White Houses of Cape Cod

  Several years ago, I spent a Saturday afternoon driving down the historic district on Cape Cod – from Sandwich, MA, through Barnstable, Cummaquid and into Yarmouth on the historic Rte 6A – shooting some amazing white houses of Cape Cod. This is some of the oldest settled areas in Massachusetts, and therefor the country. … Read more

Old Cape Cod

I did a “drive-by shooting” (thanks for the phrase, Meg!) tour of Rte. 6a, the Old Cape Cod Highway, was this weekend. I’m still editing al the photos, but thought share this image of three cute little antique homes all decked out for the day. Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend! You may also enjoy: … Read more

Get that look! Versailles Style & Marie Antoinette as Icon

Hall of Mirrors Scene from “Marie Antoinette” 2006, directed by Sophia Coppola Versailles Hall of Mirrors, my photo taken 2001 I have finally seen Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and it was wonderful to see scenes shot in Versailles. I was there in 2001 and the “Louis” style is truly one of my favorites. I really … Read more

Recreating Floral Arrangements

Last week, I shared my pics of the holiday house tour I was part of. East Sandwich Flower & Gift donated this beautiful floral arrangement. Luckily for me, the homeowner was going away for a week and so I was able to bring the arrangement home with me and spent time Recreating Floral Arrangements. The arrangement was … Read more

Sandwich Holiday House Tour

Sandwich Holiday House tour can now be checked off the list! I worked with the owner of a local B&B to add some special drama to his existing decorations. This is an 1830’s era Georgian style home that has been a private home, a doctor’s office and now a B&B. Interesting tidbit: a woman came to … Read more

Happy Mother's Day

I’m visiting my Mom, Dorothy, today on Cape Cod for Mother’s Day. We had a lovely brunch and then did a little antiquing – two of my favorite things to do! I was poking through some family photos and wanted to share a few. The photo at top is of my mother (kneeling) at about … Read more

Travel Tuesday: Paris

This week’s post Travel Tuesday: Paris ! I stayed at the Hotel Scribe, which is right next to the Opera House, last year when I attended Maison et Objet. It’s a beautiful hotel, bright, luxurious and sparkling clean. I will say, the mattresses and bedding were like sleeping on a cloud. It was hard to … Read more

Music Hall Monday: Paris Opera House

This week on Music Hall Monday, we visit The Paris Opera House (now known as the Palais Garnier). which was built by architect Charles Garnier between 1857 – 1874. The building, located in the 9th arrondissement in the heart of Paris, is known for it’s ornate exteriors of the Neo-Baroque style. For a lover of … Read more

Kips Bay Show House 2011 Bathroom Beauty

I spent a lovely hour chatting with Joy Licht, founder of Cayley Barrett, Assoc., a design-build firm in NYC about her lovely Kips Bay Show House 2011 Bathroom.  Joy founded her company twenty years ago when there were nearly no women owned construction firms anywhere (still something of an anomaly, sadly). I really enjoyed speaking … Read more

Requiescat in pace – my cute Daddy

My dear – and oh so cute – Daddy, Bob Merrill, passed away yesterday at 83. He fought back from a debilitating stroke several years ago, walking when they said he may never again, and from a heart attack last year, when they said he might not make it through that night. But time, and … Read more

Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2011

  When I was in New York last month for Blogfest, I had the chance to go to my first Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse 2011. Hard to believe it was my first one! I was able to go before the doors opened as I was interviewing Joy Light of Cayley Barrett Associates, Ltd. the design/build … Read more

Theme decorating

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A common musical style is known as “theme and variation,” in which a theme is established and then re-created with variations in rhythm, style and color. Each variation is a different “take” on the same theme. Home decoration can be approached in much the same way. For instance, the “nautical” theme is very popular. Each … Read more

Matching Furniture – Avoid the Matchy-Matchy Look

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What do we think about matching furniture sets? Please, no! The hallmark of good interior design is the coordinated balance of materials – creating a symbiotic relationship between all the elements. Each piece should complement the other. But, matching furniture sets – particularly upholstered sets – are too much and really quite boring. Even if … Read more

My New Book!

Early last Spring (as in 2014) I was contacted by an editor from Globe Pequot press about they upcoming 6th edition revision and update of their book How to Start a Home-Base Interior Design Business and they asked if I’d be interested in doing the job. It was great timing for my schedule at that moment … Read more