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!
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!
Today we are wrapping up our tour of the Historic Hingham Home that I had the pleasure of updating along with my client. Previously, I shared the finished Family Room, as well as the Media Room. The final two spaces we refreshed were the Kitchen and the back Stairwell.
Welcome back to the Historic Hingham Antique Colonial home I first shared with you last week. Previously, we toured the redesigned Family Room. Today we are moving to the front of the house and the Media Room. This room is where my client and her family entertain guests and have friends over to watch sporting events and the like. Once again they required ample seating, durable, stain-resistant fabrics and above all ~ comfort.
As you can see in these ‘Before’ photos, the room had some beautiful features (lots windows and detailed moldings) but there wasn’t enough seating and the furniture that was there wasn’t really in keeping with my client’s tailored aesthetic…
Today I am excited to share with you a recent project I completed for a wonderful family. The home is an Antique Colonial, in the heart of historic downtown Hingham. The home was extensively renovated in 2004 so all of the amenities and framework for a functional family space were in place. However my client wanted the interior design of the home to be more polished, cohesive, and functional for their young and active family. I actually was referred to this client by Winston Flowers in downtown Hingham and it turned out to be a great match!
While the Cape Cod Golf Course condo I designed with my fabulous client is primarily a weekend retreat, we all know that in this day and age, work tends to follow us everywhere. Thus it was important to have an Office space in the condo ~ but just because a space is utilitarian doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful and reflect personal taste and design aesthetic.
The Office is on the main floor of the condo, separated from the open concept Kitchen, Family Room, and Dining Room spaces by French doors.
I’d like to invite you to pull up a seat, nosh on a gummy lobster (or two) and take a peek at the Family Room of the Cape Cod Golf Course Condo project. In case you missed the other spaces I’ve shared so far, you can tour the Dining Room and the Bedrooms to catch up. Now, onto the Family Room!
I’m excited to share another space in the Cape Cod Golf Course Condo that I collaborated on the interior design of with the sweetest, most wonderful client. Today I have a tour of the Dining Room which underwent quite a dramatic transformation.
Here’s where we started (sorry for the blurry picture but the worse the ‘before’ picture the better, right??):
I recently completed a project with the most wonderful client. She is a single professional woman who works with facts and figures in her career. That no-nonsense mindset is softened by her kind spirit, most amazing jewelry, and willingness to add color, pattern, and exquisite custom touches in the design of her weekend getaway. She has traveled extensively in Europe (particularly Greece and Italy) and wanted to incorporate her European style and treasured artwork into this new-to-her space. I had the best time working on this Cape Cod Golf Course condo project and believe the end result is a collaboration that truly reflects my client and her personality.
Over the course of several months, we transformed nearly every inch of this previously bland, beige, and boring condo. To begin our tour, come take a peek at the bedrooms…
I am delighted to say that I’m spending the week with my granddaughter Daisy ~ and I’m looking forward to every moment! In the meantime, this week’s painting is again Summer themed. I do love the beach and am so fortunate to be able to look out my window and have instant inspiration…
This is the 3rd and final installment of posts featuring the home of my client who has a zest for living and no fear when selecting paint colors. Today I’m showing off her kitchen ~ be sure to check out the Living Room and the Family Room in her cozy, colorful home.
The Kitchen space is compact but open, though not fully, to the Family Room. We knew the design of the two spaces would have to complement one another but we also wanted each space to be somewhat unique with it’s own design.
The Color Party Continues! Last week I shared the Living Room space in this fabulous home. Today I present the Family Room. The Family Room is adjacent to, but separate from, the Living Room and open to the Kitchen (which I’ll be showing you soon). All the spaces co-exist nicely but each one has it’s own personality. Come take a peek…
This is a story about a woman with a colorful personality and a zest for life. I met her socially and was immediately smitten with her big smile and her vibrant spirit. She has undeniable charisma and I was just drawn to her. When she called and asked me to work with her on her home I was elated!
As I arrived for the first consultation and tour, I was met by a white picket fence covered with climbing red roses. The house is a traditional (renovated) white clapboard farmhouse near the center of town. The grounds were designed with flowering trees and a perennial border garden. I could hardly wait to enter this enchanted cottage…
Thankfully the warmer weather is finally making its way to New England ~ however slowly! The downside to the arrival of Spring is that now many thousands of homeowners have to repair the damage that the Winter of 2015 left behind. Miss K, a longtime client of mine (17 years!) is one of these affected homeowners. We met last week at her home and I saw firsthand the heartbreaking ruin caused by this year’s record-breaking winter.
When I first met Miss K, her 6,000 square foot home was all white: trim, walls and ceilings. She admitted that she was afraid of color ~ obviously we were meant to work together! I love color and the more of it the better. Over the years we have painted, installed 25’ custom built-ins, created draperies for every room and laid beautiful carpets. I enjoyed every minute of transforming this house into a home which reflected Miss K and her family. It was perfect (well, except for the Dining Room chandelier, but that’s another story).
However, what I saw when I returned to the home last week was not perfect, it was devastating.
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.
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!
“…We love to laugh…
We believe in we. Not I.
We believe children enrich our lives.
We believe in enriching the lives of our children…”
~excerpt from the MGBW creed
My love and admiration of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, as men and as a company, is well documented. Earlier this year I attended one of their 25th Anniversary celebrations (read about that here). When they opened a flagship store in Boston in 2012 I was over the moon (read about that here). You can imagine how thrilled I was when my friend and client Tina contacted me to help her refresh her Family Room design using several pieces from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
Day 30 ~ I DID IT! 30 Paintings in 30 Days!