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

AS PROTESTS GO, THIS ONE IS downright amiable. On an unseasonably warm Sunday in March, 40 people have gathered on the steps of the Boston Public Library’s McKim Building in Copley Square for a read-in — a bookish riff on…

Connoisseur: Growing Trend

GARDENING, IT’S SAFE TO SAY is having a moment. Ever since a wheelbarrow-wielding Michelle Obama sank her purple Chuck Taylors into the soil of the White House’s South Lawn, Americans have been coveting homegrown red peppers and green beans. Life…

On Location: Coolidge Corner

LIKE ANY SELF-RESPECTING URBAN ENCLAVE, Brookline’s Coolidge Corner is a tangle of contradictions. For starters, it isn’t technically urban, yet it’s not suburban, either. What began as a 19th-century summer haven for Boston’s elite is now home to BU student…

Bauble Head

FOR TWO DECADES, MICHELE MERCALDO HAS BEEN the Jil Sander of local jewelry design, offering beautifully restrained pieces like petite stud earrings and delicate necklaces with a mod edge. But this 32-carat aquamarine, purchased from an India-based gem dealer, is…

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…