Believe it or not, the holidays are upon us!

Well, we made it through Halloween and time is moving on quickly, right into the holiday season. If you have been out in the stores in the past week or so, you may have already heard Christmas music and have seen the shelves stocked with holiday décor. While that may make some of you cringe, it makes those of us… Read More

Jewels Rule

If your designer suggested you add some jewel tones to your décor, would you run and hide? Or, would you embrace the idea? Not sure what to think about designing with such rich colors? We can ease your worry.

Jewel tones invoke a feeling of nobility and opulence. Perhaps even a touch of glam. Most of us associate them with,… Read More

Design a kitchen you love.

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. The hub. Where meals are made, friends gather, homework gets done and lots more. That’s why it’s so important to love your kitchen.

As an interior designer, I find that while a project may begin in a family room, or some other room in the house, my clients always end up saying,… Read More

Playing with Patterns

Have you ever walked into a room and were blown away by the mix of colors and/or patterns? When done correctly, a mix of patterns makes your room look like it’s been designed by a professional. So how do designers mix patterns so well? There are a few tried and true tricks that will help you pull of a well… Read More

Don’t let your plants get stuck out in the cold!

I love when I have the opportunity to work on a clients’ landscape design. Partly because I love nature and incorporating as much of the surroundings as I can, but also because it’s amazing to see how it all transforms month after month, year after year.

Seasons are a beautiful thing. There’s nothing like seeing the outdoors come to life… Read More

Move over pumpkin!

It dawned on me recently that fall is a long season of décor. While I love to warm up my home with layers of snuggly blankets, pops of orange, pumpkins and hay bales; after a while I grow tired of it all. After all, I think the stores had the Halloween decorations and candy out some time in August!

So… Read More

You light up my life!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times…”A great design doesn’t overlook the details!”. The details are what makes a space unique. Gives it personality! I often find that’s where I can really draw upon my clients’ life experiences and characteristics to make a newly designed room feel like it was meant to be theirs from… Read More

Dining under the stars

If you are loving these long summer days as much as I am, then you will love these pretty design ideas for a perfect evening dining al fresco! There is nothing better than ending your day with the stars above and the grass tickling your toes. That’s why I love to take dinner outside! Although, come to think… Read More

Outdoor showers…not just for the beach!

It’s summer, time to play in the beautiful weather! These are the long days filled with fun outdoor activities. Whether  you play hard or work hard in the outdoor sun, showering alfresco has to be the best way to end your day! Trust me, you don’t have to be at the beach to reap the benefits of showering in… Read More

Backyard fun & function!

If you have kids, no matter what their age, then surely at some point along the way you bought a big swing set, complete with a climbing wall, slide and perhaps a clubhouse. And now that big wooden structure is the focal point of your backyard. It can go weeks without anyone playing on it other than the squirrels. But… Read More

Essential Summer Party Tips!

It’s officially summer!! School is out. We’ve celebrated summer solstice. And the weather is FINALLY nice! With all that happy stuff comes time for summer gatherings. Since summer is a time for relaxing and enjoying the company of friends and family, you don’t want to be running around like a crazy person, trying to pull off a casual summer party.… Read More

Some “doggone” great ideas!


These furry guys keep us on our toes and smiling, that’s for sure! Each of these dogs has their own special talents…Harper can get anything she want’s with those eyes. I mean seriously, who would say no to those blues??! Riley, well, Riley has mastered the “lean”. If you go anywhere near him, he’s going… Read More

Mad about Dad!

Father’s Day is right around the corner! So we figured, why not celebrate dad with a little Mad Men inspired décor? It’s all the rage and he’ll appreciate a space that’s hip, cool and, most importantly, all his own! I am not one to promote the idea of a “man cave”, however, I do feel that everyone needs to have… Read More

Staged to SELL

Is it really necessary to stage your home to sell it?

The short answer to that question is YES!!

And here’s why…

∗ You will sell your home faster:  95% of professionally staged homes sell on average in 11 days or less and sell for 17% more

∗ Your online photos will stand out:  90% of potential buyers… Read More

It’s alive!!

Now that the warmer weather is here, my projects are heading outdoors, yay! I love to create a landscape design because it’s so much fun and brings it’s own design challenges along with it. Whether I am designing a pool and the surrounding landscape, patio or deck, I am always sure to incorporate a lot of native, easy… Read More

Does your front door match your shutters?

Well, should your belt match your shoes? I remember growing up, one of my girlfriends always told me to match my belt to my shoes – and if I really wanted to go the extra mile, I should match my purse too! But times have changed. Fashion today allows us to make some pretty dramatic color decisions, break all… Read More

Spicy décor inspired by Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo is Muy Caliente! And I am feeling fiery today! I love this holiday for it’s bold use of color….ok, I also love an excuse to eat lots of guacamole and perhaps a margarita too!

Let’s face it, the oranges, blues, and hot pinks are so fun and vibrant…I just can’t resist! So, if you’re looking for… Read More

Switching Things Up

So, if you are reading this email somewhere in your house, close your eyes.Tell me how many switches or plugs are in the room. What color are they? What do they operate (or not!)? Anything lucky enough to be on a dimmer?

The truth of it is, most of us don’t even give a second thought to how these operate… Read More

It’s all about the brass, ’bout the brass, ’bout the brass. No silver!

Move over silver and polished nickel! Brass is back…FOR REAL!

I know, the idea of it may give you flashbacks to a few decades ago, when every home had inexpensive shiny “faux” brass chandeliers and door knobs. Yuck! But brass has changed…and it’s for the better!

Brass has actually been quietly making a comeback for a couple of years. It’s… Read More

Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year~ Marsala

I should have seen the signs…..

The iridescent pomegranate jacket that reached it’s arms out to me in the gift shop at Longwood Gardens (I resisted, but only long enough to have to pay shipping later on). The glasses of Malbec cradled in my hands over the holiday season. The enthusiastic encouragement to a client about Ben Moore’s rich… Read More