Remember the days when laminate, a pressed plastic over particle board, was the only countertop option for the average American? Today more than a dozen products are available including pressed paper and recycled glass, but it is important to consider not only beauty and price but durability, maintenance, lifestyle, and return on investment before you… Continue reading Countertops: The Workhorse of the Kitchen
Author: Barbara Graceffa
Barbara Graceffa, CEO of Secretary of the Interior, serves decorating clients; assists with professional organizing, home staging and moving assistance; teaches on these subjects; and delivers quilt lectures and trunk shows.
Say Goodbye to Master Bedrooms, Other Outdated Terms
For the same reasons we now say mail carrier or postal worker instead of mailman, words have social impact. Like many other fields, the real estate and home design industries have also moved to replace sexist, racist, and otherwise inappropriate language with more sensitive and inclusive terms. According to a New York Times article on… Continue reading Say Goodbye to Master Bedrooms, Other Outdated Terms
Red Rules as Color of the Year
Each year color institutes and paint companies announce a new color of the year or multi-color palettes. Sometimes the colors chosen by these experts are similar, other times not. In 2023, you’ll see powerful and energized reds, a few neutrals, while blues and greens stay popular. Since 1999, the Pantone Institute, the global authority on color, has been… Continue reading Red Rules as Color of the Year
Chill Out with a Cool Color Palette
Now that winter is upon us, it’s most appropriate to introduce the cool colors and their calming effects. Opposite the warm colors on the color wheel, you’ll find the cool color palette of blues, greens, and violets. Also called receding colors, they make surfaces appear to move away from the eye. They give the impression… Continue reading Chill Out with a Cool Color Palette
How to Put the “Win” in Winter Décor
With shorter days and colder temps, we tend to hibernate in New England winters whenever we can. Why not update your home with a palette to brighten your mood? For many years, we chose winter white, a yellowy white color used in both fashion and home décor but, while still popular, it has been joined… Continue reading How to Put the “Win” in Winter Décor
Want a Prosperous 2023? Try Feng Shui
Begun in China over 3,00 years ago, feng shui is the science and art of harnessing chi or qi, the positive energy, in your home. Addressing the complexity of this ancient Chinese philosophy, Ebba Legaspi, a Milton, MA classical feng shui practitioner says, “feng shui is like an onion with many layers.” It… Continue reading Want a Prosperous 2023? Try Feng Shui
Goodbye to 2022 Design Trends
2022 was a unique year in the design world. We saw influences from the pandemic linger, while aesthetic revivals and new fads emerged throughout the year. While some trends are sure to stay, others may soon disappear, burning out as quickly as they had sparked interest. As we look back on last year, the national… Continue reading Goodbye to 2022 Design Trends
How to Survive a Home Makeover
When it comes to surviving a home remodel: be prepared, be patient, and, if necessary, be willing to pivot.
Outdated Decorating Rules
There are no hard-fast interior decorating rules. Yet, many of the things that your mother learned are now outdated.
Transitional Décor: A Harmonious Marriage
Transitional design is the marriage of two or more interior design styles into a unified look.