Role of Designer, Architect, & General Contractor: Choreography is Key

Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling one, there is a C word that really matters:  Choreography. I’m referring to the need for coordinating the roles of the architect, builder and/or interior designer, especially if your project scope requires all 3 skill sets. To ensure a smooth conclusion, these professionals need to function as … Read more…

A Logical Sequence for Home Decorating Decisions

“We’re not sure where to start.”  I sometimes hear that comment when I first meet clients to discuss a home remodeling project.  Whether it’s contemplating knocking down walls, radically altering a room layout, and/or envisioning a major change in color palette, many homeowners are uncertain about the most logical sequence for making those decisions.    Interior … Read more…

Bricks and the “Ick!” Factor

Are exposed bricks inside a home viewed as ick?  Is their showcasing as a building material considered passe in today’s contemporary home interiors? The answer, it seems, depends on where you live.  The age and quality of the brick also matter.  There’s plentiful debate online about the virtues and drawbacks. During the past few years, … Read more…

Christmas Decorating Tips for a Small Boston Apartment

Living in a space-constrained Boston condo or apartment does not mean having to forego holiday decorating.   Forget the tall Christmas tree and adopt these space-savvy tips instead.   First, pick a holiday  color palette that coordinates with your furniture, rug and wall colors.    Trendy colors this season for winter holiday décor are glossy metallic hues of … Read more…

A Sea Change in Coastal Home Decor

“Not too Cape-y!” I first heard that phrase 5 years ago from a California-based resident.  She was describing the criteria used to decorate her contemporary Cape Cod vacation home.  The pejorative she used — Cape-y — instantly captured the nautical clichés I had seen  used in furnishing homes across Cape Cod during previous decades. Examples … Read more…

The Art of Selecting Wall Art

A signature element in every home’s interior is the wall art.  The decision of what to display on the walls should convey a compelling story about the persons living within that space So when clients ask me to select wall art for them, anxiety develops. Of all the decisions you making in furnishing a home, the … Read more…