What We’ve Been Up To

Another crazy weekend (we flew to Chicago, apparently to bring the Cubbies bad luck) and got back late last night.  So I thought a nice easy post for me (and maybe an interesting one for you) would be to talk about my second book.

A lot of you have asked to see our new projects, and as it was before the first book, we are on lock down as far as sharing imagery.  What people loved about my first book is that so many of the images were ones no one had seen before.  I think that is so important when bloggers do books, otherwise people feel a bit cheated.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t share little sneak peeks here and there (mostly on my Instagram).  So I thought I’d round up some shots here to give you a taste of what’s coming (May 2018– I know, it’s far away, books take a LOOOOONGGG time to produce and then print! Especially when you have a Henry, as it turns out.)

Since becoming a mom (and having 90% of my clients be families with small children) I decided that I wanted this book to be about family homes. But having the focus on not having to sacrifice style to have a house that functions well for busy, messy, complicated families.  A lot of the books I’ve seen on this topic show homes that have more of a fancy Montessori school vibe.  But that’s not how my clients live– they have beautiful things, but we use various materials and types of decor to make sure everything is durable easy to clean and won’t split anyone’s head open. BUT, we also like to make sure the parents have their own special places too where kids aren’t the focus.  So this book will be a celebration of family spaces AND parent retreats.  Plus some stories about my experiences as a new mom, a working mom and a blogger mom. :)

So here’s a little round up of details and progress pics from our current projects

An entry way and one of my favorite powder rooms ever

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What will be the most stunning dining room int he country and a family room detail in a city home.

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Fashion Friday: COATS FOR EVERYONE!

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I saw the above jacket in the J. Crew catalogue and about died. I have no real NEED for a pink coat, but holy gorgeousness Batman, do I want it (also those shoes, while we’re at it).  I, like my mother, have a serious obsession with coats.  Perhaps it’s genetic.  Here in New England it’s easy to justify having more than necessary because for about 5 months out of the year that’s almost all people see you in!  I need to edit my closet out and donate some older coats so I can make room for a couple new beauties.  So I pulled together some of my fave coats right now, by type, so you can join me in my hunt for some new gorgeous toppers! ‘Tis the season, folks!

Turning Interiors Into Runway Gold

Last week I had the honor of judging the IIDA Fashion Show held at the Boston Convention Center. It’s a huge and fun event that is held annually and I was SO impressed with the level of creativity that the teams from some of Boston’s biggest interior and architectural design firms brought to the table, er, runway!  The rules are that each team has to create runway looks using interior materials- from fabrics to tile, lighting, furniture parts, rugs and on and on.  It’s a fascinating exploration of materials and innovative craftsmanship and I was in awe of what I saw! There is a theme every year and this year it was “coutourism”- blending couture design with the concept of tourism.  People took that idea and ran with it- from actual destinations to more heady concepts of time travel, space and dreaming.

I am sure you will be as amazed with these designs as I was.
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It’s All In the Details…

I cam across this incredible Parisian real estate/ renovation and design site A+B Kasha and fell MADLY, MADLY in love with everything I saw. Of course, as with most things, the French just do it better. And that goes for architecture too. Don’t get me wrong, a love a good, old New England Greek Revival- but the details found in the old apartment buildings in Paris are hard to beat. And I adore seeing a development company like this really celebrating all the gorgeous historical millwork, hardware and small accents that really make these spaces works of art. And seeing them empty and pristine like this just shows how much potential is there for decorating!

Get ready to SQUEAL.

Look at all that detailed crown and millwork. And the FLOOR! And windows. And the LIGHT! The light in Paris is just special.
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Blerg.

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I spent too much time (impossible) snuggling this crazy boy yesterday and therefore don’t have my sh*t together this morning. I’ve got to run to meeting and my post is not ready to rock, so I’ll be posting tomorrow, Wednesday and Friday this week. Sorry guys! #caseoftheMondays

But the good news is my Greek Key pillows are back in stock!!!!

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