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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