Rachel Levitt

Talking Stock: Red Bird Trading

NEWBURYPORT NATIVE KERRY Vaughan knows how to catch your eye – her two home-goods stores, Red Bird Trading and the nearby Wishbasket, have been in business for more than 25 years. Both reflect Vaughan’s "modern with a vintage, comfortable vibe"…

Meet the Mezrichs

LIKE ALMOST ALL OF BEN MEZRICH’S nonfiction (Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions, and his latest, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding Of Facebook — A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius,…

On the Market: 9 West Broadway, Unit 606

IS THERE ANYONE in Boston who hasn’t harbored a loft fantasy? Perhaps hip digs would offset that recent minivan purchase? Sadly, the reality of brick-and-beam living rarely matches the vision: Most warehouse fit-outs are either too open (modesty be damned!),…

Testing…Skoah's Facialiscious Treatment

WHAT DID I EXPECT TO FIND at South End newcomer Skoah, the Canadian spa that offers "personal training for your skin"? A spandex-clad drill sergeant barking "Scrub harder!"? Maybe. Turns out that while the décor and attitude here may be…

On The Market: 531 Massachusetts Avenue

AS YOU HEAD SOUTH ON Massachusetts Avenue toward Boston Medical Center, you might notice the block between Tremont and Shawmut where the townhouses are set farther back from the road. This is Chester Square, once the South End’s largest garden…

On the Market: 9 Brimmer Street

WHEN A BUYER WANTS a sprawling lawn and four-car garage, she goes to Beverly Farms. When she’s after pedigree, she starts nosing around Beacon Hill. But she has to do her homework — even in this historically affluent neighborhood, many…

The $1,500 Centerpiece

More than 75 roses and a few peonies were used to create this spherical table-topper. After Matteson attaches the flowers to an absorbent foam core, she flips some of the petals inside-out to give the piece dimension. While many florists…

Best of the New

These new and recently renovated hotels offer chic spots to house your out-of-town guests and fresh venues for wedding events.  MILLENIUM BOSTONIAN HOTEL THE W BOSTON THE AMES COPLEY SQUARE HOTEL HOTEL VERITAS

Best of the New: Hotel Veritas

HARVARD SQUARE’S MOST RECENTLY BUILT HOTEL is also its smallest: With just 30 guest rooms (including one suite) the venue feels exclusive and very Harvard — the perfect base camp for guests who require a little privacy. Although it’s new,…

Best of the New: Copley Square Hotel

BACK BAY’S OLDEST HOTEL (opened in 1891) is now one of the city’s coolest, thanks to an $18 million renovation completed last year. Each of its 143 luxurious rooms is sumptuously furnished in champagne, taupe, and silver tones, and boasts…