

It will be used as a tv cabinet, the shelves will be perfect for dvd players, cable boxes and other components.  The drawers on the right will be perfect for movies, books and kid toys.

With this fabric...

...and a whole lot of other stuff that is in progress.  The dresser might be painted so it won't be so dark and imposing, but that is under consideration.

{photos: jeanine}

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Secret Newsstand

Downtown Crossing is one of the few parts of Boston I only visit if I absolutely must.  Lately though, I have been attending a study class for the NCIDQ exam nearby and so I have done a bit of wandering around {okay, really it's fast walking but I sometimes look around}.  I found this cute little building hidden right behind the Old South Meeting House - the brick building on the left side.

I love the combination of colors with the mustard yellow and the red door, I don't think it's a color combination I've ever used but it works here.

{photo: jeanine}
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