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The invitation said tassels and trims, but decorator Polly Corn went, instead, for baubles.

Clasping the Jenstones necklace she was wearing, the owner of the Boston-based interior design studio said she was shopping as much for herself as for her clients at the Boston Design Center’s Designers’ Night Out last week.

“I have my eye on a couple of pieces,” she said.

Corn strolled from showroom to showroom with pal Karen Glickman Walls, who was just back from New York where she attended the St. Andrews Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with Prince William and Kate Middleton.

“I’m an alum of St. Andrews, and was invited as a guest,” said Glickman Walls, who works for textile company Rogers & Goffigon.


More low key was the BDC affair, but ArtLifting, a company that promotes and sells artwork by homeless and disabled individuals, was a highlight. ArtLifting cofounder Spencer Powers said the owners of the Seaport building invited the company to set up a first-floor gallery for the month of December.

“The first week we did $10,000 in sales,” Powers said.

Thirty artists — mostly local talent — have their pieces displayed (Grange showroom in the BDC has several pieces on display as well). There are papercuts by Allen Chamberland, paintings by Dante Gandini (who also sells his work on the Boston Common), and pastels by Jeffrey Powers.

“His art was rolled up in his belongings,” said Spencer Powers, referring to Jeffrey Powers’s (no relation) work.

Original pieces range from $50 to $1,600, and prints cost $75 to $1,000. Celebrating its first year in business this month, ArtLifting has seen four of its artists find permanent housing.

“The sales are one thing, but being represented in a gallery by a professional is just as important,” said Spencer Powers.

The mood was less serious in other showrooms participating in the Designers’ Night Out. The staff at Farrow & Ball handed out truffles and sample cans of paint while Susan M-Geough of the showroom that bears her name offered guests hot cider from a slow cooker.


“I don’t expect to sell anything,” she said. “But we don’t always get a chance to socialize. Everyone’s always on a mission during the workday so this is nice.”

Jill Radsken can be reached at jill.radsken@gmail.com