Pretty in Pink

10 Tips for hosting a memorable Galentine’s Day brunch By Maria Allen Each year, after spending countless hours designing picturesque New England weddings and other personalized social events for her clients, Kate Murtaugh, owner of Kate Murtaugh Events & Design, likes to take a day to raise a glass to her closest friends and colleagues … Read more

Hometown Designer

Raised on the South Shore and trained in Italy, Mya Royal returns to her roots to launch a bespoke apparel business on the Plymouth waterfront. By Kelly Chase Photography by Julia Cumes and Ella Farrell Photography A salty sea breeze blows off the harbor as fashion designer Mya Royal opens the doors to her second-floor atelier … Read more

A Sense of Place

Ben Eggers was sitting in a graphic design lecture at college and feeling a little bored and homesick when he started working on a design that reminded him of the South Shore. He began with an image of the Powder Point Bridge in his hometown of Duxbury. Eggers has since created an entire series of … Read more

The Write Stuff

A local pen craftsman’s story By Matt Tormey Photography By Jack Foley Weymouth’s Al LaFrance is undeniably a skilled craftsman and artist. In 1998, with years of craftsmanship under his (tool)belt, LaFrance came across a catalog for wood pen crafting kits and quickly became enamored. These kits were based on woodturning, a distinct set of … Read more

The Rise of the Backyard Office

By Maria Allen Photography by Kjeld Mahoney Staging by Laura Graziano Staging and Interiors ASP®, IAHSP® There are many perks to working from home (no dress code, shorter commute, ability to monitor your child’s remote learning), but the “new normal” also presents challenges. With increasing numbers of professionals and students working from home, there is … Read more

Healing Body and Soul

HaleLife & Bone broth

Inspired by a mutual passion for health and wellness, the founders of The Hale Life and The Hope Experience come together to host restorative retreats on the South Shore and beyond. By Dave Kindy Photography by Julia Cumes It was a trying time for Melissa Smith. Her mother had passed away from lung cancer in … Read more

The Joy of Cookbooks

By Maria Allen   Opening a cookbook of family recipes is a bit like reaching into a time capsule filled with memories. We found two recently published culinary collections that are perfect examples of this. Each cookbook offers a window into the lives of the authors, and a taste, both literally and figuratively, for their favorite … Read more

Restaurant Possible – 10 New dining spots on the South Shore that opened during the pandemic.

10 New dining spots on the south shore that opened during the pandemic.  By Sara Frazier There’s never been a better time to support local restaurants. It’s no secret that 2020 was a challenging year for the restaurant industry due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thankfully, many South Shore restaurateurs have managed to weather the storm … Read more

Charmed by Jewel Box Homes

The latest custom home trend sparkles at The Pinehills. By Jennifer H. McInerney Photography by Dan Cutrona and Eric Roth courtesy of The Pinehills Showcasing expert craftsmanship, top-shelf materials and high-end finishes, “jewel box” homes prove that bigger isn’t always better. While small in comparison to grand “McMansions,” these custom homes feature all of the … Read more

Cooking With Cranberries

Cooking with Cranberries

Massachusetts cranberry growers share their favorite family recipes in the spirit of the holiday season. Photography by Michelle McGrath PR As Massachusetts cranberry growers wrap up their 2020 harvest season and look forward to the holidays that lie ahead, a few local grower families (represented by Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association) have shared treasured family … Read more

Clink for Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and New England’s only self-serve wine bar, Uva Wine Bar in Plymouth, is supporting the cause with a month-long “Clink for Pink” campaign to help raise funds for Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital’s Plymouth Breast Center. The cause is near and dear to the hearts of Uva’s two owners, Michelle Manware and … Read more

Orta Trattoria is a Hidden Gem

Chef Brett Williams delivers an authentic taste of Northern Italy at his newest dining destination. Written by Louisa Clerici Photography by Kjeld Mahoney The secret is out: Orta Trattoria and Lounge has opened in Kingston. Named after the spectacular but often-overlooked Lake Orta, located in the Piedmont region of Italy, the new South Shore restaurant … Read more