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A Window Treatment Trick That Will Save You Money (and Still Look Good): Roman Valances

  Firstly, I’m sorry I’m so late this morning. Between backup work leftover from the holidays, our family getting hit by the stomach flu, a midweek post on vintage furniture, and yet another snow day — I just didn’t have a post ready until I sat down this morning well after the time my posts …

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Pillow Talk: How Many Decorative Pillows Do You *Really* Need on Your Bed?

The answer to that question is long and circuitous. When Erin Gates’ book The Elements of Style first came out in 2014, I gobbled it up like only a decorator-trapped-in-a-frustrated-musician/at-home-nursing-mom-of-infant-and-a-kid-with-challenges’ body could. The book includes a chapter called “Love and Throw Pillows” in which, in addition to talking about bedroom style, Erin discusses how she and her husband …

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Compromise in Design & Marriage (The Saga of the Ski Lift in Our Back Yard)

For those of us in love with design, it may come as a shock that there are those who don’t live and breathe interiors. However, there are many, many people out there who have never picked up a copy of House Beautiful in their lives. Even so, some come to the realization that they want a more …

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The Easiest Way to Get a Designer Look When You Aren't Working with a Designer

The Easy Way To Get a Designer Look (When You Aren’t Working with a Designer)

Decorating a room well takes creativity, focus, discipline, and time. There are a number of reasons people cave and hire a decorator, including: They’re not sure of their style. They want something unique and high quality (i.e. not Big Box). They’ve become overwhelmed at the number of choices there are when it comes to designing …

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The 10 Best Design Blog Posts You May Have Missed

June 24 marked my blogging anniversary — I have been blogging every Saturday now for 1 year! That’s 58 original long-form posts, along with 8 stories for New Hampshire Magazine, 3 stories for Around Concord Magazine and a couple of guest posts. Not to mention, my design work has gotten really busy thanks to my lovely clients! …

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How to Avoid Oriental Rug Overkill: 4 Tips for Coordinating Your Heirloom Rugs

I love beginning a room with an Oriental rug as the foundation. There is no better rug in the world for durability and stain resistance, let alone beauty and craftsmanship. Furthermore, with so many Baby Boomers downsizing (many of whom bought some really nice heirloom pieces) the availability of quality Oriental rugs at auction and on …

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The Quest for a Keeping Room: When an Open Kitchen Doesn’t Kill the Cozy

Please give me some good advice in your next letter. I promise not to follow it. — Edna St. Vincent Millay She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it). — Lewis Carroll I always pass on good advice…. It is never of any use to oneself. — Oscar Wilde When …

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A Solution to Aging in Place: “Downsizing” to the Barn

It’s pretty sad, I guess, that my handsome husband and I sometimes look forward to his retirement, the kids being grown, and downsizing. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, love our family and our life; it’s more than we ever hoped for. But the husband’s job can be a pretty big emotional drain, kids …

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Timeless Shaker Kitchen Style You Won’t Hate in 10 Years (and How to Get the Look)

For my first article for New Hampshire Magazine (on news stands now or, if you aren’t local, here’s the link), I had the very general assignment of “The Shaker Style Kitchen.” I was given some pictures of various kitchens I might profile that all had Shaker style cabinetry (more on that later), but it was really up …

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