Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs – Hand Crafted Jewelry

I don’t know about you but come Springtime I am in need of a few new baubles to give my wardrobe a fresh look.  The whimsical and refreshing designs of  Boston jewelry designer Barbara Goldberg of Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs totally fits the bill!

Barbara Goldberg hand crafted jewelry

Barbara gets her inspiration from “anyplace I can see pattern and the interaction of colors”… sources including couture magazines like Vogue, interior design magazines and even store catalogs can inspire her to start sketching.

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

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Barbara works with a rainbow of Polimer Clays many times adding silver, gold and copper leaf to the mix.

Barbara Goldberg designs

First she uses a pasta machine to flatten out the clay.

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Then she rolls the various clays into a log as you can see below.  The logs are sliced and then shaped into the individual clay beads which reveal the various swirls, grids, and waves that make each bead truly unique!  The clay beads are baked in an oven and finally glazed with a resin.

Barbara Goldberg Jewelry

In addition to making the labor intensive clay beads Barbara also produces her own hand blown glass beads.   Many times she adds Swarovski crystals for a touch of  sparkle.  It is the combination of these elements:  clay, glass, and crystal which makes her jewelry designs so special.

Barbara Goldberg Jewelry

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

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Barbara has a studio in the south end of Boston.

Barbara Maran Goldberg Designs

450 Harrison Avenue Suite 318

Boston Massachusetts 02118

If you are near Boston you can see her creations at the SOWA First Fridays Open Studios the first Friday of every month!   Until next time happy stylish shopping Made in the USA!  Linda

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Dunes & Duchess Lighting and Furniture

Dunes & Duchess

Hello and Happy Spring Everyone!!  I am so excited to share with you this stylish line of Made in America home furnishings by Dunes & Duchess.  Most of the Dunes and Duchess furniture and lighting products are inspired from the past yet everything has a very fresh 21st century design sensibility which I love.

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Double Rachel Sconce in International Lifesaving Orange.

The design duo of Dunes -Michael Partenio and Duchess – Stacy Kunstel found inspiration for their designs from such items as a French antique turned style chandelier they discovered years ago… as you will see, wood turning and spindle style are design motifs emblematic of the Dunes & Duchess products.  Other inspirations… the charming old hitching posts still seen around New England if you look really hard!

Hitching Post Lamp

Hitching Post Lamp

If you want to energize your home with some distinctive pieces then Dunes & Duchess is your resource!  Take a look………..

Two arm candelabras in No Scurvy Yellow.

Two Arm Candelabras in No Scurvy Lemon.

4 Arm Candelabra

4 Arm Candelabra in Commodore of the Yacht Club Blue.

Acrylic top drink top table

Acrylic top drink top table

These wall sconces become an additional little work of art for the space.

Wood top drink top table

Wood top drink top table

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Console Table in Palm Beach Darling color!

Stacy and Micheal are totally involved in the production of their Made in the USA  Dunes and Duchess product line.   Utilizing a time honored form of woodworking called turning, all the individual pieces are turned in the Mid West using North American hardwood (Maple and Oak).

Stacy and Micheal in various stages of production

Stacy and Micheal in various stages of production

Then everything is shipped back to Connecticut where Stacy and Michael assemble and sand each item!  Next, a crew of painters from Connecticut do their color applications and then Stacy and Micheal reconvene to do the polishing, adding felt bottoms, wiring, and packing!  Even the packaging is made in Connecticut!

Yes,  this is the glamorous part!

Yes, this is the glamorous part!

Stacy hand signs and dates all the final pieces.

Stacy hand signs and dates all the final products.

Dunes & DuchessI hope you have been inspired by the stylish designs, refreshing colors and craftsmanship of these American made Dunes & Duchess products and also inspired by the American spirit of Stacy and Micheal in creating a beautiful line of home furnishings and producing everything right here in the USA!  For more information about Dunes & Duchess as well as locations where you can purchase go to their website at  http://dunesandduchess.com/

Dunes & Duchess

Until next time happy stylish shopping Made in the USA!  Linda