A well organized linen closet is a beautiful thing! It can make life both more efficient and more enjoyable if opening your linen closet makes you smile instead of causing you dread at the potential avalanche of linens or toiletries.Read More
We are Montreal-bound this weekend to see my son’s piano recital at McGill. It’s an easy-ish drive from Boston (and especially when someone else cough my daughter cough is driving!).Read More
Outdoor entertaining season is here…well at least according to the calendar it is. I know those of you in other parts of the country are enjoying lovely gardens and warm sunshine, but here in the northeast we can’t seem to shake the damp and cold. And “at least it isn’t snow” only counts for so much now that it is MAY. As my friend Nancy remarked this morning, “I think I’m beginning to mold!”! In any case, EVENTUALLY we will get some gorgeous weather to make us forget all about this slime. And when we do it will be full steam ahead with outdoor living and parties so we are planning now in anticipation!Read More
Yellow is the color that most feels like spring - yellow daffodils, forsythia, crocuses and tulips braving the New England cold to herald the season. Yellow is a timeless color in interiors as well - imbuing rooms with a sunny disposition. But yellows can be tricky. It is very easy to end up with a glaring neon yellow or an acidy greenish yellow when you were aiming for a warm, sunny yellow. As always - there are no truly bad shades - just bad applications.Read More
Seen Around Town: Blanche Field Bespoke Lampshades and more…If you want something truly special, and uniquely yours, this is the place to get it!
As I was at the Boston Design Center this week sourcing fabrics for a project, I stopped into the Blanche Field showroom toRead More
What is the MOST important thing when planning a kitchen renovation? Space planning. This is THE most critical aspect of design. – especially for renovation projects. it’s kind of like putting lipstick on a pig to putRead More
Now back with a delicious salad recipe, the Designer Daughter is here with another guest post! After last time’s delicious, but admittedly less-than-nutritious bacony, cheesy flatbread, I felt like something lighter and healthier was in order.Read More
I love plants. Really. I do. And I can even keep some of them alive as long as I can reach them easily with a hose while standing on my deck with my morning mug of tea.Read More
There are many different shapes and sizes of windows, and some present more of a challenge than others when it comes to treating them. With any window, you first need to know what you are trying to accomplish - adding softness and pattern to a room, framing a view, providing privacy or light control or all of the above! Transom windows, arched windows, Palladian windows, dormers and cathedral ceilings and unusual rooflines all add to the conundrum.Read More
Today, we are shedding some light on light bulbs. How do you know which light bulb to buy? Soft white? Halogen? LED? Fluorescent? WHICH LED or fluorescent? Do I want ‘warm’, or ‘cool’, or ‘white’, or ‘full spectrum’, or ‘daylight’, or ‘natural’? And what do all those numbers mean?
The light bulb aisle is a vast and confusing place these days.Read More
So, I’ve run into several , let’s just say, unusual bathtubs in the last few weeks doing some research, and it got me thinking that perhaps it was time to devote a whole post to the subject of bathroom fixtures.
As I have trumpeted many times, choosing your bathroom fixtures and finishes wisely is important becauseRead More
Today’s ‘Tales from the Kitchen’ is guest-posted by my daughter Jenna. She shares my sense of humor and my love of food and cooking. She always returns from her travels with new recipes, usually for delicious cocktails. Her last sojourn was to Germany and yielded both cocktail AND food recipes, but I’ll let her tell the tale…Read More
Black is the newest darling in decorating trends, but is it a fad or a classic? And why did it crash onto the decorating stage?Read More
I love all things that are beautifully designed, and I have a particular fondness for stationary products. In this age of email and text and FB chat and imessaging, it’s refreshingly civilized to send a message that is thoughtful and beautiful using tangible paper! I discovered some new (to me) beauties this weekend while out and about and I had to write a quick post to share!Read More
All home decor cycles through trends. Some are fun, but short-lived, some we hope will be short-lived, and some are trends that turn into new classics. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, but when you aren’t sure if a trend will be dated down the road, what should you do?Read More
The place to find the new trends is at the annual national Kitchen and Bath trade show which just took place in Las Vegas. And while I didn’t get the chance to go, I have been following it vicariously through all my designer friends who did! Here are several trendsRead More
Are you wondering whether to invest in staging your home? *Spoiler alert* The answer is yes! It’s called staging for a reason - your home is like a stage set where the buyers will need to envision living their best lives. Staging helps them see that story and imagine what it would be like to live there.
There are a lot of misconceptions about staging and a lot of the confusion is because there are various kinds of staging and different pieces to the staging process. All staging begins withRead More
I received an email recently asking about cabinet hardware and what finish she should choose and it got me thinking about the art of mixing metal finishes.
Generally speaking, you have two choices:
Match everything to death, *YAWN*. This isRead More
Curtains, or window treatments, which encompasses shades and hard treatments like blinds and shutters as well, are the finishing touch that makes a room feel complete. There are many compelling reasons to add them.Read More