Braided Rugs

Braided Rugs

I have a fondness for braided rugs. Growing up in a traditional, rural home with lots of country accents, my parents had several braided rugs in various rooms and I felt like they were the obvious choice for area rugs. My brother and sister and I used to play right on...

Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.
– Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908

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Frank Lloyd Wright Quote

To me, I’ve always interpreted the phrase “form follows function” as meaning that the shape of something should come from its intended purpose and utility, usually as it relates to architecture, interior design, industrial design and the like. According to what I’ve read, the phrase originated from another famous (Chicago-based) architect, Louis Sullivan.

In my practice, I’ve generally always made design decisions based on how I think my clients will interact with an object. What will their reactions be upon first seeing it? What about each time they walk into the room? How will they use an object throughout the years, across different seasons, when at home alone, when entertaining guests? How does the object fit with the rest of the furnishings in the room?

My number one focus when selecting furnishings for a room is “Will my clients be comfortable and want to use the items I’ve selected?” After all, what’s the point of creating a beautiful design if it won’t be regularly used and enjoyed?

Boston Design Week

Boston Design Week

I’m excited about the calendar of events for Boston Design Week, starting on March 30, 2106. Now in its third year, Boston Design Week keeps getting better and better. Per the Boston Design week web site: “Boston Design Week seeks to increase public awareness and...

Some think a decorator should change a house. I try to give permanence to a house, to bring out the experiences, the memories, the feelings that make it a home.”
– Sister Parish

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A Quote About House and Home

Residential designers or decorators definitely help clients change their homes for the better in terms of function and appearance, but ideally also help support and enhance the experiences, memories, emotions, wishes and goals that make a house a home.

Boston Home Décor Show

Boston Home Décor Show

Looking forward to participating in “The Designer Is In” with the American Society of Interior Designers New England Chapter, at the Boston Home Décor Show, November 19-22 2015. Held at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, the show will feature guest...
Talk About Color!

Talk About Color!

Wow – the color is beautiful out there in New England this fall. In the past few weeks, I’ve had the good fortune to travel through parts of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, upstate New York and Massachusetts, snapping photos along the way. Last week in the...
Inspired by This Designer

Inspired by This Designer

Noted in both the 2015 Kravet summer newsletter and in O Magazine from September 2014, I applaud Margaret Barnett, an Atlanta based interior designer who founded her own non-profit organization, the What a Life Foundation. Barnett, owner and principal designer at the...

Generally people think that good design is how it looks. It is how it looks, how it feels, the character it has, the whole thing in one package. To make something good, it takes all of those ingredients worked out.”
– Michael Graves

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A Quote From Michael Graves

In tribute to Michael Graves, 1934- 2015. From prominenence as one of the “New York Five” to product design to universal/accessible design, Mr. Graves was key in increasing public awareness of architecture and design.

Maison & Objet Americas

Maison & Objet Americas

I was just in Miami and toured Miami Beach to see all of the interesting architecture and design, both old and new. Banners were flying all over Miami and Miami Beach for the Maison & Objet Americas Trade Show scheduled for May 12 – 15. Annually held in Paris,...
Designer/Advisor

Designer/Advisor

I just met with a potential client who’s planning a significant home renovation. She loves her house and the setting, but she’s ready to update her kitchen, adjacent family room, dining room and bathrooms. A common question came up during our meeting: “How will...

Design is a constant challenge to balance comfort with luxe, the practical with the desirable.
– Donna Karan

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A Favorite Design Quote

To me, this is a meaningful quote because it’s so true that interior designers strive to achieve balance between aesthetics and functionality.

Legendary Alvar Aalto

Legendary Alvar Aalto

While meandering through the gift shop at the Corning Museum of Glass recently (the gift shop is more like a wonderful gallery) I happened to see a photo of a familiar face – architect Alvar Aalto. Aalto (1898 – 1976) was a Finnish architect and designer, and I became...