2012 Holiday House Tour in Newburyport, MA

  On Saturday my New Hampshire client and I spent the day wandering around my favorite local city of Newburyport, MA taking in the 2012 Holiday House Tour  in Newburyport which benefits the Custom House Maritime Museum. When I lived there I did the house tour one year and it was really great. This year … Read more

My Award Winning Design!

Above, L-R: Donna Vanegas, Rob Henry, Kathie Chrisicos, Linda Merrill, Michael Kim, Jacqueline Becker and Gail Ravgiala I’m thrilled and honored to share that last evening, I won the IFDA New England Designer 2012 Showcase Award for Best Living Space! My award winning design was a crisp and clean penthouse condo that overlooked the Charles River on Beacon … Read more

Seacoast New Hampshire

Enjoy this driving tour of some architectural gems of Seacoast New Hampshire. I started my day by driving straight up to Portsmouth, NH, which is a fantastic, quaint sea coast city. There are great little shops, restaurants, theaters, antique homes coming out the wazoo – what’s not to love? Portsmouth in Seacoast New Hampshire was settled … Read more

The Renzo Piano Wing at the Gardner Museum

As I’ve previously shared, I spent a lovely evening a few weeks ago getting the cook’s tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum in Boston. We started in the private quarters on the top floor of the original museum and worked our way down to the garden level and then over to the Renzo Piano … Read more

Nantucket Dream Home

This beautiful Nantucket dream home was in a feature photo spread from a 2010 New England Home magazine. The whole house project is just a beautiful example of fresh New England design style and you can certainly feel the ocean winds wafting through. Design credit goes to the homeowners themselves; Architects Lyman Perry and Scott … Read more

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Courtyard, Boston

I was invited to spend an evening taking an “insiders” tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum courtyard. The Museum’s marketing department invited a group of design, wine and gardening bloggers and gave us a cook’s tour starting at the top floor, working our way down the original building and over to the new Renzo … Read more

Tiffany & Co. Custom Pillow

  A certain young lady of my acquaintance is entering high school this year and to celebrate, her parents have given her a complete room makeover. While I have decorated her room in the past, this year, she was in charge. She selected this “Sweet Chenille” dot duvet and sham set from PBTeen. The chenille … Read more

Bucket List Item: The Royal Scotsman

Well, certainly if they are these rails! The Royal Scotsman is my new obsession. I’m not Scottish, but I’ll admit to loving all things Scottish. One of my favorite summer reads is the “Outlander” series by Diana Gabaldon (highly recommended) and I’m looking forward to seeing the new DisneyPixar movie BRAVE which is set in … Read more

Bosch Induction Cooking

Last month as part of my trip out to the Bosch Experience and Design Center in Irvine, CA I had the opportunity to learn more about induction cooking and to make a meal using one. And I must say that I am love! My last stove top was a glass top electric and I really … Read more

Cooking with Bosch

My trip last week to the Bosch Experience & Design Center in Irvine, CA was a whole lotta fun! I’ll have more info in posts to come about modern kitchen design trends, and the great appliances we got to play with. But I thought I’d start with the great time we had cooking our lunch … Read more

The beauty of Brizo

  Tresa Faucet Collection in Chrome When I was in Chicago last month at KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show), I was excited to get a chance to visit Brizo Faucet’s new showroom – Dream 2O – at the Merchandise Mart. The showroom truly is a “playground” for architects and designers. Talo Collection in Venetian® … Read more

Rooms with a view of beautiful Duxbury Bay

I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon this weekend with a client visiting six beautiful homes on the Duxbury Newcomer’s Club annual house tour. We “technically” weren’t allowed to take photos, but of course, I couldn’t help but snap a few exterior shots. This view of the house above is the rear which faces Duxbury Bay.  … Read more

KBIS: Peeps and Pretty

A couple of weeks ago I was in Chicago to present two seminars at the IWCE Visions Expo. Concurrent with Visions was KBIS, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. While I heard from many people that it’s not what it used to be in terms of size and flash, it’s still a big show with … Read more