My Thanksgiving table

Today I am thrilled to share my Thanksgiving table with you all! As most of you know I hosted in my little house. I don’t have a large family, so it wasn’t an issue. I had a fire lit (thanks to Matty) and served all of my favorite dishes.  Along with turkey we had candied sweet potatoes, whipped mashed potatoes, green beans, homemade stuffing and apple pie.
The table setting mixed both vintage and new elements, including dessert dishes that have been in my family for years. The small dogs on the bar table were also my Grandmothers.
My children and I gilded the pumpkins together to prep for the day and my assistant, Meg and my Mom helped me set the table. A great event isn’t complete without a stocked bar! I included the bar area photos too. You can also get a glimpse of my message center area. You have to make great use of every inch of space in a small home! 
Cheers, I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of my home. I also wanted to thank the photographer AnnMarie Rollo for her wonderful eye and patience! This shoot took place on the darkest and rainiest of days but we pulled it off. Meg, Ann-Marie and I happily sipped wine by the fire afterwards! A big thanks to my Dad for lighting the fire that day!
The gilded paint is available at most Ace Hardware stores.. The wall color I used is from the Clark+Kensington and OPI nail lacquer collaboration. It is one of my favorite white shades called: Don’t Touch My Tutu. It is a beautiful white color with the perfect amount of warmth.   

Product info:
Vintage gold glasses from: High Street Market
Bees wax candles: Creative Candles ** these candles did not drip, they burned beautifully.

Shelter Project – sneak peek

I wanted to share a sneak peek of a kitchen revamp I am working on. So far I’ve had the floors white washed and a beautiful hexagon design painted.
Color used for hex design: Clark+Kensington’s: Garden Stone N-C10.
The painting was done by a good friend, artist and fellow design blogger Danika from Gorgeous Shiny Things. She did a fab job. Next up?? I am having the cabinets sprayed white, a built in bench made, new lighting and existing chairs sprayed in navy blue. I’ll be sure to share the before (see below image for before) and after with you all!  Eventually my client would like to add a back splash and a new counter top. Shelter is also finishing off this long term client’s family room design.
these images don’t include the finish coat over the top. I chose to use a satin finish.
Here is the “before” floor. It was a dated, country look.
And some more painted floor ideas I’m loving……
Kate Spade store

Tips and Tricks – interview with Ace Hardware’s Homeplace Magazine

I was thrilled to share my thoughts with Ace Hardware’s Homeplace magazine on how to bring a space to life with your personal style. All the Clark+Kensington colors used in my designs are noted above. (click to enlarge image) Please feel free to comment with any questions! For the entire article and more design information click here.

I used Clark+Kensington’s OPI nail lacquer shade – Don’t Touch My Tutu in the pop-up room I designed in NYC. This shade is a beautiful warm white that literally glows. Check out the room I designed here.

Photography: Ann-Marie Rollo

Clark+Kensington and OPI (nail lacquer)

Good Afternoon! It has been an exciting kind of whirlwind week!! I’ve missed you all and my blogging time! 
I’ve just spent the last four days in NYC setting up for a fabulous new strategic alliance with Clark+Kensington (Ace’s boutique brand paint) and OPI nail lacquer. Clark+Kensington has teamed up with OPI and will now be selling 18 of their top selling nail colors in mixed paint. Nail lacquer color choices are so personal and individual and so are paint color choices. I think it’s a wonderful collaboration!
The following photographs are of a room I conceptualized and designed around a collateral image ACE presented me. The original image featured the “miami beet” (an OPI color) painted dresser, the green tray and the painting hanging above it. I then devised a concept and designed this bedroom to work back to that image. It also incorporates one of the three paint palettes and all of the colors included in the “artist” palette.
My goal was to create a peaceful space, with graphic elements, soothing colors and feminine details. I mixed new and vintage items throughout. This entire room was designed with a budget in mind, that is what makes it so great. Everything is attainable and paint works wonderfully at transforming a room/home. It is also a cost effective option! I’d be happy to list the sources if you wish. 
This was a great experience and the launch party was a huge success! When I receive the professional photographs I’ll be sure to share those as well. I snapped these with my i-phone!
Wall color:  Don’t touch my tutu – will be available in stores on 6/23
Dresser color: Miami Beet
Trim color: Designer White, 1066
*see below for sources

1. Bedside tables are from Ikea. I had a carpenter apply the wood detail and I selected updated ring pulls. A quick and cost effective update for sure!
2. The brass mirror is vintage
3. The bedside lamps are from Wayfair
4. The vanity is from Home Decorators
5. White lamp is from Robert Abbey
6. Greek Key Bedding is from Ballard Design
7. Flower Print is from The Pink Pagoda
8. Louis Ghost chair is from Kartell

Sail Aweigh

Good Morning! It’s gorgeous out here today! I spent the morning catching up on work but I wanted to share a nursery project that I recently completed with you.

The biggest challenge was the size of the space but we wanted to make it as user friendly as possible. (it was hard to capture even the crib area with the camera). Luckily the client (my sister in this case was able to use a changing table/dresser in a nearby room).

I don’t like to create rooms that are obviously too thematic and cutesy but I was inspired by the sea and sailing on this one! We created a space that little Alex can grow into. There’s room for a twin bed and dresser once the crib is removed.

I used all Ace hardware’s Clark+Kensington paint on the project. Here are the colors:
Walls: in a deep navy blue: Heirloom China 37C-7, vintage table: Precious Peonies 06D-4


Other sources: lamp: vintage, artwork: boat bottom photograph (will provide name), pillows: misc. all via Homegoods, table: vintage repainted, chair: Boston Interiors, crib: Room and Board, Rug: Rugs USA, chandelier: Pottery Barn (slightly different version now, I would change the shades to white linen, Aweigh Print: here – then I had it custom framed, beach photograph: Christian Chaize


Photography: Ann-Marie Rollo – images property of Ace Hardware, Interior Design – Julie Richard, Shelter.