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Boston & HomeGoods

If you follow along on instagram or Facebook then you already know 
that I was over in Boston having lots of fun last week with HomeGoods.

I love being a part of the blogger team at HomeGoods - these girls are seriously like family
and we have so much fun when we are together. 
We talk every month on our conference call- which usually starts out with about 20 minutes of catching up and small talk before actually getting into the call
and it is just the same when we get together in person.

Last year blogger day was in New York- this year it was Boston!
I had never been to Boston- so I was excited to see the city and all that rich history.
 We arrived in the evening and several of us who arrived at a similar time
met up at the hotel. 
I didn't bring my big girl camera- just my iPhone - so these are all iPhone photos 

We were lucky that we had Joan with us
She lived in Boston for several years and she was happy to show us a little bit of the city she loves.
She is an awesome tour guide and knows all of the top 10 things you should see if you have just a day in a city like New York or Boston.

 It was raining- so we grabbed umbrellas and  decided to walk to dinner instead of taking a cab so that we could see some of the sights along the way.

Like the Paul Revere Statue

The Freedom Trail

Those little narrow cobblestone streets

Paul Revere House

I loved the lamp posts

Even in the evening and in the rain - it was beautiful.
I loved the cobblestone and brick everywhere- absolutely gorgeous.

We also saw something so moving. We were speechless. The holocaust memorial.
No words.

Boston was filled with so many surprised too.
We went to dinner in a fabulous little old bar in the middle of the old town section
that was seriously just like the one in CHEERS
Actually when we walked in-there were 3 guys seated at the bar who looked up and yelled 'hey!' 
to Joan. They were old friends of hers- yep, just like on the show.
It was so funny. 

Pardon my curly rainy weather hair- with Joan and Deb and Cathy- not pictured

We lucked out being able to wander around at night in just the rain-
because the next morning
Boston looked like this and was just.a.little.bit.cold.
(okay, it was freezing in my book)

Loved the stone roof on this building

We put on our coats and gloves and loaded up to head out for day one of Blogger Days.
HomeGoods is an amazing company to work with and one of the things I love is that
they always think about ways to inspire us every month and with blogger days.

Last year, we heard words of wisdom about blogging and balance from their surprise speaker
 Grace Bonney of Design Sponge
This year, HomeGoods flew in another amazing speaker - one of the editors of LONNY MAG- who talked about photography from a magazine standpoint.
From getting that perfect angle and shot and telling a story with your photography 
to some of the behind the scenes of the magazine and how it works.
I loved it and took tons of great inspirations from it.

We also toured a top secret ;) area at HomeGoods
where product ideas are developed and planned for-
by using certain colors, schemes or an inspiration piece. 
They plan a year in advance so they don't get a lot of help from the color of the year or trends-
 they are focusing on what they think will be hot in home decor in the next year
and they do an amazing job of it.
It was so neat to talk to the buyers and hear all about the process and all the countries they travel to looking for products-  talk about a fantastic job!

The next morning- the sun was shining and it was beautiful (cold- but beautiful)
and we had another fun filled day ahead

Yes, you will find me looking for a Starbucks in any town I travel to
 and luckily there was one right across the street from the hotel.
I tanked up- getting ready for a special project for day 2.

Before heading to dinner the night before- we were handed a creative assignment 
and would be working with a professional photographer for the next day. 
Mine involved this space

This little space deserves a whole post of it's own.
More on that coming soon.

Happy Saturday

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  1. WOW - beautiful. I also love Boston and used to travel there for business. Sounds like the conference was very productive. I am looking forward to the next chapter of your Home Good Conference.
    Have a great weekend.

  2. I love Boston. I am happy you had a great time.

  3. I love Boston so much! Such a fantastic city. Loved seeing your trip there and it sounds like you had a great time!

  4. Cannot wait to see what you did with that wonderful space...white glass-fronted doors cabinet, French doors opening onto a small patio, massive legs on the dining table... Where will the roses go?


  5. Oh how fun, I havn't been to Boston either, so I loved all the pics, so fun. Can't wait to hear more about your trip, sounds like such fun. Hugs, Marty

  6. What a wonderful opportunity. Living way out in the sticks I really miss shopping!!! I The room has so much potential-looking forward to seeing the "after".

  7. I live outside of boston and it's such a fun place to be! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip!

  8. omg...I'd give my eye teeth for such a fun and inspiring opportunity! How cool for you! I love Boston, and your pictures captured its essense withtout the usual tourist pictures. The Revere house with people walking past it, as shadows in the rainy night is beautiful, as is the one of the square with the lone person with an umbrella. It looks like there are two ducks in a puddle--is that right?? Wondering if those were taken before or after your photography session? They're beautiful. Oh, and the Starbucks one is great too. Thanks for sharing; can't wait to read more! ~Zuni

    1. Thank you! I had an awesome time and honestly, everywhere I went I saw a photo :) I loved capturing a bit of what Boston was like while I was there. I am not sure if there were ducks in the puddle- it was really raining and cold though. Our photography session was on Friday- these photos were all taken Wednesday night before the 1st day of blogger days.

  9. I loved your photos of Boston. I like that town too. It is a town with plenty of history. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  10. I've never been to Boston. Thanks for taking me there today. The photos are pretty even in the rain!

  11. Courtney, you did good with your iPhone! The photos are great with it -- nice flavor of the city! Excited to see what you saw and looking forward to further posts!

  12. You lucky duck... I can hardly wait to see what you do with the room. My wheels are already turning. Have fun

  13. i love boston!!!! you have to see the memorial for the holocaust, one of the most memorable things that i have seen in my lifetime, took my breath away leaving me silent for a very long time!

  14. Coming up on our 2nd year in Massachusetts! LOVE it here! Great pics! Can't wait to hear more about this trip and to see the projects!

  15. Oh have fun in that wonderful city Courtney!!!...How exciting to be a part of that wonderful group!

  16. Looks cool! Glad you had a good time!

  17. Oh, that is my favorite city to visit!!! So much history and so many cultures!!! Love the grave yards, stone streets, book stores, just everything about it!!!

  18. I live 45 minutes outside of Boston-and you captured it perfectly! The rainy night pics are gorgeous! You'll have to come back in the summer weather and catch all the goings on in the Waterfront District, eat/drink your way through the North End, and catch a Red Sox game in old historic Fenway Park.Can't wait to see what you do with the dining room!

  19. I don't see how your big girl camera could have done any better. And I have an app that tells me where the Starbucks are :-) Perhaps you'll be able to give us a sneak peak at what is hush, hush -- you know just between us --I won't tell a soul :-)

  20. Sounds fun! I can't wait to see what you do with the room.

  21. Beautiful pictures. We make an annual girls trip to Massachusetts from Texas each May. A week of junking, shopping, laughing, and eating, oh and did I mention, laughing? We fly into Boston . The first thing we do after we leave the airport is head to Mike's Pastry for the best baked goods ever made. I'm so glad that you shared your adventure with me today, and I can't wait to see how the room turned out. Now, I'm heading over to find you on Instagram.



  22. Love Boston, we were there in October and it was cold then too! It's beautiful and has such neat history!

  23. Courtney- how fun. I just read the post on how you styled your space...beautiful. It looks like you had an amazing time.