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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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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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: Q Quartz Urban Lava

It’s no secret that engineered stone countertops (aka quartz) are getting really good at mimicking natural stone – dramatically-veined white marbles, in particular. They are great imitators. And recently, new finishes have become available that further enhance the illusion. You can now find an increasing variety of quartz with a honed or satin finish. But…

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