Design · Interior

Bold Bath

 

LIVINGLOVELIER just completed a fun project; Taking a “vanilla-ice-cream-new -construction” bathroom and transforming it to have some pizzaz!  I just love the juxtaposition of antiques with a funky flair, here is what I did.

The plain bath had box-store type fixtures which had to go: Stat.  Also, the room lacked crown molding.  The ten-foot ceilings were crying for them, so we had to address that right away, too.

Getting to work!

After the crown molding was installed it was time to paper.  I fell in love with this bold, gorgeous and gutsy paper. Don’t you think it just demands attention? ME TOO!
I re-purposed the commode which belonged to my great-grandparents, Amelia and Charles.  This was part of their bedroom set which they bought in the 1860s. I can remember taking naps as a little girl at my grandparent’s house. The commode stood against the window with the white ceramic pitcher and bowl. The mirror hung over the dresser.

The pitcher and bowl inspired me to find this white ceramic vessel sink (vesselsinks.com).  I was able to find a single spout faucet in brushed nickel, consistent with Victorian times. The “Lugarno” towel ring, also in brushed nickel, is from Restoration Hardware.

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Before installing the vessel, I polyurethaned the wood to protect it from the water.  Also,I  a backsplash of polished copper, another hint of the era.

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The light fixture, custom made by Rejuvenation is made of brushed nickel and copper.  This piece ties the copper and nickel in the ribbacksplash with the faucet, toilet paper holder, and towel ring. It ties the metals together to create consistency.

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The “Laundry Soap Dish” is from Rejuvenation.  My grandparents had a similar one in their antique powder room.

Why settle for a plain jane shower curtain when you can wow it up with this bright and bold silk fabric for a shower curtain that demands a second look?  I sewed this one afternoon and was delighted with the added layer of texture and style.

The finish- a fuzzy furry “bear skin” rug that is oh! so cozy under your feet.

That’s all.

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Design · Interior · What is Living Lovelier?

LIVING ROOM TRANSFORMED: Next in Creating Charisma in a Classic Charlestown Condo.

Time to cozy up in the living room.

I have shared the transformation of two of the rooms, the entryway and kitchen, in the fabulous Charlestown Condo: Let’s hang out in the living room now.

Here is where we started

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And here is where we landed…

 

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Note- the final piece of (gorgeous) furniture which conceals the AV wiring was on special order from Mitchell Gold at the time of the photo shoot

The living room and the kitchen share an open floor plan, so it was important to make them complimentary.

We carried the same colors, Ben Moore Cumulous Cloud and Grey, into the living room. Sleek chrome and glass throughout accentuate the already bright space. Both keep the room airy.

The living room furniture, from Mitchell Gold, are neutral (my FAVorite);  The light gray textured sofa and “taupe-y -alabaster” leather chairs are elegant and timeless, yet contemporary. The honey woodwork adds a dimension of warmth to the palate, too.

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Mr. C is mad for Harley Davidson so, OF COURSE, we found a vintage, black and white print which we hung prominently over the sofa.  It was well displayed.

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A collection of neutrals takes on life when paired with all different textures and finishes: Velvet, chrome, crystal, sheer drapes, mirror, glass, sparkle, wood, pops of unexpected color (we used plum) and black and white.

Old family photos personalize the room and the pillows and throws make the room more livable and inviting.

One of my favorite “finishing touches” to a living space is pillows.  Those featured are from West Elm.  Also, draping a few soft throws (from West Elm and Home Goods) here and there is an invitation to cuddle up and gather together. So, the room is elegant but also, warm and comfortable.

 

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There you have it!

What are we going to do next? We will visit the library in the following and last part of the series, Creating Charisma in a Charlestown Condo.

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Cooking: Soup · Interior · Renovation

Fourth in my HOME made series; Come into the Kitchen!

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If you happened to read my recent blog post, you would know that I broke up with my old house.

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Yes. Thank you. I am ok.

As I mentioned, I will continue to post about the renovation of our old gal.  Today, I shall share what made the kitchen so stupendous.

When I walked into my kitchen for the first time, it was love at first sight. I was smitten.

Whoever coined that “the kitchen is the heart of the home,” nailed it. And to me, the kitchen was the kitchen of all kitchens. How many times can I say kitchen in one sentence?

My Michael often remarked that he could easily live in it.  He sat on his comfortable stool at the bar, with one eye observing (all the while taste testing) whatever I happened to be stirring up.  The other eye fixated on whatever sporting event was on the big ‘ole tv.  One of three fridges was within arms reach.  The table was large enough to sleep on. And the bath and a half bath was right around the corner.

I am not sure who loved it more; Michael or me.

The former owners impeccably created the footprint of the kitchen and chose “Gucci” appliances. They were top -of-the-line, not to mention they looked sexy. The honed granite countertops, custom wood bar, and fine cabinetry pulled it all together. They did a super job.

I had no business changing the above. But I was excited about making it my own. The previous owners had a Tuscan theme; they painted the walls a muddled mustard color, a personalized mural was on the wall, and stencils of ivy and grapes laced the beams.

I lean toward mixing up the funky and modern with antiquity.  I decided to create a neutral palate with the paint (Ben Moore Edgecomb Gray- one of my favorites that I used in my Beacon Hill home as well as my Commonwealth Ave. condo.).

Tried as we might, we were not successful in stripping the beams to their natural wood finish.  We busted three sanders within the first few hours.  That was a wrap. We painted them the color of the trim, Benjamin Moore White Dove, and that worked just as well.

The previous pendant lighting over the bar was mosaic and diminutive given the scope of the room.  We installed clear globe large pendants (Rejuvenation) and what a transformation.

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They are pretty but not to scale

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This is more like it!

I mounted an antique bookshelf on the wall and filled it with my favorite cookbooks. That too was repurposed from my Beacon Hill home. (You can see a little sliver of it on the left side of the above photo.)

I found my kitchen table at Restoration Hardware Outlet.  It was prominently displayed immediately upon entering the store. I think that she was waiting for me to whip out my credit card and take her home: Another instance of love at first sight.

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This table was the life of the party and demanded attention.  The base was re-purposed wood.  And it was the first thing people noticed upon entering the room; It was magnetic.

It was as heavy as all get-out.  It took four very burly men on a bitterly cold day to bring it into the house. After they had carried it only twenty yards, every one of them was pouring sweat.

For seating, one one side, I repurposed my 111 Navy Chairs (see detail below ( made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles!) from my Boston house.  On the other, I used a bench which smoothly tucked under the table.  That was a pro-active solution to three boys who forget, at times, to push in their chairs when leaving the table.  At either end, I placed two Restoration Hardware linen wing chairs (above)  which were just, too comfortable.

Dexter can agree.

The best thing about that piece of furniture was that it was a mantel for many memories.

 

I know that the new owners will make many memories and share wonderful food and fun in this beautiful room. How could they not?

So, n the spirit of my beloved kitchen and my passion for cooking, below I share one of my favorite recipes which I came up with in this very kitchen: Italian Sausage Soup!

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Hearty Vegetable Soup

Ingredients


  • Two (11.5 ounce) cans tomato-vegetable juice cocktail
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Two cups of chicken stock (vegetable if you prefer)

  • Four carrots, sliced
    Two parsnips, sliced

  • Four stalks celery diced
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Two (14.5 ounce) can of diced tomatoes undrained

  • Two cups chopped fresh green beans
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Two cups fresh corn kernels
  • Two cups of peas
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Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • 
Creole seasoning to taste

Directions


In a large stock pot, combine broth, tomato juice, stock, carrots, parsnips, celery, tomatoes, green beans, peas, and corn. Season with salt, pepper and Creole seasoning. Bring to a boil. Turn heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 25- 30 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.

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“The 111 Navy Chair from Design With Reach is “”Made from 111 recycled plastic Coke® bottles; this chair is the result of a special collaboration between Emeco and Coca-Cola®. It took four years of research, design, and testing to create it, the production of which keeps three million plastic bottles out of landfills every year. The 111 Navy Chair (2010) not only celebrates the iconic form of the aluminum 1006 Navy® Chair designed in 1944″”

*Design Within Reach    http://www.dwr.com/dining-chairs-and-stools/111-navy-chair/3773.html?lang=en_US

Design · Interior · What is Living Lovelier?

Creating Charisma in a Classic Charlestown Condo; Entryway!

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Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston and one of my favorites. Rich in history, it is home to the Bunker Hill Monument, The Charlestown Navy Yard, and The Constitution, otherwise known as “Old Ironsides.”

For all you movie buffs, parts of the Oscar-winning movie,“The Departed” was filmed in Charlestown.

I have had some significant run-time in C-Town. My former interior landscaping company, Louisburg Gardens, Inc., was headquartered there for almost twenty years. I lived in the neighborhood for a year, too.

A fabulous couple contacted me through LIVINGLOVELIER. They recently purchased a newly renovated, bright and delightfully airy condo nestled in one of the most historical sections of the neighborhood.

The owners were recent empty-nesters and decided to move from the suburbs into the city. They downsized from their house to a two-floor condo.

It was a blank canvas, and they wanted an extra pair of eyes to help make it their own.I was excited to return to my old ‘hood for a new project. I readily accepted the challenge. My charge was to help them to re-define the entryway, the powder room, the office, the living room and kitchen.

Urban living opens the floodgates to a plethora of cultural offerings, fabulous restaurants, convenience and “buzz.” That said, life in the metropolis, the land of plenty is expansive when one walks out the door.  But on the inside, at home, square footage can present some challenges.

Even though their condo was a generous size, we needed to utilize every inch in the most efficient and practical way.

The lower level of the condo has an open floor plan, blending the kitchen and living room.  It is flanked on one side by a perfect little entryway and on the other, a lovely study.

We needed to define each area ingeniously and keep each part unique yet maintain the fluidity. In doing so, we maximized the footprint to make it look more expansive than one would think.

Let’s get rocking.  What better way to share the transformation of this gem by beginning with the entryway?

The entryway needs to function as the red-carpet of the home, exuding character and style. But it needs to work, too. It is the space that transforms one from the hustle and bustle of the urban buzz to a place of repose; The sanctuary.

It is the part of the home that says, “Welcome.”

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The bulky, dark leather bench served as a holding place for her purse and mail as well as a place to sit and put on footwear.

Notice the hanging coats which were visible from the kitchen. The look was somewhat cluttered.

The umbrella needed a home

The paint was in perfect condition but lacked character and punch.
The rug was dark and utilitarian.
The artwork was doing its job to hide the mechanical box, but not perfect for the area above the bench.

 

The existing set- up was perfectly functional but we needed to add pizzaz.  These people are fabulous and their home should reflect just that.

 

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This stuff deserves a place of its own. Right?

My clients had chosen their paint colors prior to my arrival: Benjamin Moore Cumulous Cloud and Gray. In the interest of keeping the footprint fluid, we continued the colors throughout the first floor, just adding punch.

Metallic Bronze was the chosen accent color. We striped the far wall of the entrance way (the wall visible from the kitchen.) This added depth and dimension.

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The wall with the bronze metallic paint against the Benjamin Moore Cumulous Cloud gives it pop, character, and pizzaz!

The coat hooks are proportioned and to scale. A whimsical chrome boot is placed conveniently by the door to umbrellas.

 

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Look at the sturdy, funky fur bench supported with chrome legs. The artwork highlights the glam in the bench- Don’t you think?

It has been more than fun working with Mr. and Mrs. Charlestown. They have welcomed ideas outside the typical and been receptive to edgy and stylish accents.

This was just the beginning of the path of transforming the condo to their home, reflecting their style, personality and the fact that they are seriously cool people.

Thanks, K and D!

Stay tuned. Next up: THE KITCHEN.

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Design · Interior · What is Living Lovelier?

HOME made; My LOVELIER Foyer

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Here is the third in my Home-Made Series!

Let’s leave my LIVING-lovelier- ROOM and transition into my foyer.

My Federal Style Brick end home, built in 1810, exudes charm and antiquity.  One gorgeous detail of my house is right when you open the front door; The foyer.

The decor was not quite our cup of tea, so we started the process of bringing it up to date with an eclectic but classic feel.

BEFORE

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Here is what we did:

  • Got rid of the floral and striped orange wallpaper
  • Removed the dusty- rose runner
  • Painted the stairs, risers and banister
  • Stripped both doors
  • Refinished the floors

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Here is one side of the double stairway before.

The antique light fixture was lovely but out of scale so we repurposed it in the guest room.

The plush carpet was tired, so we took it up

 

 

 

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Another view of the paper which is on the stairs between the second and third floors.

 

The prep was quite a task!

We had to be cautious of the prep work. Covering over horsehair plaster can be tricky. The contractors spent days getting the hallway and foyer ready for paint.

 

 

 

 

Look at the doors. They needed A LOT of TLC.

 

AND TA- DAAA!!!!

After

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The original wide pine floors make me very happy indeed.  I wonder how many people walked on them over the years?

I purchased this steamer trunk (now I have three!) at a neighborhood yard sale for a whopping twenty five bucks.  Look to the far right of this photo. You can see a sliver of the trunk with which a family member of  my mom-in-law immigrated from Finland. Grammy’s steamer trunk had its cameo in my previous post, “Welcome to my LIVINGLOVELIER Room.”

The console is from Restoration Hardware. I love the juxtaposition between the rustic wood next to the chrome accents and light fixture is

Now, look way down. That is my daddy’s childhood wagon.  He was born in 1932. That has pulled precious cargo for eighty-four years!

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My six-year-old niece, Katherine, in her grandfather’s childhood wagon. I know. She is precious.

Bringing new life in the foyer was an exciting project, despite the work.  Now, we love opening our front door and welcoming all who enter.

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Cocktail Party · Cooking · Floral Design · Interior

HOME Made: Welcome to My Dining Office!

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Welcome to my dining room which also serves as my office. Or better said, welcome to my dining office!

We entertain here, we eat here, I work here. Unlike many dining rooms in today’s world, this room is fully employed.

I love to prepare a delicious meal, set a noteworthy table, arrange fresh fragrant flowers and welcome my friends and family into my home.  That said, having a special and unique room to entertain was one of the high priorities on the decorating “to do” list.

The room needed to be a place of comfort, warmth, and relaxation. We host many dinner parties so I wanted it to be intimate and welcoming.   So, during the construction phase, we  were sure to include lining and capping the fireplace. That was a good decision.

A previous owner of our home was responsible for hanging the dramatic red and gold floral paper. It was in excellent condition and I loved it so it made the cut. And I used that as my muse.

We were able to repurpose almost every piece of this furniture. I love when that happens.

Notice the two styles of chairs. I found the harp back chairs at an old antique shop. The remaining belonged to My Michaels family. I married them with yellow and magenta leopard print fabric.

I love the juxtaposition of the classic wallpaper and the funky animal print.

The funny thing is that if you look closely at the “spot the difference” photo at the bottom of the page, you will notice that the print  on the chair upholstery was so similar.  My Boston dining room had a smaller, traditional black and beige print.  In my present dining room, the chair cover print  is wilder and bigger with unconventional colors.

Now, have a look at the diamond upholstered chair in the corner. It came from My Michaels previous home. The colors and pattern bring the paper and animal print together in an even more interesting way. The deep wood on the arms ties in with Grammy’s secretary (my desk,) the china cabinet and the breakfront (not pictured.)

Speaking of which, the china cabinet  and breakfront were in the same old antique shop where I found the harp backed chairs.

The beautiful silk Persian rug  (as seen in the “spot the difference” photo of my Boston Home) would have been a lovely addition.  My concern was that it would be damaged by the traffic or a spilled glass of Cabernet, (not to mention the three boys, black Lab and orange Tabby.)

I surfed around and I found a reasonably priced neutral-trimmed sisal rug on Overstock. (You know what I love about Overstock?  There are so many filter options on the site that it is easy to find the perfect option quickly.)

My brother painted the still-life hanging above the fireplace. I call the frame it’s “fruit bowl.”  It does look like one, doesn’t it?IMG_6903

The brass “piggy banks” were given to my stepsons as babies by My Michael’s parents.IMG_6901

This pillow was made for me by a sweet neighbor, Jeannie. She was about eighty when she gave it to me in 1992.  She lovingly collected and sewed clothing labels together to  make a fashionable mosaic.  It is worn but loved.IMG_6902

My Michael and I believe, at times, that we were born in the wrong era. We love our evening talks in our Parlor (soon to be showcased,) listening to Frankie-Blue-Eyes with and adult beverage (Manhattans or Martins on special occasions or when we are feeling particularly in a 1950’s moment) which we pour at our drink cart!  We are so Ward and June-ish.

As I enjoy this room, I remember many family dinners where we sat in the harp backed chairs in Boston and listened to my late Dad’s stories.  I remember as a child, poking through Grammy’s secretary and finding her and ‘Pa’s social security cards and her photos from her youth in Ireland in hidden little nooks. Now I love gathering around with those I love and making memories right now.

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Now, Friends, can you “SPOT THE DIFFERENCE?

Here is my Boston dining room

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And here is my dining room today!

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SPOT THE DIFFERENCE!

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Abode · Interior

Inspiring Jay

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The man of the hour

During my twenty year tenure of owning my interior landscaping company, Louisburg Gardens, I hired some very talented designers.  Hands down, my very favorite of all was a fabulous man named Jay.

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Always fun times together! Circa 2007, Palm Beach, Florida

Jay has a sunny disposition, he is fashionable, bright and he is multi-lingual. He is one of the most hilarious and quick-witted people I know.  Folks gravitate toward his positive energy. Jay was talented in winning over the most challenging clients. And you know what? This man can design his way out of a paper bag.

We shared a lot of laughs. Working with him was a delight. One thing that was truly spectacular was collaborating.  As we each contributed our tastes and opinions, our final product was that much better.

I recall designing a spring display for the waterfall area of Copley Place, a mall located in Boston’s Back Bay. I implemented cherry blossom branches, hot pink and yellow tulips, variegated glacier ivy, pink hyacinths and pussy willows. I was proud of my work but felt it needed something extra.  I asked Jay to have a look and give his opinion. I was delighted to see his magic touch; Cheerful, bright, paper and bamboo umbrellas. This whimsical  touch was just what was needed.

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Cheery cherry blossoms- we will see them very soon!

It is inspiring to look at catalogs, magazines, HG TV, Pinterest and so on. We gather bits and pieces of that which captivate us. We take that wealth of knowledge and throw it all together and make it our blueprint. One great thing about working with another creative, though, is that you see a different perspective. While designers have talent and a particular style, some projects call for the benefit another’s opinion.

One such project was my very own home. When My Michael and I purchased our home, I was overwhelmed by the thought of this huge blank (empty) canvas. I knew what I wanted and was clear in my vision. I  needed another frame of reference, especially for the master bathroom construction project.  I enlisted the help of a  firm called The M Group. One of the partners was my former neighbor from Boston.

They suggested paint colors that I would not have considered. For example, in my living room, they suggested Benjamin Moore Taos Grey and Cabernet.  While Cabernet was not a stranger to me (The paint I chose for my front door in Boston when I first purchased the home,) I wouldn’t have thought to pair the two.

Although I was familiar with many sources, they introduced me to additional ones.  For example, despite that I had purchased a number of appliances from Yale Electric, it never occurred to me to consider their light fixtures.  The M Group procured one of my chandeliers from Yale.

We collaborated and much like working with Jay, the final project was just right.

In my post “Lovelier (for) You!” Lovelier (for) you! I mentioned many different reasons why people may benefit from a designer. Here is another twist. Even designers benefit from other designers.

Art is personal. It is subjective. There is no “good” art  just as there is no “bad” art. We appreciate and translate art in unique ways. One person may see value in one respect where another may be impressed by something entirely unrelated.

In the art of writing, every author has a unique voice. I may write on the same topic as another and, although the subject matter and theme may be identical and we are striving to portray the same message, the outcome is dramatically different.

Neither voice is better than the other. Just different.

Often times I ask Cousin Laura to read something of mine and offer her feedback. Many times she shares a perspective which I had never even considered. Enlisting her help strengthens my art.  It deepens it. See?

This is why we enlist the help of others. Two creatives can walk into the same store and see different treasures. They can see value in items the other did not even notice. Collaboration often affirms our opinion and enhances our work.

Creativity is born from ideas, how we look at things and how those concepts resonate with us and fuel us. Strength in numbers, everybody.

It was hard to say goodbye to Jay when he departed to start a new life in sunny Florida.  But I was so thrilled for him.  We are still in close touch.  As a matter of fact, we had dinner on Third Street in Naples last week while I was on vacation. We found ourselves strolling around peeking in the shops and ultimately landed with our noses pressed against the glass of an exquisite designer boutique displaying awe-inspiring furniture, artwork and accents. 

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Some things never change.

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Abode · Design · Interior

Lovelier (for) you!

 

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Rhipsalis, typically known as “mistletoe cacti” in a contemporary ceramic container sits on an antique mantle alongside a modern painting.  

Hi, All!

LivingLovelier is all about surrounding yourself with beauty and good taste both through interior design and cooking.

 

Let’s talk about interior design today.

Always get a swatch before you cut the fabric off the bolt!  Color wheels by Ben Moore and Sherwin Williams

Maybe you know what look you want and have started the decorating process but you don’t know how to pull it all together.

Or perhaps you are scratching your head and don’t know where to start.

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Grammy’s steamer trunk which accompanied her from Ireland in 1915 

What if it is time to put your home on the market and need a stager to make it show- ready. You need a professional eye to make it present in the most appealing way to potential buyers so that you get the maximum price and a quick home sale.

Does any of this resonate with you?  You are reading the right post, friends!

I have years of experience as a designer. Let me help.

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I found a set of tarnished antique ashtrays at a roadside shop. Polished up, they make great soap dishes. The birch candle sits on a silver rimmed wine coaster.

Most likely, I can save you time, energy, headaches, and money. Also, I can help you to avoid expensive mistakes.

For years, I have heard folks say the following about interior decorators:

  • My house isn’t nice enough.
  • I am embarrassed. My house is a mess
  • I am afraid that I don’t have the  budget.
  • A decorator would be appalled by my house.
  • I would  not know how to say no to something that a designer suggested
  • I don’t know what my style is

So, here is what I have to say to THAT.

My house isn’t nice enough. If you think your house can be nicer and you need help getting there then you need a decorator. If what you mean is that you are  not living on the fanciest street in town or that your home is not unlike many others then I suggest you stop being so judgy.

I am embarrassed. My house is a mess.  In the (similar) words of Forest Gump, “Nice is as nice does.”  A decorator guides you in organizing and setting up organizational systems so that you can keep your home tidy and beautiful. The fact that your house is a mess says that you need a better system! If you had the knowledge to set one up you probably would have done it by now. Call a designer.

I am afraid that I don’t have the budget. Start first by figuring out what budget you have. Maybe you do.  The sky doesn’t have to be the limit, Everbody! Pick a room, for example, and allocate a sum of money that you are willing to spend on the ideas and implementation. Maybe it is $ 1,000.00.Maybe more, maybe less. Maybe you want help choosing a paint color or a new faucet only. Be clear, though and be sure that you and your designer are clear on your agreement. Put in writing up front and FOLLOW IT.

I had a client who called me for help. She said she had a budget of $1,500.00 and needed help with her family room.  We organized the bookcases, adding some fun accents, rearranged the furniture, chose a paint color for the walls and tossed some fun and funky pillows and a throw on the sofa. She felt as if she had a whole new room.

A decorator would be appalled by my house.  If you have eighty cats, perhaps.  Designers have a job because people struggle with the task of creating beauty and functionality in a room. Consider your home a blank canvas or an exciting challenge.

I wouldn’t know how to say no to something a designer suggested.  A good decorator is able to appeal to different tastes. That is a talent. In addition, decorators are artists who understand that opinions are objective. Not everyone loves the same art, right? Speak up and don’t feel bad about saying no.

I have had success with my design skills for many years but I have had PLENTY of people speak up and tell me that they were not too keen on an idea of mine. THICK SKIN, friends. Thick skin.

I don’t know what my style is. A designer is able to determine and identify what appeals to you and then build upon it.

The good news is that you can dip your toe in the water without committing.  Look around, ask friends, check out magazines, make some calls. Schedule a consultation with a designer (me!) whose work speaks to you. Then you decide if it feels right, the budget works and whether you are ready to start LIVINGLOVELIER.

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Echeveria in a birch container adds a contemporary yet rustic look.

My fees range starting at $75.00 per hour and up, depending on the project. Contact me at LIVINGLOVELIER@gmail.com for more information. I am available within the 617,978,781 and 508 area codes.

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HOME made; My LIVING-lovelier-ROOM

I don’t know about you, but our kitchen is the heart of our family living. But living rooms tend to be the second heart of the home. Our living room is a cozy haven with a set-up where we convene and watch tv, read, talk by the fire or play scrabble. It was a challenge,  a FUN challenge, to… Continue reading HOME made; My LIVING-lovelier-ROOM

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Branching out with Manzanita

One of the more inspiring parts of owning my former company, Louisburg Gardens, was my association with The Boston Flower Exchange.  I made it a point each week to walk through the flower market, take in the gorgeous colors, scents and see the many friends I had come to know over the years. http://www.thebostonflowerexchange.com/ The Exchange… Continue reading Branching out with Manzanita