Project Reveal: Lexington Green II Part 2, Home Office and Family Room

I’m back to complete the reveal of Project Lexington Green II, which began a couple of weeks ago with the kitchen, bar, and dining room. Today I’m sharing the family room – which is kind of three rooms in one – and the home office, designed primarily for the husband.

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Project Reveal: Lexington Green II – Part 1, Kitchen, Dining Room & Bar

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…)

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One Room Challenge Week 1: Dance, Kung Fu & Movement Studio

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.

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Friday Family-Friendly Find: Robert Abbey Helena Lamp

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…

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Before & After: A Subtle Change Makes a Big Impact on a Historic Home Exterior Transformation

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…

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Friday Family-Friendly Find: LL Bean Waterhog Mats

[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.…

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Project Update: Goldenrod Hill (My Berkshires Home)

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).

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Friday Family-Friendly Find: Pendleton Eco-Wise Washable Wool Plaid Throw

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…

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Comfortable, Cute, and Colorful Children’s Desk Chairs (Plus Three for Fidgety Kids!)

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.

ANYWAY

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.

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How to Design With: Neutrals // 5 Ways to Nail a Neutral Room Design

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.

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Friday Family-Friendly Find: Pottery Barn Kids Preston Desk & Storage Wall System

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.

(Read more on the blog!)

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My Berkshires Home Multipurpose Room with Circle Furniture

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.

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Friday Family-Friendly Find: William Morris & Co Strawberry Thief Tray

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!

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Friday Family-Friendly Find: Surya Trenza Pillows & Poufs

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…

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Best of Color, From the Blog Archives

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.

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Friday Family-Friendly Find: Bathage Waterproof Fabric Shower Curtain

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!

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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…

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(Past) Project Reveal: A Colorful Kit House Renovation

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.

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Friday Family-Friendly Find: Taylor Burke Home Lauren Chaise

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.

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10 Design Ideas for a Kid-Friendly Bathroom (and 5 Mistakes to Avoid)

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!

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Family Game Night (But Make it Fashion)

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.

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Friday Family-Friendly Find: Justina Blakeney Quinn Quilt Set

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,…

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On the Spot: “What colors and patterns will look good with my art?”

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…

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Friday Family-Friendly Find: Stout Cardinal Linen-Textured Vinyl Fabric

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…

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Friday Family-Friendly Find: Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Round Dutch Oven

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…

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