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
Whenever you are designing a room, whether you are accessorizing, redecorating, remodeling a room in your house, or moving to a new home entirely, the number one route to a successful outcome is to have a well thought out PLAN.Read More
Just a quick post to introduce the new and improved Fitzgerald Tile showroom! The huge warehouse and showroom recently movedRead More
In February, with Valentines Day approaching, red is unavoidable…red roses, red hearts, red candy boxes….and frankly, it is a nice relief from all the gray of this dismal weather month. Red is a great color for interiors. It has been said that every room needs a touch of red,Read More
Super Bowl Sunday, which is terribly important to a lot of people in New England, is here. But for me it’s is all about the refreshments! Whether you are hosting a Super Bowl Party or just want a perfect winter meal, this is the best chili recipe I have ever had.Read More
Lamps. We all need them. Overhead lights, if they exist in a room, are not conducive to reading or creating a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere. For spaces where the furniture arrangement may be flexible, and light is needed at eye level, lamps are the only option. And it is not that easy to find a good one!Read More
In the winter months…well any time really, but especially in the winter, the smell of bread baking is so delightful. I know bread is out of favor with many people these days, but not me - I LOVE bread. And nothing is better than home made bread! I have passed this affection along to my children and now whenever my son is headed home from university, I put the dough into the oven when he is an hour away so he has fresh hot bread to welcome him - it’s become a bit of a tradition in our house.Read More
As promised, here are some practical tips for styling a mantel, and I’ve included inspiration boards to illustrate a few possible suggestions which can be adapted for your particular style and colors. There are an endless variety of ways to style a mantel, but they all fall into 2 main categories: symmetrical and asymmetrical, or balanced.Read More
Fireplaces. There is nothing more gracious or appealing than a room with a fireplace. It gives the room a focal point, a mantel to decorate, and an instant air of home…home and hearth go hand in hand, after all. In my fantasy, I have fireplaces in multiple rooms in my house. And it IS possible to have this even if your house is currently lacking the charm of a fireplace or has a fireplace that is lacking charm…whichever.Read More
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