Whether you are planning to sell your home in the next few months or the next 5 years, now is the time to start getting it ready so you can enjoy it AND have it ready to list when the time comes. There are some things that can be done ahead and some that should be revisited closer to listing.Read More
After the holiday season filled with light and décor, does your house, in these dark days of January, feel a little drab by comparison? This is a great time to take a critical look at your light fixtures and update them where needed for a small change with big impact. There are great new classic options right now that include natural brass, gilded iron, champagne metals, colorful painted finishes, and natural materials like bamboo, but once you have selected some great new fixtures, what is the right height to hang them?Read More
Ask anyone and they will have an opinion on quiche. From “real men don’t eat quiche” to “how can anything with cheese and bacon be bad?” If you hate it, you probably haven’t had GOOD quiche….
This is the quiche recipe that will ruin you for all other quiche…quiches…whatever…
There are a lot of things to think through when designing a home office. Whether you use the space to work full time from home or just as an organizational hub for volunteer and household activities, it needs to be functional. BUT it also needs to be attractive - especially if it is adjacent to the public rooms in the house.Read More
We are celebrating the new year here with a special hot mulled wine beverage courtesy of my daughter, Jenna, who recently returned from a trip to Germany.Read More
With the new year around the corner, the possibility of new beginnings always feels like the color green to me. Green brings to mind the promise of spring with its life and growth, as well as the vitality of the evergreens that gracefully stand strong all through the winter. Green is nature’s neutral. If green had a report card it would say “plays well with others”. Green is such a versatile color it is no wonder it is so enduringly popular in interiors.Read More
If there is a suspiciously large, flat, rectangular TV-shaped package under your tree, you may be about to encounter a new decorating dilemma for Christmas. OR maybe you finally caved and purchased one for a family member who wants to watch the Super Bowl in gloriously large detail. You are not alone. Nearly every household these days has more televisions than occupants, and how to integrate them into the décor is always an exercise in creative problem solving.Read More
Last year I decided to experiment with decorating my sugar cookies with royal icing. Generally, I opt for buttercream icing because, hello? Buttercream?! This is a category that deserves its own food group. And royal icing, by comparison, tastes like dirt. BUT that said, I wanted really pretty snowflake cookies, andRead More
Shortly before Thanksgiving, I got a message from an innkeeper who had just discovered that we offered a holiday decorating service. She was wondering if it was too late to hire us for an installation that needed to be done the week after Thanksgiving in order to be ready for the local Christmas Prelude celebrations which include tours of the historic inns…including hers. We were able, with some juggling, to squeeze in a site assessment visit, a couple days of shopping and her installation just in the nick of time!Read More
The week after Thanksgiving was crazy busy with commercial Christmas decorating projects. We are happy to style with existing decoration and supplement with some new purchases or provide a whole new look with brand new décor. We always begin with a consultation to talk about the spaces that need to be decorated and to see what decorations are available that might be re-used. Following that, we propose a uniquely tailored plan and a budget for any new purchases, sign a contract, and we are off and running to make it all happen!Read More
We did 3 commercial Christmas decorating projects this past week (I’ll share some more before and after photos in another post). We used 1200 yds of ribbon, installed over 230 ft of garland, decorated 15 wreaths, hungRead More
Well, we’ve survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the gift shopping season is just beginning in earnest. Here is our list of 10 favorite gift ideas:Read More
Vanity stools, Counter stools, bar stools…which one do I need?
Stools are a great small way to change and upgrade the look of your room. These seats can go a long ways toward furthering the design details of the room – they are an opportunity for a splash of color in a monochromatic sea of cabinetry, or a place to add some softness and texture with a fabric and upholstery details. There are many choices – fabric, leather or wicker, wood or metal, swivel or not, legs or pedestal, casters or not, backs or not and if so how tall…but by far the most important thing to get right for functionality is the seat height. Too low and your chin will be resting on the counter and too high and your legs will be wedged uncomfortably beneath it!Read More
Lucia Rolls are a tradition for Thanksgiving in our house ever since my sister-in-law, Sharon, introduced me to these exquisite bites of heaven. Apparently, though none of us are the least bit Scandanavian by heritage, this is a traditional treat served for St. Lucia’s Day on December 13th. Being the overachievers that we are, we start early!Read More
A powder room or half bath is one of the places frequented by your guests – they may never see your bedroom, but your living spaces and powder room, absolutely! And because this is such a small space, decorating it beautifully doesn’t need to break the bank.Read More
Cranberries are a staple flavor for autumn and on into the holidays, and cranberry paired with orange is a winning combinationRead More
The color Blue can evoke so many moods and images from calm sea glass and spa colors to inky night sky shades and all the water and sky colors in between, and decorating with blue can be tricky! A paint that looked like a perfectly innocent sweet blue on the 1” chip in the store can transform into a crayola crayon nightmare when multiplied out on your walls.Read More
Planning ahead and getting organized can go a long way toward a stress-free Thanksgiving. It won’t help with your weird Uncle Neal who thinks it’s funny to take his false teeth out to scare the kids, or your sister-in-law who is allergic to everything but tofu, but it might give you the stamina and grace to negotiate THOSE things if you don’t have a million other things to worry about!
If you are hosting there are a few things to sort through now so you don’t get caught scrambling the day before.Read More
The holidays (and the need to do holiday decorating) are right around the corner! Do you LOVE holiday décor but not holiday decorating? Are you STRESSED with all that you need to get done…Read More
Throw pillows often seem like an unnecessary extra, but they are sometimes the glue that holds the whole design scheme together. And while you might find ready made pillows that fit the bill, sometimes custom pillows are the best way to get exactly what you need.Read More