Hi Ladies,

Just wanted to update everyone on fellow Salonista goings-on...

One of our newest members, Cibeline Sariano, http://www.cibelinesariano.com/ hosted a wonderful evening at her Beacon Hill namesake boutique, Cibeline. Cibeline and her "right and left hands" (Aileen and Sasha) shared their view of the fashion world in Boston at the stylish boutique. Ladies, thanks for a lovely, inspiring evening.

For those who were not able to make it, please come by and introduce yourselves to Cibeline at her upcoming events....

Thursday, Nov 5th at the Liberty Hotel 10pm Fashionably Late Fashion Show

Monday, Nov 9th Book Signing at the boutique with author Lisa Dietlin 12-3pm and 5-8pm

Lisa Dietlin is a leading philanthropist advisor with her own company as well. She helps charities, universities and companies raise funds, helps millionaires donate to the right charities, and helps small biz's figure out how they can give back to their communities even if money is tight. And she is a dynamo! She is currently in the process of pitching original programing about this sort of work to Harpo Productions (as in Ophra's network) and is hoping to have her own show potentially by year end. If and when that happens, she has asked Cibeline to be her fashion consultant and designer for the show!


If you haven't heard the good news...

PLANK MATS are in! Doreen Hing has been patiently working for the past 2 years to work though her major setback...the Plank Mat factory fire. Finally, the beauties are in! Check the Plank Website for more information. http://www.plankdesigns.com/


Design Salon Holiday Sale

Hi Ladies,

Please pop by the Kingsley School on Saturday, November 21st from 10 am to 5 pm. It will be a nice opportunity to catch up with fellow Design Salon members and to pick up a few holiday gifts, too! Kingsley School is located on Exeter Street between Newbury and Commonwealth Avenue.

Listed below are the designers that will be showing their work at the event.

Laura Finnerty Design - http://www.laurafinnerty.com/


Calling all Fashionistas....an evening with Cibeline Sarano!

Please join us on October 20th at 7:00 to hear from one of Boston's local Fashion Designers, Cibeline Sarano. Cibeline will share her life as a Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur and Bostonian.

From Hong Kong to Los Angeles, Italy to New York, and now to Boston, Cibeline has trained and traveled around the world working with many fashion designers such as: Richard Tyler, Calvin Klein, Liz Claiborne, Emmanuel Ungaro, Lark Intl. Limited, Kasper for ASL, Due per Due, and Sigrid Olsen.

Landing in Boston in 2002, Cibeline opened her first namesake boutique in hip 'Davis Square' and recently relocated into the exclusive shopping district of Beacon Hill at 120 Charles Street in November 2008.

Her designs have been seen on: TLC's hit show '10years Younger', Suzy Bogguss, Grammy Award winning Country Music Artist at the Grand Ole Opry, Comedienne Lisa Lampanelli's 1 hour HBO Special January 2009 'Long Live the Queen', Grammy Awards 2008, multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, & Comedy Central Special ‘Dirty Girl’ in 2007 as well as Comedy Central's Annual Roast Event of Flavor Flav 2007; Kathryn Brown at The Academy Awards, 2008; Swarovski Crystal Company commissioned Cibeline to design an original cocktail dress and featured her design in 105 Swarovski retail boutiques Nationwide for Holiday 2006 window display; 2006 Emmy nominee, Rhonda Britten, author & founder of the Fearless Living Institute & life coach for the Emmy Award winning television series NBC’s “Starting Over”; Andy Paige, celebrity stylist of NBC’s “Starting Over,” for the American Heart Association Fashion Week 2006 GO RED Gala and Daytime Emmys 2006; ESPN’s LIVE New Years Eve Bash at the Hard Rock Café for Ellie Vee, Lead Singer of the Boston-based premier rock band, The Charms 2005; NBC’s Today Show with Anne Curry featuring local Boston writer, Sandra Miller, for Glamour Magazine 2005.

We have been invited to meet at Cibeline's intimate Charles Street Boutique. Attendance is limited to 25 people- Standing Room Only!

When: Tuesday, October 20th
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: 120 Charles Street- at the Cibeline Boutique
R.S.V.P: Jill.palese@gmail.com
Limited to 25 people
Bring your own wine, snacks, goodies.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Second Annual Design Salon Sale - Call for Designers

Calling all Designers: Request for Applications to Sell Your Products at the Second Annual Design Salon Holiday Sale (November 21 2009!)

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the Second Annual Design Salon Holiday Sale this year on November 21st and want to invite you to submit an application to participate in this great retail event.

Like last year, we are planning quite a bit of press and marketing for the event, proceeds of which will support the Kingsley Montessori School in Boston. We will utilize Kingsley’s beautiful space in the Back Bay for the event. Kingsley is located on Exeter Street between Newbury Street and Commonwealth Avenue.

Setup for the event will take place on Friday, November 20th and Design Salon founder Jill Rosenwald will host a Pot Luck Dinner Party at her nearby home on Commonwealth Ave. All salonistas are encouraged to attend (and bring a dish to share!), even if they are not participating in the Sale.

The Holiday Sale will take place on Saturday November 21st from 10am to 5pm.

We welcome manufactures and designers of all types of products to submit applications to the Holiday Sale Review Committee by Friday, October 9th. We would love to have every Design Gal participate, but unfortunately space is limited and we encourage you to submit your applications as early as possible.

Participants of the event will be required to pay a $25 administrative fee. Additionally, 20% of gross revenue (less taxes) will be donated to the Kingsley Montessori School.

To apply to participate in the DS Holiday Sale, please send an email to kelly@etceteramedia.com with answers to the following questions. Additionally, please attach 2-3 photographs of the products which you would sell at the event. Please note that if you participated last year, we will need you to reapply with updated information and product photos.


  1. Your name, company name, website address, description of company, and EIN number.
  2. Please describe the products that you would sell at the DS Holiday Sale. Please include details about the materials that are used in your products.
  3. Which retailers sell your products (if you sell to retailers.)
  4. Have your products been covered in any online or traditional publications?
  5. What are the price points for your products?
  6. Who, typically, is the target audience of your product?

Please email your application by October 9th at the latest. Decisions will be made by October 16th.

Please email any questions as well as your application to the ATTN of the Holiday Sale Review Committee at kelly@etceteramedia.com. Thank you!

In addition, we are looking for volunteers to help with promotions, setup/breakdown, coordination, etc. Please get in touch if you'd like to volunteer!



Learn how to make (dollars and) Sense from Social Media Marketing

Marija Hamed is a new media strategist specializing in social media marketing strategy, standards compliant web development and online marketing training. Hamed has over 7 years of website design experience coupled with over 5 years in social media design and management. Hamed began blogging in 2005 and has continued to remain at the cusp of social media expertise and trends.Hamed has strategized, managed and executed social media campaigns for both B2B and B2C companies throughout her career such as consulting firms, international engineering firms, university programs, hotels and online magazines. She believes that although the tools may appear to be similar, that each individual business must develop and harness their own approach to new media marketing communication and that the first step is simply to join in on the conversation.You can find more about Marija Hamed at:twitter.com/mahacreativemarijahamed.com

Watch for Marija's new website at marijahamed.com

Marija will help answer our many looming quesions. Before we meet, please take a moment to respond to questions listed below. (responses can be sent to jill.palese@gmail.com) Your input will help Marija to tailor her presentation directly to the members of Design Salon, ensuring that we get the most from our evening.

1. Which social media tools do you use on a regular basis (at least twice per week)?
2. Which social media tools are you most curious about?
3. What do you find difficult about social media?
4. What do you hope to get out of social media?
5. What looming questions do you have about social media?

Kay McGowan of Mohr and McPherson will graciously open her doors to the lovely Harrison Street Retail store for the evening. Please feel free to bring wine and snacks for the event.

Date: September 29th
Time: 7:00
Location: Mohr and McPherson
460 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA (South End)

Kay McGowan kay@mohr-mcpherson.com


Mohr and McPherson Blowout Sale!

Mohr & McPherson Warehouse Auction, Sept. 13th 11:00amMohr & McPherson has closed our beloved Cambridge Warehouse Showroom.
We will hold a Final Day Auction at our Warehouse Showroom Sunday, September 13th. Event starts at 11:00am. Doors open for preview and registration at 9:30am.Preview Day: Saturday, September 12th 12:00 – 7:00pm
Very few of the 300+ home furnishings, carpets, antiques and artifacts up for Auction have a set minimum bid so expect most items to go at CRAZY LOW prices! It should be great fun.
Location: Warehouse Showroom, 75 Moulton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 617-520-2000Visit http://www.mohr-mcpherson.com/ for all the details.
Note: Our Cambridge Alewife location will be revamped and remain open, our SOWA flagship Showroom at 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston will remain open and a NEW RUG GALLERY will be open shortly, also located in the 460 Harrison Avenue complex. Watch for our Harrison Avenue Café!


Duane Smith and Stefane Barbeau of Vessel

We never thought we’d do it, but Design Salon will hear from our first MALE guest speakers, Duane Smith and Stefane Barbeau of Vessel (http://www.vessel.com/) !

Please join us to learn about this innovative company and the men that began Vessel. We will find out how Duane and Stefane, talented corporate consulting executives, brought Vessel to life as a place to incubate fragile, young ideas close to their hearts. From the beginning, Vessel began brimming with nagging, chirping product ideas. One thing led to another, and the first shipments of bright new designs hit store shelves in the spring of 2002, exactly one year after Stefane and Duane gave up full time jobs to care for their offspring. Vessel is a reservoir of passion, creativity, ideas, and excitement; they create products that appeal to people’s hearts and minds. High-tech knowledge combined with a love for the home equips Vessel’s designers to pair technical ingenuity with beautiful, simple forms and materials.

Now with 2 retail stores, also named Vessel, they are able to showcase their product line, along with designs by like-minded companies

When: Tuesday, June 23rd
Time: 7:00
Where: Vessel (chinatown location)/125 Kingston St / Boston MA
Please bring wine and snacks
R.S.V.P. Jill.palese@gmail.com
Limit: 30 people


South End Open Studios

If you are planning on spending your weekend checking out the South End open studios, please stop by Bead + Fiber Gallery Fashion show.
Hope to see you there!


Please join us for a night with Ann of the 47th, Jen of JHill Designs and Kate of 3 Square Design, three local ladies with diverse backgrounds and different expertise in the many realms of graphic design. Whether you are a business owner wanting to learn more about graphic design or you happen to be a graphic designer yourself, these ladies will discuss why graphic design is good for you. Featured topics include branding, packaging design, the purpose of design for website and blogs, identity and brand narrative, as well as online and interactive marketing.

Ann Theresa Karash is a happy designer. She has served interactive and multimedia art director roles in marketing and advertising agencies over the past ten years, working with clients such as Covidien, Liberty Mutual, Novartis, and Microsoft. However, realizing that her professional fulfillment skews inversely proportional with the size of client she works with (and the scope/specialization of project), Ann started the 47th (a happy, creative consultancy) with like-minded compatriots, focusing on creative/conceptual strategies (and implementations) for kindred companies. Ann has a plethora of extracurricular activities, for which she accepts any excuse to involve in her day job, including endless experimentation with plastic cameras, obsession with feedback mechanisms, bread baking, compulsive reading, and storytelling aspirations. (http://www.the47th.com/)
Jennifer Hill is the owner and designer behind JHill Design. She attended the Massachusetts College of Art + Design,where she graduated with a BFA in design in 2001. Jennifer then went on to work for the acclaimed beauty company, Fresh. She developed her sense of color and pattern while perfecting the aesthetics of “clean” design. She was able to expand on her doodling and develop patterns for the company’s packaging and collateral. From there Jennifer broke out on her own to start JHill Design and develop her drawings series "Places I Have Never Been, drawings of imaginary vacations." JHill Design's design services focuses on branding and web design for small retail, restaurant and creative businesses, as well as packaging design. Some clients include Moroccan guest house Peacock Pavilions, french fragrance company Institut Tres Bien, local fashion designer Anne Reagan, and local retail stores Acquire, Good and Fire Opal. (http://www.jhilldesign.com/)
Kate Caprari is the founder and principal designer of Three Square Design -- a small graphic and web design studio based in Boston. Kate specializes in working with companies in the creative fields: artists & designers, small businesses, and non-profit organizations. Her client list includes Design*Sponge, the Sartorialist, and many other designers and socially-responsible companies. In the winter of 2009, Kate co-taught a master's level course on Business & Design at the New England School for Art & Design. Kate believes in the power of design and its ability to create positive social impact and meaningful relationships. (http://www.threesquaredesign.com/)
Bring your questions, business cards and a little wine or food to share!
Space is limited to 30. Please RSVP to: kelly@etceteramedia.com
Tuesday May 5, 7pm
etcetera, filzfelt, pinkcomma headquarters
81 B Wareham St
Boston MA 02118
Feel free to park right outside our studio space or anywhere along Wareham St that isn't a loading dock.


Salon Networking Night

Where: Bina Osteria -581 Washington Street, Boston
When: Tuesday, April 14th. 7:00 pm

Who are all of these lovely, creative women attending Design Salon events? If you've ever asked yourself that question, now is the time to find out. Please join The Salon at Bina Osteria http://www.binaboston.com/o-about.html for a fabulous evening of appetizers, drinks and an opportunity to learn about the other women at Design Salon. The cost for this event is $15.00 per person to cover the cost of appetizers and drinks. We will introduce ourselves to the group, then spend time meeting every woman. Now is the time for sharing, so be prepared to talk about our work and the possiblity of helping each other out with contacts, references, etc. Space is limited to 25, so please r.s.v.p. early in order to confirm your spot.


Rachel Levitt of Boston Home Magazine

When: March 10
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Utile, Inc. Architecture + Planning 50 Summer St T 617 423 7200
Maximum: 30 people

Please join Design Salon members for an evening with Rachel. She will be navigating us through P.R. and marketing from her point of view! As the editor of Boston Home—formerly Boston Home & Garden—Levitt draws on her experience as a designer and writer to show how the best homes in Massachusetts are not just beautiful, but also skillfully reflect their owners’ unique lifestyles. After getting her master’s in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, she worked at the award-winning Boston architecture firm Leers Weinzapfel Associates. Five years into her architecture career, though, she realized that writing about great projects was more fun than designing. Levitt, who lives in Cambridge and Maine, is also on faculty at Northeastern University. An avid bicycle commuter and a rower at dawn on the Charles River, she’s clearly a masochist, too.

Thank You, Livia Cowan

Livia Cowan, you are my new idol! What a fantastic evening you shared with Design Salon on Tuesday at Urban Living Studio. It is easy to see why Mariposa is so successful! You started your business as an girlish adventure. Along the way you seem to have cooked up the perfect recipe- a pinch of wit, a chunk of honesty, loads of humor and endless business savvy. Clearly, your blend of smarts and whimsy is just what the marketplace relishes. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of your business, your success and your life. Most importantly, the quotes for all of us to run our businesses by....

Livia-ism #1 "Hire your weaknesses"

Livia-ism #2 "Your passion defines your business"

Livia-ism #3 "Begin with the end in mind"

Livia-ism #4 "If you fail to plan, plan to fail"

Bravo, Livia

Jill Palese


Meet Livia Cowan of Mariposa

Please join the ladies of Design Salon Boston on Tuesday Feb 24 at 7pm

Urban Living Studio
58 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA


We will meet Livia Cowan, the founder, President and Creative Director of this leading international company that features handmade tableware, ceramics, aluminum, cutlery, and glass.

Livia Cowan founded Mariposa (http://www.mariposa-gift.com/ ) over twenty years ago as a personal quest, a worldwide journey, in search of the handmade and the beautiful. What began as a youthful endeavor (Livia drove the truck; her parents’ garage was the warehouse) has become a successful company that’s really an extended family. Now located in a renovated a yellow 19th century livery stable in the small, stylish heart of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mariposa, staffs about 30 employees and is an international leader in handmade tableware.

Limit 25

Please R.S.V.P. to Kristen Gaughan (Kristen@urbanlivingstudio.com)