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Table Tops.

February 13th, 2014

As you may recall, when it came to picking a dining room table for my open concept kitchen/ dining area I chose to design my own table with the amazing team at Huston & Company in Kennebunkport, Maine.  Since then they have added the Gates table to their repertoire (and website) and since then have made quite a few for clients all over the country! Each one is custom and unique to the style and needs of each client (the real beauty of handmade, custom furniture) and this collection of images shows all the variations they’ve gone in size, shape and stain color!  I’m working on a new design- a desk- that plays off this style mixed with some campaign influence that we will release in the coming months! I’m so excited!

Here’s the original that sits in my own house:


Wellesley, MA- rectangle table (no leaves) 80″ x 55″ in white oak with dark walnut stain (and check out that light fixture too!)


Wellesley, MA- oval table 75″ x 48″ in red oak with dark walnut stain. (This happens to be a client of mine)


New York, NY- 48″ x 36″ rectangle in white oak with custom wenge stain.



Glencoe, IL- 64″ round in white oak, custom whitewash stain (just like mine).


Newtonville, MA- 73″ diameter round in ash with custom oak stain and removable lazy susan.


Cutchogue, NY- A rectangle version 64″ x 44″ with to 13″ leaves and inlay detail.


(in process in the shop with one leaf)


It’s so fun for me to see how all these different people customized my design.  I love, love, loved working with these guys and if you have any custom furniture needs contact them for more information!

Feel the Love.

February 12th, 2014

I have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. I love all things red, pink, sparkly, flowery, chocolatey and romantic but I hate disappointment. And I think this holiday is second only to New Years Eve in that department. Us ladies can sometimes get carried away with dreams of diamonds and roses and proposals on the top of the Empire State building only to be given a box of CVS chocolate and dinner at Olive Garden (no disrespect to Olive Garden- I live for soup, salad and breadsticks! Live for it!)  But you never know, so here are some fun finds for you, your best friend, your wife, your boyfriend- whomever you might wanna show a little (or lot) of love to this weekend. But we have to follow my mom’s rule- it has to have pink, red, hearts on it (jewelry and chocolate is the exception):


1. Flowers die so fast, why not gift a succulent arrangement that will last longer and look modern?

2. A classic watch for him (the second had is red so it counts!)

3. LOVE this bra and underwear set (I won’t say “panties” because I HATE THAT WORD).

4. A plaid shirt for him.

5.  Genius fragrance gift- Commodity sends you (or him) this great set of testers of all their fragrances and you get to try them before selecting one to be sent to you at full size! I adore Pinot, Magnolia and Mimosa!

6. A fabulous blush set from Nars (aptly named “Adult Content”)

7. Andrew loves some fun socks- these are adorable.

8. Pale pink Tieks flats are love for your feet (so so comfy!)

9. Working out is good for your heart and I love this top- it’s LONG and super flattering yet supportive.

10. An adorable necklace great for layering.

11. Um, these are AMAZING. Potato chip and popcorn chocolate bars (does anything beat salty and sweet?)

12. Sweet kicks for his feet!

13.  Light pink champagne glasses gifted with some rose would be darling.

14. I love this coral, pink and gold top for my upcoming weekend away somewhere warm (finally).

15. A fabulous rose colored agenda.

16. I love this adorable pink and cheetah pillow.

17. A water bottle to go with that workout gear.

18. Funniest card. It’s true.

Stacking the Deck

February 11th, 2014

Thank you for your sweet comments yesterday. I’ll slowly get back into the swing of things but as you suggested, am taking some time off here and there this week to relax a little bit (and plan a short getaway later in the month somewhere close but warm- suggestions welcome).

In the meantime, I was flipping through Architectural Digest while on the couch yesterday and fell pretty hard for the open, airy, sunny California home of Patrick and Jillian Dempsey.  The modern Frank Gehry house is so out of my New England colonial comfort zone, but I could SO see myself living there. Maybe it’s just the winter blues talking, as I’ve never desired to leave the northeast seriously, but man that open, sunny space sure is tempting.


This is Jillian’s art studio. I mean…. amazing, right?


The back yard has a large garden and Airstream trailer “getaway”.


But my favorite aspect of the house is the architecturally stacked wood in recessed areas of the living room walls. I adore the texture, color and graphic pattern it adds but in a very natural way.


Here are some more spaces that have used this element on a large and small scale:

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Quiet Time.

February 10th, 2014

I had a very trying weekend and thus so was not able to leave for my planned vacation.  So while I am here, I need the day to regroup.  In the meantime, here are some calming spaces and inspiring quotes I am sure we all can benefit from.









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Style Idol: Marissa Webb

February 7th, 2014

The former head women’s designer at J.Crew, Marissa Webb has gone off on her own and launched a fabulous eponymous line.  She just had her Fall 2014 runway show at MBFW (see it here) and is quickly becoming a name (and brand) to reckon with.  Her biggest marketing tool? Herself. The woman’s style and manner of dressing is FLAWLESS.  Her tomboy chic look is Parisian yet American, glamorous yet laid back.  It’s classic and streamlined yet interesting and funky.  She may just be my new style icon (plus I follow her in Instagram and she’s as obsessed with her dogs as I am!)







Get Marissa’s Look With This Formula:


Blouses: 1. // 2. // 3. (men’s shirt- try in slim fit!) (P.S. oh, also this one!)

Blazers: 1. // 2. // 3.

Skinny Jeans: 1. // 2. (Old Navy- cheap and fit GREAT!) // 3.

Accessories: 1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6.