Tag Archives: New England Home Made

New England Home Made: (Not so High) Tea

April 17, 2011

The warmer weather makes me want to fling open the french doors and set the kitchen table for afternoon tea with my girls and some good friends. I am dreaming of sweetened iced tea (I am from the South) and sweet snacks in the afternoons with a healthy dose of good company. This thought becomes even sweeter when composed with locally sourced goodies like the deliciously salty-sweet combination of Effies Oatcakes (I am obsessed) with strawberry jam.

Sort of the American version of English scones and jam… Imagine snacking at a pastel table set with quirky earthenware by local artisan Jill Rosenwald and an equally fresh robin’s egg blue candelabra by Dunes and Duchess —while sipping some Roobois tea. Well, that’s what I call New England Home-made!



New England Home Made: Merida Rugs

April 11, 2011

By now, you must know I am a fan of flat weave carpets and of course sisal. And some of the most beautiful are made right here in Boston by Merida To me, there is virtually no room where these don’t belong.



Spanning the range from wool to natural fibers, the carpets are organic looking, clean, spare and simple—the perfect anchor for great design in any genre. Especially the flat weave stripes which evoke that classic New England vibe. And, I am a real sucker for their patterned sisals which are the most versatile floor covering I know of.

Just read their “About” page on their website, and you see how and why Merida is a special kind of company. Sure, the product will cost you, but you know you are getting real, sustainable and quality—and wrapped in a package you can feel good about. I give them kudos for that, and it helps that their product is world class…


1. Samarkand– Rice: I always fall for anything resembling a Morroccan…
2. Broadway- Camel: A designer cult classic; works anywhere imaginable…
3. Baja– Surf: A fresh picked stripe!
4. Cable– Ivory: Can you say, yummy?
5. Bricks– Belgian Chocolate: What a quirky and cool take on sisal!
6. Colony– Old Salem: You can see the New England in this pattern.

New England Home-Made: The Very Best Linens

March 30, 2011

We all want to be consumers of local products; but when one of them is one of America’s top manufacturers of luxury bedding, well that makes it easy. Matouk, headquartered in Fall River, MA, designs and mills the finest European quality linens and with products that span the range, there is truly something for everyone.

I have been buying the line for years; everyone in my family has a set. I must say, I adore the look, feel, and design options that allow me to personalize each bed and room. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Colleen Brewer over in Product Development at Matouk. I am pleased to share our talk with you!



1. What product would you say offers the best value from Matouk

Our classic Meridian 350 thread count bedding with stitched taped detail in a rainbow of colors.

2. What product offers the most luxury and why?

I would have to say our Bespoke line which lets you have bed linens exactly the way you want them. We start with 600 thread count sheeting and the options are endless for choosing colors, embroideries and monograms. For me, the height of luxury is to finish off a duvet and shams with a hand-stitched appliqué or Swiss embroidery–it’s old-school and modern and chic all at the same time.

3. With tape and embroidery becoming more accessible to the masses, how does the Matouk brand differentiate?

We’ve been perfecting our craft for over 80 years using the best fabrics imported from Europe and it shows in the finished product. Every day inside our factory in Fall River I see the attention to the tiniest details, from the stitching to the final packaging.

4. What’s new and notable?

We’ve just added an extensive collection of quilts. There are lustrous sateens, solids with scalloped edges, Lulu DK prints and even seersuckers– a terrific layering element. We are also doing a summery and casual new line of printed table linens by Lulu DK that is really taking off.

5. What are some online sources?

Gracious Home and our site also lists the many retailers nationwide who carry our products and swatch books so you can sit down, play with style combinations and create your dream bed.