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

Divine dining room design!

Last week we got you all jazzed up about buying new furniture, but that’s only half the story! A lot of thought (and measuring) should go into determining what pieces you need and how you are going to arrange them once they arrive BEFORE you buy anything.

Designed by Mandeville Canyon Designs

Although this may seem like a daunting task,… Read More

How to arrange living room furniture.

You thought it was Spring season, but it’s actually Furniture Buying Season! New furniture designs debut in spring, so retailers are clearing out old styles to make room.”, says Dan Butler, vice president of retail operations at the National Retail Federation. If you’re in the market, now is a good time to buy! But don’t just buy anything! Buying a… Read More

Taking the “ouch” out of buying a couch.

I’ve just returned from a long overdue vacation out to the west coast. The beauty of that part of the country made returning home to a seemingly endless amount of emails to catch up on and an even longer to-do list all worthwhile. I’m a west coast gal at heart and immediately felt at home out there. The sights and… Read More

Five elements

Someday soon it will feel like spring here in New England. I promise! These chilly temps have me longing for warmer days and blooming flowers. I love the feeling that spring evokes in all of us. That happy, giddy feeling. The feeling that you want to quit work and play outside all day. Most of all I love… Read More


If you’ve been dreaming of enjoying the summer months sitting beside your brand new pool, now’s the time to get started! It doesn’t have to be a gigantic pool that takes over your entire yard. Gone are the days of those big rectangular concrete pool monstrosities (yay!). What’s trending now are small to moderate size pools that have… Read More

It’s time for a pool party!

Take a look at any of the photos of my interior design work, and you immediately get the sense that I am a girl who loves color! But I cannot tell a lie…lately I have been drawn to the dramatic effect of the color black. I’m not talking just a touch of black here and… Read More

Don’t be afraid of the dark!

I’m not much of a DIY’er, even though I constantly dream of being one. However, there is one project that I ALWAYS recommend my clients do in just about every room in your home. And, believe me when I say, “You can do this!”. It’s time that you install a dimmer switch. This is possibly the easiest DIY… Read More

Dim the Lights!

I LOVE to decorate using mirrors! Talk about a design element that has the ability to create a dramatic effect! Mirrors can be used in just about every room and can compliment just about every design style there is. Today, mirrors have become more like works of art, with unique frames, shapes and sizes. Just look at this beauty from… Read More

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

Finding the right artwork for your home is a difficult task. Sure, you could throw a picture of just about anything on your wall, but I prefer for it to have some meaning. At a minimum, it has to be something you love to look at every day. Perhaps it’s a place you love, or somewhere you dream of visiting.… Read More

Show stopping artwork

Digital photography has made “capturing the moment” much easier, even for the novice photographer (aka: mom). Even our cell phones now take pictures so crisp and clear that it’s hard to believe it was taken from a mobile device. If you are like me, you have thousands of moments captured, that are still stuck on your computer, or even worse…you… Read More

A Picture’s Worth A Thousand Words

Admit it. When you see Bohemian design you can’t help but feel relaxed and welcome, like you want to grab a cup of herbal tea and stay a while. It’s one of my favorite principles of this style of design. It’s not too stuffy and is bursting with color, texture and pattern. It’s fun, and welcoming. And if you don’t… Read More

Boho chic décor

While the first official day of spring is still a few weeks away, it certainly feels like spring is on its way! Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking…either way, I’ve got a touch of spring fever already! The sun rises earlier, sets later and I am doing my best to bask in the sunlight, even if it is while sitting… Read More

Hope Springs Eternal

Raise your hand if you have a vacation home or if you plan on purchasing one in the near future. Okay, raise your hand if you just dream of having one someday! I’m pretty sure just about everyone reading this raised their hands. If you’re like me, you can’t quite decide if you’d rather be near the ocean, a… Read More

Vacation on my mind

Temperatures dipped well below zero last weekend, so I found myself spending A LOT of time sitting in front of my fire. So much so, that I have become a fire stoking master!! There’s something so relaxing and toasty about sitting in front of a crackling fire. I love the way it sounds, the way it glows, the smell and… Read More

Ignite your Fireplace!

February is the month of red. Not only do we celebrate our love on Valentine’s day, but it’s heart health awareness month. We thought, with so much emphasis on red, why not take a look at what it means for your interior design?!

Found on Pinterest.com

I find that people have strong feelings about the color red. They either love… Read More

February + Red = LOVE

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I’m no expert on love, but I am here to offer a bit of advice…

No more flowers.

No more chocolates.

More romance!

FYI, romance isn’t just for February 14th. In fact, romance is in style all year long!

As seen on HGTV.com

What’s more romantic than giving your loved one a dreamy… Read More

Romantic Redesign

Basements get a bad rap. Often the keeper of seldom used junk and a graveyard for bugs and cobwebs, they can lack design appeal. Viewed as large and cavernous. Cold and dark. Overseer of utilities. Neglected and a bit “unloved”. Even kind of creepy.

Found on Bing.com

On the flipside, I think they are a huge area… Read More

Budget Friendly Basement Makeover Ideas!

With temperatures dipping below zero here in the Northeast this week, I’ve noticed that a lot of my clients are asking for rugs. It makes sense. Rugs warm up a space, absorb sound, and they feel good underfoot! Aside from their utilitarian use, rugs can add a lot more to a room than just function.

Just last week I… Read More

Rugs rule! (especially this time of year)

Found on Pinterest

Most people don’t give the doors in their home too much thought. I mean, they are a necessity, but how much do they really matter when it comes to your interior (or exterior) design. Surprisingly, they can make a BIG difference!

Found on interiorcollective.com

This became very clear to me as I was recently working with… Read More

When one door closes, another one opens.