Thursday, January 1, 2009

Boston's Hudson, Beacon Hill and more...

While the rest of my clan was at the Science Museum, I had a great morning walking around Boston. A visit to designer Jill Goldberg's store Hudson in the south end of Boston didn't disappoint. Love the framed blueprints on the wall. They also have a store in Wellesley.




The glass display blocks above are also available at Wisteria.



Love, love the green of this bureau. Notice the deer antlers in the window below - I wish I had a telephoto lens because the interior of this home could be in a magazine.


I snapped about 20 pictures of the gorgeous wreaths and urns on display in Beacon Hill - here's one that will still look great if they leave it up all winter. I'm saving the rest for a post in Dec. 2009. This was the first Christmas season I blogged so I'm going to think ahead for next year!
One of Beacon Hill's cobblestone lanes.
Beacon Hill's Post Office on Charles Street


Louisburg Square - Beacon Hill. Per Wikipedia "Currently it is the most expensive residential neighborhood in the country...the average cost of a townhouse on the street exceeds $6 million and reaches as high as $20 million."

Here I am stalking around Commonwealth Ave in Boston. We had afternoon tea at the Taj Hotel but somehow the rest of my family wasn't as interested as I was in lingering in the neighborhood... Notice the ornate ceiling. The wall color was a beautiful teal-green that doesn't show up in this photo. Love the fact that this incredible Comm Ave brownstown has this (see below) in their front lawn.
We used to live in Cambride MA and this visit was a nice trip down memory lane, as they say. We dragged our kids back to our old apartment on Forest Street in Cambridge, but in all the nostalgia, forgot to take pictures. It looks pretty much the same. I could definitely live here again... or at least rent a place in Beacon Hill for a year or so when we retire. Anyway, this is a New Year and time to enjoy the present. Happy New Year!!

21 comments:

Things That Inspire said...

Oh, this post makes me nostalgic. I lived in Boston for two years while my husband was in grad school, and I loved walking around Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Boston is such an elegant city.

Terri said...

Thanks for the awesome shop tour and stalker neighborhood visit. I always wonder who are the seriously lucky souls who get to live in those amazing neighborhoods. Boston is a lovely city and I always wish I could live there. If I had to pick an American city, it would be near the top for sheer historical brilliance and class.

Cote de Texas said...

I havent' been there since I was a child - but I'm putting it on my bucket list (depressing!) - it looks so lovely - like London, no? beautiful pictures.

Happy Happy!!!!
Joni

Terri said...

Michele, thanks for the book suggestion (Zen). I have read the Martha Beck book, which didn't help much. I have no trouble finding what makes me happy - it's the next step that is so confusing - how to make it into a career. Sounds like we like the same books too (Nuala O'Faolin - she had a book after "Are you Somebody?"called "My Dream of You", which is sad and funny and introspective and real. Did you know she died this year? She was a very interesting lady!)

xo Terri

karlene said...

beautiful! love the chunky mirror from Hudson! and love the window boxes as the post office!

Carolina Eclectic said...

Happy New Year!! I hope you have another wonderful of great shopping.

Velvet and Linen said...

Thank you for the trip to Boston!
I hadn't been there before. What a beautiful city.
Happy New Year!

xo
Brooke

Love Your Homes said...

I would love to visit Boston....and Happy New Year!!
From Ingela

ArchitectDesign said...

Thanks for the tour! I just LOVE boston, it has such grand homes downtown!

michelle said...

Welcome home...and a happy new year to you!

I am also an ID "stalker"...the homeowners would be complimented, I'm sure :)

Annie, bossy color said...

Ahh, Boston! Nothing like it, is there? Sounds like you had a great time - that store looks fabulous! Happy New Year, Michele!

halcyon said...

Michele, The top photo looks so very Roger Banks-Pye with the tailored striped blue upholstery and the blueprints in the background.
I love Boston so much. My Sister lived there for 10 years and we walked those streets of Beacon Hill so many times. Brings back a lot of memories. Very good post.

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh WHAT a great post!! Did you buy the store out (or pretend to, like I do?)!!

And beacon Hill. Swoooon. So lovely!

Thanks for the fill!

A-M said...

What a beautiful post! We could only dream of shops like Hudson here in downtown Brisbane. The buildings are just stunning. I have never been over to your side of the world... "grow up children so we can travel"! A-M xx

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such a treat to see Beacon Hill. What glorious window boxes!!

Your House and Life said...

I soooo love Boston. Wish I could get there more. Happy New Year!

LindsB said...

Welcome back home! I'm glad you had a great trip to my fav city! You even visited where I live in Louisburg Square, wish I knew you were coming I would have invited you in for tea :) Totally kidding of course, I would die to live in Louisburg Square, its one of my favorite places to window stalk in the city.

Happy New Year!!

Pink Wallpaper said...

wow, beacon hill looks amazing...and i would die to go to hudson!

Marnie said...

i would move back to boston in a flash if i could and would love to live on beacon hill or maybe the flat of the hill -

Natalie said...

What a lovely post - Beacon Hill looks amazing. I would love to check it out one day, kind of reminds me of Bruges.

Lauren said...

Really need to see that shop!!! So many beautiful things I need (er, want ;)

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