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
Designing dozens of master bedrooms for my clients, I have to stay ahead of the latest trends and I just love it. This week is my best friend Elaine’s Birthday and she has been wanting to re-do her bedroom for years. I started this series a few weeks ago with Master Bedroom Trends: Part I to help inspire her to get moving. She has fabulous taste like so many of my clients but just needs some motivation. That is where I happily come in. Read more
I am currently working on a project where my clients just adore wainscoting, moldings and trim. Architects, Austin Patterson Disston have brought this concept to life in this fabulous country home that we are touring today. Above the entryway is always a favorite place to add wainscoting, here the walls are full panels which are just spectacular. The same concept is carried through to the living room. Read more
This past week the questions kept pouring in (Just Ask) regarding color vs. neutrals and they mainly pertained to master bedrooms. A place where you can truly relax and recharge but what I have learned throughout all of these years designing interiors is that everyone’s idea of what a retreat is varies greatly. The main variation seems to be the use of bold colors or soft neutrals.
Q. I am taking down the wall between my kitchen and dining room, should I keep a formal dining table or go more casual now? Leeanne
A. Let me start out by saying, I just love the open plan concept mainly because I believe it can increase the quality of your life through natural connections. These connections can be visual as well as interpersonal, the open plan creates opportunities to connect on many different levels. Now on to our readers question, consider the following items when deciding what the dining area should look and feel like. Read more
In honor of the first day of Spring I decided to go with a question from Just Ask that feels and looks like Spring, Shabby Chic inspired. I was introduced to the style of Shabby Chic design while in high school when the queen of Shabby Chic, Rachel Ashwell’s brand hit the scene in 1989 called Shabby Chic Couture. I was working for a design firm part-time and everyone wanted the Shabby Chic look. I also have parents that collect everything vintage so by the time I graduated from design school I was so over distressing everything to feel Shabby Chic. French Country and other variations of cottage influenced design seem to have taken the place of the Shabby Chic style. The interesting thing is that after designing interiors for the past twenty years the influence of Shabby Chic can still be found in many different styles, it’s just more hip to say “Cottage Chic” these days. Read more
This week the majority of design questions that came through our Just Ask category pertained to dining rooms and entertaining. I just love re-defining the tradional dining room, creating dining rooms that my clients enjoy spending time in so let’s explore some ideas.
Q. I am not a fan of china cabinets for dining rooms but need some storage, can you make suggestions? Elise
This week we are talking all about accessories; how to use them, where to find them, why we need them and how to style them. Today I wanted to take you on a House Tour that demonstrates what a well styled home looks like and how simple decisions can help you select and place your accessories. I just adore the open plan concept and this condo sets the stage for chic styling. Starting out in the seating area; an area rug defines and grounds the seating arrangement, fabulous throw pillows add a subtle pop of color and pattern while a simple coffee table arrangement finishes the look. Read more
When I’m working on a project I find that by the time we are at the stage for accessorizing my clients have lost their enthusiasm and just want to be done. I understand why, especially when new construction is involved, so I am here to make it easy. This week I am focusing on simple ways to achieve a finished look in your home and tips for accessorizing, starting out with mirrors. Read more
Valentines Day is right around the corner; inspired by hearts and falling in love I realized this truly is the season for PINK, one of the most fabulously feminine colors a girl ever knew and “the color of love”. Today I want to share some inspiration to infuse a touch or a bunch of PINK into your decor, from inspiration to interiors. This runway inspired color palette is just what this bright sitting area needed. Combining crisp white with a bold shade of pink and a touch of black resulting in perfect balance.