WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Gifted and Clever Hands "People in Wellesley and neighboring towns understand quality of workmanship and are willing to support a store like ours." While browsing amid ceramic bowls embedded with botanical images; jewel-toned woven throws and scarves; shapely wine bottle stoppers; artful candles; inlaid wood game boards; one-of-a-kind purses; period and contemporary silver and gold necklaces, bracelets, and rings; mesmerizing glass paperweights, wall sculpture, and elegant glassware, one can't help but notice several of her bestsellers. Among them is a collection of whimsical wood furniture and art objects made by Sticks, a design studio in Des Moines, Iowa. Sold here exclusively in the Boston area, the rustic, individually crafted pieces are made from birch, poplar, and driftwood. Sticks' lamps may have cop- per poles and shades with nature scenes. Carved into their colorful accent tables, mirrors, bookcases, candlesticks, and lazy Susans are lighthearted or inspirational phrases. Many can be custom ordered with personal messages, names, and dates for special occasions. Ugone and Thomas Lighting, in Easthampton, makes lamps and home accessories that combine an engineer's precision with an artist's eye and hand. Brushed copper lamps in sculptural forms are capped by ceramic or parchment shades that are canvases for narrative paint- ings, botanical prints, and landscapes reflecting the studio's Berkshire location. Some shades are pierced for sparkle. Designers Janna Ugone and her business partner, Justin Thomas, and their crew have expanded their lighting line to include sconces and have branched out from there. Mirrors and clocks are part of a diverse line, all handmade, that ranges from mission design to modern. Georgie Hotchkiss, Marcia Kassler, and Martha Dudley of The Gifted Hand 132 WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012

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