Best of Boston Home 2012

From millworkers to muslin, decorative painters to doorknobs, Boston’s best can be found right here.



Murals and Faux Finishes

Decorative and landscape painter Julia Purinton conquers surfaces with gusto—or an exacting touch—depending on the job. She recently transformed a simple wall into a Mexican tequila bar complete with faux cracked concrete. Purinton also creates animal wonderlands complete with Beatrix Potter–esque bunnies and symphonies of birds in flight.



This understated Beacon Hill shop features neat shelves of fine linens in enviable thread counts, as well as delicately embroidered designs from Yves Delorme, Sferra, and Matouk. Finish your boudoir’s sophisticated ensemble by splurging on a set of pristine Parisian pajamas by Laurence Tavernier for yourself.

52 Charles St., Boston, 617-227-1255,


Lavish closets have become a national obsession, and while this company’s 4,500-square-foot showroom offers enough bells and whistles to satisfy a Kardashian, staffers are also adept at conquering tight confines. But before you start salivating over the sleek wood finishes, steel wire baskets, and slanted shoe racks, set up an in-home consultation—it’s free.

1660 Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton, 617-254-0499,

Drapery and Upholstery Fabrics

This family-owned company runs three showrooms, two of which showcase the most recognizable names in the textile trade. One visit is all it takes to make you want to re-cover your home’s every surface, so it’s best to come in with an aesthetic and mission in mind. Then, allow yourself to luxuriate in fantasies of Tibetan tigers rendered in textured velvet, lusty, jewel-toned ikats, and dreamy tie-dyed silks.

Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, Ste. 111, Boston, 617-951-2526,

Kids’ Furniture

Combining her eye for good design with her desire for healthy living, owner Karina Meleger has assembled a mix of cutting-edge children’s furniture with an eco-friendly bent. Our favorites include DucDuc’s Connecticut-made color-block bunk bed; Leander’s toxin-free molded-beech changing table; and Spot on Square’s convertible crib, constructed with recycled material and formaldehyde-free adhesives.

188 Needham St., Newton, 617-467-5860,


Run by David Webster and his son Peter, this 21,000-square-foot showroom represents highly coveted lines like de Gournay (handpainted chinoiserie), Phillip Jeffries (lush grasscloth and vinyls) and Lulu DK (color-drenched contemporary patterns). You’ll also find designs from up-and-coming indies with more freeform sensibilities.

Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place, Ste. 242, Boston, 617-261-9660,


Originally an upholstery company based in Brighton, third-generation Furnature has become the go-to chair, love-seat, and sofa manufacturer for people with chemical sensitivities. Building on those items, the company’s exclusive, made-to-order organic mattresses come in natural rubber or with an inner spring featuring a quilted, wool-wrapped core.

86 Coolidge Ave., Watertown, 617-926-2888,

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