Interior Design Blog

I’m Classic, Colorful, & Curated: What Are You?

Quick – what three words describe your decorating style? If you can’t answer the question right now, here’s a fun way to find out. Sit down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, relax, and log in to Pinterest.

Thermador and the Experience and Design Center

I had a great time in California recently at the Experience and Design Center in Irvine. Along with several fantastic designers, I spent time with Thermador, exploring their products, discussing kitchen trends, and even learning how to plate a spectacular dish. It almost inspired me to try cooking at home! Stephanie Moore of Thermador posted this great write up about the experience. Enjoy!

Window Treatments

Window treatments offer a great opportunity to add custom details to any room. With so many different types of window treatments, from swags and shutters to cornices and curtains, we can really get creative!

Outdoor Living in Durham, CT

With this week’s great weather in Connecticut, I’m starting to believe that it’s almost time to move outdoors to dine al fresco, lounge on Sunday mornings with the newspaper and coffee, and to star gaze.

I was thrilled when my clients asked us to design their patio to maximize their outdoor time. The huge expanse of their tiled patio just begged to be broken into “rooms.” First we took an inventory of the activities they wanted the patio to accommodate: Grilling, sunbathing, sit-down dinners, and casual entertaining topped the list. They also love to entertain at night. Who wouldn’t with that gorgeous fire pit?

Renovating Your Forever Home

You’ve probably heard the phrase “aging in place” in reference to creating a home that allows you to live comfortably well into your golden years. I am all for this concept, of course, but I prefer to think of it as “thriving in place!” If you’re already planning a remodel, think a little further ahead. With a few simple, thoughtful decisions, you can make your home easily livable for any state of life. This isn’t just a great concept for your own future, but it allows you to be welcoming to visitors, whether they are your aging in-laws or your wheelchair-bound grandmother. Summer vacations, holiday dinners, and important family events can happen right in your home for everyone in the family! Here are five quick tips for renovating your forever home. By keeping these suggestions in mind when you remodel, you can create a true forever home!

West Hartford Dining Room

I did this project for a client in West Hartford that had been living in this home for fifteen years. They furnished the dining room and bought a rug, but never really finished the space. Over the years, their tastes had become more refined, something the design of the home should reflect. They also wanted a place where they could entertain and where guests would want to linger. We decided to refresh and lighten up the room, keeping some black in the palette for a touch of sophistication.

Rethinking Kids Rooms

So many of us are fortunate enough to live in homes with a bedroom for each child in the family, we don’t stop to think if that’s what’s really best for our kids. I’d like to propose an alternative bedroom arrangement that might make sense for families that want to put a priority on sibling relationships.

Take Back the Table

I read an article recently about the #takebackthetable movement. The idea is to get families back to eating dinner together at least a couple of times a week. They had interviews with people who, like me, grew up enjoying family meals and still have fond memories of time around the dinner table. Many people feel this simple practice resulted in so many benefits later in life — problem-solving, sharing your burdens, daily celebrations of good things, and simply connecting with family.

Art Deco

If you’ve heard the term Art Deco but have never quite figured out what it is, you’re in luck! I’m about to share this iconic style with you and give you some ideas on incorporating this look into your own interior. They say everything old is new again, and Art Deco is a good example of an era that has never quite gone out of style.

Accessorizing with Leather

I love the look of leather in an interior! There are so many more options available than leather upholstered furniture. Leather can be used as an accent or as a nontraditional wall or floor covering. It’s such a great way to add warmth and texture to a space, even when used in small doses.

And TOTO Too!

It wouldn’t be unusual for a designer to select 50+ toilets a year for renovations, new construction and retrofitting. The TOTO brand is a go-to because of its excellent reputation for performance, comfort and sleek designs. TOTO is also known for product innovations which improve people’s lives in a socially responsible way.

Mr. Steam: The “Feel Good” Company

If you’ve been following my Modenus Blog Tour blogs, Instagram posts, and tweets from the Las Vegas Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, then you have an inkling just how hectic it can be. Hours and hours of walking the concrete floors in search of the best and brightest products to share with the world can take a lot out of a person (or two.)

My Imaginary Dream Kitchen

While looking at my photos from the National Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, I could not stop envisioning my Imaginary Dream Kitchen and a whole life to go with it!

Hot Kitchen Colors

I’ve just returned from the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas as a blogger for Modenus, so this information is hot off the presses!

2015 Year in Review

This past year seemed to fly by! I can’t believe it is already 2016, and while I am very excited at everything the coming year has to offer, I can’t help but take a minute to look back on 2015. I feel so grateful for the many incredible people and opportunities that were part of my life this past year. Here are a few of my favorite highlights from 2015!

Design Tips for Millennials

Nope, I’m not a Millennial, but more and more of my clients are. So are my daughter, my nieces and nephews, my employees, and many of my colleagues. The Millennials I know are self-confident, tech savvy, and independent. Here are some design tips just for you!

My 2016 Design Wish List

I’ve completed many challenging and fun design projects so far in my career, but I am always looking forward to the next exciting endeavor. With a brand new year full of possibilities just beginning, I definitely have a design wish list in mind. I’d love to get a call from a client asking me to design any of these interesting spaces!

New Year, New Look!

Many of us have a slew of people who at times help us keep our homes running smoothly: snow removal, lawn service, pool service, gardener, dog walker, housekeeper, babysitters, etc. For some reason, designers have not fallen into the “essential” category. Even worse, I’ve heard that people are sometimes too intimidated to call a designer.