Why I Love a Tightback Sofa

Why I Love a Tightback Sofa

CR Laine’s Talford Sofa There are so many reasons to love a tightback sofa – meaning, a sofa that has a “tight-upholstered” back, as opposed to loose or semi-attached back cushions. So what’s the big deal, anyway? Allow me to explain why I am such a big fan of the tightback; maybe you’ll be converted, … Continue reading

Smart Flooring Choices for Shedding Pet Owners

Smart Flooring Choices for Shedding Pet Owners

Since embarking on my current career path, I’ve always stressed the importance of remembering our pets and their unique “quirks” when making decisions regarding interior design. There are a whole host of things for pet owners to consider, including, but not limited to claws, chewing, animals on the furniture, “accidents,” fiercely wagging tails. I want … Continue reading

Can a Pretty Powder Room Survive…BOYS??

Can a Pretty Powder Room Survive…BOYS??

They say inspiration can come from anywhere. My inspiration for this post was derived from a little diamond that popped into my Facebook news feed (via a good, old friend) yesterday: “Someone should tell you that when you have little boys, your toilet will never look the same again…” Too funny! Yet also very true. … Continue reading

Master Class in Using What You Have

Master Class in Using What You Have

Designer Liz Caan (who happens to be based right here in Newton, MA) has been on fire lately. I swear, every time I open a national or regional shelter magazine – there she is! Well, sometimes she herself is not pictured, but her creative, colorful and comfortable interiors are. Naturally, Liz’s work has also taken … Continue reading

Slipcovered Furniture: Family-Friendly or Not?

Slipcovered Furniture: Family-Friendly or Not?

I see it all the time. Furniture retailers and designers (famous ones, too!) alike lauding the merits of slipcovered furniture as a great solution for busy households with kids and pets.   source You know what I’m talking about – best typified by the many slipcovered sofas and chairs at Pottery Barn. Is a slipcover … Continue reading