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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!

Here’s what’s hot - episode 5

Last but not least, metal is also trending strongly these days.   Another classic element to design, metal is great for adding variety, sophistication, and a touch of sparkle to a space.  Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone, but be mindful that different finishes may support or conflict with the character or vibe of a room.

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Here’s what’s hot - episode 3

Apparently “Vintage” is in… but was it ever out?  Regardless of whether you consider it vintage or retro, I call it classic.

The wildly popular TV series Mad Men may have increased visibility for vintage fashion and décor in recent years, but many contemporary retailers have delivered this aesthetic all along.  For example,  Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, West Elm, and Mod Cloth all exemplify a vintage vibe.

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Endicott Hotel - at last!

Some projects are small, some projects are large.   Some projects are fast, some projects take years.  

As you will recall from previous posts, I have had the fortunate opportunity to participate in the Endicott Hotel renovation for the last year or so.  At long last, our chapter has closed on this project and the happy tenants have moved in.

The images below capture the large unit (blues/green), the smaller unit (reds/orange), as well as the common areas we furnished/staged.

Shine bright

Hello!  One project currently in progress is a kitchen redesign with a super fun client that I originally worked with last year.  We will be updating the wall color, light fixtures, and furniture – eventually.  Lighting updates, as well as a fresh coat of paint, are two easy ways to bring a lot of change to a space.

Since I’ve been a busy bee researching light fixtures, I thought I would share a few sparkly ones that caught my eye.

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