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By Danikaherrick @danikaherrick
On Tuesday I got to take a break from the office (who-hoo!) and spend the day hanging with some great local design bloggers at Boston Magazine's Passport To Design.  Fellow blogger Yvonne Blacker organized the event, in which we got to tour great showrooms, take in fabulous design, and even drink champagne & eat cupcakes- twist my arm, right? Passport to Design (L to R) Yvonne Blacker (hostess with the mostest), Erin Greene (Boston Magazine), Michelle Cortizo,  Linda Holt, Megan Meyers,  John KelseyKristina Crestin,  Linda Merrill, Katherine Hawkins , and myself the amazon lady.
Let me give you a synopsis of a few of my favorite things.   (If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed a #passport2design hashtag flying around amongst other things- like me eating sweet potatoes the size of my head.)
The day started out at with breakfast at Circle Furniture and I immediately fell in love with this tufted emerald green chair. Extra wide for curling up alone, or with snuggle company- you choose. Passport to Design
                                 I was also inspired by the pattern on this here Arteriors lamp,
filing this away for "one day"... Passport to Design
Next stop was Tile By Design.  They heard bloggers were coming so the broke out the alcohol. It wasn't quite noon yet, but I was free from the office and being chauffeured around-  reason enough to celebrate. Passport to Design
 Loved all the Walker Zanger wood tiles: Passport to Design
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And my design twinsie Megan Meyers and I realized our houses were going to end up looking an awful lot alike.  Possibly even with matching urinals if my spiel on their virtues sold her.
I want these in my bathroom: Passport to Design
Then it was off to Designer Bath.   First, can we talk about this Zuchetti bath tub and how sexy it is...
Passport to Design you're super sexy tub, yes you are...
so sexy, it even lured me in...
Passport to Design (me, not so sexy)
Then there were my favorites for his, hers and kids.
These for hers (me): Passport to Design
For the man in your life: Passport to Design
and for the toothpaste spitting child in your life:  a wall mount faucet- tuck it up and away Passport to Design Nothing grosser than having to clean the tight space behind the faucet.  If they get manage to get spit all over this,  you have an animal on your hands and you will probably need a urinal too.
Passport to Design Michele Cortizo sold me on why I need a Brizo faucet.   They really are amazing and gorgeous.
And then we were off to get schooled on rugs over at Landry & Arcari.   So many great rugs it hurt my brain!
Yvonne modeled some sari silk flat weaves:
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I fell in love with this painterly design: Passport to Design and this texture: Passport to Design
and this rug for my office.
Passport to Design thank god my check book stayed home sick.
And then we ended at Lucia Lighting.   We all know lighting is one of my weaknesses, so I was really happy here. Passport to DesignPassport to Design
We were hosted by my friend and owner Lucy Dearborn.  She is a self proclaimed "legal upper", and I will vouched for that.  She has a contagious energy and humor, and kept the 'secco flowing while touring us around.
Passport to Design Love love love Studio Bel Vetra... Passport to Design just check out their box of bubbles light and how could you not. Passport to Design
I had so much fun, and met so many great people, that it was sad to see the day end.    If you live in the Boston area you can still join the Passport to Design Seminar Series, which runs until March, or visit any of these showrooms.  They were all so friendly and helpful, and having worked with many in the past I can tell you first hand how great they are to do business with. Thanks again Yvonne and all the showrooms for organizing and hosting such a fun event!

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