Kristin Paton Home Signature Candle

We have had our signature candle for over five years now, time flies! One of our goals for 2017 was to give the candle a bit of a revamp. We knew our signature scent, based on the perfume Shalimar (one of Kristin's favorite scents), would remain the same. Our priorities were to produce it locally, upgrade the quality of the wax, and give the container a new and improved look. 

We connected with a local vendor in Western Massachusetts back in January who helped us achieve exactly what we were looking for. We worked with them to choose the correct wax, perfect the scent and re-design the glass container. Instead of our original clear glass container with a gray label, we opted for completely spraying the glass container solid gray and then stamping the logo in gold.

After a bit of trial and error to get the colors just right, the containers went into production and just last week we got to make another site visit and be part of the filling process. We learned so much and it was such a treat to be so personally involved and hands-on. 

The wick is centered and glued to the bottom of the container.

The machine is set on a timer to perfectly fill each container. We just had to press a button and keep a steady hand!

Kristin getting in on the action!

Kristin getting in on the action!

As the wax begins to harden, the wick gets moved to the center. The wax surface is then reheated to eliminate any blemishes from adjusting the wick.

Our beautiful new candle is officially packaged and ready for your enjoyment! 

ID Boston Magazine Feature

We are so delighted to be featured both inside and on the cover page of ID Boston's Spring 2017 issue! The magazine beautifully highlights two projects of ours, a luxurious Brookline residence and a carefree Nantucket retreat. 

One of our favorite interior shots ever made the cover! Hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper, custom designed to include cheeky monkeys, sets the backdrop to an antique commode, tortoise mirror and satin upholstered Louis XVI chairs. 

Please enjoy the full article below...

Thank you to the ID Boston team and Chesie Breen for your kind words!

Ski Chalet Style

All of the rain we've had recently has us wishing it were snow so that we could hit the slopes. Until we get a decent snowfall for skiing we'll be living vicariously through the beautiful designs of these mountain homes! Love how each of these rooms layer neutral textures within a pared down aesthetic, letting the mountain views speak for themselves.

Decorating with a Neutral Palette

In the words of Elle Decor, going all-natural is anything but boring. We are excited for our Delray Beach, FL project to be included in their round-up of 50 Best Neutral Colors for Designing a Stylish Room as "Island White and Ocean Blue Seating". 

This color palette plays off the beach backdrop to work harmoniously with it, not compete. The custom Tibetan hand-knotted rug, appropriately named "Seabreeze", set the tone for the space. It is airy, soothing and timeless.  

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Tibetan, hand-knotted rug in "Seabreeze" colorway

Tibetan, hand-knotted rug in "Seabreeze" colorway

A few of our favorites from the other designers in the round-up...

Mod Baby Blue Seating by Amy Lau

Mod Baby Blue Seating by Amy Lau

Windows by Design: Farrow & Ball for DIFFA

We were recently presented with the opportunity to participate in the first-ever Windows by Design: Farrow & Ball for DIFFA where one designer from each of the 14 markets nationwide designs a window vignette for their local Farrow & Ball showroom. We gladly accepted and began brainstorming! 

The theme given was "Cure & Comfort", with cure relating to DIFFA and the cause behind it and comfort relating to the upcoming holiday season, filled with warmth, friends, family and love. DIFFA is Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. It raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventive education programs and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. We were also required to use and highlight Farrow & Ball products. 

We were also limited by space at the Boston Farrow & Ball showroom, only being able to make our vignette within a 30" depth. Our goal was to make an eye-catching, bold statement on a vertical, flat surface. 

We began by having the talented team at Furniture Design Services create a sturdy wood backdrop, spanning the width and height of the showroom window as a blank canvas to create our design on. We then used painters tape to create graphic black and white stripes. 

A bit tedious, but we are perfectionists!

A bit tedious, but we are perfectionists!

The taped areas remained white, while the exposed areas got painted black.

The taped areas remained white, while the exposed areas got painted black.

Primed, then painted black. 

Primed, then painted black. 

We were pretty thrilled when we peeled off the tape and had clean, crisp lines!

We were pretty thrilled when we peeled off the tape and had clean, crisp lines!

Once the backdrop was complete, we installed Seletti neon letters to spell out the words, "HOPE", "CURE", "LOVE", "WISH". 

The power drill came in handy this day...

The power drill came in handy this day...

One minor mishap with a broken "I", but was quickly replaced by Seletti!

One minor mishap with a broken "I", but was quickly replaced by Seletti!

We completed our design by hand-making 100 paper cranes out of various red colored Farrow & Ball wallpapers and floating them at staggering heights in front of the neon words. We focused on the red colored patterns as it relates to the red ribbon, which is the universal symbol of awareness and support for those living with HIV/AIDS.  The Japanese refer to the crane as the "bird of happiness" and it has become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times. 

Hanging in our office!

Hanging in our office!

Transferred to the showroom window.

Transferred to the showroom window.

Our completed window design was unveiled on December 1st, which was World AIDS day. In addition, Farrow & Ball will donate $1 to DIFFA for every social media post tagged #FaBforDIFFA. We were so honored to have been asked to participate and hope our window can help raise awareness for an amazing cause, as well as spread some love during this holiday season! 

Read about our window design in Architectural Digest and Interior Design magazine!