Life By Design. Inside and Out. Third Edition.

This is the Third 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!

People always ask me how I like living in New England, and do I miss the South.  I actually love both ... I have family and friends in both places and I think each region has given me a wonderful turn in life.  But come about April every year I miss the South. Winter likes to linger here in New England and I know that the azaleas and magnolias are starting to bloom in the South while I look out the window yearning for the first little crocus to pop it's head out.

So you can imagine my delight at the little Floral Revolution I feel coming on in the Design arena.  A fresh, new ... and I have to say, BOLD ... way. 

Classic blue and white floral chair from the CR Laine Showroom at HighPoint

HighPoint Market 2016 brought the vision home.  Color and pattern is everywhere.  The beauty of floral to me is that even the most neutral environment can be made to feel fresh with a touch of floral.  

Thibaut used this beautiful "watered" floral on the walls.  Pairing it with a neutral sofa and geometric patterns on the pillows,  gives a warm and embracing feel to the room without being overly feminine. 

Small spaces are quite fun for me and a great place to try a little Floral Punch if you want to give it a go without a huge commitment.

This little Powder Room at the 2016 Junior League Boston Showhouse by Designer Nancy Seibel is a fantastic example of using floral and ramping up the punch with the scale of the pattern.

"Scale is of prime importance and I think oversized scale is better than undersized scale."  Nancy Lancaster

Scale ... What Nancy claimed many years ago is what makes the "new" floral timeless!

Real life blooms are actually starting to appear in my yard now and as I drive down the road and see all the trees starting to blossom and bloom, I am settling back into my New England life. Thankful that Spring is a definite promise and it might just be a little sweeter because I have to wait a bit longer.


Swanky. Gray.

It's official ... If it is not going to be Spring outside ... I am bringing it inside. STAT!

I shared that I am working on an Antique Federal Colonial and the excitement of this paired with my love of what Robert Allen is doing with florals ... I have my dining room inspiration.

Sherwin Williams SWANKY GRAY (don't let it fool you ... it's kind of PURPLE!) is going to help me make this happen.  Everyone needs a little dining room SWANK!

The floors of the dining room are painted ... they are the happiest color of green ... kind of hard to tell from my iPhone photo ... but I think you can get the feeling.  

Because it is an older home, the dining room has low ceilings with great wainscoting, so the SWANK will only be in small spaces just to help this little jewel of a space sparkle.  I am pushing for gloss ... Wish me luck!!

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


Floral Revolution.

What a week!  New England got hit hard with the Snowpocolypse.  We had about 28" at our house so it was a shoveling few days ... but we did NOT lose electricity.  What a game changer that would have been.  We took these "free pass" days and cooked, snow shoed and painted. I absolutely loved it!

All the cold and white out my window however has me dreaming of Spring Color and I am majorly crushing on Robert Allen's new Botanical Color Collection.

This was their display at the Paris Maison & Objet Show.  I could crawl up in that "bedroom" and never want to leave.  Even with the green astroturf!!

Have a wonderful weekend sweet friends ... enjoy the snow, the sun, whatever the weather world is giving you!

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