Interior Design: Theme and Variations

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 and offers the opportunity for personalization and the creation of true art. Home decoration can be approached in much … Read more

A Modern Beach House with spectacular views out in Truro, MA

Modern beach house in Truro, MA on Cape Cod

  Are you ready for the long 4th of July weekend here in the US? I’m not actually a huge fan of fireworks and there are plenty of both the legal and illegal kind in the area. I live in a beach community, so it’s party-time all weekend long. Meanwhile, I wanted to share a … Read more

Seriously, who is a better decorator than Mother Nature?

The other day, a friend posted this gorgeous shot of some eggs that her neighbor had just dropped off, courtesy of their backyard chickens. The comments that ensued including the desire to repaint entire houses based on these colors. I mean, seriously, who IS a better decorator than Mother Nature? Apparently, no one is certain … Read more

Christmas cheer, decorating and amazing architecture in Newburyport, MA

I made my annual pilgrimage to the Newburyport Holiday House tour on Saturday and this year, we were treated to some amazing homes and lovely, though not ostentatious, holiday decorating. The House Tour is put on and benefits the Custom House Maritime Museum of Newburyport. The first house I visited was the 1774 Lowell-Tracy-Johnson House, … Read more

Design 101: Don’t hamstring your design dream (or dream designer!)

These days, we’re inundated with inspiration images. We collect them from magazines, or more likely Pinterest and Houzz. Designers routinely ask new clients for their inspiration images so we can get an idea of what they like and even don’t like. So often, we’re treated to lovely inspiration images of light, bright and beautiful rooms with … Read more

Book Review: HABITAT: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess

  I’ve long been a fan of decorator and blogger Lauren Liess so was excited for her when she announced her first book was in the works. Titled HABITAT: The Field Guide to Decorating, the book was officially published by Abrams last week and it’s really fantastic. Five years ago we interviewed Lauren on The … Read more


I drove by this old home today while visiting my parents on Cape Cod and just loved the Halloween decorations! I’ve never seen anything quite as eye catching before. I’ll admit it – not a big Halloween fan. Oh – I love the kiddies in costumes, I love the taste testing each candy brand to … Read more