Recipe for an Appetizing Kitchen

Need some inspiration or just want to know about the current trends in kitchen design? Read on! However, as you have read from my advice many times, be aware that trends come and go. My philosophy is to go for the tried-and-true options especially in cabinet colors and backsplash tiles. Remember that you will be… Continue reading Recipe for an Appetizing Kitchen

Countertops: The Workhorse of the Kitchen

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

Say Goodbye to Master Bedrooms, Other Outdated Terms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 According to a New York Times article on… Continue reading Say Goodbye to Master Bedrooms, Other Outdated Terms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

Top Ten Decorating Tips

I’m often asked abut my top decorating tips. It’s about time I wrote them down! Tip#1: Plan. Of course, I do believe in the serendipitous thrill of finding something great at a flea market, while on vacation, or when you go to Home Goods to buy sheets and come home with a lamp, but in… Continue reading Top Ten Decorating Tips