Brigid Sweeney

Rising Stars: Fully Grounded

BOSTON HOME: How does the term "landscape" apply to an urban area? SHAUNA GILLIES-SMITH: When people hear that word, they think of their backyard, or of the sweeping untouched lands that are the domain of SUV commercials. In reality, much…

The Nice Queen

Amid furor over branch closures, the Boston Public Library’s president is imposing her vision for the future—and, just maybe, a new model for how to get things done in this town.

Talking Stock: Lekker Home

Here’s the question: did Lekker create the South End, or did the South End create Lekker? Amsterdam native Natalie Carpenter says the area was already a "centrifuge of creativity" when she opened shop in early 2003; many others in the…

Threshold: One Great Room: Social Fabrics

MADE OF ORGANIC bark, the neutral Caba Company wallpaper serves as a great backdrop for art. The paintings are by Bernd Haussmann, a Marblehead-based artist represented by the South End’s Chase Gallery. They hang slightly off-center "because it looks less…

Boston Home Winter 2010: Upward Bound

RENOVATIONS, LIKE RELATIONSHIPS, are a series of compromises — so it’s safe to say that Steve Naha and Vincenzo Scibelli are experts at meeting in the middle. Naha, chairman of a financial consulting firm, is compact and precise, with a…

Boston Home Winter 2010: Talking Stock: Gurari Collections

The 17th-century "cabinet of curiosities"—a display case filled with outlandish knickknacks—has been revived everywhere from Pottery Barn to local boutiques. Gurari Collections owner Russ Gerard, however, can legitimately claim to have preceded the trend. A former dean at Rhode Island’s…