Ferguson First Look

Recently, I was lucky enough to have been chosen to attend an exclusive designer event through Ferguson Enterprises, one of our favorite vendors. This event, held in Orange County, California, was an opportunity for designers across the country to learn more about selected vendors that Ferguson partners with. The events, collectively known as Ferguson First Look! focused on three brands: Rohl, BSH...
resolution

I have never been very good at making resolutions for the new year, and this year was no different. We are just over a month in to the new year, and I am still not sleeping more, drinking more water, or leaving work at a reasonable hour. Thus, I decided that instead of making personal resolutions for myself, I would come up with a list of resolutions for the home that everyone could adhere to. It ...

The haunting images of April 15, 2013 have begun to resonate once again as Boston prepares for this year’s marathon.  Yet despite the sorrow that still brings a tear to the eye when we remember Krystle Campbell, Martin William Richard, Lingzi Lu and police officer Sean Collier, who died that day as a result of a terrorist act, the defiance and resilience of the human spirit resounds and will be on...

As the holiday rush rolls along and corporate America continues to squeeze away the meaning of the season in pursuit of the all mighty dollar, Thanksgiving remains a beacon of familial comfort. Christmas decorations began infiltrating shopping malls as early as October, in the process diluting the day’s significance for many. A cynic would say that Christmas has become nothing short of an exhausti...

“All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” Charles M. Schulz on his two most popular characters, Charlie Brown and Snoopy.  On February 12, 2000 Charles M. Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, died in his sleep at the age of 77. The very next day the last strip featuring his beloved characters was published...

It’s an alarming statistic. One that resonates all year long but takes on added significance during the month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women, or 12.7% of all women, will get breast cancer in her lifetime. Those numbers would indicate the very real probability that someone you know, be it a family member or a friend, will be affected by this insidious disease. Furth...

9/11 has, of course, become a date ingrained in our memory. It was the day a younger generation of people finally understood what December 7th 1941 truly meant to our grandparents and our parents. Such epic tragedy seemed impossible to a collective who grew up on MTV and such innocuous yet fun family fare like the Cosby Show or the latest Steven Spielberg adventure. Working in the financial distri...

There’s nothing quite like being a baseball fan.  The sights, the sounds and the smell of the ballpark can hook a young kid instantly.  And rooting for the home team becomes a family tradition. For those of us who have had our nervous systems tested by the Boston Red Sox, the 2004 title winning season was a transcendent moment.  It was one of those rare instances where everyone seemed in happy agr...

There’s nothing quite as mind-numbing as an awards show. The pomp and circumstance, inflated egos and the absolute overkill of celebrity is lost on me. But every so often one of these plastic parades transcends the banality of it all with genuine tributes to people worthy of recognition. ESPN’s ESPY awards show is one of the sillier of these concoctions, with awards for best athlete, best play, be...

There is an old movie marquee that haunts the new real estate developments in the town of Wollaston. (A small community that is part of Quincy.)  The sign hasn’t had the plastic black lettering of upcoming shows snapped onto its white facade in over ten years, but it’s still there – a decaying reminder of a day when you could go to the movies for a dollar and munch on a 45 cent box of salty popcor...