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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!
It was a gray and rainy weekend in New England. Luckily we are in need of the rain and I was in need of some downtime for catching up on paperwork, painting, and getting ready for my Art Show at the Boston Design Center this Thursday(!).
This week’s painting was created for the October Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge of Stripes. Once again, I love how everyone interprets the theme ~ take a peek for yourself at this month’s entries here.
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.
This weekend I opened my Summer Deck and I am so looking forward to a Summer of sunsets with friends. Each evening Mother Nature puts on an amazing show and I feel blessed to have a front row seat!
This week’s poem is entitled Sea Sunset ~ two of my favorite things…
The theme for June’s Girls Just Wanna Paint challenge was Marsh. Being on the coast, our towns are full of beautiful, marshy vistas. However this is not my usual subject matter but I did my best…
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.
Here are a few of the things that Caught My Eye this week…
This past weekend I treated myself to a 3 Day Workshop at the South Shore Arts Center taught by Kimberly Alemian called Perception-Abstraction: A Work in Process. In the class we explored the process of constructing paintings through additive and subtractive activity including layering, scraping and mark-making.
Over the past couple of years I’ve had a growing fascination with Abstract Art. It has been my experience that it can be very, very good or, well, horrid! Sometimes when I study a piece I “fall into it”, meaning that every time I change my view I see something new. Good abstract paintings make you work at the viewing. I was so excited to have the opportunity to explore this medium in depth as an artist.
The class was an intense experience for me. I worked much larger than my usual 6”x 6” panel boards, using 20”x 20” canvas, 22″ x 30″ illustration board and several other LARGE papers. I used watercolor, pastels, oil pastels and oil paint partnered with charcoal and graphite ~ and 3”-4” brushes. It was an extreme experience! But oh how I learned to make art differently! Come take a peek at our exercises…
There are so many traditions that happen in my area in the summer that it is almost hard to keep up with them~ but it’s a lot of fun trying. Father’s Day weekend in the quaint seaside town of Cohasset, the South Shore Art Center hosts their annual Arts Festival. “South Shore Art Center Arts Festival mixes the best of small town New England summer festivals with an uncommon attention to detail and commitment t0 presenting quality art and handmade craft” ~ an apt description to be sure.
Here are a few of the things that Caught My Eye this week…
As 2014 rolls along, I am so excited to present the latest new feature on the Posh Palettes blog ~ Posh Peek! In this new feature, we will be giving you a ‘Posh Peek’ into the day of a different creative professional each month. On the agenda so far (fingers crossed): interior designers, bloggers, an artist, a chef, a personal trainer and a life coach. We hope to spotlight their various activities during a typical professional day ~ along with a few background and “curious” questions a la James Lipton from Inside the Actor’s Studio. To kick things off I thought it only fitting that I let you have a peek inside my day. Here we go!…
Every Interior Designer deserves to have at least one client like Gina~she makes up for all the more “demanding” ones. Oh heck, it’s time for Christmas wishes, all of our clients should be like Miss G ;-)!
When Gina & I first met years ago over a rosebush in my yard, I was NOT designer attired ~ in fact I was a disgrace to our family (as my daughter often told me) when I was in my beautiful garden. I just couldn’t wait to get into the dirt and see what magic had happened overnight. So I usually grabbed a tank top and pedal pushers (before they were in fashion as chic capris). If you were really lucky, you could catch me in my nightgown with a cup of coffee in my hands, deadheading… oh my, I digress.
I am flattered to be featured in the current (December 2013) issue of South Shore Living magazine.
Our BIG art showing opening was November 21 at Thayer Academy in Braintree. This art show was a labor of love and took a year of preparation! Not only were we painting but also reserving the space, planning the marketing materials and then working together to make it happen ~ yes, 12 women!
Here are some of the photos of the “hanging” (of the artwork, of course!), before pictures of the gallery as well as some of the event photos. The exhibit is open to the public through December 18, 8am- 3pm Mon.-Fri. The gallery is located in the Southworth Library Building at Thayer Academy, please stop by to see over 120 works of art that are for sale and make perfect for Holiday gifts!
Thanksgiving and the holiday entertaining season is fast approaching. If you are hosting a gathering in your home this year, chances are you’ll need a place to serve refreshments from. Whether it’s drinks and appetizers or a Thanksgiving feast, I’ve rounded up several creative options for Buffets. Come take a peek…
With Halloween coming up, this week’s Posh Picks are inspired by the festive colors of this spooky season ~ Black & White and of course, Orange!
Contemporary chic Black & White Living Room:
This weekend was outstanding! Everywhere I went I saw beautiful art and it wasn’t only on canvas!
Friday night I attended the Moonlight and Miracles Ball, the largest fundraiser of the year for the Cancer Care Unit at the South Shore Hospital.
The Hingham Arts Walk is this Sunday, October 20 from 12-4pm.
The October issue of South Shore Living Magazine highlights a group of artists of which I am proud to be a part of. Under the leadership of Jen Kelly, for many years we have donated paintings to the fundraising auction that is part of South Shore Hospital’s Moonlight and Miracles Gala. The funds raised benefit cancer care programs at the hospital, a wonderful and worthy cause.