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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!

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!


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.

At your service

Looking through pages of older posts, it occurred to me that I write quite a bit about STUFF that I like, but I don’t often talk about what it is that I DO.   Sometimes it can be tricky to explain my services because they can be applied in so many ways.

On the “small project” end of the spectrum, I help my clients pick out color(s) for the interior or exterior of their home or office.  It may simply be the paint color for their front door or a stain for the deck.  This type of color selection process has countless applications as well (selection of tile, countertop material, flooring, etc.)  An example would be the local bank I worked with several years ago. They were going to update their wall to wall carpeting and had decided on a replacement product.  Trouble was they couldn’t decide on a color.  Consulting with a design professional allowed them to have piece of mind and confidence in their decision.

Another type of “small project” includes general consulting for DIY’ers.  Lots of people love to work on their home and find satisfaction in doing it themselves. Right on!  I’m all for it.  I only wish that more people would consult with a professional before breaking out the power tools.  I hate to hear about DIY projects gone bad, especially when they could have been prevented.  Sure there are places out there that offer “you can do it, we can help”, but are they coming to your home?  Are they seeing things that you forgot to mention?  Are they presenting alternative options that might provide a better solution?  A little bit of advice from the right source can save you time, money, and headaches down the road.

An example of a mid-size project would be what I call a redesign.  In other words, we give an existing space a new look or function.  Looking to jazz up your living room?  Sure!  Turning the guest room into an office?  Absolutely. Dreaming of an organized and functional mudroom?  I’m your gal.  A redesign may include new furniture, new colors, new accessories, and 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.

On the more elaborate or involved end of the project spectrum, I work with homeowners and building professionals on new construction and major renovation projects. There are oodles of decisions to be made with these types of projects, and an interior designer provides a unique and priceless perspective to the process.  I work hand in hand with the client to help them understand the choices and decisions they are making, while doing so in a manner that facilitates the contractors in carrying out a smooth and efficient build.

As mentioned, there are countless applications and scenarios where hiring an interior designer would prove to be beneficial.  If you are interested in working together or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Improving downtown Concord

Earlier this spring I became involved with a project in downtown Concord.  The Endicott Hotel, located on the corner of Main and Pleasant Street Extension, will soon be renovated/ refurbished to full retail apartments through CATCH Neighborhood Housing.  Along with three other graduates from NH Institute of Art, we selected the materials, finishes, and lighting as well as offered other details to the design of this renovation.

After several months of hurdle jumping (of which I was fortunately spared), I am very excited to say that things are moving forward.  In fact! not only are we nearly ready to go to bid, but the 1st floor retail space is now giving credit to those involved.  Even more exciting, the snazzy illustration shown was created by yours truly.

To give you an idea of the history behind this building, here is a picture I found of the Endicott Hotel circa 1930.


Here is what it looks like today.


And here we are!


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