Introducing the Gates Desk with Huston & Company!

When we were working on our last house renovation I got the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented furniture makers Huston & Company in Kennebunkport, Maine to design my own dining table. Not only did I personally love the finished product, but a lot of other people did and they went on to make a bunch of Gates tables for people all over country in various shapes, sizes and finishes.  So when they approached me to design another piece for them I was delighted to!  I decided that a desk would be perfect as I struggle to find great desks for clients,  and so went about conceptualizing a design that embodied the lines of the dining table mixed with some campaign furniture details. I wanted it to be a modern classic that worked with a variety of decor styles and was of substantial size (I love a nice, big work space!) The finished product, the Gates Desk was recently delivered to my parent’s beach house (I gave the desk to my dad as a thank you for all the work he’s done designing OUR new home) and we styled it up and shot it a couple weeks ago! Check it out!

Rug and wire waste basket from Hudson, chair from DWR, lamp from Pottery Barn, vintage map found at an antique shop in CT


The Gates Desk with three drawers with campaign pulls.


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We chose a grey wash over the solid white oak grain for a modern yet classic color scheme.


I am obsessed with these vases from Hudson, by the way.

Sneak Peek: Our New Office

Last October I made the hard decision to move out of my old office downtown. I loved the space and the friends I had in the building but a few factors outweighed how great it was: expensive parking, productivity issues and no air- conditioning. I was hard-pressed to leave the city as I held onto my office location downtown as the one thing that didn’t make me completely suburban.  But as we looked around there just wasn’t anything affordable enough to make it worth it- so off to the suburbs we went.  I found this little space in rough shape ( I can’t believe I can’t find my before shots) about two miles from my house in Waban Village.  It had nice windows, wood floors, free parking and across the street from Starbucks, a bank and a post office. Kinda all we needed. So we took it. And while I miss the city, we are so much more productive here!

We’ve made it as cheery and happy as we could so far.  Here is a peek into our little space.

Yes, the walls are BRIGHT. :)  Benjamin Moore’s All-A-Blaze is on the walls and set the tone for the space (see end of post for the inspiration…)  This gallery wall of some of my favorite press pieces are in various frames.  I love American Accents spray paint in Metallic Gold to spray frames.

Lindsey and I sit here and love the bright windows and fresh air we get. I found the chairs on Etsy and reupholsted them in black Sunbrella. I actually have TWO MORE I’m not using if anyone wants them (they are not re-upholstered yet)- e-mail me at for info! The woven wood shades are from Select Blinds (Katsura) and were a bargain for custom sized!


Details: The perfect peony and our press wall. Hi Oprah.

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I bought these chairs for next to nothing from a thirft shop about 6 years ago. I STILL have not gotten them re-upholstered! Someday- either in natural or black linen. I swear! Above is our little inspiration board.


Office Inspiration: Kriste Michelini

Another space I spotted in Rue this month was the offices of designer Kriste Michelini.  I love the open, light, bright space she creates with streamlined and subtle details.  I went a little more “Wes Anderson” with my new office and occasionally I regret it and think I should make it more serene.  Other days, like when it’s grey and depressing out, coming in to those bright coral walls is just the lift I need (and by the way, we’re gonna shoot it for you soon!!) But oh, how I adore a good black and white palette!!!

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Translate her workspace into one of your own!


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Office Library Makeover with Target

We moved into our new Newton office space a couple moths ago and despite my nerves about becoming wholly suburban, I have to admit, I seriously love it. I am so much less stressed, more productive and it’s quite cheery and home-y.  We’ll do the big reveal once this book is done and I have time to put finishing touches on the space, but we did re-do the back library space thanks to a partnership with Target and their School Library Makeover Campaign!   Launched in 2007 in partnership with the Heart of America Foundation, the Target School Library Makeover program breathes new life into elementary school libraries across the country.  Each remodeled library gets 2,000 new books and a complete technology upgrade including iPads, interactive white boards and seven new books for each student to take home. As a result of programs like this Target is on track to give $1 billion to  education by the end of 2015. Just one more reason to be addicted to shopping at good ol’ Tar-jay!

In the spirit of this great program, our little library got a facelift from this sad, depressing “before” picture, to something fun, functional and pretty!

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Before we could outfit the space to be functional, we needed to rip out the dirty old carpet and paint.  We replaced the flooring with Flor’s Jimdandy carpet tiles to make a but of a statement.  Then we painted the walls Benjamin Moore’s Space Black (left over from my bathroom at home).  The rest of the office is a bold, bright coral also by Ben Moore called All A Blaze.


What a DIFFERENCE, huh?  We stocked the room with two Threshold wood and metal bookcases that happened to fit perfectly and filled them with linen covered storage boxes for samples. We hung a little gold and white antler plaque on the wall for a little pizzazz!

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We store some of our favorite design books in there like At Home with Town & Country, Jeffrey Allan Marks’ new book, Thom Filicia’s tome and of course, the Domino book!  We topped it with a great, heavy agate bookend and also picked up this awesome snake handled wooden box to hols small things like picture hangers, nails and screws.


We fitted the adjacent wall with hooks to hold sample rings and book and even blueprints! And I cannot even TELL you how obsessed I am with these Nate Berkus baskets. I have one at home too with my fiddle leaf fig tree in it!


Love the label spaces on these boxes! Everything in it’s place!


We have a little min-kitchen in there too for coffee and snacks. Leopard mugs too, of course.

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A cute little feather and glass paperweight/object and another close up of those beloved baskets!


Here are some great books to grab for yourself or others for the holiday season as well as all the items shown in our makeover.

*This post was sponsored in part by Target.  Rug tiles c/o FLOR.