On a recent tile showroom visit selecting bathroom tile for a couple of projects, we came across some interesting options. There is some GORGEOUS tile out thereRead More
Next to the kitchen, the master bath is one of the most important rooms to upgrade for the best return on investment. In this case, the master bath was not only dated - and I’m not sure it was even all that attractive in it’s heyday - it was also not functional as the shower tile had failed and was leaking.Read More
A kitchen is probably the most important room in the house when it comes to resale. Your renovation choices will depend on the length of time you plan to stay in the house, the price range of the house, and the state of the current kitchen.Read 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
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
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
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
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
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
The much anticipated Benjamin Moore 2019 Color of the Year was announced today and it is….drumroll…Read More
Updating a kitchen is on my mind lately…I’ve had the privilege of helping many clients create their dream kitchens over the last 20 plus years. Researching new trends and gaining knowledge about the latest available options is one of my favorite pastimes. And my own kitchen saga taught me a few things early on as well.Read More
A kitchen HAS to be a functional space, but it should also bring you joy – even if you DON’T love to cook. Everybody has to eat and food lives in the kitchen so by definition, you will spend time there, regularly…it is probably one of the hardest working and most used rooms in the house. It is also one of the most expensive to remodel, so making good choices is of the utmost importance –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
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
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
For many of our design projects, we need to specify new lighting. Recently, we have been on the hunt for chandeliers and lanterns and wanted to share some of our finds!
Trying to avoid another fussy crystal or ubiquitous barrel stave chandelier we found these classic alternatives to be a refreshing change.Read More
One of the smartest upgrades in a house is a kitchen renovation. And one of the most common kitchen renovation projects is replacing the countertops - and when you do, the sink and faucet as well. WHAT to change your countertops TO is a subject for another day, but today we're talking about faucet choices.Read More
Low maintenance…we appreciate it in our relationships, but we adore it in our interiors! As long as we can get great style, low maintenance versions of natural materials are an enticing alternative.
I love natural materials but they require extra care – they are susceptible to staining, fading, scratching, and wear. Sometimes we just don’t have the time or patience or lifestyle (or house denizens!) to accommodate the care often required by natural products.
Luckily, technology is keeping pace and there are now products available that imitate nature well, but are MUCH easier to keep looking good.
Here are 3 of our favorites:Read More
Should I hire an interior designer?
The short answer is YES. If you want to ...
A designer should have the experience and know-how to diagnose what is bugging you about your house and come up with several possible solutions tailored exactly to your situation. OR you can spend your precious free time scouring websites and magazine articles looking for someone with your exact design dilemma who found a viable solution you like and then assessing all the options for implementing it and trying to figure out which is the best real value. The choice is yours, of course.Read More