A Renovation to Inspire.

Country Living isn’t a magazine I subscribe to, but I think I may have to. I admire lots of different styles, and lately I find that when I pick that magazine up there are more and more spaces that speak to me in certain ways.  Like this story of a renovation done by Sara Story for her sister on her dated 70’s Connecticut house.  The best part of this renovation is that it wasn’t a major renovation with tons of construction, but basically one done with paint, paper, furniture and lighting.  Goes to show you how much different a space can look without tearing down walls and busting the budget!

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I LOVE this dining room with walls done in Schumacher’s Chenonceau paper.  With all the simple white details- drapes, bentwood chairs, buffet and rug.  It’s a good idea to let a bold paper make the single statement in a room.

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Look at the before! Reminds me of my kitchen/ dining room when we bought our house!

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Two (Vastly Different) Celebrity Homes You Need to See

Architectural Digest shared the homes of two high profile couples this month, and while each are amazing in their own right, they couldn’t be more different. And that’s what I love about interior design- the way it can tell you so much about the lives and personalities of those who live in these spaces.

First up, the amazing New York City abode of Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent and their daughter Poppy.  Let’s start with this INSANE kitchen. The brass island, the glossy black cabinets, the floors,  the unbelievable windows???

This is just so amazing- the architecture is so unique.  Moe proof that older home ROCK.


Entry Envy

My house barely has an entry- when you open the front door it nearly hits the stairs so we just have a little coat hook rack on the wall and that’s about it! Someday I hope to have a slightly more spacious entry, and totally LOVE drooling over other peoples- grand, small, formal and casual. The entry is the introduction to your home, so it should say a little bit about your style. I am madly in love with this entry shot from Veranda’s spread of designer Andrew Brown’s adorable, eclectic cottage in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s such a nice balance of interesting and simple.  The layered art, the sleek but interesting tortoise-shell patterned console and heavily textured basket really adds up to something beautiful.

So I tried to recreate it for you, using retail goods and hint of vintage!


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A Boathouse of One’s Own.


You really should go out and pick up the new House Beautiful if you don’t have one already.  It’s the small spaces issue, which in my opinion, is always one of their best every year! And in this issue one particular space made me just freak out.  It’s a tiny boat house on Nantucket designed by the Boston-based designer Gary McBournie. Let me say that this is simply the owner’s boathouse- used for entertaining after boating and sometimes to house some of the crew. They have a large house in town that they actually live in. I mean….I would be over the moon to just have this tiny house as my vacation house! This is a prime example of #lifeaintfair. :)

Design Crush: Chango & Co.


Even though I am a designer and I love the work I do, sometimes I wish I could hire a designer to do my own home. I get stuck far more often choosing something for myself than I do for other people and frankly, after a long week of work sometimes the last thing I want to think about is picking a fabric for an ottoman for my living room.

One of the designers I wouldn’t mind handing the reins off to would be Susana Simonpietri of Chango & Co.  I just discovered her portfolio and I am awed! What a fantastic talent full of unexpected choices while maintaining a classic overall look.  Here are three of her projects I love: