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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?!
I find that people have strong feelings about the color red. They either love… Read More
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.
FYI, romance isn’t just for February 14th. In fact, romance is in style all year long!
What’s more romantic than giving your loved one a dreamy… Read More
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.
On the flipside, I think they are a huge area… Read More
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
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!
This became very clear to me as I was recently working with… Read More
Sadly, that glorious week between Christmas and New Year’s has come to an end. Gone are the days filled with family and friends, quiet mornings luxuriating by the fire with a yummy cup of coffee and a good book. Late night movies, dates, board games, and outdoor fun. Basically doing whatever pleases you. That much needed time away from the… Read More
I was recently asked to offer some design insights for the year to come. Now, typical forecasting projects years into the future. Tricky stuff, at best. Instead I sort of like the ground troops approach, meaning what are my clients doing right now and what are they asking for? What makes sense for them now and years into the future. So, here are a few things we are working on for the coming year and hope to see continue into 2016…
~ We are seeing a trend in unplugging and going back to a Comfort- Style
A good friend who is a designer recently showed me her design boards for her brand new home. I couldn’t hide the look on my face that said, “On purpose? Isn’t this what we are trying to move away from?”
Before I could say anything, thankfully, she chimed in with enthusiasm, “It’s just like my grandmother’s house!”
“You say that like it’s a good thing”, I thought.
And then she did that magic thing that designers do, when they weave a tale that brings it all together.
She was hearkening back to a simpler time. White washed kitchens and warm brass knobs. Bold peonies and lattice on the walls, creamy bowls of white light and not a hand held device in sight
It really was a brilliant plan. You would always walk in with a sense of belonging. Instant comfort.
Big bold patterns in wallpaper and gentle colors are gracing walls. Hand worn hues of gold are returning to lighting and hardware. Even Formica is in on the movement, but back with a whole new array of colors and styles.
~We are seeing continued strength with white kitchens that are not truly white upon closer examination. Ben Moore’s color of the year, Simply White, is a great example of a white hint of something else.
Right now we are installing a new kitchen, with PK Surroundings, in California Paint Crisp Muslin. It’s white with a purpose.
It still reads fresh and comforting, but with it’s own personality.
~ Quartz countertops continue to be strong for their ease of use and unending array of mesmerizing palettes. We are using Cambria’s, Brittanicca, on that same white kitchen.
The dramatic ribbons of gray, black and bone allow great range of movement without overwhelming the space. Other great companies include Pental, Caesarstone and Silestone, just to name a few. Alternative materials like IceStone and Richlite, made out of paper are also durable and stylish choices with a great environmental backbone.
~Mixed metals are thankfully on the rise. I love the permission to mix up your metals in a space.
Gone is the idea that every knob in your house has to be brushed nickel. There are so many fabulous metal finishes out there (the finishes from Brizo are warm and delicious),
starting with the long awaited rearrival of brass. With so many finishes to choose from, there is bound to be something that delights everyone of us.
Right now we are using a beautiful collection of lighting from Hubbardton Forge that speaks to this concept perfectly. We are combining the soft gold finish (give us more in 2016, please!) with bronze for the Cosmo and then reinforcing the bronze with the Exos Collection.
~Follow that up with another design trend, textured wallpaper, and you have an elegant, grounded and earthy vibe that works in both casual and sophisticated settings.
We are using Maya Romanoff’s Weathered Metals II collection as well as Philip Jeffries Rivet collection. The trend is toward textural and tactile. The kind that begs you to reach out and touch.
And if that’s not enough how about some jewelry for the walls. Maya also offers a stunning collection of beaded wallpaper called Beadazzled.
And even if you are renting, no worries, there are great new repositionable wallpapers that let everyone get in on the fun.
~Color palettes are continuing to mimic nature and also provide hits of high contrast.
Like mixing metals, do be afraid to mix your sheen as well. We are just about to install a grasscloth wallpaper combined with a high gloss chocolate ceiling to help reflect light as well as act as a conversation piece. Nature constantly combines shiny and matte. Why let it have all the fun!