Have you ever noticed that each room in your house has an unspoken purpose? Dining rooms are to dine in, kitchens to cook in, bedrooms to sleep in…you get the point. But what happens when a room calls for a multipurpose space? These rooms can be a little trickier to design, but with some careful planning, they can really cover… Read More
I am the first to embrace imperfection. I have lived in old houses, been man-down because we have four kids, and loved our fair share of rescue animals (although I would argue that they are all practically perfect!).
But I would be lying if I said that, in this day and age, I didn’t get swept up in the… Read More
Imagine an elephant walking into your living room and taking a seat. For most of us that would take up a considerable amount of room. Yet according to the show “Clean Sweep”, that is the average weight of the stuff they take out of each and every home!
Americans have a… Read More
Alright, in our last blog we hopefully got your attention about how important a good nights sleep can be! It can affect your decision making, health and safety!
This week we get to the good news! You can take some simple actions tonight to be on your way to feeling more rested, energized and creative!… Read More
There is nothing more dreamy than snuggling up under a down comforter with your favorite jammies ( or better yet sans jammies), a cool breeze, a dark room and nothing on your mind but sweet slumber. Sound familiar? Probably not as it turns out almost 80% of us Americans do not get enough… Read More
OK, so most of you that know me know that I am not a numbers gal, but I do know that whenever I can combine healthy living in a home and nature, we are definitely going to make it a joy filled home!Fall in Central Park Photo courtesy of Roadtrippers
I took a few months in NYC for a… Read More
If you are anything like me you want timeless, simple design that doesn’t change with the wind, but I am still guilty of trolling Pinterest for a little bit of In the Moment Bling. A little goes a long ways and these trends are here to stay!
1. Deep Rich Saturated Colors
From Pantone, to… Read More
So, if you are anything like me you are conflicted. I am the first to admit that I love designing for the holidays, but the clutter makes me crazy. I feel like I am always one drop kick away from a Christmas Catastrophe!
“So goes your space, so goes your mind” A… Read More
As we celebrate the first year anniversary of our local YMCA, I am reminded of the extraordinary importance of community. A place to come together, young and old, of many faiths and ethnic backgrounds, and stages in our lives and celebrate. The simple act of taking care and valuing ourselves and others. Cheers to belonging.
Most of the time,… Read More
Well, if your house is anything like ours, it’s been a week of excitement, anticipation, denial, and procrastination (yup at least one of my kids went to class today with just a pencil and a piece of notebook paper. My minimalist!)
Whether you are sending your last off to college (that… Read More
We had a magical lightening storm here in Exeter last night. Those of you who were up late enough know what I am talking about. I wrapped up work very late last night, I mean, very late. I found myself so involved in my day-to-day work, family and to-do lists (along with my should-do lists) that I almost missed it.… Read More
It’s officially a heat wave here in New Hampshire! By the looks of my yard, we’re in a pretty good drought too! It’s right about now that my clients start asking me what they can plant so that their landscape looks great, even during these long, hot, dry summer days!
Some days I want to suggest to forget the lawn… Read More
So, every night about this time of year, I am lulled off to sleep by the gentle dance of the leafy trees, the breeze tickling my eyelashes and the hypnotic dance of crickets and cicadas. I rock gently in my porch bed, dreaming of, well sleeping in a porch bed.
Some day I will make my sleeping porch… Read More
We had too much fun last week updating a few outdoor spaces for a client. Now, we had to admit that they were not too shabby to begin with. This client has a pretty good sense of design to begin with, so really all we had to do is shake it up a little and take a few chances.
With less than a week before we celebrate our nations independence, we couldn’t think of a better time to explore some fabulous color combinations featuring our country’s symbolic color palette.
First a little history lesson into the meaning of these iconic colors…
White signifies Purity and Innocence
Red signifies Hardiness and Valor
So, they say if you see, hear or speak something three separate times, it’s probably a good idea to pay attention to it. When it comes to color, it’s not hard to get my attention!
From cheerful doors, to dramatic trees, playful furniture and wallpaper, and even a honey colored… Read More
So, truth be known, Father’s Day is not the easiest of holidays now that the kids are grown.Time was a tie cake or a minor league baseball game was a sure thing, now Time at all is a precious gift.
As a design family any member is bound to be gifted a book on 1001 Chairs… Read More
We are in high outdoor gear here at Mandeville Canyon Designs. This summer includes a fabulous pool, some whimsical gardens and great new decks all around.
Now that it is unofficially officially summer, what could be better than enjoying a day of lounging around a new deck grilling and hanging out with friends, or curling… Read More
For many, Memorial Day marks the unofficial start to summer and the beginning of outdoor parties, grilling season and dining al fresco. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an outdoor kitchen so that you don’t have keep making trips back into to the house? While an outdoor kitchen sounds luxurious, it may… Read More
When it comes to dining rooms, I think there are 2 types of homeowners: those that love having a formal dining room for hosting family gatherings and large parties, and those who will maybe use the dining room table once or twice a year and spend the remainder of the year wondering what to do with that space so that… Read More