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“A lifetime investment in happiness”

Last year I had the pleasure of partnering with the brilliant cabinetmaker, Owain Harris of O.H.Harris Cabinetmaker on a very unique project.  Owain’s clients had a 1966 Caravel 17′ Airstream trailer that they wanted to renovate.  The goal was to create a cozy space for reading, writing, and guest sleeping quarters for their summer home.  My contribution to the project involved space planning, material selections, and lighting research, all while keeping an eye on the desired Mid-Century vibe. 

The Airstream trailer was hip when it first hit the road decades ago, and it is still “as sturdy and modern as ever.”  What a pleasure it has been!

Snippets, II

Here are a few snippets of all my “things in progress.”

Project 1:  Front entry/laundry room renovation.  This has been in design development for a while now, but it looks like construction is right around the corner!

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Project 2: Kitchen reno.  This active family can’t wait to tear down the wall currently separating their kitchen from the dining and living room areas.

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Project 3: New office space.  I recently helped a business get settled into their new office.  These chairs worked perfectly with our palette.

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Project 4:  Another mudroom/laundry renovation.  I have to admit, the storage solution for this mudroom is spectacular!

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Project 5:  Commercial restoration.  The Endicott Hotel has been under major construction since their groundbreaking ceremony. Today will actually be the first time the ladies and I have been able to enter the building for almost a year. Can’t wait to see the progress!

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In other news…  I’m working out.  Excercise has always been one of those things that I’ve struggled to prioritize.  With the wedding on the way, I have been following through pretty well on a morning exercise regime.

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I’ve been practicing up-do’s.  With a DIY wedding, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to at least entertain the thought of doing my own hair.  While I am not 100% which direction to take, it has been fun learning how to style my hair differently.  You’ve got to check out thesmallthingsblog.com.  She’s fantastic!

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I have a super productive day on tap so it’s time for me to go.  See you soon!

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A recipe for change

Hello, hello!  Wonderful to see you again :)  And just like that – it’s September.

A popular project this time of year is what I like to call a redesign.  This is when we give an existing space a new look or function.  Examples may include breathing new life into a living room, turning a guest room into an office, or improving the organization of a mudroom.  A redesign may include new furniture, a new color palette or accent color, flooring, lighting, window treatments, accessories, and possibly minor construction.

Contrary to popular belief, not every designer is bound and determined to reinvent the wheel that is your home. I love to incorporate existing pieces and achieve the desired results as efficiently as possible. Most importantly, I work with each client to develop a recipe for change that best fits their needs and goals.

So what project are you looking to tackle in the coming months?  Fall is an excellent time to create order after a chaotic summer as well as plan ahead for holiday entertaining.  Let’s start the conversation – call or write today!

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Color me rad

…  or sweet…  or tranquil…  or sophisticated…  or cheerful…  or sporty…  (felt like I was naming off Spice Girls or the 7 Dwarfs for a second there…)

Summer is an awesome time to paint.  But when contemplating the options feels a bit like counting stars in the night sky, it’s no wonder that many are overwhelmed with the thought of it.  Regardless of whether you love or hate to paint, color can have a remarkable affect on us – not just psychologically but physiologically.

Few people realize that color affects our mood, our appetite, even how well we are able to concentrate or relax in a space. Literally, color can make or break a room.  Need I also mention that 1 in 10 men are also color blind?

Because color can be so complicated, and because I know the difference the right color can make, a color consultation is one of my favorite services I offer.  I love being able to work with someone for what could be as little as an hour, and be able to provide them with peace of mind and confidence that they will love their color selection.

Is there a painting project on your To Do list this summer?  Call or write today to schedule your consultation.

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Spring is in the air

After a particularly tough winter here in New England, I don’t think I’m the only one who is READY FOR SPRING!  Give me sunshine!  Give me flowers!  Give me color!  Give me pleasant weather and cute sandals and iced coffee and spring cleaning!  Really?!  Spring cleaning? You betcha. I am ready to sweep away this filthy winter and make room for the inevitable mud and bugs of spring.

So what is on your To Do list ?  Here are a few springtime suggestions to consider:

Check for damage – how did your deck, siding, and roof fair the winter?  The endless onslaught of snow required many homes to have their roofs shoveled, possibly damaging shingles in the process. Be sure to repair these areas sooner rather than later.

Wash your windows and treatments – let’s face it, washing windows is not what most consider to be a good time. But it’s worth it!  Partner up and check it off the list – you will be glad you did :) Take a moment to wash/vacuum your treatments too.

Declutter - I’m not sure any household is completely immune to stuff building up, falling where it may, quietly creating chaos in our lives. Spring is an awesome time to tackle all that STUFF. Trash, recycle, donate – you know the deal. If it’s a keeper, put it where it belongs. Overwhelmed?  Break it into baby steps by starting with just one closet, or set a timer to see what you can accomplish in an hour.

Add a splash of color – sometime around January I noticed that I was absolutely CRAVING color, but the answer doesn’t have to be paint. A splash of color can come with an accent pillow on your living room sofa, a new hand towel in the bathroom, a flowering plant for your kitchen window, or a happy wreath to hang on your door.

Thanks so much for tuning in.  Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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