Can we talk? So, being a designer has it’s down side…we notice things and once we notice them it is impossible to NOT notice them. The dialog currently running in my brain is all about exterior light fixtures. Every house has them and some are simply a train wreck I can’t look away from…I shake my head and mutter to myself every time I drive by. Lighting is a feature – like jewelry for your house - and as such should enhance the house. So if you are considering replacing your exterior lights, here are some guidelines to ensure you get it right.Read More
On a recent visit to the Boston Design Center looking for fabrics for a couple of current projects, we came across these fabulous finds! I am a total sucker for anything embroidered...embroidered linen or silk makes me swoon. The textures we spied included embroidery, appliqué, and some unusual embellishments.Read More
Frustrated with her dark and dated kitchen, our client knew it was time for an overhaul. Traveling extensively for her job, and short on time, she wanted her kitchen to be a welcome retreat for cooking, not an exercise in perseverance when she was home.
The first step to change is identifying the problem, and this kitchen had severalRead More
Happy 4th to you! Generally, the holiday includes sparklers, fireworks viewing, and a cookout with family and friends.
In our house it also means sangria: The perfect summer drink. Despite being Spanish in origin, it seems to pair well with all kinds of cookout foods and is my favorite ‘go to’ beverage for 4th of July celebrations. Also, it’s red. That should count for something on the most renowned of the “red, white, and blue” holidays! Here I’m sharing my current favorite sangria recipe.Read More
While working on Cape Cod last week, I discovered an enchanting spot for breakfast! I love eating breakfast out and this little place had the most charming exterior. The Red Cottage in Dennis isRead More
With the advent of technology and our increasingly interconnected society, the possibility and plausibility of working from home is rapidly rising. Documents can be shared and worked on cooperatively in cloud applications, and meetings and brainstorming sessions can be held via video conferencing. Even if a home office is not a primary work space for you, it is likely at least a part time work space and a location from which to manage personal finances and household activities. There are many advantages of an office at home, and let’s face it, you can’t beat the commute!
But all offices, whether at home or in a commercial setting, should be both functional and inspiring.Read More
A tale of two rooms. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…traveling to a specific destination for a specific reason is a blessing and a curse. You are beholden to the accommodations available in the area. My youngest recently graduated from college in Ithaca, NY and traveling there for his various performances and events has been interesting, to say the least! The day I checked into oneRead More
In the aftermath of the latest royal wedding, I am, once again, wondering how I missed my calling to be a princess. I mean, I don’t have staff…but I am fortunate to haveRead More
No outdoor room is complete without some planters! As a right of spring (and an indication that the snow has left the vicinity for at least the next few months...), I look forward to planting the pots on my deck each year with flowers and ivy and herbs. A recent visit to my favoriteRead More
Happy May! FINALLY the snow seems to have retreated for a few months and the outdoors beckons. I LOVE this time of year even though my idea of being outside revolves mostly around drinking tea or working on my laptop on my deck. Outdoor rooms are the best part of the warmer weather because they allow a front row seat, literally, for the show that is nature! Whether you have a deckRead More
Create your perfect bathroom while avoiding the
"design fad" trap
You might renovate your bathrooms once in the time you live in your house…maybe twice if you stay there for more than 30 years, but in any case, whatever you do will need to have staying power. Having worked on dozens of bathrooms with clients over the last 25 years, we have the benefit of much experience. We have seen many trends come and go and have learned to discern which are fads and which are new classics.
Here are some things to consider when creating your perfect bathroom:Read More
Spring brings with it spring cleaning, a season of holidays and entertaining, and the reminders everywhere of renewed life. And yet, here in New England it always seems to take forever to arrive! SO, while we are anticipating the ACTUAL arrival this glorious season of warmer days and fresh breezes, here are a few ways you can bring spring to your home even before the weather cooperates!Read More
While every space is different, paying attention to the scale and placement can go a long way toward a successful design outcome. That said, here are some key measurements to keep in mind when decorating any room that will help...a "by the numbers" cheat sheet that answers some of those pesky questions about size and placement of some key elements in a room.Read More
Area rugs. They are the foundation for almost any room design. We recently went in search of the perfect area rug to complete a sophisticated, warm, neutral living room design. One of our favorite haunts for area rugs isRead More
I am basically a lazy cook. I don't want to create any more work or spend any more time than necessary, but I still want the best possible result. I value efficiency, of course, but until I acquire a scullery maid, here are some processes and gadgets that make cooking and baking a pleasure instead of a chore.Read More
Well, it's groundhog day and apparently we have 6 more weeks of winter. Honestly, no matter what the furry rodent says, we in New England KNOW that winter weather is capricious right up to (and sometimes into!) May. But spring is coming...eventually!
The good news? Trapped inside during winter is the perfect time to spruce up your house in time for the spring flurry (no pun intended) of activities. And one of the most effective ways to make changes is with paint.
There are many places where new paint will make a big difference:Read More
There is no such thing as a typical day in the life of an interior designer. Which may be precisely why I love it so much - it is NEVER boring!
Most days start with checking and responding to emails and texts and putting out any fires that started early in the day! After that it's anybody's guess.Read More
So, I'm writing about food. Again. Because eating is always a big priority around here and we believe that, like all things home-related, mealtime should be the essence of graciousness whether you are cooking for your family or entertaining friends. And since we are all short on time, some strategies for making meals that are both quick and gourmet-ish is important.
In order to facilitate that, let me suggest these three ideas:Read More
The holiday decorations are finally all packed up until next year. And now is the time to turn our attention to organizing and freshening our homes. Here are three small changes with big impact that will breathe new life into your rooms:Read More
Our most recent entertaining venture was our annual Nutcracker's Sweets Dessert Open House. It occurred on an absolutely frigid evening, but it was cozy inside and a delight to celebrate the end of the holiday season and the beginning of a new year with family and friends.Read More