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January 17, 2013 03:02 PM  

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Part opulent home, part luscious garden, part fantastic styling from the proprietor’s many years of talented floral design, Marc Hall Objekt, which opened last fall in a spacious spot on Albany Street in Boston’s South End, is a city oasis of glamorous home and garden wares. For owner Marc Hall, who moved from creative director at Winston Flowers in 2010 to open Marc Hall Design, a business that “creates total concepts for events and small gardens,” this is a first venture into retail, and he takes it on with the natural vigor and detailed eye of an expert.

Gorgeously merchandized, the store sells live plants and cut flowers, a variety of glass, wood, and porcelain vessels, reclaimed furniture, wood containers, stone accent tables, woven baskets, and antique objects Hall finds on scouting trips around the world. He lures shoppers with tempting little groups of vignettes that stir inspiration and offer a vision of how his many wares could fit into a home or garden.

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Glass pieces throughout the store are mostly from Sempre, a Belgium-headquartered company that has simple yet fanciful designs often in oversized shapes. These large glass domes intrigue by showcasing Hall’s artful plant styling.

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Along with snipped buds, long boughs of cut branches, orchids, and baskets of pinecones, there’s bright live greenery like these cypress plants in porcelain vases (small $40, large $50).

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A slice of lava stone ($75) holds 25 tea lights and tops off a lava stone cube (or any surface), making an ordinary patio or garden something much more romantic.

Hall has timed his spring orders so that when he returns from a Paris buying trip in March, he’ll begin to introduce new collections while continuously blending in new and antique items. Complete remerchandising is expected by the end of March with the focus, he says, on “outdoor products designed to enhance outdoor living spaces.”

Hall’s business plan includes remerchandising and styling at the turn of each season. He plans to do it all while keeping up with Marc Hall Design and the prestigious floral services and events it brings in. Busy man.

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An insider's look at must-have products, fresh trends, and inspired spaces from the team at Design New England magazine.

Gail Ravgiala is editor of Design New England and a fan of both the region's historic architecture and its growing inventory of modern houses and public buildings.

Courtney Kasianowicz is associate editor of Design New England who scouts the area for new design, charming products, and local artisans both innovative and daring.

Jill Connors, Design New England's editor-at-large, is an antiques maven and design scout and will post about trends and discoveries in the field.

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Estelle Bond Guralnick, Design New England's style & interiors editor, will post about interior design and interior designers and her favorite finds.

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