AT Boston: Boston’s Textile Tour on the “T”

This is from our Boston finalist, Melissa. Only a few more to go. Comment away!

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I’ll spare you the bridesmaid dress fiasco that sparked an exhaustive pursuit of Boston’s best textile shops. Unbeknownst to us, that search would also reveal the area’s top resources for upholstery, window treatments, and home decor. Take a tour on Boston public transit (the “T”) to see our top three picks...
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Stop 1: Baranzelli Silk Surplus - Red Line, Charles/MGH T Stop
High-end, luxury textiles at discount prices. Need we say more? Located in historic Beacon Hill, Baranzelli offers deals by stocking discontinued and overstock fabric from Scalamandre. The spring inventory features delicate silks in pastel shades.

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Stop 2: Winmil Fabrics - Orange Line, Chinatown T Stop
Don’t be fooled by the facade of this mom and pop shop in Chinatown. A hidden gem, Winmil sells upholstery fabric for those on a budget (as cheap as $5.98/yard). Dig a little to find your favorite print – perfect for a DIY upholstery project, perhaps?

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Stop 3: Zimman’s – Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail, Lynn Station
Okay, so it’s not the T, but you will not regret taking the commuter rail to Lynn to visit an amazing place. This warehouse facility contains thousands of textiles from international mills, and only for upholstery/home decor. With this fabulous selection, plus two floors of furniture, lighting, and rugs, it’s like a mini-ABC Home!

- Melissa

(Thanks, Melissa!)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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