Lighten up, brighten up!

I’m currently designing three kitchen projects and a few bathrooms. They are rewarding jobs because, not only do I get to put my mixologist skills to work for the finish and color selections but my Master’s degree training comes into play. I love envisioning how ceilings will meet and planes intersect. One of the projects has a smaller dated kitchen that we are trying to open up, expand and lighten visually as much as possible. In fact, the before shots of our project remind me a little bit of this Ojai’s project by the talented Amber Interiors. (girlfriend is on fire).. Check out this beautiful transformation. I would LOVE to raise the ceiling, just like this!! And look at the power of warm, white paint!


What’s cooking: In the kitchen

Every year ushers in new concepts and design trends for your home. One I’ve had my eye on for a while is painted green cabinetry. We’ve all seen grey, white and blue accents in the kitch but this year I predict that we’re going to see more green and more of this cheery shade in general in home decor. Below I’ve included a few of my favorite green colors for kitchen cabinets! If covering all of your cabinets in green feels a bit risky try it as an accent on lower cabinets or an island. I opted to use it on the interior of my glass cabinet. 


Yesterday I shared my love of La Cornue ranges. I almost left out a another gorgeous color option: the white and copper! Copper is fast becoming another favorite design choice of mine. I’m completely in awe of Lauren’s fresh, white, bright kitchen. It’s designed with cooking, baking and storage in mind! Her entire home is pretty amazing actually. If you’re on my holiday gift list and love to entertain, chances are you’ll be receiving a copy of her book Celebrate.

I am in desperate need of storage in my home. I may try to incorporate some floating shelving into my own home design. 

Here is a video tour of her fabulous kitch!

Images via MyDomaine and People Magazine. 

Crushing on: Hanging brass shelving

There is something about french bistro inspired kitchens that speak to me. I am drawn to the strong finishes and graphic quality of the design. I’m especially loving custom brass shelving units. The brass hanging brackets and/or frame work well with both glass and wood shelves. 
For a similar look you can also use glass shelving with brass brackets like these three final photos did:
These bottom two images are bananas good!!

Shelter in The Boston Globe

It is always exciting to be in the Press. Last weekend The Boston Globe shared a recent project that I completed in Boston. Thank you to my wonderful photographer Sarah and to Jaci Conry for the feature. Read more about this South End condo here. For information on hiring Shelter for a design project contact us: @

For more images on this home see my blog post here