Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bathroom Design - From New Orleans to Boston

Here is more design inspiration I garnered from my recent trip to New Orleans and will inform a future design project back in Massachusetts.

Bathroom Interior Design New Orleans inspired
I snapped this very quick photo walking down a street in New Orleans (my husband gets antsy if I stop to carefully photograph all of my inspirations - as really EVERYTHING is inspiration to me, so we'd be at a constant halt).  I'm surprised the photo even came out, but I'm happy now to have the record.

Now that I look at the photo I see how I would use this inspiration and translate it into a client's interior design project.  I would love to replicate this aesthetic in a client's bathroom.

My Bathroom Design would consist of:

1)  A stone or cement floor (heated of course)
2)  A Venetian plastered minty green wall treatment
3)  A soaking tub like this one below

66-inch Double Slipper Copper Pedestal Tub with Decorative Rings by Randolph Morris 


Hope you enjoy!


New Orleans Love!

I just returned from another great visit to one of my favorite cities - New Orleans!  As a designer I gain so much inspiration for my 'vault' to use in current & future design projects.


I love the great architecture, the live music everywhere, the garden courtyards, the mighty Mississippi, the free spirits of today (and the spirits of the past), the Cajun cooking, Michalopoulos, that distinct New Orleans accent and much more.

Here are some of my inspirations:

Brass trumpet light fixture for a Musician Client & blue globe pendant installation for a Client's Dining Room

Bottle ceiling installation for a Client's Bar - residential or commercial

Medallions for adorning a wood fireplace surround, a wood framed mirror, or a bookcase

I'd hire my talented artist cousin from Salem, MA Jill Pabich to paint this in a children's library or playroom

Quintessential New Orleans

 This is Soul Project.  Go hear them live if you're in NOLA!  

I'd repeat the magical quality of this beaded tree in a client's Outdoor Room

I loved meeting this artist Steve Martin!  He has great energy & enthusiasm...and art.  These frames are salvaged after Katrina and he has a great story behind his works.  
 Visit his gallery if you're in New Orleans.
 Colors for a Master Bedroom
 Kitchen inspiration

Great colors, details, materials & original use of beads 

 Kitchen Floor inspiration (I did something similar in a client's bathroom)

Interesting moment

Fun kids artwork
Was here in 1995 on a cross country's still there!
The End

Hope you enjoy!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Moment of Silence

After spending an inspiring week in New Orleans, I flew back home to Boston last night, hours after the tragic Marathon bombings.  I had gained so much during my trip, only to return to my city which has lost so much.   I will share my inspiration later, for now I prefer to share a moment of silence.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Happy Friday Everybody!

I just got an email from my friend Molly with this beautiful invitation.  If any of you readers live in the Boston North Shore area you may want to contact & attend this trunk show tomorrow in Marblehead, MA.  Even if you have to drive a bit out of your way Marblehead is always worth visiting (I grew up there and to me it's one of the most beautiful places in the world).

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I visited the website and the Birdaria Lucite Trays are fabulous!!   I used to own a home decor shop ELIXIR and I loved carrying serving trays, but they were always hard to come by.

  Bamboo Hexagons, Green, 9x11 Tray

Birdaria also carries great bold colored canvas art, which is customizable, too.  My pick is the Birdaria Falling 4 U Light Pink / Tangerine .

If anyone is interested in purchasing from the Birdaria line please contact my friend
Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Before & After: Outdated Ranch House


So a few minutes ago I was reading up on how to get my new blog noticed out "there", one thing led to another and I ended up at Grace Bonney's Design*Sponge blog where she had some business tips - thank you Grace.  

But then she had a post Before & After: Sarah's Real World Makeover about Sarah Hubbell, editor at Emma Magazine.  What caught my eye is that FINALLY someone else painted over their wood paneling rather than removing it and then having the standard (and boring) flat walls.  I rarely watch home shows but whenever I have it seems they're destroying wood paneling when in fact it adds so much character and architectural detail when painted out white.

Below I'll share with you my own Before & After project with wood paneling, painted out in white (though it is hard to see the paneling detail from these photos).




Hope you enjoy!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The First Blog Post

Hello everyone! 

I am thrilled to finally have made the time to start my interior design blog.  I have been so knee-deep in client projects for years on end that I am guilty of never having made the time to check out the entire blog world.  I know that sounds crazy.  My friend Beth is constantly referencing design blogs to me & I feel awkward to keep saying, "No, I haven't heard of (fill in the blank)." 

Have I been living under a rock?  Possibly. 

                               Photo:  Client Living Room Interior Design
Actually the truth is I've had anywhere from 6-14 design client projects going at any given time over the last few years and I am purposely making myself slow down just a bit.  It's easy to get so stressed about a client's fabric that has been delayed for 3 more months, or the dye lot sample that keeps coming in darker than the client wanted, or any number of design-related crisis'.  

It's time to take things a little slower and with that comes my taking a bit of time for myself to see what the design blog world is all about & get involved.

If you'd like to view some of the design projects I've been busy working on, please visit my official website at:

I hope you enjoy!