Sooo…it’s Week 3. The halfway point of the fall 2020 One Room Challenge. And since it is, in fact, still 2020, I should have expected things to go sideways. Because they have.Read More
The world of shelter magazines and publishing is…well…interesting. Getting published is super exciting, but I’m honestly not a very patient person, and sometimes I’d rather be able to celebrate a great project than to be continually frustrated by how long it can take to get (and re-re-get) traction with the publications. Love all of my editor friends, and I am not giving up! I just decided it’s time for this fun and colorful project to see the bright light of day…maybe it’s just what the doctor ordered during Covid times? (Fauci, not Atlas…)Read More
We are well underway with the transformation of our unused ‘shell’ of a home theater room into a studio for dance, Kung fu, and other forms of exercise requiring a lot of floor space. And that’s a good thing, because it’s Week 2 of the One Room Challenge; time is short and the to-do list…Read More
Here we go again! For the seventh time, I am throwing my hat into the ring for the One Room Challenge.
If you’ve known and have seen the rooms I’ve transformed, as well as followed along with my home renovation a few years back, you’re probably wondering how I could possibly have more rooms that need help. Well let me tell you, I have more than a few! Including every single bathroom in my house. Projects for many more years to come…
If you had asked me six months ago what the next project would be here it would have been our main bedroom suite, including the bathroom and closet. Followed by several other spaces (bathrooms!). Somewhere in the bottom two on a lengthy list would have been dealing with the shell of a home theater, left for dead after the previous homeowner took all of the state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and custom furniture with them when we bought the house back in 2013.Read More
For the second consecutive week, I’m posting my Friday Family-Friendly Find a day late. I actually have some blog schedule changes upcoming that will affect the next several weeks so read on for more about that!
This week I wanted to explore an area many people get nervous about – portable lighting. AKA lamps. If you take only one thing away from this blog post, let it be this…Read More
Listen! I have a secret to share. Not every transformation we undertake is in extreme contrast to the ‘before’ state. Sometimes, we are really just making a seemingly minor adjustment. But the results can be just as dramatic as when we make a night-and-day type of change! Case in point: An exterior paint project we…Read More
[And sometimes a Friday Family-Friendly Find falls on a Saturday! It’s just one of those unexplained phenomena of the universe…yep, that’s it ;).] There are some home furnishing and decor items I honestly struggle with, for one reason or another. Most often, the problem is with functionality and/or durability. One such category is bathroom accessories.…Read More
Just as we are entering the home stretch for our second home in the Berkshires, and ‘pretty things’ are starting to take shape, I thought I would share an update on what’s happening. There is a big push to get to the finish line by mid-November, which would have us potentially celebrating Thanksgiving there…which is a nice goal to think about. It’s a goal that also gives me massive heartburn, and a wee bit of PTSD thinking back to our home renovation a few years ago that had a hard Christmas deadline…which of course I swore I’d never do again…ha).Read More
Ooh, I have mixed feelings about this one! The calendar says we should be preparing for fall weather. The heart wants summer to stick around awhile longer. Nevertheless, Labor Day weekend is upon us – and therefore, I feel it is only right to try to wrap my head around the changing of the season and the unofficial beginning of autumn (otherwise known as summer’s end). This week’s Friday Family-Friendly Find might just help heal the pain…Read More
It’s September 1st (!!). Here in the Northeast, and in other parts of the country, the first day of school is at hand, or close at hand. My boys have a staggered start next week (in-person…for now…), but as I’ve mentioned before, I am already mentally preparing for remote learning – while trying to remain positive, of course. I just think it’s inevitable that we’ll all end up back there sometime this fall.
Those of you who are homeschooling, remote learning, or working with a hybrid model, are probably looking at your children’s Zoom schedules and scratching your heads, wondering how on earth they are going to sit comfortably at a desk for several hours at a time with minimal breaks. Kids will be sitting in front of computer screens for time durations approaching that of adults with ‘desk jobs.’ So it seems more important now than ever to ensure they are comfortable, well-supported, and that their chair enables and encourages good posture. Depending on how your child tends to sit (and for how long), they may benefit from a more specialized desk chair.Read More
This week I’m turning #FFFFind on it’s head and sharing not one, but several finds you can buy from me, right now! I’m clearing out some of my inventory, and also have a couple of client items in the mix – designer furniture, pillows, and art!Read More
It could not be easier to botch a room design exclusively using neutral colors. There are so many pitfalls, it is probably the most nerve-wracking directive for even a professional interior designer! But rather than explaining all of the things that can go wrong, I’d like to share five ways to do a neutral room right – so you can nail it every time, whether you’re tackling a kitchen (hello white kitchens!), bedroom, living room, bathroom, or any other space in your home.Read More
For this week’s Friday Family-Friendly Find, I wanted to feature something to make homeschooling and remote learning easier, more comfortable, and better organized. It’s so interesting to me how the concept of a homework space has shifted over the past five months. Before, the trend was really toward more of a communal area downstairs, near the kitchen, and now, everyone (grown-ups and kids alike) seems to need their own dedicated space apart from one another to focus and participate in Zoom classes/meetings without disrupting or distracting everyone else.
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I sat down to write this post and suddenly realized it was my first time blogging about the second home I am building with my family in the Berkshires (aka #KRIProjectGoldenrodHill on Instagram. How is that even possible? I’ll aim to do better going forward, promise!
I’ve spent countless hours selecting the materials, finishes, and furnishings for this home. Some of it flowed easily, some of it was like trying to squeeze blood from a stone. As a designer, I’m really good at helping clients make decisions…not quite as good at making them for myself, unfortunately. 🙂
And one room – what we are calling the Multipurpose Room (labeled ‘Study’ on the architect’s drawing above) – really had me stumped…so much so that I saved it for last and decided to figure it out ‘later.’ Months went by, and I had a rough furniture layout and not much else besides tumbleweeds floating between my ears.Read More
Maybe I’m extra sensitive to trends in home decor, but it sure seems like the marketplace is exploding with William Morris licensed products. Last spring at High Point Market, Selamat, a furniture and accents manufacturer specializing in bohemian, rattan, and outdoor furnishings, debuted a huge (and pretty amazing) collection with William Morris, and since then I’m seeing it everywhere. Including this week’s Friday Family-Friendly Find!
I discovered the William Morris & Co Strawberry Thief Tray while on the hunt for a nice melamine tray on which to serve up s’mores fixings on our nights by the firepit on our patio. Strawberry Thief is an iconic Morris pattern; I’ve used it for draperies in a client project and they were stunning! Anyway, I had been using an old plastic Christmas cookie platter; it was time for an upgrade :). It’s been so hot in the Boston area, and yesterday was our first sub-90-degree evening in awhile, so we took it for a test drive!Read More
Like many of you, I have been spending a lot of time in the exterior spaces of my home, and have specifically been working on elevating my outdoor entertaining game. Those who follow me on Instagram may have seen some images I posted of a family dinner we hosted on our patio this past weekend…Read More
When it comes to decorating kids spaces – be they bedrooms, playrooms, or cozy reading nooks under the stairs, we typically like them to be fun, colorful, durable, and not budget-busting. So I’m always on the lookout for furnishings and accessories that fit this criteria. And Surya’s Trenza Pillows and Poufs check all of those boxes…Read More
I have blogged a lot over the years, with some long pauses thrown in for sure, but 330+ (and counting) posts is nothing to shake a stick at! A topic that appears very frequently on Interiors for Families is color. My color posts are among the most popular – and I personally think even the ones that are older than dirt are holding up pretty darn well!
So I thought I’d take a little blog break for today, and do a little #tbt (taking a slight liberty, due to it being Tuesday as this is published), compiling some of my favorite and most viewed color posts of all time – and that means revisiting my writing all the way back to 2012.Read More
In eight years of blogging, I believe this is the first time I have addressed shower curtains! If you have a shower curtain (or two or three) in your home, what are the first words that come to mind when you think about it? Annoying? Awkward? Gross? Wasteful, with the frequent liner changes needed to keep things clean?
I was excited to happen upon a shower curtain that solves for these pain points, and looks great doing it!Read More
What is better than making your home look and feel fantastic with minimal effort? At this moment in time, I would say almost nothing 😊.
There is a breed of wallpapers I love that does just that, and performs double duty on your walls. They not only cover your wall with pattern and color, they also adorn them with art. Well, kind of!Read More
Friday Family-Friendly Find: Crate & Kids Larkin Nightstand (Plus 5 Shopping Tips for Kids’ Nightstands)
[Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission. Thank you for your support of this blog!] I can’t believe it’s Friday already! This week has flown by for me…has it…Read More
I have taken a couple of prolonged ‘pauses’ in blogging, during which we completed and photographed some pretty great projects. This is one of them. At first, my thought was – the ship has sailed, the pictures have been shared on Instagram and on my website, even published, so why dig up old news? Then I thought…I never really took the opportunity to share the whole story of this renovation project for a great family – it is good to do for posterity’s sake if nothing else. And, it’s actually a pretty neat story. Especially if you are into the architectural history, or a lover of color, or both.
So, without further ado, I present the reveal of a past project…which was beautifully photographed by Michael Lee well over a year ago.Read More
What is better than lounging in a cozy, inviting corner chaise longue with a good book (or podcast, or Instagram feed) and your favorite beverage? Nothing, ever. Well, maybe napping – though I’m personally not a napper (I always feel more tired when I wake up!). When I am designing living spaces for clients I am usually angling to see if I can fit one into the furniture layout. It isn’t always easy, but when there is adequate space in just the right place, it is magic!
The only problem is…I often have a really hard time finding a chaise with the ‘just right’ specs – style, size, one-arm (generally looks best in a corner) and, most importantly, quality construction.
But I’m all about finding unicorns, and today I’m sharing one with you.Read More
It is indeed possible to design beautiful spaces with young children in mind that are exceptionally functional, do not look like a preschool restroom, and can go the distance to serve the family well beyond the little-kid years. I’m going to break it down for you with 10 great design ideas for making a bathroom kid-friendly (note that I did not say kid-PROOF…because that’s only part of it…). And…5 mistakes you’ll want to steer clear of!Read More
It has been awhile since a plumbing fixture or fitting earned #FFFFind status. I recently learned about the coolest innovation in lavatory (sink) and tub drains, and wanted to share it with you. What’s that you say…a “cool” drain? [Note: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you click…Read More
Ever since finding these great ‘vintage bookshelf edition’ board games a few years ago for my One Room Challenge landing (which has recently been dubbed a ‘pajama lounge’), I’ve been a wee bit obsessed with finding better-looking versions of everything from classic books to, well, other types of games!
Today I’ve rounded up for you three different categories of games that look as amazing in your home as they are fun to play.Read More
Hello, friends! Next week we are moving this blog, Interiors for Families, into my business website, which is now a WordPress ‘.org’ rather than ‘.com’ site. If you already get email notifications when new posts are published, there is nothing you need to do – you will continue to receive those emails! If you are…Read More
For the first time, I am sharing a find for the outside of your house! ‘Tis the season for amping up curb appeal, and a front porch refresh is a great place to start. Someone told me once that a good doormat was the first line of defense for keeping mud and dirt out of…Read More
This post is sponsored by Circle Furniture. The designs and opinions within are my own. I know I’ve mentioned this recently, but there is something about the last few months that has really brought into focus what I want to change in my own home. And I don’t think I’m alone – we have received…Read More
Today is Juneteenth. I am ashamed to say I never bothered to learn the origin of the holiday until recently. Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of the last remaining slaves in the Confederacy, in Texas, on June 19, 1865. This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, six months after the 13th Amendment,…Read More
I frequently get questions from readers and followers on a variety of topics. Usually, they are struggling to make an important (read: expensive!) design decision related to their home. And usually, the answer is not simple enough for me to dash off a quick reply – so I am not able to answer these types…Read More
Have you ever met a person who you knew immediately was a kindred spirit? For me, that person was Joe Ruggiero. I met him on my first visit to High Point market back in 2013. In fact, Joe was the first person I met at market. He was at the Miles Talbott showroom (now The…Read More
So I checked, and apparently the last gift guide I did was in 2012. [If you must…here it is…don’t judge…it was 8 years ago!]. Perhaps that helps explain my need to overachieve at this moment. For today I present to you not one, but three Father’s Day gift guides – each wrapped around a theme…Read More
It’s Friday once again…another ‘stay-at-home’ week is in the books. Who is else is looking around wanting to make some updates in their home stat? Don’t get me wrong – I love my house and all of its little nooks and crannies, but all of this time inside has made me crave some change. And…Read More
This is the very first article in what I hope will be an informative and enjoyable series of posts, which will be published about once a month. With each article, I’ll explore ‘How to Design With” a specific type of material, finish, furnishing, or accessory for your home. I’ll be sure to include my thoughts…Read More
Laundry…it never ends, does it? I am always excited when I get to help a client zhush up their laundry room…I just think it softens the blow of the endless tedium that is washing, drying, and folding clothes (and scouring the earth for missing socks. Note: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which…Read More
Fair warning – I’m about to dive into some controversial waters here. And they are shallow. I’m not in the deep end. [Note to self: Watch A Star is Born again on Netflix…]. I’m including some random, pretty pictures (detail shots from my portfolio) to keep your attention, and to hopefully keep you from getting…Read More
Note: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission. Accessorizing tables in living spaces can be daunting when you have little kids (or dogs with big, happy tails) in the house. You want…Read More
As far as countertop materials go, I think it is safe to say that granite has fallen out of favor. Quartz, quartzite and marble are generally more coveted by homeowners and home buyers. Of course, I am overgeneralizing (with the alternatives, as well). And therein lies the issue with granite. When you see or hear…Read More
Note: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means if you click through and make a purchase, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission. I’m sitting here scratching my head, trying to figure out how it’s possible that I haven’t already shared this find! Stout’s ‘Cardinal’ is a…Read More
Working from home. It has become a way of life for those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to do so. And even as life begins to get back to normal in many states – or, the ‘new normal’ – it is likely that we will be continuing to work from home…Read More
Well hello there! It’s been an embarrassingly long time since I’ve written here. So long, in fact, that I am considering this a ‘relaunch’ of Interiors for Families. I’ve truly missed writing here, and making connections with my readers. With the world in various states of lockdown and quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, now…Read More