Downsizing, Upsizing, Rightsizing: What’s a Boomer To Do?

As their retirement years approach, empty-nesters living in an ample single family home typically consider downsizing their residence. At least, that’s been the conventional wisdom.  But it may be wrong. A recent survey conducted by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave found that 30 percent of retirees actually planned to move into larger homes, while half … Read more…

Tips for Mixing Multiple Patterned Fabrics

Solids. Tweeds.  Toiles.  Botanicals.  Plaids.  Ikats.  Stripes.  Paisleys.  Geometrics. The color combinations and patterns available in upholstery and other decorating fabrics is almost endless.   And, depending on the room or space being decorated, there can be multiple opportunities to deploy different fabrics, including on the sofa and/or loveseat, ottoman, accent chairs, throw pillows, bed coverings, … Read more…

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…