If there has ever been a time when we value our homes and the space we live in, I’d say it’s now. For the past few months, we have been asked to stay home. We have spent more time than ever working, learning, and staying safe…at home. It has made us realize that there are spaces that we have… Read More
They say that Spring brings new growth…
Isn’t that so very true?! After months, and months of preparation, I’m excited to announce that I have decided to grow Mandeville Canyon Designs this Spring! You see, there was always this little seed in my gut, yearning to sprout new shoots. I kept feeling it, but just wasn’t sure it was time… Read More
Well, times sure have changed since the day I started writing this interior design blog post. And things seem to be changing on a daily basis. It’s a little challenging to keep up with, but I sincerely hope that all of my readers are staying safe and healthy during these uncertain times.
Thank you for subscribing to my blog, and… Read More
Incorporating wood into your interior design is more than just a trend. It’s been done for decades and I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon. And there’s good reason for that!
Take Frank Lloyd Wright, who introduced the word “organic” to the world of architecture in the early 1900’s. Wright coined the term “form and function are one” using… Read More
It’s that magical time of year! Today I’m channeling my inner Oprah and sharing my top 10 favorite items for the holidays!
It really doesn’t get much cuter than these handmade little guys! I’m always looking for fun ways to make homemade gifts, but I’m not super… Read More
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.