Life By Design. Inside and Out. Second Edition.

This is the Second Edition in a series of creative perspectives about life and the design process from Garden Designer, Heather McLean and myself.  You can read Heather's blog here!

"If your house is not in order, nothing else will be."  A saying of my Mother's that I heard repeatedly throughout my entire life.  She meant this literally and figuratively.  It is a statement that rings in my ear still to this day.  If your mind is cluttered, or your house is cluttered, it is nearly impossible to move positively forward.

So empty those closets, empty those purses every day and for goodness sakes, empty your rooms if you can.  Cleaning up is the first step to creating a beautiful home.

One of the reasons I enjoy working on renovation or additions so much because it forces you to clean out.  And then, the bringing back in of rugs, furniture, accessories becomes a very thoughtful process.  You are able to realign form, function and space.

All the hub-bub about Cleaning Out and Tidying up, brought a little more to the forefront by the recent book "the life-changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo has struck a chord with many of us.

The Art of emptying a room, same as a closet, is something I get to help my clients do. Many times my client's find it very hard to imagine their space in a better light because they are looking at their room filled to the brink with things.  Lots of Things. 

Setting the Stage, like I discussed in the First Edition, is a process I love.  Creating a beautiful clean palate that allows for real life to take over, but with a little more respect and thought.  You know how it is ... you are not loving the space so you just continue to pile things in and turn your head in frustration.  

Since we have made it through winter and the impulse to clean up, open our windows, letting the light and fresh air fill our space is a necessity.  As you breathe in that fresh air, look around and see if you can take it one step further and take inventory.  What can you remove, what has outlived it's function, what needs freshening up?  

Spring is a very natural time for us to de-clutter our homes ... which in turn, allows us to free up space for new beginnings, new adventures and living the life we want to live.  

If you cannot commit to doing everything at once or are nervous about starting ... Adopt this attitude from Coco Chanel ... "I always take off at least one piece of jewelry before I leave the house ... to ensure I am not overdoing it."  If you are feeling your home getting out of control, step back and just begin by removing ONE item.  It just might help you make the next step!

Life By Design. 


Tactile. Visualisation.

I have visions in my head.  Not drug induced.  Lucid, vivid images.  And sometimes it is hard to express them to my clients.  Luckily I have some that trust me and just let me go ... completely uncertain of where I am about to take them.

And some, need to understand my vision a little more clearly.  Here is where I introduce you to Jane.  She makes my visions come to life so that my clients can understand!


Jane did this for me for the clients that are completely uncertain of a bed in front of windows.  I knew it would be beautiful. I trust me like that.  But they wanted to see it for themselves.

Here is what I gave Jane:

I am in complete awe of her talents and her ability to bring my true vision to life.  Thank you Jane!

Presenting this beautiful visual this week ... wish me luck!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.


American FarmHouses.

No new news here ... FarmHouses are my favorite.  I have yet to live in one.

 It will happen one day.  In the Meantime, a Girl can dream ... right?

1.  Beautiful Vintage Art from  Invaluable.  You know my feeling on Art. Important.  

Let me be more clear ... the Make it or Break it ...  IMPORTANT!!

2. Formal Sconces. A touch of gold.

3. Ralph Lauren - Couldn't be more Classic.

4. Grown Up Pink.  Toying with Tall Wainscoting and just a touch of this beautiful color.

5.  Cole & Sons - A little Drama for the Back of the Glass Fronted Bookcases

Do you dream like I do? I have a house that I continue to go back to in my dreams ... I've never been there before and there are these "back rooms" that are empty waiting for me to design them.  But I never can get there.  I have had this dream for years.  This is probably some deep seeded issue ... but I am convinced that house will come in to my reality one day.  I am just not ready for it yet

I have been working on a farmhouse here and we want the dining room to be a little more formal but still American Classic.  What better than Horses.  I found this original piece from Invaluable.  The piece above is way out of my price range.  But back to the dream!  Invaluable has many unique pieces and many that are definitely within all of our budgets.  When you are looking for something different, take a look at their website.  You won't be sorry ... and I love the way the pieces are catalogued.

Happy Hump Day my friends ... one week and counting.  Just saying!

Making the World More Beautiful.  One Room at a Time.