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

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

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.

Shelter – House Beautiful – “Send us a picture feature” – April 2014

I was THRILLED to see a photo of where and how I like to entertain my friends in this month’s House Beautiful – “Send us a picture” feature! It is one of my favorite shelter publications, so to say it made my day is an under statement! A huge thank you to the talented photographer Ann-Marie Rollo and to House Beautiful. The black Chippendale chairs are painted in Clark+Kensington’s 37A-5 Black Sand

Close Up

Here are a few of the other photos Ann-Marie took that evening!

This is a shot of me, my boyfriend Matty and my dear friend Tricia!
The shot that made the magazine feature