What a week! For interior-design pros or fans, Boston was the place to be

By Debbe Daley

UPDATED:   04/05/2019 11:31:38 AM EDT
A model walks the runway during a pop-up fashion show at Boston Design Week.

A model walks the runway during a pop-up fashion show at Boston Design Week.

Every spring and fall, there’s a buzz happening around Boston — a buzz that draws designers, artists, architects and industry professionals to the city to participate in interesting events, presentations and seminars.

This 12-day, citywide festival, Boston Design Week, was held March 27-April 7 and was jam-packed with all kinds of events open to the public as well as professionals.

The Autodesk Technology Center hosted Design Night Boston at the BUILD Space where the focus was on learning how technology and design are transforming the world in new and unexpected ways.

A presentation by Morehouse MacDonald & Associates, called Behind the Scenes of Waterfront Design, was held at The Boston Symphony Orchestra and moderated by Bill Springer, editor of Ocean Home Magazine, and Nancy E.

The Boston Design Week program

The Boston Design Week program

Berry, editor of Northshore Magazine. If you’ve been down to Boston’s Seaport area lately, you likely noticed the waterfront transformations that are happening daily.A few favorites that I attended were presentations at the Boston Design Center hosted by designSkim, with a few leading ladies and internet-design entrepreneurs, including LuAnn Nigara, Michele Williams, Heather Gillette and Esther Dunbar-Cullum. This Beyond Social Media and Harnessing the Internet Growth seminar was very informative for the designer in business and for learning how to bridge technology and design.

Women in Design, hosted by Modern Luxury Interiors Boston, one of the newest shelter magazines, and moderated by Editor-in-Chief Jaci Conry, was a big draw.

Panelists included lighting designer Lindsey Adelman, Boston interior designers Paula Daher and Stephanie Rossi, and celebrated designer and television personalities Taniya and Annie Selke. Before sharing their career success stories and strategies facing women in design, a surprise mini-fashion show got the party started, with animal-print fashion being the rage.The highlight of the evening was a special event with New York Times best-selling author Erin Gates, who discussed her new book, “Elements of Family Style.” Erin shared advice on how to cultivate a stylish and tasteful home among the wonderful chaos of family life.

Boston Design Week is always a fun and informative event, not just for interior designers but anyone who enjoys some element of design.

Debbe Daley is owner and principal of Debbe Daley Designs, with offices in Lowell, Boston and Portsmouth, N.H.

A panel discussion with designers, from left, Heather Gillette, Michelle Williams, LuAnn Nigara and Esther Dunbar-Cullum

A panel discussion with designers, from left, Heather Gillette, Michelle Williams, LuAnn Nigara and Esther Dunbar-Cullum

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