Wow! How is it Thursday already? This week has been a whirlwind but filled with some great things! I was thrilled to attend a “social networking” speaking series on Tuesday morning at the Boston Design Center. My dear friend and fabulous designer Erin Gates of Elements of Style hosted the event and interviewed Anne and Suysel of Tilton Fenwick design. It was so nice to finally put a face with their names. They had lots of great tips for everyone and were sweet hearts. Their new fabric is line is gorge!! Check it out at Duralee if you haven’t had a chance yet. I brought almost every sample back to my office this week. I have a number of amazing projects under way. I can’t wait to incorporate this their designs!
Anne and Suysel
I’m also thrilled to announce the pre-release of Erin’s new design book. Erin and I go way back. We met while working together at a design firm in Boston ten years ago. (I’m not sure where the time goes!!). Erin slaved over her book. It was truly a labor of love and I have no doubt this mini-memoir/design book will be filled with humor and beauty. I’m pre ordering my copy this weekend. Purchase a pre-release version here today! It will arrive October 7th.
Congratulations Erin!! I’m very proud of you lady! xoxoxo

(image by Michael J. Lee design by Jennifer K. Beal Davis)


I’m constantly inspired by the world around me. Anyone who hires me knows that I’m continually trying to think out of the box and bring my designs to the next level. Each month (would love it to be week) I like to set aside some time to draw inspiration from blogs, magazines and websites. This a.m. I came across the work of designers Parker-Kennedy. I love their punchy style and the blended old and new aesthetic. It is a style I often include in my work. Here’s a sampling of their projects. Enjoy!

reader ?

I love receiving feedback from my readers. Your questions and comments are always welcomed! I try my very best to respond to each and every one of you. Blogging is a more enriching experience when it creates a dialogue.
Yesterday I had a reader request to see more of the first home featured in my post. Wish granted!  This glamorous and modern gem was designed by L.A. designer David Hicks. (not to be confused with David Hicks, the English design maven from the 1950’s – 1970’s) Article + images: here

I’m especially appreciating the architecturally detailed doors in his design!

Inspired – Ruthie Sommers

There’s no doubt that Ruthie Sommers is one of my favorite designers, so when fresh, new images of her work pop up in a magazine I’m a happy girl. Here’s a recent article in Veranda magazine of Ruthie’s advice on being a decorator/interior designer. Her design details are feminine, unexpected, colorful and perfectly executed! 

 All images by Francesco Lagnese via Veranda magazine

Exercise your right + Inspiration

It still blows my mind that the 19th Amendment wasn’t enacted until 1920! I consider my right to vote a privilege. Whatever your party affiliation, make sure to rock your vote today!! (that goes for the guys too) 

“The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

I also feel fortunate to be a woman running my own growing design business! Here are a few design icons in their creative spaces who I admire for their strong business sense, forward thinking, creative ideas and individualism!! 

Tory Burch ( I LOVE her office)
Windsor Smith
Aerin Lauder
Frances Elkins
Jenna Lyons
Estee Lauder and an interesting article about her beginnings!
An older shot of Kelly’s office
Kelly Wearstler in her current design studio
image via L.A. times