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 šŸ’ž

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 theĀ 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’sĀ 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.

TheĀ living room and dining room areĀ the first rooms you see once stepping into the foyer ofĀ the house. We had originally decided onĀ a softĀ neutralĀ 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!


How do you feel about Pantone‘s pick for Color Of The Year?

2013 Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald 17-5641
2013 Pantone Color of the Year: Emerald 17-5641

Personally, I’ve never been huge fan of green — I don’t think I look good wearing it. I did paint a bathroom a spring green once. I also spec’d an army green for a boys room. And I do adore lime and aqua together.

There’s no denying that this is GREEN. Here’s what I found as the closest Benjamin Moore paint color:

Benjamin Moore Emerald Isle 2039-20
Benjamin Moore Emerald Isle 2039-20

I’m warming up to it. Pure glam when combined with peacock blue, gold, plum… As an accent color in a mostly grey room…Or glossy emerald cabinetry in an white and black kitchen…. Maybe emerald isn’t so bad.Ā After all, I think I would look STUNNING wearing this.

Tiffany Emerald Ring
Tiffany & Co. Emerald Ring


and it was all yellow

Whether bright or subdued, yellow says sunshine, smiles, sunflowers and springtime. I love it as a statement color — used generously ALL OVER a room — or as a pop of color in an otherwise neutral room. Here are some favorites I’ve collected on my online travels.

It’s not often you see a fireplace given a fun, vibrant look. This one looks so cheerful — like a smiley face across that white wall.

~ bright.bazaar

A yellow kitchen can be too kitschy, and the wrong hue may bring back bad memories of your parents mustard appliances. But done well, a yellow kitchen is the perfect companion to your morning coffee. This kitchen incorporates budget-friendly laminate cabinetry with dramatic black and white wallpaper. The rest of the furnishings are simple, with yellow accents to carry the color across the narrow space.

~ This Lovely Home

These tiles remind me of honeycombs. I’m picturing them in a small bathroom, on the floor and walls, with everything else white. They would also make a funky backsplash in a retro-style kitchen with aqua and red accents. What would you do?

tiles by popham design. ~ design sponge

Hmm… I’m not the only one who loves yellow with aqua and teal. The high-gloss lacquer finish on the walls reflects the light and really amps up the color. The minimal use of dark woods — in the side tables and accent chairs — help ground the room while keeping it fresh and airy.

By designer Jamie Drake. ~ Elle Decor

Another yellow living room, in a softer palette with grey and white accents. The more saturated yellows of the sofa and lamp stand out against the creamy wallpaper. I like the graphic florals in the toss pillows, and would swap out the prints for something more modern — black and white photography or a pair of abstract prints with more grey tones.

~ Architecture Idea | Modern Home Design | Room Inspiration

This living room takes yellow to the edgy, sophisticated level. Proof that yellow can be sexy.

~ decor pad

If you think yellow is too bright for your bedroom, and you want a more soothing color palette, think about your bedding. Bed linens are not a major commitment or huge expense, but a way to bring a little sunshine into your room when you want it. Here, a blanket and matching shams do the trick.Ā I would recommend the Denyse Schmidt design below with coordinating shams.


Denyse Schmidt is an amazing artist, craftsperson, and business owner, based in Bridgeport, CT. Her designs are based on traditional quilt patterns, with irregular shapes and color combinations that give them a modern art feel. I would style whole rooms around one of her quilts.

"Roots" quilt designed by Denyse Schmidt. ~ DS Designs

I love yellow because it makes me feel optimistic, which I generally am not. And don’t we all need a little extra optimism these days?

What are your favorite yellow rooms? I’d love to see them šŸ™‚