Friday, January 30, 2015

Inspired to live tiny: Guest post at New England Home Mag Blog.


What are your opinions about the Tiny House Movement?  Head over to NE Home to check out my guest post on living small!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Coral and white.

I keep dreaming about this image I saw on Pinterest last week of this lovely coral headboard. Quadrille is one of my go to fabric manufacturers, and seeing their beautiful, bold, and cheery patterns on anything makes me smile. The fabrics used in this scheme are China Seas Aga and Lyford. Cannot wait for our new headboard to be done!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It's all white.

Well, that was fun!  Juno gave it a good run. There is so much snow on the ground and I am loving it. I can never get enough white. It's a long standing joke in my family that as long as it is white, I will like it. You know what? I think it's true!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tuscan order.

Today I am working on CADing typical Tuscan columns, pediments, and entablatures for a project in a nearby town. One of the first things I remembered learning about in art history was about columns and orders. Ancient Greeks and Romans were brilliant when it came to architecture, and I just love the way we still use their methods and proportions to this day. They used proportion and scale to design and construct structures that are still in existence to this day. They have weathered centuries- it's amazing! 

The 5 classic types of columns are:

Doric- Think Greek Parthenon. This is the most simple order.

I took this picture of the Parthenon in 2006!  Feels like yesterday!


Ionic order: 1 - entablature, 2 - column, 3 - cornice, 4 - frieze, 5 - architrave or epistyle, 6 - capital (composed of abacus and volutes), 7 - shaft, 8 - base, 9 - stylobate, 10 - krepis. (wikipedia)

Corinthian- My personal favorite, and not to be confused with the Grecian Parthenon, the Roman Pantheon showcases the Corinthian order.

While the first three orders are the most classic, the Tuscan and Roman composite orders are still widely known and used. 

Tuscan- My day-


Roman Composite -
The bottom right picture is a perfect illustration of a Roman composite column. (wikipedia)

Sometimes it can be so easy to forget what a huge impact the Romans and Greeks had on our lives everyday. It's fun to have a reason to go back to images moulding pieces and the way they fit together to create something so lovely. A reason to go back through my Italy pics was worth it, too!

Taormina, Sicily

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The home office: navigating the fine line between function and fabulousness.

Coco and Kelley
Now that I am officially working from home, I've realized that my work "things" are going to easily start taking over our living space. Trim books, fabric samples, carpet squares, and loose tiles are already being stuffed into  a small built in cabinet under the windows and piles of papers are being stacked all over the place. I like to call it an organized mess, since I know where everything is however much of an eyesore it may be. I did managed to make and hang a burlap wrapped tackboard, which has been fan-tastic help in getting some of the clutter off of my desk, but there are definitely some outstanding practical organization and storage issues to address like:

Filing space
A surface for the printer
A trash can 
Open/closed storage for samples
Design surface space
Naturally, I first looked to Pinterest for some inspiration, but quickly discovered that a home design office is a different animal altogether.  Our profession is so visually based that we need space to spread everything out and mull over the options. A large computer screen just doesn't cut it when I feel like I need to touch everything and see the true colors. To top off this design puzzle, did I mention I am working out of the living room?  Sure, there are two empty bedrooms upstairs, but the LR is so nice- bright, lots of windows, hafta have it. So, this creative space needs to look good while functioning efficiently.

Unless you have an intern who is keeping your sample library neat and clean on a daily hourly basis, it is just not aesthetically pleasing to see piles of fabrics and finish samples overflowing in bags. Ideally, I would like a cabinet where I can toss everything and shut the doors.

I am tempted to purchase a clear acrylic waste paper basket but am thinking that may not be the best place to have something see-through... a few fun desk accessories is also a must at some point too!
Enjoy my inspiration!

Suzanne Kasler
source unknown

Monday, January 12, 2015

Design strategy: mixing new and old.

One of my most favorite design "strategies" is mixing old and new. I am a firm believer in spaces that highlight the jaxtaposition between the expected and unexpected. This is one of my favorite ways to create a space that is interesting and warm.


What I wouldn't pay to find a cabinet like the one above! Compartments force you to stay organized and the wood is a lovely contrast to the restaurant- happenings on the left.
The fruit, wheat, and flower motif on this fireplace surround is beyond elegant, and I have a soft spot for those paper globe lanterns!

I will admit that when I started to see these modern additions go up on top of period buildings in Boston I was not into it, but it has certainly grown on me. Having lived in the city for a number of years, I realize that sometimes the best thing to do is build up. Especially if the neighborhood is top notch and the preservation society gives you the green light.

G. is still not on board with my opinion that every room could use some lucite. He nearly fell through the floor when these chairs showed up at the ends of our farmhouse dining table, but I do think I can convert him one day. My favorite thing about lucite is that is like a chameleon- it can be modern, sophisticated, glamorous, beachy, and more. It has no visual weight in a room, and is a terrific option when you don't want to cover up a great rug!
This was out of my comfort zone at first look, but the more I pine over the Edwardian details, the more I like it! This London designer has guts!

What are your favorite design strategies?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Happy 2015!

Wow. Just. Wow. Is it really already 2015?!  How did this happen?! For me, every new year brings excitement and anticipation for what lies ahead, and I'm sure this one will be no different. Changes are happening left and right, and they are all good.

These are some interior and travel images that are inspiring me this week:

My Scandinavian Home
The Nester
A Well Traveled Woman

The Lettered Cottage

Friday, December 12, 2014

Duxbury Ships: Home for the Holidays.

A few weeks ago I posted about being invited to decorate a room in the King Casear House for Christmas.  This week has been consumed with installing the design. We ended up staying a little bit later than expected yesterday to finish up, but couldn't be more pleased with the final result. Be sure to stop by this weekend when the home is open to the public to check it out.

Here is a little sneak peak of the partially completed design:

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Cat's out of the bag- it's just me now!

I am so excited to finally share the exciting news with all of my dear readers- I am officially branched out on my own! The commute to and from Boston was taking its toll, and now seemed as good of a time as any to dive in! 

Looking forward to continue this blog as a way to keep you all updated as to what is happening behind the scenes of what feels like a brand new life!

 Here we go!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Artist spotlight: Margaret Gerding

Marsh Sky II

OK- I am obsessed with artist Margaret Gerding. I first saw her work at a client's home this past summer, and have been following her ever since. Her work is spectacular and everything I could ever want in a piece of art- coastal and fresh, and inspired by nature. Her paintings make me think of a summer day.

Ocean Clouds III
Early Evening Marsh
Not sure the name of this one- but it is in a past client's home! So jealous!
You can see more of Margaret's work at the Arden Gallery on Newbury St in Boston, or the North Water Gallery in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard.