How To Create Exquisite Design Details

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Today’s house tour is all about designing with details, creating a home where the design decisions make all of the difference. These ideas can be applied to any size home and are carried through into the interior that boasts a peaceful monochromatic palette. Read more

Creating Coastal Curb Appeal

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Curb appeal creates the first impression people receive before entering your home or when passing by. It is the opportunity to create a style or identity for your home that is all of its own, join me as I share some of my favorite ideas for creating “coastal” curb appeal. Read more

What Color Should I Paint My House?

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This question comes up weekly between my readers questions they send in and my client projects and it is one that I love to answer! There are several factors that need to be considered when deciding what color to paint your house coupled with you personal taste to find just the right combination.

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5 Ways to Add Curb Appeal

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Over the years I have designed dozens of  facades for my clients homes and ’tis the season to add some curb appeal. Here are five ways to achieve your goals and get you started.       1. Add a Portico- If your home has a flat front adding a portico adds dimension and instant character. Above, a dramatic transformation of the facade with a wood finish portico, I just adore the scale here. Read more

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

Eight Ways to Style Your Stoop

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Let’s face it, many of us would love to have that fabulous front porch or grand staircase to dress up this time of year with beautiful flowers and potted plants but it isn’t always the case. Styling your stoop can be as simple as changing your front door color and adding some potted plants or as elaborate as changing your lighting fixtures and sprucing up stone work. I’ve received so many requests this week for ways to style a stoop and I am happy to share ways to enhance curb appeal creating a warm welcome for your guests. Read more

Front Door Fabulous

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Spring is on the way and it is the perfect time of year to start planning for your exterior projects, especially if permits are involved with your township. Curb appeal is always at the top of my clients lists and changing or re-painting the front door can make a huge difference in the overall look of the facade. Let’s start out with selecting a style door; above is a standard wooden, six panel door painted in a fabulous shade of turquoise, the perfect compliment to the copper awning. Read more

Holiday Curb Appeal

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While most people were out shopping or at family gatherings this weekend,  my crew was out starting the holiday decorations that I had planned months ago for my clients. In addition to my regular projects I decorate approximately eight houses a year for Christmas and it’s so much fun. My son’s birthday is this weekend so I will start my own house Monday (with no crew LOL) and outside is where I like to begin. Read more