Project Share: Challenging Spaces

I wanted to share a recently completed project that had some challenging spaces worth discussing. My clients called me in to work with them on the decorative elements of their full gut renovation of a 100 year old home in Boston.  Old homes always have quirks which makes them both charming and challenging spaces! This … Read more

Book Shelf: Designing History by Michael S. Smith

Well, I must say, DESIGNING HISTORY by Michael S. Smith on his work decorating the Obama White House is a real treat for design and history buffs. I’ve done several posts in the past about decorating of  The White House such as this one comparing the Oval Office design to those of there British and … Read more

Heading Home to Dinner: Beautiful Tablescapes for a Great Cause

Designer Founders Table Heading Home to Dinner 2019 tablescape closeup with flowers

Three years ago, Boston area designers Mally Skok, Elizabeth Benedict and Kristen Rivoli had the idea that they wanted to create something that brought the interior design community together to do good for the greater community. And boy, have they ever succeeded. I attended their first designer kick-off meeting about 2-1/2 years ago where they … Read more

Modern Black and White – Newburyport Kitchen Tour 2019 Pt. 1

8 Wilshire Rd Newburyport Kitchen Tour 2019 Modern Black and White Kitchen stove LMM

One of my favorite design tours was this weekend – the Newburyport Kitchen Tour, put on in support of the Newburyport PTO. I’ve attended several times before and I’m always happy to see what’s new in my favorite area of Massachusetts. It was a beautiful day on Saturday – sunny but not too hot or … Read more

Travel Tuesday – Old World Hospitality, Modern Luxury

It’s kind of late in the day on Tuesday and it’s been a while since I’ve done a Travel Tuesday post, but wanted to share three places I’ve just learned about that exude both old world hospitality and modern luxury.  The Jane Hotel – New York City I was introduced to The Jane Hotel in … Read more

Tips for using family heirlooms in a fresh way

Tips to use Family Heirlooms

There’s been a lot of talk and articles over the last couple of years about how the kids today (I sound so old saying that!) don’t want their parents (or grandparents) family heirlooms, aka – old stuff. Collected treasures or trinkets, wedding china and silver, heirloom quality furniture – or even just mementos of childhood. … Read more

Can Formal Decor Still be Family Friendly? Yes!

Thibaut Fabrics Reverie-Quinlan Crypton Fabric Formal Family Friendly

First, I cannot believe I haven’t posted in a month! I’ve been busy, but that’s no excuse! Sorry! Anyway, the question on deck is this: can formal decorating still be family friendly? It’s a comment/lament I hear from families so often – that they can’t have anything nice because their kids (or pets) will destroy … Read more

Small Dining Room meets High Style

Jillian Harris Love it or List It gray pink Small dining room

I’m a big proponent of smaller homes with beautiful decor. Large homes can be beautiful of course, but they are expensive to furnish, heat/cool and maintain. I’m also a big fan and hold out for the formal dining room and I see no reason why a small dining room can’t be a spectacular space.  Call … Read more