Log Cabin Love: Summer Edition

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In helping a client to design built-in beds for their Adirondack Mountain home I stumbled upon Lands End Development based in Crosslake, Minnesota and was blown away. My clients home is a traditional log home which is what this company specializes in and their creative approach to building was just what I was looking for. Read more

Georgian Style: Giannetti Home

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Today our House Tour is a classic Georgian Style home designed by Giannetti Home. I am consistently inspired by their work and philosophy,” We believe in homes with emotion, the power of natural light, in a modern sense of space, in a simple palette of materials and the power of antiques to convey history, that classical proportions hold the key to beauty and that a little romance is a good thing”, Gianetti Home. As I finish packing for my trip to Ireland I am going to let this beautiful home speak for itself in all of its splendor. Read more

“The Way Life Should Be” : Boothbay, Maine

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Maine is truly one of my favorite places in the world, I have been vacationing there for nineteen years and I love it more each season we return. When we were newlyweds we would stay in quaint Bed and Breakfasts, traveling up the coast from Boothbay to Bar Harbor each summer. Once we started having kids we realized renting on a lake was the way to go with day trips to our favorite spots and returning to the serenity of a beautiful lake at the end of the day. Pictured above, Boothbay Harbor. Read more

Designer Crush: Desireé Ashworth

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Recently I was asked by a client if I could hire an interior designer to design my home, who would it be? If it was my rustic country estate it would have to be Desireé Ashworth of Décor de Provence. Her design aesthetic derives from French, Swedish and Belgium design which I just adore. Join me today for a tour of Desireé’s rustic cottage which looks like a country home located in the French countryside but it is actually located in Utah. Read more

Lake House Lovin: Lake Muskoka

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Lake living is such a peaceful existence, this year our family vacation will be on a lake in Maine and I find it is truly a time to connect with my family and nature. The crisp morning air, warm sunny days kayaking and beautiful surroundings set the scene for the perfect vacation. Today I am sharing some lake house love from the fabulous Muskoka Living, a design center dedicated to help you live a passionate lifestyle Muskoka style. In a region known for its exquisite natural beauty this lake house is a real gem. Read more

Farmhouse Meets Modern

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Working on several homes on the coast currently the trend has been “white” everything from kitchens to walls to moldings. I have the pleasure of working with clients originally from Vermont that asked for natural wood in the kitchen and warm finishes that do not feel heavy, it is very exciting to create something that feels warm and organic. Looking for inspiration I found the architectural firm of Hutker Architects on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, their philosophy “We use honest, simple materials to create homes worthy of preservation.” Mark Hutker, AIA. Read more

Creating Balance: Wood Finish Cabinets

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One of the design dilemmas that consistently comes up is what finish should kitchen cabinets be, white or a wood finish. There are so many factors that can drive the decision; does the kitchen open up into another room, amount of natural light, style of the home, current trends, but the most significant factor is simply, what do you like best? Today our House Tour features a kitchen with a stained wood finish on the cabinets verses the ever popular painted white kitchens that I design so often. Designer Heather Garret brings a fresh perspective to the interiors she creates, from French Modern to Southern Traditional and this renovation demonstrates how a wood finish can seamlessly integrate into a home and still feel light and airy. Read more

Timeless Design: Nantucket

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The design collaboration of Elisa Allen and Matt MacEachern featured in New England Home caught my eye as I dream about summer vacations and the quaint villages of New England. If you have been to Nantucket you already know what a treasure it is sitting among the islands of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Down by the Bay: Cape Cod

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The renovations of our tiny family bungalow after the effects of Hurricane Sandy are coming along, a post is on the way to show our progress. For today I was looking for some  inspiration and turned to the talented architects at Polhemus Savery DaSilva. A smaller scale house that demonstrates care and attention to details incorporating classic New England details, this is just the inspiration I was looking for and this sweet cottage delivers. Read more

Picture Perfect: Robe Lowe’s Residence

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While searching through pool designs for a client I came across a magnificent one in Architectural Digest that happens to be the home of actor Rob Lowe. I was so curious to see the inside of the house and decided to share the tour with you today.

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