boston's south end & a shop tour

I took a little break yesterday to hang out in the South End and catch up with my friend Susan. The weather cooperated, except for a little wind. And the trees are in bloom. How amazing are these magnolias?!

I can't get over the gorgeous pink color of the second one. {Update: a reader has informed me these are actually tulip trees. Thank you! I was wondering how magnolias could survive up here in the Northeast!} Anyway, the day was just perfect for strolling this great neighborhood filled with charming restaurants, cafes and shops. Oh, and irresistible brownstones. I want to live here. My house in the city. Why not?

We did a little {window} shopping, and the main attraction was my all-time fave South End store, Hudson. I can't get enough of this place. They've absolutely nailed a pitch-perfect mix of vintage items and new pieces. You'll see.

Gorgeous oversize antique table, vintage sign, shiny lamps, a tray full of pretty things. 

Killer sconce in coral red, striped settee, yellow pillows, funky mirror.

That chest.

Huge round antique mirror. I want it.

More baskets, vintage. And you know how I love those.

Another amazing rustic table, crazy awesome orange lamps, huge wooden bowl, bamboo frames, vintage trunk/suitcase.

I fell in love with the fabric on this pillow. Anyone know it?

What can I say? You must go. Or at least check it out online. So many great finds here. I wanted everything!


pam {simple details} said...

My idea of the perfect day! Love the cool store!

René said...

Oh boy would I ever be in trouble there! Had to pin one.

Julie said...

I pinned that fabric the other day and someone commented and said it's Christopher Farr!

My Many Moments said...

I spy tons of baskets we love!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Gosh, I keep meaning to take a day and explore this area. Now that we're taking a break from renovations, I'll have the time! Thanks for putting it back on my radar.

Splenderosa said...

Gosh, those baskets and that old wooden bowl just captured me completely. Love the opening pics.

The Vintique Object said...

Oh yes, I could spend hours in this store. Can see what you love about it. I'm getting some great ideas just looking at the photos you took, Casey.

I'm jumping back into blogland too now. So much to catch up on!!

Anonymous said...

Those aren't magnolias, they're tulip trees. And they really are beautiful

Ashley said...

I haven't been to Boston in ages, but I would DIE to go to Hudson! I mean, what is the story with that gold mirror and that chest!?! How did you exercise self-control in such a place?

Shannon @ Project Shannon said...

I love seeing pictures of downtown. I miss living there and don't make it back into town nearly as often as I would like.

casey at loft and cottage said...

Julie, thanks so much! I'm going to check out Christopher Farr fabric. Have a feeling I will love everything he does.

Holly Gruszka said...

Yep, Christopher Farr on that pretty blue/green fabric. I love it too. And yes, you will fall in love with his textiles.

Sari said...

I just found your blog & I love it!
Had to comment on the Magnolia v Tulip Tree.
It IS a Magnolia tree pictured, although I think some people call them tulip trees as they are sort of tulip like.
Here is a pick of an actual tulip tree - Liriodendron tulipifera
My botanist son recently planted many Magnolias in my yard (in NW Washington state), so we are a bit obsessed right now!
I am enjoying your blog as I am in the middle of building a cottage style house.

Lori R. said...

I too would like to confirm that the tree IS a magnolia tree. I live in the nursery capital of the US and these are all over NE Ohio. I myself have one by my pool.