The Farrow & Ball showroom

It’s hard to believe just one year ago already was Boston Fall Design Market, and here it is again — a two-day extravaganza of all things interior design, a time of year when there is a buzz about the building and design knowledge is shared.

What an exciting week, as I also had the opportunity to take a couple of my students — Angela Fillion and Nadine Brown — with me to indulge in the Boston Design Center’s designer experience.

From the moment we reached the mezzanine, beautifully created hanging floral arrangements from Boston Pollen welcomed visitors.

The Under the Sea pattern at Schumacher showroom

Making our way up to Gallery West, a light breakfast was followed by the first presentation at Farrow & Ball. Our design experience began with a panel discussion at F&B showcasing their new paint line, Color by Nature, in collaboration with the Natural History Museum in London. It did not disappoint, with such colors as Snow White, Orange Coloured White, Skimmed Milk White, Ash Grey, Broccoli Brown, Ultra Marine Blue, Imperial Purple, Scotch Blue, Emerald Green, Verdigris Green, Sap Green, Duck Green, Dutch Orange, Lake Red, Crimson Red and Deep Reddish Brown. Beautiful and deeply saturated colors are being noted this fall.

Debbe with Clinton Smith, editor-in-chief of New England Home Magazine

The textile stroll was next on our agenda. Visiting the beautiful showrooms for a presentation on their fabric offerings was very informative. Eric Haydel and Jill Janasiewicz of Eric Haydel Showroom presented their favorite picks to our group.

Strolling on, we stopped at PFM Patterson Flynn Martin Rug showroom, where we had the pleasure of a presentation on their rug program and offerings. It was a fun little showroom where Angela and Nadine got some sample play time in.

The textile stroll continued to the Schumacher showroom. Fun detailed and embellished fabrics, trimmings and wall coverings were available for viewing. My favorite pattern was Under the Sea, a linen-cotton blend embellished with raffia, beads and knotted threads to create a whimsical story pattern that fit the name. Coral reef, beaded jellyfish, and embroidered and beaded starfish and crabs were just a few of the detailed underwater creatures telling the story of this beautiful linen panel.

Two of Debbe’s students, Nadine Brown and Angela Fillion, enjoy themselves in the PFM Patterson Flynn Martin Rug showroom.

Next on the agenda was exposing the students to tiles. Stopping in at Tile Showcase was-jaw dropping for both Angela and Nadine. The beautiful mosaic sample displays in marble and glass were truly an eye-catching experience for them.

Our tour would not have been complete without stopping in at Market Stalls, an antique flea-market setting of all things vintage. Checking out charming antiques from days past is always an enjoyable stop. Dining tables, chairs, artwork, lighting, mirrors and so much more can be found at Market Stalls. If you’re searching for that one conversation piece for a design, you’re sure to find it here.

The next lecture we attended was with Michael Carter, owner and principal designer at Carter and Company. Michael’s lecture focused on “Interior Design in America” and reminded us that the birth of American interior design has its roots right here in New England. It was a behind-the-scenes talk of two significant figures who made their marks here and left them permanently in their own homes, which are completely intact today — Ogden Codman’s family estate, The Grange, and Henry Davis Sleeper’s Beauport.

Samples in the PFM Patterson Flynn Martin Rug showroom

The last discussion was one we all waited for with anticipation — an interview with Patrick Frey of La Maison Pierre Frey. conducted by Clinton Smith, editor-in-chief of New England Home Magazine. The powerhouse combination of the two personalities charmed the audience. Patrick explaining his emergence into his father’s business, Pierre Frey, was truly an intriguing and enlightening story. His charming and candid personality was a breath of fresh air to end the day.

Patrick invited the audience to partake in their newest showroom’s grand opening cocktail party at Boston Design Center after the talk. And what a party it was! Champagne, wine and hors d’ouevres flowed through the showroom. It was truly a pleasure to spend some time with Mr. Frey and Mr. Smith and their charming personalities.

The Boston Design Center’s Fall Design Market never disappoints and is truly worth the two days of exploring.

Debbe Daley is owner and principal of Debbe Daley Designs, with offices in Lowell, Boston and Portsmouth, N.H. Debbe can be reached at www.daleydesigns.com.