Thursday, April 21

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Cheryl Katz Indulges Us On Where She Shops For Home Design Treasures

Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz, C&J Studio
Friend and designer-extraordinaire Cheryl Katz recently offered up her favorite stores in the Boston area. If you were curious about where she goes to find home treasures and personal favorite items, read on.
Since founding C&J Katz Studio, Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz have designed dozens of residences as well as several well-known restaurants, (Including Barbara Lynch's gems, Menton SportelloDrinkB&G Oysters, and No 9 Park), retail shops, exhibits and workspaces. They’ve written books and hundreds of articles along the way and have garnered a fair share of awards and accolades, including their induction into the New England Design Hall of Fame in 2006.
So, if you want to discover exciting stores that have just what you need to give your home that perfect look, or if you are new in town and starting to decorate your space, take a look at the hidden treasures that Cheryl has generously shared with us.
If you are like us, you’re always on the prowl for a gem of a store, here are five of our local favorites. Listed in no particular order, these shops share similar traits. They’re small, well edited, bear the indelible stamp of their owners and are utterly charming. A visit to any of them insures that you won’t leave empty handed.  
A couple of weeks ago, on a beautiful, unseasonably warm Saturday, we meandered through Boston’s South End and fell in love with these (apologies to Jack Nicholson) five easy pieces.
  • From Lekker Home, tableware from Mud Australia. Don’t be fooled by its delicate appearance, it’s dishwasher and microwave safe.Photo from Leker Home, Mud Australia salt bowls.
  • From Michelle WilleyMiddle Kingdom’s fine porcelain vases. Visually strong enough to stand alone, the vases also look great in a group.Photo from Michelle Willey, Middle Kingdom's porcelain vases.
Photo from Hudson, South End, Lynzariums
  • From Reside, South End, a pair of brass Nessen table lamps from the 1960s.  Paired with bright green 1950s lamp shades, they’re bound to be scooped up soon.
From Reside, South End, Nessen table lamps from the 1960s, paired with bright green 1950s lamp shades.
 From Gracie Finn, Susy Pilgrim Waters notecardsA few of these stores are current favorites of mine and I am thrilled to learn about more. Hoping you feel the same.  Voila!

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