Thursday, March 18, 2010

Putting on the Ritz

If I started my day at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston,
my coffee would look like this.

I would be greeted with this unique arrangement of
succulents, sand and stone as I exited the elevator.

And would then be wowed by this towering display
of spring branches, moss and hyacinths.

Now that is art in bloom!

I really wish I had taken more pictures of Boston last night after seeing The Lion King on stage at the The Boston Opera House (so amazing!) I guess I was too busy enjoying the views and the company of my friends : ) I did remember to take a few snapshots later in the evening as we relaxed first in the lobby of the Ritz and then in the Je-Ne Restaurant and Bar (our cappuccinos were decaf, but we stayed out till midnight, not bad for a school night!)

I will say, while watching the show, my friends and I were completely mesmerized by the creativity of the set design. The fabrics, the colors, the textures, the grand scale of it all! The visual interpretation of this animated movie that I last enjoyed when my kids were “little-like-Simba left me thinking “how can I incorporate dramatic presence in my own designs?

I am happy to say that I will have a chance to do just that in mid-May when I participate in the North Shore Design Show: Favorite Spaces at the Wenham Museum. I am so happy to be included again in this great event. Creating a space for a design show is almost like an exercise in set decorating, just on a much more manageable scale. Can you imagine how many people it takes to set the stage for an elaborate production like The Lion King?

What I love about any production, whether on Broadway or at a local design event, is knowing that the people behind the scenes are combining their talents to put on a show for the public to enjoy ...
forget your troubles for awhile, step into a visual story, and let the beauty of artistic interpretation transport you to a world of imagination. And what artist – whether dancer, singer or designer – doesn’t enjoy a round of applause every now and then?


  1. Everything looks great and I bet you had a lot of fun!

  2. I saw Lion King with my family and was so awe struck at the talent and the way the show was designed. So clever! Have been wanting to go to the Ritz Carlton for afternoon tea. Looks beautiful there~

  3. Sounds like the perfect evening! Loved the Lion King as well!


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