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Great Tips for Perfectly Sized Area Rugs

Great Tips for Perfectly Sized Area Rugs

Area rugs are wonderful things – they can be simple and basic, classic and formal, or quirky and fun. I often advise clients on area rug selection and sizing. Although it seems fairly straightforward, getting an area rug’s size right is really important, especially in...

Boston Design Week 2019

Boston Design Week 2019

I’m looking forward to several events and programs at Boston Design Week 2019, scheduled for March 27 – April 7. There are many, many great looking events, and some that stand out include those that pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus Movement, such as...

Happy New Year In Color

Happy New Year In Color

Happy New Year – it’s time to talk about various “Color of the Year” trends. Pantone has named “Living Coral” as its Color of the Year, and this coral is a very happy color! It leads me to think of beaches, sunshine and tropical settings, but it's a great color for...

Braided Rugs

Braided Rugs

Happy New Year – it’s time to talk about various “Color of the Year” trends. Pantone has named “Living Coral” as its Color of the Year, and this coral is a very happy color! It leads me to think of beaches, sunshine and tropical settings, but it's a great color for...

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

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...

I Love Pendant Lighting!

I Love Pendant Lighting!

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...

Natural Woven Shades

Natural Woven Shades

Pendant lights add a great finishing touch to kitchen islands, peninsulas, dining areas, bar areas, reception areas and retail counters or displays. They take a lighting plan to the next level by adding lots of interest and pop, and they add a little whimsy or...

Dark Sky Compliant Lighting

Dark Sky Compliant Lighting

I often use woven wood or natural woven shades for living rooms, family rooms, offices, dining rooms or bedrooms, when flexibility for light filtering and privacy is desired. These shades come in a wide array of natural tones, fibers and textures that complement many...

Small Bath Solutions

Small Bath Solutions

Although I’m an interior designer, I frequently select exterior items for clients including roofing, siding, doors, decking and exterior lighting. An important category for exterior lighting, especially in areas that are home to wildlife such as sea turtles, is “dark...

Exterior Color Design

Exterior Color Design

I recently worked on a renovation project at a home in a beautiful coastal setting on Cape Cod. The overall space was open, airy and contemporary, with a large family room and dining room, but with small and compact bedrooms and bathrooms. The bathroom sizes and...

Color is the finishing touch on everything.
– Marc Jacobs

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Color Your World

As part of the design team on multiple building and construction projects, I’m often called upon to select exterior colors and materials. I work on a lot of new construction and renovation projects with builders, developers and home buyers. For residential projects, I...

Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring

I often use woven wood or natural woven shades for living rooms, family rooms, offices, dining rooms or bedrooms, when flexibility for light filtering and privacy is desired. These shades come in a wide array of natural tones, fibers and textures that complement many...

A Fun Fort Myers Interior Design Project

A Fun Fort Myers Interior Design Project

I specify flooring for just about every project that I work on, focusing on the right product or type of material that will look great and prove to be a smart choice. Luxury vinyl flooring has become really popular, and is proving to be a great solution for different...

Beautiful Lighting Options

Beautiful Lighting Options

I’ve been fortunate to work with a new client in Florida for the past six weeks or so, planning paint schemes and furnishings for a move from one very nice home on Sanibel Island to another, equally lovely home in Fort Myers. We started with selecting paint colors for...

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…

For new construction and home renovation projects, lighting such as chandeliers, pendants and surface mounted fixtures (sconces, vanity lights or ceiling lights) can add a wonderful finishing touch to overall project success. A key to lighting design for interiors is...

Crisp and Bright White Paint Colors

Crisp and Bright White Paint Colors

Happy New Year – it’s time to talk about various “Color of the Year” trends. Pantone has named “Living Coral” as its Color of the Year, and this coral is a very happy color! It leads me to think of beaches, sunshine and tropical settings, but it's a great color for...