The Importance of Being Local

Belmont's Artefact hosts a slew of Boston's best artisans.

After last week’s spell of sagging power lines, sodden lawns, and fallen trees – thanks again, Sandy – this weekend presented storm-trooping Bostonians with the much-needed chance to curate a little peace and quiet within the home.

Boston design shop Artefact Home|Garden, hosted “The Importance of Being Local” on Saturday to fete local designers. Attendees had a chance to meet and greet local artisans, including Ray Bachand from Sudbury, who works with reclaimed wood, Nancy Hart from Belmont, a visual designer, and Shawn Laughlin from Shelbourne, whose porcelain tableware draws on nature for inspiration. Cheerful hand-painted pillows, sophisticated serving boards, and gleaming pottery were just a few standout pieces worth cracking open the wallet for.

Incidentally, if the hurricane has had you craving, well, hurricanes, the Gloucester-based Ryan Wood & Distilleries has you covered with its artisan liquors. They served Folly Cove Rum punch in the afternoon.