Category Archives: interior design

This is a broad category but it will cover topics such as interior decorating, styling, window treatment, fabrics, wood flooring choices, kitchen and bath design, bedroom design ideas – whole house ideas.

Happy Easter to You!

Easter, holiday table setting, bunnies, Long Island

A Very Happy Easter Wish To all my friends…may this beautiful holiday be filled with family and friends, faith and love, happiness and joy. This Easter I am so happy because there was a rift in my family – but it’s beginning to mend. Everyone will be at the table this year – I am so grateful for that.   Happy, Happy Easter to all!  

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Sold in 2 weeks: A Successful Staging on Long Island

staging a living room to sell on Long Island

We staged this vacant home in Dix Hills in mid October of this year and it sold before the month was through.

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Vacant Home Staging in Long Beach NY

blue bottles and beachglass tablescape

  I was so happy to hear from Dan Adams of Real Living Innovations Realty in Wantagh, NY. Dan hired me several times when I was a fairly new home stylist, so I give him credit for helping to jumpstart my business. The first vacant property I staged for him sold in 1 day for list price! This was back when my inventory consisted of a cream love seat, a sofa, 2 faux TVs, some … Continue reading

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Birds, Reindeer Moss, Sea Turtle Art, Coral…Sea Fans: A Summery Coastal Mantel

Creating a coastal inspired fireplace mantel

I have a habit of changing the decorations on my great room mantel pretty often…but sometimes I am guilty of being lazy and not changing it soon enough. Up until a few days ago my mantel was stacked with bunnies and nests – so it was surely time for an overhaul!

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Painting Upholstery: A Tutorial on How to Use Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on Fabric

old damask loveseat after Annie Sloan Chalk Painting

How to Paint on Fabric to Transform Upholstery I had to give this a try…been reading about it so much on different blogs. I watched Annie Sloan’s YouTube video on the subject, read some other tutorials as well (11 Magnolia Lane  ) and I just decided that I would just jump in and see what happens to a loveseat that I had purchased a few years ago that had seen better days.   Of course, I … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Real Craftmanship in Handmade Furniture

The Unmatched Beauty of Bespoke and Handmade Furniture: A Guest Blogpost  Here is another guest article from my friend, Jo Lee of Swedish Interior Design, in our “View From Europe” series. Handmade furniture from craftsmen who are applying timeless, painstaking techniques to make beautiful, lovingly crafted pieces, are being edged out it seems in this economy of fast, soulless, cheaper MDF-type case goods. Here Joe looks at the benefits to be gained by ordering a … Continue reading

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The E-Guide to Choosing Colors for Your Home…It’s Almost Finished

ornage, blue and green color scheme for a room

I Just Need to Know Your Color Struggles and Problems…so I Can Answer Them! I am in the midst of writing an e-guide on “How to Choose the Right Colors for Your Rooms” that I will be giving away to my readers. In general, it will cover some secrets on how I use color (and some common mistakes that you should avoid) but the main point of the guide will be to give you some … Continue reading

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Painting and Decorating Architectural Fragments

adding verdi gris coloring to a decorative wooden piece

I was coming back from a decorative painting job out in the Hamptons and I came across this wonderful old antique shop named Lloyds in Eastport, New York. I had passed this store many times before and finally – I had a little bit of time to go in and take a look. The store is a lot larger than it appears from the outside – and there are two large floors full of antiques. … Continue reading

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Help! I’m Having a Problem Picking Paint Colors

  What’s Involved in a Paint Color Consultation?   I have received a few questions about how I go about doing a color consultation for my clients. Instead of answering separately, I thought it best to do a blogpost about it…so here goes!   Source Q: I am having trouble picking some colors for the first floor of my home. Can you tell me how I should prepare for a color consult with you and … Continue reading

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A Winter Mantel and an Online Class in Photography

fireplace mantel with candles, books and mirror

Books…Candles…Pinecones…Action! I was so late in taking down my Christmas decorations…and I finally decided that today I was going to de-Christmas my mantel as well. I’m still loving the wintery look, so I used some greenery, pinecones, candles and mercury votive holders but I added some books to the mix this time. Winter is a time when I read a lot more than I do the rest of the year, so the decoration fits my … Continue reading

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