boston sunday globe

 

Mom and Dad want peace and quiet -- and these designsNo biggie.

Just sharing an article from The Boston Globe where I’m interviewed.

The SUNDAY Globe.

In which I am quoted 3 times.

On the front page article of the “Address” section.

With color photos, and other quotes from folks like the style director for Joss & Main and the editor-in-chief of HGTV Magazine.

Because I’m an EXPERT in designing for families.

Yup. Me and my interior design and organization business. WOOT!!

 

Read it here : “Mom and Dad want peace and quiet — and these designs”

 

 

 

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give me liberty

Liberty London, that is! I’ve always coveted the Britain-based Liberty’s iconic floral prints, and now that they’ve gone and partnered with Anthropologie on a line of very anthro-esque, whimsical-retro, unapologetically sweet home furnishings, a part of me can die happy.

This chair is my absolute favorite. The barrel shape, the mid-century legs, the wood trim, the tufting, and that large-scale English floral — be still my heart 💞

Liberty For Anthropologie Strawberry Thief Bixby Chair

But my husband would flip out if I brought another chair home (I have a thing with chairs, like some people and stray cats), so I might have to just get the Bonnie Bloom duvet cover. And the sheets, too, because you gotta go big or go home when it comes to Liberty London.

Liberty for Anthropologie Bonnie Bloom Sheet Set

The entire collection, which includes more upholstery, other bedding patterns, tableware, notebooks, aprons, and this darling table and bentwood chairs, is available online here. If I don’t snap everything up first.

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Source: Liberty For Anthropologie Strawberry Thief Bixby Chair | Anthropologie

from beige to bold

Golly, it’s a busy year! One project that I am especially proud of is a family home in Needham. I’ve been working with this family for almost nine months, and the house has already been transformed. A few rugs and accent furniture pieces need to be finalized, and the finishing touch of accessories has not even begun, but I can’t help but give you a sneak peek.

The living room and dining room are the first rooms you see once stepping into the foyer of the house. We had originally decided on a soft neutral taupe for the walls to keep it simple, but once the painting began in the other rooms, my clients were so inspired they wanted to go more dramatic.

Living Room - before
Living Room – before
Dining Room - before
DIning Room – before

We had already ordered the sofa in a red herringbone texture, an armchair in a cream-and-tan woven ikat, and the window treatments in persimmon trellis embroidery on pale linen. Their dining room chairs were recovered with a kid-proof cayenne Ultrasuede. With so much pattern and color in the furnishings, I was thrilled to be able to bring drama to the walls as well.

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Fabrics with our original wall color — meditation AF-395

After perusing Houzz for inspiration, we decided on a deep chocolate brown with a hint of red: Fresh Brew 1232 by Benjamin Moore.

Living Room - after
Living Room – after
Dining Room - after
Dining Room – after

I am in love with the way it turned out! And more importantly, so are my clients. I can’t wait to show you the finished space in a few months!

romantic beds

When you have kids, your bedroom can be a peaceful, calming haven, a place for you to get away from the chaos of, well… your kids. These upholstered beds, with feminine curves, dramatic tufting, and elegant nailhead trim, set the tone for a decidedly “grown-up” space.

colette upholstered bed, linen with nailhead trim, crate and barrel
colette bed, crate and barrel
upholstered velvet wingback bed with nailhead trim
celina bed, mitchell gold + bob williams home
chesterfield upholstered sleigh bed, restoration hardware, upholstered linen tufted sleigh bed.
chesterfield sleigh bed, restoration hardware
curved wingback, tufted linen upholstered bed, nailhead trim
fresno bed, horchow

If you hadn’t noticed, all of these beds have upholstered side rails and footboards — no frumpy bedskirts for me!

What’s your dream bed?

inspiration: bedroom walls

I’m working with a client who shares a common problem with many families in urban areas — a small master bedroom without much natural light. Here are 5 bedroom decorating tips to avoid feeling like you sleep in a cave.

1. Keep it simple: cream walls paired with white bedding & window treatments.

via Amoroso Design

2. Soft, gold-toned walls that mimic sunlight. Like the room above, the dark furniture keeps the room grounded and sophisticated.

via Haut Haus

3. Defy common sense and go dark, but keep the rest of the room light. The quirky, vintage furnishings and graphic coverlet have enough character to stand up to the strong color.

via Apartment Therapy

4. Patterned wallpaper, but not so busy it isn’t restful. My rule of thumb: Imagine waking up with a hangover. If the mere suggestion gives you a headache, tone it down.

from Belle Maison via Design Your Walls

5. And finally, my favorite design route: take the walls to the bright side. Only for the brazen who are not afraid of color.

via House Beautiful
via House & Home Media

Here’s what I chose for my own bedroom walls. In addition to being small, my bedroom does not get much natural light. This orange is warm, cozy and inviting. When I use an intense color like this in a small space, I go with a satin or eggshell finish, so that the walls reflect the light, rather than absorb it.

Benjamin Moore Buttered Yam AF-230

What color is your bedroom?

say ‘no’ to solid sofas

Most people automatically assume that a sofa should be a solid neutral color. It’s often the largest element in the room — a neutral fabric prevents it from overwhelming the space. When upholstered in a boldly patterned fabric, a sofa becomes a dramatic focal point.

Start with a piece with simple, clean lines and a classic style. This tight-back bench seat sofa is about as simple as it gets:

via Loveology

Find a fabric you adore and cannot live without. Afraid of pattern? The navy background on this gives this punchy floral a classic yet fun look:

Flavia fabric from Harlequin’s Folia Collection, via Bright.Bazaar

A nod to classic styling with a modern twist is this large-scale ikat in grey highlighted with oh-so-chic chartreuse by Dwell Studio:

Dwell Studio – George Sofa – Batavia Citrine fabric

Personally, I’m a sucker for plaid, especially large plaids when the pattern matches up this neatly across the cushions and base:

Paul Smith + Maharam Sofa - Ps Plaid Sofa

Once you have selected the perfect frame and fabric, style the rest of the room with your sofa as the star of the show. Keep things elegant with a coordinating neutral:

Crate and Barrel Sofa in custom fabric

or a bright complementary color for a playful air:

Patterned sofa from Domino Magazine via Roomology

Bonus for families: a pattern doesn’t show stains as readily as a solid can.