One of my favorite paint companies Farrow & Ball asked me to participate in this really fun, creative project in which I create a palette that reflect my city- Boston. Others have done cool ones- New York, Los Angeles, Texas (not a city, obvs), Las Vegas, The Hamptons and Washington D.C.! Seeing as how much I looooooove my city I was more than happy to oblige. I also did a little Q&A with them here on their blog The Chromologist.
Here’s my Boston palette!
I had to pick Fenway Park ( or “paaaahhhhhk” as the locals say) as one of the inspirations- it’s SO Boston. Our city has the best sports fans in the world (in my humble opinion) and catching a game at our storied ballpark on a summer night is a must-do. Arsenic is one of my favorite F&B colors and it seems to match the Green Monster just right. :)
Another jewel in Boston’s crown is the Cape National Seashore– including the gorgeous islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. A mere hour and chance from the city, we have this majestic escape at our fingertips. It’s heaven. If visiting try staying at Chatham Bars Inn, Wequassett Resort and on Nantucket, The White Elephant. This subtle seagull print paper is something I hope to use in a beach house project soon!
Oh Beacon Hill. The most gorgeous, charming, jaw-droppingly magical neighborhood in the city. The historic buildings and cobblestone streets (not to mention the hidden gardens) are just beyond. I still love wandering around here on any given weekend to just gape at the amazing-ness of it (and shop in the darling stores), and I’ve lived here for 14 years! It still amazes me! The color of Red Earth paint mimics the beautiful brick on all of the rowhouses of this area (and really all of Boston’s pretty old neighborhoods like the Back Bay and South End).
My favorite museum in Boston is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. There is the most incredible courtyard in the old portion of the building that is simply stunning. They’ve added a modern addition by Renzo Piano to the campus, which houses a rather amazing restaurant- the perfect place for a long lunch after taking a wander around the museum! One of the most interesting things about the Gardner is the story of the famous art heist (still unsolved)- they’ve left the empty frames up on the wall, which I find so cool. On the walls is this patterned upholstered fabric wallcovering- which reminded me of F&B’s Silvergate pattern. Such a fascinating part of Boston history!
Ahhhh, the Charles River. Dividing Boston from Cambridge this body of water is a big part of Boston’s landscape- the Esplanade along the shores is a popular place to walk, run and enjoy a nice day (while trying to spot Gisele and Tom Brady with their kids) and is where many events are held. The depth and variation of Hague Blue, my most favorite F&B color, reminds me of the Charles.
Another aspect of Boston’s natural beauty is the Boston Common– a gorgeous patch of green right in the center of the city. The famous Swan Boats in the Duck Pond, amazing flowers in the spring and summer and tons of residents and visitors mulling about- it’s such a vibrant part of our city! The incredible trees and gardens reminded me of the Acanthus patterned wallpaper.
We have a lot of incredible architecture in this city, one of the prime examples being the Boston Public Library. The beautiful details of the ceiling in the main reading room remind me of F&B’s Slipper Satin.
The Boston Marathon has long been a wonderful tradition in our city (we get the day off from work typically!) But now, as you know, there is an even deeper meaning to it after the bombings. It was both a devastating and proud moment for our city, and when walking along Boylston street by the finish line, one can’t help but reflect on the events that occurred and the immense love we have for this place we call home.
When visiting Boston here are a few suggestions for places to rest your head and fill your belly:
**And a moment of silence for my most favorite Boston restaurant that closed this year, Hammersley’s, home of the best chicken on earth. No, I’m serious. If you never got a chance to eat it I’m legitimately sad for you.