March 7, 2018

Dark Green Cabinetry

we are about to get dumped on today with snow but while the weather people make a HUGE deal about it, it's honestly not looking that bad. kind of ironic because my maryland roots still hear 3" and think 😱 but here in massachusetts, that's considered a dusting and even 8" is cleared pretty quickly. my bet is that it will all melt pretty quickly because we're supposed to be in low 40s the rest of the week. the only real issue is that there is early dismissal in my town for schools. luckily my afternoon appointment is with a client who we are also friends with and i can bring the boys!

anywho! or anyhoodle as a friend of mine from minnesota says! if you've followed my laundry room progress on stories, you know that i'm struggling (massive understatement) with cabinetry paint color choice. ever since the flooring went in, i can NOT get this idea of dark green cabinetry out of my head. the flooring is 3x12 black honed slate laid in a herringbone pattern and i'm so happy with it.

i was laying in bed one night mulling over paint colors - honestly i have some of my best ideas right before falling asleep! - and dark green popped in my mind. i think it would look awesome with the brass hardware, slate floors, and white paneled walls. but it's a risk because i don't normally go for dark colors. and what if i get sick of it down the road? but since i can't stop thinking about it, i rounded up some images of dark green cabinetry for us all to drool over!

teddy edwards via bhg

deVOL kitchens

studio mcgee

deVOL kitchens

via farrow & ball

deVOL kitchens

kate marker interiors

via here

katie hackworth via AD


thoughts? maybe now that i've gone through this whole post, it's out of my system 😉

March 2, 2018


happy friday friends! i've been scooping up accessories for clients lately and it got me thinking about how many accessories it take to style a house or even just a room. houses devour accessories. it's very easy to underestimate the amount of "stuff' you need to really so i rounded up a whole ton of great items for any home that are all fairly well priced!

but first some inspo!

everything here (except the bedding) is under $40!!

everything here is under $90!

always add books too - click here for a round up of great books to style spaces!

February 23, 2018

McGee & Co Round Up

i need to be on vacation more often because i'm actually getting a blog post done! it's no secret that i'm a fan of mcgee & co as a design resource. they have done a great job of curating a wide selection of decor, furniture, rugs, etc that fits all budgets. i shop here for clients all the time and occasionally for myself. 😉 and since i've made a lot of purchases, i can truthfully say that their customer service is wonderful. they're having a great sale right now so i rounded up some of my favorites - starting at $10 - for real!

i also put some vintage rugs on my instagram stories this week but since they only last 24 hours, i thought i'd post them here as well! a couple have sold but there are some that haven't yet! click on the photo for the link.



and one more that wasn't on my stories but is 😍😍😍

January 29, 2018

Laundry Room Progress

hello and happy monday! i realized that i've talked about my laundry room project a TON on instagram stories but never here so let's fix that today! ok i'm taking it way back to the very original. weird beige walls, off white cabinets, and formica countertop, over mount sink, and cheap faucet that moved back and forth when you moved the handle. was it fine and functional? yes. but i knew it had way more potential.


it then went through various iterations. the major change i made but was replace the counters with white quartz, a much larger undermount sink, a sleek new faucet, and hex marble backsplash.

i chose a new paint and didn't like that so i wallpapered the whole space.

and this is pretty much it's current state. after all of that i still wasn't happy with it so naturally i hatched a plan that i knew would have some staying power. shiplap, painted cabinetry and replace the flooring. oh the flooring. it's a really bad attempt at faking slate. in some lights in gray, sometimes purple, and sometimes blue. i hate it - can you tell? ;) it will be replaced with black honed 3x12 slate laid in a herringbone pattern.

it sounds so simple right? except there are always things - with any project - that make life a little more complicated. example one, that ugly pipe in the corner. it's the dryer vent and why it's hanging out in that corner is a mystery. our theory is that they simply forgot to add the vent while building. 

in the view above, the shelf has been removed now and the outlets have been lowered down behind the machines. a cabinet will be added to each corner with a white oak shelf in between. but we still have the hookups and hose. i didn't want to go through the effort of changing that and actually there could be a code issue with moving it anyway. so while we come up with ideas of how to address these issues, i'm focusing on the fun stuff - paint colors, lighting, and hardware.

i rounded up a bunch of inspiration images that help me hone in on the overall feel that i'm going for. i've been fairly indecisive (understatement!) about the paint color for the cabinetry and that's because every shade creates a different feel and look. i want to make sure that in the end i am 100% happy with the completed space. the shiplap, which is being installed vertically, will be white dove. the cabinets i'm doing a soft greige which obviously implies that i want to to bridge that gray-beige line.

here i'm just focused on the color of the cabinetry in these spaces.

amber interiors

this one has my heart.

jean stoffer design

designer? tell me!

via country living mag

this one gives me all the feels.

devol kitchens

heidi piron

house & home

grant k gibson

jean stoffer design

tell me if you know the designer!

via home bunch

can you see it?! more to come i promise!

January 22, 2018

Client Project: Plain Road Living Room

you may have seen if you follow me on instagram that I WAS IN THE BOSTON GLOBE YESTERDAY!!! here's the link to the online version:

if you can remember back to october of last year when i posted the reveal of this house, there was one room that i had to leave out. it was this one! i knew it had been accepted to the globe so i had to hold onto the images until it was released. they require fresh, new content that no one has seen. so fast forward to yesterday when it made its debut and now i can share away!

first though, you need to see the befores! in the article i mentioned that the drapes were basically wedding dresses hanging from rods. you can see why below!

those drapes! i mean you can't even see the window on the right. and what is this bizarre furniture placement??!!

and AFTER!! *all photography by jessica delaney* please do not use without asking first!

the first thing we did was to completely empty the room (with the exception of the baby grand piano that the previous owners left) and strip the yellow textured wallpaper. we then painted the walls the same color as the trim in the rest of the house - navajo white. we also got cracking on the fireplace surrounds and switched this one to cararra marble as we did for the dining room and entry fireplaces.

these clients are art lovers and they selected all of the art in their home themselves with dimension guidance from me. when they brought home that gorgeous peter batchelder, that's when the palette for the room really started taking shape. we had already chosen a neutral sand-colored sofa and the white wood frame chairs. those would work with anything and they also let the art be the star of the show which was important. i pulled the purple from the painting and used it in pillows and since my client loves blue (no wonder we get along so well!), i sprinkled various tones of navy throughout the rest of the room.

i knew i wanted to use a large coffee table to anchor the space on the fireplace so we ended up choosing a custom made 40x60" table that's wrapped in navy blue grasscloth. it's a stunner and added some much-needed texture. styling a table that large was a beast! but groupings of items helped it make sense. and i made sure to use purple flowers in the vase!

another area of focus was the lighting - there was none before! i mean there are pot lights in the ceiling but no ceiling fixture. i am in love of the lantern that we chose - it's the perfect piece of jewelry for the space. and since it's glass, it doesn't block the art. i've used that floor lamp before and will use it again. it's the perfect shape and a total crowd pleaser. i also chose to mix metals with the lighting and while that might seem like a risk, i think it helped make the space more interesting.

the last two pieces to fall into place were the rug and the drapery fabric. we needed a pattern that was strong enough for the art in the room (there are two additional pieces) but that didn't overpower. i am so happy with the final choice. i also chose to add drapery back only on the large window in the front. the casing on the side windows touch the fireplace which caused the previous drapery to either cover the windows or be awkwardly bent around the mantle. no thanks. we let the light come in and made the largest window sing.

the husband is an avid cyclist so they commissioned a piece by heather blanton to hang on this wall. i think it's so cool and really tied in perfectly. to the right of the chair in this view is where the piano sits. we didn't end up taking photos of it because that angle didn't tell the story of the room. above the piano though is a very bold, large, almost lacquered, striped piece of art. since it makes such a statement in the room, i chose to keep the rug very neutral. it's a stried medium gray that is very easy on the eyes.

if the piano weren't a factor, we might have added some additional seating since the room is so large. in the end i'm thrilled with how the space turned out. it's a comfortable spot to entertain (and yes, we treated all of that light colored furniture!) that i think feels warm and inviting. thank you to everyone you left such nice messages the last few days. and a big thank you to jess delaney and marni katz for the globe feature. my first time being published feels incredible!
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