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Totally Into: Chartreuse

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

I think the last time I was into neon I had a mullet and a collection of Hypercolor t-shirts and Debbie Gibson and Wilson Twins on rotation.  When the bright shades started coming back i was not into it AT ALL- I think all children of the 80′s have a slight revulsion to all things brought back from that decade- shoulder pads, drop crotch “MC Hammer” pants and crimped hair. But last week I tried on a neon green/chartreuse necklace and kinda loved it. It woke up my complexion so much and made me feel a bit funky.  And then surprised myself again by finding hints of it in the home really fun and unexpected too!  In a home a prefer a slightly toned down, less highlighter shade, but when paired with navy and black ( and even pink) it looks really amazing!


Fashion Friday: The Long and Short of It

Friday, June 7th, 2013

I’m quite loving bright yellow/ chartreuse this summer and found two great dress options that not only are budget friendly but illustrate the maxi vs. mini style options. I am particularly loving this pleated maxi (which comes in LOTS of colors- I myself might get the green, of course). Plus it’s on sale for under $100!  When dressing in a color as bright as this you can either tone it down by pairing it with a neutral like denim or embrace it and go all out like the bottom look.


LONG: jean jacket // necklace (also on sale and I am GETTING IT) // bag // wedges  (also in my cart) // dress

SHORT: dress (only $69!) // necklace // heels // clutch // Nars Schiap lipstick

Currently Loving: Spindle/Spool Beds

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

I am currently using a classic spool bed in a beach house project I’m working on and am really feeling quite into them for all sorts of spaces.  Especially when lacquered a glossy dark color like this amazing space by the fabulous Tilton Fenwick ladies.


I simply ADORE this room- the traditional paper mixed with the modern side table and bold punches of chartreuse are just perfect! Such a happy space!


Clean, classic and lots of spindles and spools…. chairs are my OTHER favorite use of spindles.


Monochromatic, soothing and serene.


Sheryl Crow’s bedroom even has one. Like most things, I love the black!


A more modern version of the spool…..


You can search eBay, Etsy and antique shops and flea markets for vintage ones that you can have painted with a dramatic high gloss paint!


I love this vintage spindle daybed from 1st Dibs- could be a great bench for a living room or large entry!


These two are available in various finishes and colors.



I quite this this one from Noir


This one is rather dramatic!


Tag Sale!

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Here are some great items from myself and clients that are up for grabs!

**Please e-mail to inquire and make offers!

Dark green, pink, chartreuse vintage fabric bolster pillow backed in grey velvet- one of a kind. $125


Insanely awesome, rare gold bar height stools.  Both have had seats repaired and reupholstered in ivory leather since photo taken. Originally paid $4,000 for the pair, now $1600 for the pair. Located in Back Bay.


Black marble topped oval dining table with iron legs. $750. Located in Back Bay.


Two pairs of 100″ long french pleats drapes in Celerie Kemble for  F. Schumacher’s Bagan in Biscuit.  Brand new! $2,500. Located in Boston. (* giving first dibs to a current client but in case they do not use them I will take back up offers!)


Zebra cowhide rug- almost brand new. $200.  Located in Newton. SOLD.

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A Louis Dabbieri loop ivory wool area rug as seen here- 10′ x 12′ and brand new! $1,000 Located in Boston, delivery available.


Close up of texture:

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Jonathan Adler turquoise velvet end of bed bench seen HERE. $400. Located in Wellesley. SOLD


Pair of coral ikat pillows. $80 for the pair. Located in Wellesley. SOLD


Leopard bench (as seen in my bedroom on BHG Cover!) Located in Newton. $200 SOLD

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Wool Tibetan rug. 6′ x 9′ $350. Located in Wellesley. SOLD


Horn lamp with oval ivory shade. $30. Located in Newton. SOLD

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Holiday Window Boxes

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

It’s really nice to come home.  With a little bit of money and a lot of sweat equity (which I think contributed to Andrew’s recent rotator cuff surgery), our little house is looking damn cute if I do say so myself.  Basically all we’ve done so far is paint the shutters and doors black and add window boxes, but what a difference it made! We got our window boxes from my Dad’s favorite source Walpole Woodworkers,  which is also an amazing resource for fencing, trellis and sheds. I want to replace our rickety old shed with THIS ONE! (If you had told me a year ago I would have a SHED on my wishlist I would have laughed at you).  My mom has generously been doing our window boxes for us so I asked her to tell me how she does them after being asked by some followers on Instagram for a tutorial. Initially her response was ” just cut stuff and jam it in the boxes!”  But after telling her that garden skills don’t come as naturally to all of us she ended up giving me a little more detail, and it is actually pretty easy!

 I put florist foam in the boxes first, then add potting soil. I cut various evergreens including leafy ones like Mountain Laurel, Boxwood, Rhododendron, Holly andWinterberry– whatever is available in the yard at the time (or your local nursery/grocery store).  Then you can add Red Twig Dogwood, or you can spray paint any twigs red, white or metallic and stick them in.  Add some pine cones too! I start at the outer edges with the longest, fluffiest branches, varying the textures, and end with the shortest in the center.  At our house I put a miniature Christmas tree in the center and pomegranates or apples on florist sticks for some natural color.  Anything goes! 

Here’s the front of our house decorated for the holidays- I need to add a bow to the wreath. Chartreuse, I think. I should probably get on that since Xmas is, like, in 5 minutes. Also of note, our new beeeeyooootiful lanterns from Northeast Lantern. **Please note, we have NOT replaced the bushes and such in front of the house. They are pretty ratty right now- but just you wait until spring!

Looking at this I am realizing I need new numbers. Hmmmm.

It’s so charming to come home to all this greenery- especially with a twinkly tree in the window!

Here are some others I’m loving for the holiday season!


(via The Impatient Gardener)