Put a Rug Under It

A rug can make such a difference in taking a room from sort-of-done to finished. As wonderful as hardwood is, in a living area it’s a rug on top of the wood that grounds the seating in the room. It ties it all together and invites you in. Here’s my client’s living room with the […]

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Spring is Sprung

When the seasons change, we feel the energy shift. Spring brings with it a surge of energy, life and growth. We see it in the buds literally bursting open on the trees. Bring that life inside! An infusion of color and pattern will liven up your home and make it match that awakening feeling that’s […]

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Client Living Room Redesign

A recent redesign of a client’s living room: Before This is a lovely condo in Reston Town Center, spacious and bright. My client hated the living room. She and her husband were happy to spend their time in the family room, but she was frustrated that the living room was not functional, and wanted a […]

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Time for Change!

Sometimes it’s just time for something new! The fireplace in our family room was a case in point. I’d gotten tired of the painting that was there; a print of a Fitz Hugh Lane painting depicting becalmed ships in Gloucester Harbor off of Cape Ann north of Boston. I was fond of it because we’d […]

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Christmas trees – to Theme or not to Theme

I’m going out on a limb here (-:  with a strong opinion about Christmas trees at home. I think this tree is very pretty. And the way the color coordinates with the room is very cohesive, harmonious. But – I am defecting from the design world here – it reminds me of, well, a department […]

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My Top Five Things that Make a House a Home

Working with clients to help them make their homes fit them better and making my own home into a place that feels right for my family has led me to these conclusions about what’s most important in creating a space that feels “right” to you. Other designers might have other priorities, but since mine is […]

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Tips for hanging artwork and pictures

Blank walls can seem to cry out for something to be hung on them. But there’s lots of confusion about how to best display artwork, mementos, family pictures, or whatever else you have that’s wall-friendly. What often happens is that people spread everything out evenly on the walls around the room, sort of like what […]

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Love Your (Color) Neighbors

“All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.”     Marc Chagall Recently I wrote about analogous color schemes in home design. This would be the “friends of their neighbors” scenario- remember, analogous colors are next to each other on the color wheel. Here’s the color wheel again, to […]

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Kitchen Sink Garden Vignette

I took this picture at my mom’s house over the Labor Day weekend. Her kitchen sink is in a corner. Previously she had propped a pretty plate up behind the sink, but now it looks like this: This is the perfect thing to put behind the sink – the violets like the moisture in the […]

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Garden Stools Come Inside

This is a really fun trend – Chinese garden stools used indoors in myriad ways. They’re great on the patio or deck too, as originally purposed in China: They’ve been showing up inside the home for a while now in all kinds of ways – as side tables: .. As extra seating, while doubling as […]

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Nuevo Retro

What is that saying about all things old being new again? That is so true in the design world.  For instance, take the “mid-century modern” trend.  Being a child of the 60s, the den in our house on Long Island comes right to mind! These retro pieces are showing up in today’s homes to provide […]

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Harmony with Color

Color is a show-stealer.It’s the topic I get the most questions about: how to use color, what color will work here, how much of a color is too much, will this color go with this other color? So I thought I’d write a series about color schemes. Let’s start with the basics, which you may […]

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Living Walls

How about bringing more life into your space – literally – with a mobile green plant wall? A  room divider for home or office, movable, self-watering, with pockets for inserting plants of your choice. Ingenious! This is from Greenworks in Sweden, you can check them out here. They have some other great products as well, […]

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Let there be light!

So many fun lighting options have been coming across my desk recently that I decided to put them all in one place – what better place than a blog post? Except for Pinterest, of course, where they also live. First, my favorite, the Knopp Lamp designed by Ania Pauser for the Swedish furniture manufacturer Klong: […]

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Choosing Color for Your Walls

It can seem overwhelming to decide what color should be on your walls. Lots of people paint their walls white or off-white because they’re afraid of making a mistake with color. Which is understandable, because even though one is always hearing that paint is a cheap way to make a difference in your decor, I […]

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Ikat, that ubiquitous fabric

While I’m on the subject of ethnic influences in current design trends, I thought I’d post about the ikat fabrics that have been so prevalent for the last year or so. You see them on chairs and other upholstered furniture, like these: and in home decor fabrics: and even accessories and clothing: So what is […]

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Moroccan designs everywhere

  Moroccan designs are everywhere lately – on wallpaper, on stencils for walls, on pillows and fabrics. I traveled to Spain with my family last fall, which makes me especially glad to see that these beautiful patterns have become so popular now. We spent a little time in Seville in the south of Spain, where […]

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