I have always been a sucker for a Cinderella story, the before and after is just such a dream.
Today I am sharing three furniture customizations in the hopes of encouraging you to take a fresh look at a piece of furniture you may have that has “good bones” but just doesn’t fit your current style. Whether the furniture is from an antique shop, a church fair, or an item you inherited, I encourage you to look beyond the current color, fabric, and/or wood finish. By changing different elements of a piece of furniture, you can modernize and customize it to create a true conversational piece for your home.
Tackling an interior design project in your home can be daunting. Even with the smallest projects there are a myriad of details to keep track of and decisions to be made. If you haven’t worked with one before, you may not realize that there can be big advantages to collaborating with an Interior Designer. With that in mind, here are 5 advantages to working with an Interior Designer like ME!
The sun has finally arrived in New England and it seems like overnight the trees have that citron shade of green baby leaves appearing ~ hooray! Now that the weather has finally turned a corner, it feels like it’s time to shed the heavy layers that make our homes cozy in the Winter months and lighten and brighten our interiors in preparation for the glorious days of Summer. Here are 10 Tips to get your home ready for Summer…
Recently I was invited to assist a dear friend and client with freshening up a petite Powder Room in her home. The Powder Room is located near the front entry, directly off a spacious, open Entry Hall. The Entry Hall opens to several other spaces as well ~ all of which are beautifully designed with timeless neutrals and a vibrant mix of textiles and artwork. My client decided the Powder Room needed a touch of pizazz and called on me to help her select and have installed a wall covering. Perfect!
During the whirlwind that was the Boston Design Market and the opening of my art exhibit at the FDO Group showroom, I opted to simply things a bit and I booked myself a hotel room for two nights at the Envoy Hotel in the Seaport District of Boston. What a treat it was! Not only is this boutique property (part of the Autograph Collection by Marriott) luxurious and well-located, it is a treat for Interior Designers and design lovers alike. Come and take a peek with me…
Yes, this is a before and after story where a family lives happily ever after in a dream room…
It is always exciting to commence a new project for me. During the first consultation I have a custom questionnaire that I try to follow so I know about the needs as well as the wants of the client. This simple interview includes questions such as how many are living in your home and do they have any special living requirements? Do you like pattern? Do you like stripes? What is your favorite color and is there a color you just can’t tolerate? Do you have pets? Do you entertain often? As I was going through the questionnaire with the client for this project, I discovered that she has very definite likes and dislikes she when it comes to her home.
Part of my job as an Interior Designer and Design Blogger is to continually educate myself about our industry, particularly in the areas of products and trends. This is something I pride myself on and very much enjoy. So I was thrilled when Littman Brands asked me to be part of their Larger Than Light, Winter 2015 issue Trend Watch column.
With a proud tradition rooted in the ancient quarries of Europe and spanning to the present day Central Mexican Highlands where craftsmen finish terra cotta tile by hand, Walker Zanger is one of the world’s most respected luxury stone and tile companies. Inspired by architecture, art, fashion and nature, Walker Zanger offers their clients prized marble and stone from quarries throughout the world, each individually selected and evaluated by their experienced stone masters.
While I’m away for BlogTour Vegas this week, I thought you might enjoy this post from way, way back (2011!) and my first “trade” trip to Las Vegas…
Goldilocks would definitely fall asleep in this FAB chair! It’s artful curve is comfortable and the Swarovski crystal tufts are glamorous against the poppy velvet. Such a conversation piece complete with lucite legs.
One of my favorite parts of any Interior Design is the details ~ the small touches that add panache and personality to a space. And one of my favorite details is the hardware for cabinetry and furniture. The knobs, pulls, and other hardware are truly jewelry for the room!
You can imagine how thrilled I was to hear that not only was Top Knobs, purveyor of fine hardware for kitchens, baths and beyond, a sponsor of Modenus’ BlogTour Vegas, but they are also currently running a cabinet hardware design contest, the Top Knobs Challenge. Count me in!
If you, like me, are a reader of Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, or a number of other high-end shelter magazines, you may have already seen the striking new By Brizo print campaign.
If you’ve seen my Dressing Rooms Pinterest board or my Dream Closet blog post, then you know how much I adore a fabulous closet space. But really, who doesn’t?? Whether you have a luxurious walk-in closet or a compact closet with bi-fold doors, there are steps you can take to maximize storage, accessibility, and style.
Here are some of my Best Closet Design Tips….
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a longstanding sponsor of BlogTour events, including BlogTour Milan. As such, our group had the privilege of meeting NKBA President, John Petrie in Milan. John, along with the other NKBA representatives that we met, were among the most friendly and enthusiastic professionals I have encountered. They are clearly passionate about delivering only the best for their membership.
As we explored the world of kitchens and baths at Eurocucina and Salone del Mobile, we were tasked with reporting back on trends that we spotted at the shows. One of the guiding principles for the NKBA is to provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry and its members. There were so many innovations and no lack of eye candy, it was hard to narrow down my list!
Here are my Top 10 Kitchen & Bath trends from BlogTour Milan…
The moment I stepped foot into the Gessi Concept Lab in the center of the Fashion District in Milano I felt I was in for the experience of BlogTourMilan. Gessi made a purposeful choice to locate their showroom in this area of the city. Gessi has positioned itself as fashion forward and elegant ~ a perfect fit for the Fashion District!
The Gessi Concept Lab is located in a former movie theater. The Concept Lab is actually subterranean, the excavation and renovation of the space took over two years to complete. Replete with “cascades and pools and astonishing underground vertical gardens”, the Gessi Concept Lab gives the feeling of being in a secret garden of sorts.
This past week I attended a seminar at Furn & Co. at the Boston Design Center. Before the presentation started, I took a self-guided tour around the showroom and fell “head over heels” with every nook, corner and display in the store. It is maaaahvelous!
Furn & Co is a multiline showroom featuring textiles, wallcoverings, furniture, lighting, and accessories from around the world. Most of the pieces can be customized just for you and the decorative pieces can be taken home immediately!
“Furn & Co is able to…bring artistic expression into a room that melds the mind with the art”. Come and take a peek…
Now that the days are getting shorter and daylight is more precious I find myself spending more time inside my home. While I appreciate the coziness that the early darkness brings, I don’t want to feel like I’m living in a cave. Lighting becomes of the utmost importance as the winter months settle in. While I am primarily a pendant and sconce girl, I can appreciate the functionality, flexibility and design value of a good lamp. This week’s Posh Pinterest Board by pinner ray joe, features Lamps, of all shapes and styles. If you must lamp 😉 , here are a few of my favorites …
Last week at the Boston Design Center, the Furn & Co showroom presented a seminar featuring the creative and beautiful wallpapers from Studio Printworks. President Dennis Shah gave a very enthusiastic presentation about his company and the hand silk screen process that is still taking place today in Hoboken, N.J.
Continuing on with our tour of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, I have more pictures of more beautiful spaces to share!
First stop, this “tented” atrium area. I love the connection with the outdoor green space here along with the zippy Jonathan Adler fabric on the pillows.
Whether you are hanging a photograph, an individual painting or several pieces to create a Gallery Wall, here are some basic guidelines to keep in mind when hanging artwork:
Ahhhh, how I wish my vacation had never come to an end! It was wonderful in every way~ my traveling companion planned the perfect trip to Maine that combined both of our passions: boats and art complemented by beautiful landscapes.
We attended the Annual Boat and Home Show in Rockland, Maine. Here are a just a few of the stand out boats: