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The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out. This is not an easy job.
– Albert Hadley

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The Essence of Interior Design…

A great quote from Albert Hadley, a preeminent American interior designer (1920-2012). Interior design truly is about people and how they live, work and enjoy their surroundings. Interior design optimally supports peoples' needs, preferences and interests, and creates...

Crisp and Bright White Paint Colors

Paint projects large or small often include selection of whites or off whites for trim. If possible, trim paint should be consistent throughout a project to flow from room to room. The wide array of choices can be a bit daunting but can quickly be narrowed down. A...

Color Forecast for 2018

Each New Year brings new color forecasts or “Color of the Year” updates from paint companies such as Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Pratt and Lambert. Although I don’t always embrace or follow “Colors of the Year,” I find 2018’s featured colors, color trends...

Wise Design Decisions

One of my favorite reviews from a client is “Anne is not a design diva.” I like to provide a sensible, practical approach to interior design while also using my creative side, and I’m easy to work with. But, of course, I love to hear how happy my clients are with my...

Simply Beautiful Subway Tile

Subway tile is one of those enduring design classics that works again and again as a smart solution in kitchen and bath design projects. The range of products available in the subway tile category is amazing and lots of fun to explore, and the size and scale is often...

Gray Still on Top, But Beige Making a Comeback

Gray rules! Over the past few years, and for about 80% of the projects I’ve worked on, gray has been the preferred starting point for color schemes. Gray is everywhere – interior paint colors, cabinetry, quartz and granite counter tops, tile, upholstery fabrics,...

Fresh Greens

Looking out my window, things are finally turning green. Leaves and flowers are starting to pop! Greens have been popping up in recent interior design projects too. It’s refreshing to specify green tones in materials such as granite for kitchens or baths, or green...

Vibrant Red Color Schemes

I’ve been putting together some color and fabric schemes that include lots of red. I haven’t done anything with red in quite a while – blue, green and grays have been more typical the past year or so – and it was really interesting gathering all sorts of red fabrics...

A Happy and Colorful New Year

With the start of a new year, I’ve been mulling over new plans and goals. For much of my blogging, I'm planning to focus on color in design. Color plays such an important role in our lives, whether it’s in our natural and outdoor surroundings, our interior...

New Townhome Construction Project

I’m excited to be working with Seaver Construction and Century 21 North Shore/Braese Realty Group on a new townhome development north of Boston, called Baldwin Woods, in Woburn MA. As the lead design consultant, I’ll specify all exterior materials and finishes such as...

Beautiful Natural Fiber Area Rugs

We're wrapping up an extensive home renovation project for a client on Cape Cod, and we’re selecting area rugs. The house is situated in sandy soil and white pines, looking out over breezy Cape Cod Bay. The perfect floor covering solution for a casual, beachy setting...