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
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