family photographs

Some designers advise keeping displays of family photographs in private areas, like bedrooms, but I respectfully disagree. Nothing makes a home feel more personal than putting your memories up where you can share them with others, especially when you are hosting holiday gatherings for friends and family!

Here are two gallery walls I designed and installed for a client recently.

In the family room, I sketched out an arrangement that fit into a finite rectangular area. My clients, one of whom is a talented hobby photographer, chose their favorite pictures of their family. We went with matching custom frames and mats to unify the various sizes and orientations. Because I’m a DIY kinda girl, I did all the framing myself with the help of the artists at The Framers Workshop in Brookline Village. Hanging them required a level, painters tape, hammer and picture hooks, and A LOT of time and patience.


In the stairway, square photos in simple black frames create a classic arrangement that can be admired from the first and second floors. Installing this wall was much faster, because everything was the same size, but this project tested my long arms, my sense of balance, and my bravery in facing my fear of heights.


Gallery wall black frames

I think the final result is fabulous!! What do you think?



Sometimes a client already has the right accessories, and just needs some help arranging them. This client wanted a modern, understated look to her newly-remodeled living room.






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.

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!

glimmers of progress

It’s so gratifying when a project finally moves from the design phase into the execution phase! The first rooms for my current project — a house in Brighton — are starting to take shape. Here’s a peek at the master bedroom and walk-in closet.


There is more work to be done, but I’m so excited about my progress I had to share! This suite was dark, cluttered, and traditional, anchored by an oversized sleigh bed in espresso leather. Lightening up the walls, selecting a new bed upholstered in linen, and shifting the furniture layout, give the bedroom a clean, elegant, modern air that reflects the style of the young family who lives here.

And the closet, previously outfitted with shelving and rods from a big box store, was so wrong for my client’s needs it was literally falling apart. I partnered with Closet Solutions in Somerville to turn this walk-in closet into a gorgeous, functional dressing room with touches of Hollywood glam. Isn’t the zebra rug FABULOUS?!

More to come as this project continues to take shape! Follow me on Pinterest for a preview of my ideas.

gallery walls

I started putting up my family gallery wall today! I love seeing framed family pictures in a home, though I’ve heard advice recommending the contrary. Whether in small groupings here and there, or gathered en masse on a single wall, nothing makes a house feel like home like seeing family photographs. Personally, I am a fan of the eclectic, mismatched look.





My family wall is in my stairway. It’s the only large wall in my house, and it’s still not as large as I’d like it to be. Here’s where I’m at right now.


Some frames still need pictures, but I put them up anyway. It’s so difficult to get the layout right without seeing the real thing in place. And, I really needed to get them off the floor of my office!

How do you display family pictures in your home?

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