One of the things that I think most home decorators find difficult is creating a home that doesn’t look like it came out of a catalog but that still has a sense of flow.    More on that topic in future!   I was going to post my small bedroom storage trick this week, but […]

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Back in October, I gave a sneak peek at a quick turn-around project at a lake camp on one of New Hampshire’s most beautiful lakes. The job is actually done, but as the cottage is now inhabited by renters, I have to wait until late spring to photograph it! However, I thought you might like […]

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  • Amy, It’s adorable! Looking forward to more updates! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sara

    The sneak pics are stunning! Can’t wait to see the full reveal!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thank you, Sara! It’s a sweet little place.ReplyCancel

One of my absolute favorite inspiration launchpads for decorating a room is a beautiful work of art. And as a Granite State resident, color lover, devotee of old buildings, and art-collector-wannabe, I have long been an aficionado of New Hampshire and Massachusetts artist, Peter Batchelder.   All images used with permission of the artist.   […]

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  • Julie S

    This is great! I super enjoyed reading the interview and I love (LOVE) his painting style. My mom has worked in art galleries since I was small and has been head of client services at a major gallery for 20 years, so while my own artistic interests lie in the areas of decor and theatre, you can bet I’m familiar with the art world. Nevertheless I’m still totally guilty of retrofitting art into my decorated house, ha! Mostly due to stiff budget constraints and really only liking about 5 specific colors in my home. You’re really turning me around on that idea of finding one or two really spectacular pieces to define and inspire a space though.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Wow, what an education and connection to have!

      And while I try to steer my clients to original art if the budget allows, not everyone has the same priorities for the things that give them joy in their homes. For some, it’s a really great rug or patterned fabrics. But I have to admit, I love having some original art in my own home — definitely worth the investment (in my book 🙂 )for the joy it gives my husband and me.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    I love his paintings! Thanks for introducing Peter to us.ReplyCancel

  • Virginia M. Ober

    This article is truly a blend of a fine artist and a fine writer. Thank you both for a beautiful journey. I feel honored to own one of his prints!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      I think that’s one of the nicest comments I’ve ever received. I’m so glad to have afforded you that pleasure! And I’m so pleased you have some of Peter’s work in your home. I’m sure it gives you much joy!ReplyCancel

Sometimes I tire of seeing people/bloggers design the same space over and over again because things aren’t “quite working, but hey, that’s part of the fun!” Personally, I don’t believe that it’s fun trying out a ton of things and ordering and returning over and over. At least it isn’t for me. I think it’s called hell and […]

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  • Sara

    Wow, what a beautiful floor plan! The e-design service is such a great idea. Your client’s bungalow is going to be stunning.ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thank you, Sara! She has already gotten down to work. I’m excited for her. 😊ReplyCancel

Yes, the weather has been friggin’ freezing, and maybe that’s why design is heating up with warmer colors! In last week’s post about an awesome show house, this room by designer Lauren DeLoach definitely seemed to be the favorite among readers.   Photo by Jeff Herr. Terra cotta and dusty teal, layered with neutrals for […]

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  • Great post, gorgeous bathroom project, and thank you for featuring the scheme for a cozy guest bedroom we are working on!ReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Thanks to all, Kelly! I can’t wait to see the guest bedroom when it’s complete!ReplyCancel

  • Val

    Amy, great post. Would you consider writing about “interior architecture”… I heard from James Howard instagram that it’s The thing and furnishings are just the icing. Well that’s true, everyone does the same wall paneling treatment from mr. Hadley to Mark Sikes, I see it. But I have no any idea how to make them and I’m jealous lolReplyCancel

    • Amy

      Hi Val. That’s a really great topic. Of course, James Howard and Mark Sikes are usually working with multi-multi-million dollar, architect-designed homes where every last architectural detail has been considered and created, whether the house is old or new. But I think that a person HAS to take a cue from her home’s architecture. The outside envelope will inform what millwork to use inside, etc. Then that millwork will inform the silhouettes of furnishings that are used…. with leeway, or course, considering the homeowner’s personal style. But I’ll definitely keep the topic in mind for a larger post! Thanks!ReplyCancel