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New Work: Nature Loving Space in Stow, MA

A contemporary house set on acres of rolling hills in Stow, MA is the setting for this nature loving, colorful living space. The client, an executive in environmental non-profits, wanted to bring the outdoors inside with colors of nature. They like to entertain casually so the furnishings are durable and comfortable, especially important for standing up to their two Golden Retrievers. Kravet Smart furniture kept the

Nature’s Inspiring Palette

Having recently returned from a trip to the Northwest, my iPad is filled with images of rich green trees, deep blue lakes and the pastels of the sky at dusk and dawn. Brightly colored dahlias on my dining room table spur me to infuse my design work with nature’s palette. Mother Nature illustrates the rainbow of color and then a wonderful spectrum within each – dozens of blue hues from cerulean to periwinkle to midnight, pretty pinks from carnation to watermelon to rose quartz.  

Simple Steps to Sustainability – Ideas for Your Good Health

The design industry has gone from low voltage halogen, a nice daylight colored light that emits too much heat in these summer months, past the  unfulfilled promise of flickering fluorescent, to long-lasting LED light. So embrace those funny new bulbs in the hardware store. Yes, they are more expensive but last 10 times longer. LEDs are fully dimmable, emit a nice clean light and will save you big on electricity bills. Plus LEDs tiny size has opened up a whole new Disney world of design possibilities. LED strips are as thin as a band-aid and can wrap around a curvy bannister. LED’s can rotate through a series of colors. So have fun in your swimming pool at night, explore party decorations or chroma therapy in your shower.

How to Accessorize Artfully

Just as a pearl necklace with a LBD (little black dress) makes a complete outfit, no room is fully styled without accessories and artwork. Naked shelves can be dramatically enhanced and fireplaces can be adorned with beloved objects. Do you have a collection that you want to showcase? There are definitely ways to tastefully arrange objects to bring out the best composition. There should be a clear focal point.

Family Friendly Furniture

If you are decorating a home filled children, there are ways to extend the life of your furnishings. Key to longevity is choosing durable fabrics and well-made furniture that will last for 15-20 years. You can also augment with fun, kid-friendly temporary pieces. Last weekend I went to the Riverfest in Cambridge and walked through the display tents. Yogibo was overflowing with kids – a total kid magnet. We sat on the bean bag chairs and rested, too. What made this furniture so much fun were the bright color choices and the enveloping comfort on your body, conforming to your shape. I can easily picture these pieces in media rooms, play rooms, kids’ bedrooms and other family spaces.

Color Your Home Happy

Watch my video presentation to learn how to create emotion with color in your home. Color your home happy.

Home Maintenance for the Holidays

If you would like to be sitting pretty this coming Holiday Season, let's get started soon. If we plan now, you can gather with your family and friends in comfort and style this year.  We can talk about your favorite colors, curtains, rugs and furniture. Are you making the best use your rooms, now, at this point in your life?  Would you like to quickly refresh

Focus on flowers! Time to bring the outside in!

This hand-painted sideboard, set with flowers that spray periwinkle against a pale green painted wall, takes my breath away. The furniture is so traditional that one is surprised by the soft contemporary use of pale green against periwinkle blue and deep coral velvet. This House Beautiful book was published in 1992. I keep it in my office for inspiration. Summer decorating brings the outdoor world

Winning color schemes, part 2

The Doctor's office and waiting room is coming together. Here's a close up of the rug, my color anchor. The adjoining two rooms have sister rugs from the same small village, in Persia. They are woven in the same colors with some variation of the geometric pattern. Please pardon my blurry iPhone shot of the waiting room. I painted the walls with three glowing values

Climb these steps to build a room with multiple uses

I am pleased to share these photos of this newly completed family room in Belmont, MA. The bright and happy color scheme was selected by these clients who are world travelers. This is a picture story about love and a home. The growth of the love between two people which transformed a sad looking green drab house into an upbeat, personalized home filled with color