One blog post is just not enough to share my recent trip to Barcelona ~so here go with Part 2!
(if you need to catch up, you can read my Barcelona Travel Journal, Part 1, here)
I’ve always found that some of the best sightseeing can be had walking the streets of neighborhoods. This has held true in most places I’ve traveled to, and once again in Barcelona.
Another one of my travel dreams came true recently when I visited Barcelona in August. A trip to Barcelona has been on my bucket list for years and making the five day trip with friends was wonderful. We saw and experienced so many aspects of this beautiful city and culture, what an inspiring trip!
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!
BlogTour KBIS sponsor Wilsonart is a world leader in engineered surfaces. Whether you’re looking for laminate, quartz, or anything in between, Wilsonart has a beautiful, durable surface to fit your needs. This is the second time I have explored a Wilsonart exhibit at the KBIS Show. Once again I was amazed by their latest engineered surfaces which always feature a “Wow” element.
Wellborn Cabinet is a family owned (3 generations!) company offering finely crafted kitchen and bath cabinets designed to help you maximize your total home living space. As visitors to the KBIS show with BlogTour KBIS, we were among the first to see Wellborn’s latest offerings: Aspire Cabinetry, their new Full Access Frameless line.
Having lived all my life in New England with it’s historic and often austere homes, most of which feature an architectural style devoid of ostentatious detail, when I visited Europe I was overwhelmed with the architectural details of the homes & chateaus in Europe. So many beautiful elements! The mouldings and trims that were layered and gilded truly caught my designer’s eye. I’ve taken that influence and made it part of my own design style and encourage clients to embellish ceiling lines, door frame casings and baseboards with multiple architectural trims in their homes as well.
BlogTour KBIS sponsor Mohawk Flooring offers a comprehensive collection of flooring options for your home including hardwood, laminate, tile, vinyl, and rugs. For me, the crown jewel of the Mohawk Flooring offerings is their SmartStrand Silk Reserve carpet. While in Orlando last month with the Design Hounds of BlogTour KBIS, we had a special introduction to this amazing, dare I say magical, carpet.
I am still floating in bliss thanks to a heavenly weekend spent in Philadelphia with Emily, Nick, & the star of my heart, Daisy! Not waking up to Daisy’s beautiful face this morning was difficult but painting class with Diane Panarelli Miller helped ease the blow. It was great to be back with such a skillful and gifted teacher. Painting apples today had me dreaming of apple pie…
As American Standard entered its fifteenth decade of business, they proudly launched their DXV by American Standard line. DXV fixtures and fittings for Bath and Kitchen are “inspired by historically significant designs, reinterpreting them in light of today’s aesthetic and performance demands”.
For the past few years, DXV has selected a small number of outstanding designers to serve on their Design Panel. Each year the designers are given a theme to design a vignette around with the finished product showcased at the KBIS show. In this year’s vignettes, designers paid homage to four iconic cities, marrying timeless products from DXV with equally stunning design choices and accessories.
Just last year, luxury appliance brand Thermador celebrated their 100 year anniversary(!), a true testament to their quality products and commitment to innovation. After seeing their latest offerings in person with BlogTour at the KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) 2017 show in Orlando, I can tell you that Thermador is not resting on their laurels. They have introduced several new exceptional products this year at the KBIS 2017 show!
When Monday starts off rainy and dreary with more to come, there’s nothing like a cheerful painting to brighten my spirits. Today’s painting is an “oldie but a goodie”. This image has me dreaming of Spring and sun drenched tulips…
You may recognize this week’s painting, I posted an “in progress” shot back in November. It usually doesn’t take me over 2 months to complete a painting but with design work, home renovations, the holidays and my BlogTour KBIS trip, this one took quite a while(!). I was thrilled to be able to spend time in my studio this weekend finishing it up. This is a larger canvas and I’m thrilled with how it turned out…
Before wrapping up the holiday season completely, I wanted to share a few peeks at a very special gift that I created for a very, very special little girl: my granddaughter Daisy.
As I shared previously, I’ve been busy painting these small (4″x4″) ornament canvases for the Christmas season. In addition to the paintings I brought to La Petite Maison, I’ve been having a ball painting more ornaments to give to friends. In fact last night I brought this hexagonal ornament painting to a Yankee Swap ~ much to my delight it was one of the most popular gifts, “swapped” amongst several people. It’s always so much fun to gather with dear friends and I just love seeing people enjoy my work. It truly is a work of heart!
We woke up to our first snow of the season here south of Boston ~ sort of. It snowed late last night but by this morning it had changed to rain and we had our first slush of the season 😉 . I think a painting of a lamb in snow is much more picturesque than a lamb in slush, don’t you?…
I’ve been busy in the studio this weekend, creating 4″x 4″ paintings for an event at La Petite Maison in Hingham this Wednesday evening. I love adding gold gilt to my paintings ~ it provides the perfect amount of glam and glitz. What could be better for the holiday season? Perhaps purchasing a petite ornament painting as a hostess gift 🙂 …
The end of the year and the holiday season is officially upon us. Time seems to speed up between Thanksgiving and New Year’s ~ much like a train barreling down the tracks. I will try to do my best to enjoy this season with grace and gratitude, stopping to recognize everything from simple pleasures to the greatest blessings. One of the reasons I picked this painting for today was because in addition to being an actual railroad crossing, I see it as symbolizing crossing over into the Christmas season ~ and also the signal pole is reminiscent of a candy cane 😉 .