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A Fall Inspired Room

Monday, September 15th, 2014

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There is nothing more refreshing, inspiring and happy than early fall in New England. I think we have this kind of amazing season to make up for the bitter and horrible winters we get.  But I’ll take it. Fall is my most favorite season by miles.  It makes me want to bake pumpkin flavored things, plant gorgeous window boxes, make fires and drink lattes. It also inspired me interiors wise as well!  As I’ve said before, I love a little rustic modern room and right now want to fill my house with velvet, faux fur and jute!  Here’s a make believe family room set up I pulled together based on my fall-centric mood!
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Designing My Closet

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

There are a whole lot of exciting things about this renovation, one of which is getting to design my first closet for myself.  In no other home have I had a space done just for me and I’m hoping this puts an end to the piles of clothes I leave heaped everywhere.  So does Andrew.

While Andrew is keeping his clothes in the gorgeous mirrored built ins in the master suite entry hall, I get this small walk in to myself- it’s about 5′ x 7’5″ so there isn’t a ton of space, but the ceiling is quite high. I got to work with California Closets’ designer Betsey Geddis on laying this baby out and wanted to share not only the space and plan with you but a little interview with Betsey regarding her tips on designing a closet.  I honestly thought California Closets was only for giant, fancy closets but I was proven wrong.  They can work withing many budgets and sizes- with smaller closets sometime it’s even MORE important to have a good design!

So first, the raw space:

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In order for this to work we needed to smartly use every square inch and really go through what I had.  Luckily, we have a guest room closet big enough to allow to to finally store off-season clothes elsewhere and keep only in-season garments and shoes in this space. That alone with help me conquer the clutter!

So here’s what we came up with- one side has hanging for tops/ blazer, shorter skirts and pants (I have very few pairs of dress pants and skirts actually) with shelves for jeans (TONS), sweaters (DITTO) and small accessories like clutches. The other has a long section for dresses and long skirts and shelving for shoes and boots.  Above each side is space up top for handbags and anything else I need to store that I don’t use every single day.  Under the window is a pull out hamper.  Out in the bedroom I have a six drawer dresser for t-shirts, underthings, workout clothes and jewelry.

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Inspired By: The Marlton Hotel

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

One of the hottest new hotels in Manhattan right now has to be The Marlton.  I love the style of the hotel which proudly announced that it’s rooms are small but their ideas are big. The blend of modern and traditional is totally my personal style, and I think a lot of inspiration can be gleaned from these spaces.

Small IS the new big after all! :)
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This is reinforcing my choice to do brass in my new bathroom- I was up in the middle of the night questioning my decision but now, not so much.

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Best Thing I’ve Seen This Week…

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

I about keeled over when I saw this little living room/entry set up A House in the Hills just installed in her home. That. mirror. is. everything.

LOOK.

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ENHANCE!

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ENHANCE!

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Ok, I will stop cracking myself up now. But for serious, let’s talk about this. I love the floating shelf with storage that she sketched up and had her carpenter build. It’s fantastic and was only $350.  The mirror, which I assumed was some vintage marvel, is actually from Restoration Hardware (P.S. here’s another big round mirror I am obsessed with)! Since that is her front door right there it helps define an “entry” area without taking up too much room. Genius.

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But let’s back up again and discuss the fact that she made a leather sectional look super chic.  The clean lines and bench seat help a lot, so if you’re looking for one take a cue from this. Her fab pillows are from Amber Interiors and help funk things up. All in all, I am loving this bohemian/modern look!

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Taking Inspiration to Execution

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I always ask my clients to provide me with as many inspiration photos as possible before we start pulling together ideas for their space.  I find that most of the time people limit their inspiration photos to only photos of the exact room type we’re working on.  But you can find inspiration anywhere- a bathroom concept could turn into a kitchen scheme and a living room look can work for a bedroom.  Take this AMAZING room for example. I adore everything about it (how I wish I could have a black room again…) but wanted to show how this look can easily become a master bedroom suite:

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I took the sofa linen color and clean lines and found a headboard with the same look.  A pair of natural wood  side tables are reminiscent of the coffee table. The walls would be painted my favorite Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball. The hint of orangey-coral translates to some coral border bedding (similar to my old bedding featured in Better Homes & Gardens that everyone and their mother emailed me about!) Take a peek at the overall scheme and start looking for inspiration in all sorts of rooms!

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